Thursday, September 27, 2012

Do you know Kelley?

Well let’s say she is clever, resourceful  design savvy, and extremely creative.   Kelley Motschenbacher is one of those people you might meet at a party and think wow I would love to get to know her better.   


She designs beautiful homes in her own bespoke way.   

                       She has an eye for unique and wonderful art and picking the right fabrics to complement them

                            She is not afraid to design outside of the box……


She makes fabulous lamps out of found and antique objects


She designed one of my all time favorite dining rooms

and the friendliest most inviting kitchen…

She designs garden spaces too… She said each olive jar was a little different so it was a bit of a challenge. Note how she resolved it by placing stones underneath to make them the same height. She purchased the spouts in France, I am crazy about this fountain. I have a feeling this is going to be all over pinterest in a matter of minutes!


Wouldn’t you love to curl up in her garden with a book in this big comfy kooboo chair?


I would be her garden slave if I could enjoy all this!


She grows grapes 



and vegetables…


and beautiful roses (she likes david austins’ too!)



and sets a beautiful table! 





She does holidays in her own unique style 



She pens one of the most widely read blogs in blogland …The Polished Pebble…If you haven’t read it you must….


And if you do not feel completely inadequate at this point she has a store filled with vintage and  one of a kind items from her garden that would make wonderful hostess gifts or a gift for you!


now open



I bet you would like to get to know Kelley better hop on over to her blog!  It is filled with inspiration and eye candy! My favorite post was the one where she added zinc to her commercial refrigerator for her new kitchen in Ojai.   When I read that I knew she was my girl!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall Faces in the Garden























In my next post I will be profiling one of my favorite bloggers, designer and gardener extraordinaire.  Can you guess who she is?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse


In October Traditional Home Magazine is sponsoring it’s first-ever Showhouse in the heart of the Napa Valley  The Show house will be located at the Cardinale Winery Estate, situated in the heart of Napa Valley’s renowned Oakville District.


The Showhouse will open with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party on Thursday, October 4, and will be open to the public for nearly six weeks from Friday, October 5 – Sunday, November 11. The Showhouse is timed to coincide with Traditional Home’s sponsorship of the Napa Valley Film Festival, which runs November 7-11, 2012, and all Showhouse proceeds will benefit the Napa Valley Film Festival (


Cardinale Winery Estate home, Oakville, Napa Valley, CA

The  Showhouse is located at: Cardinale, 7600 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA. It  is approximately 4,500 square feet and is comprised of 10 interior spaces plus two outdoor spaces. Some of the bay areas most noted designers will be participating in the showhouse.


Participating Designers

Kathy Geissler Best, KGB Interior Design
Foyer and Gallery, and Powder Room
Annie Bowman, Sunrise Home
Living Room
Cathleen Gouveia, Cathleen Gouveia Design
Melanie Coddington, Coddington Design
Guest Suite and Terrace
Joe Lucas & Parrish Chilcoat, Lucas Studio, Inc.
Dining Room
Barbara Colvin, Barbara Colvin & Co.
Great Room and Kitchen
Elizabeth Cameron & Kathleen Pfaff, West End Napa
Lower Level Bedroom and Boutique
Melanie Turner, Melanie Turner Interiors
Master Bedroom and Terrace

Photo: We invite you to be the first to step inside the newly transformed Cardinale estate home. The Napa Valley Showhouse Gala will be a night to remember as you meet the designers of the showhouse, enjoy food prepared by A-list chef Ken paired with world-class Cardinale wines.Proceeds benefit the Napa Valley Film Festival. For Gala tickets visit, make a reservation and select Oct 4th.

all images via Traditional Home

For more information and to purchase tickets go here

Hope to see you there!!

Friday, September 14, 2012


 If your budget doesn’t permit refinishing your wood floors paint is one of the quickest most economical options.  They can  freshen up a space and add character and  personality.  While staining and coating wood floors has become the current standard today, painted wood floors were in widespread use throughout the l8th & 19th century in both America and Europe.

painted floor 

via bohemian wornest


.Compass, diamonds and octagons...<br />the most amazing floor

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Painted Floors in the entry, by Ty Larkins

via color love



via content in a cottage


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nancy bozhardt





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via grant gibson



painted wood floors

via french by design


Jennings & Gates: Notes from a Virginia Country House: The Classic Country House

via jennings and gates


google image

via jamie herzlinger

painted floor in red and white parquet

via pinterest

painted floors!

via reckless glamour

Painted floors II

via the colorful living project


Cottage Living Striped Floor

via cottage living



Painted Floors

via southern accents



striped floor

via mark cutler design

painted floors.

via hues and cues

If you think you might want to take the plunge and spruce up your wood floor with paint here are some tutorials that might guide you along.,,20312013,00.html

What do you think?  Would you condsider painting

your wood floors?

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