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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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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Rooftops

Posted By Jill-LA | Oct 19, 2009 | 7 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Home Exteriors

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Wall of…frames?

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 30, 2009 | 6 Comments | Category: Home Exteriors, Walls, Windows

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I recently wrote a post about a wall of mirrors…well, how about a wall of frames?  Gilded window frames, that is!  An architect in Sweden is building a housing project with windows of gilded window frames.  This project consists of 2 houses, both 6 stories wide, with 14 apartments (9 of them duplex apartments), glossy white enameled facade panels, with cast aluminium window frames that are gold leaf painted.  This reminds me a lot of something Philippe Starck would have done – mixing modern with rococo, neo-classicism, etc.

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Pretty Pool Houses

Posted By Jill-LA | Aug 23, 2009 | 8 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Home Exteriors

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Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean these pool houses can’t inspire to use them year round!  Here are some images of both pretty and architecturally inspiring pool houses!

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Exterior Elements

Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 29, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Home Exteriors

Poolside

Posted By Jill-LA | Jun 27, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Home Exteriors

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Summer is here!  Last weekend was the official (calendar year) start of the summer.  With that comes time lounging by a pool (beach, lake) and enjoying the long days.  While here in LA, it’s been mild temperature wise (I know many across the nation are already bearing heat and humidity) – we in southern California get our hottest days (triple digits) more in mid to late summer.  I may not be lounging poolside at the moment but with these images I can certainly fantasize about a dreamy pool somewhere, out there…

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All images via Houzz.





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If you are looking to furnish an outdoor space, check out the product line of Jason Champion. His furniture company is Jason Champion Outdoor and his line includes some colorful, bright, and graphic outdoor furnishings such as chairs, fabrics, planters, ottomans, screens, and tables.  Any outdoor room would be unique with these items!

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Your Own Private Cabana

Posted By Jill-LA | May 23, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Decorating, Home Exteriors

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Hopefully, this Memorial Day Weekend you are enjoying nice weather and the great outdoors!

If you haven’t already – you may want to order your own private cabana for the sunnier days ahead!

ZGallerie has a few tents of their own: the SoHo Pavilion comes in two colors (Orange & White or Black & White).  They measure 10′ x 10′ and even come with their own duffle bag!

So for your next  invite to lounge poolside – just say:  ”Would you like me to bring the cabana?”

Don’t forget to outfit it with all those great accessories…

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