Saturday, May 9, 2015

This Drought Thing

my dog GG admires a new bistro chair I put together on Thursday.

my son called me yesterday to wish me "happy early mother's day" we talked about drought and yosemite and about the colorado river and the agri farms and many things. but the good thing is he said the beach cottage i always wish for is not out. no people, it's very in. we are going to wait a while, see what develops. so whereas i love this sprawling desert estate with all it's beauty - there's a beach cottage in my future. please make a note of it.

also i am growing watermelons. 

watermelon print found here. nice artwork on this site!

That's all my bloging for now. Must get back to micro managing my water :-)


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

These Colors

instagram of my clothes getting packed today

My daughter sends me an email (wherein she's freaking out) because I have painted my interior head to toe white. I am also painting my wood furniture white. my advice to her is simply "give up"....i know what my dream is all about.....but thaaanks dear just the same.

This all white interior concept is not a new vision I just came up with yesterday. It's been maybe 10 years since I worked with several designers on many homes (i've written about it many times on this blog) where we painted the entire space in a pure head to toe white and then decorated with a bright or even pastel color accents. Using bed linens, rugs, plants flowers and art on walls. Bright color accents in a global marketplace are not hard to find. 

interior by photographer Polly Wreford

Do you see?......Very good. Do you remember back in 2008 when I blogged "Things I learned about color by osmosis".....well color has always been something I can figure out rather well. Thank goodness because colors make people happy. This has been proven by science. 

art goes on the white walls rather well.

via sfmoma

Here are more examples (by Polly Wreford photography) of the use of color in an all white room.

source here

these colors are some of the hopefuls at the top of my most wanted list.

sfgirlbybay "summer color"

you see how simple adding color to all white rooms really is?

or maybe you don't see that. it's OK.

18 months ago I turned my vintage couch to solid turquoise.  In 2014 Costal Living Magazine declared Turquoise "Color of the year 2014" see? that's the way it goes when design worlds collide. When sfgirlbybay blogged the turquoise couch (a few weeks ago) and calls it "summer color" well.... um... we have summer (and blue pools) year round in the desert ....and everything is gonna be quite allright. 

well i must run now. my to do list is quite large. no time to blog. i hope everyone out there gets the colors they truly dreamed of and really like. i still have more white furniture painting to do so in the words of Kate Spade:

more proof if you really need it:

an artists new york home (white space with colors) via sfgirl

bolivian blankets (you see?) via my pinterest

more examples on my pinterest boards

check out the coral pink in this room. the art the rugs etc. 

the apartment via sfgirl

see pure white space + lot of color = happy

don't forget to:

this image is from the "keep-calm-o-matic" 

image by Polly Wreford

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beach Days Ahead

planning to escape this fall to the pacific ocean :-)

 there will be scenic highways and crashing waves :-)

making a list of what to haul .... such as and drink

two hours west from palm springs = walking under a pier :-)

my packing list says "bring 2 mexican beach blankets" for sitting on sand :-)

dear Target, got any of these left? i'll take one of each.

or maybe this yesteryear one piece from anthropologie.

fortunately one of America's "happiest seaside towns" is 2 hours away rather then 2 months by covered wagon.

there are hundreds of places like this all over southern california beach towns. i think its what writer's refer to as "california dreamin"

suppose i ended up on a:
cruise (by way of a small yacht) to Catalina Island for a day of shopping for gorgeous things and a spot of lunch. Then by sundown back on the yacht for a night in Newport Beach for dinner and partying until dawn.

in a little black dress...

or none of it could happen and its all my beach life fantasy. i think it was Andy Warhol who said the dream is better then the reality anyway.



"Beach Days Ahead"
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image credits: {all images are found on my pinterest boards}

Friday, June 13, 2014

Glamping in Style

images here and here

we will set up the glamp camp in many pretty shades of coral, 
aqua, beach sand, turquoise, powder pink, 
the plants will make all the greens we need and
the Bougainvillea will give us hot pink
the glamp camp is happenning now
a work in progress
we have several pools on the rolodex
the Hemingway bar (wherein 
we read aloud from "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (hint: it tolls for thee))
is mapped out, in my Dream Journal, in sketch mode.

mages here and here

in my closet is a pool float that has yet to be inflated
that's because it was waiting for the summer of 2014 :)
it's a blue float but I am on the hunt for a coral inner tube for the 
beach. In fact I'd prefer a whole life preserver just on the chance
a giant wave comes along while I'm not paying attention.

mages here and here

mages here and here

in our glamp camp there will be table linnens with botanical designs drawn in. I probably imagined the project 6 years ago, and then because I know Martha Stewart must have a potato stamp video on youtube, I can hack a tablecloth pattern. Just because I procrastinated for 6 years, doesn't mean it won't happen. It will. We also wanna buy designer plastic cutlery and dinner plates of the variety one sees at Target or used to see at Target before the economic grapes of wrath  California lives in now. Oh well.

mages here and here

a colorful wicker picnic basket is an important part of our glamping detail. I am gathering recipes for my mothers potato salad and all 100 thousand of Martha Stewart's designer picnic sandwiches wrapped perfectly then tied in shoe string bows over precision folded wax paper. We are deciding on which triple chocolate cookie to bake and what tea besides raspberry we can infuse with extra lemon slices. Also for our glamping style we prefer fancy cloth napkins, some fine wine and champagne. The avacado shrimp cocktail, and lobster salad is on the dream board along with, some kind of cheese and fruit.   

mages here and here

we have new maps of California, to help hack Google maps in search of the sunniest warmest water beaches without having to go to France to find them.

pineapple is our new mandatory glamping fruit. i am inventing a pineapple coconut macadamia nut cupcake topped with fresh lemon butter-cream frosting.

mages here and here

we could end up in the vicinity of a beach filled with yachts we suppose. the details are in my dream journal. 

mages here and here

As i predicted (maybe not to you but i did predict it)  I still have to find a pink and orange glamp tent.  Or a nice aqua mint tent would be lovely for Yosemite :) 

mages here and here

a rug like this for the glamp life interior would be awesome too.

mages here and here

for blonde hair i must hack the entire process because i dont want to pay $200
for some guy to fry my hair blonde
meanwhile i might even go down a notch to golden brown 
it will probably happen before the fried blonde ever does.

mages here and here

this is the summer i crochet blankets. 
i have to. i need them for the future of our glamping adventures.

mages here and here

somewhere out there pretty glasses hide from consumers. Where are they? On some over priced ebay ad? We don't want to pay ransoms for an old glass. (Target? UO? help us out and HINT: just make some copycat looks old vintage glass are welcome .....Thannks)

this duvet at UO will wake you up (actually keep you awake) and make you happy at the same time.
Goodbye pharmaceuticals in your brain ~ this bedspread doubles as a healthy mood enhancer. 

now that I have given up practicing buttonholes (on my non-computerized sewing machine) in favor of easy sew on snaps, i can design a new glamping dress that only has a zipper! Thanks snaps! 

not crazy about rug or the 3-D cubes because - makes my eyes go a bit haywire. This would be nicer in 2-D or even No-D.

sewing this dress to wear with my jean jackets is an absolute glamping must have. Searching for the fabric now. By the way that is a pink/orchid okay Joanns Fabrics? Can you track it down at $4.50 per yard would be awesome. Thannks.

oh the glamping life is a pretty one. so pretty it makes me want to paint my door a Cerulean blue.

i hope this is still available in the same exact colors.

Katz. I helped put the artist on the map 
when the bloggers didn't even know who he was. 
now they do.

this cake photo shoot - very well done by designlovefest

Hint: Pink Flamingos are in Palm Desert CA

as a professional glamper now......i need about fiveK more kinds of flip flops 

no glamper girl doesn't want to paint the whole vacation and i want a suitcase filled with new paints brushes and watercolor paper. I'ts in the dream book.

ice cream sandwiches. priority. 

only cute hats for us.

the dream journal. ya gotta have dreams or you just fall apart.

my baby girl is getting this dress for her baby girl as soon as i make it :)

no self respecting glammper girl does not have a bathtub filled with diamonds. all you do is make a bubble bath and imagine it is filled with diamonds. easy. just ask Brit. 

pink showers are real. they do exist. I know of one in palm springs.

all images are found on my pinterest boards here and here.

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