Monthly Archives: July 2015

Current Crush: Anna Beck

July 30, 2015

(Elaina) I first met Becky about 7 years ago, I had recently moved to Bali and was put in touch with her via a friend to help her decorate her Villa. I remember thinking she was so full of life and had such an amazing vision, not just with her jewelry but with everything she did. I was in awe of her talent as a jewelry designer, still am. Her jewelry is timeless and makes you feel so feminine.  
When we started her project she knew exactly what she liked and disliked. What started out as a client relationship, quickly grew into a close friendship that has grown over the years. Becky was one of our first clients where I felt so at ease and really enjoyed working with her. We had so much fun running all over Bali sourcing amazing pieces and turning her Villa into a beautiful home. She reminded me why I love what I do so much and how intimate of an experience it is to design someone’s home. To see the personal transformation they go through in creating a space that makes them happy and is a reflection of their life. I see her as a friend for life, an auntie to my boys and of course one of the most amazing jewelry designers today. I’m usually always wearing something Ana Beck, so should you! 

What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I am inspired by life around me and constant change in my environment. Whether I am spending my afternoon in Venice Beach or taking a trip somewhere, I am always gathering inspiration.

In a few sentences how would you describe your style?
My style is primarily classic with a little bit of edge and sometimes a dash of something bohemian. I am generally very relaxed but I also really love a chic and tailored look.

What does good design mean to you?
Good design is something that is well-made, has a unique feel yet timeless. A good design is something that can be invested in due to it’s versatility and knowing I will have it for many years to come.

When and how did you first find your passion for the jewelry world?
My passion for jewelry evolved over 20 years ago as a student in Nepal. I studied abroad there doing an internship with a local silversmith where I made my first pair of lapis earrings.

What do you love most about your career/passion?
What I love most is that it’s always changing and it stems from my own creative journey. I am inspired by all of the amazing women that become connected to the brand and the stories they share with me.

Who would be your dream client to design for?
Isabel Marant, my favorite French designer. I admire her style and her story. Her designs are very chic, eclectic and edgy but still maintain a relaxed and free spirit energy. City girl meets a free spirited traveler.

How do you typically start your day?
Normally I begin with 20-30min of meditation then I will spend some time journaling while I indulge in a coffee and snuggles with my dog, Lucy.

How do you typically end your day?
I find that I unwind best by reading a good book and relaxing in the tub.

What do you love most about the city you live in?
I love the diversity of cultures and that every neighborhood has a very distinct feel. Many people view LA as a large city but when you look at all of the different areas, it’s really the perfect balance between city and nature. You can experience so many different things in just one place.

Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?
I have so many favorites but I would say Bali, Indonesia because it still feels like home after living there for 5 years. It’s a place where I have discovered a lot but there is still so much to explore and uncover.

What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started?
Not to quit my day job and test the market out. I learned the industry by getting into it wholesale sales and learning about different markets. By not quitting my day job I was able to expand my knowledge about the industry until I was ready to launch my business and fully do my own thing.

What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in the jewelery business?
Create something that’s unique and recognizable but that’s distinctly yours. Find your signature look that others will recognize. Create a brand that is distinctly you and easily decipherable.

What is your favorite go to product at the moment?
Right now I would say, Lotus Love Beauty. I love their coconut & verbena candles & bath products. I love her products and can’t get enough of them.

What is your astrological sign?

What are you most proud of?
I would have to say the women that buy and collect Anna Beck. I love that they buy and invest in themselves. I’m also proud of our involvement with Bumi Sehat, our Bali based charity that we continue to work with. They provide free healthcare for expectant mothers in Bali and other places in Southeast Asia.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am creating a new necklace for Bumi Sehat where all of the profits will go to help expectant mothers in Nepal that have been affected by the recent earthquakes.

What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like?
Creating capsule collections that expand into lifestyle and branching into other product categories.

You can follow Becky and keep up with all things Anna Beck on, InstagramFacebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Sisters

The Banana Leaf Trend

July 27, 2015

We always love bringing nature into the home. Whether it’s the real thing or the idea of it, it always adds flare to a space. Right now we’re loving the tried and true Banana Leaf. 
You can throw it on the wall with some fabulous wall paper, upholster a chair or a sofa, wrap it around a lamp shade, weave it onto a pillow, or you can even throw it on the table and dine with it!
The shade of green in a banana leaf, to us, is the true color green. Its shape is tailored yet dynamic. When you see it, it reminds you of tropical bliss. Those times when you were down at the beach, with friends, away from any and all responsibilities. Why wouldn’t you want to be reminded of that on a daily basis by incorporating it into your home?
Used in it’s natural form is just as powerful. We love throwing banana leaves into a large glass jar. Or planting some in pots to flank a doorway. 
The good news is this shape and color goes with so much it’s hard to get it wrong. So, just go for it and have fun!

The Sisters

Latest Creation: A Dreamy Master Bedroom

July 17, 2015

We would like to introduce you to the Molocznik family! A family we have been working with since 2013. They are the dreamiest client as they are not only the sweetest couple, but they have a lot of fun projects up their sleeves that keep us busy! We have converted a guest bedroom into a playroom completely equipped with a custom built-in fort, and vintage fairies to interact with. We have designed a beautiful and bright kitchen, family room and dining room for the family as well! We recently finished the master bedroom which will make you want to crawl up with a book and quickly fall asleep. Since we specialize in transformations they needed a complete makeover. You can see the before and after’s here. As you can see the green walls were an eye sore and the furniture was outdated.

When we asked what their vision was they said they wanted a brighter room, with a serene and peaceful feeling. They were also lacking a place to curl up and read books with their two small girls (and soon to be baby boy). Storage was also an issue as their existing master closet was not big enough for the two of them. How many of us have this problem? We know we do!
It was obvious to us to paint the walls a softer, taupe grey and add the timeless wainscoting, which you can never go wrong with! When selecting furniture, again we wanted a classic and timeless look without being too pretentious. The Louie XVI collection from Restoration Hardware was an easy sell. We topped off the bedding with a collection of pillows from one of our favorite textile designers, John Robshaw. The pillows were a struggle as they often end up on the floor, so we suggested a end of bed trunk to house them when the bed isn’t made. We sourced this unique, one of a kind trunk imported from Bali to add a bit of juxtaposition to the room. If you ask us, it works perfectly!

In the far corner we provided them with an extremely large and comfy chair that would accommodate two small bodies and a parent to cuddle and read. We chose the deep indigo blue as the pop of color and we made this work with the client’s love of grey and the John Robshaw decorative pillows.
We grounded the room with a large shag rug which tied everything together!

At the end of the day the client was beyond thrilled with the turn out. A night and day difference from where they were before and now they have a serene and peaceful place in the home to escape and relax.

The Sisters

Design Guide: Tips to Make your Home More Environmentally Friendly (Without sacrificing good design style)

July 11, 2015

We are often asked about eco-friendly products and/or tips on making your home more eco-friendly when designing and decorating. We tell people all the time that it’s very easy to make the smallest change in your design choices and lifestyle to live a more eco-friendly and planet conscious life without sacrificing style. It’s a lot easier than you may think.
Over the years we have compiled our favorite tips and today we are going to share them with you!

1. Want hardwood floors? Opt for bamboo. Bamboo is considered an environmentally friendly flooring material due to its high yield and the relatively fast rate at which it re-grows! It takes just four to six years for bamboo to mature, compared to 50-100 years for typical hardwoods. Wow! Just be sure to look for installers that use formaldehyde-free glues.

2. Use healthier paint. Typical and standard paints contain ingredients such as solvents, toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause smog, ozone pollution and indoor air quality problems with negative health effects. Yuck! These unhealthy ingredients are released into the air while you’re painting, while the paint dries and even after the paints are completely dry. What!? Opt instead for zero- or low-VOC paint, made by most major paint manufacturers today. Thank goodness!

3. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. A no brainer for us, so simple! These bulbs are now available to fit many and most light fixtures AND can be found at the grocery store! These lil bad boys (not so bad, huh?) use just a quarter of the electricity of regular incandescent bulbs. Plus, they last up to 10 times longer. Again, a NO BRAINER!

4. Let the sun shine. The cheapest and most environmentally sound heat and light source is just outside your window! Ha! Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally! So much better, right?

5. Grow plants indoors. Live plants around your home act as natural air filters, and some plants are particularly effective absorbers of harmful pollutants emitted from carpets, furniture, and electronic equipment. Who knew? So clean your indoor air and “green” your home by filling it with spider plants, Boston ferns, rubber plants, and palm trees!

6. Green up your appliances. Getting rid of that old refrigerator in the garage could save you as much as $150 a year. The fridge in the garage is such a grandma thing to do, get rid of it already! Appliance use comprises about 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill with the fridge being one of the biggest energy hogs. If any of your appliances are more than 10 years old, the EPA suggests replacing them with energy-efficient models that bear their “Energy Star” logo. Energy Star-qualified appliances use 10%-50% less energy and water than standard models. According to the Energy Star site, if just one in 10 homes used energy-efficient appliances it would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees. Um…what a great excuse to go get you that new dishwasher you always wanted! The kind that you don’t even have to rinse your dishes beforehand! A win/win to us!

7. Reduce Your Want List. The hardest one for us! Ask yourself if that item you have your eye on is a want or a need. If it is a need, look for products that are produced sustainably as well as ones that are recyclable and made from recycled materials. If your home decorating wish list has entire rooms highlighted, look for ways to refresh the space without redoing the entire room. There may be smaller home decorating projects that make more sense. Reduce your design footprint!

8. Decorate with Natural Fibers. If redecorating your bedroom is on the list, purchase new bedding made from natural organic fibers such as cotton, linen or bamboo (So soft!). Update your drapes or select chair and sofa covers that are made of natural fabrics.

9. Reuse Creatively. Your green décor can be a showcase for finding a new purpose for your furnishings. For example; try saving interesting glass bottles and jars from the recycle bin and use them throughout the house as vases, candle holders and collectibles. Try putting your collection of seashells to use in your bathroom and set the stage for your next creative idea. Also, giving a piece of furniture a makeover with a lil spray paint never hurt anyone (low VOC paint, of course)!

10. Purchase Pre-Owned Furniture. Picking up green décor through garage sales, flea markets and online like Craigslist, can help you fill up empty spaces with gently used furnishings. Remember, hosting your own garage sale or selling unwanted items online can help you recycle your old furnishings. And donating to certain charities not only makes you feel good but the tax write off can help too! One man’s junk, is another man’s treasure.

The Open Shelf Rule

July 3, 2015

There’s one rule and one rule only when it comes to open shelving in your kitchen. Keep it organized! As far as we’re concerned there’s nothing more exciting than a beautiful display of perfectly organized open shelving. We pulled together some of our favorite looks. We hope this inspires you to open up your shelving and keep it organized!

The Sisters