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The Blues of Bodega Bay

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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.

This collection was inspired by the wide spectrum of blue shades in Bodega Bay. From the coastal skies on a grey, overcast day to the clear blue sky on a bright, sunny day at the beach, luxurious London blue topaz and beautiful Swiss blue topaz abound. Like the Pacific ocean waves, seafoam-colored Peruvian opal splashes up against the shimmering grey of pyrite. Brushed gold vermeil and white freshwater pearls add a sophisticated coolness. Serenity is the overarching theme of this collection and upscale gemstones bring richness and a chic feel to the nature-inspired designs.

I hope that you love it as much as I do!

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Come Say Hi This Week in Houston!

Logo-4-01-300x245 We are SO excited for this week!  It’s one of our very fav markets of the year!  Great food, amazing shopping finds from over 90 vendors from all over the country and the nicest people around all make for one of Houston’s best holiday markets!

We’ll be in the same spot as always in Booth 111 in the Bagby Parish Hall (that’s along the farthest East wall in the main front room closest to Woodway) and we are bringing all of our new Fall collections before they’re available on our website. So come on by and get a preview and start your holiday shopping in style!

Here are the details on the hours of the market this week…

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And if you’d like to know which vendors are coming this year, here’s a full list below. There are lots of fun new vendors coming that we can’t wait to shop. Our dear friends at Maison Pernoud are coming for the first time this year. You will LOVE the French antiques that Kate travels the world to bring home to you. They are gorgeous! The girls at A Little Eye Candy are always in the know about the latest fashion accessories and they are loads of fun!  The Smocked Frock always has the cutest traditional children’s clothing – perfect for your Christmas card photos. We heart Marye-Kelley and her always-a-great-gift decoupaged items. Her picture frames, tissue covers and wastebaskets are our favs! Paris Texas Apparel Co will be back this year with their gorgeous ties, tees and more for the Texas-loving man in your life. (My man rocks these all the time!) Pomp and Circumstance is bringing some of the best finds from their popular Houston boutique – affordable and fashionable, who can resist that? And we love the goodies at Tres Chic. I just bought the cutest leather purse in their Houston store and can’t wait to see what all they’re bringing to the market. All in all, there is surely something for everyone, so come by and say hi.

See you at the market!

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Tasting at Ovid

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Living in San Francisco spoils you in many ways. Beautiful views at every glance, incredible food, abundant culture and proximity to fabulous vacation spots abound. One such spot is, of course, the wine country.

When we lived in SF, we could be in Sonoma in 45 minutes and Napa just a smidgen longer and we took advantage of that. . .a lot! When driving up for the day was as common as it was for us, we didn’t have to choose our vineyard visits and tastings very carefully – after all, we knew we could drive up again next weekend!

Now that we are back in Texas (and seriously missing those wine country visits!) we were so thrilled to take a trip back to Napa for a visit. Our friend turned 40 this year and his adorable wife planned the most incredible party for him at their ranch in the wine country. It was an absolute blast! (But I digress…)

Hubs and I decided to head up a few days early (our first trip sans kids – yikes!) and do a little wine tasting – and getting to know one another again. It’s amazing how much talking with one another we got done when we weren’t being interrupted by little voices the whole time! As you know, hubs is a major wine guy, so he planned all of the tastings. He loves research and during his reading, he asked me if there were any places that I wanted to visit. Well, hubs may be the wine guy, but I have a dear friend who is a sommelier (which is not an easily-earned title, let me tell you!)  See? I have connections, too! So, I emailed my friend Amy who recently founded the Bay Area Wine Company who gave me a few “not to be missed” tasting ideas, one of which was Ovid. Hubs was ecstatic, as that was one of the wineries on his list, so a phone call later, we were booked!

Ovid sits on Pritchard Hill and let me tell you, I wasn’t prepared for the fabulousness of this wine tasting experience. The surrounding beauty, the gorgeous facilities, the incredible wines and the lengthy two-on-one chat with our friendly hostess, Janet, a managing partner at the winery, were absolutely unparalleled. We had some great tasting experiences on our trip, but this was probably our very favorite.

Ovid makes only three wines and doesn’t even make each of those every single year. They create as the harvest allows and are committed to only using the best of the best in their wines, which means that some years, a particular wine doesn’t get made. Ovid grows four Bordeaux varietals:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot and farms them all organically. Varying proportions of each are used in their blends. You can read more about their wines on their lovely website here.

If you’re near Napa or planning a trip there soon, I highly recommend giving Ovid a call to see if they can fit you in. There is a waiting list for their wines, but we were able to purchase a few at our tasting on their beautiful property on Pritchard Hill. I’m positive that your palate will thank you!

For now, take a “mini tour” through our photos below. As you can see, they are committed to making each visitor feel special and literally set out the silver and crystal for us. We enjoyed such a nice, long chat with Janet and truly felt like we left as friends, having talked about wine, the changes in the California landscape, raising children and just about everything else in between! Did I mention that they sent us a handwritten thank you note after our visit? Astounding attention to detail, my friends. THAT is what great products are made from!

 

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When you first walk in, you’ll notice that your name is written on the Ovid chalkboard.
They’ve been expecting you and you’re an honored guest!

 

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So much so, that THIS is your lovely place setting.

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No attention to detail has been left to chance

 

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It is like a friend set the table beautifully, just for you.

 

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Sweet details

 

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Delicious bites!

 

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Thoughtful details.

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A lovely living-room-like setting for a tasting!

 

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(PS. I fell in LOVE with this glassware!)

 

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How lovely is THIS piece of furniture?

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Beautiful and meaningful – I wanted to open each one of these!

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A fire pit on the balcony

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Stunning views from the tasting room

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You can see so much of Napa Valley from up here!

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The valley

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Pretty sure I could sit here for hours and never tire of it!

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Ovid Vineyards…a must-visit!

The Carneros Inn

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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. . .

 

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I love the aesthetic of this place!

 

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Gorgeous vistas await at every glance.

 

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Y’all, I even love the font! (Is that weird?!)

 

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How fabulous is the contrast of grey, soft orange and white here? Jewelry design ideas abound!

 

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Adorable vignettes beckon you to sit and rest awhile everywhere you look

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Join us to Shop with Heart

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When I was a young girl of just twelve years old, my father died from heart disease. The effects of this disease are far-reaching and have touched too many dear friends of mine, both young and old, to count. This is a cause that is very near to my heart and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of helping to raise money for The American Heart Association in this event. Please join us in Houston for a fabulous night of cocktails, light bites and shopping with heart. . .

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Insider Tips on Spring Thing

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Where, oh where, did the first two months of this year go? Seriously. Someone needs to slow this spinning world down so that I can catch up! Sheesh. I was just sitting down to do some schedule planning with my precious assistant, Sara, when I realized that next week is (you might want to sit down for this one. . .) March. Yes, March. (I’ll pause a moment while you let that sink in.) I hardly know what to do with myself. And if next week is March, then next week is also Chapelwood’s Spring Thing Market. Man, this one really snuck up on me! Being that this is my tenth year selling at the market, I wanted to share my insider tips. . .

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CultureMap Instagram Takeover

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As one of the featured designers at the recent Culture Map Holiday Pop Up Shop on Sunday at Silver Street Studios, I was asked to do an Instagram Takeover of their account for a day.  It was my first takeover and it was so much fun!  In case you missed the posts, I wanted to share them here – with links to make it easier on you to find just what you’re looking for!

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