I could go on and on about all the reasons I adore Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s been a safe and happy escape for me for more years than I can count at this point. My family spent 2.5 weeks there this winter and it was heaven, as always. Just in case you’re planning on escaping California’s horrible ski conditions and heading to some real ski know, here are a few places to hit in town…
The vibe is unreal. Warm, supportive, happy and always welcoming (even to us wannabe locals that float in and out of town when our kids have school breaks). Owner, Danielle Fuller could not be cooler and if you’re up for a complete challenge, but are in need of a mental rejuvenation, instructor Beth Stuart is your girl for a powerful glow.
My Australian brother-in-law noted this was the best Thai food he has had since moving to the states. And he is right. We all crave it when we’re not in town. Their secret is simple – fresh, perfect ingredients. When they run out, they close for the night.
There is nothing more quintessential “winter” than a sleigh ride in the snow. My entire family loved the cozy ride through white fields of snow to the warm, quaint trail creek cabinet for dinner. Hurry, the last ride of the season is Feb 21st.
As a side note…
I can’t wait for the classic Sun Valley Lodge to reopen this summer. Word is the interiors will still feel classic Sun Valley, just freshened. The spa is the new amazing upgrade I’m most looking forward to checking out.
Stayed at the chic Palihouse Hotel just a few blocks from the heart of everything: 3rd Street Promenade shopping, a plethora of yoga, pilates and spin studios + great eats. Palihouse’s chic interiors and amazing coffee bar made up for the fact that they don’t sell cocktails. Ratings before I booked said the service was horrible. I found everyone to be overwhelmingly friendly… just maybe a bit short staffed.
Sugar Fish is no secret to LA Locals for a “roll free” sushi experience. The wait was about 45 minutes but they graciously brought us drinks while we people watched and chatted with the locals. Impeccable, creative presentation and the freshness was on par with sushi I’ve eaten in Hawaii and Cabo.
Shopped along Venice’s Abbott Kinney Blvd. Potentially the birthplace of “So Cal hipster cool” with everything to offer from top notch food and drinks to amazing Interior Design shops and original clothing boutiques. Loved the Australian Bohemian vibe of Flannel and stopped by Aviator Nation for some made-in-California surf sweatshirts for my kids.
What a treat to check out the new Serena & Lily store on our beloved Sacramento Street in San Francisco yesterday!
Sacramento Street is a great “local” shopping district that I wrote about last year as a guest over at Confessions of a Design Geek. Serena & Lily’s first West Coast brick & mortar store is the perfect addition to this corner of the city where boutiques and cafes line the street.
The store will focus on clients who want to peek at products before making online purchases. They graciously welcome interior designers and their clients for a true design studio experience. With a plethora of innovative ways to display their colorful wallpapers, perfectly patterned prints and occasional furniture, the team truly seemed to think of it all. This includes a Living Room for designers to enjoy during client meetings which hosts an impressive gallery of rotating one-of-a-kind art you can pluck off the wall for your own home or for a client.
And, still true to their roots as a company founded in 2003 as a nursery furniture and bedding only venture… they had a sophisticated baby nursery on display, anchored by a new addition to their wallpaper pattern called Herringbone Wallpaper in Fog which I’m REALLY loving.
It’s always a pleasure working and spending time with “team” Serena & Lily. Special thanks to our host and friend, Lydia Cullen, for the gracious tour of the space.
As promised last Friday we’re chatting with the founders/designers of SIX1FIVE and giving away one of my favorite pieces from their collection – an edgy, cozy classic sweatshirt perfect for just about any casual, yet chic, occasion.
I was intrigued with the Cissy Jones and Emily Cook business model and their ability to spring-up a brand that has so quickly caught a cult following. Cissy and Emily dwell in Dallas, Texas. I hope you enjoy my chat with the girls.
Oh and let’s not forget that fantastic sweatshirt! Just email, tweet to us or write on our facebook page “sweatshirt” and be automatically entered to win this “must have” Fall find.
1 winner will be announced on cecyj.com next Monday, November 25th, 2013.
SIX1FIVE WAS CONCEIVED BY EMILY OVER A CHAMPAGNE LUNCH WHILE ON VACATION WITH TWO BEST FRIENDS IN VAIL,COLORADO. ON THE WAY BACK TO DALLAS, EMILY IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED CISSY, A GREAT FRIEND AND TALENTED DESIGNER. CISSY RAN WITH THE IDEA AND EXPANDED IT INTO THE CREATIVE AND COHESIVE LINE IT IS TODAY. SINCE THE PAIR WERE BOTH BORN IN NOVEMBER, THE SCORPIOS DECIDED TO HAVE FUN WITH THEIR BIRTH DATES. NOVEMBER 6+15 TO MAKE THE LABELS NAME SIX1FIVE.
Advice for women starting their own company?
GO FOR IT AND STICK WITH IT. THERE ARE A LOT OF BUMPS IN THE ROAD, BUT YOU MUST PERSEVERE. RECOGNIZE YOUR TALENTS AND USE THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. BE MORE AWARE OF YOUR WEAKNESSES AND FIND A WAY TO CONQUER THEM.
Where is the clothing made? How and where do you source the materials from?
ALL PRODUCTION IS LOCAL IN DALLAS. WE LOVE SUPPORTING OUR CITY AND BEING ABLE TO BE HANDS ON IS A HUGE ADVANTAGE. OUR MATERIALS COME FROM ITALY AND CALIFORNIA AND CISSY SELECTS THE VINTAGE FABRICS THAT LINE THE BAGS AND BLAZERS FROM LOCAL VINTAGE SHOPS
A friend of mine, who also happens to have a terrific Public Relations firm in San Francisco was filling me in on one of her new clients. I immediately asked if I could interview the founder, Diana Vincent for a blog post about her recently launched High Camp Home. What started as a brick and mortar boutique and premier design firm in historical downtown Truckee, California, in the Tahoe area has stretched its wings into a fabulous e-commerce site. High Camp Home makes sprucing-up the ski cabin an incredibly easy task!
High Camp Home is cholk-full of all the chic rustic lifestyle essentials including furniture, lighting, accessories rugs and seasonal decor. My favorite detail over at High Camp Home is the local artists work available for purchase, making it easy to find the finishing touches for decorating with a relaxed, yet polished vibe.
With the leaves starting to fall and the wind blowing outside just about every item over at High Camp Home is on my “must have” list for fall and winter
A few of my absolute favorites…
We are so thrilled for the month of October Cecy J readers can get 15% off on all items, just enter the code RUSTICALLY at check out.
I hope you enjoy the interview with Diana Vincent and a peek at one of her Tahoe area interior design projects that is a true inspiration for comfortable beautiful living. Not to mention… her fantastic travel tips for your next visit to the Lake Tahoe area.
My signature style is sophisticated rustic design. No bears or moose allowed! I love combining texture with natural materials to create space that is warm and inviting but rustic and rugged enough to withstand the active lifestyles of my clientele and the harsh climates that surrounds most of the homes we work with.
2.) The perfect carpet brand/ line for a Tahoe cabin to withstand snow & ski boots?
In reality, the perfect carpet is really WOOD as it is durable and wears well.
4.) Favorite, product you have in stock right now?
As it is fall, I love pulling out the blankets and throws and currently our store is filled with some wonderful throws that are not too heavy but have fabulous texture and rope like tassels. The Europa throw in camel is my favorite, although our Halloween Ghosts are seen walking down the street with customers visiting our store everyday, this time of year!
5.) The perfect stocking stuffer for Mom?
Pairing the Chalet Stripe Scarf with the Decorated Hoop Earrings is a great combination. Throw on a pair of Uggs, cozy sweater and jeans with this scarf and earrings and you are good to go anywhere in Tahoe!
6.) You are based in the in Tahoe area. Give us the scoop…
California’s Carmel Valley lies just inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea but feels worlds away. The weather in the valley is perfection and the rolling hills and vineyards have a Napa Valley feel with the benefit of an ocean breeze from the coast line that is just a few short miles away. It’s absolutely beautiful. So, when I received a press invitation for an overnight visit to tour Carmel Valley’s Holman Ranch, I grabbed the husband headed out.
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect as we drove up a winding hill, through a large gate with beautiful horse stables just off the road. There were vineyards dotting the hills and blue skies above.
Holman Ranch has a rich history dating back to 1928. The property is several hundred acres in size and houses vineyards, a tasting room, horse facilities, an olive grove, overnight guest rooms and a classic Spanish-Style hacienda. The grounds are impeccable and very well appointed, yet it has a wonderful rustic vibe. It provides a unique and stunning setting for private events.
We were running late and pulled up as the property tour was beginning but were promptly handed a glass of Holman Ranch Sauvignon Blanc to get us through the tour. My kind of Ranch! My immediate reaction was: what a fun place to throw a birthday bash with friends for a lazy, secluded weekend celebration…
The tour was led by Nick Lowder, one of the current owners and operators of the property. He and his wife Hunter were so friendly and welcoming. They taught us about the property and made us feel right at home. It was immediately clear that they have gladly taken on the painstaking process of maintaining the integrity of the initial design and enriching its beauty. We wandered around the property, soaking in the history, and ended up on perfectly maintained greens overlooking the Valley, an absolutely ideal location for a wedding celebration.
In 2006, they started a redesign with the help of Architect, Paul David, Jr , Contractors, Stocker and Allaire and Interior Designer, Howard Tutwiler. I was intrigued with the Carmel Limestone prominently used throughout the grounds. Carmel Limestone looks very similar to Texas Limestone but, as the name implies, is local to the area. In fact, the Carmel Limestone used at Holman ranch was quarried locally from the property itself.
After the tour we sat down for a family style meal outside and under the cascading grape vine trellis. They served Holman Ranch wines and food prepared by Wild Thyme Deli and Catering. The meal, the Holman Ranch wine and the company of other bloggers, writers and press was festive and inspiring. Thank you for the lovely evening Nick and Hunter, it was such a perfect visit.
Chef/Owner Terry Teplitzky of the Wild Thyme Deli and Catering Company, who hosts most of Holman Ranch events, was kind enough to provide a recipe from the evening for me to share with you. I hope you enjoy cooking the recipe as much as we enjoyed eating it.
A light version of the recipe from the Basque region of France, we use it on a juicy roast chicken, but it is equally at home on a seared fish filet or an omelet.
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, cleaned, halved and thinly sliced
2 medium garlic cloves, sliced thin
4 medium red, yellow, and/or orange bell peppers, washed, cut the top and bottoms off, sliced the pepper and clean out the seeds and membrane. Slice the pepper in to ¼ inch strips
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped
1 medium dried bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped
Kosher salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
Chiffonade of fresh basil
In a heavy bottomed pot heat the oil , then add the onions , garlic, peppers, and bay leaf turn the heat down and stir. You want the mixture to cook but not get any color, so keep stirring as needed and keep watch on the flame. After 20 minutes the onions should be translucent and the peppers very tender, almost melty. Add fresh thyme and parsley, cook five minutes more. Take off the heat, remove the bay leaf, and add salt and pepper to taste. Can be served hot or cold.
Spoon the Piperade on the chicken and garnish with the basil.
One last idea for a quick appetizer, spoon on crostini, top with basil, prosciutto, and some shaved asiago or parmesan.
During my quest for inspiration in Southern California last month, I ducked into a new hot spot restaurant in Venice called Feed. They were preparing for the lunch crowd but the restaurant immediately drew me in because of its glamorous vibe. Apparently, it’s also appropriately edgy and cool for the Venice kids.
One of my favorite design highlights was the table lamps on the bar counter which seemed to make the space intimate. I also loved their art. The well appointed doors were painted in a dreamy black and accessorized with beautiful hardware. Last but not least, the powder room was gorgeous as were the tile floors.
Regrettably, we did not make it time to eat at Feed but it will be my first stop when I’m back in town. Thank you for the inspiration Feed. I hope your food is as good as your decor.
On Monday at 6am, I boarded a Southwest airlines flight to sunny southern California with my good friend Allison from Dehn Bloom Design. We decided to go on a quest for inspiration, new vendors and some fun. We worked in a stalking session of architect Wallace Neff designed homes as well as a visit with our friend David John of DISC Interiors.
I can’t wait to share all the details with you. For now, here is a shot of the Hollywood at Home Design studio. It was such a pleasure meeting the team at the brilliant home design haute.
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