Fall Fling

Top Vince available at Neiman Marcus | Fur vest similar here | Pants the Minnies by J.Crew | Booties a Parisian purchase last spring, also love these | Jewels Necklace Chopard Earrings J.Crew now on sale Ring a gift from Berricle | Watch Michael Kors, find it here | Purse vintage Chanel

Napa Valley Showhouse Part I

What happens when one winery and a team of designers join forces? The 2nd annual Napa Valley Showhouse, of course. Traditional Home recruited some of the nation's most exceptional talent to transform Peter Mondavi Jr.'s former private residence into a design showcase that will benefit the Napa Valley Film Festival. The designers drew inspiration from the rustic, wine-country aesthetic of the Napa Valley and created a harmonious juxtaposition of nature and luxury in this beautiful estate. 

{Dining Room by Julia Buckingham Edelman}
  Vintage movie reels mounted on plate racks adorned the walls in tribute to the Film Festival and a charming lion's head resting in a gold frame set a theatrical tone to the room. I was particularly drawn to the colorful chandelier and bold azure centerpiece sitting on an old milling wheel ingeniously re-purposed as the dining room table.

Save the Date: Sydney Evan Event at Neiman Marcus

You are cordially invited to an exclusive event at Neiman Marcus in Palo Alto to meet Rosanne Karmes, the fabulous designer behind Sydney Evan. You'll have the opportunity to customize your own jewelry and shop her new collection. Hope to see you there!
 

Design Eye: Tory Burch

There seems to be an elusive boundary between fashion and interior design. It isn't uncommon to see interior designers venture into the world of couture and clothing designers explore the elements of a fashionable home (after all, the two mediums are fueled by one another). Tory Burch recently introduced her newest endeavor: The Home Collection, which consists of brass frames, hand-crafted boxes, charismatic needlepoint pillows and unique barware. Inspired by coveted keepsakes around her home, childhood relics and family heirlooms, Burch created a stylish line of decorative elements that reflect generations of charm and elegance.
 
 Image via Tory Burch
Pillows | Rand Brass Box | Robinson Nutcracker | Madison Wine Opener | Baily Box | Classic Candle | Rae Coasters
 
  

Covet Collection: Cobalt Blue

 
Clockwise from bottom left: Leopard + Cobalt pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti | Pony hair purse: Pour La Victoire | J.Crew Jewels | Temperley London sweater | Giuseppe Zanotti | J.Crew Earrings | Tory Burch coin purse | Nail Color by Butter London

I've always been drawn to cobalt blue and when I recently attended two fashion presentations {one at Banana Republic, the other at Saks} I found myself surrounded by an ocean of azure. Bold colors are key to any wardrobe's vitality and with cobalt being one of my favorite colors, I frequently find ways of incorporating touches of the hue into my outfits.

On Sundays we wear Top-Siders

There are few things as exhilarating as sailing the San Francisco Bay, especially with the spirit of the America's Cup lingering in a city still ripe with excitement after hosting one of the most thrilling and prestigious regattas around. 

The ocean has always been my happy place but it wasn't until the beginning of this year that I discovered just how much I love sailing. Gill became my Gucci and Sperry's began to outnumber my stilettos. Thus, in an effort to satisfy my new-found passion and nourish {what will be} a lifelong avocation, I joined a boat share with some good friends and since then have spent most days honing my skills and racing across the bay to get to Sam's in time for happy hour.

 Per tradition, peak sailing season was closed out by the Rolex Big Boat Series which drew us out on the water and beyond the Golden Gate Bridge to watch the races. Be sure to click on 'read more' to see all the photos captured on Sunday.

Coffee Table Clutter - A Style Guide

Styling a coffee table is a great way to exercise your creativity and give guests a glimpse of your personality and taste. My coffee table vignette is constantly evolving; whether it's a subtle change in the floral arrangement, the addition of a new objet d'art or the perpetual rotation of decorative books from my shelves, I always try to keep my coffee table interesting.
  While there are a variety of things you can use to spruce up your coffee table, I've narrowed it down to 7 essential items that, if styled properly, can result in a stunning composition. 
 
1. A tray - go for something versatile that suits your personality and taste. The neutral hue and nautical rope detail (pictured below) is perfect for the coastal vibe in my apartment.
2. Books - large coffee table books that are visually oriented reflect your interests and keep guests entertained (in between mixing drinks and preparing hors d'oeuvres)
3. Candles - large pillar or scented candles placed inside charming lanterns
4. Flowers - casablanca lilies are my personal favorite. Potted orchids tend to make an appearance around my apartment as well.
5. Objet d'art - a novelty piece, something unique - a sculpture or something of personal value.
6. Coasters are crucial. Make it a habit now to avoid ruining tables later. Ideas: sliced agate or these nautical coasters I recently came across on Etsy.
7. Something from (or inspired by) nature - I have a penchant for items sourced on the beach or at sea so I usually go with seashells or a large piece of coral.

 
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