Thursday, November 21, 2013



Do you ever need some inspiration in your life?  My biggest source of inspiration comes from my travels abroad.  I do anything to get out of the country! I was at my desk and accidentally opened up photos from my trip to Scotland.  I feel inspired again!!  I had so much fun with my husband and daughter.  (The boys were at camp!)  We stayed at this amazing place called the Turnberry Resort thanks to some awesome Starwood Points!!  Did I mention I love staying at places for "free!"

When I arrived, I vowed not to leave.  In fact, I did convince (coerce?) my husband to lengthen our stay by a few days.  The Turnberry was built in 1906 and is a golfer's paradise. No- I don't golf.  I did play "Pitch and Putt" which is a wuse's version of golf, except I found it very hard!!   They have bunkers on the course!  I mean- hide from the enemy bunkers which cause your ball to go up and over your head.  [laugh here.]

Everything was beautiful and when I entered the lobby I saw gorgeous details everywhere! Look at those floors.  The chevron is stunning and that wood?  LOVE!

Then I saw these modern lights juxtaposed with the old traditional moldings.
Yes, I get a little obsessive!
Look at this crazy light fixture in my bedroom!!  OMG.  I loved it!
Can't forget the mohair which covered everything.  This lovely lavender was so cozy.

I was happy to have this view from my room.  Look at the beach- and the golf course, if you are into that sort of thing:-)
 Again, love the modern tub, fixtures and flooring!

Outside was very special too.  Look at the boxwood hedge.  The pattern is amazing.  So traditional but clean at the same time.

Every night we had the bagpiper come and do his thing.  I really felt I was in Scotland when I heard the music- OK- and when I saw the outfit:)
These love birds were inspired too!!  So pretty.
The beach was pretty spectacular.  I saw gorgeous textures everywhere!  This is my daughter's foot.  
We found beautiful shells and sea glass.  We started collecting the shells and glass and then returned them back to the sea.  It was very fun collecting.  The giving back was hard but the shells are where they belong.  I did remove the sharp glass pieces so no one would cut themselves:)

This urchin was gorgeous!  I really got on a purple kick.

The natural grasses surrounding the beach had these beautiful greens and browns and waved with the wind.

Did I say I liked nature's purple?  Doesn't this jelly fish look amazing?  I love the sand color with the purples and white.  Great color scheme.
The greenery was spectacular too.  The foliage was rich and the patterns and textures in nature were/are a big source of inspiration.

Look at the lichen on this tree trunk.  Beautiful greens and gray browns on the trunk.  Dare I say I see some purple?
Yes, a wow- not at the resort but a short drive away.

Of course, those castles are pretty nice, too.

They don't make roads like this any more.  The stone patterns were beautiful.
Look at this wall.  The plants are growing in between the stone!  Beautiful color and texture.

Look at the castle grounds.  The pink looks fake, it is so pretty.
There is nothing like a pair of gigantic urns with beautiful color coming out of them!  I couldn't get a picture of the pair, but the entire grounds were symmetrical and patina-ed and amazing.
Love!  I have always loved worn brass.  The color is like a big hug.

Yep!  I went horseback riding with my daughter.  Look at the old barn.  The old stone next to the white washed old stucco.  The local stone has such depth in color.
Look at our trail!  That is my little horse's head.  They were quite elegant.
Riding on the water felt like I was riding in a movie.   My daughter had so much fun that we got home and she is taking riding lessons.  English riding was a challenge for me since I grew up riding western.  I got it after a wee bit.  Do I sound Scottish?

Hi foxy!

And....a Shetland pony!!  They were the fattest, cutest butterballs around!  I wanted to take one home as a pet and pretend it was a large dog.
I almost forgot to mention the lighthouse at the Turnberry.  I have always had a thing for lighthouses which is what grabbed my attention when I first went on their website.  It was pouring rain when we went walking towards it, but it was so worth it.  I really would like to live in one.  Anyone want to build it for me?

Here we are on our last day.  I felt like I was at camp.  Archery in flats.  Back in the camp days we just used hay but this was pretty hard core!  

Hope you are inspired by the photos!  Think of the colors and textures when working on your living spaces.  If you find yourself stuck- look out the window.  Grab leaves and stone and see if that inspires you.  It inspires me!


Friday, November 15, 2013



I have to say, one of my BEST sources for stone and tile is Venetian Stone Gallery.  They carry the most special and unique slabs I have ever found.  We have stone yards all over Orange County, but the impeccable taste of the owner, Scott Dee, drives the selections.  He constantly travels the globe in search of new sources.  To top that, I adore partnering with my sales consultant, Janny Adamson.  She is always there for a laugh and great advice! With their quality of stone, could they be stuck up and snobby?  Sure- BUT THEY ARE NOT!! When you walk into the show room, you can feel the invitation to touch and feel the stone- as well as get educated about the stone, where it is from and any other special tidbits of information.

They have recently updated their website and it shows some of their beauties.  I have used their products for most of my work.  I am just showing you a couple of shots of my work and tons of images I have taken of Venetian's stone.  LOVE!

The kitchen backsplash is also one of their amazing tiles!

The countertop is a Carrara Azul.  Yep, a beautiful blue gray.

Love the slabs and the gorgeous veining!

Here is some custom tile work we did for the stairs.  I designed four patterns and love the variation of color only found in the custom application of the glazes!

Now the slabs!!  Look at those grays and browns with hints of blue.
I can't wait to use this striated slab.  I stopped and stared for minutes!
These quartzites are stunning.  The left appears white but upon closer inspection, you see all of the veining and hints of color. The slab on the right is bursting with color and movement.
Here is a stunning onyx that got of the boat this week!!  I am using this for a new powder room.  I am also obsessing on this large scale travertine tile that has been silver leafed. WOW!

Love the combination of the muted slab with the stunner of tile. 

This onyx is fab with these silver leafed tile.  Yum!  I see a powder room!
This Alabastrino Travertine has a nice striation and works so well with these hand made tiles! The tiles are very dimensional.
This swirly marble is another stunner.  Can't you see it as a shower wall?  

This slab is a beautiful Venatino marble which looks lovely with this marble hex tile.  I have used this combo in a lovely bath I recently finished!
I have never seen anything like this!  It is so amazing, I am sharing four photos!  The blues, purples and yellows create a unique vibrancy.

I adore this green!
 Great colors in this quartzite!
I can't wait to use this slab in a master bath I am working on. The tiles are cement and are going to be in a custom color and installation.  So excited!!!

Calacatta Bluette.  Yep, Calacatta that has these gorgeous blues and grays and whites. OMG.  Does anyone have a master bath I can use this on:-)

Photo from Venetian Stone Gallery

I hope you like my mini tour!  Please stop by and say hi to Janny, Scott and anyone else you meet.  They are a fabulous group of people with an amazing product to share with everyone!!  Be sure to click on the link here for their website.  Happy perusing!