Monday, July 12, 2010

A Happy Mix Indeed

I am head over heels in love! with House Beautiful's California Bungalow designed by Krista Ewart.  Fearless use of color?  CHECK.  Fresh pops of patterns abundant?  CHECK.  Use of bold color and scale in a small space?  DOUBLE CHECK.

You may have already seen it, but I think it is worth the encore.

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that a majority of the fabrics, furniture, rugs, wall coverings, etc. used in this project are cataloged nicely away in the "things I adore" folders on my computer and my hard files.  I still can hardly believe that so many of my very favorite elements, colors, pieces are all smushed together to create one. flawless. beachy. bungalow.  Hallelujah!

The Balboa Island cottage uses a personal fave--Hable Construction fabrics and pillows--throughout.

Turq and red....a favorite combo of mine, esp. for a child's room.
...oh, and do you spy the Pottery Barn Teen bubble table?

My fave-o Albert Hadley wallpaper, with my fave-o Pottery Barn towels. 

Bingo!  The pink Smeg fridge in the guest house. 
Talked about it here

Spun fiberglass and butterfly chairs.
Can't cite how many times I have talked about both of those guys.

Always my favorite kiddie wallpaper....Little Whales from Wallnut.

One last shot of the truly cheery bungalow...a perfect seaside retreat! 

Type fast to immediately read the full inteview with Krista.  She sources many of the great items featured in the shoot, including the shiny cruiser in front of the bungalow (Liberty of London from the Targe, natch.)
As an aside, many of the pieces are truly affordable and can be located and purchased pretty easily and some can serve as inspiration to you, as they are vintage re-dos.  Accessibility combined with affordability is always a refreshing treat!



P.S.  I am going to try my damndest to avoid radio silence on the blog this week. You see, however, it is my baby sister's wedding, and I truly cannot contain my excitement for her...or myself!  We have friends and family coming in from all over the country to sweat and party down in Nola.  We have spent the better part of the year planning and designing away.  I have slapped my own hand away from the blog, preventing myself from giving you guys sneak peeks...just to protect her privacy (and to keep the surprises going for any blog reading guests).  ANYWAY, there will be lots of wonderful pics to share...and hopefully some fun ideas for Gimlet Nation. 


  1. I am desperately in love with that pink fridge! I think a healthy dose of pink does a body good! Just think, how could your day start off badly if you we're grabbing something out of that cheery fridge!

    Have fun this week!!!!!

  2. Cutest little bungalow ever! I would be happy living with all those playful colors and shapes. Much I love. It's one of the twelve homes that I really need!!!

  3. A few days ago, I actually pulled all of the pages with these pictures out of the magazine to save I loved them so much!

  4. They had multiple houses featured in this edition of HB but as far as I was concerned this was the only one. I even made Jason, my husband, look at each page and pretend like he shared my enthusiasm. I said, "Look how sweet the whale wallpaper is. How could you have anything less then a perfect childhood if you grew up in this house?" He laughed but I am taking that as a "go ahead" to buy whale wallpaper preemptively. (As not to deny any future children of it's joy.) Thanks Jessie for brightening my day with this post.

  5. The whale wallpaper is the cutest!

  6. Great post, it made my day as well. My dog, Lamont is licking my arms right now..told him I had to read you before I walk him!

  7. Weird delightful! Am coveting the patio set and love the pink fridge and white vaulted ceiling in the den/living room.