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By Erica Bass | Agent in San Diego, CA
  • Pier 1 Fall 2013 Catalog is Here

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in San Diego County, Design & Decor in San Diego County  |  September 3, 2013 3:12 PM  |  1,180 views  |  No comments
    The Pier 1 Fall Catalog is here, an excellent quick and free reference for fall decor ideas. Either use pieces you already have at home to decorate for the seasonal change, or pick up a few new items here. Pier 1 is one of my favorite stylish and eclectic home decor stores; offering products from around the world. Autumn in the home to me equates to warm colors, candles and fireplaces, and overall coziness.

    Pier 1 Fall Catalog

    Check out their little mascot for this page's spread... gotta love beagles (-Biased Beagle owner)

    Visit  Pier1.com for their full catalog or EricasCity.com for my blog.

  • Another Surprising 2013 Decor Trend

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in San Diego County, Design & Decor in San Diego County, Home Ownership in San Diego County  |  January 11, 2013 1:14 PM  |  2,253 views  |  No comments
    Brass. I don't really understand this one, maybe it works more-so for the upscale/elegant non-traditional type homes. But it reminds me of the 70's or 80's? And not in a fun way, just seems to be just that; a trend that will come and go? I like contrast and eclectic looks but just personally not a Brass fan as it comes off as tacky to me? Thoughts?

    2013 Brass Trend, Source: Ell Decor

    The image above; 1970s brass Mastercraft cocktail table and burl-wood-and-brass cabinet in  Jackie Astier's Manhattan apartment

    Read more @ Elle Decor

    My Blog Directly: EricasCity.com

  • Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year...

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in San Diego County, Design & Decor in San Diego County, Home Ownership in San Diego County  |  January 8, 2013 6:31 PM  |  2,288 views  |  No comments

    Emerald! I'm surprised?! Not sure exactly how to feel about this shade just yet, especially since it's polar opposite of last year's color: Tangerine Tango! I have yet to see this hue decked out in a home so far this year, come to think of it... at all really. It kind of reminds me of a funky portion of the 90's?(dark green carpets?... Was that in the '90's?)

    I do, however, think that different shades of emerald, and of course used in fashion or as accent pieces, or decor accent walls I'm sure can be pulled off no problem. For the full press release- Click Here.

    I wasn't feelin' Pantone's press photos on the color, so instead opted for the can't-go-wrong Elle Decor's take on the new trend;

    Elle Decor's Take on Emerald
    Elle Decor's Take on Emerald | Source: Elle Decor

    Elle Decor notes: "Pantone named Emerald the Color of the Year for 2013, but we're seeing all shades of greens and expect more in the future from bright spring greens to olives, and especially lots of different blue-greens and teal." 

    A Light Take on use of the HueA Light Take on use of the Hue | Source; Elle Decor

    I personally love the accent lamp, chair pillow & artwork above.

    A Darker Take on Emerald use.
    A Darker Take on Emerald use | Source; Elle Decor

    In this photo above, I'm not sure if this is just an accent wall or the whole room is this color, hopefully it's just an accent otherwise I think it may be excessive darkness?

    Thoughts? I think the hue may add a nice refreshing mix up to today's decor... in an innovating-like way :-).

    And in case you were wondering 'who' or 'what' Pantone is: "Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer." - Pantone.com

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  • Design Inspire! Martyn Lawrence Bullard in Elle Decor

    Posted Under: Celebrity Homes in San Diego, Remodel & Renovate in San Diego, Design & Decor in San Diego  |  November 26, 2012 4:02 PM  |  2,807 views  |  No comments
    Martyn Lawrence Bullard is one of my favorite decorators, a famous worldly award winning interior designer. His resume includes the likes of celebrities including Cher, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Christina Aguilera, Eva Mendes, Kid Rock, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. His impressive resume also includes commercial projects such as the Colony Palms Hotel Group, which is where I first saw his work after watching and learning about him on Bravo TV, and then experienced his work first-hand while enjoying a weekend stay at the Colony Palms Hotel last year in Palm Springs.

    I got the chance to dine at their famous Purple Palm restaurant, which he designed, and chilled pool side at their Purple Palm outdoor bar. The whole ambiance takes you to a place as if you're in a whole different land, or a country far far away! I adore the cultural rich designs he implicates, which exude an exotic and and warm flare. I think every cozy home can benefit from his staple concepts, whether throwing in a bold wall color, accent pillows, or designing with wallpaper for some decor eye candy, you can't go wrong. His own home was just featured in Elle Decor and I can't wait to pick up a copy!

    I also have his book Live, Love, Decorate, and of course love it as well! A beautiful book full of rich colorful pages, and it actually doubles as a great coffee table conversation starter piece. To read more about Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Click Here.

    For my blog directly, Visit: EricasCity.com

  • Will & Jada Pinkett Smith's Sante Fe Style Sanctuary

    Posted Under: Celebrity Homes in Malibu, Design & Decor in Malibu  |  August 11, 2011 8:50 PM  |  4,593 views  |  No comments

    Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith Architectural Digest cover September 2011Celeb homes in the spotlight are a dime a dozen now days, and while I do have a fascination with them, generally it's the more modest and realistic properties that I'm interested in.

    However, the most recent exception was seeing Will & Jada Pinkett Smith's gigantic Santa Fe Style inspired abode on the front cover of Architectural Digest. This 25,000sqft Malibu estate is really one of a kind, and I think what sparked my curiosity the most was that it wasn't the style I had envisioned for them.

    Will & Jjada Pinkett Smith Living Room

    One of the living rooms. Looks like a large outdoor hallway, right?

    I originally imagined them living in a super contemporary modern Hollywood Hills type home. Despite it's massiveness- it's earthy, charming, and portrays a relaxing resort feel. The living room includes a 1930's copper lantern from Downtown, columns wrapped in jute rope, a pair of 60s Brazilian rosewood chairs (at left) from Noho Modern, custom-made lounge seating (at right) upholstered in a Rose Tarlow leather, wing chairs covered in kilims and leather, and a beige silk area rug by Hokanson."

    Will Jada Pinkett Smith Home Exterior

    Exterior, reminds me of a resort in Arizona.

    Yes it's probably way larger than necessary, but if they've got the means, and building their own escape paradise away from the public eye, then good for them! I can't even fathom the kind of attention they receive individually, and as a whole, so this private property actually seems to make sense.

    Will Jada Pinkett Smith Home Gazebo

    Their backyard; with a private lake.

    Will calls the lake gazebo his favorite spot: "Answers come to me out there", he says.

    Will & Jada Pinkett Smith & Fam

    Will & Jada Pinkett Smith & Fam

    In the article, Jada Says: For Will and me this home was always a spiritual endeavor; We're very earthy, organic people. We wanted to create a family retreat, something made by hand and as natural as possible, something that ties back to the land.

    Will Jada Pinkett Smith Bedroom Terrace

    Terrace off of a Bedroom

    The bedroom terrace has pendant lights by Tom Dixon from Twentieth Art and Design, drum tables by Studio JRM, and cushions covered in Donghia,  Holly Hunt, and Perennials fabrics. Although I'm sure all of the decor is extremely expensive, it's
    a refreshing that their style isn't flashy and ritzy.

    Not only is the structure humungous, it sits on an astounding 150 acres! (An acre is 43,560 sqft. A football field, including the end zones, is 57,600sqft). It's kind of crazy; I typed in Google Will Smith's home, and there are tons of websites that pop up showing aerial views of the property, google maps, etc. It's neat getting a feel for the size, but creepy people(crazed fans) can easily figure out where it's at. I'm sure they have tons of security though.

    Will Smith's Home Aerial View

    Will Smith's Home Aerial View

    I love this style and I'm anxious to see more photos and read the stats. How many bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, and how huge is the kitchen in all of that 25,000sqft?

    What do you think? Too much or just right?

    Source & For the full article, Visit Architectural Digest.

    For my blog directly, Visit: www.EricasCity.com

  • IKEA 2012 Catalog; A Hit or Miss?

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in San Diego County, Remodel & Renovate in San Diego County, Design & Decor in San Diego County  |  August 5, 2011 12:47 AM  |  6,214 views  |  No comments

    I'm officially retiring writing about Robbin's Egg Blue/Tiffany Box Blue on my blog; OK maybe for this week only. Just amused seeing this hue become more and more mainstream. Got the IKEA 2012 catalog in the mail today and not sure if I'm surprised or not, but their front cover is a room featuring our favorite color. Robbin's Egg Blue is now what tans and greys were over the past few years. No complaints, just observing Description: :) .

    IKEA 2011

    IKEA 2012 Catalog "A Home Doesn't Need to Be Big, Just Smart."

    Whether the catalog is a hit or miss? In my opinion...

    It's always a hit! A huge 350+ page free catalog filled with home decor ideas that not only shows product specs and pricing, but also little tips here and there throughout the book. Who wouldn't like it?

    Really appreciating their cover logo and catalog theme this year, A Home Doesn't Need to Be Big, Just Smart. Unless you're a celebrity, well-off, etc- McMansion days are out. Huge ridiculous homes are- for the most part a thing of the past and unnecessary for the average American. What's IN are normal practical spaces. Check out IKEA's website for great rearranging tips and ideas for comfortable living in smaller spaces: IKEA.com.

    Some of my favorite snap shots from the catalog:

    IKEA 2011

    "One room, many zone. Because not everyone likes small talk."

    IKEA 2011

    Home Organization

    IKEA 2011

    "Light & Romantic". This page features a$39.99 Height adjustable Kristaller 3-arm chandelier. Have a future post in mind that works great w/this!

    What are your thoughts on the IKEA catalogs? A hit or miss?

    More on Tiffany Box Blue on My Blog:

     Tiffany Box Blue

     Overly Using On Trend Decor

    For my blog directly, Visit: EricasCity.com

  • Overly Using On-Trend Decor

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Chula Vista, Remodel & Renovate in Chula Vista, Design & Decor in Chula Vista  |  July 28, 2011 11:19 PM  |  5,304 views  |  2 comments

    I recently blogged about my latest Tiffany Box Blue/Robbin's Egg Blue Decor obsession, which has not since died down- only grown- but while browsing Otay Ranch(Newer Chula Vista) inventory today; I found a new home for sale by a builder, a model home. Drenched in my beloved Robbin's Egg Blue decor. Please note these are strictly my opinions, but I believe it's safe to say in the majority of situations that, Less is More.

    Subject property in question; Having a dining/living room combo + two separate bedrooms painted the same on-trend color is almost always a 


    Chula Vista Otay Ranch Model Home

    Chula Vista Otay Ranch model home loving the Robbin's Egg Blue Decor!

    One room, fine trend away, but even if it's not on trend, typically you don't uniform your house unless it's within a neutral palatte. And of course, to each their own, but when selling, and especially a model home when interior designers enter the picture- I kind of wonder what happened here? Not to mention the 3rd bedroom with subtle lime colored walls(that's fine), but notice the Robbin's egg blue bed spread? Yes, too much. Don't get me wrong, gorgeous property BUT When selling- gear towards all audiences

    Sure this home could work fine for the average buyer, hey they may even fall in love with it. But picture a masculine say- father & son buying together- some see what they are buying then, not what it could be, as easy as a furniture and paint swap. Not to mention prices near $300k + HOA & Mello Roos nearing $600 total/month- typically mostly discerning buyers in this spectrum. So paint neutral, and if speciality(themes/trend colors)- don't uniform it, it can come off as unappealing or overbearing!

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