interiors

LIFE UPDATE- Redondo Beach Remodel Tips, Being Scared of Motherhood, and Adopting A Rescue?

Hi beautiful people!

Check out my latest video and my first in the vlog style that I really love! There’s a ton of new stuff going on so I figured an update was best! I can’t wait to see what you guys think about all the newness going on. Chay and I are making progress on the house and are excited to be there in a few months. Comment and let me know what’s new with you!

xoxo, Kim

Our Silver Lake home, Home Tour!

Happy Thursday friends!!

I’m so excited to share this video today because I love our home and feel so happy here! I have been wanting to do this video for a while because I think our homes say a lot about our personalities and I love to express myself through my interiors. I discuss how we ended up here at this house and more so I hope you enjoy!

Love you guys,

Kim

Cement Tile Unboxing For Palm Desert Remodel!

Hi Friends!

I loved making this video because I have a thing for tiles. They are such fun and easy ways to make a room pop and really express your personality. See which tiles I am considering for our remodel in the Desert as well as some options we are considering for our master bath floors in our Silver Lake home (long story but toilet is leaking and our wood floors are ruined! Waaaa!)

I’d love to know which tiles you loved so comment below if you have a fave!

xo,Kim

Palm Desert Bathroom Remodel- Essential First Steps

Hi Guys!

Check out my video on the things I have been learning lately as I have been planning our remodel for one of our bathrooms in Palm Desert. We have a rental property out there that we love, but it is a little dated which we don’t mind but we want to spruce it up a little to add value to the rental as well as just make it more pretty and fun for when we are there with family and friends! These are some key things that are simple but help to know ahead of time for when you are thinking of starting a remodel.

Comment below if you have remodeled your home and how it went! I know it can be a nightmare but we’re hoping it’ll be easier since we don’t live out full time and won’t be in the dust and stress of it all.

Love you all and a grateful for you.

xo, Kim

How To Curate Your Home- 4 Steps

HI friends!

I have been loving my YouTube channel and hope you all subscribe and check it out! I have been doing a series on design as I love interiors and really love to talk about it and share some of the ways I design my spaces. For me, video is the easiest way for me to really get my ideas and inspiration across so I hope you enjoy as much as I have been enjoying the process of editing and being on camera weekly.

I’d love to know what your design style is and if you use any of the tips I discuss in the video!

Love and appreciate you guys.

xo, Kim

Surviving Suburbia- Why We Have Moved So Much in 4 Years

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Surviving SuburbiaSo this topic seems like it would have a super clear and specific answer like a job transfer or something. But in reality, the a big reason Chay and I have moved 4 times in 4 years is that we have wanted to try out different areas before we have kids because both our jobs allow the freedom. One of the specific reasons we are moving this time around from Redondo Beach back up to LA, is that we felt it was too soon to be in such a quiet area that is so set apart from most of the city. We were trying to be "smart" for our future as well as our finances by moving to RB because we had the opportunity to purchase a great home in a popular area for an insane price. Regardless, we decided Suburbia wasn't for us juuuust yet, but it might be in the future and we are open to where God has us.

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In case you are new to the blog, I'll rewind a bit. When Chay and I first got married, we lived in Redondo Beach because that's where my family was and it's where we lived prior to getting married. After a few months we had the itch to try something new and Chay found an awesome place in DTLA. To my surprise he was more than willing to move, so we shopped around and found an awesome apartment where we lived for almost a year. We fell in love living in Downtown. It was so fun being closer to my twin sister who lived in Silver Lake and good for our marriage to be a little farther from my family just because it made us rely a lot more on each other. (I am best friends with all my siblings and LOVE my parents, but sometimes that becomes your only group if you never branch out and I needed more than just familial relationships.) Instead of filling every spare moment with childhood friends and family, we did things just the two of us much more often. We grew to be so much closer and had the best time as friends and husband and wife. We also got to enjoy the diversity, culture, and less manicured aspects of living in the city, and we both really loved that. It's so easy to live in a gorgeous place like Palos Verdes (where I grew up), where seemingly nothing bad happens (and I feel so blessed to have grown up here!)  and forget that there is a lot of hardship and injustice happening not so far away. (There is zero judgement on people living in these beautiful areas by the way. I just think for us at our age and the things we love to do and be involved with, it feels right to be in LA.)  I liked being more aware of it and it truly reminded me how blessed I was and made me want to get involved with organizations. That perspective really changed things for me.

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Like I said, we lived in DTLA for a year and then decided it was time to buy a home. We ended up in Echo Park. I loved how diverse the neighborhood was and how so many people were creatives because its important for me to relate to those around me. We loved our home as well and felt we could live there for a while, but knew it wasn't ideal for kids because it had two sets of stairs and no yard. It was perfect for the two of us. After living here for about a year, Chay saw a house pop up in The Hollywood Riviera (a beautiful neighborhood in Redondo Beach that was central and near the beach)  at a great price and felt like it would be smart to rent out our Echo Park house and try out Redondo Beach. We both felt like it was a smart financial decision but worried about the drastic change to our everyday lives...or at lease I did. I am a super social person who thrives off of being around people I can relate to. I feared I would be isolated and bored, but wanted to give it a try for Chays sake to have less of a commute. We also loved the idea of remodeling this home and making it into our forever home possibly. To be honest, I think the idea of creating a custom forever home from scratch was tempting since I love interior design so much. I wasn't thinking enough about the fact that I would still be in an area that didnt feel right for us at that point in our lives.

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Fast forward a year and a half. It's been a tough year for me because I did feel isolated, bored, and the drastic lifestyle change going from being around people with similar schedules and interests to not being around anyone with a similar schedule was hard. I am not a mom so it was hard for me to relate to my closest friends and family that had kids, even though I loved the idea of being close to them. At the end of the day I realized it doesnt really matter if you're down the street or 45 minutes away , we all have schedules, priorities, and lives to live which I so get. I didnt see anyone anymore than I did when I lived in Echo Park and it's then that I realized that it's okay if we moved again. 

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Chay and I are never not looking at Redfin for fun and/or for possible investment opportunities. We saw a few houses pop up that we loved, but  then they would sell in 24 hours for way more. We started to think maybe it wasn't Gods timing for us and became content with living in the South Bay and putting down more roots. We even started to plan our remodel. We said if God doesn't provide a place in the next 2 weeks, we were moving forward with the remodel and trust that that's Him closing a door. Well, the next morning Chay woke me up and said our dream home came on the market and we had to see it that day. I was like whaaaaa?! I was pretty content at this point with moving forward with the remodel and staying in RB. so this was a shocker/ I didn't even think it would work out because LA real estate is on fire right now and there are like 30 offers on every house. Long story short, tons of the design details I requested for the remodel for the RB home were in this Silver Lake home, for a great price, and 2 minutes from my twin sis! We put an offer in and waited for two weeks. We prayed and knew it would all work out just the way it was meant to and didn't offer more than we felt comfortable because we weren't trying to "will it" to be ours. We wanted God to work it out if it was meant for us. Well the craziest thing happened- The realtor called us and said we won the bid even though there were all cash offers for 50k more than ours. They liked us and wanted us to have it!! How insane is that??

I instantly felt at peace and knew this was the right place for us. We are so excited and are now making lots of plans for movers, have already rented out our RB home and are meeting with people to rent out our DTLA place.

I will keep you all updated on the move and all the design updates! Yay! We move March 22nd and I will be sure to take you guys with me during the moving day on insta stories. Ask me anything in the comments section if you have questions. See you back here in a couple days!

xo, Kim 

5 Alternatives to Basic Window Coverings

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Hi all!

Today I am sharing 5 alternatives to basic window coverings.

There are so many different options when it comes to window coverings instead of taking the basic route! I am not one to opt for plain or basic decor when there are so many gorgeous options available if you know where to look.

My motto for the things that I buy is that I can only get something if I am obsessed with it. I really don't want anything in my house or closet that I don't love because that item just gets pushed to the side and takes up space. This principle applies to EVERYTHING in my house, even the window coverings!

 As I'm sure you have gathered from previous posts, I am passionate about home decor and design and feel life is too short to not be crazy about your space. One detail in a space that can make it cozy, airy, and inviting is the window covering. 

As some of you know (if you are signed up for my newsletter), Chay and I are moving once again (I'll explain for those of you who are new to my blog in a post very soon!)! After having been in Redondo Beach for a year and 3 months (but who's counting?), we realized we really wanted to be in LA again. However,  a couple months ago this option wasn't really on the table and I was getting really tired of our old school windows with ugly dust collecting white cardboard shades. I finally got around to ordering my dream black iron curtain rods with white linen drapes for the main rooms as well as bamboo roll down shades for the bedrooms . Of course, shortly thereafter an amazing home pops up that is perfect for us, but thankfully we can use these coverings in the new house. 

I can't tell you what a difference it made to have these gorgeous curtains and rods up. It seems silly to say but it made all the difference in the way the room felt. All of a sudden, it went from being a kinda quirky space to a polished and inviting one. I also learned a few tricks! Here are some tips I learned from my hunt for the perfect window coverings.

1. If you have the wall space above the window, hang the curtains from the highest point possible to make the windows feel bigger and the ceiling feel taller.

2. Have the drapes kiss the floor. Meaning, for a more streamlined home, dont allow them to drape or gather, or be visibly floating above the ground. 

3. Pottery Barn has gorgeous white linen drapes and curtain rods! I don't normally shop here but was so happy with their window covering game.

4. Bamboo shades are a really affordable option for stylish rooms that want some warmth but also feel light and airy.

5. Curtain rings really elevate a space and make the drapery feel that much more substantial. However, they are expensive and add up really fast. So these would be best if you're really planning on investing.

See below for 5 Window Covering Options I LOVE and why:

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I love a simple and modern roll down shade for a sleek home. If you want a less traditional option, this is it. We had these types of shades at our last home and they are so clean looking. They roll down when you want less sun, and they roll up and virtually disappear when you don't!

I love a simple and modern roll down shade for a sleek home. If you want a less traditional option, this is it. We had these types of shades at our last home and they are so clean looking. They roll down when you want less sun, and they roll up and virtually disappear when you don't!

I love the look and functionality of bamboo roll down shades behind beautiful linen drapes. Not only do the two materials look great paired together, they are also very efficient at controlling the amount of natural light you want. If it's just a little, you can do just bamboo! I think it looks so pretty!

I love the look and functionality of bamboo roll down shades behind beautiful linen drapes. Not only do the two materials look great paired together, they are also very efficient at controlling the amount of natural light you want. If it's just a little, you can do just bamboo! I think it looks so pretty!

The bamboo roll down shades alone are also gorgeous and let in such gorgeous twinkly light. It creates a great ambiance and softens the vibe of any room. I got these for our Redondo Beach home and love them!

The bamboo roll down shades alone are also gorgeous and let in such gorgeous twinkly light. It creates a great ambiance and softens the vibe of any room. I got these for our Redondo Beach home and love them!

I have been a huge fan of these modern ceiling track drapes. They make the room feel taller and bigger and feel very chic. I feel like these are drapes you would see in a very upscale hotel or in a super cool Hollywood Hills home. Also, see how they just kiss the floor?

I have been a huge fan of these modern ceiling track drapes. They make the room feel taller and bigger and feel very chic. I feel like these are drapes you would see in a very upscale hotel or in a super cool Hollywood Hills home. Also, see how they just kiss the floor?

Ahhh Roman Shades. I love them. I think they instantly elevate the look of a room and add a huge sense of design. Roman shades also come in lots of fun patterns and fabrics too, so you can go all out or keep it more subdued. Either way, both options are gorgeous.

Ahhh Roman Shades. I love them. I think they instantly elevate the look of a room and add a huge sense of design. Roman shades also come in lots of fun patterns and fabrics too, so you can go all out or keep it more subdued. Either way, both options are gorgeous.

Since Chay and I are moving, home decor and design is on my mind more than usual and this topic is front and center for me! These styles have caught my eye over and over again, so I thought I would post about my personal preferences for my own home. I think these styles also translate well into more traditional homes as well as modern homes. See below for some of my favorite options!

Comment below and let me know your favorite style and what you would use in your home!

xo, Kim

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Our Downtown LA Loft Revamp/Home Tour at The Eastern Columbia Lofts

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I don't know why it's taken me so long to do a post on our DTLA Loft revamp, except for the fact that I probably wanted to wait because there is always more to do, right? The projects are never done and it always feels "too soon" to put it out there, except it's not! Nothing is perfect and even though my creative juices are always flowing, those changes would take lots of time and cash, which we can't spend on this place. Since Chay and I buy these properties as future investments or rental properties, it doesn't make sense to pour too much time, energy, and money into them. But, of course we want them to look awesome and represent our style. So, with some fresh white paint, light fixtures, fun pieces of furniture and a few days, we updated our loft at The Eastern Columbia Building in DTLA! 

To be honest, since the building is awesome, it didn't need much help. This building is considered "the jewel of DTLA", and for good reason. It's ornate and completely unique. It was built in 1930 and used to be a department store, and only became lofts 12 years ago. Also, Kelly Wearstler did the interior design! So yes, pretty great to begin with, but our unit was a little dark and just a tad boring with the basic light fixtures. Whenever I approach a new project, whether it be a personal one Chay and I are doing for an investment property, or for a client, I always look to see if the space can be brightened up with some basic upgrades, most of them being decor! This is of course more cost effective, as the sky is the limit if you're willing to knock down walls, or frame out new rooms etc. But most don't want to do that! If you want to get the best bang for your buck, I created a downloadable checklist to focus on these 5 things to get a room to come alive with minimal work and money that you can download for free here:

Here are some before pics so you can see what we were working with:

Before

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With a few quick fixes, some different decor, and bright white paint. the loft really came to life! Check out the afters below:

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See how the light fixture, table, art, and paint color make such a huge difference?! I love this Pendant from West Elm. You can shop it below if you love!

See how the light fixture, table, art, and paint color make such a huge difference?! I love this Pendant from West Elm. You can shop it below if you love!

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The photography is from Max Wanger.

The photography is from Max Wanger.

Yes, these lights are from Christmas:) I love keeping them up!

Yes, these lights are from Christmas:) I love keeping them up!

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This view of the ornate moulding across the way is my favorite. It reminds me of Soho.

This view of the ornate moulding across the way is my favorite. It reminds me of Soho.

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I am in love with my Casper mattress and Parachute bedding. I linked it below in the Shop the post section!

I am in love with my Casper mattress and Parachute bedding. I linked it below in the Shop the post section!

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I just love how much brighter and more open it feels now! We wanted it to have a slightly less bohemian feel and have a more modern and streamlined vibe than our primary residence you guys have probably seen on instagram. I think Chay is over all of my colors and patterns haha.

Do you guys like the revamp and if so what part about it is your favorite change? I think the paint and lighting really did it for me! As always, thank you guys for reading and the love! I will see you again in a couple days!

xo, Kim

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