Archive for July, 2013

Dear Couple

Dear Couple in the latest issue of Lonny Magazine,

Let me introduce myself, I’m your neighbor…or at least I live in your neighborhood.


It says in the article that the husband works in finance, my husband works in finance.

It says that the wife works at Google, I use Google every day.

You have a baby girl, well, would ya look at that…we have a baby girl.

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So, ya wanna become friends and I can come over and gawk at your apartment in person?  Cause this post isn’t creepy. at. all.

Here’s their home…




Designed by the Chloe Warner.  Check out more at Lonny.

July 31, 2013 at 5:13 AM Leave a comment


Sorry posting has been light around here.  I’ve been out enjoying summer to the fullest with my two favs.


Josie and I just returned from a weekend in Sonoma for my family reunion.  It was the greatest time ever!


I don’t know how I lucked out but I have the best family in the world.


While we were there, Graham was in Denver celebrating the amazing Mr. and Mrs. Wicks…


The weekend prior to that we were at our ranch with some of our dearest family friends.  While there, two of my favorite people couple got engaged!


The weekend before that we spent down in Los Altos escaping the city fog and the weekend before that we were in Shasta, saluting America.


All in all, July has been packed.  In fact, we’ve pretty much been living out of suitcases –


And I couldn’t ask for anything more!

July 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM 7 comments

Grasscloth in the Kitchen

Ever have one of those days where things just go wrong?  Where you find out that a client’s chair you were told was in transit, from a reputable company, is actually not even made yet…oh and the leather is on back order.  Where you discover that a store that you often frequent has ordered the wrong rug for a client…for the second time.  Where you head out to your car for a meeting – lugging a six month old in a car seat, a stroller, a diaper bag filled to the brim, a bag with client stuff and your purse – hike the four blocks to your car only to find that you car key (which is always in your purse because it’s keyless entry) is not in your purse and only have to lug EVERYTHING back to find the car key.  Where on the trek back from the client meeting your baby decides to cry and cry so you decide to pull over in random town and feed her.  Once back on road for home, you find that feeding her did not quell her, it only added fuel to the fire and said cry has turned to scream…but, really, what can you do but drive, listen to screaming and sing off key?  Then at a stop light, you do your usual twist and maneuver to put a pacifier into your baby’s mouth only to have your favorite dress get caught on the seatbelt and rip…and I mean pretty much to shreds kinda rip.  Come hell or high water, you finally make it home only to find said baby screams were caused by the poop of all poops…like poopy ms. mcpooperson….why not get on my ripped dress…cause it’s ripped…poop.  One of those days where sh*t happens both figuratively and most definitely literally.  I’m now typing this (the night before posting) with a glass of wine and it is really, really helping.  #truth

On the bright side, the client meeting was great and I’m so excited with where things are going!

Now on with the show.  Let’s talk grasscloth, shall we?

I’m a huge fan of grasscloth.  It is timeless; it adds a beautiful texture and it goes with everything.  I’ve used vinyl grasscloth in two bathroom projects now and I absolutely love that look.

My thoughts began to go to other great places for a vinyl grasscloth, which naturally took me to the kitchen.  I’ve dug up some inspiration photos and it is a fabulous spot for some grasscloth!





Keep in mind, the grasscloth should be vinyl to keep up with all the activity involved in the kitchen.  I smeared some makeup into a vinyl sample yesterday to test out the durability and it came out with soap and water.  Amazing.

July 24, 2013 at 5:17 AM 4 comments


I recently got two custom pinboards made for my office.  I would have made one huge one but I have a light switch right smack dab in the middle of the wall. #lame


I love the fabric that they are covered in and it took a while before I wanted to pin anything in them but I’ve started to put things up little by little – here’s where I’m at so far.


How do you like the Mike Tyson quote that I put up?

In order to motivate myself to keep on pinning, I turned to pinterest for some inspiration…






I’ve got a lot more empty space to fill but I want it to happen organically.  I’m sure in no time, it’ll be filled.  Do you have a pinboard?  Are you a liberal pinner or very careful on what goes up?

July 18, 2013 at 5:05 AM 3 comments

Feeling Foxy

Foxes seem to be on trend at the moment and I’ve got to say I’m a big fan of the furry creatures.  I figured it was time I scour ETSY for a fox roundup of goodies…









Vintage Bunting


Door Knocker


Vintage Bracelet


Letter Rack

Umm…gotta be honest, I have no idea why I just did this post.  Now, I want one of everything.  And we just started a spending break, as of Monday this week.  Off to a very great tempting start.  Yikes!  What would you buy, if anything?

July 17, 2013 at 5:51 AM Leave a comment

Guest Post and Weekend Recap

I’m back from a wonderful fun filled weekend.  Today you can find me at The Pink Zipper where I’m sharing 25 things you don’t know about me…such as what animal’s tongue I have touched while it was sleeping.  Check out Hollie’s fantastic blog; she also has an awesome ETSY pillow shop that uses gorgeous and original textiles.

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I haven’t done a weekend recap in a while so I thought I’d do a short and sweet one.  Plus, this way you get to see new pics of Ms. Josie girl.

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Friday night, Graham and I hit the town to celebrate my birthday eve.  BTW, we used Urban Sitter and I was able to book a babysitter in less than 5 minutes.  It’s the best for date night!  We headed out to Woodward’s Garden in the mission.  It’s delicious with a quaint down home atmosphere.


It’s the type of place where you almost believe it’s okay to let that top button down for an extra slice of pie.

The 13th was my 33rd birthday and it was as if Josie had read my Friday blog about threes.  She has done an amazing job at sleeping through the job, except for 3:30 AM on July 13 she decided to wake up in a chipper mood, ready to wish me a happy birthday.  As a friend pointed out, it was keeping in theme with the birthday (thanks, Anna!).  When she woke back up at 6:30, we decided to try out the red door cafe.

Have you heard of the Red Door Cafe?  It is one of those impossible to get into, no reservations, hipster endorsed, foodie breakfast spots.  We figured with our early arising we might actually make it in the door.  We couldn’t find the hours to the restaurant online so we decided to venture in person, only to find these are their lovely hours.

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The Red Door was shut and we didn’t feel like standing for hours in the hopes that the owner would be in the mood to open it, so off we went to the ferry building.  I haven’t been to the ferry building in over a year and man am I missing out.  There are so many fabulous stalls there.  I decided to treat myself to an organic, gluten free doughnut and a green juice.  Yum!!

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We came back home and opened up pressies.  Yippee!!  My best gift of all was this little one…and a fabulous duvet cover but more on that later.

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Then Sacramento Street was having sidewalk sales and so we perused them and I got to carry Josie around in the Ergo which is my favorite way to travel.


We then headed over to a friend’s house who Allie and I are helping with her kitchen remodel.  We took a peek at the black and white floor tiles she had put in.  This is our inspiration kitchen which I blogged about a couple of years ago.


Soon the clock struck 5:00, which is clearly dinner time.  That actually is our new dinner time if we want to bring our main girl Josie along.  So Graham went and had dinner with his girls.

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Sunday, we headed home for a birthday brunch with my family.

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We spent the day in the pool and it was absolutely perfect way to end my birthday weekend.


Especially because it meant this little one got to sport her swimsuit which gets zero use in the city.


It was the type of weekend where no real agenda made for lingering, meaningful conversations, moments of true tranquility and plenty of opportunities to have a good laugh.

July 16, 2013 at 8:20 AM 3 comments

Happy 33 to Me

Tomorrow I turn 33.  I’ve got to say I’m feeling good about it.  My favorite number is 13 and as default my second favorite number is 3 – I’m turning 33 on July 13, 2013…gotta feeling it’s going to be a good year!

I’m hoping that this year is as blessed and gratifying as this past year has been.  Although, it’s pretty hard to top having a baby.  Come on 33 show me what you got.

July 12, 2013 at 5:52 AM 4 comments

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