Friday, August 29, 2008

Road Trip: Monterey and Carmel

We are heading out today to spend the long weekend in Monterey and Carmel, a couple of the most beautifully scenic areas in California:

We will be seeing the famous Lone Cypress tree:

Visiting the Cannery in Monterey:

Shopping. Did you even doubt it?

Hitting the spectacular Monterey Bay Aquarium (I think there is an interiors color scheme here):

I love seeing the Carmel Mission:

And downtown Carmel is full of shopping: art, antiques, boutiques and restaurants (a little spendy all the way around, but sometimes you find a treasure you can't live without!):

Carmel is famous for it's artist colony, and there is no need to wonder why:

We plan to do some of this:

And visit Julia Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur (if there is time!):

So I wish you all a wonderful long Labor Day Weekend! I will be back on Monday....late.


All photos from flickr

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Harris Marcus Home. Cool.

Just some stuff I found today on the Harris Marcus website here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

So Sylvie

I got a very sweet note from Sylvie of the So Sylvie blog the other day announcing that her beautiful shop Blossom Home is sadly going to close. If you were unaware of Sylvie's talent, take a look:

Not only is her shop beautiful, but so is she. She has had a bit of hardship lately, which you can read about here. I hope you will join me in your support and well wishes by visiting her blog.

Sylvie is letting some of her very special pieces go on Craig's List so you might want to check things out here.

This etagere is one of the beauties being sold.

I wish I had gotten a chance to visit her shop in person, but I hope Sylvie will be starting a new chapter where her talents will flourish!

Wishing all good things for Sylvie and her family!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Restoration Hardware: baby & child

I don't know if you all noticed that Brocade Home, a subsidiary of Restoration Hardware, is no longer taking orders. Perhaps it is because of the launch of this site: Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.

I was looking for a Dining Table and noticed the new logo at the top of RH's website, so decided to check it out. There are quite a few nice things here (like the sweet personalized crown piece above).

The furniture, I would suspect, is the same high quality you would expect from the parent site. This four poster is a really timeless design I think. And the bedding hosts a hive of little bees fit for a little Josephine.

The lamps are great looking and quite a good price. This gourd lamp is $119, plus the shade at $25.

Cute lamp reminiscent of Jaime Young. Painted ceramic, comes in a bunch of colors (as does the gourd lamp), and different shade choices. $69! Plus a shade at $25. This is not a tiny little lamp either. It stands 22" high. (Sometimes with a price like this I double check the size to make sure it is not a mini lamp.)

And there are area rugs and window coverings as well. I thought this woven rug (comes in other colors also) was very nice!

I was very impressed overall. Restoration Hardware has great things that blend in with many different decors, so I was very pleased to discover this site. Hope you will be too. Worth a visit for sure.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Light in the Hall

This sconce was not up when I showed you my hallway way back last November (see the post here).

I bought a pair for either side of the Butler's Pantry cabinetry. What I love is the mirrored back plate reflecting the sconce and doubling the effect. Great for a hallway.

I just want to say a big "THANK YOU" to Blogger and all of my wonderful readers. Without you all, I would not have realized I really had to clean up all of the junk mail, catalogs, magazines, notepads, used batteries, old receipts, school papers, yellow pages, rubber bands, ( how do they get everywhere?!?) off the counter before I could take this picture:

The sconces are from Hudson Valley Lighting. Hudson Valley is known for their reproduction light fixtures and their very reasonable pricing. To find out more about the details for this sconce, click here. Oh....and thank you to Hudson Valley for the very cool sconces!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Birthday Room Redo

When we moved to our new/old house, my oldest daughter called dibs on the best bedroom for herself. It has French doors leading to a sunroom with great windows, and is quite charming. In fact, it was one of the selling points for the house. My younger daughter waited very patiently while we decorated her sister's room first. So, I have been secretly planning to redo my younger daughter's bedroom for her birthday. I have yet to figure out a way to get her out of the house for a weekend while we repaint and install all of the new furniture and draperies. I have already received some of the furniture, but need to order some things ASAP to get them here in time. I thought I'd share a quick sketch of the plan:

I just picked up this bed from IKEA and need to paint it white. You may have seen it recently in Domino:

We already have this bedding from Pottery Barn, shams and Duvet Cover. So the walls will be painted a coral-y pink:

I received these nightstands from Bungalow 5 the other day. Storage is always an issue for my little fashionista:

I need to get these Pagoda lamps ordered right away from Worlds Away. I am going to add some grosgrain ribbon to the shades top and bottom to add a little color like these shades from PB Teen:

I have these drapery panels from Pottery Barn, and just need to pick up some wood rods from Home Depot to paint an espresso brown. This is the most economical way to get a substantial looking rod. (I have a thing about telescoping rods. I can't help it but they really bother me.):

We already had this area rug from West Elm in her room which she picked out quite awhile ago (in the dark brown):

A quick sketch of the dresser wall:

I am thinking about this dresser from Pottery Barn mostly because of the size. It is a good size and not too big for the space. And I like the detail at the bottom of the piece:

I am planning on painting it a warm black and changing out the hardware to something a bit more interesting like this from My Knobs:

I am thinking about this mirror from Horchow, a very good price at $189 I think:

And then add these resin branch sconces from Oly Studio on either side of the mirror with perhaps shells on them. (Somehow I think I may be overruled along the way with a couple of Hello Kitty items):

And there has got to be flamingos. Photos or vintage prints. Somehow flamingos are going to be in the room. I think a couple of pieces to the right of the bed to balance the window on the left. I may frame some photos I have taken. But if anyone has any other ideas, I would love to hear from you!

I am dealing with a pretty tight budget and a short time frame. I am hoping I have time to get things repainted. I might take a quick look at some shops for a more unique dresser and some other one-of-a-kind things to make it more personal. But I promise to show you the results. We'll see how close I get to the sketches!

Monday, August 18, 2008

New Beginnings

I have not been able to post in the last few days. Maybe you have noticed. Maybe not. I have been thinking alot since I found out some news on Friday that one of my very valued co-workers is going to be leaving the company I work for. Fall is, for some, a time to make changes, to take on new challenges. It is a time many think of as a beginning, rather than a winding down. Maybe this feeling is due to the fact that we associate starting school in the Fall as a chance to start over, maybe show our class mates a new "self" we have improved over the summer.

Our yard before

So, my friend leaving just happens to be at the same time my older daughter is returning to school. My daughter has all of a sudden become a young adult over the summer. It has been a learning experience for our whole family. But I am feeling it very acutely.

Our yard with it's new beginning

I have always loved the Fall. It is my favorite season. Not only because it is beautiful here in Sacramento in the Fall with the leaves changing and the air getting that crisp freshness, but because it seems like a time for new things, for possibilities.

Things are looking good

I am wishing my friend at work all good things in her future. I know she will be going places. She is so very talented and very sharp. I am sad to see her go. I will miss her for many reasons. She was always my sounding board for design and ideas. But I know this is good for her.

And for my daughter, I know this will be a year of challenges and opportunities. My hope is that she takes advantage of them with a cheerful and enthusiastic heart. It is all just beginning and I am so excited for her!

And as for me...well...we will see.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wayfarer's Chapel

I was emailing with blogger friend Joni over at Cote de Texas recently, and somehow we got on the subject of where we got married. I had mentioned that Mr. K and I had gotten married in a glass chapel above the ocean. It is known as the Wayfarer's Chapel:

Mr. K and I are both lovers of architecture, and this chapel represented to us that commonality. We wanted a place that was beautiful and close to the coast. Many in California have seen or heard about this little chapel. But there are many of you that may be seeing it for the first time.

It is indeed made of glass and is situated on the cliffs above the Pacific in Palos Verdes, California. One of the most intriguing things for us, after it's beautiful setting and amazing architecture, was the fact that it was designed and built by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright: Lloyd Wright.

Lloyd Wright thought of the chapel as a "tree chapel":
“I wanted particularly to allow those trees and those trunks to be seen and the space beyond and into infinity to be observed, so those who sat in the sanctuary would perceive the grandeur of space out beyond and around them.”
“When the trees that surround the Chapel grow up, they will become the framework, become a part of the tree forms and branches that inevitably arise from the growing trees adjacent to it. I used the glass so that the natural growth, the sky, and sea beyond became the definition of their environment. This is done to give the congregation protection in services and at the same time to create the sense of outer as well as inner space.”

“The great cathedrals of redwood inspired me to use the redwoods here. In earlier days all over the face of the earth there were chapels in glades and the woods which were meeting places for the priests and the people. The Chapel was to be a place for people to meet, and think, and contemplate the forces of nature and God Almighty. The setting of this Chapel is to receive people, the wayfarers.”

Excerpts from A Visit with the Architect 1974

Wright Family Photo. That must be Lloyd being taught who was the real boss in this family

Lloyd Wright

The chapel interior needed no adornment. And really, none are allowed. There are ferns and orchids growing all around the edges, and a beautifully trained tree is framed above the altar.

The chapel at night glowing with welcoming light.

A view of the chapel surrounded by a grove of trees. Sort of a magical place.

The view from the steps of the chapel looking out at the Pacific. Is it not one of the most beautiful settings? We thought so.

And finally, the happy couple: me and Mr. K

To see more photos of the Wayfarer's Chapel, learn about it's history and it's religious philosophy, click here.