So excited to see Erin Gates' book "Element of Style" released by Simon and Schuster tomorrow as I created the illustrations for this book and started working on it over a year ago! Fun to see it come together and be officially "published" in book form now. Congratulations to Erin and all the rest who worked on this book.
At the end of last week, after visiting family out West, my husband took me to La Jolla, CA to celebrate my birthday. We had both been there before many years ago, but this was our first trip there together and we had a wonderful time. Southern California's climate is pretty amazing, and we were told we had just (narrowly) dodged a major heat wave, so we felt blessed to enjoy some great weather and even better food the couple of days we were there.
My birthday dinner was at Piatti - a quaint Italian restaurant with a charming outdoor courtyard. I had this AMAZING saffron pappardelle. Everything was phenomenal and the service was terrific.
I'm in awe of the trees in La Jolla - between the windswept gargantuan pines and the stately old eucalyptus, we were stopping to admire the vegetation constantly.
Love the eucalyptus trees!
Art is everywhere! Loved this mural, although the photo doesn't do it justice.
The cool courtyard at our hotel - Kimpton Hotel La Jolla
A sample of the charming local Coastal architecture
The "Grande Dame" of La Jolla hotels - La Valencia. Pink, stucco, Spanish Colonial......count me in!
A great French place in La Jolla Shores, the Cafe Solange - a perfect spot for breakfast. The avocado scramble was extremely tasty.
The views from our hotel were picturesque - this view was from the back. See the cross at the summit of Mount Soledad?
View from our room over the Pacific
The heirloom tomato and beet salad from our last meal at Poseidon in Del Mar. Nothing like eating right on the beach at sunset......
What a perfect finish to a very special trip. If you haven't yet been, I'd certainly recommend a visit to San Diego and specifically, the coastal towns dotting the North shore. Each area has it's own unique personality and there is a plethora of cute boutiques, great restaurants, natural beauty, outdoors activities and exhilarating weather.
Happy Monday! Hope you all are well!
I absolutely love it when decorators throw in an unexpected touch of humor or whimsy that lightens up the entire feel of a room. Love this overscale doll print with the vacation vibe. I'd like to find something like this.....kids love it and it makes adults lighten up and creates a conversation piece. What do you think?
Design Blogger Extraordinaire Mackenzie Horan is featuring some new original works of mine this week in a pop-up shop. I am excited and honored to have some of my work in one of my favorite blogger's shops. Check it out HERE
Sorry that I have been so MIA lately! Been crazy busy gearing up for a pop-up shop next month (more details on that later!) After I catch up with all of my work, I am going to re-hab this Chinoiserie treasure I got from Craigslist for a mere $40!! Needs some cosmetic work, but nothing that will deter me.....I will post the pix once it's finished. Just let me say that there are many benefits to living in a place where nobody wants their deceased grandma's furniture or knows its' value...
I love it when my customers and clients send me photos of my work in their home.
This loyal client has commissioned work from me as well as buying some of my prints. She and her husband have been renovating a charming older home in Portland, Oregon and I love how she hung my pink espresso machine canvas in her kitchen. Everything is coordinated! If you have any photos of my pieces in your space, feel free to submit them and I may get a chance to post here on the blog.
Thanks so much and Happy weekend!