I was so impressed a few weeks back when I watched celeb hair stylist and photographer couple Jen Atkin and Mike Rosenthal's debut of their new L.A. home. Built from the ground up and designed by them with Consort Design, it's no surprise that the end result is a beautiful piece of art. Domino posted their home tour along with an interview where they showed how they partnered with AllModern for many of their furnishings. It's so refreshing to see that even a couple with a celeb-budget would take on their home design with a High/Low approach.

For the vast majority of us, it's completely impractical that every piece of furniture and decor is a designer item. We need those inexpensive items to blend perfectly with our nicer finds to create balance in our homes and to achieve the look of approachable luxury.

I'm always on the hunt for good "cheap" pieces to incorporate in my designs. Pieces that will hold up and make an impact in a space, and not stand out as an eyesore or appear as if we cut some corners.

This new series, "Cheap, Good" is where I will share with you all my home finds of different categories so you can save you change and still create a beautiful design. I wanted to start with rugs because they are the foundation of almost every room. They get very costly very quickly and these are the gems that I have in my back pocket when I need them! And guess what - they're ALL 8x10s and ALL under $350. You can't beat that!

Keep reading for tips on choosing a cheap, good rug, and view more of my favorites on my Cheap, Good Pinterest board!


Mountain Cabin Goals

Last weekend, my girls took me away for a surprise birthday trip. We ended up away in the mountains to do all the things I love, plus some. From a spa day, to hiking to horseback riding, it was everything I could have asked more and more with the gorgeous freshly changing leaves beaming orange, yellow and crimson all around. The crisp air and overcast sky set it over the edge and I'm pretty sure now that November is my favorite month out of the year.

When we got home, I couldn't stop my mind from wandering. How I'd love to own a little cabin hidden away in the mountains to spend weekends just like this one with family and friends. My little designer mind couldn't help but create that space and my imagination sent me to making moodboards of just how that cabin might look...


Strange Things

With Halloween right around the corner, I found it the perfect time to share with you something on the creepier side of design. Now I don't celebrate Halloween - so this is really me just admitting my weirdness and displaying my love for these creepy little things on any old day of the year. They're definitely different and much more difficult to convince clients to want them included in their projects, but they're such fun pieces that would be total conversation starters in any space. I think every space needs a little "weird" element. Besides, what really is considered normal?

While I wouldn't go overboard by mixing too many of these in the same space, just one of them combined with a streamlined aesthetic in the rest of the space would be so fun to look at. It's all about balance.


Aren't these pieces so fun? Tell me I didn't just win you over!
If you're still thinking on it, tell me decor item you may be willing to try in your space!



1. Natural Curiosities Rehberg Insect Art 2. Lola Decanter 3. Lola Round Box
4. Elmira Brass Ant Sculptures 5. NewWall Buggie Wallpaper 6. Cobra Brass Door Handles
5. Popham Design Scarab Cement Tiles 6. Lindstrom Rugs Scarab
7. Skull Planter 8. Fliepaper Wallpaper

*shown counter clock-wise from top left