Monthly Archives: May 2015

Cactus Love

May 27, 2015

These prickly little plants have been warming our hearts lately. We love the desert vibe they give and how low maintenance they are. Let’s face it, not all of us have the green thumb our mother’s may have had, right? No more fretting, these plants are absolutely beautiful and require very little love.  
Head on over to the nearest nursery, and of course, keep it local! There is nothing wrong with the chain stores down the street but supporting your small local nursery, to us, is a no brainer! The insight and customer service your local nursery owner will have is unparalleled so utilize that resource while supporting your community.    
The beauty of the potted cactus is that the options are endless. You could go big and tall or small and short. No discrimination over here but our personal favorites are the ones that bloom! How fun is that pop of bright pink on top of a green spiky thing? The juxtaposition of this is so stunning. Use them indoors or outdoors, as center pieces or on your nightstand. They can also make smart hostess gifts. Who doesn’t love to add to their plant collection?
We’re happy to be seeing these guys everywhere. Get out there and pick one up!
The Sisters

Current Crush: Photographer Taryn Kent

We first met Taryn in Bali while we were working on a villa renovation project. The timing was perfect as our good friend and owner of CleobellaAngela was in town checking in on production and shooting their seasonal look book. Angela asked if we would be willing to be featured on their monthly Bella blogOf course we were honored! This gorgeous, down to earth photographer showed up to shoot us. She was a bit soft spoken at first and got right to business. We’re not used to being photographed so were acting silly and awkwardly trying our best as Taryn began to work her magic. She effortlessly handled the camera and with few words she directed us in a way that we had no idea our photos were being taken. 

We discovered she too lived in Encinitas (Our home town and where sister Susanna resides). This was love at first sight for us and since then we have been following her and her work. Little did we know she was not only an unbelievable photographer but traveling the world and capturing all of it’s beauty, one photo at a time. It is our pleasure to introduce to you, our current crush: Taryn Kent

What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

  • It’s a combo of things… people, music, travel, fashion, nature, my friends… but I’d say traveling inspires me the most! 

In a few sentences how would you describe your style?
  •  Laid back, simple, effortless, a little bit of boho with an edge. I like to be comfortable & current, but also not think to much about it. 😉 

What does good photography mean to you?
  • Good photography makes you feel something… 
​When and how did you first find your passion for the photography world?
  •  I started shooting when I was young… both my parents took photos all the time so I learned from them & began documenting my life in junior high. It wasn’t until I started traveling after college that the interest sparked further and it quickly snowballed into a career. 

What do you love most about your career/passion? 
  • The people and places my camera has lead me to… every day is different! 

What is your dream photography job/client?
  • Um… I mean shooting & traveling for Cleobella has been pretty close to a dream job to me! I’d love to shoot for a big publication like Vogue or Travel+Leisure.
How do you typically start your day?
  • A cup of Irish black tea & a walk with my two pups

How do you typically end your day?
  • Chill time with my man… or reading

What do you love most about the city you live in?
  • I love the vibe of Leucadia… everyone is happy and active. I love how simple & funky it is. 

Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?
  • So hard to choose… but New Zealand was one of my favorite places I’ve been and I’m dying to go back. it’s just so beautiful and untouched… and the people are some of the kindest I’ve ever met. Its my happy place for sure. 
What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started?
  • Dream big… you can really have whatever you want in life if you believe in it. 

What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in photography?
  • Post your work… start a blog or post on social media – let people see what you’re creating. It pushes you and leads you in the right direction.

What is your favorite go to product at the moment?

  • Loving my new high-pigment lip pencil from Bite Beauty (also at Sephora) 

What is your astrological sign?
  • Leo

What are you most proud of?
  • Working for myself, it’s the hardest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had.

What projects are you currently working on? 
  • I’m leaving next week for another trip to Bali with Cleobella, which I’m super excited about. I’ll be shooting a few things for them out there including their Holiday lookbook. I also just shot an editorial story in Mexico for an online travel magazine. 

What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like?

  • I have a few projects I’m working on… some collaborations I’m excited about. I’m also hoping to take a personal travel trip soon to shoot for myself. 

Good design is…?
  •  Everything! 
Check out more of Taryn’s work at
The Sisters

Our Latest Creation: Villa Aloha

May 21, 2015

Villa Aloha came at the perfect time for us. We were both manifesting another bohemian inspired project to come to us and shortly after…Villa Aloha arrived! The client is a single, young and successful woman from the States jumping back and forth and looking for a fun, colorful and light-filled space to call home while in Bali. This project was a complete renovation. The house was old and starting to fall apart, the materials previously used were outdated and not ideal, the entire home needed a facelift. We dove in with the intent to maximize results with minimal cost. It’s amazing what paint can do. Our immediate response was “Let’s paint it white”! We needed a fresh canvas to work with.

From there we added the turquoise accent as the client wanted the house to feel beachy. It was a great color palette to work with, easy to throw in pops of color with the textiles and carpets.

The pool cabana was created from scratch to provide an additional lounging area with adequate shade. Bali can be hot! In the kitchen and Dining area we kept the foundation but designed a new roof and new kitchen cement tiles and custom teak waterfall bar.

The client was very interested in procuring authentic Indonesian and Balinese antiques, which made the sourcing experience fun. Most of the pieces in the house are old and of great quality. We did have a lot custom made but we also used old beautiful recycled teak wood and called upon our trusted local carpenters.

The house has a very laid back vibe with gorgeous rice paddy views. It’s set up well for entertaining, with a beautiful open living room, spacious open aired kitchen and dining area as well as a pool cabana that is designed for lounging or festive dinner parties. This was a fun project, which is the most important thing! Who wants to hop on a plane and fly to Bali now?

The Sisters

Design Guide: Achieving the Bohemian Look

May 14, 2015

You already know us sisters are big fans of stylish bohemian and ethnic inspired décor. If you want to emulate the beauty of an ethnic design in your home, there are vital tips to remember, however most important to keep in mind is; it’s never too much! The goal in creating this eclectic look is to make the space you are designing stimulating and over the top. Here are our top 5 tips in achieving this bohemian look:

1. Use lots of color: Find compatible color combinations that speak to you and reflect your personality. Draw inspiration from your places of travel or a specific culture of interest.

2. Mix and match patterns: Pull your patterns in with an area rug, window treatments, and decorative pillows. The most important thing when mixing patterns is scale, work in odd numbers. For example, pick three patterns; a large print, a medium pattern and a smaller graphic. Throwing in a solid can sometimes help rest the eye.

3. Merge wood tones: Think of the woods that are indigenous to the culture that inspires you. Bring them in with flooring and furnishings. Think texture with carvings, mix dark and natural, and/or treated and untreated.

4. Accessorize: Sculptures and artwork representing other cultures are excellent conversation pieces. Display antiques and vintage pieces to make your space personal. Add photographs from your personal adventures or travel books on the places you’ve been.

5. Select interesting furnishings: When choosing furniture, think shape. Opt for pieces that have an interesting form and texture. Pick out architectural pieces that remind you of different cultures. Don’t be afraid to mix and match style periods, such as modern with Old World, this sort of merger makes a grand statement.

When in doubt go for it, have fun and make it personal!
The Sisters

Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2015

In celebrating all the moms out there, we thought we would interview our mother to give you all a better sense of the kind of amazing woman she is! She is a huge part of why we Sisters do what we do. She has supported us through every adventure we have chosen to take on.  Whether it’s packing up and moving to Bali or changing your major your fourth year in college to Interior Design, she has been there to guide us and does so with a beautiful sense of grace. Our gratitude for this woman will never be explained through words. In an attempt to share a piece of our mother with you all, we hope you enjoy this interview:

1. What’s your favorite part about being a mother?
My favorite part of motherhood is you never know what will happen next. It could be something that makes you laugh out loud or cry deeply. It definitely is a pathway that has it’s challenges but I wouldn’t change one precious moment of it.

2.  What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your lifetime?
Biggest challenge, marriage…mainly because in close relations you learn a lot about yourself.

4. What inspires you?
Inspiration is in the wind…I look outside I see it move the trees, I feel it glide across my face and I am inspired. It’s usually a feeling more than a thing.

5. What was the best piece of advice you were given before coming a mother?
Best advice was from my mom, she told me to get ready for the ride of my life. I guess that’s more of a warning.

7. Out of all the places in the world you have traveled, where is your favorite? Why?
Favorite travel places Ireland and Italy…somehow I feel I belong there. And Bali because a very precious part of my family lives there.

8. Where do you think you draw your own personal style from?
Having been born and raised on the East coast and a love of history has influenced my fashion and decorating style.

9. What is your favorite color?
Favorite colors at this time are blue, yellow and the color of my Jacaranda tree.

10. What is your favorite thing to do?
Favorite thing to do… Cooking a big meal and sharing it with family.

11. Any advice for soon to be Mother’s?
Take time for yourself. Act don’t react…advice from my sister, Stacy.

12. Any thoughts on your three kids?
Your dad and I were given three precious gifts with you children. Gifts that we have cherished and am forever thankful for.

Quick Questions:

Old or New? Old.

Black or White? White.

Red Wine or White Wine? White wine except while in Rome.
The Sisters

The Mexican Blanket

May 6, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We love the beauty of the Mexican blanket and how proud it makes us of our Mexican heritage. They are gorgeous, long lasting and so warm. We enjoy incorporating the blankets into our spaces for their function, as well as their vibrant colors and beautiful craftsmanship. 
Seeing new creative ways the universally recognized textile is now used is inspiring, everything from upholstering dining room chairs, headboards and more! Toss them on tables or benches for a summer party and immediately make your guests feel comfortable while adding a splash of bold color.
The Sisters