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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Homemade English Muffins

Back in January, when we had know idea what was to come, I mentioned that 2020 is the year I want to learn to make homemade bread. Well with all of this time at home, I’m really able to take the time to learn! So far I’ve made The Food Nanny’s basic white bread and […]

April 7, 2020

EAT SIP

Modern Farmhouse Photos with Lindye Galloway

Just before the entire world came to a halt I had the opportunity to photograph a project with interior designer Lindye Galloway. We had so much fun getting beautiful shots of the kitchen, dining room, master bathroom, laundry room and powder room in this modern farmhouse. Details like fresh farmers market veggies, greenery and florals […]

March 27, 2020

PHOTOGRAPHY

Cozy at home

Well I guess we’re in this for the long haul! While ‘shelter in place’ didn’t technically start until this past Friday, our family has been staying home and keeping social distance now for 11 days. Except walks in the neighborhood and a few drives down to the beach, we’ve been at home! AND it’s been […]

March 25, 2020

AT HOME, BEAUTY STYLE, EVERYDAY LIVING

Scenes from quarantine

Hello from Day 5 of quarantine! How is everyone doing? While we’re not technically on official lockdown or shelter in place yet, our family has practiced social distancing since Saturday. We’ve spent the time in our home, yard and on neighborhood walks. I’ve take a few iPhone snaps in these past few days so I […]

March 18, 2020

AT HOME, EVERYDAY LIVING, MY FAMILY

My favorite avocado toast

Ahhh avocado toast….it seems to be everywhere, but I still can’t get enough. Especially with this new way I’ve been putting it together! You guys, it’s SO GOOD. And when I keep eating something day after day, I guess it’s time I share it with all of you! I think the secret that makes this […]

March 3, 2020

EAT SIP

OUr Garden inspiration & initial plans

When we bought our house over 4 years ago we bought it mainly for the lot. In Southern California land is at a premium and backyards tend to be pretty small, so as soon as we saw our home we knew it was something special. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like we have […]

February 28, 2020

AT HOME, EVERYDAY LIVING