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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!





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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.

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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.

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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!

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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…

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

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

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

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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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GrandCanal

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  I spent Thanksgiving Day at my family’s house on Balboa Island in Newport Beach.  Despite living in Los Angeles for many years, I was born and raised in Newport Beach, so it’s still that place I call home.  Our house on Balboa Island is located on what is called “Little Balboa Island.”  Balboa Island is an island in Newport Harbor comprised of a larger island and a smaller island separated by a canal and accessible by a bridge. On Thanksgiving Day, we took a walk around the perimeter of the smaller island (Little Balboa Island) and I took some pictures that I thought I would share with you.  So join me on my walking tour!

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So here’s your map (um, using my iPhone map).  Our walk begins on the smaller of the island where you see “The Grand Canal” at the very top (of the larger waterway, Beacon Bay) – we are going to walk around the perimeter on the water side above where you see Crystal Avenue (the water side street is E Bay Front) and then down to S Bay Front, across S Bay Front and back up along side The Grand Canal (all the homes featured are water front houses).  Hope that’s not too confusing!  Don’t get lost!

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One of my favorite houses, this house sits on a corner lot right at the edge of The Grand Canal (but wraps around a bit with rooms facing the canal) and faces Beacon Bay.  This house probably takes up about four lots.  I don’t know a lot of details about the house but my dad said it has been written about/published quite a bit.

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A typical Balboa Island home, this house has a spacious front patio and a cute walkway.

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An older more original island home, decorated for the holidays.

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The architecture of this home is more southern, but still retains some traditional Balboa Island aesthetics.

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Another house that has a southern flair, reminds me of a house you might see in Florida.  (Part of the house both above and pictured below.)

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The house sits on two lots, so it has a nice wide front water facing porch.

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And it’s currently staged and on the market for $10 million.

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So now we’ve come to the intersection of E Bay Front and Park Avenue.  Notice how even the lamp posts are decorated for the holidays! Let’s continue up E Bay Front…

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An original 50′s era gem, love the front door!

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In the spirit of the holidays, owners decorate their private docks too.

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My dad loves this house, not so much me – but I do find the nautical shutters whimsical.

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Now we’re at the corner of E Bay Front and S Bay Front.  This house sits on a corner lot with dynamic views (the picture below is taken right at this corner).

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The house above enjoys this view…every day.

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A newer Balboa home, lush with landscape.

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A day at the beach:  Thanksgiving Day was 84 degrees, warm & sunny.  Next time bring your bathing suit!

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Another Florida-esque style home.  This property was at one time available to rent.  Great location, situated on a corner lot.

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Most all of the water facing homes come with their own docks, great if you are a boat owner.

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We’re now at the corner of S Bay Front and The Grand Canal.  This house sits across the way on the larger island.

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As we make our way up The Grand Canal, my dad stops to introduce us to a friend of his that he meets up with on his daily walk.

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We’ve now just passed the bridge that connects the larger island to Little Balboa Island as we continue to make our way back alongside The Grand Canal.

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A house on the canal side, more traditional and modest in size, decked out for the holidays.

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Making our way back to where we started, this walkway leads up to our house.

Hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of Balboa Island! Come visit again soon!





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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted By Jill-LA | Nov 25, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration, Holiday

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{Images via Martha Stewart}





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For my Orange County readers, there is a new Jonathan Adler pop up shop located at Fashion Island in Newport Beach for the holiday season!

There will also be an exclusive designer event on Wednesday, December 2nd for local designers in the area.

Here’s the info that was sent to me:

We are thrilled to announce the opening our new Jonathan Adler store at Fashion Island Shopping Center  in Newport Beach.

We are a pop-up store here for the holidays and would love to share our “happy chic” vibe with you.  We invite you to participate in our exclusive Designer Event to be held the evening of Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

-          Feel, see, and smell all of Jonathan Adler’s fabulous products

-          Learn about our 10% discount offered exclusively to designers

-          Champagne & chocolate for a treat

-          Meet fellow designers  in the area

-          Receive  a complimentary gift from Jonathan Adler.

You can find us in the middle of the mall across from the Koi Pond.  We hope to see you on Wednesday, December 2nd from 5-7.  Give us a call to let us know you will be attending.

Have a “happy chic” day!

Jonathan Adler Fashion Island

235 Newport Center Drive

Newport Beach, California 92660

Phone: 949-759-0017 Fax: 949-759-0016

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