Ikea 2015 Catalog Preview

Over the weekend I browsed through the newest Ikea catalog and thought I’d share my favorite looks!  Some of the new products are already in store and the rest will hit the showroom early August.  The new catalog is already online so you can preview and make lots of shopping lists ahead of time.  I downloaded the Ikea app which lets you digitally interact with the catalog and save your favorite products.  It links right to Ikea site where you can check the availability at your local store. Talk about convenience!  I know a few people in the midst of moving-in and redecorating so this should help with some of the planning.

Aren’t these bright yellow sofas fun! There is never a shortage of color in this store.  If you’re ever looking for something to really brighten up your space and add a pop of color, take a stroll through Ikea.  Even you don’t find the exact color you want, purchase a similar product in white and paint later!  Ana’s home tour from yesterday’s post has wonderful examples of painted Ikea furniture.   Continue reading

Fluxi On Tour’s Bright SF Apartment


Happy Monday! Remember last week when I mentioned becoming a contributor for Houzz.com?  Well my first post is live!  My good friend Ana of Fluxi On Tour welcomed me and my camera into her San Franciscan apartment.  She’s amazing at furniture DIYs and hacks.  Her home completely reflects her personal style.  In the article, you’ll find links to several of the products and great inspiration to brighten up your own home.  You can preview the photos below or click the link to check out the full feature.  And if you’re interested in having your home featured on Houzz, definitely send me an email!

Ana and Patrick’s home is stunning right! I love stopping over to visit and relaxing on the oversize sofa!

My article includes all the details on where to find the products and details Ana shared for customizing furniture. I mean she DIYed the heck out of everything.  She found great affordable pieces from stores like Ikea, West Elm, Crate & Barrel and added her own flair.


I love Ana’s office chair from West Elm!  It’s perfectly simple, chic and modern.  Paired with an ikea desk it’s the perfect space to create, blog and DIY.  On her blog she features beautiful travel photography, recipes and is never short on inspiration.

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My Favorites: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Hello everyone! Before we get to the goods, here’s an update on what the heck I’ve been doing this week :)

This week has been pretty busy offline and I have a few updates coming up. First, I am the newest contributor to Houzz.com!  If you’re unfamiliar, it is an amazing resource for finding great home decor and renovation ideas. As a contributor, I will photograph and write about beautiful homes in the Bay Area and a little bit of LA too.  If you live in either area and would love to have your house or apartment featured, send an email to hello@planningpretty.com.  I would love to see quick snapshots and pitch to my editor.  I completed my first feature this week (thank you Ana!) and will be sure to share when the article goes live.

For the past couple of months I’ve thought a lot about how I want Planning Pretty to progress. One big idea I’ve had on my mind for a while is video.  Sometimes I want to share an idea with all of you and photographs with text just won’t work.  I’ve already shot my first test photo, it’s like a commercial for the blog, and I can’t wait to share it!  More videos on decorating, entertaining and baking will come soon!

And finally my last big change is a redesign!  I’ve spent most of my time working on this and it’s been one heck of a challenge, but I’m getting close.  Nothing too drastic, but a lot of improvements in the navigation and overall functionality.  My goal is to create an easier experience for you, the reader, to find great inspiration and advice.  Stay tuned!

Enough with the updates and onto the shopping! I am always excited for the Nordstrom anniversary sale.  Last year I shared how it was my favorite place to do back to school shopping growing up.  Even though I’m far past my school days, I still get a kick out of snagging my favorite fashions and accessories for the fall and winter.  Just click on the numbers below to see the products!

I have a few home favorites from the sale too! These would be great additions to any home and you don’t have to break the bank. Trying out another new feature so hover on the image and click the little + icons!

This is an amazing sale and hope you find something you love before it ends August 4th!  I’ve shared my wish list, but do you have any favorites from the sale?  Also, a little blog feedback, which product guide format do you like more? I’m all about efficiency and ease these days!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy shopping!

Home Depot Post is Live!


Happy Friday everyone!  My wonderfully whimsical croquet DIY is finally live on the Home Depot’s Apron blog.  I show how easy it is to personalize a croquet set and create your own mini course.  Best part, you can transport it to any of your summer festivities.

For the next couple of weeks, the blog will feature amazing projects from bloggers all over the country as part of the Outdoor Games Style Challenge.  Check the apron blog each day to see the amazing DIY projects everyone’s created.

I’ll have more photos to share from the photo shoot too, so stay tuned! Have a wonderful weekend!

Santa Cruz!


Nothing feels more like summer than being at the beach.  Over 4th of July weekend, we headed south for Santa Cruz, CA.  Nothing makes my husband and I happier than getting to the beach.  The Boardwalk has become one of our favorite hangouts in Northern California. We eat crazy foods, play arcade games (we’re quite intense with air hockey), and enjoy the warmer weather.  Santa Cruz reminds us of being home in Los Angeles.

This particular trip, we brought along my husband’s siblings for their first visit.  We’re a bunch of Disneyland fiends, but very pleased!  You really can’t go wrong visiting the boardwalk.  Whether it’s a date, family outing or solitary stroll (seriously I would come alone all the time), you’ll have a great time.

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Pinning for Better Homes & Gardens

Ice cream social invitations from BHG.com

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I wanted to share some exciting news with all of you.  I was selected by Better Homes and Gardens to be a Pinterest contributor for their parties and entertaining boards! Myself along with some really talented bloggers are finding the best ideas on the web.  If you’re in search of the best blogger entertaining ideas follow the Entertaining and Weddings board.  If you want to see the best party ideas featured on BHG.com follow the Blogger Party Picks board. Or better yet, follow both!

There are so many great ideas for summer getting pinned, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Elegant outdoor party ideas from BHG.com

Bellini cocktail recipe from me! See the recipe here

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Classic Blue Dishes

Maybe it’s because we’re dreaming of a Mediterranean vacation, but my husband and I are currently obsessed with blue dishes.  Each time we head to the store, anything in classic blue grabs our attention.  There are so many affordable options available this summer and lot of options are starting to go on sale!  All the individual pieces are under $10 and most under $5!


1. Sardinia mug from Anthropologie // 2. Trivsam dishes from Ikea // 3. Blue flower square plate from Sur La Table //    4. Sea dish charger from Zara Home // 5. Lace appetizer plate from CB2 // 6. Promenad dishes from Ikea //  7. Hydrangea dishes from Sur La Table //  8. Denim stripe dishes from Target // 9. Dotted plate from West Elm // 10. Solid blue basket weave from Target

Classic blue works with so many color palettes year round.  Treat it like a neutral when creating a place setting design for your dining table  or party. Here’s a little inspiration to get the creative ideas flowing! Continue reading