Monthly Archives: December 2015

Locke Residence Fireplace Reveal

December 17, 2015



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We have so many of our clients coming to us on the regular to add some custom work to their beautiful, but builder grade, model homes. This is a great example of just that! Long before TVs made their way into the home, family would gather around the fireplace. We love that this area of a home is a great way to make it a beautiful focal point.

Our amazing client had a fun personality and we wanted her fireplace to be a reflection of her youthful spirit. The original fireplace was your typical cookie cutter fireplace. What happens often in these mass-produced homes is where you should add a statement, the builders will oversee the great opportunity to make it something special. That’s where us Sisters come in!

To keep things simple and the cost down we demoed the dry walled pop-out. Then, we selected a beautiful, handmade custom tile that our client had been eyeballing for a while. A layer of beautiful tile and trim was all we needed. The cherry on top of the tile work was this solid, reclaimed mantel that we were able to hand select with our client.

To pretty this up for the holidays, we added a little something something for our client to enjoy!

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Now, Christmas is the best time of year to dress your mantel!!! As you can see we had fun with this fireplace. Again, we kept it simple. Like they say, less is (usually) more. Creating a winter scape with snow and trees to match the existing decor creates a soft Christmas feel instead of your overwhelming red and green. Mixing the metallics with the wood tones help create this vibe. Then, we topped it off with the brass candle holders as well, and the soft metallic stockings were hung with care! An easy, simple and festive transformation.

The Sisters

Holiday Gift Guide

December 13, 2015

holidays.2015Oh, the holidays! One of the few times a year where asking, or hoping, for gifts is totally acceptable. We rounded up a few of what we’re hoping is under the tree!

Susanna // 1. For our rocker chicks…I’m currently eyeing these bad gals! Obsessed and think every girl needs a shiny pair of ankle boots! 2. For our big spender, I stumbled across these jewelers on Instagram and have been stalking them daily! This ring is the best way to tell some one you love and appreciate them. 3. For the women on the go, like us Sisters, this tote will help keep your things organized! Now, if only it would keep my thoughts organized! 4.We all need power at times, right?? How adorable is this Iphone Charger! A great stocking stuffer or gift for your gal pals! 5. I just got myself a new laptop and you better believe this guy is on my list this year! Drooling!

Elaina // 6. I can’t always get what I want here in Bali. Sometimes it requires a plane ride or hitting up someone’s luggage space who is flying in. I’m running low on my signature scent and feeling anxious about it as wearing perfume is what I do everyday no matter what. This is my scent. Been moving through Fresh scents since I was in my early 20s. I seem to change every 5-7 years. I think this one may last a bit longer. 7. I’m a huge fan of Jai Vasicek over at Ahoy Trader and his tiles make for great gifts that can fill that small little spot on the wall that needs that little something. 8. I’m a sucker for good candles. I have a sensitive sense of smell (say that ten times fast) and so when it’s a good one, it can set the mood for everything. Not only do I know the beautiful soul behind this magic but I’ve tried and tested the product and it is oh so good. I’ll have one of everything please. 9. This time of year I really start to miss home and the crisp cold air. I dream about being cold and missing my boots and sweaters. I’m obsessing over this little number soon to be on sale with my girls over at Sea and Wander. Kinda funny I dream about being cold so I can wear warm clothes to feel warmer as I sit here dripping in my own sweat from the tropical heat that is Bali right now… Doesn’t make sense! 10. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with coffee table books and I think they make for great gifts. I started following Humans of New York a while back on instagram and love all the amazing stories. A good coffee table book will interest your guests and make for some great conversation. This one is on my list for sure!

Happy shopping!! XOXO

Ten on Ten – Susanna of 4 Corners

December 9, 2015


Wow, December 10th already!? Where has the year gone? Today is our monthly feature, Ten on Ten, which is ten photos taken on the hour on the tenth of each month. We are happy to have our very own Susanna Samaniego give us an inside look at her day!

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 Waking Up. I would love to tell you that I wake up and drink my water with lemon, then meditate and finish with a green juice. But the reality is I do not know how to do anything without a cup of coffee first.  My sweet man Tyler even wakes up before me and gets the pot brewing. As I stumble out of bed, no make up and ratty hair, Tyler hands me my cup and I sit on the sofa (typically with my dog Luna but she wasn’t behaving for this photo) and chat Tyler’s ear off about how I have big plans for this world and life of mine 😉

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8am. Motivation.  My cute Nikes and fabulous area rug cheering me on as I debate working out or not. If we are being honest…Some days I work out and some days, I don’t!

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 Breakfast Time. Breakfast time before I hit the office. My new local favorite is  Better Buzz. It’s a bit trendy and I often hope I don’t run into anyone but they have GF bread and nothing makes me happier than a good avocado. Yes, that is also coffee #2.

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 Office Love. After breakfast I head to the office. This is when the beautiful chaos begins. I check emails, organize for the day and check in on our current projects.

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Sourcing. This is what I do. I find fabulous things, pick a coordinating fabric and then make it work!

12pm. Starvation.  Time to re-fuel.  A handful of our clients are in the Rancho Santa Fe and Del Sur area, therefore I find myself driving through RSF on the regular. My favorite lil cafe to stop in and have lunch is Thyme In The Ranch. Home made goodies like this Curry Ginger and Carrot soup, with a small caprese salad and yes…Coffee #3.

1pm.  More Sourcing.  Back at it! Testing driving some sofa’s. Loving this one.

2pm. I swing by the house and pick up my Luna baby for an afternoon walk of dog park run. Fur babies are the best babies. My mother wouldn’t agree with me. But Luna and Us are doing just fine!

3pm.  Back at the Office. Time to check in our concepts and looks. Re-cap and organize for the next day.

5pm.  A beach walk. To forget about the days work and reflect on the important things in life. Like, catching up on my Walking Dead episodes as soon as I get home, put my nappy Jams on and get cozy.

Good night! Thanks for following me. XO

Sea + Wander

December 2, 2015

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A unique and different approach to retail, where fashion meets social and helps support our community. With a flare of chic conscious living, Sea + Wander boutique offers a variety of products that meet the demand of our client’s life style. Every product is sourced with care and considered for it’s uniqueness.  We aim to partner up with companies that give back to their community.  It also features a kid area inspired by the both of the owner’s children, a space where they can explore and be creative, or enjoy reading while mom shops and socializes with other moms. They will be carrying all of our favorite brands for women, children, and your home! Elaina and I have been friends with the girls for years, and they are long time North County locals. The owners, Courtney and Maria,  have impeccable taste in all things fashion, decor and product so us sisters are beyond thrilled and excited that they have decided to team up.

They are currently looking for a permanent location to allow moms to shop while their kids are entertained. How cool is that?! They will offer kids classes, mom and baby classes, crafts, etc… All about the mom and the kid while still being fabulous! You can shop their pop up starting December 4th for the holiday and come next year, look out for these ladies and their permanent shop location!!

The Sea + Wander Pop-up Shop will be held at SAID Space Gallery located at 766 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas, CA 92024. Opening night is December 4th from 3-7pm. Click here to see their Instagram for more sneak peeks at the awesome brands they will be carrying!

Xoxo and happy shopping!