Category Archives: Design

Steamie House: old wood, new decor…

After our class at The Makery– I saw some neat posts on instagram from another craftsman in the community space. I sent him a message about possibly making a reclaimed wood infil panel for our fireplace.

We visited his workspace, to scope out the materials he’s picked up around town, and here’s the final piece- we LOVE it. Love hearing about where the wood came from, especially since some of it is from orange, (especially since Steve is also sourced  from Orange! haha.)



i heart blogshop


SO as a little treat to myself- I attended this weekends Blogshop LA.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I do already know how to use photoshop (at least for my purposes at work, or crafting), and I don’t really “BLOG” why on earth would I take this class?  But something about it kept calling me, can’t look at all those instagram posts & not get lured in I guess. Last year, before we sold our condo,- I told Steve, if it sells, I’m treating myself to Blogshop!  Well… thankfully the condo sold, but Blogshop kept selling out before I could sign up!

Finally I was able to snag a spot.  I was getting nervous this week, sort of second guessing my decision, but come Saturday all fears were alleviated- as the class was informative, fun, and extremely well run!  LOVED the preloaded thumb drives, all the example tasks, and the personal attention.   Bri & Angela made us all feel welcome, and the helpers quickly jumped in to answer any questions.   And lets not forget the goody bags.

It was a weekend full of photoshop tutorials, with dabbles in graphic design and blogging tips.  All of which seemed useful and applicable to blogging, obviously, but also to any graphic/media communication.

Having used Photoshop for years (with NO training) I could usually create the final images I wanted, but I for sure was using the LONG way. I’ve now learned much faster techniques, and several completely new to me, and total “Ah-Ha” tips.  All in all, a very excellent course, and I can’t wait to put the skills to work.  Be it at work, or at home.


 I wanted to post some items I made. This is NOT everything we made, but while it was still fresh I wanted to get some goodies up. Hopefully I’ll keep all the skills learned today and push forward and develop more! I mean seriously- I’m so fired up. I keep looking at all the images I see, thinking about how I could edit/embellish!

Also- Rule one was about keeping all images the same width…  I’m already FAILING- since I can’t tell how to control that yet on here… I will make an effort to fix that (for the next post… I’m already done with this one!  haha)


Teeny Steamie’s Room

With our little Teeny Steamie on well on her way, we had to get moving on prepping her room! SO excited to create a warm, fun space to welcome our little bundle to her home!

We relocated the book shelves out of the office… next up was to primer over the red walls.  (See red to grey here)


Bye bye Man Cave/Office- hello light & bright baby room! Some progress pics- Steve worked hard on that primer. But we called in a pro to finish the job once we were both worn out & it still needed covering!

Up went the curtains- and then I began work on the triangles!


The triangles were inspired by these decals... but I had a slightly different color scheme in mind, and with our NOT quite a square room- the proportions of the decals didn’t quite work.  So, I opted instead to paint the wall myself! It took many, many rounds of taping and painting- and the final result is SO happy!

Taping & color coding each spot:


filling it in:



Final product:


And while it took a while to arrive, the crib is finally here (still waiting on the dresser)-  Danny & Steve set it all set up for our little miss! Once the crib was in the elephant mobile promptly was hung as well.


I inherited this chair from my grandpa- and it’s been roaming with me from apartment to apartment- to finally our home. After many years in that lovely burnt orange/brown- for it’snew life in the nursery- I ordered this fabric, and worked with a local upholsterer to refresh the chair & ottoman. I’m SUPER in love with how it came out, and happy that it’s just as comfy- a perfect chair for nursing, napping, and hopefully future spot to read many many bedtime stories!


A quick trip to Ikea, and a not to quick attempt at assembling (the shelve may have sat half assembled for several days on our living room floor) I couldnt’ bend well to finish it- but once Steve stepped in to help it went together easily & we placed it in the corner & loaded with all the wonderful books & toy’s we received at the shower.


The nursery is coming together- now we just need the little lady to go in it!

(edit: after Steve’s office shower- I had to hang up the cute welcome banner they made! )


Steamie yard update

SO there was the demo… and since then… a whole lotta NOTHING.

We’re still trying desperatly to get any landscape contractors to give us a quote (that doesn’t make us faint)… and then to kick off work on the new yard. It’s pretty simple, but apparently everyone is just too busy to be responsive. We’ve had 4 companies come to look at the yard, and only 1 so far has responded with a quote. I’m meeting another wednesday… here’s hoping!

In the meantime we can pin outdoor inspiration photos to our hearts content… and stare at the plans of our *hopefully soon* future yard!



Ok…  At first it was just a little fun wish list.   Some fun retro chairs for the dining room…  Then just a cozy chair to serve as a reading nook & pop of color… then to fill in the empty spot in the front room.

But clearly somewhere along the way we’ve become collectors.  I’d say 24 chairs counts as a collection right?

Yesterday’s acquisition of 10 (yes TEN) vintage Harry Bertoia diamond chairs pushed us from simply furnishing our home and yard– to full on chair hoarders.

Evidence below:


And it must be noted, of the 24 chairs below, all but 5 came to us via Craigslist!  ( of the non-CL 5: 2 were ebay, 1 a wedding gift, 1 a $5 yard sale find, and 1 a family hand me down ).

Dwell On Design

I’m always receiving emails to attend conventions, conferences etc. Usually they are work related, and usually I pass. The emails for Dwell on Design kept coming, and I pretty much ignored them, until the week before- I clicked to read more about the show, and what would be on display. There I learned at along with the continuing education courses offered, they had free consultations for professionals. Since the Steamie yard is still a dirt pit, and we recently learned the HOA required you to submit the names of all trees proposed- we were in need of professional help. This architect doesn’t know much about plants (especially not Latin names!).

With that- we signed up and set out for a day adventure to the LA convention center.  We were able to meet up with Alice (clearly a natural, un-posed photo)

We checked out the great booths with cute home items, the amazing outdoor area, the millions of bath fixtures that will never, ever be in our budget, and most importantly met with a very nice Landscape architect who looks at our photos of neighborhood trees & our yard plans and came up with a great plant list for us!!

Arriving early- and with an afternoon appointment- we were able to leave the convention center and grab lunch in Little Tokyo (mmm… ochoron), and follow up with a romp around the artists district with a stop for tea & cookies, and a little window shopping.

Happily headed home, armed with our plant list, we still had a little adventuring left in us- so we popped into The Bruery in Old Town Orange. We tasted their brews and I’m pretty sure we’ll be back! Love the Beer Cap Mural!