Since I’ve been slacking in the fashion posts department lately,  I thought today I’d make it up with a post about the fabulous Sienna Miller. I’ve been admiring her style for years now and it just seems to improve with time (though I thought she was already great ten years ago). I checked around and wasn’t all that surprised that her stylist is Kate Young, the woman responsible with Natalie Portman and Selena Gomez’s awesome wardrobes. Effortless, feminine, comfortable and personal … this is what comes to mind when thinking about Sienna Miller’s fashion choices. But what I love most about her outfits are the unexpected combinations she’s donning, and the way she pulls them off.  Like this stripe on stripe situation below, that most of us mortals wouldn’t even dare to consider.

Cafe Design | Star Style - Sienna Miller

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When it comes to decorating, there’s a common misconception that the bigger our budgets, the better. Yet sometimes all it takes is a few cosmetic changes and a great imagination. Knocking down walls and a fresh coat of paint can do a world of difference! If you don’t believe me, today’s makeover will surely change your minds. Jennifer Maxcy and her husband fell in love with a 1950s ranch-style home in the hills of Ventura county, California and bought it on a whim.  With a modest size to work with, Jennifer had fun rearranging the cozy floor plan to better suit her family’s needs by tearing down walls, replacing light fixtures and covering it all with crisp white paint. Here’s a before view of the main living area. Dark woodwork and a wonky floor plan make the space feel small, dark and dated.

Cafe Design | Ranch Makeover

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Architectural Digest recently featured an impressive project that hit all the right design cords (for me, at least): a timeless, never-out-of-style blue and white scheme warmed up with contrasting woodwork, antiques and cozy upholstery.  The beach house, or more appropriately, the beach mansion, is a young family’s summer residence in Maine. The project was carried out by Cole & Cole Architects and decorated to perfection by design royalty Suzanne Kasler. As for the interiors, they already had me at the blue and white mix carried throughout! We all know that beach houses and blues are old friends but sometimes classic is the right way to go.  Here are some of my favorite rooms:

Cafe Design | A Case of the Blues

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So I have a little before & after treat for you today. One of my favorite designers and blogger, Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home, recently finished remodeling her home and I want to share with you the crazy good results. Lauren and her family lived here a little less than a year and I’m astonished by the amount of work they’ve accomplished in such a short time. The house is a suburban Cape Cod Revival built in the 80s, with charm and potential galore so naturally I was intrigued. Luckily for her readers, Lauren shared on her blog the entire renovation process together with before and after photos. Not only that, but she generously agreed I share along as well. Yaay! Thanks Lauren.

Cafe Design | Cape Cod Stunner

( Brick patio and a front yard vegetable garden – could life get better than this? )

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