Archive for September, 2011

I’m Off

My cousin, whom I love and adore, is getting hitched this weekend.  She is like a sister to me; seeing her happy and with a wonderful man who loves and respects her is great to see.  I couldn’t be more excited for the happy couple and for the wedding festivities to begin, you would think it’s my own wedding.

The events commence tomorrow and so I will be taking the rest of the week off.  I’ll be sure to be back with a full report.  Have a fantastic weekend!

September 28, 2011 at 5:19 AM 1 comment

Inspiration Shots

I always have clients send me images of rooms that inspire them to get a feel for their style.  I love the ones that a client just sent my way and I thought I’d share them with all of you.

Aren’t they all just fantastic?  So light, bright and crisp.  I have to be honest that I don’t know the sources as I haven’t seen these inspiration images before.  Which room do you like the best?

September 27, 2011 at 8:12 AM 4 comments

Savannah Sensation

Happy Monday!  Sorry I missed out on Friday’s post; I ran out of time.  Thursday’s party was great fun and my costume was perfect.  I was very nervous to be wearing it but it ended up being just right.

I wanted to share a beautiful settee that I suggested for a client, the Savannah Bench from Jayson Home and Garden:

We ended up going a different direction with my client’s home, but I’m so in love with it, I was hoping one of my readers would purchase the Savannah and send pictures of it in their home.  Any takers?

Available here.

September 26, 2011 at 7:34 AM 5 comments

Bridget Saves the Day

Tonight I’ll be attending a large party for the company that I work for.  It promises to be an affair to remember.  All of my coworkers had been saying to me throughout the day, yesterday, “you know we have to dress up?”  I kept thinking they meant cocktail attire and I was really starting to wonder if they lacked total faith in me, that I couldn’t kick up my fashion a notch and put on a little black dress.

It wasn’t until 4:30 yesterday when I found out “dress up” meant costume.  The theme is “circus;” I was told to think Mulin Rouge or Water for Elephants.  I knew we had a least another hour of work and I was well aware that not a single lion’s tamer’s pair of pants, tight roper’s leotard or fortune teller’s scarf existed in my wardrobe.  There was only one solution.  When in costume crisis always give these two a call:


My brother Joe and his wife, Bridget (dressed as Slash and Axel Rose)!  Once work was over, I couldn’t have called them faster in desperation.  I called at 5:45 and Bridget said the fabric store would close in 15 minutes that she would figure out my outfit and she had to get cracking.  With that, Bridget made a mad dash to the fabric store for tulle and feathers, my wheels were in slight motion as I waded through traffic across the bay bridge, and a costume was taking life.  By the time I had made it to Oakland, Bridget had laid out: black and white striped tights, a black leotard, little black bootie shorts, a jaguar silver necklace, a skull Alexander Mcqueen cocktail ring, a mask from New Orleans and a feather for my hair.  Imagine how I squealed with delight to see my absolutely perfect outfit.  Then, she walked me over to her sewing machine where my squeals were met with excited jumping, for I saw the most beautiful tutu in all the land getting made for me.

Stunning!!  Thank you, Bridget!!  It truly is a work of art.

And the rest of the outfit:

And because I figure I may as well add to the embarrassing photos of myself on the internet:

Oh wait, that wasn’t embarrassing enough, here you go…

Ha ha.  You’re welcome.  Now, I’m crossing my fingers that everyone does actually dress up and it won’t be a Bridget Jones bunny outfit situation.  I’m extremely lucky to have a crazy talented seamstress and incredibly fashionable sister-in-law who is always willing to share.  Thanks, Bridget!

BTW, the photos were taken at their beautiful home.  That awesome painting in the background is by Martin Machado and you can read more about it, here.  I tried to convince them to add the painting to my spoils last night but they weren’t having it.

September 22, 2011 at 8:27 AM 10 comments

Before and After: Part 3

Today is the last day of the ranch house changes.  It was a simple change but I think it made a huge impact.  There is a Jack and Jill bathroom with a tub between the two bedrooms that I made over.  The shower curtain was faded and tired….

I found a John Robshaw shower curtain half off and I couldn’t resist it.  Here is the after:

I also love the brass hardware that was already there -

Now the ranch house is ready for my cousin’s wedding.  I’m counting down the days until the big day…can’t wait!

September 21, 2011 at 7:09 AM 1 comment

Before and After: Part 2

Yesterday, you saw the makeover of one of the bedroom’s at our ranch house and today I’ll show you the second bedroom.  It also was dressed in some dated bedding and was calling out for a change.

Sorry for the blurry photo; I was anxious to get to the finished product.  This bedding does hold a little soft spot in my heart as the print was the first bedding I picked out in my own bedroom.  I had that Laura Ashley print as my large Euro shams and a white embroidered duvet.  It was changed years ago so now was the time for this to follow suit.

Here is the after:


This bedding is a new source to me: Tulu Textiles and it’s from Turkey.  I absolutely love the bright and happy print but keeping in the country feel.

Another favorite part for me is the blue dot ikat pillow; I’ve been wanting one for myself for a while so it’s nice to know I can visit it.

Here are the sources for this bedding:

Standard pillowcases: Vintage Ralph Lauren

Euro Shams and Duvet cover: Tulu

Decorative Pillows: Not sure designer, came from Lotus Bleu in SF

Sheets: Pine Cone Hill

Quilt: Pottery Barn

Drapes: Pottery Barn

September 20, 2011 at 5:42 AM 4 comments

Bedroom: Before and After

Happy Monday!  Remember this sneak peek of bedding I showed you on Friday?

Well, today you’ll get to see the beds all made up.  But let’s show the before first:

It was Eddie Bauer Home circa 1992.  Although, I think the bolster pillow is Pierre Duex, which is a classic.

Here’s what it looks like now…

I wanted to stay very much within the vibe of the rest of the house, which is country chic.  I’m big on having a headboard but there isn’t one in this room.  Those two oars were up on the picture rail in the living room and so I moved them to behind the bed.  I switched the art to a slightly larger scale piece that had some blues in it .   I felt like the oars anchored the space and gives the same effect as a headboard.

Below are the sources for the bedding – enjoy!

Pillows Shams: John Robshaw

Green Pillow: Pottery Barn

Round Decorative Pillow: Small Antique Store

Standard pillows – Vintage Ralph Lauren

Quilt: Roberta Roller Rabbit

Comforter: Pottery Barn

Bed Skirt: Pottery Barn

Drapes: Pottery Barn

September 19, 2011 at 5:51 AM 7 comments

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone!!  My weeks have been busy, busy, busy.  I’m thrilled with how my business is booming and I still get to stage during the week – although it doesn’t make for much down time.  Luckily, Graham works like a dog so he keeps me motivated.

Tonight we’re hoping to head over to the family ranch for a night.  My cousin is getting married there soon and my Aunt asked me to change the bedding in some of the rooms. 

Here’s some of the bedding I’ve gathered for one of the rooms:

It is Roberta Roller Rabbit bedding, which has the look and feel of John Robshaw but without the  price tag.  Before and after photos to come.

On Saturday, we’ve got this little cutie pie’s 2 year old birthday party:

My sweet niece, Abby.

On Sunday, we’ve got this adorable guy’s 4 year old birthday party:

My cheeky monkey nephew, Nico.

They are absolutely irresistible.  I’m a very lucky Auntie!  Happy birthday to Abby and Nico and Happy Friday to all!!

September 16, 2011 at 8:14 AM 5 comments

Outdoor Stool Options

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments yesterday!!  I’m so giddy because of them.

As seen by yesterday’s post, we have a little bench on our deck which we love to sit at and drink wine while we’re bar-b-queing.  We usually don’t actually eat dinner outside because by that time the fog has rolled in, and our fingers are blue.

We need a few more things to finish off the area: outdoor art on the wall, cushions for the bench and some sort of table/spot to rest our drinks.  Our deck has become quite cozy with all of our planter boxes and so I proposed to Graham that we do stools or side tables for our cocktail holders/footrest instead of a large cocktail table.  Here’s what I’ve come across so far as options:

This Frog Rain Drain Accent Table from Pottery Barn is a fantastic fit.  It has a great look, is the perfect size and in the correct color scheme.  However, it’s $499.  Think I’ll wait for it to go on sale…

 Another choice is actually not at all practical but super cute.  I usually go for cute over practical so this may win.

Rope Ottoman from Nautical Luxuries.

Another love of mine is this fabulous outdoor ottoman that I blogged about here.  The fact that I’ve been thinking about it since I blogged about it a year ago may mean that I’ll be saving up my pennies and purchasing away.

Available at Colleen and Company.  It is ceramic and the most adorable thing I have ever laid my eyes on.  It can also be custom painted, but that’ll cost ya.

While this next one isn’t my favorite one, it is the best price and it would work.

Metal Side Table on sale at The Company Store for $34.99.

Which one would you choose?

September 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM 7 comments

Flora Grubb & Our Garden

Recently, Graham and I took a little trip out to Flora Grubb Gardens in the dog patch neighborhood of San Francisco.  We were both blown away with the magnitude and variety of plants they had there.  The staff is also incredibly informative.  I highly recommend giving this place a visit…

After an in depth consultation on the grounds and some brain picking on what grows best in the fog belt, we walked away with a blood orange tree, mint, strawberries, margoram, and pinstripe petunias.  Our deck garden welcomed the additions…

It’s very rewarding to have a garden.  Although, one of my grandfather’s was a vegetable farmer and the other a strawberry farmer so I have some pressure to keep everything alive.

P.S. While I realize it would make more sense to have the tall orange tree on the other side of the bench instead of blocking the window, we have Jasmine growing in the other pot which we hope will grow on the fence.  However, we’re thinking of moving it and adding one more citrus tree for symmetry.  TBD

September 14, 2011 at 5:41 AM 29 comments

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