Some catching up on magazines brought up some backyard inspiration - like this sitting area that MUST be copied in the backyard...or even frontyard:
Now that we spent the money on grass and a sprinkler system, I'm bummed that we didn't just gravel it with potted lemon trees.
I love the idea of using Pampas Grass - they get tall and cover a ton of ground. Again, could look pretty insane in a gravel yard...surrounded by potted lemon trees.
Tony Duquette's Backyard - could be another blog post all unto itself. Probably should be:
Mid-Century Modern is not lost in me. And when I see takes of it like this I get inspired; but I know I could never soup-to-nuts have the look...I just like eccentricity way too much:
Lazy Day Inspiration provided by: Architectural Digest and Vanity Fair
Girls trip to New Orleans. I like the fact that we stopped talking about it and bought the tickets and did it.
We booked the Hotel Monteleone off of Jestetter.com which is cool because I have always wanted to use that website. Hotel lobby is gorgeous, and this is the hotel that is home to the famous Carousel bar, which is awesome. But the rooms were not as nice as they should have been (or what I would have expected).
After some gin drinks at the bar, we headed out to see the sights. Note: Bourbon street is like Vegas...or Tiajuana...but prettier. Drunkeness, debauchery, strip clubs, etc. I don't know why no one of us knew that.
These streets know much
Where we ended up was Frenchman Street. Now that's the jam. What we all thought Bourbon street was: music, amazing brass bands on corners, art, jazz, horse-driven carriages, the works!
Of course we had to do a swamp tour. On an airboat. When it was raining.
Craziest, most beautiful cemetery right on the swamp edge.
Drunk person - not associated with girls trip.
Good places to eat:
2) Doris Metropolitan
Commander's Palace...not so much. But the sign sure is cool:
The Garden District is stunning. Beautiful houses (Anne Rice, John Goodman, and Sandra Bullock all have houses here) and there is a public cemetery across the street from The Commander's Palace. Highly recommend getting a tour through the cemetery - they tour guides work on tips, and it takes about 15 minutes...worth every penny the $25 we tipped.
You can also take a glamour shot by the cemetery walls:
Some of the houses (or mansions) of the Garden District:
Most sinister looking tree I have ever seen. It's like Disney saw this tree and put it into every movie when the villian appears. Not to mention we noticed about three houses that are identical to the Haunted Mansion Ride in Disneyland. Literally.
The house who owned the sinister looking tree. Corner lot, absolutely gigantic, pink house with black detailing. It was equal parts witch and 20's glamour.
Happiest house on the block.
Jackson Square, where Stanley's is (best breakfast around), Cafe Du Monde across the way, and fortune tellers/tarot card readers set up and ready to read.
Amazing terrace landscaping:
Oh! And 10 year wedding party idea - getting re-married in New Orleans. You get hitched, and then a police escorts you and the entire wedding party down the streets of the French Quarter where you dance your way to your reception alongside a brass band. WHATTTTTT?!
The instructions said it would be super easy. Install in minutes! Not so much. The minute after I installed the showerhead, a geyser formed in between the connection to the pipe and the showerhead, shooting straight up on the ceiling.
Needing to do it right, and knowing I must have missed something, I started over. And with plumber's tape (or teflon tape). Here's my steps:
1) Make sure your two year old has something to do
2) Don't cheat. I did the first time. I ended up wrapping the tape cris-cross, layering it probably 17 times. It looked like the pipe had a concussion. DO OVER.
3) No one's watching. Just use your kid's IKEA stool. It's fine.
3) Google plumber's tape. Or read this post. Because I already researched it. And what you do is your wrap the tape on BEFORE you put on your showerhead. And you wrap cleanly in a clock-wise rotation, layering at the most, twice. Then, tighten the showerhead onto the pipe until you can't do any more manually.
So much nicer.
From start to finish (including cleaning up my previous mess), it took maybe seven minutes. Easy peasy. Which is funny, because this one was passed out when I was done!
It started here innocently enough, after ripping a page (or a screen shot when you're reading Next Issue) out of a Domino Magazine.
I am always looking for cool ways to store firewood, and I loved this heavy canvas bin, especially now that I think I'm going West Coast Surf casual in the living room. So I hopped onto Best Made Co to check it out.
Bad news: they didn't have the bin anymore
Good news: Holy shit, this website is rad. Several minutes later, I had a wish list put together, ideas on Christmas gifts...and even another option for firewood storage.
The internet is so rad.
Last Sunday was such a gorgeous day. It was bluebird and sunny, but with a slightly cool breeze. If Captain had slept longer, I could have walked for another two hours (well....maybe another hour). Walking Balboa Island reminds me how incredibly lucky I am to live where I do - it's the cutest island and the houses are to die for.
**Another reminder: Balboa Island Date Night. A must.
Porch view...not bad:
The cutest fruit stand on the island:
Victorian By The Sea:
This house had some of the coolest siding I have seen:
Porthole Window? Um...YES:
I saw this, and then called Nate and told him it was time to bring down the Halloween Decorations:
A yard of pumpkins - I LOVE IT
Couldn't stop taking pictures of how pretty the day was - the ocean was glitter:
I like the giant clam shell: