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Mood Board: Wine Country Modern Organic

Mood Board: Wine Country Modern Organic

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 

Mood board: Modern Moorish

Mood board: Modern Moorish

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 

An Ode to Pantries

An Ode to Pantries

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).

no room for a walk-in or a built-in? A stand-alone cabinet acts as a larder.
a tall cabinet next to the refrigerator becomes a convenient pantry
space for extra bowls and vertically stored trays
love the pull-out lower drawers so items are easier to access
Nice to have some counter space
Another beautiful stand alone larder
My Obsession with Airstreams

My Obsession with Airstreams

Introduced by Wally Byam in 1936, the silver bullet space age design became an American icon. It prompts visions of life on the open road, traveling to forest and desert and coast.

An Ode to Courtyards

An Ode to Courtyards

How do you turn your little concrete corner into a sacred space with some greenery?

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchens

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.

A beautiful veranda nestled among trees
The great outdoor kitchen - IKEA
A modest approach, courtesy of IKEA
Take your kitchen outdoors this summer - IKEA
IKEA. Again.
Source: WWOO
Alternative Eco-Friendly Flooring

Alternative Eco-Friendly Flooring

Sustainable or eco-friendly flooring options can add warmth and reduce indoor pollution to your home. Consider these alternatives.

Granola

Granola

Sometimes in an afternoon lull, I reach for a fruity-nutty snack. This is a better alternative to the store-bought stuff because you can control the amount of sugar you add.

Wine Country Organic

Wine Country Organic

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.

Hand Made Live Edge Acacia Dining/Conference Table by BDC ...
live edge table
Linen lamp (West Elm)
Shop Safavieh Casual Natural Fiber Natural and Grey Border ...
seagrass rug, wool ottoman, woven basket
Basket Case

Basket Case

Baskets made from natural materials like seagrass add beautiful and functional elements to your home.