Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse and my birthday weekend.

Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse and my birthday weekend.

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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Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth!

Happy Birthday USA!

As many Americans did this morning in their own hometowns, my daughter Lily and I attended our local 4th of July Parade. 

While every part of the country is unique and each parade reflects the local community, most 4th of July parades have the same basic elements. Here's how we roll in Northern California…

An official parade Grand Master…

Parade motorcycle

Fire trucks…

Firetruck


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The High School Football team…

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A marching band…

G&L marching band

A couple a tanks…

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The local art school…

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We got into the spirit too at my little shop just down the street a few blocks…

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Aren't mid-week holidays awesome?  Happy Fourth of July everyone!

 

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The week in review

The week in review

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…

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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.

 

Dhurrie

Beachy Striped Wool Dhurrie

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Simple Slipcovered sofa


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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.)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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What to do with a monolith of a fireplace when the client doesn't like stone or wood? Raised panels in a geometric design!

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Paint

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?

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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!

 

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An evening (or three) in wine country

An evening (or three) in wine country

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).

I'll let the photos tell the story…

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For info on Scribe Winery click here.

 

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Staycations and Jean Paul Gaultier

Staycations and Jean Paul Gaultier

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.

JP Gaultier - De Young

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.

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As you enter, you hear the unmistakable voice of Jean Paul Gaultier speaking to the crowd in his signature sailor stripes.

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And my favorite dress from the entire exhibit…

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Perhaps Monsieur Gaultier will consider partnering with Target again…

From Madonna's Blond Ambition tour.

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For info on the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum click here.

 

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Shopping Heaven – Unionmade

Shopping Heaven – Unionmade

This one's for the boys…

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…

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If I were to pick out an outfit. Oh yeah, I just rememberedI'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:

 

Billy Reid Heirloom James shirt in Brown

Sleeves rolled up to the elbow. Top snap open. Untucked.

Bladen Indigo Twill Rinse Straight Leg
1930's Leather Jacket in Black

OR

Crewneck t in marine

t-shirt

Levi's 519 Bedford pant in Brindle

Levi's. Enough said.

3 eye Chukka in Arabica Oiled Suede

There are several Unionmade locations in California:

Unionmade locations

The items above are from their website. To be taken there, click here.

 

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