Time to refresh! Rejuvenating our bathroom

New year. New mood. New hues. 

fresh!.jpg
 

I'm in the mood to freshen things up right now (as I'm sure many of you are too) and I started off with a bathroom refresh this past weekend!  It felt so good to clean up, toss out old/unused things, and give it a whole new look & feel altogether. Look wise, I wanted to take the blue hues that were in there - out, and replace it with something that felt...CRISP.  

I’d purchased this gorgeous giclee print by Clare Elsaesser at the end of last year. It's beautiful & moody, and I felt it would set the perfect tone in the bathroom. I wanted to give it an antique gold frame and after hunting in antique stores for the right match, and having no luck there, I found these guys - ArtGalleryFrames.com online. And boy, am I glad I did!  I LOVE my scooped antique frame ($75). I had a local framer add plexi, a mat and backing (for $70), and voila! I’m thrilled with the way it shaped up. It became the jumping off point for the rest of look.

I also love the monogrammed shower curtain (L for Lakadawala - our last name). You can't tell from the pictures, but the border and scripted 'L' are embroidered - giving it a deep, rich finish.

Our bathroom feels much more calm, grounded and inviting and I love it.  Here’s a few pictures and sources (please excuse the yellow hue - pictures taken on my phone)

 
full+length.jpg
 
 
painting+side+shot.jpg
 

 
details+-+close+up.jpg
 
accents - lanterns.jpg
 
waste basket.jpg

It's about to get real in this next pic. Under the sink storage baskets for all those not so pretty (but essential!) cleaning supplies. I bought these seagrass baskets (first spotted at my sister’s) at The Container Store. Highly recommend! Bought a couple more for other areas of the house.

 
storage+baskets.jpg
 

And here’s the look -

moody bathroom.png

monogrammed embroidered shower curtains / antique gold frame / art - Clare Elsaesser / flowers - peonies / spa candle (similar) / striped napkin / waste basket (similar - this basket with rope handles is suuuuuper cute. I found mine at Home Goods) / seagrass storage baskets / metal lanterns (similar)

Holiday Gift Guides 2018

I’m a little over a week into my annual holiday - first in Mumbai and now in Dubai - and it’s been beautiful, warm & exploratory so far.  Mumbai & Dubai winters are like summers in the Bay - less pumpkin spice latte, more sugarcane juice, which I don’t mind at all! :) I’ve been sharing my travels & finds on socials and it’s been fun reading everyone’s comments and questions along the way!

Christmas came early here in Dubai this week.  It was pure joy meeting my niece & nephews after ages, and getting THE BEST hugs! Watching them tear up that wrapping and get excited about their gifts was an absolute high point

Coming to today's post! Even though I’m 8000 miles away, I wanted to partake in the holiday spirit closer to home, and share some fun gift ideas with ya as you shop for the holidays! Picks from some of my favorite shops. Gifts for the home, her, him & the kids. 3 gift guides in seasonal hues.

I enjoyed putting these together & I hope they prove useful to you (and hopefully introduce you to something new :)) as you shop for everyone on your list. Enjoy!

Wrapped my gifts in plaid wrapping paper (local shop) & blue ribbon (my mom’s closet)!

Wrapped my gifts in plaid wrapping paper (local shop) & blue ribbon (my mom’s closet)!

 

Blissed Out In Black & White

blissed out in black and white.png
 
  1. Plaid pajamas - cozy & stylish - for your sister or BFF. Love the pink hearts on the collar.

  2. Nothing spells luxury like Dyptique candles - for the hostess with the mostest!

  3. Jonathan Adler Muse - this gold interior votive is a stellar pick for the home

  4. Askinosie small batch dark chocolate - a great gift for the dark chocolate lover. These come recommended!

  5. Antelope gold brass sculpture - a little piece of luxury for a modern home

  6. For the adventurous woman - this monogrammed satchel by Tuckernuck - love, love, love.

  7. Steve Madden leopard mules - a comfy and stylish gift for mom!

  8. Monogrammed leather money clip - great quality for a great price

  9. Faux holiday cedar wreath - bound to be used more than once!

  10. Gold wheat picture frame - obsessed! Add a great picture & gift away.

  11. The prettiest hand-embroidered Chinese pottery napkins - classic style for someone who loves to entertain


Bold Hues

bold hues.png
 
  1. A fun-in-the-sun Moroccan heart tote - a great holiday gift, perfect for a future tropical holiday

  2. Monogrammed candy striped catchall - adorbs!

  3. Voluspa Gardenia Colonia room spray - whiffs of delight

  4. Sculptural earring by We Dream In Color - for the cool girl (she’s bound to love it)

  5. This printed scarf is STUNNING. A beautiful blend of colors, such great style.

  6. Cheeky kitchen towel - for the baker

  7. I adoooooore this pillow. That’s some stunning embroidery! And love is a mood for every season.

  8. Super sleek French steak knives - gor-jus!! .

  9. Coral sculpture - coastal chic and a graceful gift for the home

Seasonal Strokes

seasonal strokes.png
 
 
  1. Hi-Bye mustard gloves - suuuuuuuuper cute teenager gift

  2. Wood carved mermaid necklace by Meri-Meri (Meri Meri makes great stuff for kids - I’m a fan!) Bought this for my niece and she loved it.

  3. Who says you can’t gift yourself something for the holidays. This camel coat by Madewell is such a classic. I recently bought a pair of Madewell jeans and found their quality to be exceptional.

  4. Love this classy tech roll up by Mark & Graham. Soft supple leather, in many seasonal colors. Monogram it! A great gift for a man on the go.

  5. I came across this Oscar de la Renta necklace on sale at Nordstrom Rack- it’s a statement piece and at a good price (for designer wear). Glam-girl gifting

  6. Funboy giant pool floats. The oversized swan is gorge! I bought my nephews the rainbow because they prefer lounging to sitting. Funboy has a variety of shapes to choose from - kids would LOVE these!

  7. Seasonal style with this window pane scarf.

  8. A rosemary topiary for the kitchen - for someone who likes pots and plants (or who loves to cook!)

  9. This super fun Print-Making kit by Kid Made Modern. Both my niece and 5-year old nephew were HOOKED. She made an abstract art piece and he a scenery. We were at it for a good 2 hours and I was surprised at how patiently they went through all the steps with me. They were really INTO it. Highly recommend!

  10. For an older child who enjoys reading, this would make for a great gift. Jane Austen’s classics, in pretty clothbound covers. Great reads AND beautiful to look at.


    Anything on this list you absolutely love? Drop me a line in the comments!

House of Cards Inspired

I’ve just started to catch up on the sixth & last season of House of Cards (a little late to the party, I know!) and I’m totally crushing on the set decor this season! The homes and offices of the rich & powerful in this murky, murky political drama, have been created / re-created beautifully by set decorator Tiffany Zappulla. From the Oval Office, to a swanky oceanfront home, to the famous Hay Adams Hotel in D.C., she’s done an incredible job.

To think - at some point all these gorgeous sets would’ve been taken down & stored away. Send them my way people! I’ll gladly find a home (my home) for those Schumacher curtains.

I thought it’d be fun to ID some of my favorite elements in a few scenes. Here goes!

Oval Office Drama
Love the curtains framing the president’s desk. They’re dramatic and imposing but with a feminine touch - fitting for the first female president.

oval office.PNG

They’re in Schumacher’s Ravenna Embroidery Mineral. (shared by Schumacher in their monthly update). Also, it’s possible they took inspiration from Eisenhower’s Oval Office - I found this vintage shot and it seems reminiscent!

Want a similar vibe? Pottery Barn’s mineral blue linen drapes .

Schumacher_ Eisenhower.jpg
 
Pottery Barn - Mineral Blue

Pottery Barn - Mineral Blue

 


Paintings of the White House
I really liked the landscapes & seascapes. Lots of blues and greens. The symmetry lends the rooms an air of formality.

oval office2.jpg
 
oval office3.png



Similar - great modern landscapes by Chelsea Fly !

chelsea fly 2.PNG
chelsea fly.PNG

And a vintage oil painting found on Chairish

mouget.PNG

Love this glassy wave painting. Here.

 
coastal art.PNG
 


Powder Room Drama
This might be one of my favorite scenes. Diane Lane is soooooooo good in it. As is that chinoiserie wallpaper!

powder room wallpaper.jpg

Similar..
Cole & Son , Fromental - luxury
Spoonflower, Tempaper - affordable. The icy blue wallpaper at the bottom is Tempaper and it’s stunnnnning.

 
fromental lichen.PNG
 
 
 
coleandson bourlie.PNG
 
 
 
TempPaper.PNG
 



Feeling the Blues
Lots to love here - that very chic striped sofa + the equestrian art on the walls!

white house - bedroom.jpg


Here’s how I’d do it - Duralee’s camel back sofa in this Lee Jofa Kailash stripe fabric.

duralee sofa.PNG
Lee Jofa - Blue Striped.PNG

I came across 2 great sources for vintage equestrian art - Art-Equestrian.com by Suzanne Wilson & CanvasWorksDesigns.com

Suzanne Wilson.PNG
 
round the bend.PNG
 


Bedroom Banter
Here’s Claire Underwood getting a earful from Jade, while I’m admiring the headboard in the background. Because, priorities.

white house - jade's room.jpg

Anyone else watching House of Cards? What do you think of this season? Did it live up to expectations?

Image Credits: Netflix, Schumacher

A Fall Play In Neutrals

I find myself being drawn to a whole lotta neutrals lately. Whether in interiors or fashion, I’m craving patterns and textures right now!  I thought I’d indulge it a little today. 

So while the season to entertain, savor a delicious meal and gather around with friends and family is upon us, here’s my take on creating a beautiful, layered Fall table. One that's textured and interesting, and fun to create!  I think it would make for the perfect setting in a garden - imagine a a backdrop of lush greens.  I’m calling her “Neutral Dreams”. Enjoy!

a fall table with texture and neutrals.png
  1. Start with a modern, textured table cloth like this linen tablecloth . by the Vallentine Project

  2. Add on a wood charger topped with a white dinner plate.

  3. Bordered napkins (love these papaya napkins from Serena & Lily), cinched with black wire napkin rings

  4. Some bamboo flatware - keeping it relaxed

  5. The absolute coolest - brass lassi cups! I might be obsessed with these. I came across some INCREDIBLE antique tumblers when searching online. And on my next visit to India, I’m not coming back without a set!)

  6. Small terracotta butter dishes placed on lush green leaves from the garden. One for each guest.

  7. Speckled ceramic salt cellars with brass spoons

  8. And a couple small baskets of breadsticks

    Now for the centerpiece,

  9. Take an antique glazed pot and give it a burst of parrot tulips! A simple yet charming centerpiece. Love the patina the pot adds to the table. (search for “glazed french pottery” online or on Etsy and you’ll see a bunch)


And we’re ready for a delicious meal & some conversation around the table!

Photo Credits: Alamy (tulips), 123Rf.com (breadsticks)

Inspo When Sourcing For A Client

Lately I’ve been on the hunt for some clean mid-century modern furniture for a client’s home and came across some fantastic inspiration while at it! Lauren Conrad’s former bright, airy Pacific Palisades home caught my attention with it’s clean lines & Cali casual vibe. All that natural light pouring into the living room - the neutral palette plays it up beautifully! I thought I'd break down and share what I love about this space design-wise & how you can get a similar look.

A few aspects I'm loving -
- the warmth and texture - a mix of woods, leather, brass, wovens & plants, against the all-white backdrop looks amazing and really warms up the room
- the delineated windows against the white walls - gorgeous
- a mix of vintage & mid-century modern elements. Like the antique brass coffee table ( a personal favorite she’s carried through different homes) with those incredible (teakwood?) lounge chairs - love their structure
- the mid-century modern rocker (adorable) seems to be having a moment - I’ve seen it show up in many a magazine pages this year!
- that big, beautiful oversized mirror above the fireplace

Lauren Conrad Living Room.PNG


Here's some suggestions to get this look

airy california casual living room.png with eos reference.png


1. planter 2. round brass mirror 3. rocking chair 4. white fringe pillow 5. paint - Benjamin Moore - Super White 6. tan leather sofa 7. brass vase (this one at Wayfair for much, much less, would look just as great), 8. woven bw striped pillow (love this shop The Little Market - fair trade, supports co-ops), or Etsy  9. wink pillow 10. wall sconce 11rug 12. lounge chairs 13. garden stool 14. bw striped pillow 15.fringe throw 16. gold leaf coffee table 17. mongolian faux fur pillow 18. fiddle leaf fig tree 19. woven baskets 20. ace tray 21. hydrangeas in a vase 22. coffee table books - Tim Walker’s Storyteller would be an incredible browse, MAD creativity on every page.

Thoughts, questions? Comment away!