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Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 | 2 comments

Kelly’s House of Murals

Kelly’s House of Murals

Kelly grew up in a house decorated with her mother’s hand-painted murals. Today, in her Del Ray home, she’s continuing the tradition. I stopped by to see these special murals painted by Kelly’s mother (you may remember this house from the Del Ray House & Garden Tour this year, or the previous tour in 2014). There’s a splendid mural of blue sky and clouds on the ceiling of the front porch. The other two murals are in the two kids’ rooms. This one pays homage to a children’s book author and illustrator that Kelly loved as a child, Gyo Fujikawa. Kelly’s mom added Superwoman, one of her daughter’s favorite super heroes, into the design. Kelly’s son’s room has been transformed into a scene from outer space, complete with flying spaceships. I can only imagine how much he and his sister love their rooms and will grow to appreciate their grandmother’s artistic talent all their...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 | 3 comments

A Mid-Century Nursery for Baby Mera

A Mid-Century Nursery for Baby Mera

After featuring J.P. and Ellen’s mid-century modern design style in a 2014 home tour, we couldn’t wait to come back and see what they did with their newborn baby Mera’s bedroom. Just like the rest of their stylish home, they accented the room with mid-century charm and personal touches, perfect for a baby girl. The collection of prints in uniform white frames shown to the right of the window above are an assortment of prints that Ellen picked out, as well as cards her friends and family gave her at their baby shower. “I hate tossing beautiful cards,” Ellen says, “and I feel that sticking them in a box in a closet is basically the same thing.” So she framed them. What a great idea. One wall was painted a handsome blue-grey hue when they moved in a few years ago. Unfortunately, they don’t have the name to share. (They had Home Depot match the color so they could use it throughout the room.) Ellen found the mid-century dresser...

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Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 | 2 comments

Saving Space With Bunk Beds

Saving Space With Bunk Beds

When your two kids share a small bedroom, bunk beds are pretty much inevitable. We loved the family heirloom beds our boys had been using, but there simply wasn’t enough space for much else in the room. We made the move to bunks and couldn’t be happier. When I was looking for a set of bunks, I wanted to make sure the beds would last (previous to the family heirloom beds, we had a set of twins/bunks that fell apart after a year). In my time volunteering for the MV Big Flea, I ran across a lot of This End Up furniture and knew it was sturdy and could face the brunt of two growing boys, so I purchased a set that had a simple and rugged design. The best part of the deal was that This End Up assembled the beds for free. And even though I was told it would take 6-8 weeks to get the beds, they arrived in about a month. Each order is custom...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Jayden’s Vintage Nautical Nursery

Jayden’s Vintage Nautical Nursery

Today we welcome guest blogger and Del Ray interior designer Katie Moore of Olios Design. Katie and her husband Andrew are the proud new parents of baby Jayden, born in September. When we saw pictures of the nursery Katie designed for Jayden on her blog earlier this week, we knew we wanted to share here as well. We love how it’s full of so many sentimental and handmade treasures. When my husband and I found out we were having a boy, I immediately knew I wanted a vintage nautical themed nursery. We already had the dresser and side table (the space was previously our spare bedroom). This was a inspirational mood board that got me started. We own a 22 catalina sailboat and when I was searching for the perfect bookcase, it wasn’t happening. So I was pleasantly surprised when my husband said he would build Jayden’s bookcase…and he nailed it, wouldn’t you say? That’s right, my husband built-this custom sailboat bookcase from scratch. There are so many handmade...

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Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 | 5 comments

A Bungalow Designed for Art and Play

A Bungalow Designed for Art and Play

Last week we showed you Kay’s creative and serene home office where she runs her holistic interior design business, Oikasa. Before that, we featured the fabulous wallpaper she installed on her stairway. And today, we bring you the rest of her house which she shares with her husband Stefan and their two active young children. In every room of their home, we see Kay’s design sensibility at play — simplicity, uplifting colors, handmade and natural elements, and an organized and efficient use of space. In the middle of the front room, a child’s-sized grand piano atop a green shag rug was the last thing I expected to see. But, given that Kay teaches music lessons to young children, a room dedicated to musical instruments makes perfect sense. Next to the front door. you can see an illuminated canvas Kay made. She painted the leaf design on a stretched canvas and then poked Christmas lights through holes into the canvas. She says that her youngest music students love to gaze at...

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