Coachella 2014

We thought some of you might be having Coachella withdrawals so we wanted to show off a (not so little) party we were lucky enough to be a part of at a beautiful private estate in Coachella. Months of planning, and two full days of installing, we have lots of pictures to show off. I have included some before and after to get an idea of how we brought a little {found} to this gorgeous estate….

This is the outside….not too shabby, eh? 2014-02-26 15.33.25 copy 2014-02-26 15.33.33 copy 2014-02-26 15.33.41 copyThe front entrance…Before

2014-02-26 15.34.21 copyAnd After….DSC05816 copyThis living room is absolutely huge. 50’x30′ to be exact, with 30′ ceilings. I knew I wanted to make it as cozy as possible….but that is not an easy task for such a large space…All of the interior furniture was removed which gave us a blank slate to fill up, and cozy up.

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2014-02-26 15.35.43 copy And After….                              DSC05811 copyWe wanted the room to feel welcoming and comfortable…which is why it was important to hang things on the wall, add a ton of textures, architectural elements and live plants. And pillows….lots and lots of pillows. DSC05812 copy DSC05813 copy DSC05815 copy DSC05818 copy DSC05820 copy DSC05825 copyDSC05823 copy DSC05827 copy Succulents and plants were added to the mantle and throughout the living room as well…DSC05829 copy DSC05830 copy Now we can head outside to the gorgeous pool area. We removed all of the outdoor furniture as well, and brought in some custom pieces that we made specifically to create the vibe that our clients were looking for.

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The lights had not been hung up yet, and the towels are not yet placed at the end of the cabana beds….but you get the feeling. I designed these cabana beds and had my dear friend, Brandon (Monkwood) build them out of reclaimed wood. I didn’t just want foam mattresses so I had wraps made that provided a little more comfort and poofiness (yes, it’s a word). It took a while to find an outdoor fabric that I was in love with, but when I found this one I knew it was perfect It complimented the indigo and batik that we used throughout the rest of the property. I reversed the fabric for the coordinating pillows, all of which were made by the one and only Trish, Cottage by Design.

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We also put up all of our reclaimed wood pergolas which helped define spaces, and create a cozy feel… DSC05764 copyDSC05798 copyThe DJ had his own pergola which we covered with a nice white linen to provide a little shade…DSC05801 copyOur pergolas are made out of hand hewn beams from a barn in Michigan from 1868…this shows a bit of their age and texture. Pure beauty.  DSC05799 copyWe added shelves to these 2 cabana beds so that florals could be added to the back… DSC05793 copy Our Morgan tables were used throughout. Paired with our Colton & McLaughlin Barstools. DSC05792 copy

This is a really cool little area right on the water…

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We set up a couple Finn Tables and Graham chairs for a sweet little dining area…DSC05756 copyI love all of the plants and succulents that Bianca, from Chaparral Studio put together. Everything came together so beautifully. DSC05759 copy Cozy lounge vignettes throughout…DSC05790 copy DSC05789 copy DSC05788 copySome Anita rugs, poofs, and indigo pillows on the grass for a little lounging around… DSC05786 copyPairing two of the Finn tables together made a perfect dining area overlooking the entire property. Lauren had a brilliant idea to cover the Danni benches with a strip of indigo to add a little color and comfort….so perfect.  DSC05785 copy

Outdoor fireplace, Before: 2014-02-26 15.45.24 copyAnd After: DSC05778 copyMore comfy outdoor seating…DSC05776 copy DSC05775 copy DSC05772 copyDSC05784 copy DSC05783 copyMy favorite new couch I had completely reupholstered in vintage batik indigo. DSC05751 copyDSC05809 copy

And one last shot of an outdoor area that was set up with our huge Life Guard seats…

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I am so grateful for my entire team that worked so hard on this job with me, I could not have done it without any one of them there. And a special thanks to my hubby, Joel, for being there to help with EVERYTHING and take these gorgeous pictures. So blessed.

It may not be a Coachella weekend…..but have a wonderful one!



I believe that you should….


Come shop and find something beautiful (or useful)! Please note that this sale will not be at our warehouse this time.  Find us at  Studio EMP , 112 W. Commonwealth Ave Suite B Fullerton, 92832 from 8AM -Noon. There is plenty of parking in the structure located on the corner of Harbor and Santa Fe. Follow me on our Instagram feed over the next couple weeks to see sneak peeks of the pieces that can be yours.
Hope to see you there!


Lisa + Graeme

This gorgeous Manhattan Beach wedding has all of the elements that make up the perfect wedding. Grand Engagements Wedding Planning and Design did an amazing job creating a comfortable and relaxed environment for the couple, as well as the guests, to enjoy. I love the use of {found} pieces throughout, but especially the lounge vignette off to the side of the ceremony seating….so perfect!LisaGraemeWedding_003LisaGraemeWedding_009LisaGraemeWedding_008LisaGraemeWedding_017LisaGraemeWedding_012LisaGraemeWedding_055LisaGraemeWedding_029LisaGraemeWedding_021LisaGraemeWedding_031LisaGraemeWedding_030LisaGraemeWedding_023LisaGraemeWedding_034LisaGraemeWedding_040LisaGraemeWedding_052LisaGraemeWedding_042LisaGraemeWedding_048_1LisaGraemeWedding_033LisaGraemeWedding_049LisaGraemeWedding_070LisaGraemeWedding_048_2LisaGraemeWedding_078LisaGraemeWedding_092

Check out more beautiful pictures from this wedding by Closer to Love Photography on Junebug Weddings!


Collaborators :

Photographer: Closer to Love Photography
Event Planner: Grand Engagements Wedding Planning and Design
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Verandas Beach House
Officiant: Cameron Bell
Invitation Designer: Allison Kate Stationery
Catering: New York Food Company
Florist: Twig & Twine
Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Bridal Accessories: Gucci (shoes), Bloomingdales (earrings), Jimmy Choo (clutch)
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Swish Clothing (dresses), Tony Bianco (shoes), Tiffany & Co. (bracelet), Mimco (earrings)
Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Hugo Boss (suit), Kurt Geiger (shoes), Cartier (cufflinks)
Groomsmen’s Apparel & Accessories: Hugo Boss
Hair & Makeup: Bee Pretty
DJ: DJ Nahchey
Live Music: Tini Grey from Isle Entertainment (acoustic guitarist)
Transportation: Crown Limo Service
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
Rings: Newport Jewellers
Photo Booth: Mobile Photo Booth

The Found pieces featured in Lisa and Graeme’s wedding are the Higley Beige Settee, Chadwick Grain Sack Chair, Bell Cream Side Table, Hugh Chicken Coop, Madison Round Side Table, Adeline White Desk, Charleston Buffet Cabinet, and the Barringer Cream Table.

Glitz & Garden Inspiration Shoot

Spring is definitely in the air and this shoot feels so appropriate, and so absolutely beautiful. Don’t you agree? Every last detail put together by Carly Rae Weddings is simply perfect, I’m in love…

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Check out more from this beautiful shoot on Style Me Pretty.

Happy Spring!



Photography: Diana McGregor | Cinematography: Fourth Films | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Stationery: Copper Willow Paper Studio | Hair And Make Up: Melina Ruiz | Bridal Dress: Mon Amie | Design And Coordination: Carly Rae Weddings | Groom’s Tux: Friar Tux | Linens: La Tavola | Photography – Assistance: Katie Gibbs | Ranch: The Ranch At Bandy Canyon | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals


Utterly Engaged

We are huge fans of Utterly Engaged, and so very excited to be included in their first printed edition of their beautiful magazine. If you haven’t picked one up….you most certainly should. It is chock full of beautiful events and endless inspiration. Grab a copy here, you won’t regret it!

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We feel so honored to have been a part of 4 articles in the magazine….so rad! Check them out:

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Produced by : Be Inspired PR Planner/Designer : Sweet Emilia Jane Photographer : Kurt Boomer Wedding & Bridesmaid Dress : Aria Hair & makeup : Artistry By DanikaCakes : Torrance Bakery Champagne : ONEHOPE Weddings Stationery : Gourmet invites Floral Design : Dolce Designs Studio Furniture : Found Vintage Rentals Table Setting : Dish Wish Venue : loftSEVEN Penthouse

This Beautiful spread featuring Elizabeth Messina’s workshop that I was lucky enough to be a part of:

Lovely & Luminous…

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Photographer : Elizabeth Messina Event Planner : Mindy Weiss Design & Florals : Mindy Rice Calligrapher : Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls Patisserie & Martha Steward Food Editor : Elizabeth Colling Location : Sunstone Villa Hair & Makeup : Erin Skipley Album Company : Artifact Uprising Couture Bridal Gowns : Claire Pettibone Vintage rentals : Found Vintage Paper Goods & Designs : Wiley Valentine Table Settings & Dishware : Small Masterpiece Chocolate : Delysia Food & catering : The Bakers Table Album Company : Velvet Raptor Film & cameras : Fuji Film Fine Linens : La Tavola Photo Lab : Image source

A beautiful shoot by Jose Villa:


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And a shoot by yours truly, shot by my hubs, Studio EMP:

Home is Where The Heart Is…

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Get yourself a copy! It’s a good one!