It’s Negroni Week + Some Bar Ideas + a Cocktail Recipe or two!

I bet you didn't know it's Negroni week? I didn't either! But once I found out AND since it's one of my favorite cocktails (tied with a Gimlet) I thought I would pass on the info as well as some bar inspiration to you! Negroni Week launched as a...

The Art of Art Collecting

Hi sweet people. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. There has been some nasty weather in parts of the US this week, so if you happen to be in one of them, hopefully you are inside, warm and toasty. Watching the snow fall. Sipping a hot mug of something. With a...

Things I’m Digging – Fall 2014 – Reading Edition

Hi lovelies. As I write this, it's raining buckets. I have the fireplace going and am wearing the requisite rainy day attire of fuzzy socks and a big sweater. Not only is it Halloween, AND the San Francisco Giants Parade, but it's also my birthday weekend....

Fall Entertaining and Amber Glass

My birthday is in a couple of weeks. I decided to have friends over but not tell them it’s my birthday. I just wanted to bask in the glow of being around those who I hold nearest and dearest. Plus, I needed an excuse to have a party! The Food There is a local caterer...

Fashion + Interiors Mash-Up

I was recently contacted by the uber girly nail polish company - Julep - asking me to pick a favorite nail color from their Fall Collection, then create an outfit around it and share it with you here on the blog. I decided to take it one step further and...

Postcards from the Hamptons

After almost a 30-year lapse, this August I revisited the place of many idyllic childhood memories.  Me and the kiddos rented a little house in East Hampton for a few weeks. The first half it was just us, the latter part friends joined. It was pure heaven in...

FarmHouseUrban – Update – The Landscaping is Finished!

It's finally done! Let me show you around...  Looking out from the kitchen doors to the gravel patio. We may add a barbeque later to the corner closest to the door. It's been stubbed with a gas and electric line, so it will be easy to add. The arbor is...

FarmHouseUrban – Update – Landscaping

Well hi beauties. I have much to share with you. For starters, Luke graduated from high school last week. I held it together (for the most part) during the ceremony, but before and after...yikes, I should own stock in Kleenex.  My second big news - and i...

Shopping Heaven – Roberta Roller Rabbit

Well hi you... Long time since last post, I know. Besides being incredibly busy at work (LOVE-ing my current projects!), this past month I've been biting my nails as the college letters arrived on a daily basis. I am thrilled to announce that our son Luke has made...

The Perfect Bed

Hi to you! Things have been quite hectic around here lately! All good I'm happy to say. More later... As a follow-up to my last post - Donna's house sold right away! Yay! I recently received the following email from a reader: I love a simple white bed:...

Fashion – spring musts

  I've said before I'm not that into clothes and I especially don't like shopping for them. Well something has shifted and this is no longer true. I have a little confession.... I find myself thinking about shoes sometimes a lot. And...

FarmHouseUrban – Update – Furnished Nook

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...

FarmHouseUrban – Week in Review

The weeks prior to the end of the year were a blur - a combination of work deadlines, social events and of course, the usual holiday craziness. There were a few highlights I thought I'd share... Shutterfly, if you aren't familiar, is an online company that imprints...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update – Landscaping Progress

*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...

Affordable Luxury

I had this post in mid-completion when I read the new issue of Elle Décor dedicated to luxury. I enjoyed the letter from Editor, Michael Boodro who wrote about luxury not being synonymous with money. The term is often associated with affluence and can be off-putting...

Bedroom Inspiration

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...

Lily’s Bedroom is finished!

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...

A FarmHouseUrban Giveaway – for the baby in your life!

Designing a nursery is not something I've been asked to do often, although I love the idea of creating a space that welcomes a new little person into the world. For my own children, I went the traditional pink and blue route because there weren't many other...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Landscaping Phase One: back patio

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,...

My Overnight at Holman Ranch

A few weeks ago I received an invitation for a one-night stay, property tour, dinner and wine tasting at Holman Ranch in Monterey County.  There were about 15 people attending the event - other bloggers, journalists and travel writers. In exchange for our...

Teenage Girls’ Bedroom Ideas

Well hi there.  It's early morning and really quiet around here. On Sunday I put my daughter Lily on a plane ~ by herself ~ for a month at summer camp. She's fourteen. It wasn't her first time flying alone, so no first time jitters, but this time she...

It’s all in the details: home accessories.

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...

Vacation Snapshots – Part One

Hi you. I hope you have had a fantastic week! Mother Nature seems to be under the spell of the Super Moon around here. It went from torrential down pour, to East Coast humid, to 100 degrees within the past five days. The highlight of my week was Friday night - I had a...

Style – Vintage Clothing

Hi. I hope you've had a good week. Around here we've been wrapping up the school year (yipee!)- studying for finals, attending end of the year events and getting ready for Lily's 8th Grade Graduation tomorrow. Thank goodness we planned ahead and shopped...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update – Fireplaces and Hood

Hi. As I sit here on this gorgeous June night thinking of what to write in this pre-post message to you, I find that I'm drawing a blank. Yet, at the same time I'm filled with many things I want to say. Perhaps what this means is, while I have nothing...

Wanderlust and Summer

Hi. It just hit me that summer is here. It isn't only that Memorial Day just passed and I started wearing white jeans again, but I also feel a giddy sense of excitement starting to brew. What is it about summer that conjures those feelings? Experiences seem to...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update – Interiors and Furniture

We're waiting on the hood which is due to arrive and be installed any day, as well as the pendant light fixtures for over the island. Once those happen, the kitchen will be completely finished! I'm excited to show them both to you as well as the other little...

Weekend recap and the unexpected joys of unpacking

Hi lovelies. I hope you had a great week! This weekend I was housebound with two sick and super cranky teenagers. I spent most of it unpacking boxes and taking care of them while getting a slight case of cabin fever myself. Sure, it's rewarding to see the empty...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update – Finishing Touches

Happy Mother's Day! Did you have breakfast in bed? I don't like to eat in bed, but I do love breakfast! I've dropped major hints this week that I've been craving blueberry pancakes and bacon. My two (plus sleepover friends) are still snoozing, so we'll see how that...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – cabinetry hardware

Well hi... My great intentions to get this to you a few days ago, were met with even greater and more time sensitive priorities. So, here we are again on Sunday! How was your week? Last night was my son's Prom. Very sweet 🙂 As one of three girls, it's a...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – roof and outdoor lighting

Hi! It's Sunday evening of what was an absolutely gorgeous weekend. It was one of those weekends where a little bit of everything all seemed to fit in. Some productivity was accomplished in the way of more purging (is there a disorder for the opposite of hoarding,...

Garden Inspiration

Hi! How was your week? Mine was pretty mellow. My daughter Lily and I had the house to ourselves while she was home for Spring Break. I alternated days working and spending quality time with her, trying not to feel guilty about the one I wasn't doing. The plight...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Countertops, Tile and Tub

Quite a bit of progress was made this past week. In fact, our contractor said we should be able to move in by the end of April! That's three weeks away! Realistically, it will probably be mid-May, but still! It was exciting to finally see the marble slab that I...

Behind the scenes at a photo shoot and a thank you!

Hey sweet people. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and if you celebrate Easter, hope you had good weather for hiding eggs! After an incredibly restorative couple of days, I feel much, much better 🙂 One of the highlights of last week was a photo shoot of a kitchen...

Soapstone sinks and other powder room inspirations

Hi there you. Happy first day of Spring! It's the time for new beginnings, fresh starts and picking up where we left off. New Year's Day just doesn't work. Now seems a much more fitting time for reevaluating, purging, getting organized and making...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Cabinets arrived!!!

Martin and crew arrived on Thursday and spent the weekend installing. It was such a relief to see them- especially the colored kitchen cabinets. Love how they turned out! Here are photos of the first day. medicine cabinet piece of the island Oil-rubbed bronze hinges...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Cabinets not here yet!

*Update - I was about to publish this post when I got a call from Martin. They left last night and should be here in a few hours. It was like Santa didn't show. I found out this morning (Wed), as I burst into the house, camera in hand ready for Martin and his...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Paint Colors and Entry Ceiling

Hi and Happy Monday to you! Lots happening this week including several client projects starting, new Spring merchandise arriving, and big house details finalizing. I hope you had a great weekend?! I was away for a couple of days. Feeling so blessed to have the...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Progress!

Hi! Happy halfway to the weekend! So, I never made it to the Alameda Antique Fair on Sunday. Did you? I did get to Stinson beach on Saturday though. Truth be told, I went because there was an estate sale I wanted to check out - vintage surfboards, SUP boards, wetsuits...

Mint

Hi, how was your week? Mine was fine. At least the weather was exceptional! Thus the thoughts of summer (see below) and what it will bring. For a quick fix, I think I'll head to the beach tomorrow - rain or shine. The Alameda antique fair is on Sunday. I'm...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Wide Plank Flooring

Hi dear readers, it's been awhile since my last post, sorry about that. Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging. All's fine. Thanks for sticking around 🙂 I really thought the flooring decision would be a no brainer. I knew what I wanted - 8"...

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