Archive for September, 2011

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

Project Reveal: Noe Valley Home

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I’ve started working in staging in addition to having my own company.  It’s been fun to pick furniture from a giant storage facility and transform homes.  I thought I’d share with you my first project.  This three bedroom home was empty and three days later this is how I staged it…

My favorite room to work on was the kid’s room; I love that you can get a bit more playful with those rooms.  The home is sale pending currently which is exciting.  I’ve done three more homes since then and I’m working on another this week.  It’s been a great learning experience and it has really helped me with my styling.

September 13, 2011 at 5:29 AM 10 comments

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

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