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Take Me Away // Napa Valley Working Vacation Weekend

A design project in the Napa Valley had been a long-held little dream of mine, and in 2015 it has come true twice! Earlier this year, it was the tasting room for a small winery in St. Helena. And then this Fall, I started collaborating with a dear friend on her lovely new cottage in Napa. This is a picture of the bungalow where Emily used to live. So charming, and the scene of many good times over the years. We want more of that feel with the new place – an unpretentious warmth.

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Emily’s new house doesn’t come with quite this much vintage character, but it is on its way to revealing its own charms. After a few weeks of Pinterest back-and-forth based on floor-plans and pictures, last weekend I made an overnight trip of it and finally met the house in person. Amid the beautiful distractions of the Napa Valley and time with my friend, the mission was to review design progress, develop some ideas further, and of course get some good shopping done.

IMG_4876I was very pleased about some key pieces of new furniture that had arrived. It’s no secret that I am obsessed with these dhurrie chairs, and this is my favorite colorway.  I adore these hues and that texture paired with the copper Martini table. Emily was initially a bit skeptical when I pinned this chair, but now it’s true love.

IMG_4877This gem of a bentwood rocker was picked up at an estate sale, and Emily is in the midst of re-finishing it. We decided on a rich black stain to contrast with some of the other furniture in more naturally finished woods. It is such a gorgeously sculptural chair, and is going to look great next to a big plant.

IMG_4933This is part of a gallery wall for which I did a preliminary lay-out. Emily has a fair amount of art that she has collected in 20 years of travel, and I love that it’s a mix of media including textiles and photography. We sorted through it all and made decisions about how to frame and hang the best pieces.

To wrap up Day One of our work, it had to be a dinner at one of my favorites in Downtown Napa, Angele Emily and I sat at the bar, where the people-watching and eavesdropping was almost as good as the food and wine!IMG_4892

And then we saw Janeane Garafolo, who I hadn’t really thought about in years, do standup at City Winery. Since Emily and I became friends in college in the 90’s (probably J.G.’s heyday, as far as high-profile work goes), nostalgia made us curious to check out her current act. Happy to say we laughed a lot – her comedy held up!

Day Two was all about shopping. The Napa-Vallejo Flea Market turned out to be NOT what we had imagined (at all!), so we quickly moved on to sourcing vintage furniture online. I introduced Emily to the world of bidding on Ebay. (We missed out on a sweet midcentury credenza, and then found an even better one and won it for a steal!)

Then Emily showed me the brick and mortar stores in Napa that she has been prowling for inspiration.  Poor House is my new favorite, with so many pieces that looked made for my aesthetic - a perfect mix of simplicity and distinctive details.IMG_4923So inspired by everything in the vignette above, from the quilted leather of the chair, to the streak of red on the desk!
IMG_4921The swooping lines and rich walnut finish of the lounge-y chair (above) caught my eye, as did these bar-stools, which hit just the right “warm industrial” note for me with the leather and the leg details.IMG_4915

Antiques on Second is a store I will return to with a truck one day.
IMG_4909I have such a weakness for campaign furniture. My current projects have no room for this folding bench, but I want somebody to give it a home in an entry hall or covered loggia. IMG_4910These chairs also deserve a good home. That green! So much character. I’m going to run with this idea sometime for sure.

Before I knew it, it was Sunday evening and time to head home to L.A.. My farewell to Napa and Emily was made less sad by the spectacular sunset we got to accompany us on the drive to the airport.

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I’m not allowed to show up at home after a trip without a special little surprise for my kids, so I made sure to stop at The Roost Napa on my way out to look for gifts. Here’s one I found for myself!

IMG_5042I was going to have so much remorse if I didn’t buy this tote bag. My passion for its playful print is unbridled!! And it will always remind me of this special little trip.IMG_5027

And I didn’t forget my girls, who got these awesome finger puppets. They were only a buck each, and the details are wonderful. As expected, they were a hit with this little monster.
IMG_5022Weekend Mission Accomplished! A bit of work, a bit of play, and lots of fresh inspiration for this project and my work next year. Thanks, Emily!!

Show Me Three // Chesterfield Sofa

Rolled arms, tufting and nail-head trim are design details that generally don’t so much float my boat. But on a Chesterfield, it all works! It’s a sofa style that has a clubby charm, and probably for many, a nostalgic appeal. Use one of these big boys with some cushy pillows when you’re looking for a piece with real presence. They work for Traditional, of course, but they can also keep a Contemporary interior from looking too severe.

High arms make it best in a seating arrangement with another sofa or chairs opposite, rather than to its sides.

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HIGH // Mansfield Leather Sofa // Ethan Allen // $4399

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MID // Velvet Lyre Chesterfield // Anthropologie // $2498

Chesterfiel Low

LOW // Gordon Tufted Sofa // HDC // $1199

Future Design Dreaming // Sexy Hollywood Hills Bachelor Pad

I’ve found myself designing for a series of single male clients lately. This is a favorite bachelor pad mood board from my design studio. It’s sexy! And masculine. And art-driven. And full of moody blues. And if you could reach out and touch the sensuous upholstery fabrics on the board, you could better imagine how comfortable this place would be.

board1 The blue velvet with the pajama-stripe textile is one of my obsessions here – Millbreck in Azure by Designers Guild. It is luxuriously soft. And I snuck in a piece of art (the Lone Ranger with the laser eye), by my favorite musician, Bob Schneider -because that’s sexy to me! If I were a single lady, and I walked into the home of a date to find all this, I would be relieved to know it was done by a designer – and not his ex! Then I could just admire his fantastic taste in art…

Here are some pieces you could buy to get the look.

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1. Art // Natasha Law, Blue On 2. Pendant // Honeycomb Pendant 3. Floor Lamp // Praying Mantis Floor Lamp 4. Bulb Lamp // Crystal Desk Lamp 5. Chair // Calvin Chair 6. Rug // Brazilian Cowhide 7. Cocktail Table // Pi Coffee Table

 

Show Me 3 // Midcentury Style Armchair

Lord knows my love affair with mid-century style is an enduring one. But even if you’re not especially a fan, what’s not to like about a beautiful walnut wood finish teamed with black upholstery? In a soft leather or a woven blend, one or a pair of these chairs always works in an eclectic interior, and can add a dash of warmth and vintage flair to a starkly contemporary room. Picture yourself swilling a martini, as you lean back in the best one you can afford.
PD_19638_MAINHIGH // Model 45 Chair // Design Within Reach // $10,530

 

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MID // Cavett Leather Chair // Crate & Barrel // $1,300

 

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LOW // Zahra Armchair // Dot & Bo // $700

Show Me 3 // Leather Campaign Stool

I love a good piece of Campaign furniture. This style came about because way back in the day, army officers who were accustomed to the finer things in life started commissioning well-made but portable pieces to be brought on military campaigns. (They were the original glampers!) For us civilians, it would be enough that one or a pair of these x-based, leather-seated stools could be moved around in a seating arrangement, or travel from room to room. They would lend any space, from a Living Room to a Bathroom, an adventurous touch.

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HIGH // Cooper Leather Stool // Serena & Lily // $800

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MID // Karr Stool // Room & Board // $600

 

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LOW // 440 Locust Leather Sling Stool // Urban Outfitters // $130

 

 

Show Me 3 // Woven Lounge Chair

I am in love with this kind of occasional chair. It is light-weight and a bit organic, with woven details and a Mid-Century Scandinavian vibe. Here is the chair at 3 price points.

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MID // Knoll Risom Lounge Chair // AllModern // $1015

 

LOW // Moda Chair // Urban Outfitters // $559

The graceful lines and eye-catching texture of these pieces make them perfect on their own, but I’d definitely want to try a lumbar pillow with each, to lend it more comfort and warmth. I would use one chair to fill out a corner of a Bedroom or Office, or a pair to balance a tailored but comfy sofa in a Living Room seating arrangement.