Weekend Fun

September 26, 2011

Hey all, hope you had a great weekend!  I spend it with my good friend and fellow blogger Rhoda visiting from Atlanta playing tour guide and I gave her the whirlwind tour of our region.  Here’s a peek what we’ve been up to for the last few days. 

Any visit to my place begins with a glass of something special in the backyard, time to shake off all of the discomforts of travel and chill, relax, chillax!  

rhoda chillin in cgs yard


I took her on my favorite quick tour of the WC which includes Viansa . . .

rhoda viansa

ivy at viansa


Jacuzzi Winery . . .

jacuzzi doors


and nearby Cornerstone Gardens and Artefact Design & Salvage.

artefact salvage


Artefact is home to the most amazing salvage and global finds in both the showroom and the extensive yard outside. 

driftwood sculptures

giant driftwood balls 2

industrial solar system fixtures

living wall

cornerstone sonoma

lavender at cornerstone


We stopped into a neighboring café where we admired the walls covered in rustic whitewashed wood, and I’m such a fan of that stunning giant wood sculpture.

wall and sculpture

whitewash wood

In fact, I kinda love it.

wood love


We had lunch at the fabulous El Dorado Kitchen and spent the afternoon strolling the Sonoma Plaza.  Back home I coaxed Rhoda into cooking some of her famous chicken and dumplings for me and she fell for my devious plan.

rhoda cooking dumplings

Mmmmmmm mmmmmmm comfort food!

rhodas chicken and dumplings

Rhoda’s homemade recipe is here.


Sunday we both headed to the local Antique Faire to go treasure hunting together.

kate rhoda at antique faire


This was one of my favorite finds, a giant blue rusty wire basket.

kate with basket


Rhoda is just one of those {best kind of} friends that brings out the silly in me.

kate with frame


It was time for serious blog business, so we took a break and headed to the used book section at the local bookstore to dig through some decorating texts and do research for the upcoming Haven Conference.  Did we score some valuable information! 

decorate the doors


So inspiring, I tell you.  We came up with several ideas for workshops to teach.  We decided we are definitely bringing back the cactus/cow/duck combo.  

cactus and ducks


Personally, I think some window treatments deserve a real chance at a comeback.  

kate with decorating book


Poufy knots!  Swags and jabots!

poufy knots


Oooh, a ruffled floral balloon valance! With matching shams!

ruffled balloon valance


Be still my heart, it’s a matching quilted comforter, shams, border, and a swag valance with a matching oversized rosette!  Salmon pink walls too!  “Crowning the double swag is a fabric rose which repeats the pattern motif to complete the design”.  Awesome.

quilted floral comforter


Anyone interested in a gathered floral lampshade tutorial?

gathered lampshade tutorial

You can always count on me to bring you the most valuable DIY information.

After our extensive research session, we headed back out to the Antique Faire for more browsing, and what a great time we had. Today, we’re off to San Francisco to do some sightseeing, and don’t forget, the big mantel party that kicks off the Fall Link Parties is tomorrow.

Question of the day:  What design trends are we embracing today that you think will become the balloon valances, floral swags, and jabots of the future?  Please discuss.  




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