Archive for August, 2011

Atoll Mirror Love

Work has been really busy so posts may be a bit short for the rest of the week.  I love the mirror shown above, that was in Lonny magazine; I believe it’s from Ballard Designs and it’s called the Atoll Mirror.  I just checked their website and it seems to be down at the moment.

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August 31, 2011 at 5:14 AM 3 comments

Quite the Raquet

This past Sunday, I went to one of my favorite decor stores: HD Buttercup; they have locations in SF and LA.  I loved this very cool display:

My mom has some old badminton rackets and I’m sure I could find more on e-bay.  I wonder how tough it would be to put together.  This would look so great in her pool house.  Hmmm.  If only I had the time…

August 30, 2011 at 5:47 AM 1 comment

Our New Babies

Did I get your attention with the post title?  Not those type of babies.  These babies…

Two Spanish Lavender plants which we had to transport home very safely.  Buckle up!

We brought them home and got to planting on our new deck.

We also planted kale, spinach, green onions, brocoli, arugula and gardenia.  We shall see how they do.  This is our first attempt at a garden.

We’re not quite sure if our little babies will survive the harsh winds when the fog rolls in, but we shall see.  Graham also got a baby all of his own this weekend…

A BBQ.  Ahh…so much fun to grill, minus the cold August weather.  For our Sunday evening grill, this is what I wore…

Nothing like sporting a puffy jacket and babushka hat in August.  Graham toughed it out though.

Happy Monday!

August 29, 2011 at 5:48 AM 5 comments

Coming Together

One room that is coming together is the sun room.  So far, this may be our favorite room because you get such great light through the french doors that lead to the deck and it’s at the back of the apartment so you don’t hear any street traffic.  Our view through the window is of our neighbors garden, which is beautifully landscaped.

So as a refresher, here is how you saw the room on Monday:

And here it is today:

There are still more changes to be made in this room and a few more additions to be brought in.  Like usual, I’m working on a budget so it takes me time to find the best piece at the correct price.  We did only move in officially last Sunday so we’re getting there.  If you’d like to know the sources on anything in the room, please ask in the comments and I’m happy to share.  I’m off to work but I’ll be back home later this evening and I can reply then.  Happy Friday!!  Hope you have a magical weekend.

August 26, 2011 at 8:43 AM 18 comments

A Little Pop In

Yesterday was my cousin, Brie’s, bridal shower over in Aptos.  I made the drive from San Francisco and arrived in Aptos a little earlier than planned.  With the extra time, I decided to pop into my favorite antique store in Aptos.  I popped back out with this…

A little purchase.  Scratch that….huge purchase.  I have been searching for a large round tufted, skirted ottoman in my price range for a long time.  We had one growing up in pink and it was one of my absolute favorite pieces in our home.  When I returned home from college one year, I discovered it was no longer in the living room because dad didn’t like the pink so mom switched ottomans.  I made it very clear that I thought it was a terrible decision.  What a brat.  But, I guess I should have known then that design was a passion.  And I really loved it.  Now I get my very own and that’s even better.  I am incredibly thrilled with my purchase and so happy I popped into the shop.

The shower was a blast.  Great job mom and Aunt Brenda.  Congrats to the bride, Brie.  I can’t wait for the wedding!!

August 25, 2011 at 6:12 AM 3 comments

To Pipe or Not To Pipe?

Actually, to contrast pipe or to not contrast pipe?  That is the question.

We need a sofa for our formal living room.  I have decided that it will be navy and I’m thinking it’ll be similar to this Williams Sonoma Home Presidio sofa:

I would love for it to be skirted though but I have to check with the Mr. on that one.  Speaking of Mr., we’re currently having a couch debate. I want to do a navy sofa with a white contrast piping; Graham is iffy on the color combo.  I’m a sucker for a contrast pipe and I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to take the plunge.

It always comes down to: “will I get tired of it?”  With me furniture rotates through my home constantly, in a true manifestation of my ADD self.  So yeah, I may, but I also “tire” of everything.  However, I have not tired of seeing a contrast pipe in magazines for like ever.  And navy and white is a true classic.  Thoughts?  What would you do?

August 24, 2011 at 9:14 AM 8 comments

Colorful Beach House

Mona Ross Berman is in my top 5 list of favorite designers.  I’m a color girl and she does color right every time.  I blogged about her here and here ,when she used my favorite piece, the watermelon blu dot console table, in a client’s home.

This month’s House Beautiful features a sixties style beach house designed by Ross Berman that has me singing sunshine day.  Love it!

Everything is so bright and happy!  I absolutely adore the home and I would move right in.  Ross Berman also did a great job of staying consistent with her color palate throughout the home.  With such bright colors consistency is key so that it doesn’t look like the home is taking the next train to crazy town.

August 23, 2011 at 9:40 AM 1 comment

The New Duds: Apartment Tour

I’ve received e-mails and texts from people saying they want to see the new place, I figure why not give you all a little tour of a bunch of empty rooms.

Welcome to my new home which I love with my whole heart.

First things first you have to walk up some stairs; but once you’re up, I’ll be greeting you with a glass of wine:

Now, that we both have a drink in hand, let’s take a look around.  We’ll begin with the formal living room –

The light fixture in this room is original to the home (pre 1906 earthquake) and it inspired the pale pink on the walls.

Off of that room is the dining room:

Complete with a fireplace – that isn’t working but sure is pretty.

Off of the dining room is the office:

Now lets walk down the hallway of this railroad apartment and see what else is around.

Ah, yes the bathroom.  Wish I had a better picture, but you get the idea for now.

On the opposite side of the hallway is our second bedroom.  It’s tiny so there is not much to see.

Again with the horrible photos – geez louis.  It must be that wine we’re drinking…

Let’s walk down the hallway a little more to the kitchen.

Aint she fab?!  Oooh la la.  I love it. 🙂

Now off of the kitchen is the little breakfast nook, where our bistro chairs will sit.  And behind those shutter doors is a washer/dryer – probably the most beautiful feature in the entire place.

Off of the breakfast nook lies the sun room.  This is where we’ll hang, drink some more wine and chatter.

Off of the sunroom lies the deck.  Mmmm…you smell that?  Burgers!!!  Yummy.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Next one will be with actual furniture in it but ya had to get the before first.  Sorry for the horrible I-phone pictures and my terrible composition.  Wowzer.  For the record, we are happy as clams here.  A huge thank you goes out to my mom and Glynnis and Brian for coming up Sunday morning and staying until the evening helping us schlep the remaining items from our old place to our new one.  It’s so nice to be living close to our parents again! 🙂

August 22, 2011 at 8:31 AM 9 comments

She’s At It Again

I’ve written about one of my favorite artist, Irene Wood, here and here.  She is very talented, incredibly creative and has fabulous style.  Well folks, she’s at it again.  She has opened up a new ETSY shop that focuses on bib necklaces that are big, bold and regal but also fabulously lightweight.

Aren’t they just gorgeous?  You can purchase them here at History and Industry on ETSY.  Happy Friday!!  Hope you have a chance to kick up your feet this weekend.  I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to do that as well, but we shall see, as the moving drudges on this Saturday and Sunday.

August 19, 2011 at 8:35 AM 2 comments

Bedroom Changes

I’m sorry for the lack of posting lately.  We are borrowing internet from our neighbors (thank goodness it’s unsecured), while we wait for Comcast to arrive on Saturday.  So, in the meantime, this internet is super duper slowsers. 

For today, I’m only going to show one picture cause of the turtle’s pace and all.  Remember when we used to put up with dial up internet?  Ha ha.

Do you remember this shot from Domino?  This was the one that started my obsession with the Edland Four Poster bed at Ikea.  I can remember when this issue first came out and I was pretty sure that one day I would recreate the bedroom, oh and become that cute girl.  Well, now it seems to be my chance, to at least buy the Edland.  I’ll have my own take on the room and I’m pretty happy with being me at this point in my life.  I know I just bought a headboard off of e-bay but in this new place it looks very puny because we have  high ceilings.  The high ceilings are screaming at me, telling me to sell my headboard and buy the Edland.  BTW, the Edland is only $279, amazing price.  We shall see.  Do any of you own the Edland?  How do you like it?

August 18, 2011 at 8:59 AM 2 comments

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