Monday, July 28, 2014

Blair Harris Interior Design

I can’t get enough of these images of this Cobble Hill Townhouse, designed by Blair Harris, named as one of House Beautiful's Top 10 'Designers to Watch' in 2012. Elegant and classic with a few modern twists, her design firm is getting a lot of attention lately, and likely will for a long time to come.

Friday, July 25, 2014

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

In honor of the occasion I thought it would be fitting to list some of my favorite ice cream spots in the Bay Area. I hope you can go out and grab one today! Have a great weekend.

In St. Helena: The Big Dipper
In Marin: Fairfax Scoop
In San Francisco: Bi-Rite Creamery and Humphry Slocombe
In Oakland: Fenton’s

Thursday, July 24, 2014

One Kings Lane Sale: The Vintage Table Top

One Kings Lane Sale: The Vintage Table Top

I think vintage accents make for a really striking summer table top when dining outdoors. One Kings Lane is having this sale today through Sunday which has been curated to include lots of great vintage serving pieces and other antique décor for the table.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Marisa Haskell

After visiting Marisa Haskell’s shop in Temescal Alley over this past weekend, I’ve become hooked on her beautiful jewelry designs. If you are in the area I recommend dropping in to see her wares first hand, but if you can’t get to Oakland anytime soon you can visit her online shop.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Peach Shortcakes

When it comes to shortcakes for dessert, strawberries usually get all the glory, but these Peach Shortcakes with Lavender Cream from Camille Styles look absolutely mouthwatering. Surprisingly, the recipe is pretty simple too!

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is Oakland

It’s never lost on me how lucky I am to live in the Bay Area. We are surrounded with so many great places to explore and yesterday was spent doing exactly that, with a day trip into Oakland. Oakland has had a pretty bad rap for a long time, but over the past decade it has grown and changed immensely and is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves.  My sister recently picked up the newly published: This is Oakland which profiles some of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods and must see places to visit, so we hopped in the car for a book signing with Author Melissa Davis and Photographer Kristen Loken at McMullen yesterday. Then using the book as our guide, made our way through several of the neighborhoods written about in the book, and stopped in at places like The Trappist, Temescal Alley and The Ramen Shop.  Of course, we didn’t have nearly enough time to conquer even half of the places we had hoped to visit so we’re planning a return trip soon. Hope you all had a fun weekend of exploring like we did!

 The Ramen Shop 

The Trappist

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tangelo Gin Rosé Spritzer

It’s Friday…and that usually means I have cocktails on my mind for the evening. This Recipe from A Cozy Kitchen sounds like a good way to start the weekend off right. Hope you have a good one.
2 fluid ounces gin
 Juice from 3 tangelos
 4 fluid ounces rosé wine
 Ice cubes
 Sparkling water (optional)

1. Add all of the ingredients to a shaker, minus the sparkling water, and shake away. Add a few ice cubes to each glass and divide cocktail between glasses.


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