Faux Floors – Designed from the Heart Remodel

Faux Floors – Designed from the Heart Remodel 150 150 admin

I think we can all agree, at some point, you have to say goodbye to old carpet.  If I had my druthers, I would banish it  forever in most environments.

 This wasn’t even a question in regards to the remodel of residence rooms at Beit T’Shuvah.   It was dated, in bad shape, and in areas that get constant foot traffic and turnover of residents.  We had to come up with a practical solution that was both economical and pleasing to the eye.

 I hit the jackpot when I found this flooring.  No, it’s not hardwood….It’s not even laminate.  It is…drumroll….LINOLEUM!  This is not your Grandma’s linoleum that’s for sure.  Aside from looking fabulous, it was the perfect choice as it is extremely durable and a cinch to clean. Without a doubt, these floors may be the most exciting design find I’ve had in a very long time.

 Available in  loads of patterns and colors, I knew this faux bois (French for false wood)  was the way to go.  Everyone that has come by our rooms during the remodel has stood there, mouths agape, saying they just can’t believe it’s linoleum.   By the looks of my girls Mia and Rose’s faces, neither can they.

Magnificent Moroccan

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“In Morocco, it’s possible to see the Atlantic and the Mediterranean at the same time.”
-Tahar Ben Jelloun

Star patterns, mesmerizing tile work, pierced  lanterns, bold color combinations and intricate wood and bone carvings.  Moroccan style is one of the most intricate design aesthetics in the world.  Steeped in centuries of history, the look lends itself to modern homes with lots of color or traditional abodes that need a little kick of flair added to them. Always hunting for the next  great piece, here are some of our favorite Moroccan Inspirations.

1. Living Room | 2. Dining and Seating | 3. Moroccan Patterns
4. Moroccan Tile | 5. Moroccan Hotel | 6. Moroccan Influence 
7. Morrocan Inspired Textiles | 8. Moroccan Lounge

We love our selection of Moroccan products below available at our stores. Moroccan leather poofs are one of my staple go to pieces for style and function.  They are great for extra seating, taking a load off your tired feet, or double as an impromptu table when you throw a tray on top of them.  An antique Moorish pattern inspired our Moroccan Tile Pillows.  Hand forged silver severs make a perfect hostess gift, and traditional Moroccan tea glasses are just the right size for juice, tea or your favorite wine.

With a climate like the Mediterranean, aren’t you ready for a laid back, casual afternoon soiree in So Cal?



From Drab to Fab

From Drab to Fab 150 150 admin

“Reinventing the wheel is sometimes the right thing,
when the result is a radical tire.”
– Jonathan Gilbert

A home office nestled in horse country just north of L.A. was in dire need of a makeover.  It needed to be masculine but also an inviting space as it doubles as a cozy room for the kids to curl up in and watch movies.

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Pretty Pastels

Pretty Pastels 150 150 admin

“You have taken Fester and turned him into your personal love slave. I respect that. But Debbie (gesturing at the decor around her)…PASTELS?” 
― Angelica Huston as Morticia Addams

Hand dyed eggs, paintings, vintage shoes…pastels remind us of springtime holidays and a romantic nod to the past.   Soothing and calm, they perfectly  lend themselves to food, art, and accessories.   Here is some of our fave inspiration with some decor ideas for your perfect Easter celebration!

French Cereal Bowls – D.L. Rhein | Venice, Italy | Pink Ombre Cake
Vintage Pastel Accessories | Pastel Chalks
French Macaroons | Ball Jar Chandelier | Hand-blown Glasses

What’s your favorite pastel inspiration?




Perfect Passover

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 “We read the haggadah every year.  For artists whose lives are completely unpredictable, to retell a story that’s been told for thousands of years in our own way is amazing.” -Comedian Judy Gold, Chicago’s Downtown Seder

Passover has always been my favorite Jewish Holiday.  It has been celebrated for thousands of years and every part of the seder (traditional service and dinner at home) is brimming with symbolism, not to mention delicious food.  Anyone who has been to my house for  Passover always makes sure to ask if my mother Linda is making her famous brisket.   It has never been duplicated, as many times as I’ve watched her make it.

Vegan Chopped Liver | Beet Maror

  Every thing we eat at the seder has a meaning, and I love finding new ideas to incorporate into our traditions.  Since we do not eat anything levened or made with traditional flour during the week of this holiday, I am excited to try the gluten free recipes we found.   You will not believe the lentil based mock pate or the beet infused maror, two dishes that now even the faintest of hearts will gladly sink their teeth into. 

Saffron Matzoh Ball Soup | Kale Quinoa Pilaf

Saffron Matzo Balls!  Why weren’t these created sooner!?  Just when I thought the world’s best soup couldn’t get any better.  The Kale and Quinoa Pilaf is so hearty, your guests won’t even know it’s healthy for them too.  

Chocolate Toffee Matzoh | Passover Almond Chocolate Thumbprints

Passover was never a holiday known for its desserts unless you enjoy  flourless boxed cake mix or some coconut macaroons.  We have found the creme de la creme of Passover treats.  The Chocolate Toffee Matzoh  from She Kneads Dough  is as good as it sounds, and is finished off with a dusting of edible gold.  If  you are looking for the perfect hostess gift, bring this to a seder and watch everyone swoon.  If you love to bake, The Urban Baker has done it again by sharing her easy recipe for Gluten Free Almond Chocolate Thumbprint cookies.  Nobody will miss the carbs,  not to mention they are a blast  to make with your children.