So Alfie and I made a road trip to visit friends and family this weekend. After last week's painting frenzy it was time for a little R & R. Right? Ha! There is no such thing in our universe. So we left bright and early Sunday morning to first visit our friend Tricia Everett in Sacramento. Tricia has been featured in several magazines which is no surprise as her style of primitive decorating is so authentic and well edited. Original patina everywhere and on everything. She was kind enough to let me take pictures to share with you. I loved every vignette. My photos do not do justice to the feeling you get walking throughout her home. She also sells her primitives at The Red Door in Elk Grove. I did managed to snag, I mean buy, a few items!
Then it was off to our friend Jacque Ferreira's place. She has also been featured in several magazines. Unfortunately, I was so wrapped up in seeing what she and her husband James of Old Soul Studios have been up to that I forgot to take pictures of her home! Next time as she has some amazing collections to share. They specialize in creating wonderful designs using salvage metal. Unfortunately many of their original designs have been ripped off and copied. I'm so happy that we will be supporting and showcasing the original artists at The Pickled Hutch. I managed to fill up the entire car and Alfie was lucky he still had a seat on the ride home. Here are just some of the goodies I picked up this weekend. Thanks girls, it was fun!
Love these baby nests!
Then to onto Stockton to visit with family. My niece decided her mom, my sister, should start hosting Sunday family dinners. Wasn't that sweet of her? I made in just in time. Afterwards, we made all the men in the house sit through the Oscars with us while we discussed every dress (and face) in detail. On the whole we thought everyone looked pretty spectacular.
Monday was spent cleaning and reorganizing mom's garage and switching out her chandelier. Then on the way back to SF, a stop at my friend Mandy's for an amazing dinner.
It was a bit hairy driving home as a huge storm started as we headed back. Alfie has started having mini panic attacks when we drive in the rain poor baby. But we got home safe and sound after a very satisfying weekend of friends, family and shopping!
Just in! A huge pile of letters to play with. I have some interesting ideas in mind for these. But not today. Today we are taking it easy as it has been a very productive but exhausting week. I'm just not as young as I used to be. Ah youth. When you could go for days on little or no sleep and up for anything spur of the moment! Remember those days?
So my friend Pascale and I have been discussing the ugly white walls in the store. The white is a dirty white, not warm and inviting. There are ugly fluorescent lights on the 12 foot ceilings that just bleach everything out. And I am not fond of the carpet either (I prefer wood floors) but nothing I can do about that. So you can tell I wasn't happy with my store. After 2 years in this space, we decided it was time for a makeover. So we started with the "mirror" wall. At 6pm last night. Perfect time to start this kind of a project right?
Now I don't want you to think I had Pascale doing all the work. But at 5"3, even standing on a 6 ft ladder, I still can't reach the ceiling. So I did the bottom half and Miss 5"10 did the top half. Anyone watching from outside would have thought we were nuts. We didn't want this to be a two part project so we blow-dried the walls, yes blow-dried, to get the first coat dry for the second coat.
I just happened to have a gallon of this color sitting in storage which is how the color was chosen. And it's perfect. How serendipitous is that?
The Pickled Hutch is my store in San Mateo offering vintage and vintage inspired items for home, garden and gifts. Alfie's my little poodle sidekick. I now understand what "to find something to do for work that you love means you'll never work another day in your life" means. I love my store, decorating, the hunt for unique merchandise, chasing after Alfie and the challenge of meeting whatever curve balls this life has to throw.