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Rejuvenation | decor

Written on June 29, 2012 at 5:25 am, by

CecyJ Decor LightingIt was such a pleasure attending the opening of Rejuvenation’s fourth store in Berkeley California last Friday.  Rejuvenation just so happens to be America’s largest manufacturer of period-authentic light fixtures and house parts.  They even have some select furniture options.  Rejuvenation is such a perfect fit for the Berkeley and Oakland Hills areas which are sprinkled with so many American Craftsman style homes.

 

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I had a chance to chat with Nigel Barnes, Salvage & Antique Supervisor and Tim Wetzel, Industrial Designer.  They have the seriously cool jobs that require them to immaculately bring great lighting designs of the past to life.  They are magicians, able to recreate perfectly updated versions of old classic light fixtures like one of their best selling, the Classic Globe Chandelier (above).

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cecyj lighting rejuvenationcecyj rejuvenation decorWe sipped wine and browsed the vintage lighting catalogs Tim and Nigel call “research.”  The catalogs were not only home to amazing lighting but nifty marketing as well (above).

 

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Rejuvenation’s lighting collections are organized by era, so clients can easily find fixtures that suit their personal style and home.  But the store had more than just fabulous period lighting.  I even stumbled upon some fun decorating tricks like these medicine cabinets lined with “fun” wallpaper (above).

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Stop by this weekend!  Or, if you’re not a Bay Area local, maybe you can hit one of the Portland, Los Angeles or Seattle locations.  A few of my favorite lighting options from Rejuvenation (above).

 

Summer loving | life + style

Written on June 27, 2012 at 4:19 am, by

bobbi Brown, Instagram, Coconut Candles

 

Summer is off to a busy, fun and crazy start for my family.  A few things I’ve purchased as gifts and for our home…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Beach by Bobbi Brown/ 2 PRINTSTAGRAM Mini Stickers/ 3 Calypso Girls Tunic/

Tommy Bahama Coconut Candle

Amanda Peet’s L.A. Home | decor

Written on June 26, 2012 at 4:46 am, by

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Actress Amanda Peet has transformed her Spanish style home in Los Angeles into an oasis for her young family.  The home was built in 1927 and updated with the help of architect Brad Floyd.  Her colors are warm and welcoming and her furniture looks chic yet kid friendly.  The house truly looks like a “home.”  Read more about Amanda’s California family over at Vogue.

 

 

 

 

 

{Photos sourced from Vogue}

 

Outstanding in the Field | travel

Written on June 22, 2012 at 6:55 am, by

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My friend, and talented interior designer, Allison Dehn Bloom, invited my husband and I to Outstanding in the Field last week.  I didn’t totally understand what it was until we got there… but the idea of breaking bread with local artisans and friends, on a simple Wednesday night at a beautiful private beach near an organic farm in Santa Cruz, certainly sounded fun.  These adventures are the things that summer is all about, right?

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The founder and host of Outstanding in the Field, chef and artist Jim Denevan, began the phenomenon in the summer of 1998 with a series of “farmer dinners” at Gabriella Cafe in Santa Cruz, California.  To Jim, it just made sense to bring the famers cultivating the perfect ingredients, or catching the best fish directly into the restaurant to help tell the “story” of beautiful food.  From there, it wasn’t a big leap to turn the idea upside down and bring the dinner table directly into to the farm fields.

Like everything unique and cutting edge… the right formula takes a bit of time to evolve into a notable experience and then suddenly, everyone is talking…

Today the OITF tours the world partnering with the very best chefs and local farmers for a truly memorable culinary and inspiring feast.  And what feast it was…

travel cecyjWe walked a short trail to the edge of one of the most beautiful Northern California beaches I’ve ever seen, and were greeted with smiles and a Field Strawberry Infused Corpse Reviver #2 (i.e. amazing cocktail).  Passed appetizers included cornbread, uni, black garlic, perfect foie gras and rhubarb.  Jim and his partner in crime Leah (the vital glue behind OITF, it seems) hopped up on a picnic bench to address our group of food adventure seekers and explain the amazing story of OITF.  We also heard from the local farmers and fishermen who provided the ingredients we were about to enjoy.  We crossed a local stream via a single track makeshift bridge that I’m quite sure was sprung together that morning and walked to the beach below.

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Our beach dinner at Secret Sea Cove included the best beet salad with house made ricotta, a tasty and unique grilled lettuce appetizer with fish sauce vinaigrette, garlic confit and squid.  The highlights were the fresh fish main courses served family style.  Amazing.  After we dined on the long casual tables that nearly touched the water (literally, Jim and his team had to build a sand dam so the waves would not come crashing into our tables), the group of a little less than 100 made its way to a giant bonfire for wine and dessert.

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The truth is I’ve always considered myself someone who is grateful for every bite of fresh food I eat, but after enjoying my first meal with the farmer who cared for the beets, the fishermen who personally cut out the cheek of the cod for me and told me to enjoy it because it was the one the very best sources of omega-3 oil in the world… I feel even more thankful, aware and inspired by the food I eat with family and friends every day.  I’m thrilled to have new friends in the Outstanding in the Field family and I’m eager to book my next dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

{check out UNTI winery here}

Genevieve Gorder {Capel Rugs} | decor

Written on June 20, 2012 at 2:20 am, by

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Recently, I’ve had a few clients interested in updating their hallways or family rooms with a pop of “color for the feet” by adding vibrant and fun or patterned rugs.

I got a sneak peak at HGTV’s Interior Designer Genevieve Gorder’s rug collaboration with Capel Rugs right before it launched this spring during Las Vegas Market in January.  The patterns, prints and colors Genevieve designed for Capel are such a fresh and stylish option for a cheerful update and they come at a reasonable price point.  Even better, custom orders are available for those extra long hallways.

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A few of my favorite designs above and some shots from the Capel Rugs, Las Vegas Showroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat info@cecyj.com

Twitter Tuesday | life + style

Written on June 19, 2012 at 5:56 am, by

Lauren Conrad, twitter

Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Lauren Conrad tweeted this photo with her new friend.

Thank you, Lauren, for indulging us in your life + style.

Art Q+A with smallSHOP | domestic god(ish)

Written on June 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm, by

birthday party ideas, art projects

My talented friend and owner of smallSHOP, Sage Raval, is back to share some “at home” art project ideas with the kids, inside tips on art, and much more! Today Sage is sharing an idea for hosting a play date or birthday party for a 6-year girl and her friends.  Many thanks Sage… such a clever and creative idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exquisite Corpse

Don’t let the name scare you… but you should do an exquisite corpse!  Don’t worry, you will not get phone calls from the other parents questioning your judgment.  Perhaps a call with a compliment, but that would be about it.

Exquisite Corpse is a drawing game created by the surrealists, André Breton, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy and others in the 1920s.  It was based on a writing game where one person starts writing a phrase or sentence, folds it to conceal part of the writing, and passes it to the next person to add to it without seeing the first phrase.  Once read aloud, it creates unusual and many times ridiculous stories.  A game which I am sure many of you have played, but perhaps never knew the name or origin.

The game was quickly adapted to drawing with similar results.  How it works.  The first person draws the head, folds the paper over so that the second person cannot see the head—only where the neck starts. The second person draws the torso and then folds that over, so that the third person drawing the legs cannot see the torso or the head, only the lines of the waist.  Once all three parts are drawn, you unfold it and see what you came up with.  We like to play in a round, everyone draws a head, folds it and passes to the right. Everyone draws the torso on the new piece of paper, folds it and passes it on. And lastly everyone draws the legs and feet.  Done!

We often include animals, people, clothing, objects they are holding, mythical creatures (mermaid tale, dragon head with fire, etc).  We say that whichever one you drew the head of, is yours and once all parts are drawn, you are able to add to it, color it and make it your own.

These get kind of addictive and can occupy a play date, a plane flight or an afternoon lull and is perfect for one on one time with your kids.  You can use any material to color in the pencil drawing.  Watercolors, markers, colored pencils. Be creative and have fun, you can’t help but laugh at some of the outcomes.  Hey, mom and dad might want to join in too.

Random House has a wonderful link, where they asked their children’s book illustrators to participate in an exquisite corpse project.  A great thing to show your kids before starting, to give them ideas and see the potential in this old time parlor game.

http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/ecorpse/index.html

{art sources for 1, 2, Random House & 3 Gregory Abbott}

 

 

husband gift | Happy Father’s Day

Written on June 15, 2012 at 1:48 am, by

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{Smock card | Hastens pillow}

 

adore | periodical to love

Written on June 13, 2012 at 3:14 am, by

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I just can’t get enough of all the amazing new online magazines.  Adore Home Magazine was my reading material this past weekend.  Founded and created by designer Loni Parker, the Australian based home magazine takes readers through beautiful homes, peeks into “it” products and offers lots of lovely travel destinations (my favorite part!).

A few unbelievable photos from the magazine above.  Go check it out here.  I’ve also added a link to my periodicals to love so it’s easy for you to find in the future.

camera ready | life + style

Written on June 11, 2012 at 4:13 am, by

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Hey “chic” photographers…  How about one of these to accompany your fancy camera?  So lovely I can hardly stand it.  Learn more about BLOOM THEORY‘s inspiring story here.