Antiques, crafts, design, diy, girly, home, home decor, Style

If I was famous and had a “life and style” magazine segment…

I’m going to be saying goodbye to my recondo (Redondo Beach Condo); which I have called home for the past 5 years.  I’ve had a blast putting my touch on every wall and I’m sad to say goodbye.  Before selling, I asked my little sister Chanie (Amie…not related…but the closest thing I have to a little sis) to take some pics of the place, just so I could have them.  She captured it perfectly and I’m in love with the images.  She also got some of me and Tawnie…my 9 year old Yorkie (who I bought with my first paycheck as a teacher)!  There were about 422….but here are just a few.

First is my living room.  I spent about 16 hours painting that chevron wall….well really the most time consuming part was the taping!

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One of the best parts about living in Redondo is the proximity to the pier…I loved throwing Tawn in the back of my bike and riding at the beach.  She loved it too!

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I bought these hanging globes from CB2 and made these terrariums using air plants…super low maintenance!

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I was really into the Chevron trend for a while…as you can see!  This wall was super fun.  What was not fun was when a plumber knocked on my door and said there was a leak behind my shower and had to cut out a 10×20 inch chunk out of my hard work….and then proceeded to LEAVE THE HOLE.  Thank God for my rent-a-husband Danny who came in and patched the drywall.  Don’t know what I would do without the Richards family…..they take care of me for sure.  I never did get around to repainting that spot…

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The composition of the pic is fun.

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I love the dining area.  Those are three mirror doors that slide and conceal a large storage closet.  I painted them with gray chalkboard paint and covered the center with paper wall tiles.  Super easy to install!  One of my favorite pieces in the house is the chandelier I fashioned using vintage cage lamps and light coverings found at a flea market.

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And last…here’s my bedroom/craft room.

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bedroom collage 1

desk collage

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sideboard collage

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Antiques, Hot Spot, Shopping, Style

hot spot post: Cedros Part II

Stop 2 at the Cedros Design District was SOLO.  Their website describes the store as, “An upscale collective showcasing the collections of eight creative and dynamic women, each with their own distinct style.”  This is my absolute favorite hot spot!  The variety of products in this shop is amazing.

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The shop is located in a warehouse…look at those beams! Love it.  As you may be able to see…there are different merchants displaying different styles and types of products.  Merchants vary from children’s and collectables to mid century modern and repurposed objects.

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The four pictures below feature the industrial section of the shop.  This is my favorite nook.  I want everything!!!  I bought a pitcher and glasses the last time I visited and I absolutely love them.  It’s always exciting to see what they have because most of the items are vintage “found” items.

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Below are more examples of how each section of the store features a different style and point of view.

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These blankets are adorbs.  Pretty sure I can re-create that with my newly acquired quilting skills!

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Another merchant with a variety of kitchy collectables.

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Take a look at the suitcases pictured below. They are metal and are actually floating shelves!  I love these…The black one needs to be on my wall ASAP.

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The stationary and paper goods are so cute!

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Next stop, Leaping Lotus.

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Similar to SOLO, Leaping lotus houses multiple merchants.  There is a wider variety of products and it has a less cohesive overall feel.  There’s definitely something for everyone!  It is a two story shop with 120 merchants.

Below I took a picture of a beachy merchant as well as an antique merchant.

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I’m loving this art deco faux fireplace facade.  The picture on the right below is the Oliver Shop…my favorite merchant in Leaping Lotus.

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Scary plastic doll chandelier anyone?

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Can’t say that I’m really into parasols but Ooh La Loo…they look good on the ceiling.  Especially in those colors.

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hot spot post: Cedros Part I

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Thanks to my friend Matt, this is one of my favorite spots to spend the day and shop. When visiting him in Encinitas last year he took me here and I fell in love…with the shops that is!  What I love most about these shops are that they are never the same.  Each time I come they are filled with new loot.  The street is filled with antique shops and other home furnishings that are right up my ally.  An eclectic mix of vintage, modern, contemporary, industrial and kitsch.  It’s going to take a few posts to get through my favorite hot spots!  I’ll start at House Vintage since it’s where my girlfriends and I started on Sunday!  House Vintage is located at 315 S Cedros Ave Solana Beach, California 92075.  Upon entering we first explored the outside where there was refinished patio furniture and repurposed home goods that would make great accents to outdoor living spaces.  This is something I love to do myself.  I buy a can of my favorite color and go to town on furniture that needs a little pick me up.  In the house itself you’ll notice that each room has it’s own character.  A guy might walk into this house and see a bunch of junk…but I see a house full of must have treasures!

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This room is having a little Marie Antoinette moment.  Ooh La Loo!

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