Out And About

Out And About: Modernaire, Oakland CA

October 7, 2014

Last week I popped into Modernaire’s new location in Oakland.  After years in Berkeley, owner Bruce Crawford moved his carefully curated mid-century wares to a large, well lit space on Telegraph Ave.  Living in a mid-century home, I’m naturally drawn to stores that represent the era, but what impressed me most about Modernaire was its wide […]

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The Creative Residency & Room Forty

July 29, 2014

Over the weekend I flew to LA to work on my Social Media skills with Justina Blakeney and Dabito of the The Creative Residency.   This Social Media Practicum was held at Room Forty,  where 13 other creatives and I shared professional goals, critiqued each other’s web presence,  advanced our camera skills and learned of […]

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The Gropius House

July 22, 2014

Sometimes it takes becoming a visitor to a familiar place to do and see things you never had the chance to do before.  The Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, was a place I always wanted to tour while living in New England.  Often times, on my trips to Walden Pond or the deCordova Museum with my […]

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Out And About: Terrain

July 14, 2014

During our stay with friends in Connecticut this past weekend, our hostess insisted we visited Westport’s Terrain.  I must admit, there was no resistance on our part to go along.  After enjoying an amazing brunch at the cafe, we walked around and took in the entire store.  Filled with interesting botanicals for indoors and out, […]

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Out And About: Big Sur Bakery

June 17, 2014

While camping in Big Sur over the weekend, we rolled out of our tent in the early hours of the morning to head for the Big Sur Bakery.  I’ve always been intrigued by the garden that surrounds it and during this trip we wanted to make sure we finally dropped in.   Thank God we […]

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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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