Saturday, March 20, 2010

In Love With Mill Valley!

Mill Valley is such a darling little town, that I have put it on my list of places I want to live before I die!
I love how it's nestled in the redwoods in Marin County, and all the houses are adorable.
The downtown has the cutest shops.

We stopped there on a beautiful Saturday in March to have lunch and do a little shopping.
The first place we visited was Summer House, a gem of a home furnishings store.

Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with these planters, planted with olive topiaries.
I knew I would be in for a treat.

The first thing I see inside is this burlap pendent, exactly like the one hanging over our kitchen island!

The pine cabinet with painted green interior made my heart skip a beat.
Hmmmm, where could I put this....

The store is an eclectic collection of organic and industrial chic, from these galvanized pendants to the pine credenza and antique print of Paris.

When we were walking out, I noticed this chandelier in the window. Oh my!
I can just look, can't I?

Next door, is The Tyler Florence Shop.

Owned by celebrity chef and Food Network star Tyler Florence, it is filled to the brim with everything I love!
Like this wicker and galvanized serve ware....

.....and this huge collection of hotel silver, plates, bottles and glass.

This is the demonstration kitchen. I wonder if Tyler Florence actually cooks here.

There is a back room filled with cookbooks. When I walked in here, it took my breath away!
I love the leather chesterfield sofa, the boar's head, and black bookcases filled floor to ceiling. I just wanted to sit in here with a cup of tea and peruse through all the wonderful cookbooks.

How wonderful is this little table and chairs!
Tyler Florence also has a beautiful blog filled with his delicious recipes and gorgeous food pictures. Check it out here.

Down the street is Maison Reve, another home furnishing boutique.

This store is owned by Yasmine McGrane, who has been featured in various magazines like Country Home and Better Homes and Gardens.
This leather and mohair French chair is the real deal.
We have the knock offs at our Asti house.

The style here is "urban farmhouse."
There are a lot of linens and pillows in vintage feed sack and French ticking.

What a unique lamp! This linen covered loveseat looks so comfy!

I loved this display of orange trees in cement pots and ceramic dishes on the table.

Now, I just have to convince Mr. A that Mill Valley is the perfect place to live!
He doesn't want to commute to San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge.
I can't think of a better reason to move here!
I can dream, can't I?

Happy Spring!

I'm joining The Tablescaper for "Oh The Places I've Been."

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Kim said...

Wow that was such a great tour Delores. Thanks so much! I enjoyed seeing all of the goodies in each of those pictures. It's almost as good as seeing the inside of your beautiful homes ;)

Kelley said...

Just Beautiful Delores!!! I LOVED your photos and could do some serious shopping in Mill Valley. xx kelley
ps I think Tyler Florence is cute : )

Lori E said...

You wouldn't even have to buy a home there. Just divide your time between all these fabulous shops every day and lay low at closing time.

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Marigene said...

Wonderful tour...I want that pine cabinet, too! I am sure I could spend hours in Tyler's store...

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wow, so much wonderful eye candy. I could just stay and shop for days. I saw tons of things that I would just have to have. Hugs, Marty

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...


I would love to visit this place!

One or two of those galvanized pendants would be great for the condo!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What great places to shop, Delores. I love to visit a town like that. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

The Little Red Shop said...

I've just found your lovely blog and become a follower. I'll be back soon when I have more time to visit.

Have a beautiful weekend!

: )

Julie M.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Delores, you do have the BEST shopping available to you! Loved all of those stores and how they are decorated. This would be a perfect linkup for favorite things. I hope you'll come link to it. laurie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Thanks for taking us along with you. What a great time I'm sure you had. Would love to go shopping with you one day. Although our tastes are similar, we best hope they have 2 of everything. lol. I've gone back and checked out your other posts. Girl... I'm so over the top in love with your sunporch. The shape is close to what I have. I'm wondering if you would share the color of your trim paint. I was sharing your blog with my girlfriend and she's assured me this is just what I "need" to go do mine.. lol.. now I just to find a chandelier to work in the middle of the room to co-ordinate with the one at the end of the room... I've saved your picture for future viewing... yepppppp loved the room.... have a super w/k.. hugs ~lynne~

Kathysue said...

Delores, I have never been to Mill Valley if you can believe that but now I will definitely take a trip there. I loved my virtual shopping trip,so much fun!!Happy First Day of Spring!! Kathysue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Oh my - lots of eye candy!! I just love stores like that. Thanks for taking us along.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I'd say you did have a wonderful time! So what did you buy???

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wow, looks like shopping heaven!! Next time I visit my family in California I know where I want to go!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Delores, thanks so much for linking up to Favorite Things. laurie

Semi Expat said...

Just stunning - how can one place have all those gorgeous shops! Amazing...x

Razmataz said...

Maison Reve looks like tha place for me. Lovely tour. Thank you.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

I think I just shorted out the keyboard from salivating!

Unknown said...

I would be in heaven window shopping there.

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