After I hit publish on my last post, a wave of inspiration took over me. I reached deep into the dark, cobwebby depths of my closet to the tiny crevice of non-wrinkled, non-stained clothes; I went beyond a shower to the land of personal care involving make up and blow dry. Then, I fled from a teething toddler and another independent toddler, leaving them behind with their “vacationing” daddy. I sped on up to the land of ikats, silks, cottons and brocade: the san francisco design center. A spot where people watching is almost as good as the textiles themselves. An oasis from the t-shirt wearing techies, where we discuss the ancient art of textiles, jotting down patterns with a pleasingly archaic pencil.
A woman on a mission, knowing the family left behind had an expiration time and that I would miss them dearly, I hit up my favorite spots: schumacher, quadrille, lewis and sharon and madeline weinrib.
And now I present to you: a decorator confused. The land of options:
My ode to Josie’s outfit with Peter Dunham’s Starstruck as the main fabric, pillows in coral piped in a rope like piping.
My blue, cream and brown moment with Quadrille New Batik as the big cushion fabric and then ikat and stiped as pillows.
My blue, cream and poppy moment with Madeline Weinrib as the big cushion fabric and then striped and poppy welt as accent.
I took all the scheme photos outside so we could see how things read outside in the bright daylight sun. I believe we have actually decided on a fabric. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ordered.
“I want our outdoor patio to look exactly like Josie’s outfit today.” I annoyingly announced to Graham to which he rightfully laughed at my ridiculous statement.
The outfit? Check it.
Cute, right? Kelly green, white and coral. Can’t go wrong there.
Why am I blabbering on to Graham about baby clothes to patio transformations?
Well, let me back up here. Handyman Graham is at it again. See what Josie is standing on in the above pic?
Let me give ya a closer look…
Yes, Graham built this bench with his own two hands. It’s amazing!! Lucky me. The painting wasn’t completely finished by the point of posting these pics. If the painting looks exceptional that’s because I helped twice for about twenty minute sessions until I got bored and came inside to blog. I’m all about team work.
So…I may be hands off for the dirty work but now my job begins. What to dress the bench in? I’ll be getting a seat cushion and a couple pillows made.
Could go Josie-esque…green, pink, white
Could go classic navy and white
Could go chambray and navy
Could go patterned
Could go solid
You see the world is a bit too much my oyster now. And pulling the trigger for myself, as a decorator, is a tough business. I’m headed to the design center to widen my choices and further confuse myself. The great fabric debate will continue until Graham tires of the charade and picks from a pile of fabrics I have strewn all over the patio, in the hopes that I will stop having goals of making our home look like things our two year old spills peach juice all over. Marriage predictions, people.
Lavender, fuchsia and cream. A color palate that I admittedly would never have thought of. But nature did and it stopped me in my tracks on my recent walk through the Filoli gardens. The beauty of these three colors bleeding into one another on a small dainty flower was such a natural feast for the eyes that I thought I’d challenge myself to a little “From Flower to Room” post…
It’s a bold color combination but if nature can do it, so can you.
As I said in my previous post, I’ve been evaluating kitchens and searching for inspiration. Something that really strikes me are those one of a kind moments.
Like this antique island…
Or this oversized, colorful pendant…
Or this natural wood slab set on a waterfall island counter…
Or this bright pelmet box…
Mona Ross Burman
Or this fab oversized red lantern…
Or this bold red and navy kitchen…
All this, yet again proving, when you go for it, it usually pays off.
I’m working on a kitchen design and have been spending some time gathering inspiration on Pinterest. I ran across this image…
Stacked pebbles as a backsplash. Mind blown. Now, I want to decorate a river house. Or, how about stacked pebble backsplash for a Tahoe house laundry room?
You know, it also makes pretty wonderful flooring of a mountain home kitchen…
Or, a bathroom…
I pitched pebble flooring for a bathroom once before but we ended up going a different direction. Here’s to one day finding the right client and the right place to put some pebbles on it.
Amber of Amber Interiors recently revealed a new beautiful project on her blog. I recognized the furniture in the “before” shots from Burnham Design’s portfolio. So the client of Amber’s must have worked with Burnham Design on her previous home and then moved and switched designers.
Here is the first home that Burnham Design did:
And here is the new home that Amber just completed and posted on her blog, here.
Both designers did absolutely stunning jobs and they are two different houses so it’s hard to completely compare. Both are absolute dream homes. But, if I had to choose one home, I’d be team Burnham. I’m more of a color girl; I like the eclectic pieces throughout the home and the stronger use of pattern. What about you?
I’d also like to find the Goodwill where all the old house furniture was dropped off at. Somewhere in LA people. Lets get hunting.
We hosted a small dinner party for my father in law’s 70th birthday. I wanted to make it special for him so I planned out some details that I felt captured some of his interests.
Here is the finished table…
Today, I thought it would be fun to break down the tablescape for you. For Brian, I thought of his favorite colors and I knew that he loves the color blue. So I went with a classic blue and white scheme.
I found these gorgeous vases at my mom’s house and had them filled by a great flower shop (Fiori in Burlingame) with hydrangeas, dahlias and queen anne’s lace.
From there, I added on a second layer of blue and white with a tablecloth that I got years ago at an antique fair.
I got that tablecloth at the same time as this one that I used for Graham’s birthday dinner…
From there, I added on our everyday plates, which luckily are blue and white. They are from Williams Sonoma and still an absolute favorite plate.
From there I added on napkins. I wanted a little color variation so I chose napkins with a red stripe because what goes better with blue and white than red? The napkins are actually from the dish towel section at Ikea; they are like $0.89 for two so it’s a great resource for larger parties. I wanted to keep the table more manly so I wound the napkins with rope to act as napkin rings. I simply took rope and wound it around each napkin ten times and then tied it off. The rope is also a little call out to a dude ranch that we’ll be going to for Brian’s 70th.
You could leave the table as is for a fun night with friends just add wine glasses.
But, for the party, next up came the personal details. Each seating had a terra cotta pot filled with kitty grass. I got the pots at JoAnne’s Fabrics. I attempted to grow wheat grass and successfully drowned and killed the seeds. So in the 11th hour, I went to Whole Foods and bought already grown Kitty Grass and potted them. I then wrote the guest’s name on each pot for the table seating.
Then in each grass I stuck a golf ball on a tee with a picture of Brian after he had shot a hole in one on the ball. Next to each pot, I placed a framed photo of the guest and Brian.
Everybody got to take home a picture of themselves with Brian and Brian got to walk around the table and go down memory lane with the important people in his life.
We didn’t actually sit down to eat until the kids were tucked in bed so I added on a final layer of candles which really added a fun element.
Most importantly, the birthday boy had a great time and he enjoyed the table. It was a very fun night. We think it’s our best dinner party yet. Here’s to the many more we’ll throw in our home that we love so dearly.
And happy happy birthday to Brian! I’m blessed to have married into such a great family.