Well here it is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday! and I'm just getting to last weekend's recap! It's been an incredibly busy weekend week – one might say too much – but it's over almost over now as are all the other most of the end of year deadlines, so let the holidays begin! 

Saturday was the Remodelista Market in Marin. We started off the day with breakfast at the best bakery in Marin – Rustic Bakery (read my post about them here). 

Rustic w friends
Then we headed to the Market…


The first booth we visited was BFF bags by Heidi Baron Godoff.  I hinted in my last post about an order I recently placed with a vendor participating in the Remodelista Market, and this is the one!  I was introduced to Heidi by my St. Helena BFF Cristine, who happens to live next door to her.  A former accessories buyer for Barney's and fashion editor for the now defunct Mirabella magazine; Heidi knows a thing or two about what is hip and current in the fashion world. Each bag is hand knit then washed and shrunken to create a one-of-a-kind, truly special piece.

So a couple of weeks ago, I spent a decadent afternoon with these two lovely ladies in front of Heidi's fireplace, sipping wine and playing with her gorgeous felted wool creations.  I picked the pattern of the weekender since it reminded me of the Hudson Bay blankets that I love. It will be in the hobo style of the "Heidi".


Here's my friend Cristine manning Heidi's booth while she took a quick break. I realized after I got home that I didn't get one of Heidi!  Sorry Heidi!  I was waiting to take a group picture with a few others, but it never happened!

For info on BFF bags and how to order your very own, click here.


Graphic designer Wendy Furman created many unique pieces for the home as well as great gifts.



I picked up several of these fun wine bags. It's a festive way to present a bottle of wine to the host/hostess, especially when there are multiple guests also bringing wine.


These hefty ceramic trays are awesome aren't they?  They come in 3 sizes – 17" – 23" and are made by Richard Carter Studio.



White bowls. Enough said. By Pope Valley Pottery.


Delicious jams, conserves and spreads by June Taylor in Berkeley.  


I bought a jar of the Fig, Port and Thyme Conserve which June told me is great on sandwiches.  I think I'll also try it as appetizer with gorgonzola on toasted baguette slices.


Have these popcorn confections reached a gourmet market near you yet?  Be on the lookout, but be forewarned they are addictive!  CC Made comes in Spiced Almond and Pistachio. 


I bought a couple of these tubes for my kids' stockings.  Good thing they don't read my blog!


On Sunday, professional photos were taken of a condo I recently finished in Sausalito. It was a wonderful experience working with this client who moved to the Bay Area a little less than a year ago from another state, leaving all of her belongings in her other home.  She wanted a fresh start.  Her style preference is mid-century modern, which was a step outside my comfort zone, but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and learned a lot about this era. We started with a pretty blah apartment (carpet, window coverings, paint color, etc were set already with stock apartment grade …) but the view and natural light are amazing.

Most of the day was spent arranging and rearranging accessories brought in for the shoot. I'm sure most designers and decorators would agree, there is really never a 'completely finished' moment with design projects.  When a client's home is photographed it provides an opportunity to bring certain items to the space that are what the designer feels are best, and not necessarily what the client has signed off on. More often than not, the clients decide to keep the items and the feeling of being truly finished is achieved. 



I will share the photos when I get them in January!



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