Well howdy dreamers. What can I tell you? For one thing, I just ate way too much chocolate — even for me. It’s my one actuallyI have a huge problem and probably need an anon but admitting it is the first step, right? guilty pleasure so its all good. Other than that juicy tidbit, life has been in a blissful holding pattern for the past few weeks. Oh – here’s something – I stepped back into doing residential interior design for a project I couldn’t refuse… It’s in Cabo. On the beach. I know – check myself. I got to fly down to Mexico and stay at the property for a night. I dressed the part. I conjured a female Pablo Escobar-ish look which was way out of place among the college Spring Breakers and honeymooner couples on the plane. It also could have been that I was the only one traveling solo to Mexico. Or the tube of floorplans sticking out of my purse.
For most of my life I have had style icons. Women who I think epitomize an effortless, classic and timeless style while staying current and slightly edgy. I have several – see them here, but my numero uno, all-time favorite is Ali MacGraw.
She wore a beanie to the Academy Awards – no words.
Photo by REX USA (94679c) ALI MacGRAW – 1971
My favorite of her former beaus is Steve McQueen, so I started pinning photos of him too. What a couple.
So, I was beyond excited to receive the book “McQueen’s Motorcycles – Racing and Riding with the King of Cool” by Matt Stone from the publisher. Cool personified. If you have a motorcycle lover in your life, this book would make an excellent gift.
Hello sweet readers and Happy New Year to each and every one of you! I’m back at long last. The reason for the extended hiatus is that I wanted to wait until the new site was fully functioning and ready for you. That day has finally arrived, so I’m thrilled to introduce the new and improved FarmHouseUrban!
Besides switching platforms from Typepad to WordPress, there were several changes made to the site both aesthetically and structurally. The most notable — larger images, pin buttons on each photo, new navigation tabs that make it easier (and hopefully more fun) to find exactly what you are interested in and inspired by and social media buttons all over the place so we can stay connected. I sincerely hope you like it and welcome your feedback.
On an administrative note* if you are a subscriber and are not receiving your posts anymore, I suggest that you re-subscribe. The switching over of subscribers is not as straightforward as one would hope, and as such, I suspect that some feeds might get lost in the transfer process. The subscribe box is located above under the “Connect” tab and also at the bottom of the page.
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I’ve been noticing the Danish word Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) cropping up everywhere lately and was intrigued to learn more. Afterall, the Danes are considered the happiest people on earth and in such a cold climate too, so I wanted to know how they kept their spirits up during the dark, chilly days of winter. While there is no exact English translation, the closest (and my favorites) are:
Coziness of the soul
The art of creating intimacy
Taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things
In case you’ve been inspired to create your own little hygge, here are some ideas to get you jumpstarted..
I just discovered this company because they kindly sent me a press release telling me about their super cool, fully weatherproof day pack that fits into your palm. Now that glove boxes are no longer storing maps, there is room for one (or more) of these for those unexpected stops to the farmers market or wherever.
There is nothing like perfectly fitted clothing to up your game from good to outstanding. I take most of my clothes to a seamstress who often makes suggestions I didn’t even think of. The end result are clothes that fit me exactly. This shirting company has literally mastered how to do it online. Forget going to Hong Kong to get your custom shirts – you can now get the same hand tailored fit, and luxurious fabrics from the comfort of your own home. Be sure to take a look at the 2016 Flannel Shirt Collection – so comfy and cozy.
Not everyone has a turntable (formerly known as a record player) but for those who do, this is a great gift. I love blank-of-the-month gifts, don’t you? They are the gift that keeps on giving. What’s particularly fun about this record-of-the-month club is that each record comes with a poster based on the album and a cocktail recipe to match the vibe.
Details and photos from our pop-up shop in Mill Valley, CA.
Holy Moly what a week. I will go into detail about the pop-up in just a minute, but had to first share with you the highlight of my birthday which was this past weekend… We had just been seated at Bix in San Francisco (such a festive spot!) for dinner on Friday night and guess who walked in? My son Luke who completely surprised me by flying home from college in Washington, DC! It was a total sob fest. Well, only me, but at least they were happy tears!
And now for some photos from the pop-up last week… All of this new merchandise will be on the shop website by next week! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email me.We sold out of all the pillows and featherbeds, but more are coming in new color ways and fabrics soon!
Gorgeous vintage dresses from France.
I got these saw horses from Ikea and just used plywood boards for the tops. I love Ikea.
Instead of putting price tags on every piece, I used some muslin I had and wrote the prices on the fabric with a Sharpie. I nailed the muslin pieces to the plywood with industrial tacks.
I have a soft spot for vintage finds. Each piece I buy, I actually want to keep for myself. This macrame throw is so cool… It sold the first day. I’m still pining for it.
This is an antique grape pickers bucket. At one time, there were leather straps so it could be worn on the pickers’ back. It’s beautiful aged patina is one of the best I’ve ever seen. I like them hung on the wall with branches or long stemmy flower arrangements.
The piece above is an outdoor beverage trough. I have one and love it. The board is removable, but is a great accessory for bar accoutrements. For the pop-up, I had a party one night and used it for pre-mixed cocktails which I put in these fun bottles that I got at Ikea.
The featherbeds were my best seller. I ordered the three above for the shop, and sold an additional five. They are cot size, so when I spotted this WWII cot a few weeks ago, I knew it would be the perfect way to display the featherbeds. I had the canvas replaced so it’s now sturdy and clean but has the naturally weathered distressed wooden stand.
Another picture of the featherbeds (above). They roll up and tie and come with a beautiful linen duffle bag with shoulder straps. Perfect way to take them to the beach, a picnic or camping!
Coordinating lumbar and throw pillows. All sold out for now.
Hi beautiful people. Does this time of year – the end of August – feel to you as it does to me, like the more appropriate beginning of the year? For years, I relied on a paper calendar notebook (remember those?) that went from August – August. I loved it. I also used to find the arrival of summer to be such a thud of an interruption to the strategically planned and firmly set routines of the school year. It was the shifting of gears, not summer itself that I had to acclimate to. I actually felt a giddy lift on the first day of school (yes, I'm admitting it). Now, the lines of summer to fall are blurry. And of course, I miss the school supply shopping, new binders, pencils and colorful eraser tips… The first day of school outfits are not as big a deal and, there is no more dropping off and watching the carefully packed backpack blend into the sea of backpacks. Ok, I'm gonna stop… Just reminiscing. New chapters are not bad, kids get older and independence raises the bar for bigger opportunities, responsibilities and and sense of pride for all. So, now that I've digressed, here are a few things that keep the summer spirit alive. At least until the first leaf starts to turn…
I discovered this lip balm a few months ago and have become addicted to it. I keep a tube in my car, gym bag, night stand and purse. The texture is what makes it so great – part Chapstick and part Vaseline, but more Vaseline-y. Plus it is SPF 20!!!
I was in Seattle this past weekend and a friend told me about this local shop with a bespoke line of lingerie and bathing suits. I especially fell in love with the beautiful assortment of white cotton pieces. The fabric was incredibly soft while crisp too. Just perfect for Indian summer nights. I didn't buy any on this trip, but before I left I made sure to confirm that everything is available on their website!
You know what they are but perhaps didn't know the name. Another French company in the diggin list this time… The line of great outdoor chairs extends well past the traditional Bistro and in more colors than you have fingers and toes.
A pair of these under a tree, just begs for an Aperol and Proseco spritzer and great conversation…
I would love to have a beach house one day. Whenever I see something that I would buy for that house, I save the image. Often to my Pinterest board here. These duffles are just the thing I would have several of hanging around the house. Whether they get used for laundry or beach bags or whatever, I think they're just so cute.
Hi to you. So Valentine’s Day is a week away and as such, here are some ideas for the makings of a supremely romantic February 14th and beyond….
1. A Destination Not Too Far Away. Getting out of town to somewhere new and tucked away with your special person is so romantic — an unfamiliar environment to explore, hotel sheets and the anticipation of what awaits…
A few weeks ago I got an email promotion for a Valentine's Day package at this charming inn in the coastal town of Mendocino. I'd never heard of it, but bookmarked it for a possible future weekend get-away. The promotion is sold out, but it did get the wheels turning to prompt me to write this post…
They've compiled a fantastic itinerary of activities in the area. Check it out here.
2. Love Songs.This is my playlist. Start playing this in the car on the way…
Hi, and welcome! I’m so glad you landed here and I hope you find this to be a place you visit often.
I started this blog in 2008 as a way to chronicle the remodeling of our nondescript Northern California house into our dream home. While that did happen, so did a lot of other things - life and all the messy, glorious, complicated, wonderful things that go with it. As such, in early 2017 I decided to change the focus from the house itself to the life that happens inside.
My wish is that this blog provides beautiful inspiration, creative ideas, connections to other like-minded folks, as well as stylish products for your home, to wear and to give.