WELLNESS 2.0 ~ THE GOLDEN DOOR SPA

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While checking out Lonny magazine’s top destinations, the article titled “Golden Ticket”, written by Melissa Goldstein and photographed by Jessica Sample, was of particular interest. The article caught my eye because it features the iconic Golden Door Spa, a destination that isn’t too far from my Southern California roots. The author of the article, which you can read here, checks into Southern California’s newly relaunched Golden Door Spa to see what wellness revamped looks like. Let’s take a look at the spa that has welcomed royalty, dignitaries and celebrities…….

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Interior Designer, Victoria Hagen freshened up the lobby with a palette of earth and mustard tones.

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Hand-painted Japanese screens.

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The Wisteria Lounge serves as a daytime gathering spot — its walls are lined with Hollywood archival photos of notable guests.

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The property’s five lush bio-dynamic culinary gardens yield a seasonal bumper crop that includes tomatoes, melons, berries, lettuces and tea herbs.

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Throughout the beautiful 600-acre grounds are 20 miles of tree-lined trails.

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BEAUTIFUL ZEN-INSPIRED VISION.

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LET’S GO SHOPPING ~~

I was doing a little virtual shopping recently over at one of my favorite magazines, Architectural Digest and came across a few items that I had to share. Sit back and enjoy, maybe you will see something you fancy. I have one or two on my wish list….HINT: Fortuny Fabric.

 

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Canopy Designs Dandelion Chandelier. Photo: Christine Blackbourne. canopydesigns.com, 212-355-0033.

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Roger Thomas. Photo: Christopher Amaral. walterswicker.com, 212-758-0472.

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Wicker rim and resin base tray in a Portugese tile pattern by Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Victor Prado. oscardelarenta.com, 888-782-0472.

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Spring 2015 line of luxury bedding by Donna Karan Home. Photo: Victor Prado. bloomingdales.com, 800-777-0000.

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Hand Painted Feeling tableware collection by Serax. Made in Belgium. Photo: Victor Prado. florijnhome.com, 781-772-2180.

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L’Objet’s Alchime de Venise line of decorative boxes clad in Fortuny. :) Photo: Victor Prado. l-objet.com, 855-562-5388.

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Table linens by Ferran ~ New York. :) Photo: Gormon Studios. ferranstore.com, 212-865-1303.

These are just a few of my picks. If you wish to see more, be sure to visit Architectural Digest. I hope you have a very lovely weekend, doing whatever, shopping, relaxing, catching up on some reading or just chilling. Out my way, it is the ANNUAL SWALLOW’S DAY PARADE. San Juan Capistrano is the host of this BIG EVENT and this is the 57th year celebrating the return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano. The day kicks off at 6 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Women’s Club of San Juan Capistrano. At 10:00 a.m., the pre-parade festivities start and at 11:00 a.m., the parade kicks off. We have many fond memories of this event, as my hubby was a very active participant with all three of my now grown children, marching in the parade with the Y-Princess and Y-Guide Program (a program affiliated  with the YMCA, that provides many wonderful Father/Daughter and Father/Son activities). This isn’t the only BIG EVENT on the calendar though………even BIGGER, is my grandson’s 2nd birthday party. He will be starting his celebration at the local petting zoo…..and this is another memorable place for our family in San Juan Capistrano. This petting zoo, was once known as the Jones Family Petting Farm and each of my children grew up experiencing this wonderful place, from guided pony rides, to birthday events. Now, the original family has retired and since sold the petting zoo to a wonderful woman who has taken it beyond what it was 20+ years ago. Today, it is known as Zoomar’s Petting Zoo. It still has all the fabulous memories of so many years ago, with the “horsey-rides”, the goats, the sheep, the Emu’s, the corral with all the “little critters” (guinea pigs, bunnies and such) that we happily feed with the “purchased food” (it is a business after all). But, now, there is a choo-choo train to ride on, a “gold-mining” adventure, a corn-filled play-pen for kids to jump in to their hearts’ delight. Needless to say, it has definitely evolved from where it was when we took my Lindsay, Neal and Melissa there. Now, my Lindsay is a momma and we are coming full circle with my grandson, Jackson. It is such fun to see him enjoy some of the same places that his “momma” grew up with. We’ll be hangin’ at the Grandparents’ house (mu-wah) afterwards, grillin’ and chillin’ with family, friends and our very adorable grandson!

Happy Weekend

From Me to You, xoxo,

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HOW TO COLOR GREEN: 16 INSPIRING IDEAS

Green, I love the color. It is the color of balance and harmony. It is the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It is the color that I readily associate with the Month of March. It renews and restores depleted energy. Green promotes a love of nature, a love of family, friends, pets and the home. It is the color of the garden lover, the home lover, and the good host……honestly, no wonder I love this color. For heaven’s sake, why wouldn’t you? Anywhoooo…….it is a fabulous “neutral” to use in your interiors, as you will see. While Pantone declared it their color pick for the year 2013, it is certainly not a passé color, by any means. I hope you enjoy these Visions to Inspire.

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This was my Inspiration Moodboard that I did when Pantone announced its 2013 Color of the Year.

LIVING SPACES

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What a statement this sofa makes in all of its Emerald glory. Clearly this space is a family space and I love how the bookshelf has been styled. Keeping each shelf organized by color, makes for such a pleasing and cohesive way of organizing, it’s like moving around the color wheel.

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In this space, shades of blue seem to be the predominate color, and, then, it’s punctuated with a pop of green, in something as simple as a pouf.

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Doesn’t this space just make you happy? And, that island, in glorious Emerald, it’s the pop of color that just says WOW. What fun!

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Green, in all of its varying shades, from the painted diamond shapes on the hardwood floor, to the table and hutch, to the stoneware.

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In a word, STUNNING.

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Rustic meets Contemporary. Clearly, those Emerald chairs make quite the statement…..no mistaking who the Host and Hostess are.

HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE

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GREEN LIVING “WALLS”

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BEDROOMS

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Green and Navy, always a winner.

 

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 Fun and fabulous comes to mind in this happy child’s bedroom.

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Dramatic Master Suite.

All images via my Pinterest.

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Does Green Inspire You?

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HOME TOUR ~~ EUROPEAN-INSPIRED CONTEMPORARY HOME

Interior Design: Wendi Young

Builder: Michael Roberts, Michael Roberts Construction

Photography: Karyn Millet

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This Laguna Beach home was, by no means, a “love at first sight” for the young homeowners, but designer, Wendi Young was able to see beyond the dark paint colors, gold leafing and heavy drapery. The designer convinced the homeowners and began the transformation. Read more about this fabulous home hereEnjoy the tour, European-Inspired Contemporary Laguna Beach, CA Home with Rustic Elements!

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Living room of this European-Inspired, Contemporary Home with Rustic Elements done in muted, sand tones, perfectly reflects its beachy location.

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Fabulous kitchen with rustic, rough-hewn beams and a crackling, open fireplace. Isn’t that cozy? I know I could spend a lot of time here. :)

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This Family Room is sure to stand up to lots of use. The custom sectional has been done in a Perennials outdoor chenille from Donald Sutherland and is paired with a coffee table from Juxtaposition Home, a local source in Newport Coast, CA. Graphic area rug from West Elm.

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Home office with its stunning architectural details, beautiful craftsmanship.

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I am loving this chandelier over this Saarinen-inspired table.

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A beautiful Master Bedroom. Again, love the architectural details found in the paneled millwork and coffered ceiling, and, let’s not forget that awesome view.

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A beautiful Master Bath reprieve ~ with draperies from Restoration Hardware, an antique stool and a classic, traditional crystal chandelier. Yes, this European-inspired restoration beautifully marries the contemporary with the rustic, a juxtaposition of elements that I would be happy to retire in, soaking luxuriously in a soothing, spa-inspired bath, melting away the days trials and tribulations.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

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HOME TOUR ~~ A MODERN ZEN-INSPIRED HOME

Architect Dominique Rocoffort DE Vinniere and designer Bryon Wark created a modern, zen-inspired home for Emmy Award winning director/producer Daniel Sackheim (X-Files, House, The Walking Dead) in the hills of Encino, California.

All Photography: Daniel Sackheim

STREET STATEMENT

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The living room, with its mood lighting, highlights a collection of classic and modern, such as a Mies van der Rohe black leather day bed, Hans Wegner Shell chair and a Yamaha baby grand.

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Dining Area.

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A MASCULINE, MODERN, ZEN-INSPIRED DESIGN

HAPPY MONDAY

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MOODBOARD MONDAY ~ GET THE LOOK

You may recall, I did a post on Alessandra Branca’s home in Rome, Italy. I really loved the warm colors that she used throughout her home and thought it would be fun to put together a Moodboard that provided some inpiration on how you might also Get The Look.

THE INSPIRATION ROOM

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GET THE LOOK INSPIRATION

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HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

 

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BRING IT ON ~ PINK

Without a doubt, I absolutely love Pink and certainly, the color is most befitting for the month of February. I’ve gathered a few images that more than send my heart a flutter, and, hopefully, you will enjoy them as well.

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Shut the Front Door ~ Pink, of course!

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And, with Navy, it is simply Stunning, but yes!!

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I love everything about this room, starting with the ceiling, and ending with the luscious fabric choices.

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Speaking of Fabric, here are a few picks from Schumacher and Robert Allen.

FROM NURSERIES TO KIDS

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TO FLOWERS AND FASHION 

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BRING IT ON ~ PINK

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All images via my Pinterest.

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PARACHUTE HOME

In a previous post on Design Elements for Warm & Cozy, I shared a Moodboard with you that featured some cozy bed ideas, and, on my inspiration board, I featured some cashmere throws and some scented candles from a company called Parachute Home …….which brings me to today’s blog post.

ParachuteHome1CollageYou may be asking, “Who Is Parachute Home”? Actually, the company has a rather interesting story. Some years ago, the founder of Parachute Home was traveling through Italy (I love, love, love Italy, by the way) and found herself in a lovely, picturesque hotel on the Amalfi coast (and wishing I could be there). As she got to her room, ready to unwind, she crawled into bed and found “perfection”. The sumptuous sheets were softer than anything she had ever experienced. When she finally returned home from Italy, she began the quest to find bedding that replicated that sumptuous, luxurious European experience.

Long story, short, Parachute Home was imagined as a way to deliver premium quality bedding at an affordable price by simplifying the traditional retail process. Parachute Home bedding happens to be designed right here in Los Angeles, California, made in Italy and delivered right to you. And, Parachute Home bedding is also made of the finest, long-staple Egyptian cotton, combed with precision to remove all impurities and dyed naturally in a process that surpasses the highest safety and  environmental protection standards. Simply select your preferred fabrics, colors, styles and receive them at your door. :)

Based on the fact the you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, shouldn’t your sleep experience simply be sumptuous? To order swatches or to learn more, just click HERE.

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HOME TOUR ~ ALESSANDRA BRANCA

She was longing for the color, light and life of Rome, where she had grown up. Alessandra Branca turns the top floor of a 16th-century convent into a rich yet relaxed home that satisfies her craving for a fixed address in the Italian capital of Rome. The urban getaway had to be large enough to accommodate her entire family, including her husband and their three grown children, and low-maintenance enough to be managed from overseas. To read more about this lovely home, see the article here. Photography by Simon Upton.

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Alessandra Branca said, “Rome made me learn the beauty of a home is the accumulation of experiences, and not just things.” “You are setting the stage for the life you want to live.” “In the end, she understood, that’s what ‘la dolce vita’ is all about.”

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WARM & COZY ~ ESSENTIAL DESIGN ELEMENTS

Winter has come in with a fury and for many living just about anywhere east of the Rockies, thoughts of staying warm and cozy, are, without a doubt a top priority. For those of us in Southern California, however, we don’t have to deal with such harsh weather conditions. Nevertheless, when our skies turn gray and the gods finally bring us much needed rain, I am in heaven. I love when weather gives you a reason to stay inside….getting warm…..staying cozy. Bring out the board games, light the fire, curl up on the sofa, sip a cup of hot cocoa, catch up on some reading or watch a favorite movie or two, whatever gets you through inclement weather. I also find it helps to have a few essential elements in place to help create a space that is welcoming and comfortable. Below are some images which I feel evoke a sense of warmth and cozy, whether it is from color, texture or lighting. Annnnnnnd, after you have enjoyed all of these inspiring images, I have created a moodboard with some of my Essential Warm & Cozy Elements. I hope you enjoy!

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Cozy and warm, Southwest style. Even though this space has lots of volume, it still feels warm and cozy with its large, timber-beamed ceiling, smooth, plastered walls in a soft, earthy color, large-scaled leather chaise, textured, natural area rug, niches filled with antique books, collected artifacts and, of course, a divine fireplace. Sipping a glass of cognac by the fireplace seems like a cozy thing to do in this room. Image via Traditional Home. Photography: Michael Venera. Design: Patti Burdick.

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Warmth from texture found on the fireplace and beamed ceiling. Lots of seating done in soft, earthy-toned fabrics, provide plenty of cozy places to curl up with a good book. Image via. Photography: Werner Straube. Design: Anna Clark.

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Nothing beats the roar of a fire when there is a chill in the air and what better than to get cozy in two club chairs with an ottoman to prop up your feet. A cup of tea, a good book and I’m comfy, comfy. Via Southern Living.

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A Moody Blue and Green Bedroom. Photography: Jon Jensen. Design: Jan Showers.

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A cool autumn seating area. Image Traditional Home. Photography: Grey Crawford. Design: Jeff Andrews.

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A warm and cozy bedroom in mossy neutrals, plump pillows, lofty down comforter and all surrounded with soft, patterned curtain panels. Simply luscious. Photography: Michael Garland. Design: Joe Ruggiero.

WARM AND COZY ~ MY ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS

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For my cozy bedroom, I love a bed with crisp, luxurious linens, a luscious down comforter covered in a beautiful fabric, pillows for a perfect nights rest, not to mention being able to prop oneself up to read a good book or look at the morning paper while sipping a hot, yummy cappuccino. Of course, good lighting, a must, chic and stylish…..a few personal objects for the beside table to keep items like a pair of reading glasses, if needed, or the t.v. remote…..a pair of comfy slippers and, of course, a cashmere throw (1), because cashmere is something beautiful, warm and very, very tactile. And, while we are on the subject of My Essential Warm & Cozy Elements, let’s not forget the bathroom. Candles, scented, perhaps like these (2) from this lovely company and, definitely thick and luscious towels (3), from here. So, there you have it, my Visions to Inspire and Designs to Enrich.

STAY WARM, BE COZY

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THANKS FOR LETTING ME SHARE WITH YOU

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