I'm short on words today, but wanted to show you photos from my birthday weekend a few weeks ago which I spent in wine country. It was perfect in every way.
Traditional Home magazine - with the help of a bevvy of talented designers - transformed the guest cottage located on the grounds of Cardinale Winery into one of the most impressive showhouses I've seen. It was our first stop.
The view from the driveway.
I liked this rock wall, so I took a photo to keep on file for future landscaping inspiration.
The foyer designed by Kathy Geissler.
I loved the rug, especially with the Fortuny pillows and antique bench.
The library was designed by Cathleen Gouveia - a veteran of Bay Area showhouses. Her rooms never disappoint. She puts so much thought into the details.
The walls are venetian plaster.
The living room was designed by Sunrise Home of San Rafael.
Great lessons to be learned in styling bookshelves.
The dining room was designed by Joe Lucas.
My absolute favorite room was the kitchen, designed by Barbara Colvin. Check this out.
I really liked the gray cabinets + bronze hardware. Bronze and brass are a huge trend in kitchen and bath fixtures these days.
I ususally don't gravitate to bright neon colors, but these stools in lime green worked beautifully with the gray. I may be a convert.
The paint colors she used...I think from Pratt & Lambert.
Here is the adjascent family room, also designed by Barbara Colvin.
The table was an existing piece belonging to the homeowner. The armchairs are by Lee Industries.
French doors in the family room lead you to the patio and this view. They were pouring wines from Cardinale, so we took a moment to sit and savour them and the scenery.
The bench cushion and big pillow fabric is by Martin Lawrence Bullard.
The lower level lounge was designed by Elizabeth Cameron and Kathleen Pfaff.
Cool piece of art - I think it's an actual grape vine.
My other favorite room was the Master Bedroom designed by Melanie Turner.
I didn't get a shot of the bed! Darn! It was so pretty.
The guest suite was designed by Melanie Coddington.
This is a close-up of the wallpaper in the bathroom. It's so pretty.
The showhouse was not big, but the rooms were cohesive and worked together.
Here are a few random photos from our weekend...
We went to a fruit and wreath farm on Saturday morning.
Hi there little bee.
Later we went wine tasting. The most beautiful was Bella (the wines were good too!)
Inside the cave.
This is a ceiling mounted art piece.
Driving to Geyserville for lunch.
The driveway into Trefethen Vineyard. Gorgeous!
After our visit to the Traditional Home Showhouse, we were smitten with Cardinale Vineyards and scheduled a private tasting on Sunday. Here is what was served. The wines were outstanding (with prices to match).
Last but not least, the spectacular Carneros Inn.
It was an amazing weekend. The birthday festivities continue... Girlfriends arriving from Seattle this weekend for some SF fun!
Wishing you a fun filled weekend too!