Home Decor Giveaway

August 12th, 2011

Hello friends and TGIF!  What’s on your agenda for the weekend?  We’re hoping to finish up the laundry room over at the Alma House, but the highlight for me will certainly be those tickets to see Michael Bublé on Saturday night, can’t wait! 

This weekend’s giveaway is brought to you by one of my lovely sponsors, The Inglenook Décor, an online shop filled with so many goodies, it makes it hard to choose.  You’ll find several furniture items, including chairs, ottomans and end tables, and also home accessories from tableware to kitchen décor, candleholders, and rugs.  Whatever your style, whether it’s cottage or French or modern, there is something at Inglenook for everyone. 

This weekend, two lucky winners will get a $75 gift card to shop The Inglenook Décor.

inglenook decor

The throw pillows alone are one of the best collections of modern prints out there.

throw pillows inglenook

 

Eligibility to win one of two $75 gift cards to The Inglenook Décor:

1) Hop on over to visit The Inglenook Décor and pick your favorite item, then name it in a comment!

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a comment telling where you mentioned it (either FB or Twitter)

3) For a third chance to win, “Like” Inglenook on Facebook and leave an additional comment.

**For those who have never commented before, click where it reads “125 Comments”  (or whatever number of entries you see), then you’ll be prompted to enter your name and email address. 

Giveaway ends Monday August 15th at 8 p.m. PST.  Two winners chosen at random.  US and Canada only. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

 

The lucky two winners are:

#117 Steph who wrote:

“I love so many things in the garden decor section but I fell in love with the Rococo Noir Square Footed Cake Stand”

#686  Carole at The Blue Chateau who wrote:

“LOVE that site! So many great things to choose from – it’s hard to narrow it down. The Neo Classique Dessert Plates are wonderful (be still my heart – there are matching mugs!). The Bay Leaf Glass Dome is fabulous!”

 

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SF to Sonoma: Your Perfect Day Trip

August 12th, 2011

Greetings friends, happy Friday!  Guess what gang?  It’s tasting season out here in Wine Country and many of you are planning WC getaways and little day trips.  I keep getting tweets and emails with the same question time and again. 

“Hey Kate, we’re coming to San Francisco and want to spend one of our vacation days in Wine Country, where do you recommend we go/sip/eat?”

Just one day?  Oh no!  Truly, you need several days to experience Northern Cali’s Wine Country, preferably two days spent in the Napa Valley touring Calistoga, St. Helena and Yountville, and two days in the different regions of Sonoma County, specifically Healdsburg and Sonoma.  A few days is really the way to vacation in the WC in order to truly absorb the flavors and the relaxed atmosphere around here.  It’s infectious.  You may find you never want to return home. 

However, if you’ve only got one day and you’re coming from (or living in) the City by the Bay, it’s true, you can still get the flavor of Wine Country in a single day.  Here is the very best route for all of you “I just have one day” visitors.  This day trip is 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge and takes you on a tour of the Carneros region in Sonoma, known for its Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and sparking wines from grapes that grow in the volcanic soil and thrive amid the coastal breezes. 

This tour will give you a taste and feel for the region and still allow your designated driver to get back to your hotel in San Francisco by nightfall.  Let’s journey, shall we?  Who’s up for a day trip to Wine Country?  Yay, glad you all raised your hands. 

First, travel north on Highway 101 to Highway 37 to Highway 121 – it’s best to map it out before you come on MapQuest, your smart phone, or a GPS device.  

You’ll cross Marin County into Sonoma County and enter the Carneros Valley where you’ll see the grapevines rolling along the hills and start to get excited.  Relax, there are acres of those to come!  Your first stop is Viansa, an Italian inspired hilltop winery which specializes in both red and Italian varietals.  This villa offers a fabulous view, beautiful gardens, and a great marketplace of gourmet foods.  

viansa winery

Next, you’ll travel next door to Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.  The nicest thing about Jacuzzi, other than its sustainable practices, is the fact that although relatively new, the estate buildings seem as if they’ve existed for centuries.  There’s a courtyard, fountain, and vines crawling up the stone façade.  Sample their wines and the flavorful olive oils at The Olive Press.

jacuzzi winery

jacuzzi 2

 

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