this isn’t the typical color palette i’d find myself drawn to, but there’s something i really love about these hues of pale pink, paired with woodsy browns and bursts of bold yellow. it’s very mid-century modern to me, and yet this is the rustic ranch style home of artist and jewelry designer helena rohner at the foot of the Sierra de Gredos, just west of madrid. she and her partner Jose Ayala have beautifully renovated this home with its old stables in the countryside — one of their big passions is horses and Both are good riders, and they want to pass on their love of horses by teaching riding to their two small children.
together they renovated this home in the hopes of creating an open, nordic rural aesthetic, with simple plastered white walls and wood beamed ceilings. they chose a pine dining table and surrounded by Eames chairs in yellow, the “color-driver of the house”, colorful pottery, and retro fabric prints of the 1950’s and 60’s — which Helena says, “gives me energy and positivity”. you can view this very creative and inspiring home in its entirety at architectural digest espana.
i’ve been away for the last five days, doing a lot of resting, eating, and wine tasting. i was invited along on a last minute trip with good friends to the anderson valley, about two and hours north of san francisco, to the sheepdung estates — a weird and not that attractive name for an extraordinarily beautiful place. but i’ll get to that shortly.
we stopped along our route in sebastopol at the barlow — which is so utterly charming. lots of small breweries, artists’ studios, cafes, bakeries and shops. we had an unexpectedly delicious lunch at the woodfour brewing company — i don’t think i’ve ever had such great food from a brew pub before — roasted brussels sprouts with meyer lemon aioli, a divine little gems salad, and a yummy lamb sandwich with dill yogurt. i definitely recommend a stop here on your next road trip up north. and it looks like the barlow is opening a hotel soon, so go and spend the night and have a leisurely wander around.
next stop was our ultimate destination — the anderson valley, specifically the charming town of boonville and the sheepdung estates. we stayed in their dog-friendly home called the breezeway on a secluded hillside way up above the anderson valley and boonville — a small town on highway 128, which if you keep going takes you to the coast in mendocino. it’s stunning this time of year — so green and lush with wild daisies and daffodil everywhere you look. we took lots of long walks with the dogs to our very own pond — which was perfectly peaceful.
we also did our fair share of wine tasting, and buying. i now need a small wine cellar. anderson valley is known for it’s wonderful vineyards, so ‘when in rome’ — wine taste! The four towns in Anderson Valley are: Yorkville, Boonville, Philo, and Navarro, and we visited wineries in almost all of them — like toulouse vineyards, navarro, husch, and handley cellars, all of them just a short distance down the highway. we hit a couple of local boonville wine tasting rooms as well, like foursight, seebass, and bink. all of them dog friendly and almost all the tastings are free! of course, it’s always nice to support the valley and buy a bottle or two. bink was in an interesting collective called the madrones, consisting of of four tasting rooms, guest quarters, and a delicious restaurant called stone and embers, which i would highly recommend. we stopped in for a delicious lunch of woodfire pizzas and this heavenly dessert of Whole milk Sherbet, bergamot, meringue, and blood orange that was other worldly. the restaurant’s Chef Patrick Meany has an impressive culinary resume, including a stint at san francisco’s Gary Danko. all in all, it was beautiful sunny weather (with a few showers one day) and a really lovely getaway i think you’d love. next time you’re thinking of wine tasting, try out the lovely anderson valley.
I was pinning first thing in the morning when I deleted my favorite Pinterest board, mistaking it for an unwanted pin. If I wasn’t fully awake before, I was wide awake now. “Dwell” was where I’d collected all of my home inspiration finds for the past three years; it was the reason Victoria invited me to become a contributor; and with three mindless clicks… *poof!*
Trying to cheer myself up, I looked for the light in my mishap: “Dwell” is gone, so there’s no point in dwelling! What a great reminder not to get too attached to things! A clean slate can be good! This internal dialog came to set the tone for today’s post: If I have to start fresh, I’d lay the board’s foundation with my favorite houses of all time. There so happens to be five that are top-of-mind.
Top to bottom, left to right:
- If I could live anyplace in the world, I’d live in this minimal Swedish townhouse tucked between historic dwellings.
- The bedroom of my dreams is where sleep and serenity trumps all.
- This Barcelona residence and design studio emanates creativity and warmth.
- Running a Scandinavian/Japanese homeware boutique whilst living in its above-the-shop abode pretty much sums up my life aspiration.
- Classic herringbone brickwork is laid in a charming, new way that sets this terrace home apart from its London neighborhood.
Just when all hope was lost on getting my board back, a serendipitous ladies’ room encounter led me to a couple of Pinterest engineering wizards who have graciously taken up my case and are working their magic as I type. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!
pink is such a big commitment when it comes to painting your walls. i posted this pale pink home last week — and there was no restraint there at all, and yet it worked so nicely. i thought i’d round up some commitment-phobe rooms with just a slice of pink — a solid accent wall, or a wainscoting, with pink part way up the wall. this friday — we’re in the pink. from deep coral pink to pale bubble gum — pick a shade, any shade.
i’m not entirely sure there’s a distinct theme to this week’s new & noteworthy, however it would seem that entertaining and cocktails appear to make a significant appearance here. from chic cocktail shakers that tell you how to say ‘cheers’ in several languages to carry-on cocktail mixers, to a bygone guest book, here’s what i’m quite drawn to this week. and, why don’t we use guest books like we used to? — such a lovely sentimental idea!
2. izola toasts cocktail shaker from madewell; 3. gray ‘swiss dot’ hand towel by uchino, from steven alan; 4. sunday suppers, Born from a communal kitchen in Williamsburg, Sunday Suppers promotes cooking, eating and enjoying food with friends.
5. love these rocks glasses — Decorated Hobstar Glassware from west elm; 6. tom adler’s ‘dora’ print from mollusk surf shop; 7. the stuff of life from interior stylist Hilary Robertson, it’s the irreplaceable heirlooms that truly make a house a home, at anthropologie; 8. fun! a Clap-On LED Alarm Cube from nasty gal.
9. pretty rose gold Stelton Metallic Vacuum Jug from nasty gal.
10. such lovely quartz crystal wine stoppers from brooklyn thread; 11. The hostess with the most-est deserves some complimentary feedback — izola guest book from j.crew; and 12. the handy-dandy mason shaker old fashioned carry-on cocktail kit, from nordstrom.