A So-Cal Family Home That Will Leave You California Dreamin’

Kirsten and I went through our pregnancies side by side two years ago. With due dates within a month of each other we very easily became pals without ever meeting each other (like folks sometimes do).

I’ve always admired the corners of Kirsten’s home through her blog and Instagram and since I haven’t had the chance to visit her place in real life I was dying for a tour. This lady has such killer style that I coordinated a home tour here on the blog before even seeing the photos. I figured you might want a glimpse into her beach home as well.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kirsten, get familiar. Kirsten is a therapist, photographer, blogger, wife and mother of two living in Southern California. But to me, she’s someone who makes me laugh and helps me to feel less alone in this wild world of social media and more importantly, motherhood.

Scroll through to learn a little bit more about this dreamy place, how Kirsten defines home, where to purchase some of her favorite household goods and where to find her on the internet.

So I obviously know you well, but tell my readers a little about you, how you got started with your blog and the role home has played in the success of your business.

I started my blog about 2 years ago as a way to have a place to stash my photos and write about things that I was learning through motherhood, life, and my work as a therapist. It became my creative outlet and the place where all my passions meet. I’m so grateful for blogging; it’s allowed me to do what I love while staying home more with my kids and meet some of the most inspiring and creative people. I attribute the connections I’ve made, being consistent and just doing what I love to any success I’ve had through blogging.

How long have you lived in the area and this particular home? What made you choose Southern California?

We’ve lived in our home for about 3 years. We built it when Waylon our 5 year old was two years old. We love Southern California because it suits our beach lifestyle perfectly and the area we live in is very laid-back and full of families, makers, creators and surfers. James, my husband, grew up here so the roots are deep and we live on the same street at his parents so the built in babysitters are pretty awesome!

Where did you live before hand?

I grew up in the Bay Area in small town called Discovery Bay. I traded farm lands for the ocean!

What helps you establish a sense of home (material and nonmaterial)?

Oh such a good question…Material wise I would say have items old and new that represent you and the things you love helps me feel at home in our house the most. I’ve gone through phases where I decorated by following trends and forgoing things I really loved…it wasn’t until I combined mine and my husbands interests that I felt like our home was “us”…and that took awhile. After we got married I actually made my husband take the surfboard down that hung over his bed because I thought it looks to mannish but then a few years later it hit me that his surfboards are really beautiful and that hanging one above our bed would look like a cool art piece. It has meaning because of all the awesome surf sessions James has had with it and it reminds me of moments on the beach with my boys. In a non-material sense I feel most at home when we are hosting loved ones…it’s moments like that that make me so happy to have a house to make memories in with others.

Who lives with you in your space? Do you host a lot of visitors or entertain frequently?

Yes! I’m an extrovert and James’s an introverted extrovert ha ha so I have to be careful to not overbook our time together but I love hosting visitors and having friends over for dinner or coffee or impromptu playdates. We purposely changed my office into a guest bedroom so that my parents can come and stay comfortably.

What activity do you enjoy at home over any other place?

Drinking a glass of wine while watching the sunset over the Pacific…we lucked out when we found a lot with an ocean view….that or watching my kids play while I drink coffee in the morning.

Is there anything that helps you feel at home when you’re away on vacation? Asking for a friend…. 😉

Staying grounded and true to myself by reading a devotional or something inspirational like what I would normally read at home and then I journal about it. Keeping some of the same routines while away that I would normally do at home helps you feel comfortable everywhere.

After some time away from home what do you crave most about your space?

My bed and my kid’s toys ha ha.

What’s one thing you’re the most proud of about your home? Is there anything you’d change if you could?

I’m very proud of the fact that we built our home but I still would change a few things like light fixtures, facets and new bathroom sinks…. Oh and some day I will have a clawfoot tub! When we first designed our home we were a lot younger and on a very limited budget so I often see things now and think ah I wish we chose copper over silver but then I remind myself how great our space is and I love it for what it is and have fun dreaming of future projects.

What’s your definition of home?

Feeling loved and being filled with that love so you can pour it out to others.