roman shades = happiness

{and you thought the home tour was over???}

we finally decided to have roman shades made for our living room to block the afternoon sun, so i did a semi-sheer linen with a navy blue border.

i love the result and the added touch of contrast and class that it gives the living room {and of course that it helps keep the insane Dubai heat out of our apartment}

i saved alot of money by having the romans made using IKEA panels for the semi-sheer fabric instead of having to buy yards and yards of fabric.

okay…so that really is the end of the home tour. i’ll post little projects here and there, but that’s the jist of it! thanks for all your fabulous feedback!

and WOW– can i say how thrilled i am at your comments on the giveaway? can’t wait for the drawing on the 16th!

storyboard GIVEAWAY is still OPEN till midnight on March 16th! good luck!

storyboard GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the success of my first month as the new Style Files and to thank all of you for your excitement, I am giving away a STORYBOARD ROOM DESIGN!

All you have to do is:

become a follower &
leave a comment

The drawing will be March 16 at midnight {PST} Good luck!

*A storyboard {shown above} is a virtual design scheme based on your needs & style inspirations integrating your existing furniture and/or new pieces selected by me for your space. It includes a personalized shopping list & guide to putting your designer room together yourself!

{If you win and don’t need design help right now you can save it to use at a later date or give it to someone else that may need it!}

FOLLOWERS are in the bottom left corner of my blog:)

and a big thanks to madebygirl for featuring my house tour on her blog today!

welcome new sponsor: a little pearl

okay~ you are going to LOVE my new sponsor, a little pearl.

amber makes these unique, hand-stamped charm necklaces that are sterling silver and gold-filled. you can personalize them with your initials, baby’s name, lover’s name…anything, you got it!

i have several charms that are almost identical to these that have my babies’ names, initials, & birthdays on them and i absolutely love them. i wish i had known about amber before i bought mine because her prices are INCREDIBLE!

go to her etsy shop to customize & buy

and visit her blog for giveaways & updates!

livi loves rikshaw

catherine, the designer/owner of rikshaw design featured olivia’s room today on her blog!

check out the rest of rikshaw’s collections~ they are all so darling! i can’t wait to see her new stuff coming out soon.

and can i just say that the elephant pillow is amazing. i use it all the time~ for support when nursing, to put behind olivia when she’s sleeping…a truly inspired design!

celerie on j.crew {in case you haven’t seen it}

my friend, kera, told me about this “museworthy” feature of design heroes on j.crew {since I banned myself from the website on january 1st…i’ve been sober for 67 days}.

anyway~ celerie kemble {one of my favorite designers} is one of the muses and i just devoured her interview, so fascinating. i didn’t know that she grew up in an old church…seriously? that’s amazing. and now i have a handful of new coffee table books on my “to-buy” list since she divulged some of her latest reads.

oh, j.crew…you know just how to get me back. my shopping cart is filling up, someone HELP ME!

DIY: silhouette wall

So here’s how you do it…

step 1: take photos of your profile
step 2: in iphoto- turn them black & white and darken the contrast so you can see the outline really well

step 3: print them on photo paper {I did 5″x 7″s}
step 4: cut them out {use small, sharp scissors}

step 5: paint them with acrylic paint {and add bows, headbands, or bow ties for fun!}

step 6: frame them!

VOILA! Can you believe it’s that easy? I love seeing my little family on the wall together. It’s also just as cute to put one silhouette in a frame collage with other art and photos. So many possibilities!

*if you want BIG silhouettes, some of my friends have done lifesize silhouettes using a lamp and a canvas. just sit between the lamp and the canvas and have someone trace your silhouette for you. also pretty easy to do…and would save you the cost of printing a large size photo!

{and if you don’t want to make them yourself…you can always buy them. kirsten showed us here how many variations of silhouettes you can find on etsy!}

welcome new sponsor: jylare ann photography

I’m excited to introduce another talented photographer as one of my sponsors, Jylare Ann Photography. Jylare is a natural light photographer based in Southern California. She likes to get close and capture those precious, candid moments in your life. You will love the way she documents you on your wedding day or with those you love. She appreciates the essence of great photos at a great price. Take advantage of her rates without skipping on distinction!

Right now, on Jylare’s blog, she’s doing a giveaway for a FREE photo session in Orange County! So hop on over to her website or blog…I’m so jealous {wish I was in So Cal!} The drawing will be March 12th!


It’s thursday night {which is the start of the weekend in the Muslim world- Friday is the holy day} so we’re off to Satwa, the garment district, to look for some trims & fabrics. I took these pics last week on my phone when I was looking for some funky trim for a project {think Tory Burch meets Kelly Wearstler}. So many cool patterns…I love living so close to where everything is made. You’d die at these prices!

i bought some of the greek key pattern in orange…and i love the rope/link one too

love the diamonds & the chevron one
obsessed with the pink, orange, and blue multi

welcome new sponsor: giovanna lou

Stephanie Gardner is a talented photographer & Tiffany Bills is a graphic designer. Together they are Giovanna Lou~ your one stop for birth announcements, holiday cards, party invitations, wedding announcements, and even designed photo art for your walls! Take a look at some of their work, it’s absolutely beautiful.

I love all the wallpaper backgrounds & accessories that they use, isn’t it just darling?

Giovanna Lou is based in Pleasant Grove, Utah…so if you’re a Utah reader, book your photo shoots now!

Check out their website or blog for more info!