WANDERLUST ~~ PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d’ ELEGANCE

Road Trip Adventures

I realize I have been away from the blog for several weeks now, and I have to say, I just haven’t had much time to sit down and share, until, now. August is a notoriously busy month for me and my family. There have been birthdays and anniversaries…. a little design project for a dear family relative…. and, a bit of Wanderlust. August is also the month for the annual Pebble Beach Concourse d’ Elegance. While hubby and I don’t attend this event every year that it is held, we have enjoyed the show on several occasions. This annual event is always held on the 3rd week of August, which just so happens to somewhat coincide with hubby’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. Each year, reservations are always a challenge, but we got lucky this time. Through hubby’s BMW owner’s club, we were able to snag a reservation, albeit in Pacific Grove, which was just fine.  And so here it is, a few pictures from our recent Road Trip Adventure……. a drive up the Coast.

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We started out our drive up the coast, to San Simeon, where we spent the night. The next morning, our journey up the coast continued with a quick stop to check out the Elephant Seals basking in the sun. My goodness, they are BIG and, well, just a little STINKY. Needless to say, we didn’t linger too long. Back in the car, we headed to Big Sur with a stop to visit the Julia Phiffer Burns State Park (the bottom two photos). Amazing scenery, for sure, it just never gets old.

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From Big Sur, we continued on into Carmel. Historically, the first day of this annual event, begins with the Concourse d’ Elegance entrants driving their vintage cars from Carmel out to Big Sur and back again to Carmel, where they then line up along Ocean Drive in Carmel . These pictures are just a few of the many, many cars that I captured with my iPhone. So much eye candy, the beautiful Lalique hood ornament, a gorgeous blue Duessenberg, a Porsche from Switzerland with the orange wing placed in a rather unusual place (sun protection?), to Alfa Romeo’s and the beautiful teal, red and silver classic vintage automobile. Iconic designs, preserved for generations and appreciated by many.

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We began the following day with a drive along 17-Mile Drive. This is a drive we never miss and an absolute MUST when visiting Pebble Beach. The pristine scenery of coastline, Monterey Cypress and stunning architecture, is absolutely breath taking. Everywhere we stopped along the way, such as the Lone Cypress, seen above, was mesmerizing and there was always lots of whale activity, bringing lots of OOOOHS and AWES! Our drive brought us to the iconic Lodge at Pebble Beach. Side note: Hubby’s grandfather was a champion golfer and won the tournament twice, once in 1911 and again in 1915. Of course, back then, it wasn’t known as the Lodge at Pebble Beach, but, nevertheless, a trophy placard is prominently on display in one of the Lodge’s restaurants, where all sorts of golf memorabilia is displayed. Hubby is very, very proud….. to say the least. Not too many have won the tournament twice. Since, we were part of the BMW Club, we visited the Villa that they had rented for the event….. again, very, very special. Need I say that there is a never ending display of opulence….. Anywhooooo, what a fun day, especially for hubby. BMW had all sorts of cars available for test driving and hubby jumped at the chance to drive the BMW i-8. No room for me to go along though, it’s pretty much a 2-seater and BMW required one of their representatives ride along. :( Oh well, I had fun, nevertheless, wandering around the Villa taking in the interiors and snapping a little picture through the ornamental wrought iron. After our fun day, we headed back to our hotel, enjoyed a glass of wine and a few hors d’ oeurves. Dinner that evening, was divine, enjoyed at Roy’s at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Delicious…….

The weekend was divine, but at last, it was time to make our way back home….. Road Trip 2015, our journey has come to a close….. this Wanderlust Journey is always one filled with many fond memories. Thanks for letting me share and coming along for the ride.

All The Best, Happy Wednesday,

 

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HOME TOUR ~~ HERMOSA BEACH, CA

Interior designer, Lynn Pépe had a client that presented her with a jewel in the rough. It was a Hermosa Beach, California Mediterranean-Style home on a half-acre lot with a stunning view of the Pacific along with the rare perk for this densely populated South Bay  beach town, privacy. Initially, the designer’s client wanted to remodel just the kitchen and bathrooms in the circa 1980s faux Mediterranean-style home. But, the designer had an ‘unabated passion’ for the homes potential. The designer’s guts and tenacity won her client over, and as a result, the residence had undergone a complete remodel, ‘almost down to the studs’. Let’s take a tour of this beautifully remodeled Mediterranean-style home with Moroccan touches.

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Beautiful architectural details can definitely be found in this lovely living room. From the beamed ceiling, to the rustic stone fireplace.

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This game room is definitely equipped with all the right touches, cue the pool table!

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This Master Bath features a custom-designed tile flooring with a water jet cut pattern and a customized, salvaged pine plank door which was used over the opening of the master closet.

All images and more on this house via Luxe.

Have a Wonderful Weekend 

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Hope you Enjoyed the Tour

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HOME TOUR~~1930’s SANTA MONICA RESIDENCE

I fell in love with the charm of this home in Santa Monica, California that was featured in Luxe magazine. A vibrant, 1930s residence designed by Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey that is filled with vintage accessories. Come along and let’s take the tour. I think you’ll agree, there is much to love about this vintage beauty.

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The entry features a wallpaper from Quadrille’s Home Collection, Persepolis and a vintage Qashqai rug which brings a whimsical burst of pattern and color to the entry.

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The dining room features a custom polished-brass table and slipcovered chairs from Restoration Hardware. Hanging drum pendant from Jonathon Adler and drapery in Schumacher’s Vientianne Ikat print, LOVE!!

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The Great Room features lots of vibrant pattern mixes. The Burnham designed console is covered in a python-pattern vinyl and features a pair of Bunny Williams Home lamps with a leather rhinoceros from Harbinger, perched in between.

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A seating area in the Great Room.

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A colorful cloisonné box, a red tray from Mecox, a vintage candy dish from Burnham Design, sits on the Great Room vintage Italian gold-leaf cocktail table.

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The freshened up kitchen with new paint and existing pendant lights.

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Breakfast Nook ~ Banquette fabricated in Perennials’ Bazaar fabric from David Sutherland.

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The Master Bedroom features a serene palette, with Katie Ridder Leaf Wallpaper from Harbinger.

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Vibrant splashes of color in the wife’s office come from Katie Ridder’s Peony fabric on the desk chair, a vintage lamp from Hollywood at Home and a abstract advertising poster by graphic artist, Bernard Villemot.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE

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CLE TILE ~ DEBORAH OSBURN’S COMPANY

I recently came across an article in Elle Decor, written by Sarah C. Rich, titled “Covering the Territory”. The article highlighted Deborah Osburn’s company, Clé Tile.  She has basically “carved out a sweet spot where the age-old art of tile meets the brand-new digital world.”¹ “The endeavor is an outgrowth of her blog, Tile Envy.”¹ Deborah started her blog as an inspirational antidote to the burnout she’d developed over several decades spent running industrial tile operations. “There are people out there making amazing tiles and no one will ever see them,” Osborn laments, “because our industry just wants one thing.” She began blogging about artists who use ceramic, porcelain, or concrete as their medium, and before long, her readers began asking how to buy what they were seeing. Osburn became a matchmaker between makers and seekers of art-driven tile.¹

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Delft, utter this word and the world swoons with visions of an imperial era of refined sensibilities. It’s the “dress-up” version of tile; all Marie Antoinette-like and certain to conjure thoughts of high tea and fanciful things. Macaroons anyone? The designs formed from delicate translations of nature originating from ancient China, and realized on plates, vessels and tiles, were popularized in the 17th century and made their way across Europe for centuries.²

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Fast forward today, and the Delft trend is hotter than ever. Clé honors these classic combinations of blue and white painted floral inspirations and expands them with traditional Delft color palettes including yellow and magenta. They have also included a color palette with a decidely modern vibe, including; pink, grey, green, teal and persimmon. Finely hand painted, Deborah Osburn’s Delft collection for Clé aptly title “17th Century”, is a joyous nod to the everlasting designs of Delft tiles and Delft ware.²

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In addition to Deborah Osburn’s Delft line, she takes inspiration from nature as well. Her Malachite line features lithographed swirls that elegantly mimic the emerald-green stone.¹

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One of her most risky designs, called Watermark, has also turned out to be her most celebrated: a series of unglazed porcelain slabs dipped in indigo or verdigris-tinted gold dye. She starts with unglazed, hand formed and slow-fired porcelain, the color of new paper. It is then dipped, stroked, stained and washed with authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments. Deborah Osburn then takes all of this tile goodness and converts two tactile and mutually enriching materials (porcelain and pigment) into her latest series ~ Watermark. It is dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar and, every one of the tiles from this series invokes the unique individuality of its namesake ~ Watermark

The effect echoes the dreamy view of San Francisco Bay from her home studio in the hills above Sausalito, California ~~ an abstract landscape of color receding toward a foggy white.¹ This pattern now adorns the walls of a Bay Area home belonging to one of the titans of the tech world, and it appears in Osburn’s new book, Tile Envy, which chronicles the small but mighty movement of artists inciting a renaissance in clay.¹

¹. Elle Decor.  “Covering the Territory”. Written by Sarah C. Rich.

². Clé Tile. Deborah Osburn.

All images via Clé Tile.

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

It is hard to believe, here it is the 4th of July! My gosh, where is this year going? We don’t have any special plans this year for the holiday, and quite frankly, that is just fine. I am finding that I prefer to stay close to home, having a little barbeque with family. In years past, we could easily be found down at the Dana Point Harbor, boating and enjoying a day on the water until the sun set and then watching the firework display from the barge that is anchored just outside Doheny State Beach, but those days are over and quite honestly, I am more than fine with that. It was loads of fun when my, now grown children, were younger, but over the years, the harbor has gotten more and more crowded and once you are there, you are definitely committed to staying there the entire day. This means you better get there early and be prepared to get home after midnight…..the traffic is abominable!! Anywho, whatever your plans may be, I wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th! Red, White and Blue….be inspired……

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Happy 4th of July

All Images via Pinterest.

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SINGING THE BLUES

I’m Singing The Blues, not in a sad way, but in an inspiring way. Blue is HOT, HOT, HOT, right now…..in Home Decor and Fashion. I wouldn’t say it is a trendy color, but a classic color that works wonderfully with so many other colors. I love it with Emerald GreenBright Orange. Shocking Pink, Bright Yellow, and Black, to name just a few. Of course, the color Blue, along with Red and White is particularly symbolic this time of year with the 4th of July happening in just a matter of days. Wow, it’s so hard to believe how fast this year is flying by. Nevertheless, I love the color blue no matter what the occasion and thought it would be fun to share some of my blue home decor, fashion and art that I find inspiring which I have curated from Polyvore. Enjoy my Rhapsody In Blue……

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If you’re interested to learn more about the items seen here, visit Polyvore.

Visions to Inspire, Designs to Enrich

Have a Lovely Day

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16 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE BLUE

A Little Bit About the Color Blue

Did you know that blue is the overwhelming favorite color? Well it is! Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color blue is considered the least “gender specific” color and has an equal appeal to both men and women. It is the color of the ocean and the sky and it is perceived as a constant in our lives. It is the color of the spirit and it invokes rest and can also cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Here are 16 beautiful ways that blue has been used in these interior spaces…..inspiring ways, for sure…..

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Interior Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Photographer: Roger Davies

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Contemporary Porch by Juan Montoya Design. Photography: Björn Wallender.

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Contemporary Living Room. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Contemporary Kitchen. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Traditional Kitchen. Designer: Mark Gillette. Photography: Luke White.

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Beach Living Room, Harbor Island, Bahamas. Designer: Alessandra Branca. Photography: William Waldron.

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Modern Dining Room. Designer: D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. Photography: Thomas Loof.

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Traditional Kitchen in the Home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s California home. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Dining Room in Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s home.

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Traditional Office/Library in home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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Traditional Living Room in the home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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A traditional dining room from Designer CarolEgan Interiors. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Contemporary Bathroom by Designer: Cesare Rovatti. Photographer: Oberto Gili.

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Traditional Master Bedroom of Brooke Sheilds. Designer: David Flint Wood. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Bedroom in Beverly Hills, California. Designer: Michael S. Smith. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Traditional Dining Room in South Africa. Designer: David Kleinberg Design Associates. Photography: Eric Piasecki.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

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SOUTHERN CHARM HOUSE TOUR

I must admit, I am a big fan of Bravo TV…..it’s my little guilty pleasure. I’ve long indulged in the Real Housewives franchise, enjoying the Housewives of Orange County, New York and Beverly Hills, but my latest fave, is Southern Charm. I didn’t see last season, but I had no problem getting to know the cast of characters and I quickly gathered a list of favorites. Of course, the Jacksonville, Florida born Patricia Altschul, is very much at the top of my list. I love her….”the resident madcap grande dame”…..famous for her no-nonsense advice, wicked tongue and, a definite appreciation for a high quality cocktail. I’m just a bit envious of her butler who does a fabulous job of whipping up whatever cocktail one might fancy. I’m particularly fond of the time she “rang him for her dressing cocktail”. I mean, honestly my dears, doesn’t everyone need one of these? Anywhoooo, Architectural Digest did a fabulous article about her home in Charleston, South Carolina, which she commissioned the iconic interior designer, Mario Buatta to help her renovate. Let’s take the tour……

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Exterior shot of the antebellum landmark built in the early 1850s, the Isaac Mikell house.

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The lovely Patricia Altschul who commissioned Mario Buatta to help renovate the house.

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Visions To Inspire. Designs to Enrich.

Happy Monday and Have a Wonderful Week.

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COLOR CRUSH ~~ BLUSH

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This pretty, whisper soft shade of pink can be found in many variations, from the dew-kissed petals of a pale pink peony to the almost iridescent shades on a seashell. It is a fresh, innocent color that is pretty without being too cutesy and it is an unexpected neutral that I am definitely crushing on.

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Loving the pretty blush variations naturally found in these sea urchins, nautilus and pretty pinky toned shells.

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ROOM INSPIRATION

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A pretty bedroom by interior designer, Suzanne Kasler.

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Images via Pinterest.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE. DESIGNS TO ENRICH.

 

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ~ JULIE ROOTES

Julie Rootes ~~ Some design fans may recognize her signature style from the elegant powder room she did at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. This fashion maven-turned-interior designer, likes incorporating vibrant pops of color, bold prints and custom details into each of her projects. Julie, a Texas native, also brings a southern charm to her California interiors, by creating a unique blend of modern and traditional elements that are durable and eye catching, the holy grail when it comes to family-proofing a beautifully designed space. To find out more about the fashion savvy design icon, read the Q&A here at California Home & Design.

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Powder room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

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A unique brass wall mounted shelf feature in the Powder Room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

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Pretty drapery details. Always love a tassel.

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And bolster pillow fringe trim detals. :)

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Modern mixes with traditional elements.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE. DESIGNS TO ENRICH.

Have a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

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