While planning our annual New Years trip up to the Bay Area I spent some time looking into some possible overnight day trips locations. Insert this stunning coastal home in Stinson Beach.

The modern upgrades and shape of the home are very Gold Coast-esque and I love that they kept the second story open with so many windows. It always saddens me when you drive by large beach homes with amazing views, but there’s more wall than window. I can’t imagine not wanting as much view as you can get.

The combination of the warm wood and dark steel isn’t as harsh as some modern remodels can look, and the much landscaping really sets the home apart.

The design by Audio Peek Ancona was said to have been inspired by “floating architecture of Venice”. Often you see or hear about these small coastal beach towns and the difficulty in maintaining these cottages by the sea. The constant moisture in the air along with wet weather and storms can wreak havoc on the simple materials many of these beach homes were built with. With that knowledge this home was designed to have a living space higher up and is able to withstand the side effects of low-laying lands.

To see more about this home and Studio Peek Ancona follow this link



November 2017 Mood Board

It’s hard to believe how rapidly we are approaching the Holidays. Our plans for this season have changed a bit and we will be traveling for Thanksgiving. In years past my mother and I host together with a beautiful group of family and friends. This year will be a bit different but I look forward to being in Ohio and experiencing some real Fall weather. Along with some quality time with my husband’s side of the family.

Although I won’t be hosting this year, you can see some ideas from the previous year here. I am hoping to put together another inspiration to share with you.

This mood is inspired by slow mornings and the crisp of fall.

A November Mood Board inspired by slow mornings and a crisp Fall. Squeezing every little bit out of 2017.

It’s not often the kids allow us slow mornings in bed but the time change has given us a few extra moments. It may be at 6:00 but we will take what we can get.

This weekend was our first this month without much planned, so we had a family baseball game Friday evening and early Saturday morning pancakes. A slow Sunday afforded us the time to put together our weekly meals, chore charts, and some family board games. I am hoping to squeeze every little bit out of the end of 2017.

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October is hands down my favorite month of the year. It represents family milestones, a season change, and the magic that is Halloween. I’ve talked before about what this month means to me. But no matter each year that passes and I add a number to my age I will never feel too old to soak up every bit of Halloween. Some people think of Christmas in July, I’m thinking of October.

The air gets the slightest crisp but we are still enjoying late evenings and eighty degree days. I never tire of pulling out decorations and planning our annual Halloween party. It’s more than picking out a costume and wrapping the yard in spider webs, it’s the magic of free spirit and being whatever you want to be. I love seeing so many people join together to be festive. We spent last Saturday running around San Clemente’s Carnival Colossal and the rides, tickets, and games had all of us smiling ear to ear.

For some this time of year means Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which is a hard NO from me), but I enjoy that the Holiday makes things a bit moodier and darker. It is the change in weather and season that we embrace a deeper side. I threw together some images that have called to me. I love the contrast of mixing the dark with the light.

A combination of moody olive & black mixed with the golden orange of fall. I have fallen for those deep emeralds and put together a desktop wallpaper to share with you.

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