April 23, 2015

Resurrection and Changes

by Shelly

Well, I think it’s safe to say that I basically fell off the edge of the Earth for six months. Life got a bit crazy the end of September/beginning of October and there was a lot going on in our family life that I wasn’t able to talk about…until now.  Some good, some bad.  But let’s just talk about the good, shall we?

As of February, my husband and his business partner have sold their business to a very well-known, amazing fitness centered company in the San Luis Obispo area. So what does that mean for the Van Rozebooms? Well, we’re moving to Central California!  This is a HUGE change for all of us….new school for kiddo, moving my business, hours away from all our friends and the life we currently know. It’s going to be a shake up for sure. We’re excited to get out of the Los Angeles area however. I’ve been here all my life and never went away to school or any of that. So this…So Cal that is…is ALL I know!  My husband is from the Central Valley originally, so we’ll be closer to his parents, family and friends which will be nice.

We’ve already bought a house in the city of Pismo Beach which is very close to where the hubs will be working in San Luis Obispo.  It was important for both of us to still live near the ocean and Pismo fit the bill for us. We also found an amazing house, with really great bones and a beautiful ocean view! You cannot buy that kind of place for under a million (heck a couple million!) where we currently live, so we sort of jumped at the opportunity. The house was originally built in 1991 and hasn’t been updated since. So we are gutting it….new kitchen, new baths, flooring, skim coating walls…all that fun stuff!  Eventually I’d love to also do all new windows and a revamp of the outside, but in due time.  Here are some of the major rooms and the exterior before we started construction….








 {breakfast room}


{family room…with kitchen in background. kiddo belongs to our general contractor!}


{living room. the view across the street is gorgeous and we even have a peek a boo view of the ocean to the right}


So needless to say I will be sharing LOTS of before and afters of this house on the blog. It’s just going to be such a fab transformation. Tomorrow I’ll be back with the plans for the kitchen. It’s been a bit of a head scratcher to rework it, but I think we’ve finally come up with a good plan.


Sorry for the looonnng hiatus!!

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February 25, 2014

Design Crush: Cynthia Childs

by Shelly

I spend far too much time on Pinterest, but it truly is where I find so much inspiration for my design projects, what I wear on a daily basis, what I cook, etc.  How did we live without it!?  Recently a girl friend pinned the above fabulous outdoor sectional, so I headed over to architect, Cynthia Childs’ site to see more.  Beautiful work. All of it. This home in particular takes the cake for me, especially since I’m a sucker for great outdoor spaces!  I love the hardscaping material used for the patio and walkways, along with the mix of succulents, ferns, iceberg roses and boxwoods.  The concrete and large clam shell fountain is awesome too!  I think we may need to recreate this in our own backyard. It’s really different!  Head over to the site to see more pics, including the inside of the home.  It’s stunning!

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It seems to be all about contrast for me lately. I am digging graphics, black and white, and interiors with details that POP!  Over the last few weeks I got lucky with some major sales and added a few things…some needed…some not….to my wardrobe.

{the loot}

Black leopard calf hair flats. A neutral in my book. A cute, lace trimmed, three quarter length sleeve tee. A delicate black and white beaded necklace with tiny tassels.  Black patent heels. Black and white tiny dot shirt. And the hubs got me the fun bright, coral geometric necklace.

And my big project has been FINALLY finishing up our family room.  I’ve been recovering a few things, adding new pillows, and am in the market for some giant framed botanicals. I can’t wait to show you!  But I will give you a little sneak peek.  Here are the two fabrics I am adding and I think they will add a lot of punch and CONTRAST (my favorite) to the room!

{the star of the show}


{the accent}

I should be done by the end of the month and I will for sure share once I am!


Hello!  Hope your weekend was fabulous.  There is nothing better than getting a message from your mother, freaking out that she just read your name in Better Homes and Gardens magazine which hit newstands over the weekend!  I love giving design advice to my friends and family and loved having the opportunity to do the same in the magazine.  Hopefully someday soon I’ll have a chance to work with BHG on one of my projects!  A girl can dream! *wink wink*

Check out the feature below and in the August issue of Better Homes.

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek and the great tips from all the contributors!



Limited budgets often get in the way of our home decorating dreams.  But more often than not, a small budget, a new set of eyes, and some professional help CAN help transform a space!  Case in point….



My clients’ cute little condo was feeling cluttered.  With a few too many knick knacks, patterns and a case of crowded furniture, her home lacked a defined style and wasn’t feeling “pulled together” like she wanted.

We were working with a pretty small budget, so figuring out what needed to go and what should be replaced was very important in keeping within her limit.  I suggested we rework the floorplan as much as we possibly could.  The room is small and it didn’t offer many alternatives as to how the big pieces in the room could be placed.  With that being said, we also didn’t have the funds to replace the red sofa, matching chair or any of the other big pieces in the room.  The client had recently bought the painting of the woman above the sofa and wanted to pull more of those colors out to tone down all the red.  So, with those thoughts in my head, we worked up a plan to make the room a bit more sophisticated and girly like my client. :)


The first thing on my list was to remove the striped linen panels and wood and fabric cornice boxes on the windows.  They looked dated and made the room feel more country/old world, than glam traditional like my client wanted.  We added silk duponi panels from Pottery Barn and hand forged iron rods to the windows.  I put these up myself in a hurry just to get the shot, but we will be adding iron rings as well.  They are out of stock right now.

The oval side table that was originally there was replaced with a larger round side table to fill the space better. I would have liked to see an even wider round table there, but again budget was a factor here.  On top of the table we replaced the dated crystal lamp with a clean, more modern glass lamp with a simple linen shade.  The hammered bowl is from Nate Berkus’ Target line and the frame is the clients.  To the left of the sofa we paired down the two floor lamps the client had in the room and replaced it with this mica shade adjustable lamp from Ballard Designs. I apologize for the glare from the lamp! The ivory linen pillows on the sofa were added to bring in a bit more neutral color to the space.  And then to the lucite coffee table I added a cool gilded gold tray and mercury glass vase from West Elm, along with a lacquered sea urchin….another Nate piece!

I moved the clients’ antique Swedish chair to the sofa wall, to open up the other side of the room and to make the chair more of an art piece.  I then placed her stack of House Beautiful magazines under the chair…again to give more of a “look” to the chair.

{close up of coffee table}

We’re adding some more touches next week and I will be sure to post more photos of the updated space then.  But in the meantime my clients’ space has been freshened up just enough and in time for a little holiday party she is having tonight!  Enjoy Jen!!!

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