Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hotel love: San Ysidro Ranch

Happy Monday! Yet, I'm not going to lie that I am sad for this dreamy weekend to come to an end.
As you can see, I didn't hold back in over-sharing photos of this fairytale of a place we visited yesterday. 

While we were in the Santa Barbara area this weekend, we stopped off at the San Ysidro Ranch on our way home. We decided this highly raved about hotel, would be our destination to stretch out and go for a stroll. Boasting 'America's top hotel' by Forbes magazine and also on Goop (where Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin got married) we had to check this place out. Oh my, it was everything and more! Tucked back in the hills of Montecito, it's the perfect quiet and romantic escape. Although it costs a real pretty penny to stay at the San Ysidro Ranch, it's worth stopping by for Sunday brunch, or even just to walk the charming grounds. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Introducing: stuck on you

I have always had a thing for monograms, I just love personalizing any gift. So when I was introduced to this adorable company, it was love at first sight.  The cutest kid's labels and gifts, to outfit all things personal. Not only do I love the bib for my Theo, but I think it makes for the perfect baby shower present. Who doesn't love something that was made just for them, or just for their baby? Personalizing always goes that extra mile.

Above are my top favorite picks at Stuck on You's online shop. Take a peek!

*Enter promo code 'SMITH' at check out, and you will receive free shipping!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lombardi House

I recently took a tour, with my friend Brooke at MTF Studio, of the ultra charming Lombardi House. Located in the heart of hollywood, it's a gorgeous new event space that also acts as a luxury vacation rental. So genius!

So, whether you attend/throw an event there, or just want to crash with a bunch of girlfriends, it's a top notch stylish experience. Not only is the exterior stunning, but all the interior design was done by one of my favorites, Amber Interiors

Now, I just need to plan the perfect event here...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome September

September is one of my favorite months here in Southern California. Labor day may mark summer's end, but I say the best month is just beginning ;) The crowds are gone, and the sun is still out blazing. And it doesn't hurt that it's a month of celebrating for our little family, ringing in our 4th Anniversary (time flies crazy fast), and my husband's birthday back to back.

So, I welcome you September!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Monday

 Hope your weekend was sunny and beautiful! 

Our little nugget had his first swim at 10 weeks old. And its safe to say he loved it. Completely content in that prestine, saline pool. Love making memories with my boys.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Passing on Wanderlust

While I was pregnant, I did my fair share of traveling for work. It was 14 flights to be exact (complete with nausea and swollen ankles).

Although despite some discomforts of pregnancy, I like to think that I was starting my baby boy young ;) Teaching him in the womb, the beauty of travel and exploring new places. To remember some of the cities I visited with my Theo, I picked him up a book as a figurative stamp in his soon to be growing passport. The books are from M. Sasek's children's travel collection. Someday when reading him bedtime stories, I will get to tell him, 'you've been there in my tummy.' And for some reason, that just really warms my heart. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Theo's Nursery

above photos by Rachel Thurston

I wanted to share photo's of our little labor of love nursery for our sweet Theo. We wanted to create a neutral and minimal space, that had some masculine and eclectic touches. 

I have a thing for wooden toys, they are just so pretty! I know all the plastic is inevitable, but for now when he is young we will enjoy the wood ;) Since Theo is born in the Chinese year of the 'wooden horse' the rocking horse was so fitting and the perfect touch from my mother in law. 

I hunted and hunted for the perfect rocking/gliding chair, surprisingly hard to find a modern design that was comfortable. They all seemed to be stiff with low backs. But, I finally found the one! Land of Nod makes the perfect "Milo Glider' combing beautiful form and incredible function, and tops it off with a gorgeous copper base. I also went with Land of Nod, for Theo's mid-century dresser as well. It's called the "Blake Dresser,"I swapped out the nobs for Anthropologie knobs to bring in some gold.  The Moroccan pouf used as the foot stool/ottoman, I found on Etsy. I love the dark leather, gives the space a more masculine feel. I debated what seemed like forever on the rug. I almost splurged at West Elm, yet I found this one at Urban Outfitters for half the cost. For a natural fibers rug, it's shockingly soft which is needed for a nursery. The lighting fixture is also from Urban Outfitters

The lamb is a Target find, the base color ties in the dark navy wall on the opposite side of the room. The pillow sitting on the glider is Caitlin Wilson Design, I love the metallic gold - elevates the room and gives the corner some shine. The Dwell Studio crib is also mid-century, simple and clean. A purchase that will last all my kids, boys or girls. Lastly, are the sailboat prints. We found them at the Long Beach Flea Market, and matted and framed them ourselves. While making them, we came up with our family motto...

'Smiths set sail" ;)

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