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Pine Cone Hill Love & GIVEAWAY

Friday, August 20th, 2010


I’ll never forget these fantastic chairs on the February 2009 cover of House Beautiful.



The fabric is Annie Selke’s ‘Scramble’ in ‘Slate’, and I’ve always always always loved it!  Annie Selke is also the genius behind the textile companies Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert.   Her visionary designs are undeniably divine! 

annie selke sofa


Many of you are already aware of Annie’s beautiful patterns and Pine Cone Hill’s reputation for suburb quality.   So when the kind representatives of Pine Cone Hill offered to send me a few yummies from their linens collection, how could I possibly resist ? 

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La Villa del Valle

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Two years ago, my husband and I did something we’ve never done before.  We left our children with trusted family and traveled to Mexico to spend a birthday weekend with five other couples in a villa in the middle of the wine region in Guadalupe Valley. 

We spent the weekend wine tasting, lounging by the pool, and lingering over long dinners with friends.  The inn was La Villa del Valle, and it left an impression on me forever. 

villa de valle front

The journey to the inn in the middle of the valley is long, but the destination is worth the arduous task of finding it. 

villa entrance

I simply swooned at the decorative railing in this foyer, and the medallion tile detail on the stair risers.  Everywhere inside the villa, the walls are painted concrete ~ love that. 

villa foyer


On the opposite wall of the foyer, this stunning bench and mirror combo greets you. 

mirror and bench

There’s a great room on one end of the villa filled with eclectic furnishings.  A giant stone fireplace sits in the middle and three walls of windows and doors allow for plenty of light.   (Pics from my phone, sorry for the blur)

  villa great room

great room sofa

Just outside the great room is an enchanting loggia with a view of the sweeping Guadalupe Valley.


villa corridor  

terrace seating

The tranquil gardens that surround the property are filled with olive trees, roses, lavender and the owner’s vegetable garden. 

villa backside

villa fields

kitty on bench

villa gardens  

I’m not sure if my enchantment with this villa has something to do with the location, the ambiance, the decor, the free flowing wine, the lingering meals with friends, or simply the fact that the kids weren’t with us that weekend. :-)    But this villa made me dream of owning a small inn someday right here in our own part of the world. 

villa breakfast

Has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever spent time in a place so enchanting that it forever changed your vision of a ‘dream’ home ?  



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So Pretty

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Recently, I’ve stumbled across two sites that I love.  The first is NonPareil Magazine which features beautiful food and table styling, plus inspiration for brides, including DIY wedding projects and downloadable templates. 

pink prettiness nonpareil 

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