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April 30, 2014

Serena & Lily goes Brick & Mortar in San Francisco

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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.

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November 22, 2013

SIX1FIVE | Giveaway

SIX1FIVE3As 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.

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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.

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How did you dream up Shop SIX1FIVE?

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.

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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

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Design Muse?

KELLY WEARSTLER + PHILLIP LIM

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City you visit for inspiration?

NOT NECESSARILY A CITY, BUT NATURE INSPIRES GREAT COLOR SCHEMES AND FASHION IN GENERAL.  IT IS CONSTANTLY INSPIRING.  MAGAZINES (BAZAAR, ELLE, VOGUE, W), BOUTIQUES, VINTAGE STORES

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Fashion blog we should be following?

LE CATCH, MANREPELLER, SEA OF SHOES

 

Where can we buy the SIX1FIVE line?

ON-LINE AND AT TRUNK SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY.  CHECK OUT SIX1FIVE.COM FOR DETAILS AND TO SHOP THE COLLECTION

 

October 24, 2013

Gypset Travel | Life + Style

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Ordering… this book is headed straight for my coffee table…

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October 4, 2013

HIGH CAMP HOME | decor

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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…

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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.

Happy fall + winter shopping and a huge thanks to High Camp Home

 

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1.) What is your signature style? 

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.

 

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3.) Go to paint color/ brand?  

For a white paint that is warm and works well in most settings, Pratt and Lambert Milk White.

 

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!

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6.)  You are based in the in Tahoe area.  Give us the scoop… 

Where should we….

eat?

True Old Tahoe Ski Ambience – Cottonwood

Great Menu – Stella

sleep?

I like the simple European feel of the Cedar House, but if you want a resort feel the Ritz Carlton being right on the mountain is a great way to spend a weekend.

drink?

Lone Eagle Bar in Incline Village

ski?

For families – Northstar; for great skiing Squaw/Alpine always wins

snowshoe?

I love going off old fire roads and hidden spots but for easy to find snowshoeing the meadow up at Mount Rose is really pretty

relax fireside?

The Ritz Carlton Bar

 

September 9, 2013

Holman Ranch | travel

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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.

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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.

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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.

Piperade

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.

INGREDIENTS

  • 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.

July 12, 2013

Life + Style

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Have a perfect weekend.

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Photo source Lonny Magazine July/ August 2013 Issue.

 

June 5, 2013

Feed in Venice, CA | Travel

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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.

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May 9, 2013

L.A. Design Trip | Travel

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I’m back from L.A!

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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April 9, 2013

Carmel | travel

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We spent a long weekend in Carmel celebrating the hubby’s birthday and closing out my boys spring break week.  Carmel-by-the-Sea is a sleepy little fairytale town which is home to artists, poets, writers and dreamers.  It truly oozes charm.  In addition to the sweeping ocean vistas, Carmel is one of the best overall places to visit if you appreciate the fine details in home design or just have a thing for mission style cottage architecture.

I shared some photos via instagram over the weekend but wanted to highlight this shot of the Carmel city hall I took while on a walk after breakfast.

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March 27, 2013

Find me over at Confessions of Design Geek today!

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Talented London based journalist Katie Treggiden runs an award winning design blog called Confessions of a Design Geek.  We met during Blog Tour NYC last spring and became fast friends.  I am flattered that Katie has invited me “explore” the San Francisco Bay Area with her readers and share some of my absolute favorite design, food and resting spots.

You can read all about my picks over at Confessions of a Design Geek today

Thank you Katie for asking me to do this.  What a pleasure!