Out & About

Kauai Beach Cottage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Aloha all! Today I wanted to share pictures of the most charming little beach cottage we rented during our vacation last week. We’ve stayed at so many over the years but this one has been the favorite so far. I loved so many of the design elements incorporated into this plantation style cottage just steps away from the beach in Poipu on the sunny southern shore of Kauai.

I requested permission from the owner to photograph and feature it and she was kind enough to share sources. The owners live on the island and the husband is a builder. The cottage was so well designed from the pitched plank ceilings to the folding doors to the lanai. It was filled with coastal inspired decor and art, beautiful light fixtures, hardware, and a gorgeous kitchen too.

Both bedrooms featured floor to ceiling tongue and groove plank walls painted a creamy white, ceiling fans for circulating the warm island air, woven shades paired with breezy sheers, and seagrass woven headboards from Pottery Barn.

kauai beach cottage master

 

kauai beach cottage second bedroom

 

I loved the combination of finishes in this coastal kitchen: white cabinets, black honed granite countertops, chrome fixtures and a beautiful blue green mosaic tile backsplash from Pacific Tile, a perfect fit for a beach cottage! The floors are smoked antique white oak from Du Chateau flooring.

kauai beach cottage kitchen dining

 

open shelves glass backsplash

 

blue green glass tile backsplash

 

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Day Trip: St. Helena

Monday, April 14th, 2014

We had such an amazing time in St. Helena with our inlaws last weekend we went again on Saturday to dine and shop! The spring weather has been spectacular with gorgeous blue skies so we couldn’t resist. I always take my camera along to capture the sights …

st helena day trip

St. Helena is a little town nestled between Calistoga to the north and Rutherford to the south in the heart of the Napa Valley and it makes for a fabulous day trip for anyone visiting the region.

napa valley map

map from here 

One thing a lot of tourists do is catch the Wine Train in Napa that takes you all the way up to St. Helena and back. We rode the sunset dinner train years ago with friends which was so fun but if you catch the lunch train during the day you will get the benefit of amazing vineyard scenery during daylight hours.

napa valley wine train

If you’re driving or biking along the main road into St. Helena your head will turn nonstop from left to right to take in all the sights. The landscape is covered with hillside vineyards and peppered with wineries, inns, and shops with idyllic grounds where you can stop to taste olive oil, cheese, and of course wine!

st helena winery

 

long meadow ranch tastings

           winery st helena

 

inn in st helena

It’s impossible to squeeze it all into one day but it’s worth visiting just to savor the sights and flavors.    

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