We’re back!

We’re back!

Hello sweet reader! The blog is back! I pressed the pause button for the past several months to devote my full attention towards the opening of our first brick & mortar FarmHouseUrban Home Store! We opened in September and while there have definitely been a few ‘learning curve moments’ the entire experience has been an absolute joy.  In addition, our online store is up and running and packed with beautiful pieces to enhance your homes. The link is at the bottom of the post…

Owning a retail store was never in my plan AT ALL! Go figure how the universe is still working in your favor even when you are not “manifesting”?! But, now that it’s here and where I spend most of my time, I could not imagine a more ideal scenario. Since I was the first occupant of the space, the store was a blank canvas – literally white walls and a concrete floor. Things like what kinds of display pieces would be best, what to sell, and how to merchandise were new concepts. Different from designing interiors, but equally fun. Everyday we move things around and mix it up.

FarmHouseUrban Home Store
After trying out a few different shaped tables, this round one with customizable dimensions felt like the best fit.
FarmHouseUrban Home Store - surfer photographs
The photographs were taken by a Marin photographer at Stinson and Bolinas – two local beaches. Thick, beautifully sewn linen napkins in white and three shades of gray – all you need.
Rattan arm chair with tropical pillow
I’m so in love with this chair – timeless, sturdy and sooo comfy. When the tropical print pillows from Australia arrived the same day…. it was a match made in heaven.
FarmHouseUrban - dinnerware
When we first opened, I started with a small selection of dinnerware. They’re made in a factory in Portugal that has been making gorgeous tableware for over 100 years (dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe, too). They quickly became our best selling items. I feel strongly that luxury items that are beautiful, timeless and made well, need not be expensive. We’ve expanded these three stunning collections to include more options for your table’s fabulousness.
FarmHouseUrban Home Store - serving pieces.
One of the most exciting parts of having a store is connecting with artists who make gorgeous one-of-a-kind creations. These pottery trays are only available in our store in Mill Valley. I especially adore the little dish that looks like a robins egg.
FarmHouseUrban Home Store - glassware
Glassware seemed like a good addition since dinnerware has been so popular. I found these etched glasses and was so smitten. What is especially great (besides the fact they are lead free and made in Poland) is that they are equally happy filled with a martini, champagne or ice cream.

The store is in Mill Valley, CA – a hop, skip and a jump over the Golden Gate Bridge – about 15 mins north of San Francisco. Visit us!


Our new website is also live and where you will find many of the pieces above. We will be continuously updating the online shop with new products, so please check in regularly. Find us at www.shopfarmhouseurban.com. We ship!

It’s nice to be back to connecting with you here. I’ve so missed you…

Xo

s

Big fat news & a few fashion loves

Big fat news & a few fashion loves

Well hi you. My it’s been a long time. So, I got kind of tired of myself, and thought I better take some time off… It allowed me to think about how best to revamp the content and new ways to present it to you that might be more interesting. A fresh perspective is always good, right? I’m still a ways away from getting that restructuring to come to fruition and didn’t want to go completely MIA, so here I am. 

So, some updates… I am opening a new permanent store! Shut the eff up, I know. After two back-to-back pop-up shops that were really awesome, the opportunity to take a larger space in the same place as the last pop-up presented itself. We open in September. More shop details on Instagram @FarmHouseUrban.

On the personal side, I’m hoping to rent my house out. I’d like to try out a smaller place that allows me to walk to work and the flexibility to get away on the weekends. Maybe spend some time getting to know LA better. I’ve found boundless inspiration there as of late. Other stuff – Luke came home to live briefly after he graduated from college. Here’s something no one tells you – after they (offspring) are grown –  as in fully formed adults with jobs – it’s another parenting hurtle. Why don’t those books “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” continue to after college? I was blind sighted with the reality that he’s not technically coming home anymore, nor does he refer to my house as ‘home’ because he has his own now! Yes, it’s in Berkeley which is only about 10 miles away, but that’s beside the point. My advice – when the time comes, whatever you do, do NOT listen to that  song “The Cat’s In the Cradle”. Especially in the car, in traffic, where people can see you do the cry face and sobbing for reals.

xo

s

I think the reason I decided to emerge from my Greta Garbo phase at this very moment, is because the Fall fashion post is always a fav. Plus, there’s a ton of inspiration in the styles being offered this season. It’s that time of year to try something new beauties! Let’s have some fun. So, what is on my must have this season:

  1. High-waisted, cropped and colored. I tried this silhouette out last year with denim and fell in love. You all emailed and/or responded to this more than any other clothing piece, so I think you will like this round up.

High waisted cords - Fall Fashion 2018

Rust cords from here

Olive green cotton. From here.

Saffron Yellow Cords - Fall Fashion 2018

Saffron wide whale. From here.

2. Red. I may be a tad late on this, but it took me awhile to realize this color needs to make an appearance in every woman’s wardrobe, and when it does, look out. I have only one red piece in my entire closet – a Ralph Lauren couture dress I spotted on a mannequin a couple years ago and have never in my entire life fallen so hard for a dress. It was the biggest splurge I’ve ever spent on a single piece of clothing. It is absolutely gorgeous and I have never worn it. I like to think of it as my Cinderella dress 🙂  With red, go big or go home…

The higher, the better. From here.

 From here.

Red and Blazers are both on my list this year, so why not double down. From here.

3. Boxy Blazer. Sort of 80’s but without the shoulder pads. It was one of my favorite looks of all time then and now – sleeves pushed up with skinny black jeans (called cigarette then).

Love the tweed, do you? From here.

If you are new to blazer wearing and want to test the waters, you can’t go wrong with basic black and the prices from here are very reasonable. I want literally every. single one.

4. Kitten Heels. Whether it’s a slingback, boot or pump, they’re all about being feminine as well as workable since the heel is not high.

From here.

From here.

Nude and red are great together. From here.

More fashion inspo here.

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