Monday, April 29, 2013

Weekend Report



This weekend I did more Spring tidying and brightening up. I cannot believe the crazy warm weather here. My flowers and plants are growing like it's June. A bit worrying really. I put away the heavy coats and scarves and hung out lightweight jackets and canvas totes. Espadrilles and flip-flops have already taken over in the boot basket!


I'm rearranging the kitchen a bit more and used my open shelves to stack my whites. I'd love to remodel the whole kitchen with open shelving, but that's not going to happen anytime soon, so this is going to have to suffice. I love having everything out where you can see. Eliminates a lot of clutter.

We made a little alfresco dinner on Friday. I am crazy for artichokes right now. My family likes a dip we make with 3 parts mayonnaise with one part dijon and a squeeze of lemon, salt, pepper and whatever herbs you've got growing. My new favorite white wine with this is Decoy Sauvignon Blanc. I got that little tip from a local gal, The Creeping Fig. Check out her Facebook page. She has a fun alfresco dinner party video and many wonderful ideas for gardening and decor!



Saturday morning I visited some new model homes nearby with a few friends. I always love to check them out and steal a few decorating ideas. These homes were gorgeous inside. I particularly loved their use of colors and patterns. I snuck in some snaps with my phone.



One of the rooms above and a boy's room that I would love to try to copy, below.


I also loved this little vignette some clever designer created on a desk near the entrance of the home...



So I went home and tried my own version with the use what you have at home method! I like to putter around like that when I can.




Also love this new tray I bought at Pottery Barn. It's oversized and it will fit all my magazines, books and even a tray for drinks. The men folk are saying it is taking up some of their foot room on the ottoman. :P They do not embrace change around here.



We enjoyed Saturday at home and yes there was time for my youngest and his pal Abby to give her dog Ruby some wagon rides. Not sure how much Ruby liked it...



Snapped this on a wall on the way to dinner at Santana Row in San Jose with my husband on Saturday night. It was crazy there and we didn't get to eat where we hoped.



 We found a table at the Mexican restaurant there. I love all Mexican food, but this place was horrible. Have you ever eaten cactus? Let me just say do not bother.. Anyway still good to have a date night! out. My husband cracks me up. This is him waiting while I shopped a bit.  He has absolutely no interest whatsoever in shopping, but he did swear a garbage can was opening a lid on its own...We were laughing like lunatics..That's the kind of things he tells me when I'm asking whether or not he likes one pillow or another!



Finally, we drove up to San Francisco on Sunday to catch the de Young Museums' exhibition of Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring!! If you read this blog you may have caught this post where I wrote about the painting and Vermeer and how his art has influenced so many.

It was a gorgeous day. Unfortunately, my sons were being total turds. Just keeping it real friends. Usually they are so good about going to museums and you know it just didn't happen today. They basically ruined the trip with their gripes and had no interest at all in listening to the headsets etc. We left as soon as we went through (painful) and I bought a few post cards of my favorite pieces in the show. You know teenage boys and tweeners especially are a real challenge with family activities sometimes..

Golden Gate Park..




Anyway, I got to see the girl and that was a thrill!



Hope your weekend was great!


Kim xx

21 comments :

  1. I love your honesty - "they were turds" - hilarious!
    But I adore your little tray vignette. I have a thing for trays - kinda weird but I have like 7.

    Lucky you to dine alfresco! I adore seeing your californian life!

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    1. You know what I have quite a few trays too. Just love them for throwing things in. Makes me feel organized.
      Thanks so much!
      xx

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  2. Lovely little vignette. I was just at PB looking for something to organize my coffee table items:) Glad you are getting some warm weather. It's still cold and rainy here BUT it's supposed to warm up to almost 70 by Friday!

    xxleslie

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    1. Hey Leslie, Hope the warmer weather has come up there. We are getting cold now..
      Isn't Pottery Barn great? Love so much of there things. xx

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  3. Love those plates and pots vignette you already have and yes think that other one with the tray and bottles would look lovely in your house - Great photo of the kids. I have eaten Cactus - very watery and nothingish with a gloopy consistency?

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    1. Jody, I agree cactus was not something I would eat again. I think they are passing it off as a delicacy, but it's just not!

      Thanks so much! xo

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  4. I remember well when my boys got to that age....evetually they didn't want to go anywhere at all! I need to get a new tray for my ottoman too:)
    ~Anne

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    1. Anne, I do think it may be the age! Alwasy good to hear that other's dealt with the same! x

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  5. I want to see the Vermeer exhibit before it's over. I had better figure out a day!
    Your home looks like it's lovely and elegant with a French vibe to it.

    Turds...that word always cracks me up. I remember the "turd" stage well. Eventually, they grow out of it. Hang in there!

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    1. Adrienne, You should see it. However, there is only one Vermeer! I do think the Rembrandt's Century with drawings from Dutch masters and others was very good too.

      Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. Lat week was a bit of a trial and I'm only now getting to answer all these note. Yes, hoping the turd stage goes fast. :/

      xx

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  6. I love your copper pots, I was desperate to buy a set last year then I realised that I would never even attempt to keep them clean. I do not have the right personality for them!

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    1. Dear Tabitha, If you looked closely you can see I have no idea how to maintain these poor things. I need to care for them, but like you just don't have the time or the will. :P

      xo

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  7. Kim,
    I love your little entryway vignette...your roses are beautiful and looks great with your fabulous yellow jacket. Love your copper pots too!

    Your weekend was way more interesting than ours!

    xo
    annie

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  8. Dear Kim, I don't just read your blog, I savour every morsel of it . Ah, if only I could write "on the way to San Jose" ... and actually be there !xx

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    1. Dear SB, Thanks so much. I have to say I look forward to all your posts and the French lifestyle too!

      xx

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  9. Looks like you had a fun weekend even though your visit to the Museum was short. Very stylish vignette there on your table. Have a good weekend.

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  10. Hi Kim~I don't know how I missed this post but I'm glad I caught it today. This is such a pretty post. From your gorgeous roses in the entry way, to your luscious artichokes (I make the same sauce too), to your stylish kitchen and then you looking lovely with the 'girl with a pearl. Glad you made it to the exhibit-despite it being a fast one. Sometimes I miss living in the Bay Area so you give me a perfect glimpse.
    Happy Monday,
    xx, Heather

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    1. Thanks Heather! You are sweet. I love where you live too. So lovely and near so much nature. In fact, I am popping over now!

      xo

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  11. The flowers you chose are gorgeous. We are gasping our way into summer - one day sleeveless, a few days later layering like crazy. Love your interpretation of the designer's vignette and think it's better than the original! I've found that Santana Row is generally crazy, not just in the evening. Glad you got to see the Girl - and re the boys, well it seems to me, museums are sort of hit and miss at this age - unless there's bones, something weird, or high-tech involved! Thank you for sharing the weekend -

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