May 21, 2020

It’s getting to be my favorite time of year when outdoor entertaining becomes a daily event! We’ve been all spending more time at home, gathered with our immediate family, but even though we might not be hosting huge gatherings quite yet that doesn’t mean you can’t make dinner in your own backyard special. It honestly […]

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Pretty Smitten began as a creative outlet after the birth of my first child in 2008. What started as a sweet little Etsy shop has now grown into a full Southern California Life + Style site featuring home decor, food, entertaining and wellness content. I believe there is beauty in the simplified, and I strive to create a beautiful happy home where we can stop to enjoy the little things. I hope within this blog you'll find a little inspiration for your own home life as well.

I'm also now thrilled to be offering fine art lifestyle photography. Documenting love in all forms is truly a gift...sweet little newborns, expecting mamas, families and couples...photos are our only "pause button."  Learn more about Elizabeth Johnson Photography by clicking below!  

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Neutral Outdoor Entertaining

It’s getting to be my favorite time of year when outdoor entertaining becomes a daily event! We’ve been all spending more time at home, gathered with our immediate family, but even though we might not be hosting huge gatherings quite yet that doesn’t mean you can’t make dinner in your own backyard special. It honestly […]

May 21, 2020

ENTERTAINING

Living Room Details

After posting photos of our updated living room photos a few days ago, I’ve received so many questions for a source list! And finally…here it is! I’m sharing most of the sources for our living room. It’s been a work in progress (and still is….as most home projects are, right???) and unfortunately some items are […]

May 15, 2020

Coffee Table Style Neutral Living Room

AT HOME

Home Finds – No. 1

I’ve been getting more and more questions about my go-to online home sources for home decor, so I thought this new series might be helpful! A couple times a month I’ll post some favorite home items that are catching my eye and share how I’d use them in my own home. Sometimes they’ll be bigger […]

May 9, 2020

AT HOME, EVERYDAY LIVING

Updated Living Room photos and the new Studio McGee Presets

The recent launch of Studio McGee photo presets gave me the excuse to photograph my own living room! Interior photography has quickly become a passion of mine and it was so fun to flex my creative skills again in both shooting the space and editing the photos using Studio McGee’s new set of presets. A […]

May 1, 2020

AT HOME, PHOTOGRAPHY

Focaccia Bread

Ahhh quarantine baking…the last recipe I shared was english muffins, and now focaccia bread! It’s apparent we like our bread making over here! I snapped this quick iPhone shot the other night right before this beauty bread was devoured by my family. The photo might not be all that great, but friends…the focaccia bread is […]

April 28, 2020

EAT SIP

Get the look: vintage landscapes

Finding a beautiful vintage landscape painting (and at a good price) is like striking gold. I found this beauty at the Long Beach flea market last year and it’s been a favorite piece in my home since. I’ve moved it from room to room…it has taken up residence in my kitchen, dining room and office…and […]

April 14, 2020

AT HOME