Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer is Here: Master Bedroom Refresher

Sometimes things converge all at once to make one act. Recently, I had done a blog post about Saffron Marigold showing a peek at the new shams and duvet cover I had just purchased (I highly recommend them!) . Then I got a comment from a reader asking to see them in my bedroom. And then I was listening to the latest Skirted Roundtable about refreshing decor for the summer.....I am right there with you ladies! is my refreshed and renewed Master Bedroom just in time for our 100+ degree heat. I feel cooler just looking at my new bedding.
Thanks Saffron Marigold!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Local Color: Three Women

Three Women and an Armoire
When we first moved to Sacramento as a young couple and bought our first home, we had next to no funds for furniture. Tim luckily came across a shop that had pieces in our price range and came home one day with two teak patio benches (which we still have!) and a coffee table. This was about 14 years ago now, but we never forgot the shop. It seemed that it had had at least fallen off of my own radar.
Lo and behold, some friends of mine clued me in that it was still in existence but had moved to a new and larger location. Where had I been anyway?!
The store in question? Three Women and an Armoire. (Um...really fun website BTW!) They still import teak furniture from the South Pacific at great prices, and have a large antique inventory from all over the world.
Here's a little peek ...

Fun teak birdhouse. Eye catching accessory!

Antique Octagonal Table

This table almost made it to my house.....but I had no specific place to put it. I still think about it.... a lot.

Outdoor Garden Area

This bench is just like the two we still have on our front porch. Prices are not much higher than they were 14 years ago! We painted ours a sort of a dark brown-black. (Here's a peek at one on the porch)...

Our Front Porch

New Wing Back Chair

A friend of mine got two of these new leather wing back chairs to put in front of her fireplace. We are painting her paneling and brick fireplace white for a dramatic backdrop!

Large warehouse full to the brim.

Three Women and an Armoire. A little bit of Sacramento shopping....a little bit of this....a little bit of that....and a lot of fun.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chic Elle Decor News!!!

The New Elle Decor July, August issue is just about here. I am looking forward to seeing the John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross New Jersey estate revival pictured on the front cover. You know Dransfield and Ross from their beautiful pillow, bedding, furniture and accessory lines HERE.

To see all of the house photos on the Elle Decor Website, click on over HERE!
I just love their style....always have....and anyone with a dog named Cooper is A-OK by me!!!
And then there is the Florida house by Nate Berkus. (I am guessing his site is under construction because of his new TV show which is due to air this September...will you be watching?!) Anything "Nate" always gets my full attention.
There is something else going on over at Elle Decor.
A Brand new opportunity for all of you designers out there....ELLE DECOR has just launched their Designer's Registry. You can create a profile of your firm and post photographs of your best projects. It is organized by geographical region to make it easy for potential clients to find you. Best thing? It is FREE for the first year if you sign up before September 1. Click on over HERE to register.
I will be there myself soon, and I look forward to seeing all of my designer/blogger friends' beautiful work!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

From One Happy Place to Another: San Francisco Magazine's Top 5 Design Blogs

I just returned from a five day Disneyland Adventure celebrating my eldest's graduation, with my youngest in tow. It was definitely the Happiest of places for the last few days....Then I returned home to find out THIS very happy news!
Diane Dorrans Saeks, author of some of our favorite design books (Michael Smith Elements of Style, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Paris Style and Hollywood Style to name but a few), and contributing interior design editor for San Francisco Magazine included katiedid in her TOP 5 local Design Blogs! Diane has been a kind and generous supporter of katiedid, and for blogs in general. I am very honored to be included in this brilliant group. I am so happy to know talented designers and bloggers, Scot and Grant and am looking forward to meeting Kendra and Kit as soon as possible!

Please do visit all of the Top 5...and do not miss Diane Dorrans Saeks fabulous blog, The Style Saloniste. It is a MUST READ! Diane chronicles her adventures in travel, design, and style from all over the globe. She profiles top designers and style mavens, artists and architects all with enthusiastic aplomb.
Great thanks to you Diane! Congratulations to all of the "listers" and huge appreciation to all of the katiedid readers.
My day is made.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Have a Wonderful Father's Day!

We are off to the "Happiest Place on Earth" for a little graduation celebration. While we are gone, I am leaving you with one idea for a delicious Father's Day. My daughter made a beautiful Coconut Cake using THIS recipe from Ina Garten. Having something home made by the kids for their Dad....a perfect way to say "I love you!"
I am going to miss her when she's left for college....don't get me started!
Have a wonderful Father's Day Weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shopping the Antique Faire

Sacramento Antique Faire

Sacramento has an Antique Faire under Highway 50 every second Sunday of the month. I am lucky it is about a half mile from my house, so it is easy to case it every month. One of these days I am going to have to get there before all of the pickers grab up all of the choice items...say about 6 in the morning?

One of the best things about the location, other than it's proximity to my house, is that the Highway provides shade over the whole Faire. Nice for us, and even nicer for the vendors!

Much cooler under the Highway
Over the Ocean Home and Garden Decorations
One of the vendors I like to find every time I go is Marina Geest (phone...209-327-9440) who owns "Over the Ocean", Marina is originally from the Netherlands and travels there frequently to bring us beautiful linens and antiques. I am hooked on the blue checkered dish towels and end up buying a couple every time I find her. She frequently has Oyster baskets and demijohns as well.

Over the Ocean Linens
Marina is partnering with Sue's Country Barn and Antiquarian this weekend for a huge container sale in Manteca this weekend if you are in the mood for a little Antique treasure hunting!!

12607 E. Hwy 120
Manteca, CA 95336
2 miles East of Hwy 99
Thursday June 17....6-9 PM
June 18-20 10AM-6PM

If only I were in town!!!

Moving on down the row, I found Abdoulie Jawneh from Nairobi who imports African artifacts. It was his first time to Sacramento having driven up from LA. Abdoulie had beautiful African beads and cowrie shell baskets. I ended up taking home the baskets in the photo below. Cowrie shells symbolize wealth and never hurts to have a little help.
Cowrie Shell Baskets for Good Luck

African Beads from Jawneh Brothers Imports

To reach Jawneh Brothers 323-251-7349. Visit them in Los Angeles!

I was very happy to meet Andrew Church who specializes in vintage metal furniture which he refurbishes and sells at Alameda and other antique fairs throughout the country. He is based in Houston, and thought he might try out Sacramento! I hope he makes it back!!!

The table below was in the neighborhood of $395....much better than big city pricing!!!

Very cool metal furniture from Andrew Church

To reach Andrew, call 830-481-0080

There was another new vendor this week that had some very cool stuff.....vintage binoculars, flasks.......but I was sort of taken with something a little on the unusual side.......
It was a wood carved motorcycle that measured about 30" wide by 18" high. A little strange perhaps....but I almost took 'er home. But hey....if it's good enough for Cameron......

Carmen Diaz in the July Issue on InStyle Magazine, photo by Michelangelo Di Battista
I didn't have a chance to get this vendor's information, but they assured me they will be back next month. Maybe they will still have the bike. I can still dream......Peter and Jack would approve.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Elle Decor....the A-LIST

By now you have all heard about the new Elle Decor A-List. All of our favorite designers are on it, and just in case you had not heard, designer and blogger Grant Gibson made it onto the 5 designers to watch list! (Yay Grant!!!!)
There was a bash to celebrate all the who's who of design last Thursday at the McGuire Showroom in the New York Design Center. Almost all of the 30 A-Listers were in attendance including Jeffrey Bilhuber, Eric Cohler, Robert Couturier, Steven Gambrel, Suzanne Kasler, Victoria Hagan, Charlotte Moss, Joe Nahem, Alex Papachristidis, Thomas O'Brien, Miles Redd, Stephen Sills, Michael Smith, William Sofield, Steven Volpe, Bunny I say more? It was a little bit of design heaven.
Thought you might enjoy a few pictures....

Grant Gibson looking sharp in classic black and white, the always chic Margaret Russell, and the oh-so-talented Mr. Miles Redd.

Margaret with Steven Volpe of San Francisco

The most luscious Peonies ever.
Stop on over here for all the scoop on the A-LIST!
Party on Elle Decor!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Cool: Saffron Marigold

My New Duvet and Shams!!
I am so happy to have stumbled upon a bedding line called Saffron Marigold while searching for a new duvet cover and shams for my bedroom. I was online and googled "Indian Bedding" when I found them. The name alone was conjuring up beautiful exotic images in my head. I was hoping that the company was as good as it looked when I ordered what appeared to be the perfect Summertime bedding. I chose a black on white paisley pattern.

Saffron Marigold's pretty stationary
Let me just say.....I am extremely impressed all around. Saffron Marigold emailed me a confirmation immediately, and the next day emailed me that my items had been shipped. Two days later (I had asked for standard shipping) my package appeared (granted, I realized when ordering that the company is based in Petaluma, California....I'm only a couple of hours away...but still!!). It beat the Crate and Barrel bedding I ordered by two weeks!
When I opened up the box, a handmade paper envelope made with Marigold petals caught my eye. So pretty. Inside was a beautiful card printed with the company's logo with information and care instructions inside. What an impressive touch! Details like this make my day. I would not hesitate to have a box like this delivered to my clients.
The duvet and a just as impressive. I expected the block print on the front to be like the photo on the website. But I was pleasantly surprised by the small blue paisley print on the opposite side. So fresh and pretty! I feel like I got two looks in one. Really great quality and the fabric is really nice. Best of all....the pricing is right where it should be....fair and affordable!
Two thumbs up!!!
Here is a little background and some of the other prints available from Saffron Marigold.

Carving a Wood Block
Indian fabrics are printed using a wood block method where detailed patterns are painstakingly carved into the wood.

Here is an example of a particularly intricate pattern.

Many of the patterns are in medallion forms like this one, and the pattern I chose for myself. Others are all over patterns like the one below. Almost always there is a decorative border along the edges, and bedding is printed to the size of the duvet or sham, so there is a border along all of the edges.

Here is just a sampling of what can be found at Saffron Marigold.... You are bound to find something perfect for summer!

Happy Shopping and Happy Summer!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Movin' On Up!

Living Room of designer, Jay Jeffers

If you are like me....any opportunity to see inside the home of an admired top designer is not to be missed. I just got word that the oh-so-talented Mr. Jay Jeffers has put his beautiful San Francisco home on the market. Jay says he and his partner are ready for a bit of a change.

I had blogged about Jay's house HERE awhile back....but if you want pictures of the whole shebang....head on over to the Sotheby's site HERE for the grand tour!!! Such a fun HOUSE!!! Whoever gets it will have built in panache to spare.

And I am sure we will all get to see Jay's NEXT house adventure!
If you are in the Bay Area this weekend, there will be an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday. Nothing better than seeing a well designed home in person!!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Life is Full

Alley Party Guests, Jenny and Andy
Life has a way of becoming bountiful all at once. I think the more one is involved with people, the more opportunities arise. Lately life has been very full, and I must apologize for letting my blog slip a little. Especially since the blog has been one of the main sources for how much life is giving at the moment!
So a little sharing is in order. As you know, we live in a turn of the century neighborhood which developed with alleys behind all of the houses ( presumably so horses could be put away behind the houses). Tim and one of our back alley neighbors, Rob, had been conceptualizing a party with all of the alley neighbors for a few months now. The idea was to have a Pot Luck in the alley with a band in our garage and the homemade beer brewed by Rob (fan-TAS-tic BTW!!!!) in Rob's garage. This all ended up coming about on Memorial Day weekend.

Vital Signs, Classic Rock in our Garage
We really had no idea how it would turn out.... We know most of our neighbors, but not all. We had never heard the band before....they were recommended by a friend, and we didn't know how many would show up! Wellll....From the response, it looks like it will be an annual event. Perhaps semi-annual! We have had requests for an Oktoberfest. (I will keep you informed!). The band ( Vital Signs....Classic Rock...916-388-1931 if you are in the Sactown Dave Mauck) was great....everyone was up and dancing . The Brew was so popular Rob had to break out a second batch. And the Pot luck was delish. Brats, salads, and lots of watermelon. Sometimes a casual thing can turn into the most fun.

Pot Luck
I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!
This last weekend was quite eventful as well! Saturday, Tim and I drove with my Mom to Healdsburg to empty out a storage unit Mom had been renting for the last 15 years. We thought it was about time to let the contents see the light of day once again.....and Mom could save a little cash to boot! Mom used to live in Healdsburg, and for those of you unfamiliar, it is located in the wine country right along the Russian River. (More HERE) It is beautiful, charming, and home to antique shops, great B&B's, restaurants and recreational opportunities.

Oakville Grocery, Healdsburg
Although the main reason for the trip was to empty out a treasure trove of furniture and art that had been in hiding for such a long time (we didn't even know exactly what we would find!)....we still had to have lunch, right? So after a morning of driving to Healdsburg (about 2 hours from Sac) picking up a U-haul truck and loading it up with fantastic loot (more later on that!) we headed over to Oakville Grocery for lunch. Located right on the town is THE place for sandwiches and salads. Me? I had a Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich and Roasted Beet Salad with a Sparkling Pear Cider. Mom had the Roast Beef, and Tim had a Roasted Veggie Sandwich with a fresh Snap Pea Salad.

Lunch at Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg
Refreshed we were ready for the drive home and a late afternoon of unpacking. We finished just in time for the guests to arrive for a year end pizza party for my daughter, her girlfriends and moms. (Actually, I did need to leave to pick up Tim from returning the U-Haul truck.... perhaps we were trying to pack in a little too much for one day!) We had fun making pizzas with Trader Joe pizza dough (I highly recommend!!!) and any topping you can imagine is also available at TJ's! Easy. was a quick trip to the Sacramento Farmer's is Cherry Season....and I am addicted to Rainier cherries....had to have them.
Sacramento Farmer's Market Cherries
After breakfast, I drove to San Francisco to meet one of my favorite bloggers! Grant Gibson, designer and blogger extraordinaire, threw a scrumptious brunch for Architect Design blogger, Stefan Hurray. (Stefan lives in Washington DC and is enjoying a birthday trip to California....Happy Birthday Stefan!!)

Brunch at Grant Gibson's lovely San Francisco Home
Grant is not only a fabulous designer ( 5 designers to watch list in Elle Decor, people!) he is also a consummate host and cook! We were treated to Roast Vegetable Quiche, Smoked Salmon Quiche, Asparagus and Fingerling Potatoes, Fresh Strawberries, Homemade Scones and Clotted Cream. There was minted iced tea and Prosecco Mimosas. And the company was so much fun! (I wish I had been able to get every one's picture...but here are a few)
Stefan of Architect Design blog, and Grant
Sally Swing and Scot Meacham Wood, Fabulous designer and author of Tartanscot Blog
Moi and Stefan
It has been a very busy time...and a very good time as well. We will be celebrating my older daughter's High School graduation this weekend with family, and the girls and I will be heading to the Happiest Place on Earth for a little Grad Trip in a couple of weeks. I am working on some really fun work projects which I hope to share with you very soon!
So...without further is back to work!
Have a great day!