Out And About

Out And About: Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

April 7, 2014

On our way to LA last week (for a cruise to Mexico), Alex and the kids surprised me with an overnight stay at the Ace Hotel.  Knowing just how much I admire the work of the design firm Commune, the experience was a perfect early birthday gift for me.  Take a look at a few favorite [...]

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Out And About: Farmgirl Flowers

January 10, 2014

On a buying [botanicals] mission to the San Francisco Flower Market for an upcoming event, Natalia and I encountered Farmgirl Flowers by sheer chance.  Their stand, unlike others at the mart, is a full fledged studio composed of work tables, unique vessels and locally sourced vibrant botanicals.  Daily floral arrangements are artfully composed with seasonal materials, [...]

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Out And About: Crimson Horticultural Rarities

November 29, 2013

This week’s Out And About features Crimson a botanical shop located in Temescal Alley, Oakland.  After hearing about it from Alex, I knew I had to check it out.  With camera in hand I ventured in to find myself surrounded by an array of curiosities, plants and gifts all very artfully displayed.  Customers continually filtered [...]

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Out And About: Big Daddy’s Antiques

October 28, 2013

One of the home goods stores I’ve really wanted to visit ever since we returned to the Bay Area was Big Daddy’s Antiques.  Last week, I finally had the opportunity to experience this amazing retail destination.  Walking through it, one feels as though a theatrical event just wrapped up or is about to happen.  Surrounded [...]

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Scenes From Big Basin State Park

September 10, 2013

This past weekend we joined 4 other families for a camping adventure in the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  Staying in the park’s tent cabins made our late Friday night arrival a breeze.   No pitching of tents for us, instead we awoke to towering  red wood trees and an army of kids and canines [...]

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Heath Ceramics Is: Southern At The Table

August 16, 2013

Last night was the opening of Heath Ceramics’ Southern At the Table event, which celebrates southern culture, design and food.   The evening brought together culinary talents that served sliders, gumbo, BBQ oysters, and chicken wings (all super yummy).  Heath’s showroom was filled with hand sewn textiles for the table by Alabama Chanin, a dinnerware collaboration with [...]

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Out And About: Observatory

July 29, 2013

 Artist Nicole Rueda Watts of NYX Studio created a theatrical setting to showcase her handcrafted jewelry in her new shop:  Observatory (located in Cambridge, MA).   I was very excited to come across it while visiting the East coast.  At first, I was drawn to its mid-century furniture and accessories, but upon entering the shop, the feathers, [...]

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Out And About: Floret

April 29, 2013

This week’s Out And About features Floret, a new floral shop in Lafayette, CA.  The shop is filled with unique stemmed botanicals, plantings and vessels, all of which may be custom arranged for any occasion.  Take a peek into Floret:  We’re pleased to announce that Floret is also featuring several Cocoon Home succulent compositions.

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A Most Relaxing Birthday Weekend At Wilbur Hot Springs

April 9, 2013

To celebrate my birthday Alex and I spent the weekend at Wilbur Hot Springs.  Since our last visit was over 13 years, our return to the hotel was both nostalgic and renewing.   A few things have changed since our last stay, but the effect of Wilbur’s mineral rich waters and serene landscape remained the [...]

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Out And About: Farmyard Darlings

December 11, 2012

Tucked away among an array of lovely plants at Mt. Diablo Nursery lives Farmyard Darlings, this week’s Out And About featured shop.  Upon entering the space one is immediately greeted by two very warm-hearted and high spirited women:  Carole Sinclair and Kim Berry, founders and creative forces behind FYDs.  Their love for vintage finds and rustic [...]

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