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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June Mood

Hello June!! Here are just a few images inspiring me as we start this summer month…planning for plenty of days at the beach, easy ponytails, entertaining friends at our home and continuing our backyard project! Summer here we come! Images found here

June 7, 2019



It’s the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL before summer break and I’m finding my mind wandering off to all sorts of exotic locations. Not that I will actually be going to any of them…but a girl can dream, right? Ha! Besides, these stunning images just put me in the summer mood. I’m ready for lazy mornings, […]

June 4, 2019


Memorial Day Sales

In typical long weekend fashion, there are about a zillion sales happening…and that includes some of my most favorites stores! I rounded up .a few things I have my eye on….like this cute summer chair that folds(!), a breezy rainbow dress and this long wood bowl that I’m itching to add to my mantel. Below […]

May 25, 2019


Strawberry Picking

I’m so ready to bring on summer and allll the outdoor activities. Unfortunately our SoCal weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating!! Our “June gloom” seems to have crept it’s way into May too and I’m so ready to see some sun!! We’re not letting it stop us from warmer weather activities though! When we were […]

May 23, 2019


For the love of rattan

The rattan trend is going strong and I can’t say I’m mad about it! There are so many beautiful rattan pieces available, and at a variety of price points too. I absolutely love the texture they bring to a room! I’ve rounded out 10 of my favorites below. Which one is your favorite? 1 | […]

May 20, 2019


10 Questions With Michelle Cannon Smith

It was this image of an amazing greenhouse that first introduced me to Michelle Cannon Smith. You know those moments where you see one photo, click to see another…and then you’re down a rabbit hole of inspiration? That’s how it went with Michelle’s instagram feed. Her style is undeniable, both inside her charming home and […]

May 15, 2019


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