feeling fiery

 After seven years in a San Francisco flat, a working fireplace was something I was so looking forward to when we moved. I was thrilled that our adorable, 1930s Tudor-style home in Napa came with a gorgeous, white brick mantle. Sadly, the fireplace is not safe to use, but that doesn’t stop me from lusting over this beaute by designer Harriet Anstruther. And that Harland Miller print isn’t bad either.

 

saying hi…

Helloooo out there! Poking my head out from the madness that has been, oh, the last year and a half!

I transitioned out of life in San Francisco, to cohabiting with my boyfriend, to the latest adventure: life in the Napa Valley! I mentioned earlier that I had taken a job working for Alexis Swanson Traina at her family’s winery in Oakville and, well, the rest is history.

I spent a lot of my childhood in Napa (my grandfather was one of the first big real estate bigshots when the valley started exploding) and still have some family here, so it feels fitting to spend part of my adulthood here. We’re nervous, but excited to make a go of it + already feel pretty happy with our decision. Wish us luck!

original image via elle.com

happy december!

So, in my wee small town there’s an annual Christmas on First Street. It’s possible I’ve mentioned it here before. All the storefronts and vendors open their doors, carolers occupy every corner, people sip hot cider, kids run wild, and usually my dad can be found spinning cotton candy for a very long line of people. Oh, and another thing that happens is that my mega-tall boyfriend dresses up as an elf [in a custom made elf costume you see] and poses for photos with Santa and children of all ages. [It should be noted that he does this as a favor to a friend’s mother, not on his own accord — though I wouldn’t put that past him either]. 

splash of pistachio

Well. Here we are again, aren’t we? The truth is that I have missed blogging so much, but simply have not had the energy or bandwidth to churn out even the most pathetic of posts.

I started a new job two days after my last post [which was September 13th – ahem] and it has been so wildly fantastic and so overwhelmingly exhausting. I love it and could not feel more fortunate to be where I am. Oh, and I’m also freelancing most of my projects from my old job. You know, in my spare time.

I don’t want to make any farfetched promises, but I miss my little creative corner of the internet and I hope to be spend some more time here in very near future. And without further ado, a little pistachio + black + gold home inspiration for you.

Transit Design Viva Italia // Jayson Home Gold Wishbone Athena Tray // Past On Paper Vintage Map // Lucky Night Modern House Wine // DwellStudio Sheepskin Rug // Fishs Eddy Jadeite Cakeplate // Easy Health Juicer // Gold Payten Flatware // Kitchenaid Mixer