Hi you. As I type, I'm looking out at such a beautiful view! The window I am facing looks out at Marin County's majestic mountain – Mt. Tamalpais. If I squint and tilt my head I can block out the houses and pretend I'm away from civilization. I like the sound of that and am always inspired by women who venture off to find solitude or even travel to far away places all alone and call it an adventure. The reality is, I am just not wired up that way. I've tried – sort of – and perhaps shouldn't admit this publicly, but I really do prefer company. Not sure where I was going with this… 🙂 I actually thought I would post about creativity and inspiration. Then I got daydreaming…
So, if one day I get bitten by the solo adventure bug, it might look something like this…
A charming little shingled beach cottage in a quaint coastal town.
Covered in flowers.
With comfy furniture to read in and listen to the fire crackle. *Note to self: learn how to make a fire.
Hi beautiful people. I hope this post finds you enjoying a lovely Spring + Easter weekend. I'm looking forward to getting away for some nice, long overdue downtime. One thing that makes me happy is going through my closet at the end of each season, making edits and thinking about what I would like to add to the mix. So here are some Spring pieces that I've been coveting lately…It's all about the dress.
There is no clothing option more supremely feminine than a dress. And as such, there are days when only a dress will do 🙂 In fact, I wear dresses or skirts to work on most days and almost always for special nights out. As I was perusing my favorite online shops this week, and happy to see that dresses abound this season, I noticed a few trends:
Patterns – this is a tough one for me. I rarely wear anything with a pattern. Other than a few plaid shirts, everything is solid. That said, there are some really beautiful options right now that are giving me second thoughts.
White – An all white dress can sometimes be too stark. I'm intrigued by the interesting fabrics and styles this season that eliminate the plain, nurse-ish feel that can be an issue with all white.
My wine country Inn project revealed and a special offer to readers.
For awhile now I’ve been working on a hotel project in Healdsburg; a quaint small town in the heart of Northern California’s wine country. It’s been a fairly slow moving process as the owners have several properties – other inns, wineries, etc. that all need attention at the same time. That being said, I go at their pace and tremendously enjoy watching the progress made even in baby steps. I have wanted to get you acquainted for some time. So, at long last, here is a place that is near and dear to me: The Grape Leaf Inn.
The first item on the renovation list was painting the exterior.
The next area we focused on was public spaces. We reconfigured the furnishings in these rooms to create a new reception area and dining room(s).
I had a custom table made for communal dining. The adjacent dining room also has custom tables of two. The tables are all the same length so if there is a large event, the tables could be lined up to create one long table for 28 guests.
The modern variation of a windsor chair blends the traditional architecture and old fashioned charm of the original inn with a clean and current feel. They are from here.
The next phase included two brand new suites. A completely blank canvas which served as our design springboard for the rest of the 10 suites. The nightstand on the right side of the bed arrived broken. A new, matching one has since arrived.
An outdoor shower in this suite… 🙂
A private courtyard too.
There were additional tweaks made to each room after these photos were taken, as more accessories arrived, etc.
I will continue to show photos periodically of the progress. In the meantime, Grape Leaf Inn has generously offered FarmHouseUrban readers a special rate of 25% off! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-395-0929 and mention “FarmHouseUrban special rate” and you will get your discount!
The inn is located about two blocks from the center square in downtown Healdsburg. The surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful wine country!
For more information about Grape Leaf Inn, click here.
A girls get-away weekend celebrating a birthday in wine country
Well hi to you… I'm in the midst of a super exhilarating work whirlwind at the moment! As such, I have BIG news that I'm excited to share with you – my dear readers – in the next week or so, so please stay tuned! I hope you had a wonderful weekend… I spent it with a group of girlfriends at this magical place celebrating a birthday among us.
We didn't leave this spot very much…
The birthday girl (right) and me checking out the pool. I'm very fortunate to have been here before, not for an overnight, but spent the day at the pool a couple of times with out of towners who were guests.I think cannon balls might have taken place…No cannon balls took place this time.
On my way home I decided to stop for a snack here. Then I took a little stroll down the street and ended up at a place I have wanted to check out for a long time – Ma(i)sonry in Yountville. Part art gallery, part wine tasting establishment, and now partnering with Restoration Hardware, it is quite a sight to behold! I am still not 100% sure what the partnership exactly entails despite having had it explained to me 3-4 times. But there were lots of phrases used like 'bought our concept' and 'shared experiences' and 'we will continue to own this, but they will own this too' … Anyway, here are some photos I took..
Isn't this little guy cute??
All of the pieces you see in the photos are for sale. If interested, please click here.
Hi sweet readers. I hope this first week of August finds you soaking up the sunshine, going barefoot whenever possible and enjoying the last of our beautiful late sunsets… We have one month to go, and I, for one plan to make it the most of it!
I was in Cape Cod for a few days… Is there nothing more quintessentially summer than East Coast beach towns?
Here are just a few snaps.
Spotting this color burst was like that feeling you got when you were a kid and you opened a box of crayons for the first time.
I was intrigued by the simple design of the front of this building and the modern take on a traditional Cape Cod structure. The barn door covering the glass doors in particular. Since it's the office of an architect, I naturally had to check out her work…omg…
I heart nooks! What a yummy spot to curl up in for a nap or with a good book.
The above 6 photos are from the portfolio of architect Jill Neibauer. For more info and images click here.
This house is in Provincetown and while I was taking these two photos, a local explained to me that there were five fire stations built like this around town. They have all been sold and converted to homes. I saw a few more as we were leaving, but this one with the fire truck space converted to a porch was my fav.
This post could also be called 'Hydrangeas and Blue Doors' but that's kind of boring.
I wish I had taken pictures of the lobster rolls we shared at The Canteen. There are two varieties – cold with mayo and celery and hot with warm butter on toasted bread an inch thick. Best. Sandwich. Ever. Or as they say there 'Evah'. Here are some from their website.
On the spur of the moment, I decided to get out of dodge and ended up, in of all places, a little cabin in the woods on the banks of a flowing river in Northern Oregon. Let me tell you, my expectations were high. I’ve had a cabin-in-the-woods fantasy for as long as I can remember and this lived up, matter of fact exceeded, every last one. Road trip season is here! Bring it.
Come take a look around with me…
You had me with weathered shingles and white trim.
The cabin is situated on a big, flat sunny patch with a main house next to it.
I wonder if these grape vines covering the front porch are used for wine making?
No appliances but certainly not lacking in charm factor in this light bright happy kitchen.
The fridge is 70 years old!
The color palette is pale green and brick red. It couldn’t be more fitting for this adorable little gem.
The owner, whom I’ve never met, is clearly a collector of vintage pieces. Vintage collecting is a passion that can easily get out of control. I know this first hand. It’s so tempting to go overboard, but what I loved about this cottage is how well edited the decor is. Charm galore. The place had such a positive and relaxing vibe too.
A dark photo I know, but I wanted to include it to show you the claw foot tub nestled in the windowed nook. It was just perfection. The other cool thing the owner did, was to put a vintage wooden toy ironing board on the end of the tub for soaps, candles, etc. So if you see one at your local flea market and you have a claw foot tub….
The attic with these four mismatched antique twin beds could not have been cuter. This space is girl heaven – oh the games of playing house, talking all night, braiding each other’s hair. Like a story book…
The grounds were rustic and simple.
Hi little lady bug!
This is the main house. It looks like the original homestead was a one room log cabin and they built around it.
Big vegetable garden!
I love the farmhouse style of this currently vacant chicken coop.
Check out the leaded glass door.
Behind the main house is this trail down to the river. Falling asleep with the windows open and hearing the rushing water was heavenly.
Also behind the main house were these matching bathtubs. They are plumbed with hot and cold water.
My daily routine…
Taking a much needed break from work, email, phone, tv and my regular routine reminded me how essential it is for maintaining happiness, finding inner peace and boosting creativity.
Here’s to summer, being spontaneous, unplugging and stopping to enjoy the simplest of life’s pleasures.