I am always looking for creative projects to do at night and weekends. I am trying to shut electronics off at night to spend fewer hours on my laptop, iPhone or even watching television. I was interested in needlepoint because I had heard it was relaxing and relatively easy. I liked the idea that I could make something for myself to enjoy. I do love a monogram- so here is my latest endeavor. When I am done I will have a big pillow for my bed or maybe for my desk chair.
I took this snapshot a few weeks ago. It was a cold day and I needed a little happiness to brighten things up.
I love these brass vases (Nate Berkus for Target!) with an arrangement of paperwhites and pink peonies, along with a fern that I picked up on a recent trip to Mendocino in a simple vase from Astier de Villatte. Against the white walls and Louis XVI chair- the peak of the landscapes from my collection of monotypes from Sausalito artist Walter Kulhman that I have been collecting for the last couple years.
I know that so many of you are having cold and snowy winters. I hope that this image brightens your day!
Thanksgiving is upon us and I wanted to share a very personal story of mine from the last several months.
There is an exercise craze that you may or may have not heard about called SoulCycle. It was started in New York a few years ago. It is an indoor spinning class – basically in the dark (with candles), pounding music and instructors to motivate you and push you to the limit. Exercise has never really been my strength…until I checked this out five months ago when it came to San Francisco. Last week they featured my story on their blog and I wanted to share it with you.
You can check out the story online HERE or read below.
As we take time this week to reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives, I wanted to share how extremely grateful I am for this recent journey.
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving week.
Soul Transformation: Grant
After a five-month journey at SoulCycle, Grant K. Gibson has shed more than 35 pounds and begun healing from a devastating personal loss. The San Francisco interior designer (who just donated his big jeans to charity!) shares his Soul Transformation.
Grant with Soul instructor Allie Fell.
I was looking through some drawers a few weeks ago and I came across this pair of knitting needles that belonged to my grandmother. I have been looking for a new hobby – particularly one that would help me relax on evenings after work (wine always does the trick too, but this is fewer calories….) I took a class last week and so far it’s going pretty well. I am not sure what I am making yet, but so far this new hobby is enjoyable. Once I stop clenching the needles for dear life, I am sure that this will be come more relaxing!
Last week was difficult.
We had to come to the hard decision to say goodbye to Campbell and Wallace.
Life had become really difficult for them. Major troubles seeing, hearing, walking. The vet thought that one likely had cancer. I rescued them as a pair when they were 12 years old from a man that could no longer care for them. They had been together their whole lives – so I was determined to keep the pair together. It would have been such a shame to split them up. I was so glad that I could provide a home for them to live out their senior years. I never ever imagined that they would live to be 20 years old. Last Monday the vet made a house call and agreed that the time had come for both of them. The choice was the most difficult I’ve ever made. And the saddest. They are both no longer in any pain and are at peace together. I miss them like mad. It’s eerily quiet around the house. Such a strange feeling. I am not ready yet, but a few days without them makes me realize how important pups are in my life. I know another pair of Westies will come into my life in the future. I will never forget Campbell and Wallace – the two sweetest boys in the world.
September is just a few days away. Kids are already back to school – or just about to be. I love to spend an evening with a glass of wine and a stack of September issues. Everything from the annual Vogue -it’s always inspirational to see the colors, textures and trends in fashion and then relate them to interior design – to my favorite interior magazines. I can’t believe it is already September. How the year has flown by.
Looking for something to do this weekend?
My friend Caitlin Fleming (from Sacramento Street) and I are teaming up to sell at THIS SUNDAY’S Alameda Flea market.
We have two truck loads of fabulous furniture, lighting, rugs (including vintage Moroccans that I brought back last year!), designer textiles, art and antiques from around the world.
Booths: P- 11 and 12. Hope to see you Sunday!
Every few months, I gather with a group of friends for what we call Supper Club.
This past weekend was my turn to host. Lots of menu planning went into the night. I was also in charge of table décor. Here are a few snap shots of table.
I wanted to mix natural elements into the setting. I started with quartz candle holders and place card holders (both of which will available for purchase very soon in the forthcoming ONLINE SHOP section of our website).
I mixed in succulents and fresh lavender from the farmers’ market. I added in the wicker place mats and simple white plates with black and white napkins, along with Diptyque candle jars (re-purposed as water glasses) and my prized antique Greek key wine glasses. We had a fabulous night with lots of laughs. I am already thinking about what I can do when my turn comes around again!