I Want to Go to There: Carolands

A Beaux-Arts chateau, exactly where you wouldn't expect it: south of San Francisco


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bordeaux salons - carolands

The other night I had the TV all to myself for once, and was scrolling through the guide when I happened to see this title on PBS: The Heiress and Her Chateau. How could I not be intrigued? I clicked over to the program and was treated to a fantastic documentary about Carolands, this huge, 98-room Beaux-Arts style chateau built in — wait for it — Hillsborough. Hillsborough is a tiny little town just south of San Francisco. In 7 years of living in SF, I had never even heard of Carolands, let alone the stories behind it!  Read the full post +

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Images all via the Carolands Foundation

"All we wanna know is where the stars came from, but do we ever stop to watch them shine?" - Jon Bellion

Redecoration Reveries

Out with the old and in with the new...or at least, I wish!

redecorating ideas

Here’s a fun piece of news to kick off the new year: it’s 99% likely that we’ll be moving. When and where, we’re not entirely sure yet, but our current lease will end in July, so it’ll be happening by or before then, for sure. Part of me dreads the thought of doing another move, but at this point, with so many moves in the last 4 years, I feel like I’ve got our systems down pat! Either way, it’s just like I said last week: adventure most definitely ahead.

Even when I’m deep into a lease (and undoubtedly in the future, a mortgage), one thing that never changes is my constant urge to find the perfect treasures for my home. I like to decorate in waves, and increasingly with as many unique, one-of-a-kind pieces as I can (which means it always takes a little longer to discover the perfect things!). I think both the new year and wondering about where the next 12 months will take us has me itching to switch things up in the apartment. Which, of course, is entirely impractical, since you never know if your next space would even have room for new things! Major home decor purchases are most definitely on hold around here. So instead, I’ll daydream — call it a slightly healthier way to pretend I have control over the future. Here, a selection of lots of pieces I’ve been eyeing and wish I could magically have delivered to our apartment, like, today.

I’m digging the mix of blues and neutrals, natural materials, hints of brass, and industrial elements. For me it feels lived in, welcoming, warm, and a little collected.

In other news, I’m also kind of excited for this first full week of 2015. I’m feeling ready to tackle work, start some fun new projects, and get back in the saddle. You too?

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1. Bija Framework Pillow, $198  |  2. Princeton Senior Sconce, $209  |  3. Embroidered Tarik Silk Pillow, $78  |  4. Phoenix Wool Dhurrie Rug, $59-$799  |  5. Cooper Leather Stool, $795  |  6. Blue Stripe Napkin, set of 2, $19.20  |  7. Botanical No. 1, $50-$500  |  8. Vintage Framed Map of San Francisco, $135  |  9. Theron Rug, $12,249  |  10. Blue and White Ginger Jar, $79  |  11. South Seas Bar Cart, $395   |  12. Laurel Leaf Mirror, $339.97  |   13. Brass Planter, $50-$65

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5 Ikea Hacks I Want to Try

You know, whenever I have a garage and the space

ikea hacks i could actually make

Unsurprising confession: I dream about our future house. You know, the same one you probably dream about — the forever house, the one you end up staying in for at least 20, 30 years and can really put your stamp on. I’m always bookmarking ideas for that house, Ikea hacks definitely included. Recently I got inspired (and excited!) by a bunch of different projects I discovered, which I thought I’d share with you for your dream house (or now-house) file. I mean, for one thing, I think these are five Ikea hacks I could actually make! Yes, you’ll need some power tools and paint for a few of them, and having a garage probably wouldn’t hurt, but with the right supplies, all of these seem totally doable.

Have you ever attempted any awesome Ikea hack projects like this? Another unsurprising confession: the biggest one I’ve attempted was about 5 years ago, when I tried adding knobs I bought from Anthropologie to a MALM dresser. I didn’t have the right tools at the time, and the result was…interesting. Never underestimate the power of a really good drill (and drill bits too, people).


Marble and Copper Side Table (uses Ikea PS 2012 table)
Dipped Entry Table (used Ikea SVALBO table, which is discontinued; author recommended this table, but you could use any wood table to achieve the same look!)
Upholstered Bench (uses VITTSJÖ TV unit)
Magazine Organizers (uses Ikea KASSET files)
Rolling Bar Cart (uses Ikea VITTSJÖ laptop table)

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Images and Project Authors: Side Table, Style Me Pretty Living; Dipped Entry Table, The Sweet Beast; Upholstered Bench, Dwellings by Devore; Magazine Files, Homey Oh My; Rolling Bar Cart, Style Me Pretty Living