Hometown Pride

February 10, 2010

country living I was flying back home on Sunday when I grabbed the latest copy of Country Living magazine.

I adore this publication, but I need to renew my subscription -  hence the airport purchase.

Inside there are plenty of great articles and idea notebooks, with features on closet makeovers, vintage luggage, antiques, and even sea salt (my latest fixation).

Then what before my eyes should appear in the March 2010 issue on page 69  but a fabulous feature on my hometown !

“Five Reasons to Visit Petaluma”

When I saw my sweet little hometown featured in a major national magazine, I got a little giddy.

country living inside

Ooooh, a three page spread !   I live right nearby these places !

Petaluma is the southern most town in Sonoma County, just 35 minutes north of San Francisco.  Our town shares its eastern border with world famous Sonoma, and is known all around for its numerous antique shops in the downtown area.

Twice a year, we have an amazing  Antique Fair where the streets are closed off, and almost 200 vendors come from across the West to sell their vintage, salvage and antique goods.

The big feature in the March 2010 issue of Country Living is on this very Antique Fair !  How marvelous !

I never ever ever miss it !  In fact, I’ve written about the Antique Fair in 2009, with plenty of inspirational pictures, here and here.

The Petaluma Antique Fair is where I spied this piece . . .

taupe paint nightstand

. . . . which inspired my latest cabinet makeover (pictured below).

sideboard with urn

It’s where I saw some colored antique seltzer bottles

seltzer bottles

Similar to the bottles on display at Napa Style that I saw last fall.

napastyle spritzer bottles

And this year, I’d like to score one (or two) for myself.

At the Antique Fair I saw this clever idea – vintage spoons as door pulls, brilliant !

salvage guy spoons

And it’s where I saw this vintage frame crafted into a jewelry holder . . .

frame turned jewelry holder

Which inspired me to make this fabric backed jewelry display with a recycled frame:

hooks on side

It’s where I saw this bright green painted piece . . .

green furniture 2

That inspired the color for the desk I painted for my daughter’s remodeled room:

dresser room view

I’m still regretting not buying these babies from the September Fair.  It haunts me.

zebra stools

So if there is anyone in Northern California who’d like to meet me there,

I’m extending this invitation:

cg antique fair invite

We will browse the Antique Fair for three hours, followed up by a private luncheon at Zagat rated Risibisi, a local favorite, within walking distance.  Email me for details.

I can’t wait !!!

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