11 Jan 2016

Jet Set: 10 Items To Pack For Your Next Warm Weather Getaway


If you’re like me and dreaming of your next warm weather getaway, don’t you worry, I’ve rounded up 10 brand-new items to bring with you. Browsing the web for new swimsuits, cover ups and sandals already has me getting so excited for next summer. And since we’re talking about travel, here are 6 places I want to visit in 2016. Are you headed anywhere warm soon?

This Tory Burch poncho has my name written all over it.

A tribal maxi tote perfect for magazines, beach towels and more.

A fun necklace to pair with a white tank.

Have you seen the Soludos x LemLem line? I’m obsessed.

A fun gold bangle for only $38 dollars.

Tribal Maxi Tote // A La Plage Band Sandals // Karen Walker Sunnies // OndadeMar Caftan // Cotton Peasant Top // Soludos x LemLem // Tory Burch Beach Poncho // Bamboo Bangle // Lily Pulitzer Dress // Mesh Bathing Suit // Nocturne Necklace // Tory Burch Sunglasses

10 Jan 2016

Get The Look: A Modern Entryway


I have been a fan of Amber Interiors for quite some time. What I love most about her work is that you can tell the spaces she has designed without even clicking on a link to find the source or looking at the watermark on the photo. This is probably one of the most important things I’ve learned about blogging and what they teach at all the blogger conferences… “Create a signature look” so people can tie the image back to your brand. Given her modern, California-cool aesthetic combined with globally inspired pieces, for me at least, it’s quite easy to identify her work.

I came across the above entry-way while working on another post for this week and thought it’d be super easy to re-create the look for less. My favorite piece in this entryway is the modern mid-century console table from West Elm that can easily be used in multiple rooms within a home. Of course, one can never have too many coffee table books (try Elements of Style or Made to Order). And incorporating natural wood elements is one of the easiest ways to achieve that “california-cool” aesthetic. Happy Sunday, loves! Xo. Lauren


Blue Painting  // Mid-Century Media Console // Red Rug // Elements of Style // Made to Order // Wood Bowl // Plant // West Elm White Lamp

*Amber Interiors

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9 Jan 2016

Weekend Notes


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*Amber Interiors

7 Jan 2016

Etsy Shop Spotlight: Liven Up Design

Back when I was redesigning my bedroom for the One Room Challenge, I was very interested in custom designing an x-bench for under my desk. Given the exact dimensions of an x-bench, I knew it would be the perfect space saver in my tiny New York City bedroom. Well in case you are just tuning in, the One Room Challenge is a SIX week challenge sooooo it doesn’t give much time for custom upholstered furniture! Note to self, start earlier next time around!!!!

I wasn’t going to give up on a custom x-bench so I opted for a Hans Wagner Chair (knock off, of course) as seen below to hold me over until I could get my hands on the perfect x-bench in the meantime.

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So I started researching a few different custom furniture makers across the US and came across Etsy shop Liven Up Design. I emailed Jen and told her the exact look I wanted. I can’t tell you how helpful she was throughout the whole process with sharing exact yardage, how much time it would take to develop and ship.

Now it was time to decide on the fabric. I reached out to Decorators Best who was also just as helpful when it came to fabric options. Decorators Best is one of the top sources for the latest in wallpaper and fabric from the top designers in the industry. As I’ve blogged about before, I am a HUGE fan of textile designer John Robshaw. Given that I was going for a Montuak inspired look, I knew I had to have a John Robshaw print for my x-bench. I ended up selecting a super bold print, Duarlee’s Fazil Blue fabric (now on sale!) and mailed it to Jen.

Now that things have calmed down after the holidays, I finally had a chance to shoot my updated desk space and of course I had to show you guys!!


What do you think? I moved the Hans Wagner chair to another room in my apartment and figure I can use both the chair and x-bench in several different rooms in the future. Hope you love as much as I do! And if you’re in market for custom upholstured furniture, be sure to reach out to Jen at Liven Up Design. She is the best!! Xoxo. Lauren

Shop My Desk Space:

Matouk Beach Towel c/o // Hans Wagner Wishbone Chair // West Elm Mini Mid-Century Desk // Target Lucite Lamp Similar // Made by Girl Print // Inslee Illustration // Gold Alarm Clock // Design Darling Tortoise Shell Vase // Hamptons Book // A Privileged Life // Rowing Blazers // Kate Spade Notebook // To-Do Notebook // J.Crew Panama Hat