Friday, August 22, 2014

A Trip To Carmel By the Sea

Have you ever been to Carmel, California?  That cute little town just south of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course?  
It's a perfect coastal weekend getaway for those of us in the hot inland valleys of California.  When it was near 100 degrees at home what's not to love about the ocean breezes and 60 degree weather?   

 It's a popular tourist destination so most weekends are pretty busy.  There's lots of quaint hotels and B&B's within walking distance to the quaint downtown area.  The weekend we were there most had no vacancies since the area was gearing up for the antique car show later on in the week.  I hear it's quite the event!

 Love this stained glass detail...

Antique shops abound.

with lots of shopping to be had as well.

Many of the buildings hold true to their spanish roots. and I just love the stucco walls, arched entries adorned with ironwork and Spanish tiling.

Art galleries are everywhere.

 Restaurants and eateries are easily found on the main streets as well as tucked back into private little alleys.

Remember, it can get cool on the coast.  I love the special touches of lap robes and blankets.  We sought out the outdoor heaters to sit underneath or beside.

 I love this little hobbit house!

I was just enchanted with all of the amazing architecture there.

And on our walk back up from the beach, we came across this little guy sitting in the courtyard of a B&B.  Can you guess what it is?  
It hides a speaker!  It was spilling out the tunes, and caught our attention.  Pretty clever - now that's a unique way to greet visitors - no?

So what are you up to this weekend?  Whatever it is I hope you get out and enjoy the end of summer.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday's Windows - Bonjour

It's Wednesday and I realized that I haven't shared an inspirational window in awhile - so here goes.

While we were exploring the quaint downtown area of Carmel we happened upon this darling French restaurant.
I was so enchanted with this restaurant's window display -
sheep crafted out of metal, clad with jaunty berets and scarves stopped me in my tracks.

And...that's the whole purpose of a window display right?  They want to tease you into coming on in to find out more.  
Would you be curious enough to step in?

Happy Hump Day everyone!


Monday, August 18, 2014

My favorite Color Translated in Flowers

It's no secret that my favorite color is purple, so naturally I gravitate toward that color wherever I am.  

Carmel, California

Our back yard

San Luis Obispo, California

Corvallis, Oregon

Vancouver, British Columbia

Omaha, Nebraska

Park City, Utah

I'm just a sucker for purple and I've used it a lot in my life.  In high school I painted my room purple - and then orange and then lime green - but that story is for another post.  In college I custom ordered a purple car, a Plymouth Duster.  It was fondly nicknamed the 'purple people eater.'
Since, I have used purple as accents in our home, but as I look around today only my teakettle, oil bottle and decorative rope of garlic have survived.  Our home has morphed into a sea of neutrals where I reserve pops of color for the seasons, or when I get a whim to add a trending hue. 
Today I get my purple color fix from the flowers in our garden and these lovely finds from around the globe. 

How has your color palette changed over the years?
Do you use your favorite color in your home?  I'd love to hear.

Happy Monday everyone.



Friday, August 15, 2014

Entry Doors Part 2

Doors are so fascinating to me - their hint of what lies beyond is intriguing. The mystery of a home within.  

What do you think awaits just inside - aren't you dying to know?

image via Houzz
These dramatic examples do not disappoint.  The foyer's style is just what you'd expect from those gorgeous doors. And what a foyer! 

Front doors really set the mood for the rest of your journey into the home.  I think they should be reminiscent of the home's architectural style.  As a matter of fact, the whole porch/entry should coordinate and work together to create a cohesive statement.  Below are some examples that I snapped from around our neighborhood.

and from our travels to... Cambria, CA

Sorry for the bad photo, but it's the only one I have of this gorgeous tin-clad door.  It was the entry into an abandoned house in Cayucos. It was standing open just like this, so I peeked in where the vestibule makes a sharp turn up a steep staircase to the main level of the home, I'm assuming.  Can you imagine what lies just beyond? 

I came across these doors in Mexico City - just down the block from Frida Kahlo's home. Aren't they neat?  The single door is for pedestrians while larger doors open to allow vehicle access into the compound beyond. 

These barn doors slide open to access a workshop beyond - simple, utilitarian.
image via Sunset Magazine

I'm always attracted to bright or unusually colored doors. 
image via

I'm usually not a fan of screen doors, but this is an exception.  I love how it coordinates with the solid door and is in keeping with the style and feeling of the home. I think this particular screen door has a lot of class and is very inviting. Not your typical screen door.

Don't you love it when the garden coordinates with the door?  And in my favorite color...

Have a great weekend everyone!

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