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...

Things I’m Digging – winter

I keep reminding myself that despite the balmy temperatures here in California, it is still winter. Regardless of what the thermometer says, these are some of my favorite winter finds. Little bit of this and a little bit of that... enjoy! 1. Pendleton Blankets. When I...

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...

Bye 2013!

Happy New Year to you, lovely readers! I hope you’ve had a joyous holiday season! I spent the week between Christmas and New Year's in Tahoe, re-learning to ski. It had been about 30 years, but lo and behold it all seemed to come back! All but the fearlessness. I...

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...

Giveaway winner!

Hi to you. It's the last weekend before school starts and I'm holding onto every last drop of summer. At the same time, I've been looking ahead and thinking about Fall with anticipation. I read the quote below on the blog Habitually Chic this week. A good...

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...

Monday Morning

Good Morning or good whatever time of day it is when you read this! We are mostly moved in and last night was the first night back in the house! I have much to share, but for today I only have a minute before my crazy work week starts. Right now I'm savoring a...

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...

Keep Going

Hi...Sorry it's been a little while since my last post, but I haven't been in a blogging mood. It's been a challenging week. This photo helped me. Thought I would share it with you in case you are going through a process too and need something to help you...

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"...

Crazy Love

With Valentine's Day upon us, Pinterest (my latest obsession) has been loaded with all things love related. Thought I'd share a few of my favorites... But first, some music to set the mood. Really, you should listen to this. It's like chocolate for the...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Sheetrock

Nothing says almost finished like seeing the sheetrock up! The rooms have taken shape, their spaces and proportions now clear. Fortunately, there were no surprises or awkward angles. I'm finding this current state of blank canvas very inspiring... Anything can...

NYC – the gift show and other inspirations

I was in NYC last week attending the NYIGF. The trade show takes place twice per year - in August and January. There are literally miles of aisles to walk through with wholesalers selling just about everything you can imagine from plastic gadgets that are one stop...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update – Exterior

For the past several weeks, most of the progress has been in the behind the walls work. Things like electrical wiring, plumbing, sprinkler system (it's a requirement here in order to get your building permit approved!) are being installed. It's not the most...

A kitchen project and a thank you.

Awhile ago I posted about a project I was working on for clients who wanted to completely renovate their kitchen as well as redecorate the attached family room space. The client's style preference is contemporary with a little 'glam'. I enjoyed the...

pick-me-ups

With the holidays over and Spring still a few months away, I've been looking for new ways to boost the joy factor while getting through this stretch of long cold days. Thought I would share a few I've found, just in case you were in need of a pick-me-up too....

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update – Cabinetry Design Process

Thank you for your responses to my last post about vulnerability. I truly appreciate your comments, emails and feedback and am delighted that so many found it inspiring. I believe wholeheartedly in taking emotional risks, as I have learned first hand how magnificent...

Happy New Year!

I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, but this year has been a tumultuous one, so I decided to look at this cliche activity as a valuable opportunity to take stock in what I've learned, what I want to improve upon and what I did right and want to...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update – Windows are in!

The latest news on the home front-- the windows and glass doors were installed this past week! I must tell you, it gave me a huge sigh of relief to finally see them in.  The process of selecting windows took longer and was more difficult than I ever...

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...

Gratitude

  Isn't it wonderful to have a day dedicated solely to gratitude? This has been quite a year for recognizing those things for which I am truly grateful... Thank you, my dear readers, for continuing to support this blog. I love hearing from each and every one...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update

The most exciting part of the remodel so far has been seeing the entry being built. It's the only new space being added (other than the garage) so it's really fun to see how it's taking shape and changing the look and feel of the house. This is the view of...

Recent Design Project: Coastal Farmhouse ‘before and after’

Recently I completed a small, sweet project I've been meaning to show you. I met my client when she came into the shop a few months ago. She and her husband have three young children and just bought their first home which overlooks the water in...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update

The focus for the past few weeks has been on drilling pilings and pouring concrete for the foundation. The windows have also been framed and the Master Bedroom has been re-built.  Design details that I've been working on are fireplace and mantel selection....

FarmHouseUrban: Window Inspiration

One of the most difficult decisions we had to make with regard to window selection was picking the color of the trim. Both interior and exterior trim colors needed to be decided before the final order was placed. The exterior is made of metal and is fixed - you pick a...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel Update

Since my last post (click here) showing the final stages of demo, steady progress has been made. Mainly framing and major concrete excavation. Above is the kitchen side of the house. The door on the right was how we entered the house. It will soon be gone and two...

Beautiful Chair

I recently was contacted about selling a chair that ended up not being used for a new home renovation project. I typically decline this type of thing, but after seeing the photos I couldn't resist passing the offer on to my readers! The chair and ottoman are by...

Things I’m Digging – summer to fall

Well hello stranger... I'm working from home this week. I decided a mental health break from the office was in order. I'm still technically working FOR SURE (hello clients that read my blog!), but I needed to buzz around town so much this week, that I decided...

Windows – FarmHouseUrban style

We finally signed off on the windows and glass doors for the house. Yay! Boy, I completely under estimated the time and due diligence required for window selection! They are such a critical design element - obviously - but there is much, much more to consider.  ...

FarmHouseUrban Remodel – Week 2

We are actually much farther along than this, but the demo is going faster than my current blogging capability. I don't want to skip over anything, so here's the next phase. Basically, the demo continues... (incidentally, isn't our contractor tidy?!) View...

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!

Do you know what this is?  It's our building permit!!! Mother @#$%er what an ordeal that was! Two years after starting on our house plans, we are finally under construction! For those new to the blog, or for those who have forgotten (since it's been 2+...

exciting news and the coolest new place for all things vintage!

I've been sooo excited to tell you all about this, and now the time has come!!! A few months ago I was contacted by a person I had never met about a new business she and her husband (and a host of others) were creating.  She described it as a marketplace for...