Fabulous Finds

The Road Well Traveled

California Coast - Woody and Lighthouse

California Coast – Woody and Lighthouse

Trying to make the most of our trip out west, we set off every day armed with our trusty Fodor’s travel guide (now quite dogeared) and a sense of adventure.  One bright sunny day, we decided to drive the famed U.S. Route 101 which runs along the coast from Washington to southern California, offering breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean.  Beginning in the town of Carlsbad known for its mineral water which was found to have the same properties as water from the wells of Karlsbad, Bohemia, we wound our way south to Swami’s, a top surfing spot for the locals.

Swami's Looking North

Swami’s Looking North

The beach is located down a long stairway just steps away from the Self-Realization Fellowship Center, a temple topped with golden lotus-flower domes built in 1920 for Paramahansa Yogananda.  This Indian yogi and guru, who introduced millions of westerners to the fundamentals of meditation, called Encinitas his home and where he wrote the seminal Autobiography of a Yogi.

Can You Say Om?

Can You Say Om?

No trip to the beach is complete without some California texmex and Bull Taco “Inauthentic Mexican” fit the bill with it’s surf shack vibe and clifftop views of the ocean.  The fish tacos were delicious, as were the veggie ones, and the atmosphere couldn’t be beat.

Can You Say Yum?

Can You Say Yum?

Lunch with a View

Lunch with a View

Our lunch was followed by a picturesque drive through the quaint village of Del Mar and down the hill to Torrey Pines Natural Reserve where 300-foot-high sandstone cliffs beckoned us to climb…  A perfect way to end our roadtrip.

Torrey Pines Natural Preserve

Torrey Pines Natural Preserve

We hope you’ve enjoyed our journey down the 101 and that your weekend is filled with adventures off the beaten path!

All photos by yours truly except for poster and taco

 

Flower Power

Bougainvillea Bonanza

Pretty Petals

Pretty Petals

During our recent trip out to San Diego we couldn’t help but fall in love with the bougainvillea which lined the streets and spilled over walls.  This ornamental flower native of South America grows absolutely everywhere and there are even cultivars called San Diego Red (with deep red blooms set against dark green foliage) and La Jolla (a shrub-like plant with pinkish red blossoms.)

Bougainvillea Art Print

Bougainvillea Art Print

Bougainvillea are drought resistant which is a good thing since it doesn’t rain much in Southern California and they bloom almost all year long if grown in full sun.  That’s why they’re so often used to bring a pop of festive color to landscapes and container gardens.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Leo Carrillo Ranch

Leo Carrillo Ranch

Sadly, bougainvillea doesn’t grow well in our neck of the woods so we’ll just have to visit one of our boys in college to get our fill (much to his displeasure!)

Bouganvillea Bouquet

Bougainvillea Bouquet

Bougainvillea Wedding Cake

Bougainvillea Wedding Cake

Tell us…  Do you find bougainvillea beautiful?

petals / print / mission / ranch / bouquet / cake

 

The Latest Buzz

Keeping Calm!

Yes!

Yes!

Please forgive the lack of blog posts…  We’re spending the next ten days packing up our boys and dropping them off at college (whether they’re ready or not!)  In the words of Ann Landers, “It’s not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”  We just hope we’ve taught them enough…

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Inspirations

A Visit to the 2016 Hamptons Designer Showhouse

2016 Hamptons Designer Showhouse

2016 Hamptons Designer Showhouse

During our long weekend in the Hamptons several weeks ago, we took a break from the beach and ventured into Sag Harbor to see the 2016 Hamptons Design Showhouse sponsored by Traditional Home and benefiting Southampton Hospital.  This 10,000 square foot newly built three story home is on the market for a mere $5.195 million but it does come with a pool, spa, tennis court, gym, wine cellar and lots of privacy since it sits on 3+ acres of overlooking a 135 acre wooded reserve.

Great Room by Kate Singer Home

Great Room by Kate Singer Home

Directly through the foyer is the great room designed by Kate Singer Home in a soothing seaside palette of blues, whites and grays.  The hand painted de Gournay mural and the Michele Chandelier by Circa Lighting sets the tone for understated elegance.

Dining Room by Mendelson Group, Inc.

Dining Room by Mendelson Group, Inc.

Gideon Mendelson’s dining room is wallpapered with gray Phillip Jefferies grasscloth overlayed with white latticework and made all the more stunning with a fabulous ginko leaf chandelier similar to this Tommaso Barbi design we found on 1stdibs.

Living Room by Melanie Turner Interiors

Living Room by Melanie Turner Interiors

Statement chandeliers were definitely a trend in this year’s showhouse and Melanie Turner‘s geometric choice was perfect for this room which exuded sophisticated warmth.

Master Bath by Tilton Fenwick

Master Bath by Tilton Fenwick

We loved what the lovely ladies at Tilton Fenwick did with the master bath – the combination of their new Ikat Blossom wallpaper for Hygge & West with the salmon curtains was fresh and fun.

Bunk Room by Dodson Interiors

Bunk Room by Dodson Interiors

And finally, our favorite room…  The girly and glamorous bunk room (which every vacation home should have!) designed by Julie Dodson had a wonderful mix of patterns.  All in all, we thought this Hamptons Designer Showhouse was a big success and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Happy Friday!

Photos by yours truly

 

 

 

 

Personalities

Jeanne’s a Genius!

Jeanne Paints in Paris

Jeanne Paints in Paris

Last year we introduced you to blogging bestie, Jeanne, the creative genius behind I Dream Of, when she launched her own Instagram challenge to paint a sketch every day.  Since then, this artist, illustrator and dreamer has been very busy, working with a super talented team including brand guru Fiona Humberstone (we actually introduced her to Fiona via this post!), website designer Rachelle Saevil and photographer Katie Mitchell to re-brand herself and launch her online gallery and shop, Jeanne McKay Hartmann.

Ready to Paint

Ready to Paint

Parisian Sketches

Parisian Sketches

Having been through the process ourselves last year, we know how much time and energy goes into creating a new brand and website and we couldn’t be more happy for Jeanne.  Her new online home embodies the dreamy and whimsical quality of her paintings and captures the happy essence of her work.

Pink Zinnias

Pink Zinnias

Happy Hour!

Happy Hour!

Best of all, Jeanne will be adding some original work and prints that can be purchased through the site…  perhaps just in time for the holidays (hint, hint!)  In the meantime, you can buy Jeanne’s watercolors at her two favorite stores, Seattle’s Watson Kennedy and Nest Inspired Home in Rye, and she’ll be taking on a few new custom commissions at the beginning of 2017.   Want more loveliness?  Check out her Instagram page!

All We Need

All We Need

Congratulations, Jeanne, and thank you for making our world more beautiful!

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Fabulous Finds

Summer Blues… and Whites

Delft Makes a Comeback!

Delft Makes a Comeback!

Nothing says summer like blue and white…  and it wouldn’t be summer if we didn’t write a blue and white post!  Over the years, we’ve blogged about Bergdorf’s blue and white hall, taking blue and white at the beach, and finding blue and white at the trade shows.  So it’s no surprise that we’ve been collecting blue and white goodies for yet another post on one of our favorite color palettes.  From Erin Gates’ new collection with Jill Rosenwald, to Madeleine Weinrib’s new take on ikat, blue and white works beautifully in home decor…

Collins Ikat Pillow

Collins Ikat Pillow

and it’s always in fashion.

Embroidered Linen Dress

Embroidered Linen Dress

Canvas Bucket Bag

Canvas Bucket Bag

So here’s to blue and white done right!

Holly Stuart Home Blossom Placemat

Holly Stuart Home Blossom Placemat

Amapola in Cornflower by kate spade new york for Kravet

Amapola in Cornflower by kate spade new york for Kravet

vignette / pillow / dress / bag / placemat / fabric

Fabulous Finds

A Visit to Jayson Home in Sag Harbor

Welcome to Jayson Home!

Welcome to Jayson Home!

During our weekend in the Hamptons, we had the chance to stop by the new Jayson Home store in Sag Harbor.  For those of you who are loyal readers, you know how much we love this place!  Tucked away off of Main Street in an 18th century building that used to be a whaling and shipping supply store, this destination of urban sophistication occupies three distinct rooms, each with a unique style.

Hostess Gifts Galore

Hostess Gifts Galore

Vintage Paprika Jars and More

Vintage Paprika Jars and More

The front room is filled with sunlight and gifts for entertaining, both vintage and modern.  Aren’t those Parma serving boardscoffered inlay boxes and vintage jars fabulous?  Diane, of course, had to have the topiaries!

Surf's Up

Surf’s Up

A second room has a more of a bohemian-surf vibe which stands in contrast to the typical white-on-white Hamptons style one would see in these parts.  Here you will find soap stonesAfrican beaded necklaces and exotic textiles.

Haute Living

Haute Living

The last room, anchored by a marble fireplace filled with selenite logs, is the most dramatic…  Think Belgian manor house or Brooklyn brownstone, both of which can be effortlessly chic.  We absolutely loved the vintage flower sconces which reminded us of our own childhood home in Brussels.  Not to mention this Aalto amber chandelier!

Have a Seat

Have a Seat

If you happen to be in the Hamptons this summer, we definitely recommend a visit to Jayson Home.  And if you’re not in the neighborhood, you can shop online!

Photos courtesy of Cynthia