Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fresh Finds

I came across this pair of unusual coral prints at my local thrift store last week.

What I really love about them is the Chinese Red background color juxtaposed against the sepia toned coral.

I turned them around to discover they came from Z Gallerie.

I wasn't sure I could find a place for them but at $8 each I figured I would take the chance that I might just find the perfect spot...

I also recently found this Pagoda Jewelry Box and placed it on top of the secretary desk that houses my collection of Lotus Bowls and Quan Yins.

It's nice to be able to display items properly rather then just storing them away.

The lotus flower represents purity, rebirth and prosperity.

This one is an Antique Chinese Blanc de Chine Dehua White Porcelain Lotus Leaf Flower Bowl with two birds.

These ones are later versions.

I've never seen one I didn't love!

 Whether ornate or simple.

I am considering painting the inside to really make them pop.

I would love any suggestions!


On second thought, is this better?

What to do about the inside?
Same Chinese Red Color?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Day of My Life

Spent cleaning and organizing my closet



* Note to self... Need better labels

Hopefully it will translate to putting together better outfits :)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sonoma Swoon

Over Easter Weekend we headed to Sonoma on Saturday where our first stop is always Cornerstone.

I was surprised to find that one of my all time favorite shops, Chateau Sonoma, recently moved from downtown Sonoma to this fabulous new space in the heart of Cornerstone.

Apparently this location is perfect for catering to decorators.

 I picked up some great ideas for my son's new apartment in San Francisco.

We noticed that work was in full swing on the multiple gardens that are being installed by Sunset Magazine due to open in mid May.

At ARTEFACT, I spied this fabulous wall sconce crafted from a manzanita branch and wrapped with mini white lights on wire.

I need to go on a hike and find myself a manzanita branch!

After a delicious lunch on the square we headed to the site of the original Williams-Sonoma store that Chuck Williams opened in 1956.

He operated his store near the historic plaza for only 2 years before moving it to San Francisco.

The property located at 605 Broadway included both Williams' original 570 square foot shop and an attached home and garden that he had shared with his mother.

There were enough photos and input from the 99 year old Williams to rebuild the store exactly as it was.

The restoration includes original signage and the clean-lined open white shelving that became the stores' trademark.

Williams' restored home, attached to the store, has been repurposed as a design studio and showcase for Williams-Sonoma furnishings.

It is absolutely charming and a must see if you visit Sonoma.


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Life Lessons

The more you love yourself, the easier it is to see imbalances in your life.

The key to getting anything you want is patience, timing, and trust.

The things we cling to out of fear prevent us from growing.

When you can allow yourself to be where are instead of where you think you should be - or even where you want to be - freedom prevails.

What you are experiencing is part of a bigger life plan.

When you stop focusing on the problem, the problem tends to go away.

Feeling like you don't have a choice is a choice.

The results we strive for aren't as valuable as the experiences along the way.

We may not always get what we want, but it will always be what we need.

One small step at a time consistently creates monumental results.

What is meant to be will always find a way.

What we resist in life will always persist.

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean either of you are wrong. Contrast brings clarity and compassion.

You can't compare yourself to others and be happy at the same time.

Confidence comes through action. The more action steps we take, the more confident we will be.

Things don't happen to you, they happen for you.

All rejection is protection. It's always this or something better.

There is timing to everything. If you are pushing and working hard and it isn't flowing, it isn't the right time.

Nothing is ever wasted. Everything you've done has put you closer to where you want to be (whether you know it or not).

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to anything. And there is no magic bullet.

Your heart knows the way. Trust it.

Your passion will lead you to your purpose.

Your dreams are the invisible architecture of your life. They matter.

Most of the time, the thing you're looking for comes to you when you stop looking.

It's not selfish to follow your heart - it's an act of respect and appreciation.

Gratitude brings abundance.

You always get what you focus on.

Most of the time we create our own suffering through expectations.

Insight is worthless unless you take action.

You always have enough time, money, and energy for what is truly most important to you.

Nature heals.

Joy is the best barometer for success. The more joy you feel, the more successful you are.

It's ok to not know the answers. We learn the way on the way.

How you do anything is how you do everything. All parts of your life are connected.

Deep down you already know the truth.