Loving this room by interior designer Alessandra Branca that I  came across on The Skirted Round Table blog!  Such a well designed kid friendly play area that makes great use of space. The tented ceiling is fabulous! The pendant lights are sophisticated yet playful too! And, of course, the built-in storage with baskets for toys and books completes the space.

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 26, 2009 | 4 Comments | Category: Events, Holiday

*1The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is a holiday tradition that has been taking place in Newport Harbor for 101 years now – it’s the oldest boat parade in the nation! While I did not attend the boat parade this year, I have many times before.  In fact, the parade route goes right by where we keep our boat and in the past we’ve entertained friends and family while watching the parade from the back of the boat. Sad to have missed this year’s parade but I was able to find pictures to share with you.  Over 100 vessels take part in the parade – everything from electric bay boats, to small craft boats, to yachts, even canoes & kayaks.  Each year the parade lasts for five nights (this year from December 16th – 20th) attracting millions of viewers.


The parade route makes it’s way through the entire Newport Harbor (where the boats turnaround at the breakwater).  Given the size of the harbor and the route it takes – there are many location spots in which to view the boats pass by.


Lights galore – apparently some boat owners have spent over $50,00 decorating their boats for the parade!

2The boats really light up the water at night!

3The Christmas floats make their way around a 14 mile route which passes by restaurants, yacht clubs, private homes, boat docks, and the public beaches of Newport Harbor.

4Many boats are also entertaining guests aboard during the parade route (which lasts over 2.5 hours) – it’s fun to see the party-goers enjoying the spirit of the parade and the holidays!


Hopefully next year I will make one night of the parade (and take some photographs of my own!). Hope everyone had a good holiday!

{Images via The Orange County Register}

Bathing Beauties

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 23, 2009 | 8 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Design Inspiration, Designers


Traditional Home magazine featured an inspirational section on bathroom vanities and when I saw them it was like I died and went to vanity heaven!  Not only are the vanities themselves beautiful but the bathrooms are too.  I’m definitely feeling inspired by these! Looking forward to some bathroom projects in 2010!


This bathroom in Texas features antique mirrored tiles on the face of the vanity (what a great idea!) and Carrera marble (my favorite all time classic).  I think the wood floor really gives this bathroom warmth.


Using a trestle table as a vanity is so completely unique and different! In this Atlanta bathroom, the wood frames used for the mirrors were imported from France and the pavers are stained concrete to give this bathroom an overall Old-World look. I love the pendant lighting and the addition of pieces of furniture flanking either side of the vanity.


This bathroom was designed by Larry Laslo for the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Showhouse in New York.  The walls are amazing – they are covered in heavily veined Italian marble tiles. I think the frameless mirrors were a good choice – nothing too overly stated, just the right balance, makes the black-crystal sconces stand out on their own.


In a master bath, this custom vanity was installed at each end of the bathroom (with tub in the middle).  The mirror is imported from London.  The sconces are really interesting (not sure of their source).


These vanities are from Kohler and appear suspended (!) against a wall of silver-leaf glass tiles at a beach house in New York. I like the mix of contemporary elements with traditional accessories in this bathroom designed by Eric Cohler.

Are these not {some} of the most gorgeous bathrooms you have ever seen? Click here for more!

Room of the Day

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 21, 2009 | 10 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Designers, Magazines


Interior designer Mary McDonald has done it again – producing a bold and theatrical room full of vibrant color and dramatic details.  In this living room for a movie-mogul client, she created an old-Hollywood glamour. Colors consist of high contrast black, yellow, and offset by a deep taupe.  Symmetry reigns in this living room with pairs of lamps, tables, & chairs – anchored by a big pouf.  Check out the rest of the project and read the interview here at House Beautiful!

Who’s THAT Material Girl?

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 21, 2009 | 5 Comments | Category: Celebs, Fashion, Magazines


Well, it’s the one and only original Material Girl: Madonna!

Over the years, we’ve seen her transform her many looks and styles – from her Marie Antoinette days (above) to the early days of her “Material Girls” song (below) – and now, a very domesticated Madonna has signed on to showcase the Spring/Summer 2010 ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana.  The ad campaign was shot in New York by photographer Steven Klein and recently featured in Vanity Fair Italia.


{Remember when? I still have this on vinyl!}

And here’s a preview of Madonna’s new ads for Dolce & Gabbana:


Madonna being very domestique at the kitchen sink doing dishes.


Looking very Italian-esque, Madonna at the kitchen table peeling tomatoes.


And eating spaghetti on the kitchen counter!

{In retrospect, it’s certianly a change from the mod glam Versace ads I remember from over a decade ago.}


Lucite furniture and a glass desk – Madonna working away.


Over the years, not only have we seen her chameleon looks – but we’ve seen her in many “environments” as well.


Just because we can’t always see the interiors of beautiful homes decorated for the holidays doesn’t mean we can’t judge by the exterior – it’s always so neat to see a festive front door!  Here’s a few holiday doors for inspiration…


A colorful wreath featured on a detailed door in a JCrew ad.


This white wreath is simple and sophisticated, adds contrast to the dark door (formerly featured in Blueprint magazine).


Pretty blue door with a trio of wreaths via Martha Stewart.


Traditional greenery makes for a classic holiday door (image via Martha Stewart).

How is your front door decorated for the holidays?


Small spaces, transitional spaces, and spaces leading to other spaces…here are some decorative hallways and enclaves!











[Images collected and sourced over time via the Internet]

Kelly in your closet!

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 07, 2009 | 9 Comments | Category: Designers, Fashion, Magazines


{Kelly Wearstler on the cover of the January 2010 issue of Town & Country}

It’s reported (via FabSugar) that Kelly Wearstler is venturing into fashion design.  Apparently, she will be launching an accessories collection next Spring which will include scarves and a jewelry line, ranging from the avant-garde to classic.  Word has it she is interested in clothing design, too.  There have been so many fashion designers that have transitioned into interiors, what do you think of interior designers merging into the world of fashion design?