Coffee Table Books Perfect for Styling

I’ll never get tired of using coffee table books as styling props in my home. Not only do I love the way they look, but when I have a moment of free time I love browsing through them and I’m continually finding new inspiration. I wanted to share one trick that I often do with […]

August 14, 2019


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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 are our only "pause button."  Learn more about Elizabeth Johnson Photography by clicking below!  

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Meet Toby

We have a new addition in the Johnson household….meet our sweet puppy Toby!! He is a cocker spaniel mix and we are all in looooove! After our two older cavalier king charles spaniels both passed in the last couple of years, we promised our kiddos a puppy. Both Brad and I feel like it’s a […]

July 11, 2019


Living Room Tour

We’ve been slowly transforming our formal living room into a more inviting and comfortable space, a spot for my husband and I enjoy together for morning coffee dates and evening wine time! I’ve shown snippets here and there on my Instagram feed, but I thought it was time to snap a few photos and show […]

July 9, 2019



Hello July!! Wow, summer is already FLYING by too quick. Anyone else feel that way? For us, June was filled with camps (basketball, volleyball, junior lifeguards)…but July is all about free schedules, sleeping in and recharging. I’m hoping to continue work on our backyard, because it’s salads like this one that motivate me to get […]

July 2, 2019


Father’s Day

Happy Father’s day to all of the Daddy’s out there!! Like so many dads and husbands ours is really the rock of our family, so we’re excited to spend the day celebrating him!! We’re giving him a break from cleaning out the garage (we did that yesterday!!) and taking on all of the house projects. […]

June 16, 2019


Chicken Fajitas

This chicken fajita recipe is one of those recipes that’s been around so long I’m not even sure the original source. I’m fairly certain my mom copied it out of a magazine at some dentist or doctor’s office long long ago! We’ve altered it a bit over the years, but it’s a long standing favorite. […]

June 12, 2019


Last Minute Gifts for Dad

In the need of a last minute Father’s Day gift? I’ve got you covered with 10 great options that all can be delivered before Sunday! Thanks Amazon prime, how did we ever live without you? Classic Raybans, always a favorite! Dad into golf? My hubby has recently gotten back into it and this is on […]

June 11, 2019


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