JK Place Malibu

I’m back! I haven’t been blogging in quite some time because I’ve been updating my website… and by that I mean Ryan has been working late nights to get everything up and running and I’ve been annoying and over-analyzing every single detail. :) I wanted the site to be a bit simpler in design but with more content. It has a few more projects that I photographed over the winter and a new bio page to add a bit more of my personality. I plan on blogging at least once a week so I need to add a reminder to my phone to make sure that happens. (I’ve also been planning on eating healthy and working out, but yet my pants are tighter. Let’s hope I have better success with blogging!) So here I am…

I’ve had this post saved in my inbox for almost two months and needed to blog about it because it’s just so beautiful. Chic boutique hotel group JK Place had a pop up hotel in Malibu this past March and I’m in love with the modern California vibe. After doing some research, it turns out the house is owned by real estate maven Kurt Rappaport and is estimated to be valued at $100 million.(!!!!)
I love the light wood ceiling and the mix of gray with warm buttery leather. I am so in love with the media room! Everything about it looks so cozy: the sunken in sectional, the huge coffee table to kick your feet up, the built ins, and large scale art casually leaning against the wall. This room especially will definitely be pinned up in my office for inspiration!














Discovered via Habitually Chic.



Before everyone heads off to celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share photos from our babymoon if you’d like to see…

About two weeks ago, we spent five days at the beautiful Cocos Hotel in Antigua and did nothing but relax and it felt so good. We woke up early every morning thanks to the colorful sunrise we saw directly from bed and spent the days lounging on the beach. I read an entire book that didn’t involve design or how my body might have freakish changes over the next few months. :)  We took little adventures like snorkeling and kayaking in the Caribbean. (Note: kayaking while pregnant in an ocean is not easy.) We both got massages (Ryan’s first) and the baby moved the most I have ever felt him. He must like getting pampered like his mama! Even though Ryan thought I made the term “babymoon” up, even he agrees that it was nice to have the time to relax, to not worry about time, and just to connect without technology running our lives. If you’re expecting, I highly recommend a trip before life gets crazy.

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The view from the private beach. Those little huts are the restaurants overlooking the ocean.

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The view from our bed.

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The view from the pool.

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Our shower. Showering any other way is just silly.

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The day after our trip, we had our 20 week check up and our baby boy is looking healthy. Much like our first ultrasound, he wouldn’t cooperate and the technician had to bang on my belly to get him to move. (It was as comfortable as it sounds.) At some points he was even sticking his tongue out!
Now I’m 22 weeks and it’s going by so quickly. I am thankful for such an enjoyable pregnancy and for the health of this little peanut. As excited as I am to meet him, I’m going to miss this.

San Francisco

The last four days were spent in a city we fell in love with instantly… San Francisco. Unfortunately Ryan and I both caught a nasty cold the entire time we were here, but we made the best out of it. We stayed at this swanky hotel called The Clift designed by Philippe Stark. It was really minimal, but probably the most homey hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The ceilings were probably 12′ in the rooms, and the window treatments made it feel less like a hotel but more like your master bedroom.

We checked out each neighborhood and we were surprised how much like Manhattan the city felt like. Although it was more beautiful, clean, and friendly. ;) And all the food was so fresh! We loved walking on Pier 39, which felt like home because we always love going to boardwalks at the Jersey Shore. I also really loved Sausolito, a quaint little city right across from the Golden Gate Bridge. Ryan’s number one thing he wanted to do was see the Redwood trees. (There’s a reason why his friend calls him “Ry Dry the nature guy”..) It was unbelievable to see how BIG they are!
The last night we were there, we went to an outdoor food festival called Off the Grid. There were about 30 food trucks, a few wine trucks, and a few local brewery trucks. We ate the best tacos ever (seriously) listening to live music and drinking cocktails. The entire trip was huge inspiration for my cooking, and I can’t wait to try their pulled pork tacos. I had chipotle shrimp tacos with pico de gaillo but scarfed it down before I could take a picture. It was that good!

All in all, our trip to California was really fun. It was the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation, and romance. :)



Los Angeles

The Stahl House was by far my favorite part of our trip to LA, but we had fun doing other things the two short days we were there. We stayed at the Andaz and we absolutely loved it! It was in a great location, was very modern and had the most beautiful rooftop pool overlooking the Hollywood Hills. We loved the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Urban lights installation. (I was kind of in love the elevator bank at the museum. Doesn’t it look very Mad Men?!) We also did one of those celebrity house tours (nerds!) and as embarrassed as I was buying the ticket, we had so much fun. Our favorite was a quick exterior tour of the Greystone Mansion that was in over 50 films (although the only one I can remember is Richie Rich!) Their gardens were so inspiring, I took way too many pictures but won’t bore you with! Imagine getting married there?! We also checked out the Getty Villa in Malibu and had lunch at Moonshadows overlooking the ocean. Literally. The bar where we sat was over the ocean! :)


Andaz Los Angeles hotel
LACMA elevators
Greystone mansion gardens
Greystone mansion gardens
Getty Villa
Moonshadows Malibu


Stahl House

Ryan and I took a trip to California for our anniversary a few weeks ago and I’d love to share some photos!  We originally started planning this trip because we won a few nights at an amazing 5 star resort in Santa Barbara (more on that later!) so we decided to extend the trip. We flew into LA, stayed for a few nights, drove up the coast to Santa Barbara, stayed a few nights, drove up the coast a little more to San Francisco where we ended our trip. Our first stop (quite literally) was going to the Stahl House, and to say I was excited was an understatement! I’m sure you’ve seen the infamous photographs by Julius Shuhlmann. I mean… they are so beautiful. During our tour, they told us that the photo of the two women chatting were actually assistants to the photographer and it was an organic shot in the moment. Isn’t that interesting? I always imagined it being a formal cocktail party and they were women chatting about their husbands.

The home is very simply laid out in the Hollywood hills and has the most breathtaking view of the city. It is a “L” shape with the kitchen, living room, and dining room one one side, and the master bedroom, bathroom, and children’s bedroom on the other. While beautiful, it wasn’t the most practical for family life today. They had one TV, in the master bedroom, and the family all watched together in their room. Also, three children shared one bedroom and in order to get to their bedroom you had to walk through the parents bedroom. The house is still owned by the children, and even one of the sons was there to chat with us.

We arrived for the tour around 6:30pm and stayed for about two hours to watch the sunset. We took photos, experienced the space during different lighting, and chatted with some fun people from all across the country. You see those glass panels in the living room? They are actually sliding doors. We sat there chatting about our trip while the most perfect breeze swept through the house and it made me giddy. Giddy to be in California, giddy to be celebrating another year with Ryan, and giddy that I feel fortunate to be designer who gets this excited by design.

Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles

Stahl House, Los Angeles

Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles
Stahl House, Los Angeles


I’ve never really considered myself a lucky person, but this weekend Ryan got an email saying that we won a weekend in California’s wine country! Technically I didn’t win, but what’s his is mine right? After all, I sent him the link at work and asked him to enter. :) When he told me he won I definitely screamed and did a strange happy dance! I’ve always wanted to go to California, and now that we’re getting more into wine I think we’ll appreciate it even more. The best part (as if there is only one) is that we’ll be going on a romantic picnic overlooking the vineyards! Now all we need to figure out is when we should go!

A huge thank you to Camille Styles for sharing such an amazing giveaway!