Thursday, June 27, 2013

....BAG lady...!

I am major crushing on several recent handbags these days - especially the studded, bejeweled and graphic bags - yes, please!  All are out of my price range.  All are being obsessed on by me currently.

Here are 10 pricey and fabulous little numbers I am tempted to break the bank for....

 photo Handbags_zpsb246731b.jpg
1. Crystal embellished studded leather tote from Miu Miu - swoon!!
2. Stone and black leather Partition shoulder bag by Lanvin
3. Super into all the various patterns and layout of the Allie Whip-Stitch Satchel by BCBG
4. Watermelon leather Va Va Voom Mini Leather shoulder bag by Valentino 
5. Crystal embellished on glitter PVC these neon Shourouk
6. Geometric printed leather clutch by Proenza Schouler
7. Valentino's Rockstud Leather Trapeze Bag in this blushy beige *almost* trumps the love I have for the black version I have been lusting after for months....almost.
8.The Hairy Prisoners Domino bag by Marc Jacobs....because showing the checkerboard collection he did for Louis Vuitton is an obvious obsession I have been fostering.
9. Prada's Saffiano Vernice Top Handle Bag - I held a version of this in my hot little hands last week and fell in l-o-v-e.
10. Alexander McQueen perfection...the red is suede and the black is leather.....Large Heroine tote bag

Do you have a favorite?!

Monday, June 10, 2013

....the SUTRO BATHS of san francisco....THEN + NOW...!

When my mom came up a few weeks ago for Mother's Day (remember THIS?), I took the opportunity to take her on a little field trip to the Sutro Bath ruins here in San Francisco.  I had never really traipsed around them and this seemed like the perfect opportunity because my mom appreciates a visual + historical traipse as much as I do!

Completed and opened in 1896 the Sutro Baths were the world's largest indoor swimming facilities.  There were seven different swimming pools with six of the seven being salt water.  An elaborate and expensive recycling and pump system would fill the baths directly from the Pacific Ocean it was built directly on.

 photo 628x471_zps3f4bc31a.jpg

 photo Sutrobaths1896_zpsb440c153.jpg

 photo GOGA-2316-78c197-Interpretation-Negative-Collection-Cliff-House-and-Sutro-Baths-from-aboveWeb3_zpsbe20717e.jpg

 photo hb4q2nb39q-FID418_zps238009ea.jpg

 photo Untitled-17_zpsa6ddca68.jpg

Eventually the Sutro Baths became an ice skating rink until it burned down during demo in the later 1960's.  I wonder what the facilities would be like today if they were still standing?  I love that SF's mayor at the time - Adolph Sutro - had this vision which probably seemed so outlandish at the time, and made it happen.

 photo SutroBathsnorthampsouthelevationsSFPLBP-49-009_zps96cfe249.jpg

 photo Sutro-1_zps8737846f.jpg

 photo SUTRo-BaTHS_zpsfc77ab31.jpg

 photo sutro-baths-slide_zpse9992883.jpg

 photo postcard_30_sutro_baths_and_zpsc500f98a.jpg

 photo I0030300A_zps8a534739.jpg

 photo 1943_zpsba49b4b4.jpg
a photo from 1943

 photo Cliff_House_Skating_Rink_San_Francisco_CA_001_zps88d9ba9c.jpg

in its final ice rink days

Today the former baths site is open to the public and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

 photo A_zps84c816b8.jpg

 photo IMG_8852_zpsac215bf3.jpg

 photo IMG_8835_zps76ecd76c.jpg

 photo IMG_8815_zps4304c4d0.jpg

 photo IMG_8807_zpse99b4ed4.jpg

 photo IMG_8799_zps9375a1e4.jpg

 photo IMG_8810_zps10769377.jpg

 photo IMG_8793_zps4dfa311d.jpg

 photo IMG_8781_zps9a444712.jpg

 photo IMG_8774_zpsa2a0c195.jpg

 photo IMG_8771_zps9a295bdf.jpg

 photo IMG_8763_zpsa398da7d.jpg

 photo IMG_8756_zps15a5c478.jpg

 photo IMG_8787_zpsb835c612.jpg

 photo IMG_8775_zps51c65f33.jpg

 photo IMG_8822_zps3503178e.jpg
my mom voguing 

 photo IMG_8850_zpsdadfc0a6.jpg

 photo C_zps81e2e93c.jpg

And here are a couple design related items I sourced in a pinch based on the beautiful, illustrated poster depicting the baths when they first opened:

 photo SutroBathInspiration_zps4ab75588.jpg
1. industrial pendants made in the USA with white enamel shades
2. vintage inspired swim cap
3. large, arched mirror with antiqued mirror inset
4. framed, 1930's wool bathing suits
5. turquoise bistro bottles - set of 6
6. Grotto style shell-encrusted plaster urns on pedestals 
7. scooped rattan vine chair 
8. giant resin clam shell - love this look planted with succulents! 
(background color = Benjamin Moore's "Green Essence" #853)

all present photos by janel holiday interior design. all other photos from the world wide web.

I'll leave you with this classic Esther William's trailer from "Million Dollar Mermaid":

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

...featured on APARTMENT THERAPY....with a few photos that weren't published!

My husband and I were super excited to be featured on Apartment Therapy's running house tour section last week.  Did you catch it?  Click HERE to read the interview and check out the pics of our SF casa.

Apartment Therapy is a lifestyle blog focusing on interior design and was founded in 2004...which basically makes it one of the longest running ID focused blogs in the United States.  So to be on this site sharing our home in our first ever joint interview and effort was kinda a big deal to us.

 photo AThousetourfrontshot_zpsaf3942d1.jpg

We loved our photographer so much - Michele Lee Willson Photography - that I decided to run a few of the shots (most of which are "detail" shots of all our stuff) below that didn't make it to the AT feature.  Because we all know that well shot interiors are half the job.....enjoy!

 photo _MG_6168_zpsaa96ee10.jpg

 photo _MG_6183_zpsc6f3e3a2.jpg

 photo _MG_6196_zps9ab21b37.jpg

 photo IMG_0092_zps30d140bc.jpg

 photo IMG_0202_zps5718553f.jpg

 photo _MG_6488_zps16b9415f.jpg

 photo _MG_6283_zps0d664a38.jpg

 photo _MG_6279_zps8791ed94.jpg

 photo _MG_6244_zpsfc9db643.jpg

 photo _MG_6276_zpsc5702303.jpg

 photo _MG_6267_zps783d8148.jpg

 photo _MG_6245_zps3ee4fa6a.jpg

 photo _MG_6206_zps39aaef1a.jpg

 photo _MG_6252_zpsd48caae3.jpg

 photo _MG_6261_zps047c8f3b.jpg

 photo _MG_6250_zps871cae7f.jpg

 photo _MG_6270_zps129a31fb.jpg

 photo _MG_6264_zpsd64588b3.jpg

 photo IMG_0245_zpsfefc2a8d.jpg

 photo _MG_6487_zps430f8037.jpg

 photo _MG_6453_zpsda8017da.jpg

 photo _MG_6456_zps197d2529.jpg

 photo _MG_6444_zps8d41f1d1.jpg

 photo _MG_6445_zps7b2f9af0.jpg

 photo _MG_6406_zps06e6476b.jpg

 photo _MG_6417_zps06b1c29d.jpg

 photo _MG_6439_zps9b6726e3.jpg

 photo _MG_6408_zps49834867.jpg

 photo _MG_6356_zps7f99542a.jpg

 photo IMG_0413_zps5cdd3123.jpg

 photo _MG_6339_zpsab78f8af.jpg

 photo _MG_6345_zpsaad6b60f.jpg

 photo IMG_0360_zps3b5e9edb.jpg

 photo _MG_6331_zps2bb248d9.jpg

 photo _MG_6372_zps45bd58a7.jpg

 photo _MG_6311_zps8e581324.jpg

 photo _MG_6496_zps3830e6c9.jpg

All images above by Michele Lee Willson Photography.