Sidewalk Wisdom

Walking my doggy around the block in my new/old neighborhood led me to this beautiful series of chalk messages this week. What a fantastic gift for those of us walking up the hill from the beach, right at the steepest part, where I'm definitely looking down and trying not to faint. It was just what I needed to see at exactly the right time. I'm pretty sure I know who left this message waiting silently on the sidewalk. There is…

Modern Fall Home

I love swapping in cozy throws and pillows for Fall and Winter. We've made it through what will hopefully be Los Angeles' last heat wave for the year and I'm so ready to light candles, cook for friends and family, and curl up in front of the fireplace. Some of my favorite trends are pillows in fluffy winter white and chunky hand knits, bleached antlers and fun faux hunting trophies. Black and white is still big for artwork, pillows, throws…

Setting A Deadline

It's so easy to put things off. Take my last two weeks. I haven't posted here, even though I fully intended to. I even had posts photographed and written. I had some great excuses — I moved house among other things. But I could come up with good excuses every day of the week. I'm quite inventive! It doesn't make me feel good, however, to kick any can down the road to be dealt with later. I hate not doing…

Starting a blog or a new business idea? Plan for success.

I recently realized that if I wanted to get serious about running my two blogs as a business, as well as find time to edit my novel, and keep all of the other balls in the air that I juggle, I needed to start a separate planner for my blogs. I wanted to be able to see my ideas on paper and figure out a color coded schedule so I can post regularly. The Erin Condren Life Planner really is…

Not inspired, unnerved

I like to post something inspiring on a Wednesday. The middle of the week is when I need a little uplifting, but I’m guessing we’re all just doing our best to get through each day after the seeing the horrific images and hearing the awful stories from the Las Vegas massacre. The beachside community I live in was well represented at the concert near the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Sunday night. We had moms and dads, off duty police and…

15 Fresh Ways To Style Your Camel Coat For Fall

I bought my camel overcoat an embarrassing number of years ago, when we were living in London. My southern Californian winter wardrobe was no match for the icy winds, the hail, and the sleet of an English winter. My lovely old coat is quite a pale shade of camel with slightly flared sleeves. It kept me snug every day when I walked my boys down Baker Street, past Madame Tussauds, to their school on the edge of Regents Park. I…

8 Stunning Modern Kitchens

We're about to embark on a big remodel at our home in Los Angeles, California. Like typical freelancers, we do up one section of the house every time we get a paying gig. My darling husband is gainfully employed right now (Dynasty reboot!), so the first room to be torn to smithereens is the kitchen. I'm working with an architect, and while we've figured out roughly where all of the main appliances are going and which walls are being changed,…