Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Best White Marble Alternative FOUND! New Statuario Pol Porcelain.

The search is over and you will love me because I finally found it! After bouncing around between Ceasarstone, Silestone, Granite, and the real thing (which of course looked so much better than everything else) I finally found perfection in the form of porcelain tile. My husband and I kept looking for a really white looking carerra marble with grains that didn't just look like dirt, beige or faux.  Then by a fluke, I found Statuario Polished Porcelain Slab made in Italy by Iris.  Not only is it much less expensive than the runner up which was Ceasarstone Calacatta Nuvo but it looks exactly like the real thing. Why? Because it is not a drawn on pattern, but a digital high resolution photographic image that has the beauty of a natural slab of marble.  How cool is that?  It is thin so you have to build it up with a solid piece of wood.
I overheard the sales person whisper to my contractor that it is $1600 a slab.

Shout out to Studio McGee for sharing this perfect kitchen with the world. I empaled them to ask what the divine countertop was and they replied,"We used Hanstone - Tranquility in this kitchen. It came out really good and looks even better in person. Please let me know what additional info you need from us". 

I am obsessed with this white and gold kitchen that is chicer than chic by Studio McGee! Check out the before and after HERE

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The 4 Best Carrera Marble Alternatives

I have been looking for the perfect kitchen counter top and with 3 kids, a marble Carrera counter is just not an option. It stains and always looks a little dirty. I'm totally obsessed with finding something that looks more white than grey and more real than fake.  Here are my top 4 picks for the best Carrera marble alternative.

1. Cambria Torquay Quartz countertops (looks just like marble).
2. HanStone quartz called Tranquility
3. Misty Carrera by Caesarstone.
4. Frosty Carrera by Caesarstone

1. Cambria Torquay  Quartz  Via Seventh House

2. Hanstone Quartz Tranquility 

3. Misty Carrera by Ceasarstone  via Here
Close up of Misty

4. Frosty Carrina Caesarstone  

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kitchen Renovation Meditation

 Breathing in it's going to look fabulous! 
Doris Day's Kitchen
Doris Day was so  happy in hers and mine looked the same but I just couldn't find the love. Since the day I moved into this house, I have been secretly plotting to destroy this kitchen. My husband finally gave me the green light and so before I even had a plan I ripped it up the next day. There is no turning back now!  I am pulling it together on the fly and I am so excited! The concept is this below.

Something like this but not this:
White cabinets, white beveled subway tile , white Carrera countertop with waterfall and pale gray floor tile.
Unfortunately, I have to buy a pinball machine and put it in the living room as payback and keep the Go Rangers welcome mat but I think it is a fair exchange.
So fellow dwellers with taste - any good advice. Help. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Last 10 %

I got caught up in my new company, Unplug Meditation, and totally put my house on hold. Now that it is running smoothly I got a good re look at my home and there is still that last 10% that I want to finish. This is next on my vision board.  The tent and the concrete pool frame.  Do you Love?
From C Magazine Home by Designer Ruthie Sommers.

Friday, April 11, 2014

unplug meditation studio: Before and After

I know it has been too LONG but I have been busy turning my vision board into a real place called unplug meditation . About a year and 1/2 ago I decided that I wanted to learn how to meditate and realized that I couldn't find a place that felt modern, chic and clean with meditation that was easy to learn and guided by inspirational teachers.  So, I decided to build it. It's called unplug meditation and the grand opening is this Tuesday. You are all invited to try it out this week free.
It's located at 12401 Wilshire Blvd suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90025 Would love to hear what you think. Please.
Photos by Mark Leibowitz

When I found out the front desk was going to cost $17,000 I went into panic mode and then ran to Ikea
and bought a kitchen cabinet. I am so happy with it!
Flowers by Botany 
This is a magnetic book wall. The books float on the wall and the shelves are magnets. You can easily take the books on and off.
Wabi Sabi bookcase. The best part of being the store buyer is that I want everything inside.
Lauren Eckstrom one of unplug meditation's inspirational; teachers hanging on the shoe cubby.  I had the wall letters made by Craft Cuts and it was a great find. The cushion is charcoal flannel.

Love these meditation chairs the go into 5 positions and the art was made from large canvases from Blick and vinyl letters from Craft Cuts.

In the shop

Betsey Carter Mugs
My unplug t shirt on the gorgeous Victoria's Secret Model Alessandra Ambrosio styled by Inge Fonteyne

Motto Journals

Betsey Carter Meditation Stones

This is what it looked like before
The before of the meditation room.
This was the front lobby - there was a big gray plastic cubicle where the desk and store are now

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lawn Minimalism with Creeping Red Fescue

I have been totally inspired by Kelly Behun's home in Elle Decor  to complete pull out the piles of random bushes and make a clean boarder of Creeping Red Fescue - the long swirly grass that is chic beyond and used in LA in stunning ways. Problem is that I was quoted $26,000 to do this — can you imagine? So now I am planting with seed for a couple hundred and it is working. I started with a small patch and now I am going to go for it. My back yard is a mess but will post when it is done. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

In Search for the Perfect Pink Box

I have always wanted to and now I am going to turn my closet into an office. Remember this post HERE?
I am totally desperate to find these exact pink boxes - I have found so many that are close but no cigar.
Where did this photo come from? Have you seen this anywhere anyone? 

Love these Kate Spade Boxes Via HERE  that pink works but I am searching for more variety.