I LOVE entertaining outdoors and am always happy to refresh my serving pieces at the beginning of the summer.  Since we have a pool in the back now, it’s always good to have things that are unbreakable, so here are some great serving pieces, melamine dinnerware and acrylic glasses that I would gladly use for any entertaining I might be doing!

 

Lulie Wallace Melamine Plate

 

Copper, Brass and Enamel Tray

 

Compostable Dinnerware

 

Govino Beer Glasses. My kids even love drinking milk or lemonade out of these! And Govino’s stemless wine glasses are another favorite of mine!

 

Govino Shatterproof Wine Glasses

 

Lulie Wallace Melamine Serving Set

 

Cabo Woven Placemats

 

Melamine Charger

 

Tiny Appetizer Forks…aren’t these the cutest???

 

Striped Pasta Bowl

 

Melamine White Round Platter because you can never have too many white platters!!!

 

 

 

 

Still on the hunt for the perfect gift for dad?  We’ve got more ideas for you!  With summer vacations just around the corner, we thought a round up of some fun travel gear and weekender bags might be just what you’re looking for!

 

Natural Work Hard Play Hard Duffel

 

This Bag is Not Yours Luggage Tag

 

This is Ground Device Case

 

James Perse Montecito Weekender Bag

 

MAX Passport Holder

 

Get Lost Backpack

 

Travel Pillow with Eye Mask

 

Oh the Places You’ll Go Bag Tag

 

Coach Leather Weekender

 

Wythe Weekender

 

Belgium Duffel Bag

 

And if you really want to surprise him, maybe you should throw in a couple of airline tickets for a quick getaway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re on the brink of summer and the temperature’s about to start heating up!  That being said, ceiling fans might be something you’re considering.  Now if I had a choice, I would take an amazing light fixture any day over a ceiling fan, but I know necessity sometimes outweighs the “wants”!  That being said, this round up of fans are updated, sleek and actually pretty darn cool!

 

 

This is an image of a room we did for our client in Orinda. It’s a little hard to see, but the blades of the fan are lucite which made for a very clean almost invisible look.

 

Love this Artemis distressed fan.

 

Airfusion fan in Brushed Chrome and Teak.

 

Zonix Ceiling Fan by Fanimation.

 

Stay cool, my friends!

 

 

 

 

Michael Stars is such a great shop for the perfect essential tee, but not only do I love their tees, I love their best basic dresses, pants, sweaters and sportswear.  Check out my round up of favorites for this summer season.  And the beauty of their products is that they are timeless…especially for fun vacation pieces!

 

Crew Neck Woven Tank

 

Rouched Dress

 

Wide Leg Pant

 

Scoopneck Boyfriend Tee

 

Rorschack Tie Dye Scarf
(and it’s on sale!)

 

Double Gauze Off the Shoulder Top

 

Mytros Tassel Widebrimmed Hat

 

Blouson Tube Top

 

I love this peasant dress for my daughter, Andie!

Hurry, hurry, hurry!!!!  Anthropologie is having a great home sale, but it ends today!!!  Here are some of our favorite finds…

 

Betania Side Table

 

Grassland Striped Dining Chair

 

Harvest Moon Wallpaper

 

Overdyed Tilda Rug

 

Sabine Table Lamp

 

Basketweave Linen Sectional

 

Hoop Mirror

 

Textured Chevron Duvet

 

There are so many great pieces that it’s hard to pick just a few, so head on over to their site so you can see the rest.  Don’t miss out on this spectacular deal!!!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful 3-day weekend with your friends and family!  Wouldn’t any of these backyards be a great place to host a BBQ?

This is our clients’ home in Los Altos Hills. We were thrilled with the way it turned out!

 

This backyard belongs to our clients in Danville. Roasting s’mores by this fireplace would be so relaxing!

 

And in this home, you could swim, lounge and have a great BBQ for a really big crowd!

Need a new recipe to take to the bbq’s you’re attending?  I just made this pasta salad last weekend and everyone LOVED it!  It was easy to make and delicious to eat!  And if you want a great burger to go with, you should definitely try these goat cheese guac burgers!  Thank you How Sweet Eats for the inspiration!

 

Photography by Thomas Kuoh

Wow…there is so much going on at this time of year from graduations, wedding showers, upcoming Father’s Day and Memorial Day this weekend.  So our Friday Faves are all over the map!  We have a little fashion, gifts for dad and the grad to just simply cool things we like!  Hope this makes your shopping a little easier!

 

Aren’t these the cutest little pouches for a bridesmaid’s gift?

 

 

I think this is a great book to give as part of a wedding gift!

 

And this is one my favorite go to grad gifts. Pair it with a few rolls of quarters and you have the perfect package!

 

These great pouches are the perfect holder for a little extra spending cash to give as a fun grad gift!

 

Need a little somethin’ new to wear to your Memorial Day picnics?  This linen dress would be perfect!

 

Or try this cute little polka dotted number…

 

And if you’ll be spending much time in the sun this 3-day weekend, be sure to try this new sunscreen mousse by Supergoop!

 

Still need a little something for dad for Father’s Day? This James Perse trucker hat is really cool.

 

I also love this James Perse contrast stitch polo. So, so soft!!!

 

One more for Dad…Scuba Zip Boardshorts.

 

You HAVE to smell this! It’s lovely!

 

The perfect blush shoes for spring and summer!

 

And yet another cool off the shoulder top!

 

Want more?  Head on over to our shop site on the blog where we’re adding new products all the time!

 

 

 

 

We have had such a busy spring with lots of great projects and are ever so carefully, finishing them up and having some of them photographed!  Thought we would share one of our favorite projects we’ve been working on for the past couple of years.  Slowly and methodically, this gorgeous home has come together and has something unique and special in every room.

Here are a few of our favorite rooms from the photoshoot…

 

This is the dining room that is attached to the formal living room.

 

Downstairs Office

 

Family Room

 

How gorgeous is this kitchen? I wish you could see the pantry that is to the right, but we didn’t get photos of it. It’s just as pretty as the kitchen!

 

Hallway Cubbies

 

Love their outdoor dining area.

 

You should feel the carpet in the master bedroom. It’s like walking on a cloud!

 

This isn’t the best shot of it, but one of my favorite parts of the master bath is the open shower. There are no doors surrounding it as it is placed directly to the right of the shower. It is really cool!

 

Bedroom #1

 

Bedroom #2–Aren’t the colors fun for a teenage girl?

 

Guest Bedroom

 

Laundry Room

 

Bonus Room

 

We have thoroughly enjoyed working with this family and have loved making this the home of their dreams.  Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing it!

We’re also updating our portfolio on Houzz, so be sure to head over to check out more recent projects!

 

Photography by:  Thomas Kuoh

 

 

One of my very favorite design tips is to mix your dining chairs instead of having an entire set that matches.  Breaking up a set can create a bit of an eclectic feel to a room and add a touch of personality.  You just need to make sure that the chairs you choose have something in common that ties them together.  It could be similar material, similar shape, or a similar color.  Here are a few great ideas of ways to mix if you need a little visual inspiration!

 

Image via PInterest on Domino.com. Photography by Michael J. Lee.

 

Image via Pinterest saved by Froy.

 

Image via Pinterest saved by SFGirlbyBay.com.

 

Image via Pinterest in article by Nyde.  Even having one or two different chairs gives the table a little extra personality.

 

Image via Pinterest in article by stylecurator.com.au., via Not a Paper House.

Summer’s almost here which means more time spent entertaining and lounging outside.  I think it’s always nice to have cubes, ottomans or beanbags that you can pull out when you need extra seating.  So we rounded up a few of our favorite casual and comfy pieces of outdoor lounge furniture!

 

Outdoor Eazy Bean Everest Chair

 

Ibiza Ottoman

 

The Original Outdoor Fatboy

 

Harbour Island Floor Pillows

 

Black and Ivory Outdoor Pouf

 

Floor Pouf

 

This outdoor swivel Sundial lounge chair looks so comfy!

 

How cozy would this be with Sunbrella knitted terry fabric?

 

Makes me want to go out and grab one of each of them!  They would all be great to have on hand for a lazy Sunday afternoon!