Monthly Archives: November 2015

Thanksgiving In Bali

November 29, 2015

20151126-_MG_4107I’ve been living here in Bali with my husband and two boys for the last 7 1/2 years. Both our boys were born here so naturally we feel very tied to Bali and blessed that Bali has embraced us all these years. When we first moved to Bali we didn’t expect to stay this long but as people familiar with the island know  it has a pretty powerful pull and if you surrender to that energetic pull it will take you for an incredible journey.

Though we have been here for a long time I still feel very strongly connected to my Californian roots and not a day goes by that I don’t think of my family and miss them. My husband and I have managed to continue to celebrate certain traditions here in Bali so as to maintain those roots we have in California and remain connected. Thanksgiving being one of them.

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We have had such wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations here in paradise where we gather together with all of our friends that have become our family in Bali. Yes, a handful of them are American but a bunch of them are a mix from all over the world. AND they all enjoy being invited along to eat all of the typical Thanksgiving dishes such as roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. I will admit it’s no easy feat trying to pull it all together and gather the needed ingredients but we’ve made it work and it always turns into something beautiful.

We wanted to share a glimpse into what it’s like celebrating Thanksgiving in a tropical paradise far from home. You can take the girl out of California but you can’t take California out of the girl 🙂 This year we were lucky enough to gather at a beautiful villa owned by some of our close friends (Thanks Lance and Sophie)!

I’m a strong believer in gathering family and friends together to celebrate to give thanks for all the incredible things this amazing life has blessed us with. It doesn’t matter where in the world I may be I will always preserve this tradition in giving Thanks.

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving,

The Sisters

Latest Creation: Mars Kitchen

November 24, 2015


The Mars moved into this unique, custom-built home from the 50’s located in Encinitas, CA with the hopes to slowly make the changes necessary to keep up with their fast paced lives with two young kids and still stay in touch with their modern style. It took about a year after moving in before the homeowner was ready to make the changes to the falling apart kitchen!


She wanted everything gone, I mean everything. She took us Sisters to breakfast at The Great Maple in San Diego to help give us an idea of what she liked. The style and decor of this restaurant resonated with her and this was a great place to have our first meeting! We picked up on brass/gold accents, with a clean white modern vibe mixed with mid-century touches. This was our goal and we went to work!



We opened up the floor plan by knocking out old cabinets and a wall that created a butler’s pantry– who has butler’s these day? This opened everything up and allowed us to have a clean slate. Next, we installed new wood flooring, all new cabinets, fixtures and appliances. A classic white subway tile was used on the white counters against the white cabinets. Then to break it up we went with a black island. The multi-toned cabinets are hot right now! We went back and forth between turquoise and black, but at the end of the day I think the black Island was the right choice. Then, by updating all the hardware and light fixtures we created a school-house revival look which we love!


We loved designing this kitchen so much we may take a few pieces for inspiration in our own kitchens!
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A Thanksgiving Table

November 16, 2015

It’s one of our favorite times of year and we couldn’t be happier about it. This means all the seasonal decorations come out to play, but also means lots of eating and gathering around a table to celebrate family and friends! We created this fabulous table setting to help inspire your Thanksgiving feast!

We are majorly inspired by the rich jewel tones floating around lately and it’s so easy to incorporate them in to your holiday decor. The best way to ditch the standard brand and brown is to add emeralds, turquoise, and ruby pillows and florals! Brassware is having a major moment so be sure to ditch your silverware and replace it with the sleek brass accents. Contrasting plates is another easy way to add interest to your table, and never forget the metallics! Long gone are the days of sticking to either gold or silver– add in gold, silver, AND copper! Oh, and don’t forget the candles to create that intimacy and warmth sitting around a table with the people you love brings.

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Special thanks to Esther from Wallflower Inspiration for the florals. Photography by our digital content director, Kelly Fondots.
The Sisters

Ten on Ten – Elaina of 4 Corners

November 12, 2015


We are thrilled to announce a fun new monthly feature for our blog, Ten on Ten. It’s as simple as posting ten pictures on the tenth of the month– One photo, every hour, for ten hours. First up in this new feature is our very own Elaina Samaniego-Myers! Here is a normal weekday for Elaina. Enjoy!

5:30 am- My morning meditation spot up on our roof. I start the day with setting my intention and watching the sun rise over the rooftops. It’s my moment before the kids wake up and the day begins.

7:30 am- Green on green. Every morning I start the day with a homemade green juice that my husband and I enjoy outside in our garden. The kids run wild before school and we have a morning catch up.

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8:00am- On my weekly skype call with my sis. Today we’re discussing wall paper options for our new client’s home. We’re loving this Schumacher Queen of Spain black and white!

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9:30 am- Sweating it out in the extend barre class at my Pilates studio. Love that we have this awesome workout in Bali! Bali Pilates Studio is the best.

11:00 am- I got to visit my little guy, Hudson today to observe him while in class at his Montessori preschool. I had to sit quietly in the corner and try not to distract him. Ha! Such a special break in my day.

11:45am- One of my favorite parts of what I do is getting to know the lovely people in Bali that I source from. To know them by name and to know about their lives makes work so much more meaningful. Here I am settling the bill for some goods bought for Villa Hansa.

12:30 pm- Most days I break for lunch at the super healthy and super yummy, Down to Earth Cafe. I post up, eat my biggest meal of the day, usually their tasty and always changing Planet Platter, and catch up on my computer work. Today I’m working on one of our new concepts for a new residential project in California.

1:30 pm- Out and about sourcing some goods for Villa Hansa and getting inspired by these cool Indonesian fish traps. There is nothing glamorous about souring in Bali. Most of my spots are hot, dark, dusty and dirty but you never know what amazing treasure you may find and the gorgeous people you meet along the way. Makes it so worth it!

3:30 pm- I’ve picked up my oldest son, Quinn from school and dragged him along to one more spot to find some more goods for Villa Hansa. He makes for a great sourcing companion hamming it up everywhere we go and making all the locals giggle #bringyourkidstoworkday

6:00 pm- Our day ends with an after dinner walk to the beach with the dogs. The boys love the action, the dogs get good exercise, mom and dad get to enjoy the sunset and the day winds down. Happy Family.

Thanks for taking a peek at my day! Find more on Instagram, here.

Fall Favorites

November 8, 2015

With the seasons changing, it’s easy to also want to change or add items in and around your life to accommodate the weather, or influx of parties the holidays bring! Elaina, in Bali, won’t be experiencing cooler temperatures but she will be experiencing a ton of rain. Tropic downpours are no joke. Susanna may get hit with El Nino in San Diego, but it’s a lot easier to make a cozy home than force cooler weather– And because it’s fun to do, we’ve compiled a few items that are on our wish-list. SistersFallFavs

Left to right, top to bottom: Elaina // My go to for that tropical look, Cha Cha Tint. Rain wellies to deal with the flooding that occurs here in Bali, Chooka. For our weekend beach adventures, The Beach People. Lusting after these fab beach umbrellas. Bali is it’s hottest during rainy season, Basil Bangs. Loving these playful dessert or picnic plates that can be used to add a bit of whimsical to your holidays and make eating more fun for the little ones, Anthropologie. Susanna // Gold Cutlery Set  perf for the holidays and all that eating, Shoppe by Amber Interiors. This is the best fall jacket! It will become a staple for the next few months.  (once it cools down!) The perfect blend of rocker chic and boho, Cleobella. My fave nail color of the season. Love the true oxblood that the Burberry has put out! Color #303, Nordstrom. My go to scent of the fall is the Baltic Amber candles by Voluspa. Takes me home every time, Voluspa. This chandelier, totally drool worthy! In love and think all dining tables this fall need to meet this handsome fella, Anthropologie.

The Sisters

4 Corners x Swenyo

November 3, 2015

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Swenyo gave us the challenge of mixing their modern and minimalist furnishings with a bohemian/eclectic look. The objective was to show how their unique furnishings could be used in different context or environments. Our inspiration was heavily influenced by our own bohemian style that we are known for, as well as throwing some jungalow style (yes, that’s a thing!! and it’s awesome, more on that later) in to the mix. The person who lived in this so-called “loft” of ours, Her name was Claire. This loft was located in NY. This was Claire’s first space out of college, all on her own. She is originally from California and studied photography at NYU. Now that she is on her own she wanted a space that reflected her free spirit and love of travel, and photography!

We had a blast styling this space with the help of the awesome Swenyo team and are completely satisfied with how it turned out, a total boho loft oasis!