Monday, November 29, 2010
The thing I love about spending time with my daughter is that I know we'll always have a great time. We only shopped at a few chosen local stores - like Summer House in Mill Valley and the new Erica Tanov store in Larkspur. We found beautiful treasures for the holidays and many of them were one of a kind. These photos evoke the beauty of our found objects.
I'm back from a wonderful weekend with my dear family in San Francisco. I spent Thanksgiving at my daughter and her husband's home where they prepared their first Thanksgiving meal. It was spectacular - every detail was perfect. The best part was being able to spend time with people I love. Now that I'm back, I am so ready to get my house prepared for the holiday season. I am putting a few things out each evening - and this makes me look forward to getting home each evening. There are a few new goodies I've bought over the last year but most of what I put out, I've had for many years and as I unwrap them from their boxes they are like dear friends greeting me hello. It's crisp and cool here and just the perfect setting for the holidays.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I've begun figuring out where all of my Christmas ornaments and decorations will go this year. Last weekend I bought a 1950s aluminum tree. This will be the first year I don't have a real tree. I will more than make up for it with loads of greenery everywhere to transform the house into a pine filled abode. I am so excited. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I will put out all of the goodies.
photos: white flower farmhouse
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I have to admit, my townhouse has an office but I rarely use it. I tend to wander from one room to the other with my laptop in tow. Lately I've been thinking about what the ideal office would look like. I tend to be a bit neat and tidy but there is something about these offices that are overflowing with books that attracts me so much. I would love nothing more than to be able to pull a treasured book from its place on the shelf and know it will be there the next time I need it.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I know it's a bit early to be mentioning the holiday that comes after Thanksgiving but I found a vintage silver tree and I think I've decided for the first year ever to have it in place of a real tree. I'll still fill the house up with bushels of greenery but the tree will be silver and sparkle all on its own. I think the globe in the picture below could take the place of ornaments too. What do you think?
There are times when I just want to throw all the papers I own up in the air and forget about my love of organization. However, since I can't do that, perhaps a set of file boxes and shelves like the one in this photograph. I love them! And I probably would never remember what I put in each box and not care either.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
photos: emmas blogg
I took one look at this lovely outfit and I had to smile that the days are getting shorter and the sun further away. At least it gives us the opportunity to pull out our lovely sweaters and enjoy the crisp air!
photo: my creative pathway
For the first time, my daughter is the host of Thanksgiving. I am so excited for her! We will all be gathering in her cute little abode in San Francisco. We've had so many memorable holidays - especially for Thanksgiving. Last year we were at my sweet sisters house in Pacific Grove, California. It was filled with many family members and lots of long nights talking into the wee hours. Others were spent living abroad where finding a turkey is not an easy task. This year will also be special and I can't wait to be there!
photo: creative pathways
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I don't know what I love more in this photograph - the leopard coat, wearing white in November, or the amazing pair of shoes that I am having an enormous crush on!!! Oh take me to Italy right this minute.
Today I'm preparing my paper whites for the holidays. I'm actually a bit late on this task but I love them just as much when they are sprouting as when they have flowers. Someone at the garden store told me that if you add a bit of vodka to the water they won't get as tall and fall over. Has anyone tried this? Happy Sunday!
photo saidos da conchas
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
I've never been famous for my handmade treasures but this year I am so excited for the holiday season to begin that I've been dreaming up some ways to make the season a bit more unique. I purchased a big pile of Arabic newspapers from the 1920's that I found in an antique store (they're actually Catholic Arabic Newspapers from Lebanon). I am planning to wrap the majority of my gifts in this paper - its so perfect in its imperfection - slightly yellowed with beautiful script that looks like an art form to me. Does anyone know how I could make a lovely flag banner like the one below? It's so whimsical and would be a fun project. Have a lovely weekend!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
photo: my notting hill
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This year for the holidays I'm really making an effort to buy locally from small shops or from individuals who make their own products. What better place to hop over to than Etsy to see what treasures you can find. I was captivated by the simplicity and beauty of these things by In Haus Press . WIth the turn in cold weather here, I am already getting excited for the holidays.
photo: sacramento street
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
I've always been drawn to trunks. Perhaps its because the evoke the idea of a long voyage to far away places - makes me daydream of boats, trains, and exotic lands. These rooms are perfection in their combination of simplicity and elegance.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
these photos of Vicente Wolf's home before he moved to the blue tones. I love it both ways but what impresses me the most is that the pieces in the home remain primarily the same. He recovers items but keeps them. I admire that and prefer it to the throwaway culture we have embrassed. Here is living proof that some rooms are absolutely timeless.
I actually have a beautiful French bed but I have often thought about a change. Anthropologie has a similar bed to this one that I have had a crush on for years. I doubt I'll ever actually take the plunge and buy one but I dream about it often. It's the perfect combination of simplicity with a twist of regal presence.
photo: delight by design