Day Trip: St. Helena

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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BOTB 4.11.14

April 11th, 2014

Spring greetings all, it’s going to be a sunny weekend according to the weatherman and I can’t wait to soak up some sun. Today it’s time for another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ and Amanda and I have gathered up our favorites! First a few stunning kitchen makeovers from the week…

Maria of Colour Me Happy had her green and white kitchen featured in Style at Home magazine and wrote about it on her blog transforming her dated builder grade space to a modern beauty!

style at home kitchen makeover maria killam

  

Read the before and after on Desiree’s black and white kitchen makeover, the contrast and finishes are gorgeous!

kitchen makeover 36th avenue

 

Don’t miss this bold yet budget friendly makeover of a small New York City kitchen featured at One Kings Lane, such a great before and after.

blue and gold kitchen makeover

     

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Freestanding Bathtub Beauties

April 9th, 2014

In the fixer we’ll be working on soon I’m already thinking about upgrades in the bathroom. The home has plain Jane builder grade tubs and I’m considering a fresher  look with a freestanding tub. I’ve never installed one in any of our homes but I’ve stayed in a hotel rooms with a claw foot tub and the look has always been a favorite. 

I can’t deny the convenience of a sunken drop in tub with a tile or solid surface surround for placing soaps, candles, towels, etc, but my heart goes pitter patter for a freestanding version in the traditional claw foot and more modern shapes. Swoon!

There are architectural considerations with this choice, most require a floor mount tub filler which is pricier fixture and definite splurge, but I just love how a freestanding tub opens up a bathroom space and makes it feel less cramped.

freestanding tub housetohome

 freestanding tub muse interiors

 

freestanding tub black and white bathroom

house to home / muse interiors / mark williams design

 

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