Color Study

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Twin Hill Ranch

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With Fall comes certain activities, like wearing sweaters, eating chili, decorating with pumpkins and how ’bout apple picking?! I love that I consider all of the above ‘activities’.  Well, living in the Bay Area has inspired me to do all kinds of things I never considered doing before and this includes visiting an apple orchard. The hubs and I drove north to visit Twin Hill Ranch where we spent the day picking apples of all kinds for my first apple pie (recipe to come) and to share with neighbors and friends. It was such a fun afternoon, next time I plan on packing a little picnic basket.

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Camping Necessities

Cute Camping Outdoor Necessities

Well, maybe not total necessities, but some fun items to take with you on your next glamping trip!

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Color Study

Outdoor Deck Patio Landscape Design Colorful Furniture

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Color Study

Color Palette Interior Design Combinations That Work

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Spring Has Sprung (Literally)

Seedlings Seeds Sprouted Garden Gardening Spring

Although it doesn’t look like it outside today, it’s officially the first day of Spring! My seeds have begun to sprout and it’s almost time to get going on the garden again. I went a little crazy with the amount of seeds I got this year but if luck (and some skill) is on our side, we will have a plentiful garden to eat from in the coming months. And you know I will be posting photos of my garden to table meals!

Pretty Umbrellas

I’ve got a hectic week ahead of me, mostly due to my upcoming trip to Asia! I’m soooo excited, a little nervous, and mostly stressed trying to get everything done and done. I’ll be spending most of my time in Vietnam (the motherland), 24 hours in Hong Kong (sometimes the unplanned is good) and ending the trip in Thailand. I’ve got a new camera lens for the trip so hopefully I’ll have loads of pretty shots to share. Speaking of beautiful photos, I love how these colorful umbrellas are captured all around Vietnam.

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How To: Decorative Orchids

Orchids are the easiest way to pretty up your home in a snap. Sure you can buy the potted ones, but I rarely like the container they come in and because I’m a design control freak, I like to pick out my own containers. I found this one at a thrift store for $3. I love the pale yellow color and the simple profile, perfect for my home.

Materials:

-Orchids of your color choice

-Pot/container

-Newspaper

-Moss

-Plastic plant saucers

Step 1:

-Place the plastic plant saucers inside your container. Then arrange your orchids inside the saucers, keeping in mind how the overall arrangement looks. Because my pot is pretty low, I cut down the plastic container that the orchids came in to fit my pot. If you have a taller pot, you should’ve have to do this.

Step 2:

-Arrange newspaper inside the container to keep the orchids in place.

Step 3:

-I decided to use moss to cover up the orchid base and hide the newspaper, but I’ve also used decorative rocks in the past.

And there you have it…a simple process to personalize your store bought orchid. Keep it for yourself to dress up your table or spread the love and give it as a gift.

Outdoor Goodness

Ikea Outdoor Furniture Pots Accessories Pillows

It’s officially one month until the start of Spring and I spent the weekend prepping my garden for a plethora of veggies and herbs. Along with getting my soil all ready, it’s also time to to plan ahead for some spring/summer decor. Ikea usually starts to display their Summer outdoor goods right about now and they’ve done right this year. Check out all these yummies to brighten your day!

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Alice Waters x ESY x Levi’s School Lunch

Finally getting around to posting pix from the the Alice Waters, Edible Schoolyard and Levi’s event. There was a great turn out for the luncheon that took place near Union Square on Maiden Lane. I was the event designer for the event and I was really happy with how the tabletops turned out, although the wind was not my friend that day. Still getting used to this SF weather…

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T-shirt display with shirts designed by Sofia Coppola, David Byrne, Dave Eggers, Maira Kalman and Alice Waters.

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Alice Waters and President of Levi Strauss Robert Hanson.

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There’s my man introducing Robert and Alice.

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Alice was signing books, including her latest 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering.

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