Life + Style, Travel

Adults Only Pool

My family spent Spring Break at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Coincidentally, it just so happened that a client had told me their “perfect pool” (and the inspiration for the ground-up build) was the Adults Only pool there.  So when we landed in our vacation destination at that very hotel, the perpetual designer in me was excited to explore what made the pool so special and to investigate the materials used.  Here is what I uncovered… hope this is helpful for those of you dipping into a pool project.

 

The deck tiles are by IPE.  They created such a lovely serene look with wood vs. lots of concrete and stone.

 

The Cabanas were ordered through Kettal.

 

The stone around the Adult Pool is called Basalt.  It is the most perfect charcoal grey color and was sourced by Four Seasons through Pono Stone in Hawaii.

 

I don’t have any details on the materials used for this structure but I thought I would still share the photo.  The design was brilliant at hiding a small bar for drink service, towel return area and creating privacy on the back side for the Adults Only hot tub.

 

These chaise lounge chairs are by Janus et cie and the umbrellas are by Tuuci

 

 Big thanks to the amazing staff at The Seasons Resort on the island of Oahu, Hawaii for graciously providing all the sources + details.  

Accessories, Gift Guides, Travel

three spring break essentials

ONE: Artesano Tucan HAT

 

TWO: Boys + Arrows SLIM TOP + CLAIREE PAINT

 

THREE: Supergoop Sunless Tan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedrooms, Decor, Travel

Hotel Court | Travel

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I’ve been day dreaming of a European vacation and the Hotel Cort has me ready to book my trip to Spain…

Located on the island of Mallorca, in the town of Palma, The Cort is a little boutique hotel recently renovated to pure perfection by award winning Spanish designer, Lázaro Rosa-Violán.  Residing in a former bank building, the hotel is drenched in color, bathed in marble, and has hand painted tiles for the floors and private terraces.  Each of the 14 suites appears to be designed a bit differently creating a truly custom vibe for guests.

If you don’t go for the well appointed interiors, go for the lobby ceviche and oyster bar, loads of local wine options, perfect sunny climate and people watching…

Decor, Paint, Travel

Armada | Paint Color

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Spotted on a recent trip to Santa Barbara… the lovely Armada Wine & Beer Merchant.  The wall color was killer (so I asked for the name) it’s Benjamin Moore, Silent Night.

The color was a mellow blue/ gray…  as the late afternoon turned into evening, it turned into a wonderful soft, quiet gray.

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Life + Style, Travel

Sun Valley Idaho Winter | Travel

Sun Valley Idaho, Winter, Skiing Travel

 

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…

Gather Yoga

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.

Rickshaw

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.

Sun Valley Inn Sleigh Ride

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.

Life + Style, Travel

Santa Monica | Travel

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Awesome weekend of work + fun in Santa Monica.

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.

Accessories, Art, Bathrooms

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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Giveaways, Interviews, Life + Style

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.

 

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