June 25, 2020

By far one of my very favorite projects to date that we’ve done in our home is the gallery wall on our stairs. To see all of their cute faces when I walk up or down the stairs makes me smile every time! And as cheesy as it may sound, seeing these photos so many […]


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Stairway Gallery Wall

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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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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


February Mood ’20

February has me leaning in to a slower pace of life. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and have delved into the world of homemade bread. It’s so much fun and my kids are loving my test loafs! Luckily they seem to like it all. We’re also making plans for our yard, and I’m […]

February 9, 2020


Danielle Oakey’s Winter Collection Photoshoot

A beautiful house in Redondo Beach…a group of talented women…a new collection of gorgeous pillows….all things that added up to make a pretty amazing day photographing Danielle Oakey’s New Year collection! Honestly it’s one of my favorite ways to spend the day and I’m realizing more and more my passion for interior design photography. I […]

February 4, 2020


Birthday Wishlist

Tomorrow just happens to be my birthday and I’m going to be blessed with a few hours to myself in the morning. I’m planning on a solo cup of coffee and some browsing at my favorite shops…including McGee & Co., Madewell and Williams Sonoma! Just for fun I put together a little ‘birthday wishlist’ …here […]

January 28, 2020


Inspiring Cookbooks for 2020

As much as I love the ease of finding recipes online, there is nothing better then flipping through an actual cookbook. I find so much inspiration in the pages of a good cookbook. I love to read the stories behind recipes, find out favorite techniques and tools, and most of all be inspired by beautiful […]

January 21, 2020


A Day in Pacific Palisades

One thing we love about living in Southern California is the proximity to so many cool spots. We can easily head to San Diego, inland to the mountains or LA for the day. The LA drive can be pretty brutal with traffic, but honestly when we commit to just getting through it we are never […]

January 8, 2020