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Home Tour – Helmick Hacienda

Another month, another amazing home tour, and this one is of the Helmick Hacienda!  I fell in love with this family by following them on Instagram of course!  How else do you make friends these days?!  Haha!  But seriously, wait till you see this gorgeous home… The aesthetic is quintessential Southern California beach style and I can’t get enough.  They definitely make it look effortless and stylish!

And if you think their home is beautiful, wait till you see the family behind it!  Jason, Laura, River and Bodhi are as cute as can be, but I think the one who steals the show has got to be their dog Cowboy!  Laura has a few DIY’s on her site that you won’t want to miss as well.  I was a little jealous and in awe when I saw she DIY’d the very same cement tile we put in our kitchen in one of their bathrooms!!  You guys have to see it to believe it!

Without further ado, start scrolling and get your pin button ready!!!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photo

Tell us a little bit about you and your family and where you live…

Jason and I have been married for almost 5 years. We live in Dana Point, CA. We have two boys, River (2.5) and Bodhi (6 mo). We also have our pup Cowboy (5) ;). 

How would you describe your home’s aesthetic?

I describe the vibe in our home as Minimalist-Bohemian. We love unique and eclectic pieces, but also both have a strong aversion to clutter. I’m a huge believer in everything having it’s place. I don’t own a lot of extra; I typically donate things we don’t use/need.

Where do you find inspiration with your interior design?

The usuals: Pinterest, Instagram, home magazines (can’t get enough of them). I love seeing others ideas and creativity, it’s so inspiring. And more of an unusual one – movie sets! I will be completely lost during a movie, but it’s because I’m obsessing over every detail of the background; the home. How it’s setup, how they decorated, the patterns they mixed, all of it.
Being a mom of two give us advice on making your home functional and stylish… My best advice would be: be realistic with the stage of life you’re in. Fill your home with items that are durable, scrubbable, and won’t break your heart if they get damaged. Because the anxiety you’ll have around those items in the room will take away from the joy of just being able to sit back and let your kids play.

 Where are your favorite places to shop for your home?

My favorite big box go-to’s are Target and CB2. For specific decor items I’ll check Etsy or home decor shops on Instagram to get something more unique.

What is your favorite room in your home and why?

Definitely our kitchen. We designed it ourselves, and the remodel just completed in September. People seem to always congregate in kitchens wherever you go, so I love that we created a space we love and it’s where everyone ends up.

 Is there a piece in your home that just screams Laura?!

Ha. no, sorry. At least I don’t think so? I guess I’d say our front porch being funky tile. Because I think homes should be fun and not taken so seriously. Cookie cutter houses aren’t for me.

We know you are a master of DIY’s, what is one of your favorites you’ve done in your home….

The kiddo bathroom floor upstairs – I stencil painted the tile. There’s a tutorial on my website.

Where can we find the Helmick family on the weekend?

Once the weather warms up we’re typically at the beach. Until then you’re likely to see us on a wagon walk, heading to a nearby park.

I told you it was good!  What’s even better?!  Laura made it easy for you to shop everything in her home on her site here!

Hope you’re as inspired as I am!



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By on February 21, 2018 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR


Home Tour – Siri Campbell of Roozen Abode

I’m so excited to share our first home tour of the year!  Home tours are some of my favorite posts to share because I get so inspired by them myself.  Today our home tour is with Siri Campbell, also known on Instagram as Roozen Abode!  I love following along and seeing her gorgeous bohemian styled home in Washington state.  Her photos never cease to grab my attention.  Her style is effortless and inviting, something I aspire to in my own home.

Keep scrolling to read more about this talented lady and see all of the gorgeous photos of her cozy home by Jessie Bennett

Tell us about you and where you live…

Hey! I’m Siri. I live in a small town north of Seattle, Washington with my husband and two dogs. My husband is a farmer and I co-own a hair salon. I’ve been doing hair for 9 years and absolutely love it.

How did you get your talent for interior design and style?

That is nice of you to call it a talent! :) To be honest, I totally make it up along the way. I have no idea what i’m doing but I love being creative and finding my own style. I used to re-arrange and decorate my room all the time growing up and I guess my passion for design hasn’t gone away. 

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for your home?

I love finding small businesses on instagram, etsy, urban outfitters, target, and thrifting.

You’ve got our favorite boho style down, any tips for others trying to achieve that look?

Thanks! I like to keep the majority of a room simple and neutral. I add in color and texture with rugs, pillows, and throws. I have a bit of a commitment issue with color so I like to be able to switch things up often. Pillows are the easiest way to do that!

Where is your favorite room in your home and why?

I’d have to say our living room. We spend the most time in there with family and friends. I always have fresh flowers and candles lit all over. It makes it a cozy spot to curl up.

Where do you get inspiration for design?

I find a lot of inspiration on Instagram, pinterest, and traveling. Inspiration is all around us and I love finding it in places you wouldn’t expect.

Where can we find you on the weekends?

When i’m not at the salon we are usually out hiking or exploring with the dogs. We love to travel and find new places to eat. (im a bit of a foodie) Both my husband and I play soccer so that takes up most of our Sundays. 

I love your piano nook, talk to us about that space and why its special

I was out running one day and saw it on the side of the road with a free sign, I ran up to the house and asked them to hold it for me and my husband would come over and get it. I called my husband and said “babe! can you go pick up this piano real quick?” his response was “do you have any idea how heavy a piano is?!” ;) to make a long story short, we rolled it home and now its never moving.haha! I don’t play myself but every time we have company someone sits down and knows how to play. I love it so much!

What are your plans for 2018?

To continue doing what I love and being the best I possibly can be at it.

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home tour with us!!



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By on January 17, 2018 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR


Shop Spotlight – Daydream Surf Shop

Do you ever come across an amazing local spot that you almost don’t want to share it’s so good?!  But then you realize you have to tell everyone about it because yes, it’s just that good?!  Well that’s me today!  When I first laid eyes on Daydream Surf Shop I fell in love.  I loved the look of the space, but mostly I loved the feel of it.  The shop has a calming Southern California vibe without trying too hard.  It feels communal and welcoming, just my style!

Owners Becca Mantei and Kyle Kennelly strive for a “space that serves to promote the overall intention of good vibes”, and I can vouch, it does.  From the people who gravitate inside to the overall aesthetic, the vibes are good.  They have everything from coffee, a surf club, home goods and clothing.  Their vintage collection, curated by Becca herself, is definitely some of my favorite eye candy in the shop.

Keep reading to hear more from Becca about Daydream Surf Shop and all that goes into making it one of my favorite spots in Costa Mesa…

Photos by Riley Starr

How and when did Daydream Surf Shop come about? 

Daydream opened in December 2016. I opened the shop with my long time love/partner/BFF Kyle, after we both were unsatisfied with our jobs. We had both moved to the Bay Area together to go to school. Kyle went to UC Berkeley and I went to the University of San Francisco. After graduating we both got jobs in industries we though would be fulfilling but ended up being the opposite. Kyle worked in the matrix for JP Morgan as an investment banking analyst and I was working as an interior design assistant and had a couple different meaningless retail sales jobs.

We had always dreamed of opening a shop together one day, but it was really more of a pipe dream, nothing that we saw coming to fruition in the near future. After a year of working for The Man, Kyle was fired. AKA the best day ever. When that happened we both said F*** It! Lets do it! Lets open a shop together! Lets work for something we both actually believe in! Lets do what makes us happy and fulfilled!

We spent 2 years saving as much money as we could and tried to gain as much knowledge as we could about how to open and run a successful shop. Fast forward to today, and we’ve just finished our first year in business. It’s more work than I could have ever imagined, but is also the most fulfilling thing I have ever been apart of. 

What is it about you and Kyle’s backgrounds that make your shop successful?

Kyle studied economics and I studied design and fine art. We have a pretty good Yin and Yang situation between the two of us. Kyle is much more analytical and detail oriented and I am more focused on the bigger picture and feeling of the shop as a whole.

We also work together really well. I think since we’ve been together for almost 8 years we have both gotten really good at knowing what the other person needs. If one of us is feeling drained and over worked the other one is able to pick up on it and take care of them. It’s the best thing in the world to be able to work with my best friend, I highly recommend it. 

What are some of your favorite items in your shop?

My favorite part of the shop is our vintage collection. I hand pick every piece that goes into it. I sift through mountains of dirty clothes to find the gems buried at the bottom. I love being able to give new life to clothes that would have otherwise been thrown into a landfill. The colors, patterns, and quality that clothes were made with ages ago have always been something I’ve been interested it. I’ve been religiously going to flea markets since I was in Jr High.

We love that you value purpose and quality in the items in your shop, talk to us about that…

Purpose and quality are important, there’s so much waste that goes along with modern day consumption habits and we want to give folks an option to minimize that by curating our space with high quality goods backed by ethical business practices. We handle all the work of sourcing and buying products from brands we’ve researched and know to be pushing the envelope of ethical practices in terms of social and environmental objectives.

For example, Sightglass our coffee roasters, practice direct trade with all the farms they’re partnered with and will even invest capital in order to improve some farms’ production facilities and garner long-term relationships that make both parties successful. One of our other most popular product categories is vintage clothing which aims to bypass any clothing production whatsoever in favor of recycling garments, many of which are found in landfills but are in near perfect condition. 

Your surf club is such a great concept and quintessential to our Southern California lifestyle, tell us about it…

Our Surf Club is centered around a shift that has been operating in the background of surf culture for a number of years now. We and a growing number of folks see surfing more as an academic study of surfing history and design theory than a “sport” which is how mainstream surfing has been defined. It’s a recreation that provides a graceful and beautiful way for friends and loved ones to interact with nature.

Each person has their own individualistic style and with this comes a wide variety of boards that suit each persons’ physical and mental make up. We provide a place to learn what style works for each individual and walk them through various designs based on what is working and not working well. Each interaction will be coupled with relevant historical information revolving around each boards’ design and sometimes we’ll even give out little homework assignments for those that are looking to go a little deeper… usually it’s just something as simple as watching a short video online.

As for the nuts and bolts of the club, we have about 45 boards from dozens of legendary and contemporary shapers that we’re always selling and replacing with new ones. We have three levels of membership, a $20 day pass, a $50 per month level that allows folks a 3 day holding period with each board of interest, and a $100 per month membership that allows folks a 7 day holding period. The latter membership is great for our LA and San Diego members while most folks that are located more closely to the shop usually opt for the mid-range membership.

Why did you decide to add a coffee shop into the mix?

We are both big coffee fans. Aside from just loving coffee, having the cafe has allowed for our shop to become a place for our community to come together. Having coffee also gives people a reason to come in everyday. People don’t buy surfboards everyday but they can buy a cup of coffee everyday.  I love how it makes our space the place for people to spend time and hang out with one another. This component of our shop has made Daydream a space that folks have on their radar as a daily destination.

You host a lot of events in the shop, what are some fun ones you have coming up?

On 1/11, we had a gong sound bath meditation. It was a really relaxing event with a great turn out. We’ve had a couple sound baths at the shop in the past, it’s definitely an event that we will continue to host, so if you missed out on this one, there will be more! But I think the next event we are having is a flower pop up on Valentine’s Day! We will have beautiful floral bouquets and handmade ceramic vases available for people.

One of my best friends is the owner of the most amazing ceramics studio right down the street from our shop called Costa Mesa Ceramics and she will be making a bunch of epic handmade ceramic vases. Another friend of mine is the most talented florist and she will be creating beautiful floral arrangements. Who doesn’t love fresh flowers and ceramics? 

What’s next for Daydream?

That’s a tough question to answer because its very grand and changing dramatically all the time. We have so many rad opportunities and people that our shop will seemingly randomly attract and pull into our circle, it’s really remarkable what falls into place if you know how to let it.

We can’t really get too specific but we can say this, we will be focusing on making Newport, Costa Mesa, and costal Orange County a place for like-minded people to connect, learn, and enjoy themselves. We have a lot of places on our list of destinations that have all the communal ingredients we see as imperative structures of Daydream and will definitely be scouting to connect with these communities both near and far in a deeper fashion in 2018. 

Thank you so much for sharing Becca & Kyle!

If you haven’t yet, you must check out this spot!



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Home Tour – Lauren Peelman

Home tours are probably my absolute favorite posts we do, and this one is a goodie!!  Lauren Peelman is a gorgeous mama living in Northern California with a real swoon worthy Instagram feed.  I love following along and seeing her family and their adventures and I’ve sort of gotten a girl crush on her and her style.  Her home is seriously amazing and this babe of a mom can’t do any wrong when it comes to fashion either.  Keep scrolling to read all about Lauren and her little family with tons of gorgeous photos of them and their home, plus shop some of Lauren’s picks at the bottom of the post!

Photos by Erin Northcutt

Tell us about you and your gorgeous family!

Well, we’re a pretty tight little bunch! I’m Lauren, a stay-at-home mama, living in a small farm town in Central California, with my husband Kenny, and our tractor obsessed son, Holden (4).  He’s our little sunshine boy.

Our days here are simple—usually spent cruising through our family orchards (daily tractor rides for the babe, of course!)  or splashing in the pool!

Your home is so gorgeous!  Where do you find inspiration for it?

 When we [very suddenly] made the decision to move back to my hometown last year, we had actually just finished a new build where we lived previously. Naturally, I took a lot of design attributes of that house and carried them into this home, such as the kitchen design. Because we will be building our forever home on our family ranch in the next few years, we opted to make small changes to the aesthetic design of this house, rather than do a major remodel. We’ve checked a few projects off the list, but we still have plenty of fun ones to  complete. 

As far as outside inspiration, Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors is definitely my designer crush. I love her use of vintage furniture and textiles. Her style is everything! 

What is your favorite room in your home and why?

I think our breakfast nook & informal living room is my favorite space. Not only because that is where we spend most of our time together as a family, but also because I’m a big sucker for natural light, and that area is flooded with it. The slew of french doors was one of the selling points when we bought our home! Gimme all the windows!

You and your husband’s love for each other is undeniable!  How did you two meet?  

We actually met in college! In the Fresno State agriculture department…I was an incoming freshman, he was a [6.5 year…haha] graduating senior.  We were both Agriculture Business majors and had a class together… I asked to borrow a pen, he made fun of me for being a farmer’s daughter [super smooth] and the rest was history! 

We can also tell you and Holden have a very special bond, tell us all about that cutie!!

 We really are attached at the hip.  I’ve been lucky enough to be able to stay at home with him since the he was born, so he really has become my miniature best friend.  He is the happiest little boy, outgoing and strong willed,  but also incredibly sweet. To know him truly is to love him.  He’s a total farm boy, and there’s nothing that makes him happier than a day on the ranch with Daddy.  He can name every piece of farm equipment, and currently insists on wearing a John Deere shirt and jeans, EVERY single day… much to my dismay! ha! 

Something most people don’t know about him is that, he was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis when he was 9 months old and underwent major skull reconstruction surgery the day before his first birthday. Besides the [super cool] zigzagged scar across his head, you’d never know it though. He’s our little craniobaby warrior, and we couldn’t love him more.

One of my favorite rooms in your home is Holden’s!  Tell us about how you designed it…

 Well, I wanted him to have a room that he could grow into and love for years to come [with a few tweaks of course].  I started with the Oeuf Sparrow bed, and his kilim rug from his previous room, and designed from there.  I have always loved mudcloth, so I thought why not have a mud cloth inspired accent wall? I went on to add some vintage pillows, fun artwork, and lots of baskets for toy storage! Actually, since these photos were taken, his room has evolved a bit.  The rest of his furniture came in [nightstand & dresser] that had been backordered for months… I will have to update y’all on Instagram. It’s easily one of my favorite rooms too!

Where are your favorite places to shop for your home?

 I really love small shops, and I try my hardest to support them whenever I can. Boho Pillow is my absolute favorite shop to score beautiful pillows!  I also love to collect things from our travels and incorporate them into our home.  They serve as fun souvenirs of the places we’ve been, while also playing a functional role in our home. I make it a point to head to the Alameda Flea Market whenever I get the chance.  You never know what treasures you’ll find! Of course, it’s not always realistic to shop that way though— World Market, West Elm and Restoration Hardware are some of my go-to big box stores. 

We are huge fans of your personal style too!  Where do you like to shop for yourself?

 Free People, Nordstrom, Madewell & Revolve are probably where the majority of the things in my closet are from.  There is nothing quite like a good boutique though. I run to San Francisco every chance I get!

What are you and your family’s favorite thing to do together on the weekend?

 We spend the majority of our weekends hanging around home or cruising around the ranches.  Bike rides, swimming and long walks are our jam.  We love the lake, so in the summer we run up to our family lake house every chance we get!  Our little town is only about an hour and a half away from the bay area also, so we definitely love the fact that we can escape the valley and go explore San Francisco as often as we like. Go Giants!

What’s next for the Peelman klan?  

 You know, that’s a good question! Right now we’re just enjoying each other and this chapter of our lives.  Whatever the future holds, I guess we’ll have to wait and see :)

Thank you Lauren for letting us take a peek inside your beautiful home Lauren!!  Shop the post below!




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By on August 22, 2017 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR


Beijos Best

Did you catch our home tour with animator and author Liz Climo last week?!  Well, if not, you can check it out here!  If you saw it, then you are probably still thinking about it like us!  If that’s the case, today is your lucky day!  Liz shared a few of the sources to the amazing pieces in her home and we are sharing them with you!

There were so many amazing details and pieces we love in her home.  We found pieces at Amazon, Target, West Elm, IKEA and Crate & Barrel!!  You can shop the post below!  Thanks again to Liz for letting us take a peek inside her home and sharing all of her amazing sources!





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