Vignettes love

 

I love a well styled vignette same as the next gal. There's truly an art to the process since vignettes are intimate descriptions of a home. They communicate the depth of one's personal style and charm. Following a few tips can bring these level spaces to an elevated status.

Unity ~ The overall tone of the vignette should feel consistent and that it all works together. May require a bit of restraint and your ADHD style to mellow a bit. I know, it's hard for me too. Image via Maureen Stevens

Unity ~ The overall tone of the vignette should feel consistent and that it all works together. May require a bit of restraint and your ADHD style to mellow a bit. I know, it's hard for me too. Image via Maureen Stevens

Variation ~ Always remember to keep things interesting with variation in height, texture, and patterns. Here you have a common theme, each item plays well together but there is variation in the arrangement. Image via kkno

Variation ~ Always remember to keep things interesting with variation in height, texture, and patterns. Here you have a common theme, each item plays well together but there is variation in the arrangement. Image via kkno

Layers ~ Let's face it, that ADHD in design what gives a unique edge but balance is key. Keep things wild by keeping in line with a common theme. Image via cococozy

Layers ~ Let's face it, that ADHD in design what gives a unique edge but balance is key. Keep things wild by keeping in line with a common theme. Image via cococozy

Streamlined ~ On the other hand, don't let things get crazy.  Every item should have it's moment in the spot light but play well with others. Clutter is never cute.  Image via Interiors Addict

Streamlined ~ On the other hand, don't let things get crazy.  Every item should have it's moment in the spot light but play well with others. Clutter is never cute.  Image via Interiors Addict

Charm ~ Personality is what this is all about. Creating a vignette can tell a small story. Individual pieces with charm give a lot of character to a small nook. Image via Sarah Gibbs

Charm ~ Personality is what this is all about. Creating a vignette can tell a small story. Individual pieces with charm give a lot of character to a small nook. Image via Sarah Gibbs

Finally, without saying, alway bring some natural elements into the space. There is nothing more captivating than the perfect leafy, floral, or spiky little plant life at the party.

Happy vignetting!

xx 

 

New Year!

 

Hi there 2016!

The last few days have been a mix between thoughtful and excited. Reflective with a rear view mirror review of my prior year: what went right, what went sideways, where I can improve and grow. As well as the crystal ball for the future: what I want to manifest and goals I must set to see things materialize. 

While I been going through this, I have remained present and grateful for the now. I know the world showers us with blessings and I am excited what this New Year represents. A moment to reflect, be thankful and motivated for all to come. 

I settle into this New Year with excitement, optimism and confidence of knowing I will get all I need and want. And so will you!

Happy New Year!

 

So close to the weekend zzz's

All day I've been dreaming of how much I love being cozy and sleeping in. Being so close to the weekend I started looking at bedside inspiration and wanted to share. Wishing you some extra zzz's in a cozy space like one of these:

Oh so dreamy

Oh so dreamy

Love these Earthy textures 

Love these Earthy textures 

Unique hotel bedside with fun graphic details  

Unique hotel bedside with fun graphic details  

Luxurious and other worldly

Luxurious and other worldly

 So clean and natural

 So clean and natural

Perfect spots to rest our pretty little heads. Enjoy the weekend!

xCx

Visit to LA + The Broad Museum

 

LA is just a quick hop from the Bay. I was missing seeing friends faces and also heard about this little thing called The Broad...had to check that out too. 

What I've learned is that The Broad is basically what is is like to buy art when you are a billionaire. I'd totally take that job! 

Here's a few of my museum shots of the exterior and  photos of works by Koontz, El Anatsui, Basquiat, Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Kelley.  

So many greats! It was like going to Disneyland for art collection with all the names you've seen/read/learned about but then you actually see the works in person. Pop art dreamcicle! 

The architecture is by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. Pretty spectacular in my opinion. The light is beautiful and the hive/veil is really stunning.

I was amazed to find out there are more than 2000 works in the gallery (some in the vault) that will be rotated and that the museum will be free. Um, thank you Eli + Edythe!

 

The right perspective

 

I ventured out last week to see the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The last few days I was feeling a little blasé and realized that I needed some art in my life. Getting familiar with new inspiring spaces and art is my therapy session of choice.

de Young Museum, 2005 Architecture by Herzog & de Meuron was built after the original museum suffered extensive earthquake damage. The new museum was a privately financed gift to the city. It maintains some of the original locations details such as the sphinxes, the pool of enchantment, and palm trees.

de Young Museum, 2005 Architecture by Herzog & de Meuron was built after the original museum suffered extensive earthquake damage. The new museum was a privately financed gift to the city. It maintains some of the original locations details such as the sphinxes, the pool of enchantment, and palm trees.

Anti-Mass, 2005 by Cornelia Parker ~ Uses wood charcoal, nails, and wire. The wood material was left from an arson attach on a church. 

Anti-Mass, 2005 by Cornelia Parker ~ Uses wood charcoal, nails, and wire. The wood material was left from an arson attach on a church. 

Hover II, 2004 by El Anatsui of Ghana ~ Uses aluminum and copper wire to create this beautiful "tapestry" from old liquor bottle tops that were hammered out. Stunning example of reusing material in a beautiful way. 

Hover II, 2004 by El Anatsui of Ghana ~ Uses aluminum and copper wire to create this beautiful "tapestry" from old liquor bottle tops that were hammered out. Stunning example of reusing material in a beautiful way. 

Richard Diebenkorn Berkeley No 3  ~ Oil on canvas and I'm obsessed!

Richard Diebenkorn Berkeley No 3  ~ Oil on canvas and I'm obsessed!

Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) ~ Biomorphic works of woven wire suspended and floating to create a beautiful play between positive and negative space.

Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) ~ Biomorphic works of woven wire suspended and floating to create a beautiful play between positive and negative space.

Artificial Rock, 2005 by Zhan Wang ~ Reflective and wonderful!

Artificial Rock, 2005 by Zhan Wang ~ Reflective and wonderful!

View from the Hamon Observation Tower overlooking Golden Gate Park and The City. 

View from the Hamon Observation Tower overlooking Golden Gate Park and The City. 

It was a treat to see this museum and be inspired by the architecture, the artists showing work here, the cultural relics that enchant the senses, as well as the beautiful setting. I did not get to see the James Turrell "Skyspace", but that gives me a proper reason to return again soon.

xx ~ Carisse

It was a seriously beautiful day! 

 

The art of change

 

Change is inevitable. At least that's what they say but coming from from experience I'd have to agree. It usually comes when you don't expect it but it can also be something you were pulling towards you subconsciously perhaps. 

I've recently made a move to the Bay Area which came about from a bit of a feeling a couple years earlier. I'd felt a pull to move North and then after meeting someone who made it all the more enticing that feeling got stronger. After about a year of "thinking about it", IT happened and now I am living in Oakland (East Bay from SF). I have compiled a list of new sites, sounds and tastes to explore and it is really fun.

Living in Los Angeles for the last 13 years has been an amazing experience with many great memories. It is funny to feel like you truly know a city or at least how to navigate it, got to your favorite spots, meet up with our using google maps, etc. However, I also have always been charged by travel, new experiences, and learning new things. Being in a new location is proving to be very rewarding.

As I discover new places, faces, and tastes in my new community, I intend to document with a bit more zest then my photo stream on Insta and share some of my favorite finds along the way.

I'll always have a love for LA and have found this artist Anthony Samaniego, who encapsulates the city so perfectly through his photography. 

Enjoy!

LA image of Anthony Samaniego's beautiful City Series

LA image of Anthony Samaniego's beautiful City Series

Anthony Samaniego, Plantraits Series

Anthony Samaniego, Plantraits Series

Anthony Samaniego, Dreamscapes Series

Anthony Samaniego, Dreamscapes Series