It's been awhile since I've posted anything regarding the house, so here are some updates…
The nook off of the kitchen is finished! This little space that used to be a wasted enclosed porch has become my new favorite spot! To see the 'before' as well as nooks that inspired this one, click here. The custom sectional is slipcovered in indigo Belgian linen…
The coffee table is a vintage find and the rug is from Ikea.
The glass cylinder lamp can be purchased on the shop website – click here.
The pillows are custom. I had an extra pillow made in each pattern, but then decided I didn't need them, so they are going to be on the shop website shortly!!! If you are interested, please email me asap (22" sq $300 for the floral, $350 for the striped)!
The striped pillows have this pattern on the front, and straight stripes on the back.
*Note: Technical difficulties prevented this post from being published when it was supposed to so it's a week late!
Hi to you! Happy Week-After-Halloween-Fully-Into-Fall-Now! One of the things I miss most about my kids' younger years is how big o'deal Halloween is. We don't get any trick or treaters at our house, so now that I don't have ones of my own, I really feel like I'm missing the best part — the candy! (kidding!). I may have to adopt…It has been a very busy few weeks both at work (note to self: post more about our projects!) as well as personal. It was my birthday last week and am still basking in the glow of numerous celebrations with those I love. Could there be any better present? One of the highlights of the last couple of weeks was running the Healdsburg Half Marathon with my friend Cindy. It was absolutely stunning. Winding wine country roads, mostly flat and lots of participants made it really fun. Join me next year?
The cement work is wrapping up on landscaping Phase I. As an urban dweller for most of my life, I have a blind spot when it comes to knowing what to do with anything relating to outside, so PLEASE let me know if you have a great idea, suggestion, advice, want to go to the stone place together, etc.
These are taken from my kitchen door. Eventually there will be stone pavers with a low wall around it.
The working plan is to put a table along the back with an arbor above for stringing lights and for privacy. To the right will be a barbeque.
There will be stone steps leading up to the upper barbeque patio. We are thinking of a mini olive grove for the are between the two walls.
This is the firepit off of the lower level and front of the house.
Now that I have my tech glitch worked out, I will post more photos! Powder room is done, window treatments are in, some new rugs and furniture to show you too!
Hi and happy Monday! I don't know what it is about the transition from summer to fall, but no matter how prepared I think I am, it always comes on like a speeding train. In addition to buckling up for school, sports and extra curricular activities, my son, Luke will be graduating from high school this year, so we are in the throes of the college application process too. Those of you who have already been there can attest, there is a bittersweet note to this senior year. Yes, it's very rewarding to watch your child take the leap, but it's also really hard to think about all the 'lasts', since as mother's, so much of what we hold onto are all of the 'first's'… Being of the overly sentimental variety, I have to catch myself from going overboard. "It's the last time you will be home for the first full moon of September!!!" or "You must give me a hug goodbye every morning before you leave for school!" And because he has reached that stage where he's ready to leave the nest, he humors his mom and obliges… Most of the time.
So, where am I in the decorating process you ask? Right now I'm deciding on furniture for my bedroom and have been perusing my file of inspiration photos.
My master bedroom has windows on each side of the bed, so many of the photos I've collected have that configuration too.
Symmetry is very appealing visually. I prefer it when lamps match and bedside tables are switched up.
I love the prints in the room above and how they all work together without competing.
I adore everything about the room above.
Erin Martin designed this warm and inviting room.
The antique bed with crisp white sheets and plaid wool blanket is heavenly.
Jennifer Anniston's bedroom via Hooked on Houses
Howard Backen via Architectural Digest
I have always loved four poster beds.
This room was designed by Will Wyck for the San Francsisco Decorator's Showcase several years ago. It was even more spectacular in real life…
Hi to you…First I want to say, as I often to do, thank you to each and everyone who reads this blog. I cannot express the sheer amazement and pleasure it gives me to know that so many people actually read it and even better, like it and find it inspiring. I appreciate your understanding during my recent hiatus…. I've missed you. It's so good to be back.
A little background for those just tuning in… My daughter Lily is 14 and has had the same bedroom furniture since she went from a crib to a bed. She was long overdue for a room makeover, so I decided to surprise her (actually she weighed in on most decisions) while she was away at camp. The big reveal was HGTV worthy -complete with jumping, squeals, etc. Needless to say she loves it and the added bonus – she has actually kept it tidy so far!
The color scheme before was lavender. Her beds were a purchase from ebay from years ago. I bought one bed and when I went to pick it up, the bidder on another bed never showed, so I scored both! Lily was a toddler and still quite content in her crib, but I loved them and figured someday soon she would be ready. The seller had shabby chic'd them, as you can see below.
I painted the beds gray (I didn't actually do the painting, but you knew that :-). I will look up the color and give it to you in a later post. Incidently, a reader emailed me recently requesting my favorite shade of gray. I realized as I walked through my house counting all the things I had painted in various shades of gray, that it is hard to pick just one!
When we were under construction and replacing all the windows in the house, I had the window in Lily's room moved from off to the left to where it is above – centered in between the two beds.
The nightstand and matching desk are available through the trade. They are sold in many home furnishing stores around the country. If you are interested in purchasing click here.
The nightstand and desk came with different pulls – brass, circular and rather large. They didn't work with the feel of Lily's new room, so we bought these pretty glass knobs at Anthropolgie. Click here for the link.
I had a pair of these lamps from Z Gallerie. We replaced the lampshade with this gray one.
The fabric is by Clarke & Clarke. Click here for the link. Lily wanted the colors in her room to match her bathroom, see it here, so once we found this fabric that has grays and dark pinks, the rest of the accessories became easy to find.
We used it for Roman shades and pillow shams.
Floating shelves, gray storage box and pink desk organizer are from here.
Hi sweet readers. I hope you are having a wonderful summer! It's flying by isn't it? My daughter Lily came home from camp on Sunday, which means I have both my kids home finally! While they were away, I spent several days out of town enjoying great weather, friends and lots of relaxation. All of our scheduled summer plans are behind us now, so other than spontaneous get-aways, we have the remaining month of summer before school starts to take it day by day. I did deliver on my goal to finish decorating Lily's room before she got home! I want to wait for the last two items to arrive before I show it to you. But, it turned out really well and most importantly, she loved it!! Have a great weekend!
This week we began work on the area outside the lower level of the house. There are french doors that open to a deck that steps down to what will be a flagstone patio with a fire pit. The one I really like is more of a fire bowl – kind of modern and made from cast concrete. I have to place the order tomorrow, so in 3 weeks the entire project will be complete. S'more time!!!
Here's what it looks like now:
The railing around the porch is almost finished too.
Well, hi! Our heat wave finally ended – what a relief. Almost no temperature is too hot for me, but without the reprieve of cool nights we typically get in California, it was downright uncomfortable. I hope it is cool where you are and you're enjoying a lovely weekend!
For the past few weeks I've taken a little break from house matters – so much other stuff going on plus I just needed to recharge. I'm excited to be back to it and made progress this week with furniture and window coverings. As I've said before, this is going to be a gradual process, layering over time rather than a big reveal. Speaking of a big reveal, we got tv hooked up this week after a year without it. I turned on HGTV and watched a show about a major renovation of a bungalow in Hollywood. The homeowners moved in after 9 months with all new furniture and accessories that were perfectly in place within a month. It put me in a little bit of a bad mood and I had to turn it off.
While I took a mental break from the furniture plan, I have had some fun playing around with accessories – some old, some new. It's amazing what a difference adding a few books to a shelf, putting flowers in a vase, fruit in a bowl and candles on table can make.
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!