Moving to LA was one of the most difficult decisions I ever made. I had to take Luke out of school, turn down tons of work, sell our house and things, and start a brand new life on the other side of the country. It was a gamble. After 6 months, would we love it or would we hate it?
I can safely say it’s the best adult decision I ever made! If you are sitting somewhere reading this and feeling unhappy about your life and where you are living, don’t be afraid to make a change. Moving and starting over has inspired me to be completely true to myself, as a human being, a mom, and with the direction of my business. I didn’t want to make the huge change of moving without committing all the way in all areas of my life. So still focusing hard on creating exactly the life I want. I have a gratitude app on my Iphone (highly recommend it) and first on my list most days is our sweet new life here. It has such beautiful simplicity.
In the mornings and evenings I either take bike or walk the dogs…
…around this sweet neighborhood. It’s an oasis in the big city. Here you shop in the local little grocery store that has been in the same family for 80 years. I love going there after dropping Luke at the school bus and before work in the mornings. Locals, old, young, sometimes famous (it’s LA after all) come in for a fresh loaf of bread or just chat with the people who work there. If I walk the dogs there they even go out and give them treats while I’m shopping.
People are happier in the sunshine-it’s not a myth!
I had no idea that moving from a small town in Virginia to big town LA would feel like the opposite of what I had expected.
That’s Luke on one of the streets around here. We are so in love with these amazing giant palm trees. I take so many pictures of palm tress that I’m almost sick of myself. I love walking everywhere here, the weather is never too hot and never too cold so there’s no excuse not to walk places.
If you’re having a bad day at work, all you have to do is step outside and it’s impossible to stay in a bad mood.
I bring the dogs to many casual meetings or lunches here. (Yeah I got a manicure since then.)
LA might be the dog friendliest place I’ve been. They allow them almost everywhere.
Here is me attempting a “selfie” before a TV shoot the other day. (more on that later) As you can see the room has white walls which have been hard for me to live with!! But we’re in a rental so it’s kind of refreshing not thinking of design every living breathing moment, and constantly redecorating.
Kind of a painter with no canvas, but for now it’s okay, for now…
Have tons new design stuff and products in the process and here’s some of what’s going on…
We temporarily taped up my new wallpaper for a shoot. Sharing that next week, can’t wait.
All the new designs have been inspired by what I see outside here.
Which is a lot of this! The insanely pretty plant life.
This is a tiny corner of the new Monogram bedding in SUNSHINE with LAVENDER ICE REGENCY PILLOW- my favorite color mix at the moment.
More bedding in sunset colors – POWDER PINK, we also have PURPLE RAIN and KELLY GREEN coming out.
This is our little bungalow living room, it’s super sweet and our home until I find that perfect makeover project….
We’re thoroughly enjoying all this city has to offer, reconnecting with old friends and meeting great new people. I’m of course enjoying the amazing architecture. Everything is here – from old Hollywood mansions….
…to the upcoming modern and super funky Venice Beach. There’s just so much to see and do! I will definitively share my favorite LA haunts if you ever plan a vacation here.
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