Archive for September, 2011

Missoni For Target

Don’t forget to set your alarm clocks extra early and get your credit card ready.  It’s Missoni for Target time!!  Tomorrow morning the sale begins.  Look at all the goodies…

I’m dying for that bike.

The rug looks killer.

It looks like it’ll be a great sale.  What are you more interested in, the clothes or the home items?

September 12, 2011 at 5:24 AM Leave a comment

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  It’s almost the weekend and we all can let the good times roll!!  Can’t wait.

Did you catch this before/after on Design Sponge?!!


And After:

This rules!!  Project details here.  Happy Friday!

September 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM 2 comments

Kitchen Envy

I’m running late today to work so this post will be a short one.  I traded in blog time and the gym for the snooze button.  Whoops.  It happens to all of us sometimes, right?

Anyway, as much as I’m rushing around paying for my extra ZZZZ’s, this image will always stop me in my tracks…

I LOVE the brass handles and the chevron hardwood floors and I’ll take the dog as well. 🙂  This made it to the cover of the latest House and Home.  I couldn’t recommend that magazine more highly; it never disappoints.  Well, except some of the items are only for sale in Canada stores (it’s a Canadian publication)…anyone want to make a run for the border and hit up their shops with me?

September 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM Leave a comment

Missed Opportunity

After lunch at Bumble, my mom, Graham and I headed over to the American Cancer Society resale shop in Los Altos to donate some things.  From the window display, I spotted a pair of amazing antique spindle twin bed frames.

Before we even walked in the door, I convinced my mom that she absolutely needed them for her little fishing lodge, up in Mount Shasta, where she has a pair of twin beds.  She was convinced.  We walked in and to my dismay there was a giant hold tag on them.  NO!!

They were asking $175 per bed.  What a steal!  We had discussed possibly painting them white or navy but they were in perfect condition as is.  We put a second hold and crossed our fingers.  Unfortunately, the first hold ended up buying them.  Damn!  They just slipped through our fingertips.  Here are some examples of why spool beds are the cutest thing ever…

I’m still a bit bummed about our loss but tis the nature of thrifting.  What do you think of the look?

September 7, 2011 at 5:24 AM 5 comments

Project Reveal: Bumble Play Cafe

I hope everyone had a fantastic labor day weekend!  I had a great one.  One of the joys of this weekend was walking around Bumble: A Play Cafe that I helped to design, as it is officially open to the public.  I’ve blogged about it here and here.  Here was the picture of where we were at back then…

And here it is today:

It’s come along way and I love the way it turned out!  All of the seating, in this room, are vintage pieces that we found and had recovered in fabrics that can stand the test of little ones and grown up spills.  The low seat curved sofa faces a large aquarium; I was so happy when I found this sofa because it provides a comfy spot that is easy for children to hop onto and sit eye level with the fish.  I also found the large antler chandelier from this ETSY shop, of all places.  There are so many gems on ETSY!  (All antlers were from sheddings and no animals were harmed).

I love the way the communal table nook turned out.  You can come with a large party of friends or share the seating and perhaps make a new acquaintance or two.

I’ve been moving from the back of the restaurant to the front.  Up the ramp from the communal table and to the left, you’ll find an outdoor patio.  The outdoor patio is for adults only.  It’s a place to come relax, sip some wine and watch a football game or perhaps a reality TV show with girlfriends.  We went with a contrast pipe on the cushions, which is a look I absolutely love.

This was that same outdoor space when I blogged about it in January:

As you enter back in, we’re getting close to the front entrance.   There is a cozy nook with fireplace seating to cuddle up and sip a glass of wine.  The mirror above the fireplace is made with wood chips, which is really stunning in person.

Across from the seating is the bar which is open to the bustling kitchen.  It’s a great place to sit with a cup of coffee and to smell the aroma of fresh food being prepared.

And moving on up to what you’re greeted by – yellow: the most inviting color of all.

Come on in!

The fun doesn’t stop there.  I haven’t shown you where most of the activity and giggles will  happen – the play area for the kiddos.


I love the way the blue scale tiles turned out in the kid’s bathroom; it’s such a fun element that goes great with the aquarium.

This is the spot where you can drop your kids off.  They will be watched by trained sitters and you can go enjoy a meal with  your girlfriends or husband.  Yes, you read that correctly.  An easy, relaxing meal or cup of coffee without having to find a babysitter or drop the kids off at your moms.  How easy and wonderful is that?  And what fun your kids will be having.

One last spot that’s fun for the whole family – an outdoor sand box and seating:

I’m so happy to have worked on this project and I’m proud with how it all turned out.  Mary Heffernan, the owner, did an amazing job and I know this cafe will be a huge success.  Come on down to Bumble on 145 1st Street in Los Altos; I PROMISE you won’t regret it.  The whole place is a little slice of happiness.

If you are interested in hiring me for designing a piece of your home or an entire look, I’m happy to help.  You can e-mail me at for more information.

September 6, 2011 at 5:10 AM 9 comments

Happy Friday!

Life has been moving swiftly in some parts and at a snail’s pace in others.  It often leaves me concentrating on the snail’s pace.  Yesterday, I came across this quote and it gave me a feeling of serenity:

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Keonig

Love to you all!  And a very happy Friday!!

September 2, 2011 at 9:24 AM 1 comment

Tickled Pink

I got our last apartment professionally photographed by Michelle Drewes (I highly recommend her) and the proofs came back today.  I’m tickled pink with the results…

She did such a fantastic job.  More pics to come but this is a little sneak peak. 🙂

As a reminder, the flower print is from Julia Lynn and she sells an entire line of gorgeous flower prints.  I just got the hydrangea print for a client and it looks fabulous!

Prints available here.

September 1, 2011 at 8:12 AM 3 comments

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