Monday, January 31, 2011

Where To Find The Perfect........

This week I am focusing on finding the perfect ________! So if you are looking for something please post a comment and I will search for perfection for you. I LOVE a challenge can't you tell!

Todays Focus
The Blackboard

You can design it with a white, black or wood frame. I prefer white although all black can be chic!
on sale at Ballard 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My New Favorite TV show and it is only 7 minutes long!

LOVING Web Therapy! It is sooooooo funny . I had to share. Lisa Kudrow is brilliant  as is Julie Claire in this episode! It is a webisode not actually on TV - YET!  I promise watch all three and you will be both shocked and giggle uncontrollably.

Episode 1 0f 3

Episode 2

My New Favorite TV show - and it is only 7 minutes!

Part 3

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Best Date Night in LA - with or without kiddies!

Tonight was absolutely perfect! My husband and I had a date night and took the kids along it it still felt like date night - I think it was my favorite dining experience in LA so far 

We started at  Manpuku Tokyo BBQ (where you cook your own fish and meat on the table) 

Not even a little bit sorry that I ate the whole thing - ok maybe a little

 which was more than YUM and so much fun- so much! @ 2125 Sawtelle Blvd., West LA

(310) 473-0580

Then we found this new cozy yummy Churros Place that was BEYOND!

Churros Calientes

11521 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles; (424) 248-3890.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The One Thing Every Decorator Hates (but every home needs)!

The  junk spot - A place to throw your keys , mail, newspapers and general crap. Do you have one? I do and it is over flowing. Would love to know what your put your stuff in. Here are some suggestions

Buy Here - I know - I love it too.

Via Apartment Therapy - maybe in my dreams!

Via Martha.. This is exactly why we love her!
Via Here  . For some reason this does not feel too kidish but loose the stuffed animal please.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Want To Have Lunch With Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler?

Ok  you probably can't but if you could have lunch with Jonathan and KW  and if they were  to share it all  it would feel exactly like this. I promise if you watch these videos you will feel like they have shared their  best secrets like being part "maid" for his clients or how KW would rather quit a project than deal with someone who pushes bad taste. I can't wait to hear what you think of these videos - J'ADORABLE! ( That word reminds me of superstar GMA producer Anthony Underwood)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I know this sounds totally crazy but a year ago my husband and I went to a restaurant on Park Avenue South and on the table was this little sugar caddy so small that had everything you could ever need for your tea or coffee and I have been OBSESSING over it for a year now. Even my husband who never notices anything like that thought it was super cool. Well he finally found it!

Salt, Pepper, Milk, Sugar and Tea - The restaurant even had a  space for Splenda and honey. AHHHHH Restaurant living! Of course it's not cheap but it is cheaper than a car. 

by Sambonet ... Click The Sambonet Sky Set to find.

The Happy Hour Set

Do you Love?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Todays Important Tip ... It's Quick, Easy, Changes Everything and FREE!

Remove Your Jackets - And I am not talking Coats!

For the quickest bang without a spending a buck Remove all Jackets from your books! Especially the ones in the kitchen!  I promise it will look sooooooooo much better! Have you done this already ?

WHAT IS MISSING IN THIS PICTURE- Oh yes bent paper jackets! AHHHH soo much better!

Divine No?
Penguin books without Jackets.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hot Topic... A DIY girls Pet Peeve that you all need to hear.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE reader posts - LOVE and today I got a good one from GF

"Ok, I love this blog. This is a snarky comment but more of a general snarky comment than one focused on exactly what is posted here. Disclaimer done.

I am a DIY'r when it comes to painting and such. Why to so many people say "I painted the kitchen" when they hired it done. Wouldn't it be more accurate to say "I had the kitchen painted" or "Fantastic Painter David just finished with a fabulous coat of white in my kitchen"

I am less irked when it is a much more complex task or group of tasks "we built a house" I get because even just picking a lot and floor plan and letting the builder do all the work is really rather hard. Versus grabbing a paint chip and calling David."

Well GF I get it BIG TIME! Won't happen again - promise! And thank you because it is something I have NEVER thought about but makes TOTAL sense.  I would never paint my own kitchen because I have done it before and it was a disaster. I do however have a friend her name is Kate Betts who used to change the color of her apartment with the seasons and did it herself - I was always so impressed by that - It stuck with me all these years later. How often do you change the color of your walls and do you Paint it or employ someone like David Fantastic? 
Image Via Color Fast  - I am loving the double Melon  (Cantaloupe and Honeydew)- You?

Chic This Week .. 2 Insanely cool NYC Apartments

Lauren Santo Dominico's  tres chic apartment Check out all the chic details on
Photography Claiborne Swanson Franky Claiborne Swanson Frank

Samantha Boardman home BEYOND Via

Sunday, January 23, 2011

LA Contact list

Well - I did it - I painted the kitchen white and though it looks soooooo much better it also brings out how ugly the floor and ceiling are oh and that I need new curtains STAT.
As I progress I must share my resources.
1. Painter David - 626-590-3532
2. Painter Freddie - 213-300-3648

Slip Cover guy
Louis - 323-459-4078

If you care to share your favorites please do! Thanks Suze

Brilliant idea - Why didn't I think of it?

When you don't have a fireplace this is the next best thing - Love the quirk factor - so much fun. Thanks Live Like You for posting this Rug Company image. It makes me smile. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

7 OMG Room Makeovers!

Love these! 

Before and After Powder Room Via Cococozy


Via So Haute Style

Via Socket Site 


 Via Re-nest

Via Belle Maison

Thursday, January 20, 2011

7 Things you don't know about me ... or maybe you do ...Stylish Blogger Award

Thank you Jill from Live Like You (one of my favorite blogs) for nominating Dwellers Without Decorators for the Stylish Blogger Award.

I’m supposed to follow these three rules.

Here are 7 Things about me:
1. I am OBSESSED with water skiing - I even go to a little place in Orlando called the Swiss Ski School to just spend a week and live in a shack and ski - I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
2. I am the worlds worst speller-OK if you read this blog you know this fact... but even still,  I wrote a book about a guy who dumped me called Getting Over John Doe and it has been published in 5 languages. 
3. I have three boys named after Cities in Texas - and there is absolutely no reason why - Oddly enough  there is a Football player named David Carr who has kids with all the same names and same ages - strange.  David if you read this lets have a family play date - we can come to you! 
4.  I am incapable of looking at things negatively - I am the ultimate lemonade maker!  People both love and hate me for this.
5. I become totally focused on random things and then move on to the next weekly  - Since I have lived in LA here is my list so far, Gardening, Bracelet making, Tarot Card Reading, Bar Method, Bicycling, Burn 60 - so far so good.
6.  I am married to my total opposite - We even played the Newly Wed Game and I though about how I would answer each question and then answered the opposite and we won. I am also the president  of his fan club! He is the sweetest man on the planet - OK -  I'll  stop gushing now! 
7. I speak gibberish, ubbydubby and really bad  French.  
Bthgy Frthgiends. 
  So many of my favorites have been nominated by Jill at Live Like You  but I can't pick 10 when I read all of these every day! 

If I am missing you let me know!