Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hangin' Out in Los Gatos

Los Gatos is one of those quaint little California towns that I love to visit. The shopping is great, great restaurants too. I met Heidi of Heart and Home yesterday for just that, shopping and lunch. One of the stores we spent some time in was LuLu Pom.

I was intrigued with what they did with the arrangement behind the sofa. What a great idea for a huge blank wall. Frame out a section, paint it a different color, then hang your art in the middle. Here, they hung maps of Paris in the inset area with sconces on either side.

Another wall was treated the same way. A big gold frame defines a smaller area. Painted black, the three framed prints just pop.

The store was packed with everything I love. White ironstone, silver, etched glass....

...and lots of organic objects like antlers, lichen covered orbs, and found objects.

I spied this clock in the store and thought it would look great in our wine country kitchen. It looks so authentic with the rust, but it's a reproduction and was reasonably priced. I thought about it and ended up going back to the store after Heidi and I said our goodbyes and bought it!

We really enjoyed discovering this store. I could have done some serious damage here!
For instance, I regret not buying a few of those lichen covered balls. Heidi though that they would be easy to make. Hmmmm, great idea Heidi! Probably cost a lot less than $12 each!
Uh, oh - I think I need to go to the hobby store now...

It was such a fun day! If you get a chance, go over to Heidi's at Heart and Home and say Hi!
Tell her I ended up buying that clock!

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NanaDiana said...

Delores, What a neat place to visit! Sounds like you girls had a fun day.

The first time I saw that frame out thing behind the sofa was in model homes in Celebration, FL several years ago. I thought it was a great idea...still love it.

I will pop over and check your friend's blog out! Hugs- Diana

Heidi said...

Hi there my shopping friend,
I'm so glad you picked up the clock, it was calling your name. I forgot to go get that chandy we saw - the one that's perfect for my bathroom, and it will drive me crazy, thinking about it for the next few days. It's only 20 minutes away, right? I NEED IT!!
I had a very fun time with you. Next time let's remember to bring a wheelbarrow with some money in it!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Beautiful! Looks like a fun place to shop.

Carole said...

What a shop!!! and that clock looks like a real antique....glad you bought it.
My design friends always telling me to buy those moss balls saying I would sell tons but I highly doubt it:))


Kathysue said...

Delores sounds like such a fun day!!! I know Heidi had fun with YOU!!!! I love Los Gatos, I actually lived there for awhile right before I got married, such a charming little town, love all the old houses downtown. I like your clock it does look old!!! Kathysue

Kathysue said...

PS I finally did the post on Restoration Hardware and it post tomorrow.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Delores,

Those ideas for the bland walls are very clever!
Glad you had a great shopping day with Heidi; fun is needed.

Sunny greetings from Georgia,


Karena said...

Delores how fun and what a great find!! Isn't it great to meet up with our blog friends!

I have a Giveaway by the French Basketeer that I think you will love!

Art by Karena

Sarah said...

Always fun to tag along when you are out and about in a beautiful store. Thanks for taking me along. ~ Sarah

savvycityfarmer said...

o.h.m.y !!!!

some girls have all the fun

Cindy said...

You two were so close to me!!! I love Los Gatos! Great clock!!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!! CA has some great home decor stores!! xo

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks like a cool place to shop. I see lots of things I love. Love the clock you got.

Olive said...

The large clock you bought is gorgeous. olive♥

La Dolfina said...

What fun!
When's my turn?
We really must do this one of these days too!
I wanted to thank you for commenting on my post about taking our son to college. You are an empty nester I look up to!!
Have another great day and I hope we can get together soon!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Great photos. I really like that idea of showcasing the art within a painted and framed space. I painted a canvas a couple of years ago for our Galena home and although I like it, I wish I had done a larger piece. I kind of like the unframed look of the canvas itself though, so this would be a great solution to get more drama on that wall.

Fabulously French said...

Love the clock Delores, but love anything with Bordeaux written on it.
Those balls are fabulous and inspirational to say the least.
Moss is also all the rage here in SW France so have a feeling I will be off to hunt for some this weekend.

Leeann x

Sue Murphy@ life as a house said...

The wall idea was great. Such an interesting way to treat a large wall. Thanks for sharing that. I will have to put it in my back pocket for upcoming projects.

Sue Murphy@ life as a house said...

The wall idea was great. Such an interesting way to treat a large wall. Thanks for sharing that. I will have to put it in my back pocket for upcoming projects.

Marlis said...

I don't remember where I got my lichen covered balls, but they were less than 12 each and I've enjoyed them for about 3 or 4 years now.. good luck.. thanks for sharing!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh My! It would be hard to get out of that store without buying something. So many wonderful treasures! Love your clock. I'm glad you went back to buy it. It will be perfect in your kitchen. I enjoyed going shopping with you, and I'm glad you and Heidi had such a good time. laurie

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