Riviera Living

________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY Lago di Como brings to mind images of grand villas rising from the lake, parasol pines spreading their canopies above verdant gardens and red tiled roofs everywhere. Pictured here is the dreamy Villa del Balbianello, exquisite enough for James Bond in Casino Royale. We had taken a vacation in Switzerland, the last Continue Reading

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July 05, 2016 by maison

Bring The Inside Out!

____________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY I love the earthy and elegant muted tans, blush and nudes of the textiles above – a palette echoed in many of the dresses featured in “Manus x Machina” (Hand and Machine), the Costume Institute’s Spring 2016 exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Like many, I (mistakenly) believed that Haute Couture Continue Reading

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June 26, 2016 by maison

Easy Breezy For Beach And Beyond

_______________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY We are blessed with so many splendid beaches in California. Up and down the coast there are a myriad of coves and expanses; small beaches and large.  Pictured here is Dillon Beach in Marin County located near the mouth of Tomales Bay.  Tomales Bay is home to a thriving oyster industry – Continue Reading

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May 21, 2016 by maison

Lovely in Lace

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April 22, 2016 by maison

Snappy Stripes – Indigo Blues

______________________________ FROM KIMBERLY The color combo of blue and white is an universally adored pairing; the African stripe textiles above, indigo blues and white porcelain from China, glazed tiles from Portugal, etc. etc. Perhaps it was a sight like this (left) that inspired ancient artisans to design their wares with this stunning color combo. There Continue Reading

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August 27, 2015 by maison

¡Viva La Fiesta!

______________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY After our road trip up the coast, we returned to SB via 101. One of our favorite rest spots is San Juan Bautista, two hours south of Sausalito.  We love to lunch in the garden at Jardines de San Juan where one dines surrounded by colorful umbrellas and brilliant flowers. The local Continue Reading

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August 06, 2015 by maison

California Dreaming – The Perfect Accessories

______________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY Above the sea (at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park) and below the sea (at Monterey Bay Aquarium), we are on a grand coastal tour from Santa Barbara to San Francisco with our 10-year-old granddaughter. First stop, Hearst Castle – I’d not been since I was a child myself and was awed by Continue Reading

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July 31, 2015 by maison

Summertime Favorites

  ___________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY One of the great joys of Marrakech, is seeing things being made right before your eyes.  This quality is what makes everything from there so special; no two things are ever exactly the same. The hand of the creator is in each and every piece – we all can sense this Continue Reading

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July 22, 2015 by maison

Light and White Summer

__________________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY The image left, is a detail from Edward Hopper’s Le Bistro or The Wine Shop,  painted in Paris.  I love his enigmatic paintings and recently saw several great works at the <NEW> Renzo Piano designed Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. After breakfast at the Donut Plant on 23rd, (situated next to Continue Reading

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July 14, 2015 by maison

Bohemian Chic

_______________________________________ FROM KIMBERLY Padding about in my Bohemian chic sandals from Marrakech, we were on an errand downtown the other day, parking near the SB Historical Society. After completing our task we tucked in for a quick visit, so worthwhile! It’s a fabulous museum dedicated to the history of Santa Barbara, chock-a-block full of  interesting Continue Reading

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June 18, 2015 by maison