Inspired by Tiled Staircases

August 5th, 2013

Hello all – how was your weekend? It was go go go for us and we got a lot done but  still managed to squeeze in a few hours of lounging-around-the-house time, soaking up the bliss that exists in these last few weeks of summer before it’s back to school and all things fall. 

Last week we traveled back from Southern California on a family vacay, stopping in Santa Barbara for two days and if ever there was a beautiful place to be, Santa Barbara is surely it! It’s a cool coastal scene with a youthful vibe because of the University. SB has the best of everything: great eats, fab shopping, a gorgeous Pacific Ocean view, a mellow hip atmosphere, and stunning architecture around every bend, much of it inspired by the missions of California.

Matt’s favorite architectural style is Mission Revival, he loves the iconic combination of pale stucco, a tile roof, iron fixtures, and porticos, so our long and lingering drive around town was equally as thrilling to my DIY/design eye and it was to his appraisal expertise.

We talk about building that “forever home” someday when the kids are grown, nothing too big, just a sweet and small Mediterranean style villa in Sonoma on a few acres, one where he can putter around on a tractor tending to the orchard and vineyard and I can spend my hours in the garden. I’ve always dreamed of a tiled staircase (it ranks high on our list with a sunroom) and I was so inspired by the many versions I saw while walking around Santa Barbara.

tiled staircase in santa barbara


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BOTB 8.2.13

August 2nd, 2013

Hello hello and happy Friday! What are your plans friends? I’ve got my hands full of projects, finishing up the guest room and my friend’s dining room all in one week, so much to do, so little time. :) Today is another Friday edition of Best of the Blogosphere, and Amanda and I rounded up our favorite picks from across the web, enjoy!

Two beautiful nurseries to feature this week, this first is a boy’s nursery for Joni’s nephew Henry spied over at Lay Baby Lay.

henrys nursery laybabylay


Next is Lochlan’s Irish nursery by Abode Love, with touches of rustic, plenty of pattern, and of course, the color green!

lochlans nursery abode love


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