As promised, the final professional photographs of one of my most recent projects, the lovely Beach Bungalow, are complete. This Newport Beach town-home started as a diamond in the rough but with LOTS of tender loving care and months of hard work she is now a stunning beauty! It was all worth the wait.
A special thanks to my clients, Robin & Steve, for being a joy to work with, Shoreline Developers for their beautiful execution and attention to detail and for the artistic skills of Christina House in capturing the spirit of this home in her gorgeous photographs.
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most
I am a traveler. One of my many passions is seeing new places, experiencing different cultures and ways of living, and of course trying exotic food. I often pretend to be on vacation during a work day. It is not uncommon for me to sit in my French inspired garden eating a “farmer’s market” lunch, enjoying a (small) glass of wine and listening to world music while I savor the moment. I guess you can say I am a dreamer, however, I have learned with the hectic schedule I keep that I need to escape every once in a while. C’est la vie!
A Big THANK YOU to our sponsors and hardworking, super talented craftsmen that artfully brought our Jacqueline Kennedy inspired room to life!
Erickson Wood Works designed and masterfully created a parlor for us with the beautiful coffered ceiling, wainscoting and applied moldings. Don is truly an artist and his ideas always blow me away.
Precision Wallcovering did an amazing job applying subtle wallpaper from Harlequin. Can I just say; I love wall covering! This simple accent transforms a space magically.
Again, this experience was certainly challenging however it was so much fun and the end result was much more fabulous than we expected. We met so many wonderful and talented designers and the shared camaraderie throughout the day was delightful.
Our wonderful stone installers and the "before" space
*Photos courtesy of Melissa Brandman Photographs
The day is finally here folks! The re-style for our fabulous clients Brannon and Allison is complete. We have been following their re-style ever since they received the Sérendipité design inspired living style box back in December. We had a few delivery delays but sometimes the wait is well worth it and we are thrilled with how beautiful this restyle turned out. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!
The Great Room
The Master Retreat
I have traveled to San Francisco many times, say, 20 or so times in my short 39 years. Each time I visit I find a new place I love or become somewhat obsessed with!
This trip was a combination of birthday celebrations, travel for business (for George, my lovely fiancé), a college visit (with my angel daughter), and a craving for inspiration as I have some exciting new clients that I want to clear my palate for.
Our first stop on our trip was the Fairmont Hotel on "atop nob hill". Did you know that this was the first ever built Fairmont Hotel, ever!?!? Construction of this fabulous hotel started in 1902 and was completed in 1906. This beautiful structure survived the great earthquake and fire of 1906. The Fairmont was one of the only structures still standing after this devastation that hit San Francisco. There is so much history about this wonderful hotel amongst it classic and luxurious design. I was really enchanted by the aura of this hotel as I walked through the front doors of this lobby.
I learned a lot from a friendly Kashmir salesperson at a lovely store called Charisma (another one of my favorite words) at the Fairmont! They import Kashmir pashminas made from the Kashmir goat. The shawl is traditionally given from the groom to his bride as an endowment in a beautiful hand painted box. The price tag on a real Kashmir shawl is $1,000 to $100,0000. The sales gentleman said the pashmina finds its owner. Being the romantic that I am, I loved this and asked him to have a pashmina find me! What do you think of the pashmina that found me?
Next on my travel through San Fran was a trip to Ghirardelli Square. I'm not so much a chocolate lover but I do appreciate the art of creating these delightful treasures. I was told I must try an Irish coffee at the Buena Vista. Naturally, I cannot pass up a recommendation from a local. The Buena Vista has created a recipe for their signature Irish coffee that originated in 1952.
This trip has been filled with history, inspiration, lovely people, fantastic service and special moments with my fiancé and beautiful daughter. I hope that Haley falls in love with Academy of Art University so I have more reason to visit my dear San Francisco!