life + style  in southern california

capturing everyday beauty 


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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Amazon Finds – Home Decor

Amazon has become a sort of online Home Goods for me….it’s a fun place to search and find some good deals, but you have to sift through some junk too! I made it easy on you guys and put together a fun round-up of some home decor items I’ve found recently. What do you think? […]

July 25, 2019


Peach Scones

One of my favorite things about a trip to our local farm stand is I’m never exactly sure what I’m going to bring home! Browsing the stand and seeing the bins overflowing with beautiful, fresh produce provides so much inspiration for my cooking. I love letting these moments dictate the recipes I’ll be making that […]

July 22, 2019


Black & White

I’ll never tire of a beautiful black and white photo and I’ll always include at least a few in each client gallery! They are timeless and classic and exude such emotion. For me, the perfect black and white images tend to be of the in between moments. Little snippets from our session together…a dress lifted […]

July 18, 2019


Currently Smitten No. 1

Welcome to the first post of my new series…Currently Smitten! A little round up of things catching my interest lately, tidbits from family life and everything in between. I hope you enjoy!! Do you love podcasts? I love listening to them while folding laundry or editing photos! I’m generally drawn towards those that are business/motivationally […]

July 17, 2019


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


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