At Home with Skylar Isle

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For several years now I have been working to create a healthier home environment. Making small changes like using real foods, diffusing oils, and reading all labels. I know I am not alone in working towards a big wellness goal. I think the trend of reducing waste and harmful chemicals from our lives is not only an important movement, but the way to protect the future generations.

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INTERIOR INSPIRATION in INLET BEACH

INTERIOR INSPIRATION IN INLET BEACH BY EMILYALDER

We recently put an offer in on a little cottage in South Laguna. While it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for and needed some work, we were excited at the prospect of buying something and put some real work into it. During that time I went in to over drive looking at ideas to make the space functional. It would have taken some work to get the home in the shape we needed and during that time all the kids share a bedroom layout that was large enough for two bedrooms, but had a crazy floor plan. I wanted to gather some ideas that would work for us if our offer went through.

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URBAN HOME SALE

URBAN HOME SALE on EMILY ALDER

Urban Outfitters is having an awesome home sale right now. Tons of their home products are up to 40% off. If we weren’t in the middle of trying to buy a home, I would be all over some of these items. Here are a few things that have been sitting on my wishlist and are taking some serious restraint not to buy before we move.

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RENOVATED GOTLAND SUMMER HOME

RENOVATED GOTLAND SUMMER HOME ON EMILYALDER

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Before we get to the renovated Gotland summer home, a bit about my admiration for Sweden.

As a teenager I was able to spend a summer traveling the Southern part of Sweden with one of my best friends. Diana is the niece of my first au pair and lived with us for my freshman year of high school. Once the school year was over we travelled to her hometown of Falkenberg, Sweden, continuing on to Goteberg, Baståd, and Halmstad. Diana and I traveled around the South West of the country visiting family and friends. Long walks through the woods, mornings jumping in the water, exploring city life. We shopped, ate delicious food, dyed my hair brown (a story for another time), and spent nights talking into the early morning. It was a trip that opened my eyes to the vastness of the world. As a result,Scandinavia will always hold a very special place it my heart. Continue reading

BEACHFRONT IN SOUTH AFRICA

Are you ready? Today’s home feature is crazy beautiful. Even better than the 2001 feature film and my teen self LOVED that one. On a serious note, this home is a work of art.

Located on the West Coast of South Africa, the design boasts an open floor plan with clean minimalism while embracing the natural elements of the Cape. Combining my two favorite materials, stark whites with warm woods. The open space connecting the dining area, kitchen, and living space allows for family time and easy entertaining.

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BAY to LA: Victoria Smith’s New Echo Park Pad

I have followed Victora Smtih’s SFGirlByBay site for about 5 years now. She is a constant source of inspiration, entertainment, and sharing awesome designs from illustrations to home styling. Known for her fresh, bohemian taste, I have been highly anticipating the pictures of her new LA home. She shared sneak peeks via instagram and has finally featured the whole home, photographed by Laure Joilet. Here are a few of my favorite details and for the full spread you can go here.

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WEST STREET GALLERY

This past Christmas my family surprised me with my long coveted Hazy Beach Art Print by Lisa Golightly. I was blown away unwrapping the large mysterious gift that morning, as you can imagine. The feeling of receiving something unexpected is both unique and exciting, but also emotional. I was taken aback and ended up getting teary. The thoughtfulness and surprise caught me off guard. I am so grateful that they took note of something I really wanted and presented me with something that I could cherish forever.

We immediately mounted the print in our dining room and since then I have been dreaming of creating a collection surrounded by our own images.

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MAR VISTA LIVING ROOM DESIGN

When I began studying interior design my first project was to work with a friend or family member to recreate a room design for them. Immediately I knew I wanted to work with my mom. For years we have talked about what we could do with my parent’s amazing 1930’s South Laguna cottage. I jumped at the opportunity to grab my mom and chat about her vision, gather inspiration, and start piecing things together.

The house they own, the homey beach cottage I was lucky enough to grow up in, is a small three-bedroom, one-bath cottage built in 1937 featuring hardwood floors, white walls, and lots of windows. It’s also full of family heirloom pieces that are treasured by all of us. I wanted to mix their antique farmhouse pieces with a fresh coastal California style.

I sat down and started working with some images my mom collected for inspiration.

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