A Fave Design Shop: MATTER

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by rebecca

I’ve been pinning shops like crazy recently (almost 200 interiors) and I am super excited to add MATTER to the mix. But this isn’t just any retail shop. MATTER is a design incubator helmed by the ever-creative, Jamie Gray. The shop is full of Jamie’s favorite things – which happen to be completely cool, fun, eclectic and design statement heaven. Aside from the retail front, MATTER is home to MATTERMADE, the shop’s signature line of design love and style. What I love about the shop and the designer collection is that it Jamie seems to present products that people literally can enjoy in their home and that what design is all about – feeling fantastic and comfortable in your own space. Click here to digital flip through some incredible design and product moments. Don’t forget to check out their blog – they share behind-the-scenes as well as passion for their products.

 Learn more about MATTER – click here to read more about Jamie and MATTER in Metropolis magazine.

(Images via MATTER)


Get Inspired By Graphic Materials

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by rebecca

Don’t you get inspiration overload sometimes? I certainly do (thankfully THIS is available for those times) and I wanted to share some fab inspiration by way of pattern, color and material. I was flipping through the French Architectural Digest’s Design Collection and spotted an array of style that would work wonders in a small space. I think the neatest thing was how the patterns and colors were interpreted through different materials – hello, leather! Check out a few of my faves below. Would you recover a side chair in red leather flowers? ABSOLUTELY!








(All images via AD Collection)



Small Space DIY: Emerald Green Credenza Makeover

Posted on: March 25th, 2013 by rebecca

Have you had projects that you’ve been wanting and waiting and just, well, haven’t gotten to? Yep, that’s me. I have a list of creative things that I’d like to accomplish in my home that never get crossed off. So, finally I tackled one that I have been sitting on for almost 2 years – a makeover to our lovely credenza. I originally snagged this lovely credenza for an insane deal at the Rose Bowl Flea (see it here in one of my old Apartment Therapy posts). It’s also the same one that I totally ruined in 2011 when I moved cross country and put tape on the wood when wrapping it up with a blanket to get it ready for moving day. (Why I did that? Who knows) Needless to say, the lovely credenza is now more “striped wood and tape marks” credenza. (see pic 2 – ugh)

After two years of ugly tape marks and 2 of the cabinet doors missing (those broke during the move), I had enough. I decided to makeover my credenza with a temporary design solution. One day I will get the doors fixed and I will sand and restain the wood but, for now, a temp design ideas is more accessible and also a lot of fun.

I’ve been dreaming of marble lately and have seen a few cool ideas with it, like this amazing bathroom from Lonny and this sweet decor idea from Honestly WTF. A quick search online and I had found my (temporary) answer – marble wallpaper.



I found the coolest vinyl wallpaper at Home Depot and for only $50 – nice! I decided on green (I have a love of malachite) and ordered a roll. I also called a local glass company and gave them my measurements for a glass top to be cut. A week later – I had both pieces back at my house. Since I knew that one day, I’ll fix the piece properly, I didn’t want to do anything that would harm it further. I measured out the wallpaper for the top, cut it and decided to simply tape the corners down. I then added the glass top – easy! I also wanted a super quick fix for the cabinet doors. I bought a piece of $5 wood at Home Depot and asked them to cut it to my measurements (they are seriously so nice there). I wrapped and glued the cut wood with the wallpaper. Once dry, I could just slide it right in – creating a “door”. It stays up perfectly in it’s space and I can slide it to the left when I need to access the drawers inside.

Overall, I think this is a good temp solution for our beloved credenza. It’s a neat design, adds a pop of color and covers up my sad tape mistake. The reality is that DIY projects can be overwhelming (i.e. for me, fixing the credenza properly) and finding a creative, fun and affordable solution can help you cross the DIY finish line. Although let’s just see how long it takes for my husband and I to really fix this thing. I have a feeling we may be selling a “Wooden Credenza with A Green Marble Top” one day on Craigslist.

 (Images by Rebecca / loving. living. small.)



2013 Trendspotting | Black & White

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by rebecca


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Have you been spotting black & white everywhere? From fashion to art to home decor, black and white style is what’s hot now. Of course it’s an awesome foundation for a space but consider adding this color combo in together to create a design impact. I rounded up a few black and white items that can definitely add some dimension to your small space. I am particularly in love with this Cole & Son wallpaper and this very cool black and white tile floor – love this! What are your fave black and white styles right now?



A PEEK INSIDE MY LENS | A Scandinavian Barn in VA

Posted on: March 18th, 2013 by rebecca


Hello small space dwellers! It’s been a few months since I’ve posted on loving. living. small. Life has been busy and I decided to take a small break. I have been blogging now for over 5 years on loving. living. small. and it’s always been my place to share creative style and inspiration. I look forward to sharing more of my ideas so please stay in touch. Aside from my blog, you can find me in a few other places. I write weekly design content for the lovely folks over at FLOR and I am super active on Pinterest and Instagram (often sharing content throughout the day),  so please come say hello over there.

Since I’ve last posted, I’ve been shooting with my new Nikon 5100 quite a bit. I look forward to sharing a lot more with you in my A PEEK INSIDE MY LENS series. It’s really a chance for me to work on my photography, something that I have always enjoyed. I believe that there is always something creative and inspiring to capture when you are out and about in daily life.

A few weeks ago, I took a scenic drive out to Virginia to enjoy the Ekster Antique Barn Show. I had met the owner, Caroline, at a furniture show last year and we’ve remained in touch. She travels to Scandinavia to curate amazing homegoods and bring them back to the US to sell bi-annually so catching one of her 2 shows is on my to-do list. The decor and furniture is rustic yet modern. The items range in style – featuring different textures – glass, stone, ceramic, wood and more. Aside from the awesome decor, her property is completely stunning – acres of land and a barn and a house. It’s serene meets style. The barn is paints a deep charcoal gray with white trim, fabulous white barn doors hang from the exterior. It’s the perfect shell to her furniture show and makes shopping a true experience. I always love to see how she creates vignette – tables set and “ready for entertaining” including flickering candlelight and fresh flowers.

There’s something special about shops that are set up as homes or interiors. It’s a great way to imagine the style in your own home – big or small.