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Designer Inspiration: Update your Outdoor Decor for Summer

With summer on the visible horizon, I’ve been inspired to get out in the yard and think about sprucing things up a bit. One of my go-to sources for patio and porch goods is Serena & Lily. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’m a huge fan. They nail the vibrant colors and relaxed vibe of summer every time and they have some great new (and some returning) items that I just love. Grab a coffee or a cool drink and join me as I show you some of my favorites so you too can be inspired to update your outdoor decor for summer.

Speaking of coffee, wouldn’t you love to wake up and lay around this airy pavilion all morning?

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Yea okay this spot’s not too shabby either. Update Your Outdoor Decor for Summer

When you’re done with your coffee and ready for the cocktail hour, whip up that cool drink at your Riviera Bar. Update Your Outdoor Decor for Summer

How about a pretty lacquer and rattan tray to carry your drinks? Update Your Outdoor Decor for Summer

And these seagrass wrapped glasses are perfect to complete the look.

Update Your Outdoor Decor for SummerAnd how about these updated Director’s Counter Stools? These would be great indoor or out.

Update Your Outdoor Decor for SummerI absolutely loooove these new sling chairs. My biggest problem would be deciding which color.

Update Your Outdoor Decor for SummerAnd of course here are some great new patterns on their outdoor pillow collection.

Update Your Outdoor Decor for SummerDon’t forget to grab yourself some of these fouta beach towels which come in all the candy colors of summer.Update Your Outdoor Decor for Summer

You don’t have to spend a small fortune to update your patio. By choosing a few new bright items like accessories, pillows and seating you can get the Serena & Lily look. Alright I hope you’re done with your coffee and inspired to jump in and update your outdoor decor for summer. Won’t be long now!

xo Kerry


Rincon House: Master Bedroom

Happy Sunday everyone. I don’t know about you, but in our house, Sundays are made for lounging in bed with coffee and iPad in hand. (For reading design blogs of course!) Speaking of lounging in bed,  I’m excited to share my master bedroom with you today. I’ve been slowly updating it over the past few months and waiting for the last piece of furniture to arrive and it’s ready for a look.

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I wanted serene colors with layers of white, cream and blue. I lean towards classic lines, which lead me to the Chesterfield headboard. I love the tufting and the fact that it reads both masculine and feminine.  I also wanted some of that coastal, casual California feel, which is where the the scalloped capiz light fixture and vintage pillows came in. They add texture, character and dimension. And finally, I just had to incorporate some great pieces art, some of which I’ve found on Etsy and some that I’ve collected over the years.  Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 10.36.33 AM

Rising Clouds Art // RH Chesterfield Headboard // Dark Seas Art // Capiz Chandelier // French Ring Sheet Set // Vintage Indigo Hmung Tribal Pillow

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I hear there’s some kind of football game on today that everyone’s watching. I guess I better get out of bed and out to the store for snacks and drinks here pretty soon.  Enjoy!

xo Kerry

Wallpaper Beauty

Wallpaper is back! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know this is not headline news. But I’m actually pretty excited about it. I love to see the way design trends get reinvented when they come back in style. I don’t want to give away my exact age, but let me just admit here that I’m old enough to have lived through the last wallpaper hey-day. I remember fondly how my mom took me to the local paint store and we poured over stacks and stacks of wallpaper books looking for the one that would work best in my “tween” bedroom. Oh yeah, this wallpaper ultimately had to coordinate with burgundy shag carpet and my tricked-out waterbed. I wish I could share with you the wallpaper that we were actually replacing. If I had the foresight to realize how cool that paper would have been to me today I would have kept a piece of it so I could show you, but you’ll just have to use your imagination — picture red, white and blue psychedelic swirls. So late 60s! (For the record, that paper predated my birth.) The paper I ultimately chose was a sweet little pink floral vine on a creamy white background. So 80’s. Alas in the 90’s everyone started ripping out all that “country” wallpaper in favor of paint (think faux finishes ala the “Tuscan” look) and here we are again in the middle of a wallpaper renaissance. Recent advances in technology have led to developments in digital printing, which in turn has brought a new generation of artists and designers. We’re seeing cool unexpected patterns and large-scale murals everywhere. Is it a trend? Yes and I’m sure we’ll get out our scrapers in 10 years in favor of something else, but for now I say live a little. Life is short so don’t be afraid to make design choices that make you happy.

Here’s a round-up of some papers I’ve had my eye on lately. These are some of my favorites from Hygge and West. They carry papers from a handful of amazingly talented designers and even carry removable wallpaper tiles.

How could you not love this pineapple design by Rifle Paper Co.? I’ve seen this used in a laundry room. It would be cute in a powder room too.HW_RPC009_Pineapple_Ebony_Detail_web_Rifle Paper

Here is another variation in blue. I could see this in a breakfast nook. HW_RPC013_Pineapple_Blue_Detail_web_Rifle Paper

This one’s great too. You know how much I adore peonies! HW_RPC026_Peonies_Copper_Detail_web_Peonies

Robin’s egg blue. Enough said. HW_RPC007_QueenAnne_RobinsEgg_Detail_web_Rifle Paper

This one’s called Diamata by Laundry Studio.HW_LY008_Diamata_Gray_Room_web_Laundry Studio

Knots in gray by Terrence PayneHW_TP010_Knots_Gray_Room_web

Love this “Petal Pusher” in blue by Oh Joy!HW_OJ001_PetalPusher_Blue_Room_web_Oh Joy

“Petal Pusher” also  lovely in gold.HW_OJ002_PetalPusher_Gold_Room_web_Oh Joy

More from Laundry Studio – Andanza in blushHW_LY004_Andanza_Blush_Room_web_Laundry Studio

This ballet pink and lilac would be so pretty in a girls room. HW_T_LR002_Ballet_Blush_Room_WEB

This paper is called “Daydream” by Julia Rothman. Another great one for a girls room.HW_JRO033_Daydream_Blush_Detail_web_Julia Rothman

You may know that a number of fabric houses also produce some beautiful papers. I love this Sigourney pattern from Quadrille. Sigourney_wallpaper Sigourney_wallpaper_Muse_Interiors

Another great source for paper is Serena & Lily. You know from my past posts how much I adore them. wp_env

I particularly like to see wallpaper used as accents in small spaces like an entryway, bathroom, laundry room or accent wall. It can be a great way to make a big impact without spending a fortune. I’ll follow up with a post on some great rooms highlighting wallpaper soon. Until then…

xo KG

A Sunday at Serena & Lily

Last Sunday I took my family on a little day trip up to San Francisco. We decided it would be fun to take the girls to the vista point on the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate bridge and take in the breathtaking views of the city and the bay. It could have been cool, foggy and windy, but it was the most perfect sunny spring day. We enjoyed walking over the bridge and testing out my new DLSR camera — a gift from my husband for our anniversary. We had lunch in Sausalito and on the way back through the city, I talked them into swinging by the Serena & Lily design shop on Sacramento Street. I’ve been dying to get a look ever since they opened, and while it wasn’t my most brilliant of ideas to drag my 12 and 6 year old daughters in there with me, I really couldn’t help myself and I’m so glad I did.

The design shop isn’t huge, but it’s stocked with their signature fabrics, wall papers, rugs and sillouettes. It’s a gorgeous treasure trove of eye candy. Seriously, I almost had a stroke and I’m certain I had to wipe some drool from my chin at least once. They generously offer samples of their fabrics and wall papers. And so of course I took a few pictures for you to enjoy along with a giant stack of those samples!

I love the gorgeous dark slate colored paint and coastal feel of the planters featured on their store front.


This table, full of colorful linen napkins, cheerfully greets you when you walk in the front door.


A feature wall of their gorgeous signature fabrics.

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This is a display featuring their Palmetto wallpaper. It’s to-die-for and this photo does not do it  justice. I’m obsessed, I mean inspired to find a way to bring some of this paper into my next room design. It’s truly gorgeous up close and you can actually see the raised paint on the paper.  (Excuse the reflection of me in the mirror.)


A lovely vignette featuring their Parisian side table and Cole lamp.



I’m inspired by this gallery wall. It’s a perfect complimentary combination of art from their collection and I love how it all pops against the white wall and new Fouta bedding.

Here are some selects from their online store for ways to achieve a similar look.           [Images  link back to the source at]

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…and a few more spring and summer inspired images from the online store — for the eye candy file.Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 6.55.22 PM



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xo KG