Decorate with what you love

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

We’ve lived in California not once, but twice.  It’s hard to decorate without having that California vibe because it’s a part of us.  Although we don’t currently live coastal, we’ve decided it’s okay to use the things we have and love even if it’s a bit California coastal.

California Coastal decor in Connecticut

I’m always moving things around and decided it was time for a little change in the kitchen.  The Enzo Mari Apple Pear print moved to the dining room making room for this piece from Barclay Butera in Newport Beach.  It may be snowing outside today, but I’m always California dreaming…  And today (minus the snowstorm) I feel like this space looks like it could be in California.  White shiplap that we completed over the holidays and white floors makes it bright and sunny, even on a cloudy day.

California Coastal in Connecticut

We love our black and white wave and pier original photographs by surf photographer Tom Servais. 

Boys Room with Black paint and Pendleton Blanket

The Endless Summer poster moved from Connecticut to California and back to Connecticut again.  One of our favorite movies to watch on a cold winter weekend is the the surf documentary, Endless Summer. 

People ask us, “Do you think you’ll ever live in California again?”  The answer is…no, maybe, probably, time will tell.  So, what do you think about using coastal decor even if you don’t live at the beach?



  • Garden, Home and Party

    I’m probably very bias, but I’m a native Californian and I would always reflect a bit of that style if we ever moved East. The interesting thing is I’ve been told our home reflects an East coast style! 🙂
    I love the painting you got from Barclay Butera. Endless Summer is such a classic. The poster looks great in your son’s room. I noticed the “fight on” sponge fingers for USC. Our oldest son went to USC.

    As always it’s so fun to see your home and the little changes you do.

  • Karen

    I say go for it! You’ll always have that little bit of Cali vibe in your heart so you might as well have it in your home where you can enjoy it every day!

    Love the way the ocean painting looks with all the black and white in your kitchen….so cool. That’s another benefit of black and white and neutral décor – you can always move things around. And nobody does it better than you! xo

  • Elizabeth

    I am definitely voting for YES on living in California again! A girl always can hope. 🙂 xo

  • Sheila Irwin

    I love the California vibe, but like Karen, I’m born and raised here so I’m probably (just a little) biased! Love the new print in the kitchen. And your son’s room is adorable!

    It sounds like your style suits you, which is all that matters:)


  • Kerry

    Beautiful as always Annie! Let me be the first to know if you ever sell! 😉

  • kim

    Annie, Love the home posts! That painting and the beach photos look great. I think it doesn’t matter if you live near the beach, the home is about who you are and where you’ve been. I love everything you do. Just read about how you did the shiplap. That’s impressive! The kitchen and banquette are so darling! xo Kim

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