Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wednesday's Windows - The Power of Repetition


Today's window display is a lesson on a tried and true Principle of Design...repetition.
White roses and rolled napkins carry on the repetition of the wires that make up that guilded bird cage.


There's a couple things happening here.  Let's examine them.  
1) That cage might be a showstopper in itself, but pairing it with other objects give it more presence and importance.
2) A single rose or napkin would be beautiful, but using a group of them - repeating the color and shape - really catch your eye and make you notice them.
Incorporating these ideas into your decor will give your vignette or space more importance. 

1) group items together and...
2) use multiples

Give it a try.

Happy Hump-day! 

Cyndi


Monday, September 8, 2014

Travel Essentials for Me

Our big trip is almost upon us, and I'm in the throws of packing.  This is sometimes a lengthy process for me.  I use our spare bedroom as the staging area and start laying everything out on the bed as I think of it. 
I take clothes in the same color palette - gray and black - so I can mix & match and layer. 
Last fall I packed three weeks worth of clothing into a carry-on.  Whew, that was a lot of work and pre-preparation.  This year I'm taking a slightly larger suitcase (one size up from the carry-on) mostly because we will be checking our bags and I needed to include more shoes.  Some of you may remember that I broke my ankle last spring and I'm not sure what shoes will work for all the walking that I plan to do 'down under' as I still experience swelling throughout the day - some days more than others.

I'm sure many of you have tried and true methods for packing, and there are a plethora of resources online to help you.  Actually my blogging friend Libby Wilkie of "An Eye for Detail" has some super suggestions on travel essentials here.  I'm dying for that rolling carry-on and it's on my list for our next big trip...but for now I have to deal with what I already have.  

Here's a couple of other things that I include that I couldn't live without.

1) My toiletry bag...

I bought mine years ago from a local store.  The original designer of this bag is from Chico.  She marketed them to  LLBean and they've been carrying a variation ever since.    It is very similar, but has been through the mill, It's frayed and worn and ready to be replaced.  Another item I must get before our next vacation.

2) My travel pillow...

A dear friend made a similar one, and once I saw hers I had to make one for myself.  I used flannel because I wanted it soft. I finished the two long edges of the fabric and then overlapped them in the back to make an envelope. You can get the idea in the third image.

My lightweight down filled vest often travels with me and is just perfect for stuffing into the pillow. (You can see the envelope effect here.)

It fits perfectly into my carry-on and doesn't take up a ton of room.  

So there you have it - a couple of my must have's for traveling.  
What are your must have's and tricks?  I'd love to know since I'm always looking for ideas to downsize and make life easier while traveling.

Happy trails....
Cyndi


Friday, September 5, 2014

Look Down...What's Under Foot?

Look down...what's under foot?  You might be surprised.
Many of us notice the creative patterning of bathroom tiling, but what about in public places?  Come with me and take a look at some creativity underfoot in the streets.


 I was so enchanted with the cobblestone that we found all over Lisbon.  

Plain or patterned it was glorious.




We found these wonderful patterns in Rome.






These tiles were enticing customers into cafes in Sienna.




Closer to home, I found this in the doorway of an Interior Design shop in Carmel.

So as you are out and about, be sure to look down.  You'll be glad you did.

Until next time...


Cyndi

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday's Windows - Copper Tubs

It's time for another edition of Wednesday's Windows.

I love anything copper.  Its rich patina has me at hello, and mixed with other metals - what's not to love.  

I'm especially enchanted with the rivet detailing.  
Remember I've said the purpose of window designs is to entice customers from off the street and into the stores.  Would you go in to see more of this store?  I wish I could have, unfortunately it was closed when we walked by.

I'm off to find more inspirations...
Happy Wednesday 


Cyndi


Friday, August 29, 2014

Hog's Breath Inn - Have You Been?

Here's some weekend inspiration for you...
A couple of weekends ago we spent the weekend in Carmel or Carmel By The Sea.  I wrote about it here in case you missed it. We loved our little getaway and highly recommend spending some time there if you get a chance.  There is so much to see and do and with the plethora of restaurants, you will not go hungry. Speaking of places to eat... 
Have you heard of the Hog's Breath Inn?
It was once owned and made famous by actor/director Clint Eastwood. It has since been sold and its current website describes it as having old west ambiance.  That describes it to a T.


Just down this alley and down those steps to the left

reveals a sunken outdoor patio, complete with fireplaces where you can warm yourself as you sip a drink out of copper mugs or traditional glasses. Our seat was that cute little table for two just to the right of the pub. You can't see it but there is an overhead heater to warm us.
The weathered wood disguises a staircase leading to a storeroom.


This guy greets guests to the indoor dining area.

 Movie posters and portraits remind diners of the restaurant's roots. 


I loved these succulents just beyond the dining room window.

The atmosphere was relaxing and the food did not disappoint.  My husband's Dirty Harry Burger was one of the best burgers he has ever had and my butternut squash ravioli was amazing.  We had a late lunch and were so stuffed we didn't need dinner!

It's Friday and a long weekend is ahead of us. Where will you be?  If you visit Carmel, you must make a stop at Hog's Breath.  You won't be disappointed.

Have a great weekend everyone...
Until next time.


Cyndi
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