Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Just a Little Lift to Your Day!



I am definitely not the first to see this....over 8 million already have, but in case you haven't, this is perhaps the best proposal I have ever seen. A Facebook friend brought it to my attention.

Just a little smile for you.

Monday, May 28, 2012

In Our Memories


It has been very quiet in town this weekend. The weather is beautiful, so I think many have taken the opportunity to head out for the weekend....perhaps to the coast, the wine country or the mountains. I enjoyed a day trip up to the Gold Country yesterday: Sutter Creek and Volcano, which I will show you all this week! But the peacefulness here at home toady is just what we needed. We cannot bear to be inside today since it is perfect outside: 80 degrees, a soft breeze and sunny blue skies. So we took the dogs to the park this morning, shopped for ingredients for a Tapas party later this evening with friends and now Tim is painting....


After many years it was definitely time. I have been torn between shades of taupe, camel and putty for months. We finally decided on a color: Kelly Moore Sand Pebble. The trim is white and the doors will be Kelly Moore Carbon, a shiny black. I have been torn about the door color. I may end up changing my mind yet again. There are so many colors I have seen lately for doors that would be so much fun. But I know us. The likelihood that we will get around to changing the color when/if we get tired of a Kelly Green or Tangerine will take months...years. So I think a black lacquer might be the classic choice I need. But then again.....


While I work in the garden today, I will be thinking of all who have gone before us to defend and protect us. Thank you.

Happy Memorial Day.

Monday, May 21, 2012

San Francisco Decorator Showcase - TWO Kitchens

Modern Pantry 
It seems that every San Francisco Decorator Showcase I have visited has been in the Presidio Heights area of San Francisco. This area is known for the historic mansions with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. The homes are grand, to be sure, but I think this is the first home I have seen with two full kitchens. The first kitchen we viewed was adjacent to the Dining Room and was referred to as the "Modern Pantry" aka Catering Kitchen. Honestly, I would be more than thrilled to have this beauty as my one and only.....
Union Jack makes a statement!
The designers of this space, Tinsley Hutson-Wiley and Allison Bloom of Tinsley Hutson-Wiley Interior Design, and Dehn Bloom Design, were tasked with transforming the existing kitchen while leaving the it in tact for after the Showcase. !!!!!!! "Why go back?" I asked myself! But the gals are troopers and took on the challenge. They covered the counters with zinc which could be removed after the event. New paint and beautiful subway tile from Heath Ceramics freshen things up. They covered a wall that had to stay with paneling which they painted with a tone on tone Union Jack. Open shelving provides storage without closing in the space. Leather cabinet pulls add another level of detail.  loved all of the bread boards used as wall decor!.....


Such a fabulous redo! And here are the lovely ladies responsible.....

Tinsley Hutson-Wiley and Allison Bloom
 The Main Kitchen was on the lower level along with a large Family Room. These two rooms are referred to as the (lahyf-stahyl), LIFESTYLE 2020 rooms by the daring design duo, Jeff and Tray Sclarb of Green Couch Design.

Again, the designers were required to transform the spaces while also restore to its original state after the event is over. Tricky business! Now you see it, now you don't, so to speak. But it seems this team has super hero powers, because they make it look so easy.....

Main Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Green Couch Interior Design

That was the "After". And this is the "Before.......

"Before".  Photo courtesy of Green Couch Interior Design
Amazing, right? I think the only thing that looks the same is the granite counter. Jeff white washed the brick....soooo much better! And covered the tile behind the range with a white wall and Stainless Steel back splash. Fresher and more tailored, it allows the rest of the room to shine. New stain on the island and paint on the perimeter, refinished floors and voila! Magic....

Photo courtesy of Green Couch Interior Design
The color of the chairs and the repainted ceiling beams make such a difference! Jeff does have a way with details as well.....


The Family Room....the second half of any "lahyf-stahyl" space...is right next to the kitchen, and is, in fact, just part of the same large room. Jeff zhuzhed it up with the same white wash on the brick walls...SOOOooo much fresher! And he had the beams painted here as well. You can also see the floors are the same as the kitchen....

Lahyf-Stahyl, LIFESTYLE  2020

Jeff used the tried and true ebony and ivory color scheme with a "punch and pow" of yellow for the windows and pillows. Cool Kyle Bunting area rug....art in itself. 


Jeff, I love what you've done to the place!

Lahyf-Stahyl, LIFESTYLE  2020
Without further ado....here is our super hero now.....

Jeff Schlarb of Green Couch
Here is the "Before" just so you understand just how strong Jeff's powers of transformation are..... 

"Before"
As much as I wish I had the power to transport you all to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase myself, that is one set of powers I do not have. So I hope you have an opportunity to visit your self. The Showcase is open through the month of May, so hurry!

Hop on over HERE for all of the information you will need.

On another note.....

Don't forget to enter the 
GIVE AWAY for THIS book!



Click on over HERE for all of the details.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

GIVE AWAY! Playful Home





A new book for those who like to play, whether you are young, or simply young at heart has recently come out called Playful Home. Rizzoli is famous for their design books. I have a million of 'em. And this one is just as fun as it it promises. It is full of clever ideas for a life filled with kids. 

Author, Andrew Weaving stocks this book full of creative design solutions for kids and how to integrate fun into all areas of the home.


He starts us off with a section on Boys' rooms. Every boy is different, but all of them have things they are passionate about. A room should reflect them and make it easy for them to enjoy what they love, whether it be skateboarding, or playing the drums....or both....

Photo by Sharon Shreves 
And aren't bunk beds often part of the plan? There are many ideas for them to be found in Playful Home....

Photo by Darren Chung
Girls' rooms get equal attention. Who says that cowboys are only for boys?!

Photo by Cath Kidston
I loved this vintage take on a girl's room with a modern twist. Repainted furniture and vintage wallpaper are so much fun with the yellow chair...

Photo by Lisbeth Hammer
There is a whole section on Patterns and Designs. Bold murals and graphic patterns are a fantastic way to rev up a room without making a over the top financial commitment. After all, penguins may be in this year but so last year by next year....

Photo by Darren Chung
And pattern doesn't always have to be on a wall. A colorful screen can be a great way to add punch and do double duty to make a space flexible......

Photo by Darren Chung
Another section of the books deals with display and storage. Many of my clients have questions about how to store and display their kids' toys and artful creations. Playful Home is full of creative solutions. I love these shallow shelves for a collection of dromedaries in this space. It could just as well be baseballs, dolls or matchbox cars.....

Photo by Ray Main
Inside the house is all well and good, but what kid doesn't love to be outdoors? Another section is devoted to outdoor structures, playhouses, tree houses, and yes....tepees....

photo by Mandy Delucia 
The balance of the book is all about a number of homes devoted to the younger set of the family. There are about five homes that are shown top to bottom illustrating that a heart can stay young and creative everywhere in the house. Sophistication does not have to be stuffy....

Photo by Andrew Wood 
Photo by Andrew Wood
So live a little!

Photo by John Short
Now for the
 GIVE AWAY!

 Rizzoli very kindly sent this book to me to review, and I liked it so much, I though you would too! Those of you that REALLY like it might like to have one for your own, no? SO...Rizzoli has promised a copy to one lucky winner! Here is the scoop:

1) Hop on over to Rizzoli and take a moment to look around. See the facebook link? Go ahead and "friend" them.
2) Become a follower on the katiedid blog by clicking the google friend connect button on the right. For those of you who subscribe through email, you only need to hop over to the blog website to see the sidebar.
3) Click on the "comment" link at the bottom of this post and leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts about Playful Home and all of the ideas here!
4) Make sure I can contact you by including an email address, or make sure your username has a link to a contact email.
5) The Cut Off date to enter is May 31 ,  at 5:00PM PST. I will announce the winner the next day, June 1st!

GOOD LUCK

and, as always, thank you for reading!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day at the Sacramento Antique Faire


 I hope you all had a relaxing and eventful Mother's Day! This will be the second year that my mother and I have gone together to the Sacramento Antique Faire to celebrate our mutual love of the hunt for treasure. And we did find a few treasures! I brought home  a beautiful woven purse ($10), a necklace made of some sort of bone ($5!) and a photograph......


 The seller did not have any information about it other than what was written on the back of the frame. He said he buys storage lockers full of goods and sells them at the Faire. This is the item I am the most curious about. It said on the back that it was a photo of a pair of Indian Burial Trees following the Battle of Little Big Horn. Dated 1886. Photo is by David F. Barry. I was quite taken with the mystery of it. The framing looks pretty new. The photo is on crescent board and the glass on top is wrapped in copper strips, so it cannot be opened without wrecking the copper stripping. If anyone out there has nay information about this photo, I would love to hear about it!

In the meantime, I will find a good perch for it!

Mom found quite a few things as well, including this Elk horn which was about 4 feet long. I almost poked a few eyes out carrying it back to the car! I may have to convince her to keep it around for awhile before to Napa to be sold in her space at the 2nd Street Antique Shop!


And yes, there are always some things that get away from me. So many treasures, not enough cash! This Swiss Army backpack was issued to the troops in WWII. It is made out of cowhide and was in pretty perfect condition It was amazing and if it could talk, I bet it would have some intriguing stories to tell!


The same dealer had a collection of WWII binoculars, which I have become enamoured with lately, as well as a wicker basket/trunk that held carrier pigeons during the war. I almost did get the basket. Priced at $35 I thought it was unique enough to snap up.....but I didn't...
   

There is a dealer that comes every month with beautiful linen flour bags....


And I loved these wicker wine bottle coverings that were green, red and white. I was told by one another dealer that was selling these that they are made this way for the holiday season....


So much to see, so little time. I rushed through all of the isles so Mom and I could get home for brunch. Tim and my daughter were putting together a bit of a feast for us. When we walked in, we were greeted with flowers.....


And Tim was busy putting together Eggs Benedict with the most luscious Hollandaise I have ever tasted. Pure decadence!


After Brunch, I hopped on over to a girlfriend's home where she treated a group of moms who have been in our book group for over 15 years to an afternoon of champagne, good girl talk, and her famous sticky buns. And best of all, a great excuse to relax and enjoy the day!


Here's to Mothers everywhere who love and nurture and sort of make the world go 'round!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

San Francisco Decorator Showcase, Dining Room and Terrace


Hello all! I am a bit behind! A little back injury, but I am back in action and determined to show you not only the San Francisco Showcase, but quite a few other design events that have heralded in the Spring Design Season!

Next on the San Francisco Decorator Showcase Tour is the Dining Room!. The Dining Room is the one room that shows the most original architectural detail: rich paneling representing some of the best from the Victorian Aesthetic Movement. The designer, Marysia Rybock of Scavullo Design had fun with the space creating a whimsical fantasyland. A sort of Harry Potter meets Twelfth Night. Marysia clad the fireplace with Spanish Moss, and brought in vibrant silk floral fabrics creating a garden of delights. She used a collection of lavender tables versus the expected single table. It struck me they looked a bit like lily pads with the citron green chair surrounding them. I loved the pendant light made with pearlescent shells.....


A beautiful use of color....


...and great sense of humor! I always like a room that makes me grin! Marysia enhanced the existing frieze with cheeky comments making for an atmosphere of revelry and laughter....


Here is the lovely Marysia Rybock in her element.....


Stepping out of the Dining Room doors, one finds a gorgeous Roof Terrace designed by Frank Holbrook. Citron Green and Coral-y Tangerine with a little Tiger thrown in makes for a bright and happy space. The Thomas Bartlett Furniture Collection looks perfect, and Perennials outdoor fabrics are some of my very favorites.....


Frank added a beautiful canopy where one could have the perfect brunch or soiree with a perfect view of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz in the distance. And the chandelier! Chic......


Could you sit here all day?


We had to push on....after a bit of chocolate of course! Lucky us, we just had to pass by this bit of beauty....the marble topped console with lush Hydrangeas and topiaries....


Thank you Frank Holbrook for such an inspiring space!


There is much more to come, but I think a trip in person is in order!

Hop on over HERE for all of the scoop on the San Francisco Decorator Showcase tickets and schedule. Mother's Day is this weekend, remember?

Friday, May 4, 2012

San Francisco Designer Showcase, Living Room and Study


After oohhhing and aaahhhing at the Front Hall at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, we walked into this gracious, elegant "City Salon" designed by Steve Henry and Michael Booth of BAMO. These design duo have mixed traditional styles with unexpected modern elements, like the Platner coffee table and modern art that kick up the character volume. 


Steve and Michael chose to cover the walls in between the existing wood work with a padded upholstery in a rich red wine color adding trim and nail heads just to add to the already opulent detail. I loved the toile table skirt on the central table, and how the color ties in with the wall color. The rest of the palette steers toward the ivory, citron and aqua hues. Beautiful!


The Moroccan rugs on top of the sisal carpet is sophisticated without being precious.... 


And who does not love a bouquet of Peonies.....


It was hard to leave, but we were on a mission to view four floors in under two hours. I have to say, we almost did not make it through! 

So on to the Gentleman's Study next door. Geoffrey De Sousa and Robin Sussillo of Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design were inspired by the Legion of Honor exhibition entitled "the Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde" (currently on exhibit through mid-June) in the design of this space. 

One of the most striking elements in the space, besides the amazing geometric metal desk, is the Timorous Beasties wallpaper. "William Morris on acid". 


Geoffrey and Robin had the paper hand cut to continue up onto the vaulted ceiling as if the illustrated plants had just kept growing.....brilliant....


Many of the items in the space were bespoke designs , like the area rug by Kyle Bunting, and the 1930's wing back chair....


And John Pomp created a beautiful hand blown glass fixture above the desk....another example of the craftsmanship which defined the Aesthetic Movement.


Now back to that desk! It is by Scala Luxury available through the De Sousa Hughes Showroom, Spectacular!

There is more to come my friends....much more!

Get on over the the Showcase in person. I cannot possible show you all of the details and ideas here!