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The Real Slim Paley

by habituallychic

01 . 03 . 10

Sometimes you find a blog that is so fantastic that you can’t decide if you want to be the author, their best friend or pack your bags and show up on their doorstep and hope they don’t call the police! I think I can unequivocally say that all three thoughts ran though my mind when I first read Slim Paley and saw her beautiful homes! The author is an interior designer who lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and two boys. She has chosen to remain anonymous and I don’t blame her. I did the same thing when I first started my blog because I wasn’t sure how the designer I was working for at the time would respond. Just because someone wants to dip their toe into the blogging pool before jumping is no reason not to welcome them.

Slim Paley is a girl after my own heart who would rather curl up with a good book in her Sun Valley, Idaho house (above) than strap two sticks to her feet! She also has a wonderful sense of humor, one that is fun and self deprecating and doesn’t make fun of others, except maybe her Pilates instructor! Once you see the photos of her, you’ll see what I mean! Someone once asked me what I thought made a good blog and it’s definitely one that makes you laugh while remaining professional. Speaking of professional, her travel photos could be considered professional! It’s my dream to go on an African safari and I loved reading the account of her trip and seeing her fabulous photos. In a sea of design blogs, I think Slim Paley is going to quickly become one of your favorites. I know it’s already one of mine! Enjoy!

Sun Valley House in Winter

Santa Barbara Living Room

Santa Barbara House at Christmas

Santa Barbara Bathroom

Sun Valley in Summer

Slim Paley’s Rose Garden

Slim Paley Table Setting

Trip To Africa

Trip to the Grand Canyon

Trip to Greece

Above and Below, Trip to Kyoto, Japan

All photos by Slim Paley

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  1. Modern Traditionalist January 3, 2010 | 3:56 am

    Outstanding find. Can’t wait to explore Slim’s blog! Thank you for sharing. Her Sun Valley reading nook (aka “the confessional”) is incredible!

  2. maison21 January 3, 2010 | 5:54 am

    she is completely fabulous, so of course, i hate her. 😉

    great discovery, chic- looking forward to discovering her blog! thanks for sharing! 😉

  3. Kelly Green January 3, 2010 | 8:22 am

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ on Slim. Having just started my own blog I am keen to see what constitutes a fantastic one. I will looking forward to reading more! KG

  4. jones January 3, 2010 | 11:25 am

    She has an amazing eye for color and mood. Happy New Year. Mary

  5. Teresa Hatfield January 3, 2010 | 1:03 pm


  6. Diane James Home January 3, 2010 | 1:20 pm

    Just added Slim to my daily blog reading – thanks for scoop! I agree, her sense of color is wonderful and I can’t wait to read more.

  7. maria tereza January 3, 2010 | 3:08 pm

    Wonderful images. Happy new year.

  8. Shorely Chic January 3, 2010 | 3:30 pm

    Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing! Sounds like a dream life… I’m off to visit her blog now 🙂

  9. Gwen Driscoll January 3, 2010 | 4:43 pm


    Thanks for the new blog to explore. Hope you have a great 2010.

    Talk soon,

    Ragland Hill Social

  10. lola and ali January 3, 2010 | 6:03 pm

    Thanks! Look forward to checking it out!

  11. Taryn O'Neill January 3, 2010 | 6:35 pm

    I always enjoy your blog and appreciate that you spread the word about other great sites as well. Just a heads up that the wonderful Sun Valley (where I got married and spend my holidays) is in Idaho, not Utah.

    Happy Holidays Heather!

  12. Cardigans and Couture January 3, 2010 | 7:07 pm

    thanks for the link to her blog. I grew up in Sun Valley, so I am looking forward to checking it out.

  13. Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors January 3, 2010 | 9:15 pm

    Heather, what wonderful find…She is a gem. Now I have two great blogs to look forward to…Yours and Slim’s.
    Thank you!

  14. Habitually Chic January 4, 2010 | 2:09 am

    When I asked Slim Paley if she would let me post about her on my blog, I told her that I knew my blog readers would love her and I was right! Thanks for welcoming her into the fold!

  15. Nel January 4, 2010 | 3:00 am

    I own a business in Santa Barbara and have a feeling of who Slim is…but will keep it to myself. I am so thrilled that she is as mesmerized by, “To Kill a Mockingbird” as I am. I just never realized Elmer Bernstein (a former client and his lovely Eve still is) was the composer. Thanks Slim, for pointing that out.

  16. Chiaroscuro January 4, 2010 | 7:03 pm

    Blessings upon you, Heather, for widening my eyes and world with the link to Slim Paley’s blog. What a breath of fresh air she is!

  17. The Lady Eve January 5, 2010 | 2:54 am

    I am a reader of Slim Paley and I want to give a shout out to Habitually Chic and Heather for being so generous to a new fellow blogger, Slim Paley. It is wonderful to see how women can support each other and not be threatened by others’ talents. I am a firm believer that we are all unique therefore there really is no competition. Thanks for being so generous.