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Board and Batten Bathrooms

Allie and I are currently working on a bathroom and kitchen remodel for a wonderful family.  The bathroom is getting a little facelift without having to move plumbing or electrical.  One thing that we have suggested to add is board and battan around the bathroom walls.  I love that it adds texture to the bathroom and a bit of a traditional/country feel to the room, which is in line with the kitchen we are working on.







In my research for inspiration images, I found out that it’s a really easy project to tackle yourself should you think a room is calling out for a little extra personality.  We’ll be sticking with the contractor for our project.

July 11, 2013 at 5:53 AM 3 comments

Ashley Whittaker – Small Space Decorating

I absolutely love the House Beautiful Small Space issue and I was so pleased to see Ashley Whittaker’s work for an 800 square foot apartment –





This small apartment was such a feast for the eyes because of Whittakers bold use of color and pattern.  I like her no holds bar approach.  She does stick with a classic color palate that the client will hopefully never tire of.  It’s also great to see that Whittaker used a mix of high end pieces with catalog, a great deal is from Ballard Designs (a go to for me with clients).  Bravo to the 30 something year old client who hired one of New York’s top designers for her small space!

July 9, 2013 at 5:46 AM 1 comment

Research and Development

    Guest Blogger: Allie

As you all know, Europe is light years ahead of us in all things fashion and design. I’d argue that they are pretty much that way with everything in life (baguettes and cheese for 3 meals a day and wine by 11 am), but let’s focus on what we can all agree on. So, considering it had been a couple years since either Kate or I had been to France, we figured it was time for one of us to go on a design reconnaissance mission. As you all know, Kate has little miss Josie to care for, so we decided it would be best for me to take one for the team, and spend ten days in Southern France and Paris. I tell you people, this is one tough job, not for the faint of heart! I mean, I even had to take my boyfriend with me…


Here’s how it went down: We got shipped off Friday night from San Francisco to Antibes, a quaint little gem of a beach town in the French Riviera.

We were instructed to spend the weekend (and then some) recovering from our strenuous flight here…

I mean, honestly Kate, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, was that really neccessary? We were then forced to spend our days swimming in the pool,

playing in the Mediterranean,


being wined and dined at the roof top Champagne Lounge,


It was absolutely exhausting! By Wednesday, we had had enough! We packed our bags and said “Au Revoir” to Eden Roc, Paris was calling.


But, before we hopped on our next flight, shopping was required. So many rules, not enough time! Our mission: find an open air market with the most glorious flower, spice, cheese, and salami selection Antibes had to offer.
But then, stop in at the cutest fabric and home store in the whole entire world and not buy anything?



Fine, nothing purchased, but honestly to die for! P.S. I have all their contact info if you’re interested. Paris, here we come. I honestly wish I could tell you I went on a shopping extravaganza, unfortunately, this was a scouting trip. But have no fear, there was no shortage of eye candy! For instance, this linen ‘stand’ at France’s version of a “flea market”, yay right!


And the hat shop to end all hat shops; from Derby worthy to tea with the Queen, this place had it all!


The baby clothes, ah the baby clothes. Street after street was lined with fabulous french linens to wrap your munchkin in…

IMG_1616And of course, more home stores. This particular one was not open the entire time we were there. I walked by everyday hoping, wishing, praying, that they would have their door unlocked, but to no avail. I guess I’ll just have to go back, right Kate?


Let me reiterate, my instructions were very clear. Do as much window shopping as humanly possible but make sure there is a healthy balance of three hour lunches involved. Some tasty morseles for your viewing pleasure…

IMG_1570Best steak frites place in all of Paris.  And the cheese plate for dessert, always!


Honestly, the food pictures could be a blog post on their own, but I’ll spare you the jealousy. For all my hard work, I was rewarded with one very unique treasure. My mom and I were strolling through the afore mentioned ‘flea market’ when we stumbled across this piece…


A skull pendant made out of coral. I immediately fell head over heals for it,  but it took my mom losing a bet to actually go back and purchased it for me. The stakes in Paris are so much more exciting. All and all, I’d say my R&D trip was a huge success, given my demanding schedule! I only hope that one day Kate and Josie can come along too.

kate and josie

And a huge thank you to my parents, for not only financing this endeavor, but providing a constant supply of entertainment and Parisian expertise. The trip would not have been the same without you.


All my love,


July 8, 2013 at 6:30 AM 1 comment

Old Glory

Guest Blogger: Allie

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!


I do have to say, Independence Day is one of my very favorite holidays, so I was thrilled when Kate asked me to write today’s post. Old Glory is an appropriate name for our flag and the holiday in which we celebrate it, because today really is a time relish in old american traditions, a day for the simple things in life, a time to slow down,

an opportunity to spend time with loved ones, appreciate all things red, white, and blue,


walk on the beach,

swim in a lake,

 ride your bike, do some front porch sittin’,

  savor tried and true American traditions. Some of which, sadly enough, only come out on this wonderful holiday. Sparklers, for example. Why, on God’s green earth, don’t we use sparklers more often? They truly are one of life’s simple pleasures.

Then, there are the not so forgotten American rituals, such as the backyard BBQ! The nostalgic portion of this post is complete, let’s move on to some 4th of July practicalities. Like, what to bring to the part(ies) you’re attending and what to wear…
One of my favorites, crowd pleaser every time. Rows of Driscoll’s berries and cheese arranged like our flag on a platter, perfection! For the more boozy portion of the day,

Berry icecubes! Take the left over berries from your platter, pop them in an ice tray with a little water and freeze. Voila! A patriotic drink wherever you are. And if you are hosting the party, this is one niffty little trick everyone should know about,

4th plate

punch a hole in a paper plate and secure napkin and utensils with some red,white, and blue ribbon. Now let’s talk about you. An american classic and age appropriate from your 20’s through your 70’s. The chambray shirt with white denim; timeless.

4th outfit!

Though I love her shoes, I’d suggest something more along these lines,

4th sperry

practical, adorable, and that pop of red you need to complete your patriotic ensamble! Thanks Sperry.

Wishing the happiest of 4th’s to you and yours!


July 4, 2013 at 6:30 AM 1 comment


Today we pack our bags and tonight we hit the road in order to tackle a very long agenda.

From this evening through Sunday, we must: swim in a lake, take an all down hill bike ride, run in the early mornings, take a neighborhood stroll in the evenings, try some obscure micro brews at Billy Goat Taverns, hike and stop for photos,


play with little, put together a red, white and blue ensemble, get lost in a book, sit by a stream and watch the current, wade through stream and flyfish, bake a homemade pie, bar-b-que, day trip to Ashland, take a nap,


give sparklers to our nieces, watch a fireworks show, gander at a small town parade.  I’m sure there are other items on said agenda that I’m not including.


But EVERYTHING must be done and if it isn’t…well, then, that means we are going to have to return to Shasta for another vacation.


Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone!!!

July 2, 2013 at 8:02 AM 2 comments


I’m so happy that summertime has arrived.  It’s the absolute best time of the year.  San Francisco has been experiencing warm days lately, people.  It has been nothing short of glorious.



Pull up those umbrellas, stab a stick into some watermelon, throw sandals into a tote and dare to wear an itty bitty.  Little and I are off to get some exercise since I will be in a swimsuit later this week.  Gasp.

July 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM Leave a comment

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