Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Fun Stuff…Dinner at Maryann’s

 
I have tried to do a post for days and can't seem to get inspired. I am struggling with Windows 8 and a new computer.  There is so much going on that it is hard to hone in on anything specific to write about.  There is a lot happening in Tahoe,and I have several ongoing projects that I need to photograph. I meant to tell you about my trip  to Southern California to the Dovetail Showroom and so much else. If you want to really find out what I am up to follow me on Instagram.  I do manage to get some pictures posted there. What I do want to tell you about is my recent visit with Maryanne (of Classic Casual Home)  at her darling Russian Hill apartment .

First off ...yes Maryann is everything you all imagine her to be and more.  She entertains beautifully and effortlessly.  When I visited she had just returned from a trip to New York where she visited Annie of Most Lovely Things.  You can read about that visit here http://www.classiccasualhome.com/2014/10/modern-cottage-style-in-connecticut.html  She invited a few friends over (all who were delightful).  She served this delicious soup
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-vegetable-soup-recipe2.html, in these beautiful bowls.


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This little vignette has the most magnificent view of the bay during the day
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Her apartment has panormic views of not only the entire bay

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But the charming ...cable car route as well …

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She has managed to take her classic casual beach look and turn it into classic San Francisco.

Everywhere there are lovely vignettes.


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I want to live here, wake up to this...



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Have morning coffee here

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 Ready to move in?

Pictures do not come close to doing this charming apartment justice. I was in awe of Maryann's style.  I am only offering a sneak  peek because someone needs to publish it soon!!  I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed Maryann's wonderful hospitality but even more fortunate to call her my friend.

I am off to Paso for the weekend.  Next week in addition to my real job we begin work on Berries and Branches, the annual Christmas tour of homes that benefits our local hospital.  If you are local you can still by your tickets here http://www.svmhfoundation.org/page.aspx?pid=196.  I will be posting teasers on Instagram so be sure to follow along.  I have the pleasure of working with the wonderful designer Jackie Hubbard from Carmel again this year.  We will be decking out the dining room, kitchen, and family room of a lovely home in Markham Ranch.  I hope you will come out and join us!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Project Design-Gallery Wall Reveal


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As I mentioned in my previous post I actually did two gallery walls.  The one I call “the cheater”.  This is the one that I did about a month ago when I was afraid I would not have time to complete the one in the hallway.  This is the blank wall in the guest bedroom that I redid last year for the One Room Challenge Linking Party.
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I found this darling portrait of this little boy and added antique and vintage items that I already had.
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I am still not sure if I am on board with this one but my husband loves it.
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The photo wall that I created in my hallway is very difficult to photograph since it is in a long, dark, narrow hallway.  Here is the wall before.  This hallway is twice this long and very narrow.  It needed something that filled up the space without making the already narrow hallway seem more narrow.
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I purchased this mirror from Aaron brothers for $100 on sale.  I chose the mirror as the centerpiece of my gallery wall because it repeats the color of my wood floors and the trim on the windows on the main floor of the house.  This hallway is up the stairs but can be viewed from the two story entryway below.
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Sadly all of the frames except the  tiny one  below the mirror which I ordered from my framer (Artistic Hangups) I already owned and were stashed away in a closet.
I used the mirror as my color and texture guide.  All of the frames repeat the hues in the mirror for continuity.
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Here is the finished product.  I wish I could show you more.  I am really happy with the simplicity of the design. At the other end of the hall is a stack of boxes in various woods and colors that the same tones. 
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Stop over and see the other designer’s completed gallery walls. I know they are going to have some fabulous examples for us all to see.
Maryanne and I want to thank these amazing ladies for joining us in this little adventure.  We feel so fortunate to have had such a talented group! We are planning to do more of these small projects in the future.  We would love to hear from you.  Is there a particular design project that you find particularly challenging and would like help with?  Let us know in the comment section.