Out & About

Fresh from the Farm

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Hello friends, how was your weekend?  Hope you enjoyed yourself and had some relaxing down time!  As for me, I can honestly say my weekend was one of the most productive ever ~ a trip to a U-pick apple farm, a new chandy installed in the kitchen, and the most exciting news. . . the carpet on the stairs is gone, baby, gone.  Oh, yeah. 

So I had a crazy idea on Saturday to load up four girls (age 6 and under) into my SUV and head on out to an apple/pear orchard in nearby Sebastopol for a picking adventure. 

  pears 1

 

I think kids who grow up on a farm truly are at an advantage compared to city kids. They learn all about hard work, tilling the soil, caring for plants, trees, and animals. 

My suburbanite kids certainly do not live on a farm, so I think it’s important to give them farm adventures whenever possible, so they learn from a young age where food really comes from.  

  girl with apple

   

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Anthropologie Styling

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I like to pop into my local Anthropologie every season, usually for their amazing furniture knobs, but always for the eclectic styling of the store’s display artists. 

Apparently, every Anthropologie store has its own Installation Artist that is given a theme from headquarters, but is allowed their own carte blanche interpretation ~ or so the sales clerk told me.  I have no idea if this is true, but if it is, it sounds like a dream job.  I can only imagine how fun it must be to push the artistic envelope and challenge yourself to ‘style’ outside the box with merchandise as fun as that found at Anthropologie

Strings of multiples make a huge impact on display, whether it’s falling leaves in the main clothing display room. . . 

leaves strung in store

. . . or paint dipped clothespins in the dressing area.

clothespins at anthro

 

Embellish a set of basic beads with a fabric flower and you have instant modern style.

flower trim necklace

 

This is a favorite.  I love the pairing of the elegant wallpaper with the rustic wood crates and pallet. 

 

crates on wall

 

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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.

loggia

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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