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.
I liked this rock wall, so I took a photo to keep on file for future landscaping inspiration.
The foyer designed by Kathy Geissler.
I loved the rug, especially with the Fortuny pillows and antique bench.
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.
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).
It's been a whirlwind around here this past week! Take a look…
Saturday – Margaret and I attended the motherlode of estate sales. Here are just a few of the treasures we scored…
It turns out the house belongs to George Lucas and the occupant was his personal Assistant for the past 30 years. The most incredible part was that he wrote Star Wars on a legal pad in one of the upstairs rooms! Goosebumps, I tell you. I look forward to sharing more soon.
Sunday – Father's Day
Monday – Met with reps to see new products for the store and clients. New smaller items – tabletop, accessories and hostess gifts coming!
Placed orders for a new client's 'FarmHouseUrban" living room.
Beachy Striped Wool Dhurrie
Simple Slipcovered sofa
Awesome Coffee Table
Tuesday – Went to a former client's home to start working on a new project. Great to be working with her again and her gorgeous home.
In the early evening, I headed up to St. Helena to visit girlfriend Cristine. Tuesday's is her Bocce Ball night, so I met her at the Bocce Ball park. They take Bocce very seriously in wine country.
Afterwards, we went to the new restaurant French Blue, designed and owned by Howard Backen (the architect whose work I have admired for.like.ever.)
Wednesday – Margaret and I worked on the online store. Fine tuning the look + feel, getting all the product images uploaded, the descriptions written, making sure measurements and pricing is accurate takes a loooong time.
Still tweaking the logo…
In the afternoon, I made a stop to my woodworker's shop to check on the prototype for a new piece for the FarmHouseUrban Home Collection. Here is a sneak peek at the FarmHouseUrban dining table!
Thursday – Stopped in to check on the status of a kitchen and family room renovation I've been working on. It's been a really fun project and I can't wait to show you more photos when the space is complete.
What to do with a monolith of a fireplace when the client doesn't like stone or wood? Raised panels in a geometric design!
Deciding which shade of warm gray…
Friday – Made a quick trip to the city to my favorite discount fabric store to look for a tweedy woven for an ottoman. I didn't find anything, but did end up in the waaaay back intrigued by these retro (retro as in they've probably been here since the 60's, not new retro) Hawaiian prints. Perhaps it has something to do with watching "The Decendants" recently?
I'd love to make big pillows out of these for outdoors. They're not made of acrylic fabric, but at $8 per yard, even if they lasted one season it wouldn't be a huge loss. My sewing skills are a bit rusty (plus, hello, I have no time!), so I guess I'll have to pass.
Here's to a relaxing Sunday! Hope you have a chance to put your feet up today!
Despite the fact that the Napa Valley is only about an hour away, I rarely attend evening events there. It's just a little too far to make the wine + dark roads doable. That said, this past week there happened to be three occasions that I simply couldn't refuse. And they were on consecutive nights. I know, poor me, right?
The first (and only that I took photos of) was at Scribe Winery in Sonoma. I've been hearing so much about this place lately – not just the wine being amazing, but the setting/vibe sounded pretty cool too.
So on Thurs evening, my wine savvy friend Elizabeth (check out my post about her weekly wine picks here) and I drove up to attend a food and wine event which paired Scribe wines with food by Bar Tartine (San Francisco).
It was Spring Break this week for the kids. We stayed home for a variety of reasons, so in between work obligations I spent a rainy afternoon with my daughter attending the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum. This is a must see if you're in the Bay Area and have even the most remote interest in fashion and/or you raged in the 80's.
The exhibit featured mannequins with flat faces, except for a nose. Videos of models making facial expressions, eye movements (sometimes they even spoke) were projected onto each one. It was incredibly realistic and at first we actually thought the entire exhibit featured live models.
As you enter, you hear the unmistakable voice of Jean Paul Gaultier speaking to the crowd in his signature sailor stripes.
And my favorite dress from the entire exhibit…
Perhaps Monsieur Gaultier will consider partnering with Target again…
From Madonna's Blond Ambition tour.
For info on the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum click here.
But the store's look is so darn fab, I think ladies will like it too.
Incidentally, my husband got me a fantastic new camera lens, however my photos suck with it… Old one will be back for next time…
If I were to pick out an outfit.Oh yeah, I just remembered…I've been schooled by my 16 year old son that boys/men don't wear 'outfits'. So if you have a teenage boy, don't say for example, "Good morning honey, I really like your outfit!" it will backfire.
Anyway, if I were to pick out what I like on a man, it would look something like these:
Sleeves rolled up to the elbow. Top snap open. Untucked.
Levi's. Enough said.
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The space we call home is a reflection of who we are. Each of us deserves to live in an environment that nurtures and provides comfort and peace. Creating a home and a life you love starts with surrounding yourself with things and people that make you happy. It’s not about fancy things or being perfect, it’s about appreciating the beauty that is accessible to us all. This blog is my journal for celebrating the all the beautiful things that inspire me. I hope you will visit often and will be inspired too!