Based out of Los Angeles, Cuffhome is a high end residential design firm and interiors shop helmed by Wendy Schwartz. After finding the perfect partner in Kristi Bender, the two talented designers teamed up to design a line of vintage modern furniture, lighting fixtures and wall coverings. With more than a decade of experience in designing LA residences, the Cuffhome portfolio showcases projects filled with bold furnishings, playful colors and patterns, and eye-catching fixtures.
I am pretty much obsessed with that ball and chain light fixture in the red hallway. That fixture along with the rope-wrapped chandelier are just some of the beautiful items in their shop. Be sure to check out the other amazing pieces of furniture and beautiful wall coverings, you won’t be sorry.
Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already 2014!! I have some exciting things planned for 2014 but today I wanted to reminisce and take a look back at 2013. Over the last year I tried to focus more on quality rather than quantity for Lacquer & Linen. The timing of this revelation couldn’t have been more perfect since I took a break from blogging for a while to enjoy those first precious months of my daughter’s life. In 2013, I continued to decorate our new home, created a few nifty DIY projects, and made a lot of wonderful new blogging friends. I went back through my posts of 2013 and picked out the most popular ones to share in case you missed them.
After buying our new home, a budget for art was small if not nonexistent. Making this cute woven paper art for our master bedroom brought back some great childhood memories and added some color to our (then) white master bedroom.
This easy Valentine’s DIY was super simple and a great way to personalize a Valentine’s day breakfast. Since I painted my mugs with hearts and the word LOVE, I just keep them in the cupboard year round.
Back in May I shared my flea market inspired bookcase. This project is one of my favorites and was also the most time consuming. As I prepare to move them to an area of my home the baby can’t get to, I can almost forget the countless hours spent in a gas mask and gloves staining and painting those crates. Almost.
Probably my favorite post of the year was Baby C’s Nursery Reveal. This project was a labor of love and filled with DIY furniture and art. It already looks a little different that it did in the reveal but that’s the curse of a designer! When I get some time in the new year I plan on adding some of these fab decals to the ceiling and adding some more art I’ve acquired over the last six months.
This upholstered cornice made a huge difference in the nursery. I am still obsessed with the fabric and love how the pom pom trim adds a cutesy element. I am finishing up some cornices for my master bedroom and I can’t wait to show you all how they turn out!
Another of my favorite DIY projects I completed for the nursery was this Ikea hacked Hemnes dresser. I love a good ikea hack and this one was pretty easy compared to some of the things I’ve seen. One of my new year’s resolutions is to work on my handiness when it comes to furniture building and restoration.
After not being able to find the perfect planter for my fiddle leaf fig tree, I DIYed a paint dipped planter to match my decor. The pot still looks amazing but I fear my fiddle tree is not doing as well. I’m really hoping the brown leaves I’ve found on the floor are just part of a natural shedding process…
I had the opportunity to participate in two fun home tours this year. I challenged myself to decorate for the Modern & Fresh Fall Home Tour by trying to reuse everything I already owned. It was a little harder than I thought it would be but I had fun doing it nonetheless.
The second tour I participated in was part of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour. This time I allowed myself a few trips to the store to pick up some Scandinavian themed items for my Christmas home tour. I was really happy with how everything turned out and was blown away by what the other ladies involved showed off!!
It’s been a little over two years since I started this blog and I have learned SO much. I want to thank all of you for your support and for inspiring me every single day! I would have never guessed that people I have never actually met in person would be some of my biggest cheerleaders and support network in this crazy blogosphere. I truly love being a part of this creative community and hope to “meet” even more of you in the new year. Cheers to 2014 everyone!!!
I am so excited to be sharing this quirky Christmas DIY today as part of an awesome 25 days of Christmas series from Jessica over at Dear Emmeline. Jessica has gathered together a pretty amazing group of bloggers to share a Christmas craft or recipe every day until Christmas. You can see the projects that have already been shared here.
This Christmas project kind of came about by accident. I ordered a bunch of ornaments for my Christmas tree one night and came across these cute little flamingo ornaments. If you know anything about my obsession with flamingos, you can guess how excited I was to get them. Imagine my surprise when a couple of full size lawn ornaments arrived on my doorstep a few days later. I guess I overlooked the whole “lawn” part of the product description. Since I use flamingos to celebrate pretty much every other occasion, I figured why not make them a part of my Christmas decor too!
To create my flocked flamingos, I picked up some white and gold spray paint, spray snow, gold glitter, and some white feathers. I started out by spray painting the flamingos white. I had never used spray snow before and I wasn’t sure about the amount of coverage it would give so I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any pink showing through.
The snow spray was really interesting to work with. It sprays on wet and dries to a light powdered finish. One thing I learned is that you really have to wait for each coat to dry completely before starting in on the next. When I didn’t wait long enough the snow would glob up in random areas.
After the mingos were sufficiently flocked, I added some feathers for texture and gave them a glitzy glittery beak. I also spray painted the black metal legs gold to match.
The weather in San Diego was unseasonably warm this weekend and it had me wondering if we might be able to open presents outside on Christmas morning. I swapped out my usual pink flamingos for the wintery ones and set up a little area to relax and enjoy some hot cocoa with my new feathered friends.
There have already been some really great projects and recipes so far and I know there are still many amazing things to come! You can follow along with the interactive calendar below. Thank you Jessica for hosting such a fun series!
Fourteen days until Christmas…is that right??? Even though I got my Christmas decorations up uncharacteristically early this year, I still can’t believe there’s only two weeks to go. While the shorter holiday shopping season has me behind on my gift list, my house all dressed up and ready to go thanks to the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, Christmas Edition. I had so much fun sharing my fall home tour and following along with all the other bloggers so I was thrilled when Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. asked me to participate in the Christmas Tour. This time there are 53 bloggers involved and let me tell you, there are some magazine-worthy homes being shown. If you’re following along in true home tour style from Summer’s blog, Simple Stylings, welcome!
Ever since freshman year of college I have slowly but steadily amassed a ridiculous amount of hand-me-down Christmas decor. Usually I am all for repurposing but this year the extra jolly ceramic Santa and those macaroni ornament frames are staying put in storage so I could pick up some things that work better with my existing decor.
My decision to go with a red, white and silver color scheme was pretty easy. I did a red and white table last year and loved how punchy the red was against all the neutrals in my home. Once I spotted these pretty crystal glasses at HomeGoods, the deal was sealed. I created a simple tablescape with a Christmas tree forest and an old peppermint bark tin to give the arrangement a little more height.
This was my first and last time ever stinging real cranberries. I love the way they look but the project left me with a few bleeding fingers and a cranberry stained chair. Plus, I totally overestimated how many it takes to get a few strands and now have two full Costco bags of cranberries. Any one have any good recipes that require a gazillion cranberries?
I used these glittery treat boxes last year and filled them with peppermints. I’m thinking of doing peppermint truffles or maybe some homemade peppermint bark this year instead.
For the entry, I grabbed a few things from around the house and swiped a crate from my living room bookcase to make a snowflake diorama. I always like to include snowflakes in my Christmas decor since it’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to a white Christmas.
I was extra picky about our tree this year so I wouldn’t be known as that one blogger with the Charlie Brown tree. I dragged my darling husband to three different lots before we found the right one, but I’m almost positive he agrees it was totally worth it. My favorite addition to our tree this year is the disco ball ornaments and flowers. I love how they scatter tiny bits of light in the afternoon.
My green cabinet conveniently plays along with my red holiday accents.
And then one last picture of my tree because I love it so much.
Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe we’re already a week into December. How did that happen?? I know I have been a little MIA lately and I promise you it’s been for a good reason. I’ve had quite a few projects on my plate and I wanted to share a little bit with you all because I’m really excited about them!
The first project that has taken up about 99% of my time is my newest business venture. While my biggest passion is and will always be interior design, I made the decision to stop taking on clients after the birth of my daughter last May to spend those first few special months just loving up on her as much as I could. I was really struggling with the idea of going back to work full time and decided to continue my business on a part time basis and only take on a few select projects for now.
I was really looking for something that I could do at home with my daughter and found the perfect solution in partnering up with my mom to create a baby accessory line, Little Urban Gem. We opened our Etsy store last week and not knowing what to expect, were really excited to see a lot of interest in our headbands. I’ve had so much fun putting my design skills to work creating fun, hip accessories for babies and can’t wait to develop our boys line in a few weeks!
We’ve had a lot of mamas ask us to do matching turbans so we’re working on making some of those too.
One of my favorite local shops, The Printed Palette, invited 10 San Diego vendors to set up shop in their super cute boutique for a stocking stuffer pop up shop. I am so excited to be taking part in this event and pick up some little gifts for my friends and family. There will be plenty of awesome gifts, yummy cupcakes, and a raffle. We’ll be there with our headbands and bandana bibs from 10-5 if you want to stop by and visit!
When I haven’t been working on headbands and bibs, I’ve been busy decorating my house for the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours hosted by the fabulous Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. I was blown away by all the incredible fall inspiration when we did the fall tours and I can’t wait to see what all my favorite ladies come up with this time!
Here’s a schedule of where you can go next week to ogle all the pretty Christmas decorations from some of the coolest bloggers in town:
Anytime I go to the zoo, some of my favorite animals to see are the giraffes. They don’t do a whole lot besides nibble from tree branches but their tall frame and bold graphic fur is so intriguing. In home decor, we often associate giraffes with products designed for babies and children. It’s a great motif for nurseries since it works for both genders. Recently, I’ve been seeing more and more giraffe products that target an older demographic. A silly giraffe pillow or a fun giraffe print cowhide rug is sure to add a quirky touch to any space!
1. Giraffe Pillow Cover, Mias Unique $28 2. Giraffe Head, Z Gallerie $129.95 3. Giraffe Plates, Yvone Ellen $58 4. Giraffe Cowhide Rug, Modern Rugs $879 5. Giraffe Square Pillow, Target $22.49 6. Giraffe Planter, Modclay $32 7. Giraffe Printed Magnetic Wallpaper, Sisters Guild £84.50
I was browsing through a few items on the Home Decorators website the other day and noticed that they debuted a new line of kids and baby furnishings and accessories. I couldn’t resist taking a little peek to see what they had. I was pleasantly surprised with the broad offering of everything from beds and comforters to mini record players. Naturally, I started planning out a bedroom from my favorite things. I came up with a fun vintage modern kids room that could work for a boy or a girl by swapping out some pillows. I will definitely be picking up a few of these things when I transition Baby C’s nursery into a little girl’s room.
1. Hampton Mirror $399 2. Santerno Dresser $849 3. Cruiser Turntable $99 4. Mystic Wool Area Rug $249 5. Custom Clinton Upholstered Headboard $429 6. Woven Rope Pouf $129 7. Lulu Decorative Pillow $74 8. Animal Hamper $109 9. Custom Kid’s Pleated Bedskirt $89