Angel Island

October 6th, 2014

I had plans to write about my ideas for the master bathroom at the fixer Las Vegas house today but I couldn’t resist sharing just a few shots of our weekend adventure so tune in for the bathroom chat tomorrow. Yesterday we journeyed to a place I absolutely love, and for anyone who has grown up around or lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, you know of what I speak: Angel Island.

This State Park a magical place to walk or bike and if you catch it on a perfect day like we did, Angel Island will give you unforgettable views of the San Francisco Bay, the City, and the Golden Gate Bridge – so worth the boat ride and uphill climb.

We’ve hiked here a few times for the exercise and panoramic views and it really is the BEST. For those planning a visit, consider it a worthy stop especially in what I believe are the best months to visit: May, September, and October when you’ll escape the notorious fog bank that tends to hover over the bay throughout the summer. You can take a midday or sunset cruise, we chose an early morning ferry ride from nearby Tiburon in the north bay, where high end homes overlook over the dock and bay.

tiboron homes 2

tiburon sailboats

Catch the ferry service direct from San Francisco or Marin County, either service will bring you to the island and its views.

golden gate view

Bring a bike or rent one there, but packing a picnic lunch is advised since a hike around will take 2-3 hours and there are tables where you can stop and take in the view. If you forget your picnic, there is a cantina/cafe on the island for purchasing food. The adventure is one of those “fill your lungs with fresh air and eyes with a magical view” kind of walks that is work the trek.

picnic table view of sf


angel island home


hiking trails


east bay view


angel island coastline


golden gate view


boats in harbor


sf city view

This is such a wonderful weekend day or sunset evening excursion, check out the Yelp reviews here, and add a trip to Angel Island to your To Do list next time you visit San Francisco! .


BOTB 10.3.14

October 3rd, 2014

Welcome to the weekend! Today and tomorrow I’m headed to several tile shops with three projects on the horizon (a fireplace, a master bathroom, a kitchen…) and it’s time to narrow down some choices. This weekend features some favorite projects and spaces in the continuing ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series, enjoy!

Tour a bright white kitchen renovation at Perfectly Imperfect.

perfectly imperfect kitchen makeover


We love the wood texture and layered neutrals in Lauren’s dining room makeover, also featured in Domino.

rustic dining room


A cozy boy’s bedroom is ready for the arrival of a special child at The Lettered Cottage.

boys room lettered cottage


Create an inexpensive industrial PVC light fixture with Design, Dining, and Diapers.

pvc light fixture


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