I'm short on words today, but wanted to show you photos from my birthday weekend a few weeks ago which I spent in wine country. It was perfect in every way.

Traditional Home magazine – with the help of a bevvy of talented designers – transformed the guest cottage located on the grounds of Cardinale Winery into one of the most impressive showhouses I've seen.  It was our first stop.

The view from the driveway.


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I liked this rock wall, so I took a photo to keep on file for future landscaping inspiration.


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The foyer designed by Kathy Geissler.


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I loved the rug, especially with the Fortuny pillows and antique bench.


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The library was designed by Cathleen Gouveia – a veteran of Bay Area showhouses. Her rooms never disappoint. She puts so much thought into the details.


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The walls are venetian plaster.


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The living room was designed by Sunrise Home of San Rafael.


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Great lessons to be learned in styling bookshelves.


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A close-up of these linen and nail head uphostered pieces.
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The dining room was designed by Joe Lucas.


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My absolute favorite room was the kitchen, designed by Barbara Colvin. Check this out.


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I really liked the gray cabinets + bronze hardware. Bronze and brass are a huge trend in kitchen and bath fixtures these days. 


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I ususally don't gravitate to bright neon colors, but these stools in lime green worked beautifully with the gray. I may be a convert.


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The paint colors she used…I think from Pratt & Lambert.


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Here is the adjascent family room, also designed by Barbara Colvin.


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The table was an existing piece belonging to the homeowner. The armchairs are by Lee Industries.


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French doors in the family room lead you to the patio and this view.  They were pouring wines from Cardinale, so we took a moment to sit and savour them and the scenery.


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The bench cushion and big pillow fabric is by Martin Lawrence Bullard. 


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The lower level lounge was designed by Elizabeth Cameron and Kathleen Pfaff.


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Cool piece of art – I think it's an actual grape vine.


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My other favorite room was the Master Bedroom designed by Melanie Turner.


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I didn't get a shot of the bed! Darn! It was so pretty.


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Melanie turner patio via roughluxe

The guest suite was designed by Melanie Coddington.


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This is a close-up of the wallpaper in the bathroom. It's so pretty.


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The showhouse was not big, but the rooms were cohesive and worked together. 

Here are a few random photos from our weekend…

We went to a fruit and wreath farm on Saturday morning.


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Hi there little bee.


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Later we went wine tasting. The most beautiful was Bella (the wines were good too!)


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Inside the cave.


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This is a ceiling mounted art piece.


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Driving to Geyserville for lunch.


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The driveway into Trefethen Vineyard. Gorgeous!


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After our visit to the Traditional Home Showhouse, we were smitten with Cardinale Vineyards and scheduled a private tasting on Sunday. Here is what was served. The wines were outstanding (with prices to match).


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Last but not least, the spectacular Carneros Inn.


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It was an amazing weekend. The birthday festivities continue… Girlfriends arriving from Seattle this weekend for some SF fun!

Wishing you a fun filled weekend too!

 

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