Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cowhide Pillows

Yesterday I shared a little peek inside our new home. As part of that post, I included the above image of my latest find - a set of patchwork cowhide pillows that I scored while treasure hunting at Marshalls. I love the texture and touch of pattern they add to our living room without being too bold. Overall, I wanted to keep colors and patterns pretty simple and neutral but love the texture of hides. The pillows were the perfect alternative to making a larger statement with a cowhide rug. I've pulled a handful of similar pillows I also love for recreating the look. 

Cowhide Pillows
1.) V Rugs & Home via Barneys New York cowhide pillow, $295 (available here)
2.) V Rugs & Home via Barneys New York cowhide pillow, $335 (available here)
3.) Crate & Barrel Eldon pillow, $99.95 (available here)
4.) Range Pillows via One Kings Lane cowhide pillow, $194 (available here) 
5.) Barneys New York cowhide pillow, $175 (available here)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Almost Home

( fun entryway accessories )

Our new abode is far from done. Slowly but surely though, it's starting to feel like home. It always takes time to fully settle into a new place and it's easy to get anxious for everything to finally come together. On the other hand, I've been enjoying the hunt for new pieces and accessories to fill our current decorating gaps. I've become a regular at places like T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and the Carlsbad Premium Outlets... my new favorite spots for finding amazing steals like my latest treasure hunt score pictured below. Settling in is really just like everything else in life, you have to remember to enjoy the journey. 

( was so excited when I scored these patchwork hide pillows 
at Marshalls for a fraction of their original price )

( a mix of new and old on our bookshelf )

( love the warm tobacco scent of this candle )

( one of my favorite things about our new home is all the 
natural light we get throughout the day )

( currently on my nightstand )

( a bit of green outside our window )

Monday, October 27, 2014

Malibu Dream Home

There certainly is no shortage of spectacular homes in Southern California. This one in particular I discovered via Architectural Digest. It's a modern Malibu dream complete with ocean views. Unreal. You can read more about this striking abode and it's very lucky dwellers here.

( images via Architectural Digest )

Friday, October 24, 2014

Let's Layer

We love dressing for fall. Who doesn't really? It's a season grounded in everyone's favorite essentials (sweaters, scarves, boots, denim) and generally doesn't require much more than a few lighter layers. While it still feels like summer during the day here in San Diego, the evenings are starting to get pretty chilly. Nights out are our only chance to wear some of our favorite fall gear at the moment. I'm certainly not complaining! We're loving the Southern California sun more than the need for cold weather clothes. Plus, we're looking forward to spending the entire winter in fall-like layers. No heavy coats required here. Sorry, Chicago. 

1.) H&M Sweater w/ Shawl Collar, $39.95 (available here)
2.) Gitman Vintage Chambray Oxford Shirt, $156 (available here)
3.) NN.07 Marco Cotton-Blend Twill Chinos, $145 (available here)
4.) Brooks Brothers Red Wing 8111 Amber Harness Boots, $310 (available here)

1.) Target-Merona Plaid Scarf, $16.99 (available here)
2.) Kule Fraser Sweater, $135 - on sale! (available here)
3.) J. Crew Wool Melton Peacoat, $288 (available here)
4.) Gap Supper Skinny Khakis, $59.95 (available here)
5.) J. Crew Downing Tote in Colorblock Strip, $178 (available here)
6.) Joie Temple Flats, $230 (available here)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Torrey Pines State Reserve

The past two months have been a complete blur. Packing, moving, and then settling into a new state/new home/new job dominated much of our time. While we're still working on that "settling in" part, life has started to settle down enough to free up some time to explore. We've been adding to a growing list of things to do and places to see since we arrived in California, so we were excited when we got to check one of those items off last weekend - a hike through Torrey Pines State Reserve. It's a beautiful stretch of untouched land right along the San Diego coastline. You can't beat the ocean views. Plus the picture perfect weather... it hasn't registered yet that I'm not on a vacation. This is home.