Happy Thanksgiving!

Our fellow bloggers are all sharing “thanks” around the blogsphere…

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Cassandra from coco + kelley said it best, read it here and see her pretty table setting!

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See the pretty fall trees from Katie of katiedid.

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Jen of Made by Girl shares her Thanksgiving Day menu.

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Thanksgiving table decor by Camille of Camille Styles blog.

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Brittany of Brittany Stiles blog shows us a “Thanksgiving table/flea market style.”

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Thanksgiving decor from Emily Clark.

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Thanksgiving inspiration from Pure Style Home.

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And a “retro Thanksgiving” from Pam at Retro Renovation!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fellow bloggers & readers!

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Back from Summer Vacation!

Posted By Jill-LA | Sep 03, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Holiday, Website News

Hope everyone is enjoying their “end of summer” weekend and had a great summer! I can’t believe it’s already September! I spent the month of August on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA where my family lives and my dad keeps his boat. I actually lived on the boat for the month and it was a really nice change of pace.  Thought I would share some highlights from my summer vacation!

The boat is docked quite literally just steps from the beach, as seen here from the aft of the boat. These homes are on the Beacon Bay waterfront side of Balboa Island.

How cute is my nephew Eli hanging out on the boat!

Paddling on the bay is very popular, many canoes, paddlers would go by daily…

…some with their dog too!

But I actually spent my summer days working…

…and here too.

But the reality is, most days were actually spent hard at work here.

But EVERY day at the *office* was finished with an amazing sunset like this one!

Or this one!

Mornings started early, where the water was like glass and it was peacefully quiet.

My sleeping quarters were not the “captain’s quarters,” instead I opted for a modest “cabin.”

And the most compact bathroom I ever got ready in each and every day. (Although it’s not every day you see a seal swim by from the “head!”)

The galley style kitchen located on the lowest level of the boat.

When I did venture off the boat, my favorite thing to do was take the Ferry from Balboa Island across the harbor to the Balboa Peninsula side.  The Ferry is just $1 per person each way, it crosses the bay continuously from early morning until late at night and carries both cars and passengers.

Passing by one ferry from another (there are two that go back and forth).

My favorite place to go is Newport Landing Restaurant, they have the best happy hour!

The view from the second story patio at Newport Landing.

Coming back on the ferry at night, a view of the Fun Zone and Balboa Pavilion.

Our boat is docked just steps away from Marine Avenue on Balboa Island, the one main street lined with shops and restaurants. I walked it daily but unfortunately didn’t have time to explore some of the home decor shops, like this one (and others that I’d like to eventually feature on the blog).

I mostly walked through town to get to Little Balboa Island (where our house is) passing by the homes on the canal side…

…and over a bridge.

I’ve since said goodbye to my “summer office” – and am now back home!

Until next summer!

(All photos by Jill Seidner)

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Happy 4th of July!

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Hope everyone had a good holiday!

On Christmas Day I went for brunch at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, CA. I hadn’t been in years! I think the last time I was there was in the mid-80’s for a Bar Mitzvah. It sure has changed! Most recently renovated in 2003.  Now, it looks like a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton resort, complete with all the amenities of a five star hotel.  The resort includes (for members and non-members alike): guest suites & rooms, a spa and a salon, meeting rooms, two restaurants and a bar, a marina that accommodates up to 144 boat slips, and more. After brunch, I took a few quick pictures that I thought would share – a mini tour of the club which is currently festively decorated for the holidays.

The entrance to the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.

The decorated fountain.

The corridor leading to The First Cabin restaurant.

Entrance to the restaurant, where we dined.

Interior of The First Cabin restaurant.

The Balboa Bay Club sits right on Newport Harbor, with it’s own marina and boat slips.

The outside patio area with harbor views.

The living/sitting areas – which greatly remind me of a five star hotel.

The fireplace of the sitting room, very cozy and decorated for the holidays.

Palm tree upholstered chairs fill the corridor along side holiday decorations.

A cute gingerbread house.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design.

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Wreaths for Charity

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 22, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Designers, Events, Holiday

Two recent charity events had designers and stars alike creating wreaths to be auctioned off in support of charity groups such as the Children’s Action Network and DIFFA.  The wreath above was designed by Kelly Wearstler for the Children’s Action Network for their 3rd Annual Holiday Party held in Los Angeles.  The wreaths below were created for DIFFA’s Holiday Wreath Collection Event held in Dallas.

Kelly Wearstler’s leather dip-dyed wreath for DIFFA.

Images for the DIFFA wreaths from DIFFADallas Facebook Page

Images of Kelly Wearstler’s wreaths from the Kelly Wearstler Facebook Page


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Holiday Decorating

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 12, 2010 | 10 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Decorating, Holiday

Some pretty wreaths to inspire your holiday decorating…

{All images from Red Magazine UK}

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All American Style

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 04, 2010 | 5 Comments | Category: Decorating, Holiday, Home Exteriors

In the spirit of the 4th of July, here are some images that embody the American way of life – year round.

The American flag creates a focal point in this bedroom and the red, white, and blue interiors reflect an all American style.

An outdoor deck feels festive.

A picture of a garden I took on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA.  Most all homes have a flag in the front of their house, year round.

And we always keep a flag on the back of our boat, seen here in Newport Harbor.

…and in Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island.

Most boat docks are lined with the flag at the end of the landing, as seen in this picture taken on Balboa Island in Newport Beach – last winter.  The spirit is year round here.

More “all American” style homes on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, where the flag is a staple in front of most everyone’s homes.  (I’ve stayed here in the midst of winter, when the winds pick up, and hear the flags blowing through the howling wind at night.)

A patriotic children’s room – so cute!

A very sophisticated bedroom decorated with a touch of patriotism.

{Photos from Houzz, House Beautiful, and me)

Happy 4th of July!

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Pink & Chic Rooms

Posted By Jill-LA | Feb 14, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration, Holiday

Happy Valentine’s Day!

{Here are some rooms that are pink, chic, and inspiring for a romantic day!}

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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}

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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?

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