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Monday Morning Walk, Part II

7 Oct

Time to head home…


Monday Morning Walk, Part I

6 Oct

Just getting out and about on a Monday morning…

Hope you enjoy your Monday, too!

It’s a Boy…

25 Sep

Well, I promise not to make this blog just all about babies.  I mean, just because I am having one is no excuse to start going gaga over baby things 24/7, right?–at least not here.

But baby stuff is just so cute.

And this week, we found out we are going to have a boy!  I’m really excited about it.  I am excited for Jon, because I know he really wanted someone to watch sports with (let’s hope the kid likes sports!) and also, although I did not really care, I think I kind of wanted a boy too.

Now that we know what we are having, I can start really thinking about the baby’s room!  One of the funnest things!  I had already found some cute things but they were a little girly, like this rug:

Also this lamp in the hot pink:

I don’t know why I thought I was destined to have a girl!  There are so many girls in my family though and Jon has four sisters!

So I’m going to start with some new inspiration which I found on Design for Mankind’s lovely blog:

It’s by Sukie and available at the 1973 shop.  I think it would make a great poster, or lining for some shelves.

I also really like these trees and the furniture!

I’m not sure yet how to order, though…it comes from Holland.  But maybe they’ll ship.  Or I can use my handy painting skills.

Just more to think about…hopefully I will have a complete scheme to show you in the next few weeks!

Time to Decorate…

24 Sep

We are all moved in…except for a few boxes here and there.  I find that unpacking all the little things and getting everything just so is the hardest part and takes me the longest.  It’s the perfectionist in me, I guess…does it look better here, or 2 inches to the left…??

So I won’t show you any pictures of the house just yet.  Instead I will tell you about the lovely time we had in Carlsbad and some of the ideas I have for the new place.

Our weekend away was so nice after a crazy weekend of moving.  The place we stayed, the Pelican Cove Inn, is definitely recommended.  It is in a great location just two blocks from the beach and a few blocks from downtown Carlsbad, and the owner, Nancy, is very hospitable and you can tell takes pride in making sure people enjoy their stay.  The rooms are clean and comfortable and the breakfasts were awesome!

Here I am before one of our walks on the beach:

Not the greatest picture, but there I know a few friends are interested to see how things are progressing with my “baby bump”.

Carlsbad has a beautiful beach, nice restaurants and good shopping.  I definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area.  Not to mention it has the famous Flower Fields (I think these are from March to May) and Legoland (a place I’m sure I’ll be visiting in the not-too-far-future!)

On our way home we stopped in Solana Beach at the Cedros Design District to get some inspiration for our new place.

I’m not into a totally Southwestern/rustic-themed look, but both Jon and I really liked this sofa:

I think if you took it out of its cowboy surroundings, and mixed it up with some modern metal furniture, some wood, a fluffy flokati rug, etc. it could be really cool.  The leather on it was perfectly distressed and it really is a work of art–a $12,000 one.  Oh well, the little leather sofa we’re planning on picking up at IKEA will do just as well, I think.

At Solo, which is a shop I really love, I spotted this pouf which I think just might make the final cut:

I think this will look better with a plain leather sofa anyway!

Unfortunately, it seems quite a few stores are going out of business, and having clearance sales.  Which means good prices.  We need a new spot for our TV or maybe a room divider between the living and dining rooms, and found this sideboard, priced at 50% off:

We also stopped by the antique mall where I fell in love with this table:

I think it’s the colors and the pattern both!  So cute…

We left with plenty of things to consider…I will be working on a “plan” over the next few weeks and can’t wait to share with you what I come up with!  I guess moving into a new place is fun, after all!


31 Aug

We are moving early this week, and then will be going to a B&B in nearby Carlsbad to relax for a couple of days–we need it after this whole house-buying experience!

I hope we see something like this:

amazing photo via mike at flickr

I hope you all have a happy Labor Day and I will see you here again in about a week or so!

New Fabrics at Calico Corners!

29 Aug

First, the disclaimer: I do work for Calico Corners. But not for long–I will be leaving fairly soon. Also, I have worked there for almost 3 years and never tried to push their products on you before (although, to be fair, they do have some great quality and comfortable furniture!) 🙂

However, I always found their fabric selection somewhat limited for my taste. While there, I did gain an appreciation for a more traditional style, and I have learned so much there including how to work with any client’s taste, but when it came to finding fabric for my own home, I would usually head to the design centers here in San Diego or LA, or online.

But just lately, they are heading in a new and I must say very exciting direction! They recently added a few hundred new fabrics to their inventory with more to come soon.

Here are a few:

I think they’ve really done a fantastic job bringing in some fresh-looking, current designs at very affordable prices. Most are in the $20 range per yard. I know these are great prices because they are the same or slightly better as what I am offered as a designer directly from the vendors! And you don’t need a designer to access them, either. Although if you do need some design help, I might suggest myself…;)

Here are a few of my favorites:

I really love the color combination in this one; also it reminds me of a crazy Mexican oilcloth pattern, but not quite…

This bird and floral pattern is so so pretty. It comes in loads of colors too. I like this one and the aqua the best. I am thinking it might be good in our new living room or maybe the baby’s room…

Another great floral pattern. It also comes in several colors. This red is just the perfect shade of red to me.

I really love the colors in this one. It’s a combination I am thinking of for our new living room or in the guest room. It’s kind of similar to a Romo fabric I saw recently that I will share with you in the future if I can find the picture again, after this move…in the meantime here is a smaller picture from their website, it is the one on the chair on the left:

Anyway, if there is a Calico Corners near you, I highly recommend that you get in there and check these new fabrics out. More new samples should be arriving in stores throughout the month of September, which is also the month they have a big sale, which is always good!

I Finally Left the House!

12 Aug

This weekend I had the pleasure of actually going out for the evening! You see, the past couple of months I have not wanted to leave the house much at all (morning sickness will do that to you!)

Anyway, my friend Gloria told me about this gallery in Escondido that was having a show and someone she knows was having work in it and did we want to go? Yes we did. And I’m glad I did.

This was some of the best art I’ve seen in San Diego. And in Escondido of all places. I had actually never been to Escondido’s downtown and it’s very cute. Old-school department stores, restaurants, and Distinction gallery.

The gallery has several rooms for displaying art, plus there are artist’s studios there, where you can see art in progress and meet some of the artists. They also sell art online.

This particular show, Project 57, was to raise money for Lewy body dementia and all the works were tiny: just 5″ x 7″.

This was my absolute favorite:

“Keep Me Warm” by Scott Belcastro.

You can see more of his work on his blog. His pieces are a little bit fairy-tale, a touch melancholy but still full of hope, and all completely charming!

I also really like this one:

“Myself vs. Myself”

I seem to have a little thing for houses right now. Perhaps because of a series I have been working on about places I’ve lived, which I hope to be able to show you in the not-too-distant future…