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Remodeling That House? Part 2

We made it through those 10+ months of renovation hell. The construction guys were super sweet, taking care of the children, cleaning up every day after the construction was very difficult. Here were the results of all the hard work…Front  We sure did love our house in Oakland, California. We lived in the beautiful are of Rockridge, in Oakland, California. We opted for this wrought iron gate around the house. It was stepped back at the entrance. Everyone had a hand in the choices of the fence. My daughter picked out the hearts, her favorite shape. My son picked out the baskets in the center panels of each part of the gate. 40630040_1_2

Living roomThis was the living room with Bradburry and Bradbury  walloper on the ceiling.

40630040_5_2The living room looking into the dining room.

40630040_14_2The backyard looking at the house.

40630040_21_2   The vanity area upstairs.  40630040_11_2 Another view of the backyard. 40630040_12_2Obviously, we loved the yard.

40630040_25_1Upstairs chandelier.  40630040_10_2Kitchen with eat in kitchen. 40630040_9_2Another view of the kitchen. There were 4 full bedrooms, and an office upstairs and in the basement. As well as an area downstairs for laundry, and sitting room.

Collections and Obsessions, Design, Galleria, Happiness Project

Collections and Obsessions…Limoges Boxes

in the casket Each one the boxes are hand painted in France. The Limoges brand has been around for ages. It all began in the 1700’s. The first boxes held needles, because they were so expensive and rare. Even today, it is a custom of the “old world” to give back any needles that were given to you. If you utilize your needles on something that needs to be hemmed, the seamstress will give each one back to the owner if they are from the “old world”. The superstition is…if one keeps the needles of someone else, they become bad luck.

Any way, the box above, holds tiny bottles. They may at one time held perfume. casket These little beauties are fired multiple times, and at a tempeture of 1400 degrees.

mail boxHere is a mailbox with a tiny letter inside…


CafeEspresso machine

hear, see, say These three cats I purchased from one of our favorite antique stores in the SF Bay Area. They were being sold separately, but how could I purchase just one?

Burberry bag I own a Burberry bag just like this one, so it was a must for my collection.

suitcaseYep, Louis Vuitton!

LV pet bagL. V. pet carrier, with no hesitation. Just look at the detail of the animals.

IMG_5878 Tiny works of art

IMG_5875Work of art that is butterflies…

fish bowlFish bowl, and a birdcage IMG_5877

shopping Shopping bag, and when it is opened, it reveals a handbag.  mask A venetian mask, since it is yet another obsession of mine. Yep, I have problems. piano This is a piano, with gilded gold. These are just some of my favorite ones. It would be too embarrassing to show all of them.

What kind of collections do you own?


Designs For My Daughter

When I was looking through some photos I ran across some photos of rooms of our old house, and I thought I would share some of the photos.

My daughter loved ballet, and took ballet when she was younger. I wanted the children to choose what kind of art they wanted in their rooms, so their room evolved as they grew.

She picked the color, and the curtains. I found the Capodimonte chandelier at an antique store, and the little lampshades were purchased at Ballard Design. The crown above her bed was purchased at Horchow. Some of the pairings that hung in her room were commissioned from various artists. I loved the thought of buying real art for her room instead of posters since the art is something that she could use as an investment when she is older. She could also decide to keep them, and decorate her own home when she gets older.IMG_4738   IMG_2686

Here are some photos of Audrey Hepburn. Our family watched several movies starring a younger Audrey…IMG_2691Here is her collection of American Girl Dolls, books, and small collectables she “found” in antique stores.IMG_0711Her private sanctuary, her desk with all her favorite things surrounding her. IMG_0712The bed with her crown above the bed.The matching nightstands are from an antique store, and the clock is from Germany.  IMG_0333Finally, there was a doll revolt, and this happened…IMG_0050Allowing your children to be involved in the design and decor of their room makes the room special for them to come home to everyday. It is their space in the house. It should be a one of kind, just like them.