28 August 2014

The wildly talented photographer, Jennifer Young just released her new book, Picture Perfect Social Media! It's all about how to make beautiful photos stand out and share it with your readers, whether it's for your work, blog, instagram or pinterest. Jennifer spills all her secrets on how to develop an eye for color, details, space, along with the technical side of photographing, like using manual settings on your camera.

I'm also really excited to be featured in the book where I share some tips on how to photograph interiors and styling. Whether you're into travel, lifestyle, interiors, food, animals, or portrait photography, Jennifer shares it all! Anyone looking to start blogging or wanna take their photo game to the next level should grab a copy here!


27 August 2014

A few weeks ago, Patina contacted me to be part of their cabana challenge. I'm competing against some really talented folks too, like, House of BrinsonZio & SonsCoco & Mingo, and Stone Fox Bride. Patina is a furniture rental company based in Brooklyn, NY. They have beautiful vintage furniture, moroccan rugs, and even mirrors to rent from. They have a great eye. So, with all this sweetass stuff for me to play with, the challenge wasn't too hard, even though I only had 30 minutes to design it. Yes, THIRTY minutes! Luckily, I had two studly dudes help me carry furniture around. Going in, I knew I wanted to create a cozy living room within the cabana and when I saw the fireplace mantel in their showroom, that was my starting point. Then came along the velvet sofa and chaise and the peacock chairs. I had to flip the rugs around because they were too colorful and totally clashing with the sofa. The underpart of the rugs were more subtle so that worked out well. Then I just went to town with a bohemian romantic vibe. What do you guys think? Help me win a teepee by liking my cabana on Patina's instagram!

Just peachy.

All faux fireplaces should have a bar cart in front of them.

Using lots of mirrors to create more light in the cabana.

Practicing on my candid wedding smile! ;P

Say what? There's a man under the mantel? Mmhmm. And a smoking stand becomes a drinking stand.

Florals by Darlington • Photos of me by David Toquica


26 August 2014


Hey creative creatures! Can you believe summer is almost over? Which means, it's back to school time! And time to get your shit together at The Creative Residency! It's not too late. Justina and I will school you on the influential power of social media and give you tips on building a large and loyal following at our Social Media Colloquium on Sept 13 in Los Angeles.

One of our creative fellows, Maria Malbas said, "The experience will go down as one of the highlights of my summer! I am so glad to have had the opportunity to learn earn from such generous and dedicated teachers and to be able to learn in the company of so many people that I admire. I can't recommend the experience enough!"

And if you sign up now, all you lucky creative creatures will get 15% off our seminar. Enter code ITSNEVERTOOLATE. Offer expires this Friday so hurry and sign up! We'd love to see you there!


25 August 2014

I have something major to tell you...I moved to New Orleans! I'll tell you more later why I made the move but I'm slowly falling in love with this vivacious and colorful Crescent City. I need some creative homies to hang out with so if anyone is around here, hit me up if you wanna grab coffee or ice cream! Now that I have a totally new space to decorate, I've been digging around for inspiration. I spent all day yesterday finding amazing vintage stuff on Chairish. I'm obsessed with velvet right now so when I found that emerald velvet chair and mid-century green velvet sofa, I decided to create a crescent-jade color mood board around them. And one can only dream about having emerald chevron marble tile floors. I could totally knock back a few old fashioned and then take a nap here. Check out my other favorite vintage finds.

Velvet Chair • Green Velvet Sofa • Peacock Pillow • Moroccan Pillow
Rattan Table • Batik Pillow • Starburst Sculpture • Juju Hat
Painting by Michelle Armas • Cedar Slab Table • Pouf • Blue Lounge Chair
Brass Floor Lamp • Boucherouite Rug • Ceramic Horse Lamp • Majolica Planter

This post is in partnership with Chairish. Sweet thanks!

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