Before & After: House of Whiskey

While I know this is WAY overdue, I figured better late than never right?

Prepare yourselves - the before of the beautiful House of Whiskey project can be frightening, but I’m sure as you’ve seen it’s far from that now. I had the pleasure of working with a good friend on this project and was able to take his vision and create a modern, surf-shack inspired home nestled in the heart of Bird Rock, San Diego. We completely gutted this residence, just leaving the overall wall footprint the same. We renovated the flooring throughout, both bathrooms, the kitchen, and gave the exterior a major face-lift. I hope you enjoy seeing this transformation as much as I enjoyed designing it!



This kitchen was a wood and granite overload, and had seen its day. We ripped everything out of there and went with a simple, timeless white-shaker cabinet and some square-edge black hardware to modernize the space. This paired with the natural wood floating shelves added some warmth and variation to an all-white kitchen.



More wood and granite, paired with a pink tiled shower…. but why!! I was SO excited to demo this bathroom. I had an olive-green bath vanity in mind for quite some time and knew this was the perfect opportunity. I got real funky with the mix of materials - a patterned floor tile, a muted-grey penny tile in the shower floor, and white subway tiled flipped vertically. I wanted to spice things up while maintaining a monochromatic palette, so that the olive green vanity was the major pop of color and wasn’t competing with anything else.


Vanity Paint Color - Behr Conifer Green PPU10-19

Mirror - West Elm

Linen Towels - Parachute Home



Wood and granite, we meet again. ICK!

There was a door that led to this bathroom from the entry stairway, and two large windows that were rather low if you imagine any guest coming over and you’re in that bathroom… hello! Behind the sink were more windows that spanned from the countertop, up to these weird funky uppers that were unusable and made the already small master bath feel smaller. So, we took out those weird upper cabinets, dry-walled behind the sink, removed the door and put in two new, smaller windows. We added a second sink, and a wall-to-wall frameless mirror to make the space feel larger. The palette was meant to be like a breath of fresh air, light, bright, and clean.


Sconces - Pottery Barn

Linen Towels - Parachute Home

Ceramic Floor Tile - North County Tile & Stone



The final cherry on top was the exterior of this project. This space was previously an old, faded grey with some brwn-purple trim. It had to go. We went with a matte black horizontal siding throughout, and an Ipe-wood accent wall with La Cantina’s to totally open the space to the giant outdoor deck.

See more of the House of Whiskey project featured on Domino Mag!

All photos (aside from the glorious before photos) were taken by Stacy Keck.

Fave Designer Round-Up

While Pinterest is always a good go-to source for inspiration, or a walk around my little beach town of Leucadia, I definitely have those designers I always go to for inspiration. It's amazing to see what makes a designer successful, read their blogs on what to do/ what not to do, and learn from the best!

Today on the blog I'll be rounding up a couple of my all-time favorite designers currently.

1. Jessica Helgerson Interior Design


I was in Portland last year visiting family, and came across this absolutely stunning hotel lobby and bar - the Hi-Lo Hotel. I think my jaw actually dropped to the floor. Blush, emerald greens, and brass can be so trendy but they found a way to bring that trend into a timeless, dreamy space that you do not want to leave.

2. Amber Interiors


I mean, do I really need to even say why I love Amber Interiors?! This 'Client Black Houses are the Best Houses' left me drooling. Amber Interiors has created her own notifiable aesthetic, yet still is able to evolve and level up her designs to keep things unique. This space was the perfect blend of that California-cool-meets-boho with a new, modern and minimal twist. I always look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

3. Studio Matsalla


Oh boy do I love this lady!! I swear I'm not totally biased because I get to call Vanessa of Studio Matsalla one of my mentors and friends ;) Studio Matsalla was the first designer in San Diego that really stood out to me years ago when I moved back home from school in LA. While you can see boho and mid-century influences in her designs, I love seeing her unique twist on projects. Not one detail is overlooked, and every project just seems like a perfect complete little puzzle. Vanessa's designs are timeless, soothing, bright, and I basically want to live in every space she creates.

4. JDP Interiors


This built-in dining situation from heaven is what first caught my eye from JDP Interiors. Her aesthetic is something I strive for - modern, clean-lines, with warmth through natural materials and hues in textiles. Designs are all natural and bright, mixed with unique and eclectic details. 

Now that I've gushed over my favorite designers, who are some of yours? Where do you look for inspiration? <3


Pop-Up Shop at West Elm!

In case you missed it...

I recently had a pop-up shop at West Elm in San Diego. WOOT WOOOOT! Nothing like a good excuse to connect with your community, am I right?! I really wanted to find a way to bring this amazing DIY floating acrylic frame project to people via the 'A Beautiful Mess' blog, without conducting a workshop where I had 20+ people I didn't know using a power drill. Floating acrylic frames can be a bit pricey, and this technique really accomplished the look for a lot less $$.


The next step was easy - finding the perfect print to be sold alongside this acrylic frame. I have loved the abstract, doodle pieces (shown in the image above) from Wink Wink Studio for quite some time, and worked with the lovely artist and owner to commission one-of-a-kind pieces just for the pop-up. For those of you who missed it (or aren't local to San Diego!) I'll be opening an online shop selling some leftover prints from the pop-up. Any purchase of a print will come with a goodie bag including ALL materials for the 'DIY floating acrylic frame'. AMAZING! You're welcome. ;)

More pictures from the pop-up below, thank you so much West Elm San Diego for having me!


Online shop with these beauties for sale coming SOON!


One-of-a-kind prints by Wink Wink Studio

DIY floating acrylic frame project via A Beautiful Mess

Floral arrangement pictured by Wildflower San Diego

The Little Things

That one day that reminds us to focus on love is around the corner! While this has absolutely nothing to do with interiors, I wanted to round up some of my favorite little items that I believe anyone reading this will love just as much as I do. Whether you're shopping for your significant other, your friend, your mom, yourself (heck, your dog!), one of these items is bound to tickle your fancy. Aside from these really, really cool nick-knacks, more importantly don't forget to squeeze your loved ones a little tighter on this day. It's the kind gestures, words and acts of love, and the little things that matter most. Happy Valentine's Day!