Kelly Christakos Stivers


home tour: lauren weisbarth

When I first saw the pictures of Lauren Weisbarth's Los Angeles home tour on One King's Lane blog, I nearly fell off my chair!  Lauren is the little sis of Alison Pincus, co-founder of One King's Lane, who, along with designer Hillary Thomas, helped transform Lauren's house into a light, bright haven with crisp color, fun fabric and wallpaper, lots of texture and framed photos everywhere.  The result is chic yet casual and comfortable - you can totally tell a young family lives there, which was Lauren's goal when decorating!

I LOVE the lacquered gray ceiling and turqoise beaded chandelier in the entryway:

Nothing is more personal than framed photos of family and friends, especially on an entry table like this one - it gives you an introduction to the family inside:

The family room is my favorite space in the whole house - those Chiang Mai Dragon curtain panels in crisp blue and white create a beachy vibe and look amazing paired with bamboo Roman blinds.  An oversize tufted ottoman is elegant, yet perfect for small children:

Love the floral and striped fabrics:

A little niche in the family room with more framed photos and a pair of gorgeous aqua gourd lamps:

A deep cerulean blue island and bamboo Roman blinds add color and texture to a gorgeous, all-white kitchen:

Daughter Marli is rockin' it with her own little marble-topped tulip table and blue ghost chairs in a corner of the kitchen:

Green and blue are so fresh in the dining room - I can't tell what I love more...that fabulous trellis wallpaper, the powder blue curtain panels or the lantern hanging over the table:

To read more about Lauren's home, check out One King's Lane blog here.  Here are my pics for creating a similar look:

Pillow / Gourd lamps / Gold glassware / Mirror / Bell lantern / Fiddle leaf fig tree /

Seagrass basket / Diamond stool


nursery reveal!

I have worked on my fair share of nurseries lately, but I am especially proud of how well this one turned out!  Themed nurseries kind of make me's so easy to go overboard with them, so I was ecstatic when all my client requested was a soft, muted color scheme, to only use items that held personal meaning and to tie in her husband's Mexican heritage.

We ended up going with greige walls, steel blue linen curtain panels with cream piping, a buffet the client already had, which I refinished in a gorgeous blue/gray with light distressing, and then added lots of texture, courtesy of the softest shag carpet you've EVER felt, a burlap glider, a cowhide throw pillow, a homemade barnwood ladder, burlap and wire baskets for books and jute Monkey's fist cabinet pulls. 

Daddy is also an alumni of the University of Texas, so up went the longhorn above the crib and it truly is the focal point of the entire room!

The rest of the color in the room was left up to the gallery wall, which sports a silhouette of the couple's dog, prints from the Animal Print Shop, baby pictures of mommy and daddy and homemade Christmas ornaments from Mexico, which we hung within empty barnwood frames.  Everything came from Etsy or was specifically made for the wall:

The longhorn.  I heart it. I thought mommy was going to think I was crazy when I suggested we hang it, but she loved it as much as I did:

The room is small, so, to maximize floor space, we hung wire shelves on either side of the window and filled them with books and stuffed animals:

A closeup of the gallery wall - the map in the middle is for mommy to mark where baby boy's roots are from!

Another angle, just so you can see those animal Christmas ornaments.  I was obsessed with them. OBSESSED.  Every time my client turned around, I wanted to stuff one in my pocket!


Thank you so much to the super talented Krista Bishop of Krista Bishop Photography, who really captured the bright and airy feel when you walk into this room! I am so blessed to have such talented friends and such AMAZING clients!

For help designing the nursery of your dreams, shoot me an email at


black + white + brass

I must admit, I was a little late to jump on the brass bandwagon, but now I can't get enough! (Better late than never, right?)  I especially love it paired with a black and white - it doesn't get any more classic, sophisticated or elegant than a black and white color scheme, but when you add aged or unlacquered brass accessories to the mix, the result is chic, modern and crisp!  Brass pendant lights, gold picture frames, unlacquered brass hardware and fixtures, even an amazing, unexpected brass toe kick like in Sasha Seymour's kitchen below, add warmth, interest and a bit of glamour to any space, but, as always, I love it most in small, subtle doses:


Thomas Smythe via House and Home

Ashley Putman via Lonny


Badgley Mischka via Elle Decor


Kate Jackson Design

Buckingham Interiors

Tia Zoldan

Sasha Seymour via House and Home

Sasha Seymour via House and Home

Bailey McCarthy

Susan Welty Interiors


take me away: sunrise house - mustique

The hubs and I are in DIRE need of a vacation, preferably on a deserted island with access to unlimited quantities of alcohol, a hammock and zero contact with the outside world.  I think I've set my sights a little high on this one, but hey, a girl can dream, right?  You can totally tell my search for possible summer getaways over the weekend turned into a full-fledged dream fest after I stumbled upon Sunrise House, a fabulous five bedroom villa on the island of Mustique.  Prices start at $16,000 and go WAY up from there...that's PER night, by the way, which really kills it for me, but, hello, gorgeous!  All-white interiors, vualted ceilings, limestone flooring, slipcovered furniture (and an amazing tufted ottoman) are a perfect backdrop to the most gorgeous view of Macaroni Beach.  I'm definitely ruined for stays at the Marriott and Days Inn from here on out...

See more of the Sunrise House here.


set a summer table with c. wonder

I am such a sucker for anything navy and gold, so when I saw this chain link dinnerware set from C. Wonder, my heart skipped a beat!  How amazing would it look with rope placemats and matte gold flatware for a summer dinner party? It reminds me of the Chain d'Ancre set by Hermes, but it costs A LOT less, making this set perfect for every day use:


C. Wonder is one of my favorite go-to shops for inexpensive gifts and decor - if you haven't visited their site, you must!  Here are a few more fabulous finds that would compliment the above set beautifully, like this GORGEOUS matte gold bamboo serveware set: well as these chevron highball or these striped double old fashioned glasses:


To tie in with the bamboo salad servers, how beautiful are these napkin rings?  These navy blue enamel chain link rings would work, too:


To see more from C. Wonder, check out their website here. 

Have a wonderful weekend!