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jewelry designs that are sophisticated and yet rooted in simplicity
Our Pritchard Hill Collection was inspired by a Summer trip to the California wine country and our discovery of a lesser-known spot in Napa, Pritchard Hill. Our collection features Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, where deep brownish-red garnet abounds. Check out a few of the highlights below and then hop on over to the website to see the full collection here.
We are launching our latest collection, which was also inspired by a Summer trip to the California Wine Country. For our stay in Napa Valley, we were at the Carneros Inn, which is a serene property with accommodations that are both luxurious and comfortable at the same time. (Just writing about it has me aching to go back!) The muted orange tones and soft grey colors mixed together with stark white was the inspiration for this collection. Feel a bit of the relaxed sophistication of Napa each time you wear a piece. . . See some of our fav items below and then view the collection on our website here.
In 1976, Chateau Montelena shocked the world when their 1973 Chardonnay was rated above all other wines during a grand tasting, which has now come to be known as the “Judgment of Paris.” At a time when French wines reigned supreme, this stunning win helped to put California on the map in the world of wine. In the 2008 movie, Bottle Shock, beautifully tells this true story and is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys wine.
If you get the chance to visit the California Wine Country, a visit to Chateau Montelena is well worth your time. The grounds are absolutely stunning (and if you’re a wine club member, you can use their lovely Jade Lake for picnics!) and the wine is equally fine. Their Chardonnay is, of course, most famous, but all of their offerings are delicious, so don’t miss the rest. If you’re in San Francisco, but not able to make it North to taste, pop into the Westin St. Francis in Union Square, where Chateau Montelena maintains a small tasting room in the city within the hotel.
In the spirit of small companies with a big dream making a big splash in the world (and in Chateau Montelena’s case, changing the course of history!) take a moment to check out our new collection and learn a little more about what makes Andrea Montgomery Designs different. We are small by design, choosing to craft our pieces out of quality materials right here in Texas.
So, grab a glass of wine, get comfy and click here to peruse our newest collection for Fall (that will transition beautifully into Spring as well!)
On the Sonoma Coast of California sits the enchanting Bodega Bay where the sandy beaches are met with a beautiful rocky coastline. Tide pools abound, surfers congregate and whales can be spotted migrating through the area. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway where you can relax on the beaches in the evening, listening to the waves crash, sipping the new wine you discovered during the day in Sonoma.
The moment we pulled in to the Carneros Inn, I felt all of the stress of home melt away. This is our very first trip away from our three small children (yikes and yay at the same time!) and I’ve been a little worried about it. Oh, but the quiet drive up to the wine country with my husband reassured me that we had done the right thing in coming here. And then seeing our accommodations at the Carneros Inn confirmed it once again. This place is a mini-paradise, y’all! I cannot recommend it more highly.
The soft muted orange and grey colors everywhere contrast beautifully with the green and every amenity imaginable is here. There’s a gorgeous gift shop, a fabulous spa area, super comfortable suites with clean design, comfy beds, luxurious bathrobes, gorgeous bathrooms with a huge tub and a waterfall shower and an ADORABLE outdoor patio complete with relaxing loungers and heat lamps. I seriously want to live here. . .
I love the aesthetic of this place!
Gorgeous vistas await at every glance.
Y’all, I even love the font! (Is that weird?!)
How fabulous is the contrast of grey, soft orange and white here? Jewelry design ideas abound!
Adorable vignettes beckon you to sit and rest awhile everywhere you look
It is no secret that I love Carmel, California. It is absolutely gorgeous with stunning cypress trees, a rocky coastline, beautiful ocean views and stunning vistas everywhere you look. Not only does it have natural beauty, it is home to many great restaurants, fabulous shopping, quaint streets and lovely art galleries. Speaking of great restaurants, one of our absolute favorites is Casanova. The atmosphere is old-world European, reminiscent of France or Italy. There are lovely indoor and outdoor seating areas and the many rooms make the large restaurant seem small and friendly. The food is outstanding. Every. Single. Time. I have been to the restaurant many, many times and have never not liked what I tasted. It is always absolutely delish! (more…)
If you’ve never been up to it, Twin Peaks is worth a visit. For the twisting, winding road up and the slightly confusing directions to get there, you’ll be rewarded with incredible panoramic views of the city. (Above is a photo of me at the top with my beautiful cousins visiting from Atlanta.) Foggy or not, the views are stunning at 922 feet above sea level. From the top, you can see Market Street as it bisects the city, ending at the Ferry Building. You can see the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and countless beautiful churches and buildings. (more…)
Mike Grgich (pronounced Gur-gitch) made history back in 1976 when his chardonnay was chosen in the now-famous “Paris Tasting.” Then, he was with Chateau Montelena (another fun winery to visit) and they literally put Napa on the map, causing people to start taking California wines seriously. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you should definitely read Judgement of Paris or watch the movie Bottle Shock, which I found highly entertaining. (more…)
After a super fun day hiking in Muir Woods, hubs and I drove over to Tiburon to hit Sam’s Anchor Cafe, where we enjoyed a few cold beers and some seafood fare while soaking up the sun (the redwood canopy in Muir Woods keeps it shady, cool and often foggy) and noshing on some seafood. While I can’t say that the food was anything outstanding, it tasted great to us after a full day of hiking. Honestly, you go to Sam’s more for the views – and they are totally worth it! Our afternoon felt like a mini-vacation and this stop made us feel like we’d taken a detour to Key West (well, without the Jimmy Buffet and partying craziness – just the relaxed oceanside atmosphere part.) If you’re in the area and are looking for a little relax time with a cold beer and gorgeous views, this place is absolutely worth a visit! (more…)
California is famous for its redwood trees. Until you’ve experienced them in person, however, you cannot fully appreciate how incredible they really are. This Summer, as part of our Summer of Fun adventure, hubs and I had a date day and went hiking in Muir Woods. Muir Woods is located near Mt. Tam in Marin County, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from the city. The national park offers absolutely stunning views and is a gorgeous hike. The Main Trail in the park is pretty easy and is generally pretty packed with tourists and cameras. It is a really amazing place where you can soak up nature’s peacefulness and beauty. (more…)