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In Which We Attempt a Los Angeles Home Remodel While Pregnant (Gulp!)

Surely I must be one of those people who’s not happy unless she’s in constant motion, whether that means traveling (three countries per 10-day vacation is about our speed), or keeping busy at home.

The latest piece of evidence: On Tuesday, which is the day I hit 19 weeks pregnant (or exactly halfway on the twins full-term scale), we’ll move out of our house as we begin demo for a two-month remodel. To recap: a home remodel while pregnant. One that requires moving out. And moving in with parents and in-laws. For six weeks. Gulp.

In short, here’s why. Continue Reading

Crane & Canopy Sutter White Duvet Set
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Crane & Canopy’s Duvet and Shams, on my Bed at Last

It’s here! It’s here! Remember how I was all excited about Crane & Canopy‘s gorgeous and affordable duvet sets? Dreams really do come true, people.

Here’s our humble queen bed, with the Sutter duvet and shams in white on it. I feel like its so simple and understated, but the ruching somehow lends a sense of opulence too. The ruching is done with elastic, which I sense will be sturdy and will hold up well. And right out of the box this thing had like zero wrinkles — another auspicious sign! Continue Reading

Alexandra Ferguson Ooh La La Statement Pillow
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As Seen on ‘Girls’: Super Fun Statement Pillows

C'est Si Bon Statement PillowOn Sunday night, while Hannah was obsessively counting Utz potato chips and Charlie was doing the Dougie in the new offices of Forbid, something really fun was sharing the airtime on Girls.

Did you notice the statement pillows in Shoshanna’s apartment? (I totally did and drooled a little bit, though I loathe her and her maddening side braid.) Replicate the look with these cheeky versions by Alexandra Ferguson, all available right now on AllModern.com: Continue Reading

The Grove L.A. Lobby
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Only in L.A.? The Grove’s Knockout New Lobby Design

Who’s noticed the new residential-feeling lobby area in the parking garage at the Grove? It’s the kind of thing that makes you go “only in L.A….”—and it’s totally gorgeous.

The design-minded lobby revamp made its debut a couple of months ago and includes pretty stone flooring, opulent chandeliers, a leather ceiling, and seating groups that feel plucked from a five-star hotel lobby. In fact, the look comes from the Rockwell Group, also known as the folks behind such hotels as the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (another personal favorite since I covered its impossibly splashy opening), not to mention the wildly imaginative Crystals at CityCenter. Continue Reading

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Our Fourth Annual Holiday Party! (Or: We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends)

It really takes a village, you know? To raise a child, yes, and also to throw a successful holiday party.

Our fourth annual bash was Saturday night, and of course we spent days prepping. We did our once-annual December pilgrimage to Costco, and as is typical, it was a miserable experience involving tons of eye rolling and elbow throwing. (I swear, why do people love that place? It’s downright Dante-esque.) Continue Reading

Uncle Sam Victory Garden Poster From World War 1
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How to Plant Your Own Winter Victory Garden

It appears that it’s de facto Guest Post Week over here at Homebody in Motion, and I’m pretty stoked about it. Yesterday, we had tips for estate sale shopping from Succor Estate Sales‘ Melissa Arnold, and today we bring you tips for planting a seasonal edible garden from Heart Beet Gardening‘s Sara Carnochan!

Heart Beet designs, installs, and maintains organic vegetable gardens and edible landscapes for private homes and communities right here in pastoral Los Angeles. And the company’s philosophy is that growing food should be both beautiful and productive — something we can all totally get behind.

Read on for tips for planting your very own victory garden from Heart Beet’s Sara, as well as for her own post-Thanksgiving planting process: Continue Reading

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3 Ways to Incorporate Denim Into Home Decor

Must be the California in me: I’m a super casual person. The good news is, I think it makes me look younger. Seriously. I get carded a lot because I’m usually wearing gym clothes with my hair in a giant curly bun on top of my head. Maybe the Trader Joe’s checkers figure no employed person in her thirties would jaunt around the city like that, so I’m clearly 20. Or probably it’s just because they admire my unblemished visage and taut physique. I’m going with that.

The point is, our household is an unfailingly unfussy one. We don’t entertain with china or silver (though I am lusting over this cut crystal, uncharacteristically), and we don’t mess with look-but-don’t-touch decor.

That’s probably why denim decor appeals to me overall. It’s a great way to inject style and personality — not to mention youthfulness — into your look. And blue denim is so neutral that it can go with tons of different colors and patterns. To that end, here are three great ways to get the look in your own home:
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9 Tips for Shopping an Estate Sale (From a Real-Life Pro!)

Let’s say you’re intoxicated by the concept of estate sales — obvi — but feel intimidated by the prospect of schlepping out amid the people who really know what they’re doing on the scene. Totally get that. Today I bring you guest commentary from Melissa Arnold, the owner of Succor Estate Sales in Los Angeles and all-around cool, effortlessly stylish lady. She’s here to tell you how to shop the sales like a pro. Read on…

Tip No. 1 for How to Shop Estate Sales:

“Be sure to inspect every part of the item you plan to purchase. Estate sales are usually only three days, sometimes less. And because of this short amount of time to sell every item, refunds are not accepted. Most companies that host sales try to note if that crystal vase has a chip, but they miss things too. It’s up to you to make sure you’re happy with what you’re purchasing — so plug in that Kitchen-Aid mixer and don’t take anyone’s word that it works.”

Tip No. 2 for How to Shop Estate Sales:

“If you plan to buy furniture, find a mover in advance. Estate sales are a so-called ‘cash-and-carry’ business. This usually means there will not be someone on hand to help you move things. Many companies can recommend a mover but it’s often easier and less expensive if you price one out in advance. Craig’s List has loads of people who will move stuff for you. However, if you buy something breakable or of value, you may want to go with a reputable insured mover.” Continue Reading

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An Alternative to Big Box Browsing: Barbara K’s New Ultimate Tool Kit

It’s Black Friday at 8:39 a.m. My husband is at Lowe’s — something about outdoor lighting. I’m in bed with my laptop acting like a person whose body would physically allow her to sleep in. (Of course I’ve been up for hours puttering on the Internet, but it’s a luxurious fantasy, this “sleeping in” thing that I’m told people do on holiday weekends.)

Anyway, the aisles of Lowe’s tend to make my eyes glaze over. Home Depot is worse. (Why can’t those shopping experiences be more fun, like Target?) Do you know what I think about when I’m in Home Depot? There’s an old editing term that I’m pretty sure no one uses anymore: “MEGO.” It means “my eyes glaze over,” so if an editor scrawled it on your story somewhere, it meant your stuff was boring or meandering. I basically have “MEGO” running through my head constantly while in Home Depot. But I digress.

Despite my above-mentioned fear and loathing in big-box home-improvement stores, I am rather obsessed lately with small home improvement projects. And here’s a neat new item that might’s a bit more my speed.

Barbara Kavovit, a.k.a. Barbara K, known for creating tools meant for women, has just introduced her newest brand DIYVA (do you kind of love it?) earlier this month. Continue Reading