Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Design Inspiration - Open Concept Living / Lexmod Furniture - Plus, a chance to win your own "Pyramid" armchair from Lexmod!


SHOP . THE . LOOK

I love getting inspiration from interiors I come across in magazines, pinterest (you know you do too) or just cruising the web.  My aesthetic usually remains the same: a bit earthy, definitely eclectic, with a little mid-century modern thrown in the mix. I pull many of my ideas through color. Any of you relate? 


My latest inspiration came from this awesome picture of the Homee Headquarters. HOW COOL IS THIS OPEN-CONCEPT OFFICE SPACE?!

image via Homee


I was asked by my friends at Lexmod Furniture to create and share a mood board using their furniture and inspired by open-concept living. I thought this image of an open-concept office was great! I am going to share with you how I styled Lexmod's furniture with accessories and art inspired by the colors in Homee headquarters!

PLUS! You have a chance to win a free "Pyramid" armchair! Link at the end of this post!!

I took cues from the blue sofa and the small pops of red on the ping-pong table to create my color scheme. I used the same style of furniture that Homee headquarters used in their open-concept office. 

I created a bright, fun and eclectic look with  these versatile furniture pieces from Lexmod that would really work with many different styles; open-concept or not! 



Now to show you the final look! A modern, eclectic style with red and blue accents!




See anything you like? Shop my mood board above by clicking on what you're interested in to go directly to the website! Super easy, right?

Thanks for visiting! As I promised, here is the link for your chance to win a  "Pyramid" armchair in white from Lexmod Furniture! Click on the image below to enter the drawing!





Good luck! 
-Oscar

Friday, May 13, 2016

Getting to know Matt De Vaul of MMD Antiques




I took a trip from San Diego to Orange County to visit a friend's antique shop. I've encountered Mr. Matt De Vaul numerous times during my visits to flea markets. This guy's posts at the flea are always so eye-catching. Matt has such a distinct style. I couldn't wait to pay his store a visit and also get to know him a bit better.




Matt's store, MMD Antiques is located in the picturesque neighborhood of Old Towne Orange on the corner of Chapman Avenue and Olive Street.




I want to live here now.  Old Towne Orange has cool caf├ęs,  awesome antique shops, a beautiful park and historic homes. Maybe one day...

Anyway, I got to Matt's store and it was everything I expected it to be! Moody but fun, eclectic, and interesting. Kinda like Matt! Let me show you around.




See that porcelain glove mold? It's mine now ;) I took it home with me.



The shop was busy! It was an hour before closing on a Saturday so I wasn't too surprised. I peeked around a bit before heading my way to the back of the store. I wanted to get a good look at the merchandise. And THERE WAS A LOT TO BE SEEN.



I started to make my way through this "junkin' paradise" admiring every vignette. There was some cool, moody music playing in the background  (I couldn't make out the artist) and a sweet, homey scent mixed in with denim and wood lingering in the shop. It was a feast for the senses.















I really appreciate the artistic way in which Matt displays his finds.



There is definitely a masculine, California vibe in here...






I made my way to the back of the store to finally speak to Mr. De Vaul. I waited my turn, since he was surrounded by women; who where excitedly talking to him about their finds. (Or were these ladies almost flirtatious? Either way, Mr. De Vaul always kept his cool and composure).






Matt offered me a refreshment, we chatted a while in between customers. and even got to hang out with the store mascot - an albino rat named "Valentine".  (More on Valentine later).



To get to know Mr. De Vaul a bit better, I asked him to answer a few questions. Read along to see what this creative business owner has to say.


O: How long have you been a shop owner?
M: Rapidly approaching our 2nd year anniversary! 

O:  Congratulations, Matt! Before MMD Antiques, what were you up to?
M: Before I had my own shop I had a bunch of spaces all over town in different shops. I was a stay at home dad for about 8 years while selling in the malls and on Ebay. It was a great way to make money, and take care of my daughters.

O: Having a business AND raising children is hard work! I'm happy to hear you were able to balance the two. So, what got you into antiques?
M: I was walking around Old town Orange without a job and decided I wanted to be a antique dealer. I asked every shop for a job so I could learn the business and they all said,  "NO". The following week I went BACK into the Chapman Antique Mall and spoke to Dennis Caldwell which at the time was the owner. He changed his mind and gave me a shot.

O: What was the most challenging thing about opening up your own shop?
M: I am not a "business man", so I struggled at first with the numbers. Now, I have a handle on that. I think what I have the most trouble with, is dealing with the public. I am introverted and a bit shy, so it's a daily struggle.  



O: Well, I think you have done just fine. I think that is part of your intrigue, my friend! AND I can't help but notice how much your customers love you. What is most rewarding about owning your own shop.
M: Being a native of Orange and growing up in The Circle,  I just love seeing my shop sign when I drive through. I also have a hard time being told what to do, so being my own boss and styling the store the way I want is a huge plus.

O: And how do you describe your style?
M: This is one of the questions I hear every day. "What would you call this?" My answers change depending on my mood or how much coffee I have had. The honest truth is, I just buy stuff I like. I figure,  if I like it so will you. If I had to describe my style, I would say "Vintage Industrial Funky Loft" style. 



O: Your shop displays look amazing.You definitely have a knack for it. Do you enjoy arranging your displays?
M: Yes!! I flip the store often. The bigger mess I make in the shop, the busier I get. Never fails. I'm obsessed with keeping thing in their place so I am constantly putting things back in the "right" spot.

O: Where do you find so many great pieces?
M: Before I had a shop I would hit up garage sales, estate sales and some flea markets. Things have changed and now my phone is constantly ringing with my contacts wanting to show me items. Someone walks through the front door with a treasure almost every day. I actually have not left Orange county to shop for antiques since I opened up.

O: That's impressive! What is your favorite antique piece in your shop?
I have an old wood workers work bench that I found in the ally about 8 years ago. Its look and Patina inspired my own aesthetic.

O: Okay, let's talk about another store favorite: Valentine, the albino rat!
M: About 7 months ago I was feeling a bit lonely at the shop. My first thought was "I gonna get a dog or cat." But, a cat would set off the alarm system and a dog would just end up coming back and forth with me. So I decided on a rat. I have had rats before and they are good pets. I called around town because I wanted a White Albino. I found one, and he was in the feeder tank at a local shop. I pulled him out and put him on my shoulder and we have been buds ever since. His name is Valentine because his red eyes are like hearts. He lives on one of my workbenches and has an amazing vintage birdcage. He knows a few tricks and has a huge fan club. He is blind but gets around very well. I have never locked him up in a cage. He is a free range Rat. I love him! 


O: What kind of music is your favorite to play while you're at work?
M: I have been working on my Pandora station for months. Right now, I've been into listening to a 90's radio station.

O: I do love your choice of music in here. Seems sort of, laid back and kind of "melancholic".
M:  The more sad the song is, the more I like it!

O: I also noticed a very pleasant scent in here. Is it from the candles? Where do you get your candles from?
M: This is a big secret! I peel off the labels so know one can tell but if you must know, I go to Big Lots (A discount store) and buy the Paula Dean candles that smell like baked desserts. Everyone loves the smell of baked goods! 




O: Awesome idea. I'm going to go peel all the stickers off my candles now. So, what would you like everyone to know about  MMD Antiques?
M: I promise that you will not find another store like mine! It will always have cool art and odd treasures. I know my look is masculine, but this is not a "man's store". My biggest customers are Ladies!   



If you are ever in Orange County, visit 

MMD ANTIQUES
 131 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866
You can also keep tabs on my friend, Matt and what he's up to in the shop by following him on Instagram by clicking HERE.

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to subscribe to my blog to always be in the know!

-Oscar

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Kid-Friendly Coffee Tables

Coffee table ideas for freaked-out parents.



For many parents of toddlers, nothing is scarier and more dangerous than the  COFFEE TABLE.

I have heard it again, and again from my clients. They don't want to buy a coffee table because of "the children." Trust me, I get it. As a parent of two beautiful kids, I know. I remember when my oldest started walking I wanted to protect her from every right angle and hard surface in my house. 

 I swear to you, I thought about putting a helmet on her. NOT KIDDING.

You have to understand...

Usually coffee tables are the exact height of a one year old child who is just learning to walk, and babies LOVE to hold on to them, climb on them, bang on them...

And that's why they seem so dangerous in a parent's eyes!

BUT... We as parents deserve a place to put our feet up on while watching T.V.! Or, to have a place to put our wine glasses down after the kids go to sleep! Coffee tables are a necessity!




Well, I'm here to share a couple tips for coffee tables that are both stylish and functional in a kid-friendly environment.

TIP #1: AVOID SHARP EDGES

My talented friends Gloribell  and Rebecca (Designers, Bloggers and Moms) shows us in their photos that you don't have to sacrifice style when you have kids. The round shape of their coffee tables allows traffic to flow freely without having to worry about getting bumped by a sharp corner.
via I Don't Know How She Does It Blog
via Luv, Bec Blog
Also note that Rebecca has used a beautiful basket to house her kids' toys. Large baskets are so functional and look good in your home.

TIP #2: GO FOR AN OTTOMAN 

Your coffee table doesn't have to be wood-top! Get a nice upholstered ottoman that is soft and cushioned.  

My friend, Alice is doing it right in her boho living room. Beautiful space that the whole family can enjoy.

via Thoughts From Alice

If you decide to go with an ottoman, don't forget the tray! Having a flat surface on top of an ottoman allows you to place drinks and a few accessories on top of it. Also, if  your kid is at the age where they like to pull stuff off of tables, simply take the whole tray off of the table and move it to your dining room table! Then, just put it back for "wine time" when that baby goes to bed!

Here, Brook's living room is filled with soft textures and pillows, making it easy to relax and doze off after a good read...
via Nesting With Grace
That is the key! Rounded edges; padded furniture and durable finishes. Kid-friendly furniture doesn't have to be plastic, or be finished in bright, primary colors! Be thoughtful when choosing your items. How is your family going to use it? How will it look in a couple of years? AND how will it look IN MY HOME! As parents, we do everything for our kids. We want them to be safe and happy. But we also deserve some time for ourselves. We should be able to unwind in our homes when the day is over (without the distraction of toys everywhere). You DESERVE A BREAK! YOU DESERVE A COFFEE TABLE! AND COFFEE!

Anyway, I sourced a few coffee tables for you that I think would work in a home with small children.
You're welcome :)




  1. Durham Round Coffee Table - Ballard Designs
  2. Byholma Chest - Ikea
  3. Cala Hammered Coffee Table - World Market
  4. Sandhaug Tray Table - Ikea
  5. Sea Grass Woven Coffee Table - Pottery Barn
  6. Tribal Carved Coffee Table - World Market
  7. Parquet Reclaimed Wood Round Coffee Table - Pottery Barn
  8. Isabella Square Tufted Ottoman Charcoal - Target.com


Hope I was helpful! Thanks for stopping by! If you haven't done so already, subscribe by email so that you can stay up to date with more tips! If you ignored my annoying pop-up, then just scroll down to the bottom of this post and subscribe! LOVE YOU!

-Oscar

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

One- Room Spring Tour


Thanks for stopping by!

 If you're visiting from Alma's tour at Almafied, welcome! for all you first-timers here, I want to thank you for touring my living room.

I was asked by my friend Kathleen from Lindsay Hill Interiors to participate in a blogger "One-Room Spring Tour" where 25 bloggers freshen up one room in their house for spring to share on their blog. I was like, "YES PLEASE!" I've been wanting to refresh my living room anyway so this was perfect timing!

There's 25 of us all together and each day this week, 5 bloggers share 1 room on their blog and link each other up. You can tour the rooms and see different styles and get some great ideas for you to incorporate in your home. SO PIN AWAY, MY FRIENDS! PIN AWAY!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Centerpiece Ideas For Spring

Spring is in the air...


And that means many of us are craving some freshness in our homes. Aside from spring cleaning, a great way to incorporate some freshness into our homes is through plants and flowers.

 Nothing livens up a space faster than a spring flower arrangement!



Last week, I was invited to participate in a "White Vase Challenge" on Instagram. My blogger and Instagram friend, Kelley from kellynan.com  invited me and 14 other talented bloggers and designers to style and share a white vase to post on Instagram. We all had such a great time! There were so many great ideas that came out of this challenge and I want to share them all with you.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

How to Shop A Flea Market

How to Shop A Flea Market - UPDATE!

and sharing my visit to Trading Post 1908 in Anaheim.



If you have never visited a flea market or thrift store you are missing out! There are so many one-of-a-kind treasures that you may find while thrifting or walking through a flea market. Even if you aren't into vintage items for your home, there are small vendors that sell new handmade items like jewelry, soaps and clothes. I highly recommend you check one out this year.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A beginner's guide to painting your house.





I'm NO PAINTING EXPERT...but I have painted all the walls in my house; most of them twice. I've even painted stripes! (I'm very proud of that).

I want to share what I have learned about painting interior walls so that hopefully if you decide to paint in your home, it will be a bit easier for you.

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