Friday, May 31, 2013

Crystal Cove, California

Today I'm posting Crystal Cove located between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, California.
This is a photo of the beach to the north.

This is a photo of the beach to the south. This is a California State Public Park. The cottages 
 are run by and rented out by the state. It's open to the public. All land and
beach is public. The cottages are vintage and quaint and the area is very private.
It's not easily accessible but it has handicap parking and specific handicap
equipped cottages are for rent.

One of the beach cottages on the beach that you can rent from $42 a day to $249 a day.

An iconic beach cottage being restored.

A photo of some of the cottages on the beach that can be rented for a day up to seven days.
There is a demand for these rentals. Renting six months in advance is the norm. You can
check on-line for cancellations. Pick out the cottage of your

Can you imagine yourself sitting here in the California sun?

Vintage sign for sale in the gift shop. There is a cafe on the beach called the Beachcomber.

A take on cruisin'.

Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, California
I watched the series premiere of "Graceland" on the USA network last night.
It's about undercover agents living in a house on the beach in the Santa Monica/
Malibu area. The surfing scenes in my opinion were taken off the north side
of the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, California. I'm showing
the north side of the pier in these shots. They could be surfing the north side
 but the shots of the pier alone, I think, are from the south side.

I may not know what I am talking about but I think that the surfing
shots in this new series were taken in a different location than
the shots where the beach house is. If you live is this area and have
seen this new series, what do you think?

Surfing the north side of the Huntington Beach Pier

Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach, California

I've been remiss and have not posted our beautiful beaches
here in Southern California. Today I am. All these photos  were taken in
Laguna Beach, California.

Laguna Beach, California
                           Laguna Beach photo taken looking south from the bluff at Las Brisas

Laguna Beach photo taken looking north from the bluff a few steps from Las Brisas

Las Brisas Restaurant photo taken with the restaurant facing
 the sea.

One of the beautiful homes near the bluff area.

 Photo of a beautiful home that was my favorite on the day these photos
were taken.

I'm linking with Oh, The PLACES I've been

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Celebration For Mom's

These are the flowers that were on the men's table at the
 Mother's Day celebration my daughter hosted. (Votives
from Pier 1). 

These are some of my favorite images from a  Mother's Day 
celebration my daughter had for women that are mothers and
women that are motherless.

The flowers on the women's table.

Table set for the women at the celebration.

Sweet photo of the blouse and necklace worn by my grand-daughter.

Beautiful earrings worn by my daughter. 
(from Nordstrom's rack).

Awesome earrings worn by a gorgeous mother.

Gifts from the event. Notice the crown sugar cookie?

I'm linking with My Romantic Home

Friday, May 17, 2013

All Things French

This chandelier printed on burlap and framed, I found at
Hobby Lobby.

Raoul Dufy image on silk scarf. See the Eiffel Tower
on the right.

This is Dufy.
Here I am in my office all alone composing a post in
my dreams of France and everything French.

Borrowed image. Source unknown. If it is you, please, leave
me a comment and I will credit you and give 
a link back to your post.
My favorite photographic print that I have hanging
in my home.
Chambord  Castle.

Image of Eiffel Tower on a coaster from Sur La Table.

Paris in your mind's eye.

I'm joining this party at Castles Crowns and Cottages:

I'm linking with Oh, The PLACES I've Been

Thursday, May 9, 2013

More From The Shabby Chic Boutique

 Most photos of this post are from Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Couture
  boutique in Santa Monica, California. These photos are from the
  visit I made in January of this year and  they didn't get in my original post.
The vintage bottles are from Rachel's shea butter line.
Those are little blue coin purses and make-up bags.
Go here to see more photos that I took in January from
Rachel's boutique.

What would a shabby chic post of mine be without a  pretty chandelier.

I like the shade on this little lamp.

Doesn't this look comfy?

Everything looks so sweet in her shop even this ordinary table.

Funky chandelier? What do you think?

I've been thinking about having a giveaway with products from Rachel's boutique.

Santa Monica, California location.

I'm linking with The Tablescaper for Oh, The Places I've Been

A personal note here about being a Shabby Chic fan. I am not 
reimbursed for posting anything Shabby Chic. I have been  into
Shabby Chic way before I had a blog in my brain. 
 I started decorating my master bedroom, master bath
 and one guest bedroom in shabby chic in 2001. I was taping
Rachel Ashwell's TV shows (they were 1/2 hour shows) and
a friend of mine told me Rachel had a boutique in Fashion Island
in Newport Beach, California (now closed) and then later in
Malibu, California(also closed) (I knew about the
 Santa Monica boutique-still open). I watched my taped shows
of Rachel's over and over and eventually sent the tape to
comfort a friend. I didn't make a copy.Wouldn't it be 
great if Rachel made a DVD of those episodes?
Post Note: Dvds were released in 2008 and can
still be found on line for sale on ebay.
All this was before Rachel's line was in Target, altho
 for a time it was in Mervyn's. Anybody remember that?
In 2004 I switched into overdrive and really got passionate
about shabby chic decor. I found my end tables at the now 
defunct Subtle Tone boutique (Newport Beach, Ca)-shown
below-and my friend Pernilla and my daughter helped me
with it and we all took a field trip and had lunch at Jennifer
Lopez' restaurant Madre's in Pasadena, California. 
Designed and decorated by Rachel. It was beautiful. 
 It was opened from 2002 to July 2008. 
My last  project was to shabby chic my laundry 
room and I did that last summer (shown below).

My Shabby Chic laundry room

My bedside table ala Rachel Ashwell

 Happy Mother's Day

I'm linking with My Romantic Home
I'm linking with French Country Cottage for

Thursday, May 2, 2013

My Roses In The Spring Rain

These are photos from the first rain of spring and some of the first blooms.

This is probably our last rain for awhile.

I found this here.

I'm linking with My Romantic Home.