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Home Tour – Nycole Holwick

Our last home tour of the year will have you feeling all warm and cozy with the gorgeous and rustic home of Nycole Holwick.  Nycole is the owner of Helping Jewels which we spotlighted on our blog here. She is a talented mother of 3 who spends her days creating beautiful jewelry and giving back to children’s hospitals to help fight cancer.  Now that’s something we can get behind.  Her Central California home has the perfect mix of a rustic Spanish vibe with some boho goodness.  Let’s take a look inside and learn more about this amazing woman, her business and her family.

Photos by Brooke Borough

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Well, my husband and I made it through the baby years and I love my kids’ ages right now; 8, 6 and 3. It is a busier schedule as far as driving them around but they are somewhat independent, comprehensive and we have fun experiencing life together. Not to say there aren’t tough moments…the sibling fighting is rough, the teenage attitude is starting to peak its ugly head in my 8-year-old son, and as they get older you deal with bigger issues than tantrums over food.

All in all, we are very blessed. Experiencing a hardship like having a child with a rare illness (our son was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms at 5 months) can put life into perspective. We realized we are not in control, and what use to be big problems are minor. So, for now, we appreciate everything and are grateful for the good and healthy times, and thank God for this season. For those going through a tough time, we pray for them and when its someone in our community, it is our prerogative to reach out a helping hand because we were there once too.

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We live in a small farm town near Ventura, California. We get the country feel but loads of things to do nearby. I love that we are a short drive away from Ojai, the beach, the mountains, and the city. Our kids have so much to do every weekend, although most of the time we are chilling at home with family and friends. The people are very friendly in our town and it is a tight community which is another plus.

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Global and cultural influences inspire my personal style. My mom is from Argentina so my living room was designed around that culture. My husband and I have traveled to Europe a couple times and were enamored by the architecture and old world feel. Being born and raised in SoCal, it is undoubtedly a part of my style as well. I admire modern but I never get tired of Tuscan and Spanish/California design. Being a jeweler, attention to detail is a part of everything I do. So, when decorating, I focus on every wood color, material, pattern, table arrangement, etc. I can drive my husband and myself nuts sometimes. Every detail counts!

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It is a toss-up between the master bedroom and the living room, but I think the living room. It is where we watch movies and the family gathers to snuggle. My husband and I both have big families and when they all come over we generally end up in the living room once we get everyone out of the kitchen! Lots of memories in that room. Also, it’s my favorite when it comes to style.

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Luckily women are very good at multitasking!! For this reason, I can accomplish a lot at the same time. Most days, I don’t get what I need done, therefore, Helping Jewels could be busier but I always put my family first and let’s face it the kid stuff gets busy! Nighttime and when the kids are at school is when I try to knock out Helping Jewels orders and designs. Tips I would offer a busy mom (both of which I’m constantly working on) with an online business is to have a concrete, focused agenda when it comes to your brand, product, and customers. Otherwise, it could spin to multiple directions and nothing gets accomplished to its full potential. Time management is also key!

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I have the most fun decorating a kid’s room, especially my daughter’s! I always get inspiration from a picture and/or choose a general theme but my main goal is not to have everything match perfectly and be over-thought. Essentials include antiques/vintage pieces or handmade items which add charm and warmth. Another essential is storage and organization.

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It is different every week but when we do have down time from the kids’ crazy schedule…movie night is huge with homemade popcorn. Also, we do lots of barbeques with friends and family. Summer time we spend mostly outside and in the pool.

How would you describe your style in 3 words?

If we are referring to interior design: rustic, ethnic, evolving

If we are referring to my clothing style: bohemian, functional, detailed

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Right now, I am starting to think of colors and doing sketches for the Spring/Summer line which is crazy but the fashion world is so fast. Looking to boost my Instagram game by featuring woman, mothers, and creatives that inspire strength and love. Also, will be reaching out for collaborations that fit my brand. Lastly, getting ready for the Holidays, lots of events coming up! Gradually Helping Jewels will become what its meant to become, and I will continue to make a small difference one jewel at a time to support those little warriors at CHLA and Mattel Children’s Hospital.

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xx

Jacquelyn

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By on November 10, 2016 in HOME, HOME TOUR

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Home Tour – Lisa Scheuermann

Get ready for a fun and eclectic home tour today that just screams boho!!  Sometimes in this industry you are lucky to meet people and really connect and become friends with them and that is how we feel about Lisa Scheuremann, owner of St Eve Jewelry!  We have styled events for her and been to events with her and over the past few years we have fallen in love with how driven she is and how dry her sense of humor is, haha!  This talented lady is an amazing business woman and mom who really makes it all look easy and does it with a smile.  Her home is full of vibrant colors, lots of greenery and a jewelry room that will blow your mind!!  Plus, her daughter is just about the cutest thing we’ve ever seen!  Keep scrolling to see the beautiful photos of her home and a glimpse into her life and business.

Photos by Kelsey Albright

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My name is Lisa Scheuermann and I own and run St. Eve Jewelry. Based out of Orange, California, I live with my husband Steve, daughter Everly, and my pups Walter and Lucy. My husband Steve has always supported me and my dreams and back in 2009 we started our jewelry company. Because of all of his support I ended up naming the company after him. St. Eve = Steve… get it? Our beautiful daughter Everly Eve is super sweet, a little sassy and loves jewelry just like her mamma.

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I’ve always had a love and passion for vintage jewelry. Jewelry holds a specific meaning to everyone and this is why I started my jewelry shop. It all started with a vintage pendant necklace. The chains on these necklaces were old and outdated and needed a fresh look. So I did just that and re-invented them. Thus, St. Eve was born. I started out selling to local boutiques, then slowly grew over the next four years, into selling our brand to amazing retail stores such as Free People, Swell, and Cleobella.

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 My jewelry room is my pride and joy…besides miss Everly of course. It is my happy place. I see our journey of our small business right there on that wall. It’s pretty cool to see how much the style has changed and what pieces used to be our best sellers. Trends have come and gone but my love for jewelry is timeless. To be honest, I own so many pieces of jewelry that I have lost count. But if i had to guess I would say at least 500 pieces. That sounds like a lot but it’s true! My must have pieces are my turquoise squash blossoms and turquoise cuffs and rings. I have always loved turquoise before I started selling it and I still think it’s the best jewelry out there.

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Working from home is a tough balance. So when I actually do sit down and relax (which is a rare occassion) I love to watch a movie with the family. Everly just started getting really into TV and movies so her current favorites are Winnie the Pooh and Finding Nemo. We have watched each of these at least 25 times.

st-evejewelryhometour-178 st-evejewelryhometour-191 st-evejewelryhometour-186 st-evejewelryhometour-176 How would you describe your style in three words?

Bohemian, vintage, modern.

We are in love with your patio!!  Talk to us about how you designed and styled it and the time you spend as family there…

Thank you! It is one of my favorite places in my house next to my jewelry room. Me and Everly love to sit out there and just swing in the hammocks during the day. Plus it’s always nice to have something pretty to look at when we are sitting at our dining room table. When I go in to style a particular area in my home I always want it to look eclectic with a modern touch. I recently added that amazing carved screen from World Market to our patio and it really helps complete the look with my amazing Hammocks from Gunn and Swain. The hanging windows are from my wedding that I thrifted from the Long Beach Flea market. I didn’t know what to do with them after our wedding so my sister and dad suggested that we hang them in our backyard to cover up that big empty wall and I’m so glad I did. I have a thing for antlers and macrame which can be seen all over my house so naturally they made their way outside too. And last but certainly not least….plants! They make everything better! Plants give life to your space and that pop of greenery will always make your space feel lived in.

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 Yes! I have a couple favorites but my most coveted piece in my home is my dinning room light fixture. My dad helped me design and build it. I got the lights fixtures from Anthropologie when I used to work there as a merchandiser and I had them for years before I did anything with them. But I love the modern look of it with the vintage light fixtures.

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West Elm and HD Buttercup never disappoint. Those two places are where we get our big investment pieces from. I also love HomeGoods and World Market. Boho Pillow is where most of my textile pieces come from because the owner Monica loves to make all my textile dreams come true. She is the BEST! Also, Target and IKEA are great places where I’ve found some more affordable home accessories.

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 Finding TIME! I mean, let’s get real the days fly by and then all of s sudden it’s the end of the day and I’m exhausted and the last thing I want to do it work for another 3 hours. But somehow I manage to do it at least 4-5 days out of the week. Owning your own business is awesome because you can make your own schedule and work whenever you can. However, having a toddler and wanting to entertain her during the day definitely put a hold on the work front. It’s definitely a balance but I feel like I manage it pretty well. Plus, I love being my own boss!

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xx

Jacquelyn

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By on September 21, 2016 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR

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Home Tour – Katie Stauffer

Are you sometimes Instagram stalkers like us?!  It’s ok, you can admit it…  Well if you have stumbled upon Katie Stauffer’s instagram account you have probably fallen down the rabbit hole like us with her gorgeous feed, adorable family and impeccable style!  Lucky us, she is letting our readers take a look inside her gorgeous home with our latest home tour!!  Once finding Katie via social media we fell in love but after emails back and forth we can say she is just as beautiful inside as her beautiful photos.  Her home is beyond gorgeous with 7600 Sq Ft full of her bohemian modern style decor.  Let’s take a look as to how this busy Arizona mother of 5 makes it all look so stylish and effortless, get ready for a whole lot of pretty!

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Tell us about you and your beautiful family of 7!

Well There is Charley my husband and he is an Internal Medicine Physican.  Then there is Me, Katie and I am an Escrow Officer..basically real estate stuff…lol!  Then we have Kaitlin who is 13, Chales 9, Finn 7, and Emma and Mila are almost 2.

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Our home is located in Gilbert, Arizona And my favorite part about Arizona happens to be my least favorite thing too if that makes any sense….the warm weather, lol!!

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As a family we literally love to watch movies, cook, and laugh together.  We do a lot of joking around…pretty much non stop.

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We would be at home swimming or hover boarding around the house…lol!  Not kidding.

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Home Good, West Elm, Land of Nod, Target and Thrift Stores

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Literally I like a lot of different styles so if I find one major piece I like and I have a spot for it, I design the whole room around that piece. I go to pinterest type in for example Green bed and go from there until I find a pic or two I like.  I draw inspiration from those pics and viola.

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Again I started with the beds for each room, then I went to Pinterest and searched the style of bed and looked at all the pictures that had them in it until I found a style I liked.  That is what prompted the striped throw blankets in the boys room.  Sometimes if I get stuck on something, for example in the boys room I was stuck on what color the dresser should be.  I will look at Pinterest as well to see what color dressers are paired with the color bed I have…it can kind of get overwhelming because I end up seeing a lot of stuff and going in a lot of different directions, but eventually I stop and say “okay that looks good.”  I mean I can Pinterest all the way to dresser display boys room…for ideas lol!!!

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The playroom because at this moment it is everything I want it to be and I don’t think I need to change one thing.  I am ALWAYS changing things up…the house is already different since the shoot.  The Day Dream Believer piece is now in our Family/Living room and we have new pictures above our bed…lol!

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My antique Rugs!!!  If I could I would have one in every room.  I love them so much but it is pretty hard to find a good size affordable one.

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Pick one expensive or quality piece per room and build around it.  Search Pinterest for pics of that piece for ideas and the fill in with Home Good, Target, Pinterest and even Goodwill finds.

Thank you Katie for sharing your amazing home with us!!  You have given us so much inspiration!!  And if you need any sources for Katie’s beautiful finds, please see below!

xx

Jacquelyn

Study Room – Light Blue Rug: Ecarpet Gallery, Leather Chair: Four Chairs Furniture, Arrow Wall Decals: Urban Walls, Wishbone Chairs: Rove Concepts, Table: Wayfair, Letter Board: Letter Folk, Prints on Wall: Bulletin, Birth Posters: The Birth Poster, Poufs: Flea Market Fab, Food Print: Urban Outfitters, Dresser: West Elm, Computer Cabinet: In the Family

Playroom – Rug: West Elm, Play Table: Land of Nod, Pillows on Sofa: Loom Goods, Hammock: Clover & Birch, Large Elephant: Bla Bla Kids, Silohette Prints: Dapper & Darling, Art In Spare Room: Minted, Media Unit: Ikea, Sofa: Ikea, Play Kitchen: Ikea, Leather Chair: West Elm, Wooden Robot: Monroe Workshop

Kaitlin’s Room – Wallpaper: Hygge And West, Happy Girl Sign: Jaxn Blvd., Mud Cloth Bed Pillows: Sew and Cloth, Day Dream Believer Sign: Sugarboo and Co., Young Heart Old Soul Print: Oh Leander Shop, Large Floor Pillows: The Citizenry, Bed: Antique Store, Rug: Overstock, Chair: Goodwill find

Boys Room – No Girls Allowed Sign and #5 sign: Jaxn Blvd, Rug: Rugs USA, Striped Stuffed Animal: Bla Bla Kids, Wooden Calendar: Textured Home, Beds: Antique store, Bed Side table and Dresser: Ikea, Desk: In the Family

Twins Room – Animals on Ledge: Hazel Village, Animals on Bed:  Bla Bla Kids, Wall Hanging: Robyn Parker, Beds: In the Family, Rug: Antique Store, Dresser: Craigs List

Master Bedroom – Wall art and Ledge: Minted, Marble Tray: Rove Concepts, Large Sailing Print: Eventide Collective, Above the Bed Wall Hanging: Robyn Parker, Indigo Pillow on Bed: Boho Pillow, Print Above Crib: Minted, Bed: Made by my husband, Lamps: Target, Side Tables: Pier One, Round Mirrors: World Market

Master Bathroom – Wall Hanging: Pineapple Phi, Cleaning Spray: Murchison Hume, Little Stool: Home Goods

Living Room – Marble Table: Rove Concepts, Art Wall: Minted, Wall Hanging: Robyn Parker, Sofa: Potato Barn, Coffee Table: Old Ikea, TV stand: Good Will find, Pillows on Sofa: Sew and Cloth, Club Chairs: World Market

Small Family Room – These are the Good Ole Days Sign: East Plum, Sofa: World Market, Rug: Ebay, Bench: Home goods, Chairs: West Elm, Gold Table: Old Target

Kitchen – Dot Art Above the Cabinets: Minted, Cleaning Products: Murchison Hume,  Kitchen RugsKitchen Baskets 

Hallway bathroom – Light:  Roanoak, Mirror: Target

 

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By on August 24, 2016 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR, LIFESTYLE

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Home Tour – Bianca Wickers

Time for another home tour, and this one is full of life and color, so naturally, we can’t get enough!!  Today we take a walk through the home of Bianca Wickers, owner of Bink & Boo that we spotlighted here last week… It is one of our go to collections for our littles and we can’t help but be in awe of how crazy talented and creative Bianca is so we had to take a look inside her home!  Bianca is a mother of two who we also admire for her strong work ethic and her humbleness, I mean seriously, this lady is so so full of talent and she is so modest about it!!  Plus she is just a sweetheart, we guarantee you guys will fall in love just like we did…  It is eclectic and fun, and full of Bianca’s tag line – Sunshine & Cheer!

All Photos by Jennie Corti

bink-1 Tell us a little bit about you and your family and where you live…
I am Bianca, and I am the chief creative chick behind Bink & Boo.  I live in San Marcos, California, with my husband (Roman), and our two kiddos. I can easily say that my husband is the ring leader of this circus.  He’s the most put together, patient, and level headed person I know.

bink-154 bink-160 bink-159 bink-158  What is your favorite thing to do at home with your family?

When we are home we love to just be near each other.  We are like a swarm of bees. We move from room to room as a unit.  As soon as one person leaves the room we all follow. Most often we gravitate to the kitchen–the hub of our hive. I usually whip something up for the fam, while they play legos, color, or just create stuff from what’s on the table.  We keep a few, small, metal tubs on the table filled with creative trinkets for the kids and us to play with, and entertain ourselves. Our home is small, and there’s not a lot of storage space, so we really have to edit what comes in.  I prefer “toys” that are multipurpose, and promote open ended creativity.  My husband and I benefit from them just as much as the kiddos do.

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Ha!  I love this question.  My favorite place to shop is the thrift store. Isn’t it obvious? Our place is a potpourri of my favorite finds.

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 My creative job has spilled over into our home. Thankfully my husband is patient with me and doesn’t mind me decorating with my fave finds from the week. Because of my job I am at the thrift store at least 3 days a week, and on the weekends we hit up an estate sale or two (as a family).  I am always looking for new things for bink & boo, naturally I look for myself and our home as well.

bink-56 bink-50 bink-54 bink-52 bink-182  We love how your home is full of so much color, how do you effectively use such fun and different colors so stylishly?

I love, love, love color! I am generally drawn to the same tones, and shades. I think that helps. The 60’s really speak to me. That was an era of color and crazy patterns. Two of my favorite things. To make that look a bit more modern I anchor prints and color with navy blue. Blue is my go-to neutral.

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Crazy. Hot. Mess.

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We live in an overpriced condo we bought 10 years ago, and haven’t remodeled.  There’s nothing exciting to share when it comes to the “design” of our home. There’s carpet, there’s tile, and brown granite (ugh). Soooo 2005.When it comes to styling our home, that’s a different story.  My husband and I have been through so much with this home. During the great recession of 2009 we both lost our jobs, and had to live on an extreme budget–with a new baby–to do what was necessary to continue to make payments on our home.  We were unemployed for two years.  Those were some stressful years.  But, because of that experience and all we sacrificed, I have learned to appreciate what we have, rather than focus on what we don’t have.  Which can be a real challenge. Especially when every home on Instagram and Pinterest is stunning and styled to perfection. But the truth is, no one if this family is styled to perfection. We all have something wonky and wild about us.  Even when we are our most put together, something is out of place.  We are most def not polished people, so it makes sense that our home isn’t either. We have fun styling our home. It’s truly a reflection of all of us.

bink-88 bink-86 bink-91 bink-92 bink-93 bink-89   What is your favorite piece in your home and why?

 Oh gawd, that’s easy!  The beautiful piece of art that hangs above our couch.  It brightens everything, and was painted by one of my best friends, Alexis Garret.  Her beautiful spirit shines through her art, and that particular piece make me so happy.  Full disclosure: It’s on loan. She needed a place to store it until it was able to move into it’s rightful owner’s house.  I’m going to be so sad to see it go.

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I appreciate the freedom I have to maneuver with my kids’ schedules. That’s something that I really cherish.  I never wanted children, and I most definitely never wanted to stay home with them.  Before bink & boo, and before kids, I was in sales.  A very demanding job, a stressful job, and one I {thought I} liked. When I found out I was pregnant with my son, I planned to take a short maternity leave, and then go into the “working mom” (away from home) routine with a nanny. But I lost my job while on maternity leave, and that changed my entire plan. I was forced to stay home with my son.  Losing my job was the best thing that ever happened to me. It gave me time with my son that I would have never had. My time with him softened me. My priorities shifted.  I would have never been able to make time for my children AND my husband if I would have continued on the path I was on prior to kids. I am so grateful for my kids who put me on this path, and radically changed my life and outlook.

bink-178 Thank you Bianca for sharing your beautiful home and all of your creativity with us!!  And also your adorable kiddos :)

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 8, 2016 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR

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Home Tour – Courtney Werner

Have you ever met one of those families that is just so picture perfect, but not only that, they are the absolute sweetest people and you immediately want to be friends with them?!  Well that’s how we feel about the Werner family, and lucky us we get to take a peek inside their gorgeous home today with our next home tour!!!  Chris and Courtney are friends of mine and my husband Nate and I have always admired how sweet and sincere they are and also how incredibly stylish their entire family is, so I’m super excited to share these lovely photos of their beautiful home with our readers.  There’s a bit of a picture overload, but there was just so much goodness we had to post!!  Scroll down to read all about this amazing little family as told from the lovely Courtney, and see how they live in a space that’s not only bright and pretty but also functional for littles.

All photos by Megan Welker

meganwelker-housetour-43 Tell us a little bit about you and your family….

My name is Courtney Werner and I’m a stay at home mom that’s recently developed a crafting addiction. Before kids I was an equestrian for twenty-five years and I worked in the Action Sports industry for almost twelve. I married my lifelong crush (Chris Werner) almost six years ago. We fully restored an old barn for our wedding and built our home while we were engaged. Talk about testing your relationship out! Chris is a fantastic husband and even better father to our kiddos. He hangs the moon in our children’s eyes and he’s my partner in crime. Henley is a walking, talking, beating heart. Cautious, smart, hilarious and the sweetest of big brothers! He’s passionate about music, a darn good painter and he loves to tend to our miniature herb garden. My goal for Motherhood is to raise kids that are kind and thoughtful humans and I was lucky enough to be handed a premade version. He’s a crowd favorite! Oh Harlow! She’s perfectly independent, confident, curious and extremely cheeky! She’s the perfect combination of trash trucks and tap shoes! Her bouncy curls and enormous personality are breathtaking! ‘Birdie’ is my built in best friend and she will for sure be a mountain mover one day.

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We live on Lido Isle in Newport Beach. I love this dreamy little island because it really forces us to get out and live. Our yard is well let’s say ‘intimate’ so we spend most of our days at the little beach down the street or at one of the many parks. On the weekends we love to pour a glass of wine and walk to dinner or take a Duffy ride around the bay. We’re blessed with phenomenal neighbors and a constant motivation to take advantage of our surroundings

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I never really had a grand plan when it came to the inspiration behind decorating our house. Furnishing a home is a very expensive sport so we built our inspiration around key pieces we already owned and pieces that we dream to own one day. I was definitely shooting for a bright space that really tells our story when people walk in. I love a home with character and stories to tell.

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I feel like our home is eclectic and not ‘over designed’, which to me makes it calming and laid back. I always tell people to look around and use the items you already own. Take the cover off your olds books to add some color to your coffee table. Frame a painting that your toddler made to fill a blank wall. Paint the firewood that just sits in your fireplace to add a little flair. The less you have to spend the more creative you will be.

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Henley’s room was a really fun passion project! We spent months attacking antique shops and garage sales to make our ‘camp’ vision come to life. I hoped to create a space that he could just escape to and let his little imagination run wild and I really think we nailed it!

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That’s truly a daily struggle! There’s a big difference between the couch we own and the couch I drool over in a catalog. We have an empty built in wine rack and an ottoman that the kids shred daily. I try really hard to find balance between practical/ kid friendly pieces and pieces that I downright just want to have! A fun shaggy rug to hide the Cheerios with a colorful throw blanket to cover the spilled juice on the chair and a bar cart filled with books instead of booze is a good start!

meganwelker-housetour-134 meganwelker-housetour-99 meganwelker-housetour-88 meganwelker-housetour-128 meganwelker-housetour-102  Talk to us about that AMAZING piece above the kid’s play area that you made… 

The play area in our home is right next to the kitchen, which is both fantastic (because I can keep an eye on them) and horrifying (because I stare at their chaos)!! It’s always a work in progress to design a space that is both appealing to look at and functional. I first had the brilliant idea to paint the back wall with chalkboard paint to add a little spark to the space. I had high hopes of drawing beautiful landscapes and writing inspirational messages until I remembered that I cant draw to save my life! Then one morning I was in a SAHM rut and I really needed a big creative outlet while the kids napped. I literally searched the house for old tissue paper and gift bags and I just started shredding and shaping until I fell in love. Henley had mentioned to me earlier that he really wanted the ‘ocean’ so that was the final result! Old magazines and Restoration Hardware catalogues made for interesting trees and Henley painted the moon to complete the picture. I always hesitate to hang paintings because I hate to be so committed, this allows me to change my mind and actually enjoy the process.

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I would have to say our living room. I love when our pocket doors are open, music is playing and our string lights our lit on the patio. It really brings the outside in and it just makes it feel like summer. The kids are always running around and singing and there’s just a lot of life in that room.

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Anthropologie is basically my dream home in the form of a chain store! I literally gasp every time I walk in! The colors, textures and general vibe get me every time. I’m also a huge fan of shopping small and stores like Heritage Mercantile Co. are filled with thoughtful and organically cool one of kind pieces. My favorite Sundays are spent cruising local flea markets in search of character pieces, funky textiles and cheap plants to fill empty corners.

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We always have music playing in our home so there’s a lot of impromptu dance parties and mini guitar jam sessions. My husband is an amazing cook (me not so much) and I love to set a festive table so you can always catch us hosting dinner parties for our friends and family outside.

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xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 11, 2016 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR, LIFESTYLE

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