9.25.2009

Bamboo Day Bed





Small bedroom idea:
I have a small extra bedroom that I sometimes use for guests and occasionally use as an office.  It is only 10x10 so it seemed out of the question to even try to put a standard sized bed in here.  I opted instead for a day bed.  I tried out three, only to find each time that they could not get into the space because of a weird door/corner that needs to be negotiated before you actually get into this room.





The best solution or perhaps the only solution was to find something that came apart in small pieces and could then be reassembled inside the room.  I found this wonderful bamboo day bed from a company called Padmas Plantation.  It is real bamboo and was a snap to put together.  The other nice thing is that it came with the mattress.  I really like the sides and top canopy. While its not the most comfortable for a good nights sleep it will work in an pinch and is great fun to sit on

I next added a large back cushion in down and covered it in a vintage linen sheet with fabulous embroidery.  It is a natural flax color and really nice with the grass cloth wall paper.  The bolster came next.  Also down filled, they are from Matteo bedding and are done in a black ticking with woven cotton ties on the ends.  I have used these bolsters on beds and they work great for that as well.

A few more ticking pillows added to the cushy little nest.  I put a vintage french suitcase filled with dried hydrangeas above the bed.  The basket was cut out along the top ( I hated to do it but sometimes you need to sacrifice for beauty) in order to get the flowers in. 
After trying a few more accent pillows including this vintage french floral, I just couldn't seem to find the right balance.   To the right is the hydrangea bouquet and the colors needed to sort of mimic that of the basket.
Below is a detail of the vintage sheet used for the back cushion.  The embroidery is really super!


Using ticking again to tie this room together I added some pretty tie backs to the drapery.

I ended up with the strong blue floral pillow in the end.  It has touches of yellow and coral as well.
For the desk lighting, two large natural wood lamps from Wisteria were used.  I am actually redoing the shades as we speak because I'm not crazy about the shape but the lamps are great.
The ceiling fixture is a little more feminine.  I found it at a small local gift store and it worked out beautifully.  It is made with sea pearls and glass beads on a white metal chandelier style frame with little beaded votive caps.
The art work on the opposite wall is actually reproduction "oils" from Art.com done on canvas and framed out in heavy deep black. Art.com is one of my "go to " resourses for less expensive art work.  I particurlarly like to do the prints on stretched canvas if that option is available. Grass cloth wall paper from Philip Jeffries.
I found this old suitcase years ago and and had my upholstorer make the base for me.  It mimics the bamboo and makes a wonderful coffee table.  The rugs are Ralph Lauren flooring.
The work desk is also in the faux bamboo or Chinese style, with black lacquer detailing from Milling Road.
The chairs are done in vintage feed sacks.  I did a post about these a while back.  Really nice structure and they are small so they fit well in this room.  A vintage peg rack for guests jackets on the wall to the left and some small plant stands with chinoise jars round out the colors and tie the theme together.

Here is the bed again almost done! The little green boat dock sign I found on ebay and it looks cute and the color is great with the trunk coffee table.



All finished.....I like bamboo and this bed is tons of fun!!!
Happy Friday~*~kelley

9.20.2009

Weekend Getaways Update: Catalina



Catalina Island Getaway:  Part II


I really hadn't planned to do another post about Catalina but we just got back from a really fun weekend there and I thought I would share a bit more about the fun things you can do in just a couple of days.

So we will start here at the Pleasure Pier in its bright green paint with its famous neighbor the Casino to the right.

This is pretty much the heart of the action on the water,  whether you are just here for a day or have come by boat for the weekend.



Above is the Holly House also known as Look Out Cottage.  Built for a potential wife that alas told her beau she would never live on an island.  It is said that in later years the builder of this wonderful home posted signs around  the property that said " No Women Allowed".  I guess it was that little thing about her marrying another guy, that sort of sent him over the edge.


On the pier you can buy tickets for all the fun activities that Catalina has to offer.  It is sort of like Disneyland except the nature show is REAL.  The glass bottom boats and Submarines are really popular.

You can also rent a boat or kayak here, for the day


I love this U-Drive sign....hmmmm would that look great in my family room or what!



Parasailing is really popular too.


Moving right along lets get to some of the good stuff like drinking, eating and shopping.



This is some serious fried fish heaven.  It was closed for a while this summer and is all new and spiffy with the same menu.  One of the things I can honestly say about Catalina is the food is not really very good given the fact that you can catch a fish about 5 feet from where you are dining.  Having said that it is also not all that expensive to eat here either.  There is alot more junk than healthy,  but you can't miss with this little outpost.  I want the "Seafood" sign sooooo bad.

Note combo #1 which can be shard and you get fries and coleslaw with it!

Eric's is the best for people watching.  They also serve food and have great Margaritas.






Lets do some shopping.  Well, how about the House of Wood?  What's in the House of Wood you ask...well, lots of uumm well thingys and sort of wood like uumm stuff.  I'll just show you.







I actually like stores like this because there is something for anyone.   Even Pirates (top left corner)

And well..yes that is a tree coming out of the wall and yes it is wood.  Well, OK then!




This is a great little breakfast spot right in the middle of town.  Really an old school fun coffee shop.  


 There are also dozens of Ice Cream parlors that sell waffle cones, freshly made and the smell is wonderful.  It is sort of a waffle-palooza.










This is the best Mexican food in town and it is really cute and over decorated on the inside, which is precisely the way I like Mexican restaurants to be.  Lots of mini lights in the shape of a chilie peppers and plastic flowers and did I say great food?






      I think we need more to drink.....hic up



A young couple own this business called The Dingy Dock.  They sell organic produce and staples as well as meat, fish and chicken all frozen, but this is great if you are boating or camping and we found the produce to be the best in town.  Another plus is they sell boat parts.  For example:  when your generator impeller breaks, you can get one here and also get some organic beets.  Soooo cool!












Another great find was this new store called Golden State.  It is located in the El Encanto building in town which is one of my favorites.  The owner, Meg is a wonderful artist and silkscreens clothing, cards, and textiles.  She also carries jewelry and pottery from local friends.  She is planning an Etsy shop soon and I will be sure to link you to her site as soon as it is up and running.

Heres a shot of the Casino light fixtures at night.  You can pay for a GPS guided walking tour but I think
most people can figure out where to go without it.  It is really almost more fun to explore on your own and come arcross something really interesting.







Another shot of the Casino murals.  My photography does not due justice to these.  The colors are just amazing and they are about 30 feet high.












The Blanch W, the longest tour boat ever!





















So I will end this post with a few more shots of the lovely lady Catalina.  I came to this island  for the first time when I was around 5 years old on a charter boat owned by my Uncle.  I have been back many times over the last 30 years but always as a tourist and observer.  The colors and activity of the island are what make it so special and beautiful.  The island is vintage and new at the same time.  I hope you will make a point of visiting here too if you can. 


 Off to the mainland~*~kelley



9.15.2009

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Welcome to Newport Beach

Many of the blogs that I like to read are dedicated to houses, design and architecture.  It is always really interesting to see how other people in America live and how they view their neighborhoods.  Joni Webb of Cote de Texas blog fame does a great job of that.  I really get a sense of what Houston is like from her photos and her posts about the city where she lives.

I thought I would give you a little walking tour of my neighborhood in California.  It is very close to the beach and to Pacific Coast Highway;  both of which can be good and bad depending on your point of view.


This is an area of transition.  What was once a small enclave of rather indistinguishable mid-century beach houses is now an affluent and ever changing  mix of styles of architecture.  Many of the newer homes are massive and seem to sort of overwhelm the lots and some of the smaller homes nearby.  An ocean view is the goal of many homebuyers and with that comes a lot of "stuff"  that can change the feel of small city.
  
Here is the front door of my house.  It was originally a small 2 bedroom, built in the late 40's, renovated twice and finally purchased by us "hubby & I" in 2007.  We have a lot of trees in the front yard and a nice welcoming porch.  This is pretty much the extent of our yard but we now have our house on Ojai which will be a never ending source of yard work and sunburned shoulders.




Above is the house directly next door to us.  It was completed about 6 months ago and is pretty typical of the custom homes that are being built.  It is a mix of styles and fits nicely on the lot.  Much of the interior is contemporary which I think is a nice juxtaposition to the architecture.
The house above is a wonderful example of transitional architecture.  It is a mix of New Orleans, Cape Cod and Urban Farmhouse.  This photo is not the best but it gives you a look at the way the porches wrap around.  Really pretty!
Another house just down the street is a classic California Spanish Colonial style.  It is very clean with deep punched windows and very little in the way of adornment.  It also bosts an incredible ocean view.


Here is a nice fixer on the ocean front side of the street currently for sale.  Email me if you want the price...its to scary to even share.  But it has a forever view of the pacific just beyond the garage and there are not many of those left in this area.







Heres a little cutie in an updated Craftsman style.
I love the colors they chose for the paint and trim.  It is really well balanced and fits so nicely in this neighborhood.









Brand new construction, just completed.  This was designed by a well known architect in the area.  The house is really pretty but I'm just not feeling the pinkish stucco and it seems really heavy on the stone, brick , etc.


A few more examples of the mix of architecture.  Because the land is so pricey one can justify just about any style of architecture and expense.  The house above is really beautiful but does not have an ocean view.
This is a home currently under construction (two and a half years!!!) and will be finished soon, we hope. It sits on three lots and is made of recycled barn wood, vintage roof tile and massive stone walls.  My photos do not even begin to capture this amazing house.  I will be surprised if it is not already slated for publication in numerous magazines.  It also sits directly across from the ocean.
And just next door is this ocean front classic!!!  It has port hole windows and all the things that that a true 50's stucco beach house should have,  including the same view as the home above!
I almost forgot to show you the view........



So here we are back at my house.  My dog Millie enjoyed her walk.  Hope you found this little home tour fun and inspiring!!  ~*~kelley



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