Ten Things...

Monday, August 22, 2016

For those of you who have been following my blog since the dawn of time, you may remember the post I did in 2012 about the ten things I can't live without. The idea was to come up with a list of ten things "I can't live without" similar to the types of roundups that you would find in the pages of a luxury magazine like Architectural Digest, or Vogue.  I mean, if I were to come up with a list of then things I truly can't live without I think it would look something like this (in no particular order):

Bug Spray
Sun Block
My Family (lest I list them all and happen to leave someone off)
Clean Water

That's just off the top of my head. But the type of list I am actually thinking about usually involves a magazine interviewing someone famous like Michael Kors or Renzo Piano and the list often includes a lot of things that almost any human could live without: Teslas, Nars Lip Stain, Louis Vuitton Luggage and the like.  In any case, I find these lists to be quite humorous, but I also like them as an exercise in brand distillation.  What is my personal brand (and I don't mean just the Nest Studio brand here)? and what ten things sum up my personal image? And since four years have passed since the last time I thought about this,  I figured it would be a good time to revisit my old list and come up with a new one. Here is what we had in 2012 and a little blurb about where I stand on that item now:

Vegemite - Yup. I still swear by Vegemite and butter on an English muffin for breakfast but I'm not sure I will be including this in my next list - gotta move on to something more interesting and new.

Ramen - Well, since I would definitely need this on a desert island, it is pretty much a given.

Silver Birkenstocks - I love my Birks. I now have the white thin strap Birks and they are a summer staple.  But I have some other fun necessities of the footwear variety to share with you for 2016.

Loreal Voluminous Mascara - Always.

J Crew Matchstick Jean - Well, ya know, styles actually change. I have moved on to Madewell for all my denim staples but I do have fond memories of the J Crew Matchstick.

My Black 2008 Honda Fit - Oh man, I miss that car!  Maybe one day I will get another, but in the era of hauling 2 kids, a husband, an au pair and all kinds of other junk, I have moved on to bigger, more mom-like cars.

IKEA Svalka Bistro Wine Glasses - These are great.  Still an everyday wine staple.

Black Sharpies - I use these all the time still, but I think I will bring some other practical items to the list for this time around. Although most recently I have discovered black sharpie for coloring in grey hairs!

Kenzo Parfum D'Ete  - This perfume was so great!  I miss it and wish Kenzo still made it. I discovered it on vacation and have decided vacay is the best time to try and buy a new perfume (because later the perfume will always remind you of that holiday).  Can't wait to share my new staple scent with you.

Stay tuned for my new list and a 10 Things roundup from each member of the Nest Studio Team!

Stylin' Mamma: Fall Fashion Wishlist (NorCal Style)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

First of all, it's nice to be back here at the Nest Studio blog.  For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jaime and I write the San Francisco-based lifestyle and parenting blog Less on the Floor.  I've known Jess for about 20 years now and it's always fun to collaborate on Stylin' Mama.

If you read any fashion blogs you *probably* noticed that last week was all about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, aka the official Fall Fashion Shopping Event (kind of like back-to-school for grown-ups).  

It's made for some fun browsing, but honestly...living here in Northern California it always makes me giggle a bit.  Because what the rest of the country thinks of as "transitional dressing" or "shoulder-season dressing" is really just dressing in San Francisco, where the temperatures are always between 49 and 75 degrees and usually swing a full 20 or 30 degrees on any given day.  

Do I get excited about Fall Fashion?  Yessir, I do.  But it's honestly in more of fashion-porn kind of a way.  For example, I lust for these boots, but you know what?  I will never.  Wear.  Them.  Because they will feel great in the morning and then the sun will come out and they will just stick to my hot legs and annoy me until the fog rolls back in.  

In short, my Fall Fashion Wishlist is as schizophrenic as the weather in these parts.  Sandals and sweaters, anoraks and cropped pants.  Somehow it all works...and of course, end-of-summer sales work in our favor.  So there's that.  

To start, I am lately obsessed with staggered-hem jeans.  I actually DIY-ed my own last week in a fit of frugality, but if that's not your thing, these from Nordy's are pretty cool.  

For the summer-to-fall transition, a soft sweater in a soft color will ward off any chill in the air, but be sure to layer over a fitted tee for the inevitable midday burst of sunshine.  (P.S. how sexy is this henley?)

For trucking around town, those who know check out Bryr clogs.  Handmade right here in their Dogpatch studio, just down the street from AT&T Park, these clogs are so beautiful and literally give life to your jeans-and-a-sweater.  I know Jess had some mixed results ordering from them -- my suspicion is that their production infrastructure wasn't quite up to their sudden cult-status explosion last year -- but so far mine are holding up beautifully.  These Spanish Peep-Toes are next on my list.   

Though neither my professional life nor my social life demand heels these days (sigh), I am a gal who likes to be prepared to go day-to-night.  Cue these lovely rose-colored heels (on sale!): between your sexy henley and your sexy shoe, all that's missing from date night is a glass of rose. 

On a more practical note, this dressy anorak is the perfect back-of-the-car coat in case the sweater isn't cutting it.  And of course, every Stylin' Mama needs a bag that can hold everything...and I hear backpacks are still hot these days.  

Whatever your life demands, enjoy these last few weeks of summer and happy Fall shopping.  

Chic Neutral Mid Century Haven

Monday, August 15, 2016

Hi, Kate Cabiltes here!

After coming across the blog Stories by Venice Beach based designer Sarah Sherman Samuel I have been inspired by her spaces more times than I can count. The eclectic but California cool look of her own home's mid century living room is oozing with inspiration. The light colored high ceilinged bones of the room provided a great canvas to layer the streamlined mid century furniture with Scandinavian boho accents. The jaw dropping Jonathan Adler light fixture really anchors the entertaining area which is centered with a rusty patterned rug. While the room is primarily neutrals, the varying shades of brown and rust and all the pops of white and brass add depth to the airy space.

Here's how to get the look in your living room...

Octagon Wall Mirror via CB2
Jonathan Adler Meurice Collection 30-Light Brass Chandelier via Lamps Plus
The August with Ferns via The Sill
The Architecture of Happiness Book via Amazon
Mara Oak Coffee Table via Article
Burnt Ochre & Butternut Floral Border Wool Rug via West Elm
Copper & Cognac Palermo Chair via The Citizenry
Pod Hanging Chair via CB2

Inspiration Image via Sarah Sherman Samuel

- Kate

Urban Farmhouse: Second Guest Room

Hi Folks - We are down to our last concept post on the Urban Farmhouse Project! So far I've shown you the Master, Kid's Room, Guest Room, Living / Dining, and Play Room - plus all the finishes in the kitchen and baths.  There is one more bedroom in the house. In the future this will become a nursery for a second child. But in the meantime it's a second guest bedroom and study. The owners wanted to use some of their existing furniture including a dresser and double bed. They also didn't want to spend a ton of money here. What was purchased new should be able to be re-used elsewhere or in a future nursery. We did a West Elm rug and a fun rattan mirror from Target.  I think this room will be nice and bright and a great space for guests until Baby #2 comes along.

Can't wait to show you the final product as we get stuff put into place!

Urban Farmhouse: The Playroom

Monday, August 8, 2016

We're nearing the end of our concept boards for the Urban Farmhouse Project.  Just the second guestroom left to show after this.  And even more exciting is the fact that my client moved in a week ago and we are finally starting to install, get things placed in their proper positions and see the spaces come together. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, here is what we came up with for the playroom. The playroom is upstairs and most of the bedrooms come off of this space. It is flooded with light and has great views (as well as a really fun little reading nook bench off the side).  We wanted it to be kid friendly, eclectic and colorful and we also wanted to utilize some existing pieces the client had (like the media console). Here is our concept board.

And here is a photo of the little reading nook so far:

And the gallery wall over the sofa:

Can't wait to get everything unwrapped and set up!

Urban Farmhouse: Guest Bedroom

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hi Folks! Jess Davis here with another post about my Urban Farmhouse Project. Last week I showed you the boy's room.  This week we have the guest room. The room is small and the owners wanted it to feel light and airy.  We found a concept image that gave us some direction and here is what we came up with.

We utilized some furniture that they already had from their previous residence and paired it with a vintage rug and Los Angeles themed artwork.  

Here is the guest bath that adjoins the room.

Looking forward to showing you the super fun play room next week!

Sunny Moroccan Bathroom

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hey, Kate Cabiltes here!

I personally believe that the bathroom should be one of the most soothing rooms in your home and when I ran into this bright haven by designer Becki Owens I was absolutely obsessed. This already spacious white bathroom was styled to look slightly Moroccan by adding in warm global accents such as a kilim rug and turkish towels. The large round mirror opens up the space even more and the gold hanging light fixture and sconces add a touch of understated glamour. 

Here's how to get the look in your bathroom...

Round Steel Mirror via Kathy Kuo Home
Handcrafted Pendant via Arteriors
Turkish Towel via Overstock
Hub Ladder via Umbra
Elodie Rug via Lulu & Georgia
Bamboo Bath Caddy via Toilet Tree Products
Baies Candle via Diptyque Paris
Rose Bouquet in Mint Julep Cup via Wayfair

Inspiration image via Style Me Pretty

- Kate

Urban Farmhouse: Boy's Room

Monday, July 25, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I showed you the progress on the master bedroom at Urban Farmhouse Project in Los Angeles.  My lovely clients have the cutest little boy who is around Lucy's age. His parents wanted a fun, boyish room that could grow with him.  He had a nice set of RH furniture and a fun rocker and ottoman.  We created a cool wainscot paint effect and used some spoonflower fabric on the drapes. Here is the board.

Here is the room in progress.

And just as a reminder, here is the kids' bathroom that I think works really nicely with his big / little boy room.

Textured Neutral Kitchen

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hello all, it's Kate again bringing you another drool worthy space to admire!

I am forever inspired by the lovely founders of the blog Honestly WTF and the kitchen of Erica Chan styled by the talented 
Bianca Sotelo blew me away instantly. This neutral kitchen could suit almost anyone with its classic walnut hardwood floors and classy marble countertops. By adding an eclectic but cozy antique rug runner, high leather stools and some unique countertop accessories personality is easily added to the space. Also, aren't the grey painted cabinets such a versatile but eye catching shade?! While Erica used the color KraftMaid in Greyloft I've sourced a bluer option in my roundup!

Here's how to get the look in your kitchen...

Hale Navy Paint via Benjamin Moore

Otto One Light Pendant via One Kings Lane
Live Olive Tree via One Kings Lane
Antique Rug via Amber Interiors
Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash via Aesop
Leather Bar Stool via CB2
Mango Wood Chopping Board via Temple & Webster
Puebla Hand Towel via The Citizenry

Inspiration Image via Honestly WTF

- Kate

Urban Farmhouse: The Master Bedroom

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hey there! A little update on my urban farmhouse project.  Last week I posted the living and dining room board.  This week I'm introducing you to the master bedroom.  The space is at the front of the house and has a beautiful vaulted beamed ceiling.  Again the feel is sort of clean, farmhouse, boho.  Here is the master bath board from a while back.

And here is the bedroom board.

A little has changed since the board was created. We found a vintage rug so the blue West Elm rug is going away (though I still love it).  Here is a progress photo of the space.

Can't wait to see it all come together!