I love farmhouse style interiors. But I know that the rough-hewn, chipped-paint, frayed edges would get on my nerves after too long. Plus I am not wild about the farm animal motif that often dominates poorly-executed farmhouse style. My farmhouse style tendencies lean more toward …
I have used mood boards to gather visual inspirations for interiors, event designs and a host of other creative goals. Today I have been daydreaming of a dream home. Although my tastes vary widely (hello, modern farmhouse, beach house, and cottage in the redwoods!), I …
Before COVID-19, I shopped at the market every day. I loved having fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as whatever inspired me at the butcher or fish market. But as the world closed in on us, we were unsure how bad it would get, and if supply chains of fresh produce would be impacted. So we stocked up on pantry staples that could be simply assembled for meals.
My grocery list went from fresh items to canned beans and tomatoes, tins of tuna and anchovies, boxed pasta, rice, couscous and dried lentils. Dried herbs replaced fresh ones.
Our small kitchen got a lot smaller as these items piled up on every surface. I started to fantasize of a pantry, preferably a decadent walk-in one where I would keep my fantasy collection of lesser-used-but-still-essential small kitchen appliances (blender, mixer, spice grinder).
My dream home has an outdoor kitchen, complete with a kettle grill and a wood-fired oven for pizza and bread. It’s part of my fantasy for an alternate ‘outdoor home.’ That includes a living ‘room’ with an area to sit around a fire at night, a dining area, and even a spot for taking a nap.
If I’m going to dream, I’m going to dream BIG.
When I started remodeling my childhood cottage, I did what any aspiring interior decorator might do. I assembled a series of dream boards with photos from all over the Internet. My favorite go-to sites were Houzz and Pinterest, but I also visited the Web pages of northern California interior designers.
The result is a look I call “wine country modern organic.” Wine country modern organic combines my love of the outdoors and clean lines. It creates a calm interior that flows easily from the garden to the living room. Think linen, iron, wool, seagrass.