Random Raves

Random Raves: La Jolla and Del Mar Edition

Bayside Walk - Mission Bay

Bayside Walk – Mission Bay

How to pick a handful of things to randomly rave about the San Diego area when there are so many to choose from?  Here are some of our favorite moments, though we could go on and on about others…  It’s a good thing that one of our son’s chose to go to college out here since we’ll definitely be visiting again!

Decorative Door

Decorative Door

There’s no better way to start your morning than a walk around Mission Bay and if you trek the whole 5 miles you’ll see some incredible properties.  This door caught our attention since it leads to a beautiful courtyard with fountain and a private hot tub!

L'Auberge Del Mar

L’Auberge Del Mar

You don’t have to book a suite at L’Auberge Del Mar (where the beautiful people play) to enjoy its setting – just stop by for a meal on the patio or in the poolside cabanas and admire the views.

Fountain of Succulents

Fountain of Succulents

The five acre landscaped grounds make the most of the drought in California with native plants and grasses and even the fountain is filled with succulents!

Delicious Drinks

Delicious Drinks

After all that strolling, you can afford to indulge in a drink (or two) at George’s Ocean Terrace which is consistently voted best restaurant in the area and it’s no surprise – this rooftop gem overlooks La Jolla Cove and the sunsets are ahhhh-mazing.

Chocolate Haupia

Chocolate Haupia

And if you need dessert to cap off a perfect day, look no further than Karen Krasne’s Extraordinary Desserts, where the cakes and pastries are, well… extraordinary.  Each beautifully topped with an edible flower, we dare you to pick just one.

photos 1 – 4 by yours truly, drinks, cake

Friday Favorite

Friday Favorite: Indigo

Bachelor Button X-Ray

Bachelor Button X-Ray

We do love the color blue, and in every hue…  So it’s no surprise that’s it’s the #1 favorite color in the world, symbolizing peace and serenity, as well as strength and trust.

Sferra Jatelli Linens

Sferra Jatelli Linens

Serena & Lily Huntington Baskets

Serena & Lily Huntington Baskets

Blue never goes out of style and deep indigo seems to be having a moment (again), whether in home decor or fashion.  You can’t go wrong with pairing this moody shade with neutrals or bright colors – go ahead and paint a wall Drawing Room Blue or invest in that indigo velvet couch (we did!)

Valentino Butterfly Shawl

Valentino Butterfly Shawl

If you’re not feeling that brave, perhaps a pair of shoes or a blouse would do!

Frances Valentine Eliza Flats

Frances Valentine Eliza Flats

See by Chloe Ruffled Blouse

See by Chloe Ruffled Blouse

Is indigo a favorite for you?

flower / pillow / baskets / shawl / shoes / blouse

Insta Find

Insta Find: #CandyMinimal

Before and After (Jelly Bean Filter)

Before and After (Jelly Bean Filter)

Have you heard of the #CandyMinimal photo movement?  Well, neither had we until we stumbled upon a blog post by the creative gals at A Beautiful Mess about the movement’s founder, Matt Crump, and the new filter pack he developed for their app, A Color Story.  Matt has made a name for himself in this genre and ended up as one of TIME magazine’s top 50 Instagram photographers to follow in 2015.

Blossoms

Blossoms

Palm Lineup

Palm Lineup

#CandyMinimal is a super saturated photo style that takes a simple picture (ergo, minimal) and infuses it with bright or pastel candy-colored hues like bubblegum pink or banana yellow.  This type of filter is best used on images of single objects like buildings, flowers, food, even candy!  And make sure there’s plenty of negative space around the subject to create contrast.

Swings

Swings

Greens

Greens

Since we’re novices at this, we tried our hand at using the Candy Minimal pack on a Victorian building we shot in Carlsbad.  Jelly Bean brought out the blues, don’t you agree?

Carlsbad

Carlsbad

Blame our California state of mind but we think #CandyMinimal is so much fun and why not add a little colorful whimsy to our world!

beach / blossoms / palms / swings / plants / store

Monday Mix

Monday Mix

Mix this…

Pierre Frey - Bangali

Pierre Frey – Bangali

with this…

Bunny Williams - Chicken Feather Lamp

Bunny Williams – Chicken Feather Lamp

and get this!

Kristin Gish at Home

Kristin Gish at Home

P.S. We’re getting in the mood for Fall – are you?

fabric / lampbedroom

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…

poster

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