A few of the last fall touches I'm hanging onto as I get ready to start decorating for winter...
Snaps of some different projects that are in the works... more coming soon
The sun is shining and the birds are chirping, so naturally my mind is preoccupied with the possibilities of Spring. If you're feeling the same, here are a few pictures I took at beautiful Filoli last year. They are getting me really excited for the months to come. Enjoy!
This holiday season I am looking forward to taking a break from work and spending more time with friends and family doing the things I love: sitting by the fire, cooking and sharing meals, and maybe going on an adventure or two.
Haven will be back in 2014 with bigger and better things, but for now here is a peek at my own home for the holidays.
I'm a sucker for the changing seasons and Fall is no exception. There may be a brief moment of hesitation right at the start, a pang of longing for warm days, beaches, homegrown tomatoes and barbecues every night. But those feelings are quickly replaced with the joys of crisp air alight with the cozy scent of woodsmoke, crunching leaves underfoot and dazzling colors in the trees. Throw in big warm sweaters and a pot roast and I'm like, 'bikini who?'
Not to mention all of the new decorating options! It's always nice to change things up a little at home. Pumpkins, anyone?
A variety of mixed up colors, shapes and sizes of pumpkins makes a dynamic seasonal display for the front porch...
... while stacked white pumpkins in an urn create a simple and charming centerpiece indoors.
One last burst of color before the plants in my garden go dormant!
As I write this I can't believe it's been a little over a year since my last post. I definitely get an F in blogging... but that's ok with me. So much has happened since last summer - moving into a new home, adopting a third puppy, travel, and lots of exciting projects and business adventures. It's been busy and at times challenging, but I've had the joy of achieving some big goals and seeing some of my creative dreams come true.
Now that I feel like I've got (some of) my stuff together, I'll be updating the website with projects that I've completed this past year. Please visit my Interiors Gallery to see pics of the (almost!) finished Serene Master Suite. I've also added 3 new photo albums to the Landscape Gallery: California Spanish, Contemporary Hacienda, and Classic Cape Cod.
My main focus is on clients and ongoing projects so blogging isn't going to be frequent, but it will happen more than once a year! Stay tuned as I continue to update the website with more project photos, inspiring design topics, & the progress I'm making on my own home.
I also have to give a huge thank you... it's been a big year for Haven. I'm so grateful to have the support of my friends, family, and loyal clients (old and new). You all challenge me, inspire me, and help me grow.
Nothing like a bouquet of peonies on your nightstand to brighten up your day!
Mine are pale pink with a ruffled cream center contrasted by a blue glass mason jar. LOVE.
I thought it would be neat to post a few before and after pics of a backyard project we finished last week. The homeowner wanted something low maintenance, clean, and simple but that reflected a little bit of a cottage garden inspiration.
You can't tell because they're not blooming yet, but there is a bunch of lavender & carpet rose that we planted as a border. I can't wait to go back in the summer and see everything in all of its blooming glory...
Spring is officially here and that means that I can allow myself to launch full force into garden planning for the coming months. We might be moving in a bigger place with a bigger yard, which will be an exciting project in and of itself. But, whether we do or not, there are several things I want to try in my garden this year.
First off, I'm making one of these succulent "fountains". When I saw this for the first time (thank you, Pinterest) I was obsessed. I freaking LOVE this.
Second, I'm going to plant some wisteria because... well, why not?! It's gorgeous, fragrant, romantic, dreamy...
Last year I set up an outdoor eating area with string lights which I was pretty pleased with, but this year I'm going to really try to perfect it, like these:
We grow veggies every year, but if we get a bigger space my goal is to build some raised beds OR get some of these cool oversized galvanized contaners! They don't rot, and the have a built in spiggot to ensure good drainage.
I've also always wanted a cool fire pit to sit around, like this guy:
Well... more like this:
Or maybe a chiminea...
Ok, I know that's a lot of goals... but I'm a project lover. I'll keep you posted on my progress if I make any. In the meantime, what are your plans for your garden this spring?
Looks like the San Mateo Antiques Market has been cancelled for the forseeable future... what a bummer! I heard through the grapevine that the CSM location didn't work out and they are trying to find a new venue. Keep your fingers crossed!