An Attempt at California Style

Four months into our new life in California and we’re making small attempts here and there to fit in with the surfers and skaters and balmy weather. Over the summer Greg bought his first pair of white jeans, Veronica has remained endlessly tan and I’ve kind of fallen in love with the fact that there is now sand in everything I own.

Last week we worked to spread the California look to our new house.

I’m not really a particularly stylish person, and I’m definitely no interior design expert like some of my favorite bloggers, but I do like to keep some semblance of a nice home. We were pretty sad when we left Chicago, thinking we wouldn’t find another flat nearly as special as the one we’d been in for those three years.

Well, we’re almost a month into our new home in Santa Monica and I can definitively say that I don’t miss our Chicago apartment at all. Both Greg and I are liking our new home quite a lot. It took us a while to unpack, what with our writing schedules, Veronica’s craziness and general procrastination, but I think there are only about two boxes left and they’re currently squirreled away under my desk with a sleeping cat atop, assuring they stay closed.

As for the rest of the house, it’s really started to come together. My favorite room by far is the living room.


One of the most recent things we did to this room, is take our old glass bulbs that used to hang above our dining room in Chicago and hang them in the front window here. In Chicago we used to put candles in them and the only good photo I could find is this one, taken when V was about 8 months old. You can see the bulbs hanging above the table to the right.


Greg and I like to joke that we almost got divorced hanging these things. They’re from CB2 and I got it in my head one spring that I wanted to create a kind of suspended chandelier with them. While everyone agreed that the final effect was quite nice, they were not fun to hang. We took this into consideration as we reconstructed them again last week and thankfully the process went a lot smoother this time around.

Instead of candles we decided to do something a little more California so we went with a bit of a different approach.


Air plants! (Or bromeliads.) We bought them at The Juicy Leaf on Abbot Kinney, along with some little black rocks, and last Sunday we went to town.

Greg screwed in the little hooks in strategic places.

And Vera and I filled up the glass orbs.


Then we hung them using fishing wire (this was the part that was decidedly easier than last time) and stood back to admire our work.

We all agreed, the effect was quite nice.

We hung the remaining three orbs in the dining room window.

They have candles for now, but it probably won’t be long before we go California-style all the way and replace fire with plant.



  • Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Love it! How very California 🙂 Seriously though, looks amazing!

  • Kristine H.
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Love it! The light shines through those orbs so beautifully, the perfect California-decor element! By the way, we also have a “violin as wall art” motif in our home. 🙂

  • Posted September 28, 2011 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Kristine! Funny that you have a violin too!

  • Carroll
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I remember seeing that wonderful black metal bowl-o-branches in your wedding gift registry noted as “received”. I’m so glad someone got that for you! 🙂

    Beautiful work with the orbs — the the whole nesting process for that matter.

    And that picture of Veronica spooning in the stones? gorgeous!

  • Posted September 28, 2011 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Carroll! Funny that you remember that bowl. Yes, my friends in Rome bought it for us and it’s lived on our dining room table ever since!

  • Chris
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Love that idea! And your porch looks very cool!!

  • Posted September 28, 2011 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks! The patio is really nice too.

  • Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Love it! Also loving your porch area. Do you play violin?

  • Posted September 28, 2011 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    I do not play violin — it was my grandfather’s!

  • Kavita
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    I love the way you’ve done your house; especially love the orbs in the new avatar. How do you keep your house so clean with a girl of 2 at home? We are forever picking up toys and pushing toy cars/bikes to the spare room!

  • Posted October 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Oh, thanks Kavita! Well, our living room might look good but her room is totally out of control!!

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