Cosy California Style

Here is a look at my client, 
Lisa's grown son's bedroom in 
Corona del Mar, California...
making the most of a compact space.
This is what his room looked like in their old house...
I found this lamp at Home Goods and
sent Lisa a photo text that it was $39.99
and she said "buy it!"
The metal end table is from Restoration Hardware.

When Lisa and I were shopping for 
home accessories at Pottery Barn...
we each rounded a corner with this same 
cable knit pillow in our hands...
Talk about "in sync decorating!"

Speaking of California style...I got my new
It's great.
This office, with the white grass shade, boxes and rustic table desk,
 reminded me of my own a bit.
I like these little pebbles at the base of one of my topiaries.

The One Room Challenge is coming up again (where participants make over a room in six weeks). This time Calling it Home will make it open to everyone with a linking event.
You can read more about it HERE.

Enjoy your day!


  1. This bedroom is beautiful! And I need those pebbles everywhere!

  2. The bedroom is fantastic. I wonder how my son would feel about it. Actually, I know he would not care either way. I may need to copy that. I also got my JAM book, so many great pictures. Thanks for the mention. I think it will be great to see what everyone does. Even more ideas to borrow.

  3. Love the neutrals with a touch of black for the bedside table. I have done a similar scheme for our bedroom in the South of France.

  4. The little pebbles in the moss - sweet touch!

  5. Wow, the molding and the floors make such a difference!

    Beautiful, loving everything!
    Aesthetic Lounge

  6. Beautiful room! I love the desk area! The pillows are fabulous too.


  7. Gorgeous, I love the bed and the brown pillows are fabulous. I have been hunting for that fabric. I would love some. If you know where it is I would love to know. Hugs, Marty

  8. Hi Mary Ann!

    I love the colors and the textures for a man's room- it looks so comfortable! And the molding adds so much character!!

    Mimi @ A House Romance

  9. Love it! So crisp and clean and cozy and inviting!! Perfection.

  10. Nicely done Mary Ann! Very sophisticated, yet comfy. ps.love the pebbles too:)

  11. Absolutely beautiful transformation! I have had that very pillow in my hand as well...why didn't I purchase it?! Your client had to be pleased as punch about the final look...perfection.

  12. Beautiful - perfect for a son or any guest! Your table does reflect Mark's style!!!! Great job as always! Definitely joining the ORC party!

  13. Looks great Mary Ann....so funny you both picked up the same pillow...cant wait for the one room challenge!

  14. Love the shams on the bed as well! Can you tell me where you found them?

  15. Such a pretty room, I love how inviting it feels. Lovely job.

  16. I really like this room! Love those pebbles and ordering the book asap! ~Delores

  17. Great job Mary Ann! Love the whole thing! As always, your beautiful designs give me inspiration. Love your desk too! Will have to check out the new Jeffrey Alan Marks book and the One Room Challenge....I have a room that needs help!!!!

  18. Such a sophisticated and beautiful room for a young man.... hope he knows how lucky he is to live in such a beautiful space! Great job Mary Ann --as always!

  19. OK...let me try this again!!! Great job Mary Ann! I love everything! As always, your beautiful design has given me inspiration. I love your desk too! What a nice place to sit and daydream.....I mean work!!! I'll definitely check out Jeffrey Alan Mark's new book and the one room challenge. I have a room that would be perfect for it!

  20. So pretty, love the idea of the cable accent sweater, so pretty.

  21. BEautiful room! So warm and inviting!

  22. Great looking little room Mary Ann...love that bed and pillows. Gotta check out that new book.

    Excited about the ORC...love that thing!

  23. What a lovely room. The bedding is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Mary Ann,
    What a great room, so fresh and so pretty.

  25. The bedroom looks amazing - just love the pillows and the side table is the perfect touch!!

  26. Mary Ann, love the bedroom and the stone. Good job! Love your blog and your good taste. Evelyne

  27. I love your style Mary Ann. And I'm always intrigued to see how beautiful these small spaces can be once you get involved. I especially love the wood on the walls....

  28. Can't tell which one I love more!

  29. I am thrilled to be in the One Room Challenge with you. It is a much needed swift kick in the rear to get this room looking good. Cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with.
    Tommy's room is going to be fab!


  30. great room design! Love the little pebbles :)



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