Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Indigo Blue Love

It seems everywhere I look these days, I see lots of blue.
Not just any blue, but indigo blue.


Pottery Barn embraced indigo blue this spring with a new collection of plates and I'm in love!
No, I haven't purchased that platter, but instead just admiring its beauty in the store display.


Looking around the Burlingame Pottery Barn, I see indigo pillows...


...even blue and white buffalo check bedding.
They are definitely on trend!

I ended up buying a shibori indigo blue table cloth.

It's a nice touch for spring, don't you think?
I'm loving indigo blue!
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Terra Cotta Floors In The Kitchen

The latest issue of Traditional Home features a kitchen with antique French terra cotta floors.
I'm kind of crazy for this floor, to say it mildly!

I actually toyed with the idea of terra cotta floors in our San Francisco house.
My idea was to tile the foyer and have it continue into the kitchen.  
Not quite sure why I abandoned this idea, especially after seeing this gorgeous kitchen in Trad Home.

This floor in Elle Decor featured kitchen is another example of a crisp white kitchen, anchored by a terra cotta floor.

Although the Traditional Home and Elle Decor kitchens looks fabulous with all white cabinets and white marble, notice how the floor above looks with charcoal cabinets and soapstone counters in this laundry room, designed by Gerry Smith of Remodelista.

Hexagon tiles are my favorite because the shape reminds me of honeycomb.
The variegated colors, along with the shape, gives the floor an old world feel.

Antique French tiles are the best source in achieving that old world look, but there are knock-offs as well, being produced in Mexico.

Years ago, I saw this home on a kitchen tour and I've never gotten it out of my head!
Perhaps that's when I fell in love with terra cotta tile.

The homeowner, Jamie Kidson preserved the integrity of the original kitchen using vintage tile as well as marble and white subway tile.
I'm still smitten with this room.

I absolutely love this kitchen, featured in Vogue. It looks like it's in a rural French farmhouse with its organic design and feel.
The random placement of rectangle tiles is easy on the eye and goes well with the rustic elements in the kitchen.

I am saving this photo from Country Living to my "Asti Kitchen" pinterest board.
I've been researching ideas and collecting inspiration for a future remodel.
This is the look I'm going for:
Terra cotta floors and black cabinets, soapstone and marble with white subway tile backsplash. 
Whether I choose hexagon or random squares, the floor has to be terra cotta! 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oil Paintings In The Kitchen


Displaying vintage oil paintings in your kitchen is a nice way to add warmth and character to your decor.
I especially like still life paintings in my kitchen, like this painting of grapes sitting on the counter...


 ...and this little oil of a basket of cherries on the shelf with my white ironstone.


Looking online for more "oil painting in kitchens" inspiration, I came across some wonderful examples.
I love this painting of a copper pot mounted on a wall of marble.

 One of my favorite kitchens is this one.
The green cabinetry with marble and brass is absolutely magnificent and so original.


Adding a gallery of oil paintings is genius!

 
Designer Lauren Liess created a gallery wall in her kitchen that caught my eye.
I love the combination of portraits and landscapes.  

A couple of bucolic landscapes really stand out in an otherwise simple and clean kitchen vignette belonging to Catherine from In the Fields.  

No wall space?
Line up your art collection above the cabinets for added visual interest.

This black and white kitchen belongs to Janet from The Gardener's Cottage.  It is warmed up with the seagrass rug, crystal chandelier, bamboo shades and yes--the little oil painting over the range hood.
Just darling!

It's not hard to find vintage oil paintings like the portraits sitting on this open shelving.

Whether you prefer still lifes, portraits or landscapes, as long as they speak to you, you can begin an art collection to be displayed in your kitchen. 
Keep in mind, they don't have to be perfect! 
I'm always checking out antique stores, resell shops and garage sales for original art.

What do you think?
Would you display vintage oil paintings in your kitchen?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

A romantic dinner for two.

One setting for Madame...

...the other for Monsieur.

We'll be celebrating Valentine's Day in style!
What are your Valentine plans?

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

White Ironstone Love


 My love affaire with white ironstone began when I found this "pure butter" slab years ago at a home store in Sonoma.
I was smitten, and immediately tried to find more.

The problem was that I had no idea what to call it as I tried to locate more slabs on Ebay.
Dairy slab?  Bistroware? White ironstone with lettering.

Eventually, I found more!

One online store that still sells them is Joanne Hudson Basics.

Though, not inexpensive, their reproductions are still a bargain compared to a true antique.
A huge inspiration for collecting white ironstone came from this photo of a pantry from Joanne Hudson.  I would kill for this pantry--and the ironstone too!

 Eventually, I broadened my hunt to include white porcelain that had black wording.

 Sometimes I find them at Homegoods or Marshalls.
Sometimes, on Ebay.

Luckily, I've even found ironstone like the bowl above in antique stores.

These pieces were found in an antique store too.
They are quite old.

Recently, I discovered that West Elm carries white ironstone bowls and canisters, reasonably priced.

I'm loving this set of graduated bowls.

The whole collection is wonderful!
They work well in a black and white kitchen and go with just about everything.
Those bowls are calling my name!



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Monday, January 30, 2017

Wreaths Symbolize Welcome And Unity

Nothing says welcome like a festive wreath, and over the years, I've hung many different wreaths on our front door.
Wreaths symbolize welcome and unity with their branches, leaves and flowers forming a perfect ring.

This one was from 2010 which I found in the wine country. 
It gave me the idea to use upholstery webbing to embellish future wreaths.

Like this one for the holidays.

Lately, Ive been all about boxwood wreaths, both for the holidays and year round.
I like this one, hung with upholstery webbing from Houzz.
It's clean and simple.

Here is a preserved boxwood wreath hung with black and white stripe ribbon.
So fresh and perfect for spring.

 Wreaths aren't just for the door though.
Lately, I've been hanging them indoors on mirrors.

For the holidays, I hung this boxwood wreath on the entry mirror with plaid ribbon.
I'll replace the ribbon, but keep the wreath for a few more months.


In Asti, I hung a preserved boxwood wreath on the living room mirror, bringing a touch of green to the room.

Magnolia leaves also make a wonderful wreath, like this one from Lonny.
Traditionally, they are for the holidays, but I like them year round.
They can be embellished with dried hydrangeas and other florals.

I recently found this magnolia wreath in the wine country.
It was time to replace the Christmas wreath!
I think it is timeless, transcending the seasons, don't you?


In Asti, I hung a natural branch wreath on one of the doors.
Since there is no front door, per se, putting a wreath on the dining room door creates a sense of entry.

 It is made from material that can be found on our property.
Moss and branches.
It says "welcome" to our home.

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