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.