What a month March was!  I feel very fortunate to have wonderful projects to sink my teeth into for 2012.  I am finishing a gorgeous master bedroom suite for a SF Victorian and in the midst of two kitchen remodels that I can’t wait to share with you.

Some of you know that I also have exciting news on a personal level, I am getting married in the fall!  I am so grateful for these many blessings but I must admit that it is a juggling act and I have been slacking on the blog posts – please forgive me.

I squeezed a trip to the Marburger & Round Top shows last week for client shopping and design inspiration.  I focused on really living in the moment, so I did not take many pictures but I thought you might like to see the highlights.

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Austin is my preferred gateway to the shows.  I read about Fonda San Miguel in The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2012 (thanks Preston) and I thought it would be the perfect start to the trip.  Upon landing, we dropped our bags and set out to find Fonda San Miguel.  If you are planning a trip to Austin – GO.  You will not be disappointed!  The rellenos are AMAZING.  The house made sorbets are probably the best I have ever tasted.  The margaritas are mighty fine too!

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The first day, this charming sink caught my eye.  Isn’t it just the sweetest with the leaf design soap insets and curved vanity?  I wish that I had a current client this would be delightful for.  I’ll have to settle for inspiration.Image

A new vendor to me at the show was a dealer of antique and vintage Goyard and Louis Vuitton trunks.  I occasionally see a piece or two at the shows but what a treat to see such a vast collection in one place.  Isn’t the taxidermy leopard something?Image

The booth was swarming with interested shoppers!

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My favorite was this Louis Vuitton piece with red stripes.  Wouldn’t it make a magnificent coffee/cocktail table?

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Another fantastic find – this sweet wardrobe/dresser/armoire combination.  This was a strong consideration for a client’s dressing room but ultimately we decided that it was too cottage chic and feminine for the overall design concept.Image

Here is a beautifully carved trestle extension table.  Form and function – I love it!

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This was a quirky and fun update to a mid-century table.  This vendor completely decoupaged this coffee table with pages from a French dictionary.  The best part – she shellacked the top so that no coaster is necessary.

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And the piece de resistance…this epic duchesse brisee.  “Broken Duchess” in French, this set can be joined together making a chaise or separated into two chairs and ottoman.  Excited to see this re-uphostered!

Hope you enjoyed a visual taste of Texas Spring Antiques Week.  My overall impressions were there were lots of fantastic finds and the shoppers were back!  If this show is a preview of what’s to come, I’d say the economy is picking up.  Time will tell.

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April 9, 2012 · 5:08 pm

Wonderful Shopping Trip To Paris!

I have been a follower of French Kissed for a while now.  I instantly fell in love with her original photos of beautiful gardens, inspiring vignettes, and amazing travel.  She lives in Santa Barbara – a place near and dear to my heart.  In fact, I love her photography so much the “Atelier” photo that I use in my blog header was taken by French Kissed.

Well, now she and her daughter – the wonderfully talented Making Magique are offering an amazing insider’s shopping trip to Paris.  Making Magique lives in Paris and she and French Kissed have shopped all the most amazing sources for years.  What a fantastic travel opportunity!

Rounding out the trifecta of tour guides,  is Serge, a native Parisian and former antiques dealer!

Paris Shopping Spree

-Antiques and Fashion-

2012 Spring Tours

May 4 – 7 & May 19 – 22

The group’s are kept small and intimate – 5 guests I believe and are sure to sell out.  If you have been waiting to shop Paris like a local, now is your chance.  For more information visit French Kissed Shopping Party 

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Doris Duke’s Shangri-La

I so enjoy my Elle Decor subscription.

Because I love to travel (and have a touch of  wander lust) I adore the monthly travel feature.

Last summer they featured Honolulu and that is where I was introduced to Shangri La…

From Elle Decor Goes to Honolulu

Shangri-La was built in Honolulu Hawaii in 1937 by Doris Duke, the only child of  a tobacco and electric energy tycoon.

The press dubbed her “the richest girl in the world” when she inherited a fortune from her father, Duke University founder James B. Duke, in 1925 at the age of twelve.

In 1935 Doris married James Cromwell and they embarked on an around the world honeymoon (my kind of gal).  While in India she fell in love with the art and architecture of the Mughal style and this began her obsession for Islamic arts.

On their way home, they landed in Hawaii.  Doris fell in love with the beauty, the people, and the privacy that Hawaii provided.  After befriending the Kahanamoku brothers who became her surfing companions and friends, she decided to purchase 5 acres of land and build her Shangri-La in devotion to Persian arts.

Doris and her husband set out on a buying trip to the middle east in 1938 for items to decorate and incorporate into the design of Shangri-La.  I absolutely adore this photo of her shopping for mother of pearl inlaid chests in Damascus.

Doris Duke and James Cromwell at Shangri-La c. 1939

Doris and James would divorce in 1940 but she continued to collect, build, and live at Shangri-La.  Her collection includes about 3,500 objects, the majority of which were made in the Islamic world.  She was fascinating.  Truly her father’s daughter and known as a shrewd business woman and philanthropist. After her death in 1993 Shangri-La became a public museum and Center for Islamic Arts and Architecture

This means that Shangri La is open for tours.  To my delight I was able to experience the property first hand earlier this month.

Interior photos are not allowed, but I did manage to snap a few shots of the exterior.  Here is the very unassuming front door.

The gardens are absolutely incredible.  From the dining room terrace looking toward the playhouse past the pool.

Did I mention the views were incredible?

Everywhere you look there are gorgeous installations of tile murals from India, Turkey, and Persia.

One of the gorgeous hallways of Shangri-La.


The interiors are AH-MAZ-ING.  I had this visit on my bucket list for a while now and it did not disappoint.  If you have an ounce of interest in Islamic Arts I HIGHLY recommend you plan a visit to Oahu.  I’m certain you will enjoy your visit as much as I did.

For information regarding tours please visit The Shangri-La Center For Islamic Arts

Photos of Doris Duke From The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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Thankful to be featured by Adeeni Design Group

It was brought to my attention that our Thanksgiving table was featured on Adeeni Design Group’s blog back in November.

http://www.adeenidesigngroup.com/blog/2011/11/23/bloggers-thanksgiving-tables/ 

Thank you Claudia for the mention!  I am honored.

The universe works in mysterious ways as I have been admiring Adeeni Design Group’s post on Downton Abbey this weekend.

I finally watched the first season and I am absolutely riveted.  I was thinking it would be wonderful blog post but I now realize that other bloggers have fully covered the topic.  My favorite post (and most comprehensive) is from Claudia at Adeeni Design Group.  If you have a moment, go check it out!

http://www.adeenidesigngroup.com/blog/2012/01/20/downton-abbey/

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Fun new stock at Past Perfect in San Francisco

One of my favorite haunts, Past Perfect, is filled with fab merchandise for the holiday season.  Perfect for entertaining or holiday gifts.

 

Aren’t these old bowling pins in fun candy colors amazing?

These lavender slipper sofas are tres chic.

This 1940′s Paul Frank Credenza is perfect for a dining room, bedroom, or as a base for a television in a media room.

These French industrial light fixtures are outstanding.

I adore the green painted interior of this French bamboo piece.  I think it would be absolutely incredible for a home office or library.

Past Perfect also had lots of wonderful mid century barware, ornaments, and even ice buckets.  It’s a truly great local resource!

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I’ve been featured on Houzz…how exciting.

I recently discovered that some of my work has been featured on Houzz.  For those of you who have never heard of Houzz, it is a wonderful source of inspiration for homeowners and designers.  Building industry professionals are able to upload photos from their portfolio and homeowners looking for great ideas can search by room type and keywords for inspiration.

Houzz has contributors that put together idea books based on trends and topics that they would like to highlight.  Recently, two of my projects have been featured.

I highly recommend Houzz as a resource for design ideas and inspiration!

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Rustic Elegance, Jackson Style

The gorgeous Grand Tetons.  I was just there a few weeks ago.  The colors, light, and rustic architecture are a refreshing antidote to urban living.

Menor’s Ferry Homestead in present day Moose, Wyoming is a charming collection of buildings built in the late 1800′s.  

Unusual architecture in that classical forms are applied to the rustic log construction and the whitewashing is also interesting.  Today, it houses a souvenir and antiques store.

Menor sold to Noble in 1918 and the Maud Noble Cabin was moved to the property at that time.  Here is a view of the interior of the Noble Cabin which has been renovated several times over the years and operated as a tea room in the 20′s and also in the 50′s.  The cabin was the site of the 1923 meeting in which representatives from Yellowstone National Park, businessmen,  and local ranchers  began the process of creating the Grand Teton National Park.


Just across the road is the darling Chapel of the Transfiguration.  The land the chapel was built on was donated by Maude Noble.

The chapel was built in 1925 by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson to service guests and employees of local dude ranches.

Hard to see in this picture, but the chapel was built for the alter area to frame the view of the Cathedral Group of peaks in the background.

There are two beautiful, yet simple stained glass windows at the entrance of the chapel.  This one depicts winter.

And this one summer…Perfectly rustic and elegant.

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