Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thinking Out Loud--Stairway Ideas

 Believe it or not, the City of San Francisco approved our plans and issued our permits today!
Yes, after months of nothing but demo, we can finally begin to put this house back together again.
There are so many decisions to be made, but the one that my contractor is asking me to consider today is the stairway.

We are eliminating the side entry with landing and going straight down instead.
The rail will need to be replaced.

 The question is, with what?
I can't help remembering my stairway in our old house but I don't think the style goes with the new house which is more mediterranean. 

Do I want an iron stair rail like in my friend's home?
I absolutely love her stairwell, but it's not the same application as mine.

I'm leaning towards a traditional, yet simple stair rail like this one featured in Southern Living.

I like this one also, but would probably paint the hand rail and newel post black.
In fact, black is what I'm leaning towards also.

I fell in love with this staircase the first time I saw it in House Beautiful and ripped out the page for my SF house file.  I love the black binding on the sisal runner and touch of black on the rail and top of the newel.
However, I think painting the whole newel post black would be my choice.
It's classic and timeless and I feel would work in our new home. 
Let the project begin!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside

Brrrrr, it's cold outside, and that means it's officially "throw" season!
I love throws!
Throws everywhere, on the sofa, in the car, at the end of the bed.
I can't get enough of throws!


Les Méchantes loves throws too.
We recently did a photoshoot of our throws in the wine country.


It was a beautiful fall day and the light was perfect.


I am so in love with these throws and ended up buying all three!

The Camel Check Throw is a perfect neutral color for my living room.




The Buffalo Check Throw went under the black and white tent in my City "backyard."
Perfect for chasing away the chill on these autumn nights.


The Coffee Throw is staying in Asti for the time being.
I will bring it home soon and fold it on the end of our bed.

Which throw is your favorite?

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Champagne Coupes, Always A Classic

I can't tell you how many times I've passed up champagne coupes like these at flea markets and antique stores because they were too "old fashioned."  
Lately, I've noticed coupes making a come back at restaurants and bars, not just for champagne but also specialty cocktails.
But really and truly, haven't they always been a classic?


From the 1930's to the 60's, champagne coupes were quite popular, and the glass of choice for sipping champagne, only to later be replaced by the flute.

There's something very glamorous about drinking from coupes and I think ladies look prettier sipping from a coupe instead of tossing back a flute!
 Think Marilyn Monroe!
So bring out Grandma's coupes the next time you celebrate!


In case you didn't inherit coupes, be sure to check out the Les Méchantes vintage coupe collection here.



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Monday, November 10, 2014

Les Méchantes

There's a reason I have been absent from the blog world these past few months.
Yes, besides a major move and lifestyle change, as well as a house remodel, I am now an entrepreneur!
Meet my business partners, Ash and Kat, along with our mascots Bear, Oscar and Benji.
Together, we are
Les Méchantes is a San Francisco women's lifestyle online boutique of carefully curated apparel, accessories and home goods with an emphasis on San Francisco and American made products.

Last Thursday, we had a Friends and Family event at my home to celebrate our launch.
It was a fun evening with appetizers and wine flowing!

We were so excited to show our family and friends just what we've been working on for months and fun to see their reaction to our carefully curated apparel and lifestyle products.

The sunglasses were a hit.
Of course they are handmade right here in San Francisco!

I'm quite proud of our home decor products.
From wool throws...

...to our vintage champagne coupes, curated by yours truly, which just happens to be part of our logo!

The LM woman loves her getaways!

The LM woman also loves her pets!

Merchandising our products in my living room and dining room made me think of a little boutique someday in our future.

In the meantime, you can shop at our online boutique, Les Méchantes.
We are offering a 20% discount to our family and friends and I'm extending it to my blog friends as well.
Just use the code: LM20

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Monday, October 27, 2014

City Dogs

We aren't the only ones adjusting to city life.  So are the dogs!

Since they can't run in the backyard anymore to get their exercise, we now have to take them to a park or at least one or two walks a day, which is also good for us!

Oscar is fascinated by his new city life.
So many people walking by, so much to see!
He loves to sit on his perch and keep track of it all.

Just down the street is his favorite place to run with Bear off-leash at Marina Green.
I would say the dogs are now officially "City Dogs!"

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Decorating A Rental

It's been a long time since we have lived in a rental.
We bought our first house 27 years ago and I couldn't wait to paint, wallpaper and just decorate my heart out after years of renting, and now here we are again, in a rental!
The question begs, do I try to make our temporary home my own or just not care?
Can we live with an ugly dining room chandelier that we are constantly hitting our head on?

Can I make peace with the blue walls in the kitchen?
Do I plant flowers?

Do I unpack all my books?
The answer is yes, yes and yes.
I'm making peace with the blue kitchen walls but I unpacked the books because they give me comfort.
I'll definitely plant flowers in the pots outside!
The chandelier?  Well, I'm not sure yet!


I highly recommend taking the effort to make your home your own, even if you are renting.
If the landlord is ok with switching out a light fixture, then by all means do it.
Likewise if you are up to the task of painting walls, and the landlord agrees, then have at it.
Hang your favorite pieces of art.
Just know that you will have to fill those holes later and may even have to paint the walls again when you move out.
It just really depends on what you can live with.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Got Tomatoes?

 Got tomatoes?
Well, yes as a matter of fact we do!
Beautiful heirloom tomatoes of yellow, purple and red hues.
This is Caprese season--my favorite way to eat tomatoes.

Insalata Caprese
Slice various colored heirloom tomatoes
Slice mozzarella cheese. I like to use Buffalo Mozzarella
Arrange on a platter, layering tomatoes and cheese
Drizzle with olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar
Sprinkle to taste with coarse sea salt and cracked ground pepper
Top with fresh basil, either leaves or diced
Enjoy!

You're welcome!
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