Saturday, July 5, 2014

Our Back Garden Nearly Complete!


No we haven't fallen off the grid :), although I'm thinking that sounds pretty good right about now.  My real job has me working very long days and we have been equally busy on the house projects since my last post.

But enough of that, let's get to the good stuff- Our back garden is nearly complete- Let's take a look-

We both love relaxing outside and wanted to create the feel of an open air room. Our back garden is quite large so we created separate areas for gardening, grilling and relaxing with a glass of wine.

The oak trees create the most beautiful canopy so this space was perfect for "chillin" at the end of the day and on weekends.  An outside music system was installed and is great when entertaining, or we hang out just listening to the seals bark down at the beach and the birds swooping through the trees. It's sooo relaxing!


The old copper vessel, crusty french doors and mantle added that touch of rustic charm that instantly transformed this space, and how I loved shopping for all this too :)!

A small garden area was fenced with grape stakes. The pillar in the center with the sun dial was left here by the prior owners.  We have incorporated many little treasures like that back into the landscape here.

I haven't planted too much in here yet, just a bit of rosemary for now.

The grilling area is not finished yet. We are building a built in BBQ grill and bar area  that will be next to a very large apple tree.  So more photos will follow within the next several weeks on this project.

This was quite a transformation. A few before photos are below. This is what the same space looked like when we moved in. This is the area under the trees-

and this is where the fenced garden is now-  See the pillar with the sundial lol!

and by the way- our very own little superman loves this back garden too :)


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Our Bathroom Renovation is Complete!

 Finally!!  Our bathroom renovation is complete. We managed to finish right before our guests arrived for the Easter holiday.

 I painted the pine sink base and Tom tiled the top with the same tumbled stone we used in the shower and on the floor.

I purchased the sink base from an antique store last year.  It looked like this back then....

Like the rest of our home,we chose creamy beige tones, rustic beams and touches of green.

We also elected to go with a shower only rather than the tub shower combination that was originally there.

We raised the ceiling and added a few rustic beams

and the walls are cloaked in the same beautiful limestone plaster we are using throughout the rest of the home.

Now, for all the horrible before photos. This was the original 1960's bath minus the three layers of wallpaper I scraped off the walls! Ugh.

We let the dust settle over the Easter holiday while our sweet little Mason came to visit-

He is getting to be such a big boy now :)

Next week a contractor and crew will start on our backyard landscape project while inside Tom is busy getting ready to plaster our guest bedroom and hallway. I am choosing fixtures, sinks, tub etc., for the master bath and bedroom remodel which is up next.  I'm so excited, the inside is almost finished!!

I'll post more of the progress soon.  Thank you for following along :)!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Rustic and Sophisticated Venue in Carmel Valley

There are few places here on the Monterey peninsula that rival the serene beauty of Pebble Beach, and the charm of Carmel by the Sea, but thirty minutes into the rustic foothills of Carmel Valley lies a gorgeous estate and vineyard turned "venue" that is one of the most beautiful backdrops for an outdoor wedding.

This is Holman Ranch and Vineyards
Scott Campbell Photography

Yes, a wedding has been added to our busy to do list!  One of our twin daughters will be married in the summer of 2015 and this beautiful venue has been chosen to gather and celebrate with family and friends.

In a word, this place is "special".  Have a look.  I took the following photos while viewing the property recently:

The spanish  hacienda was constructed of carmel stone and is nestled amongst beautiful  gardens and mature oaks.

Originally built in 1928 the estate even served as an exclusive retreat for many Hollywood celebrities.

Its hard to imagine this estate could look more beautiful than this, but I've seen the photos of the gardens in spring and summer and it is absolutely stunning.

The large lawn area is a perfect place for a wedding ceremony

The terrace would be lovely for serving cocktails after a ceremony

Tom taking it all in-

This courtyard is beyond words.  A perfect spot for taking photos of a beautiful bride.

This rose garden courtyard is for seating a large group of guests for dinner

The interior of the estate remains true to it's hacienda style incorporating a perfect blend of rustic wood, iron fixtures and plenty of leather furniture.

The pool sits just below the ceremony lawn and even includes a small gym inside the cabana.

While the vines at this time in winter are dormant, they are lush and green by springtime.

For more information, history and photos, I've provided a link to Holman Ranch here. 

Wish me luck in the wedding planning as 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy year for me!!
Take Care,

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Courtyard updates at the beach house!

Hello!  Having enjoyed some real down time over the holiday, we extended our little break and savored every weekend of free time in January.  Beach walks with the dogs, and time with family and friends were the only things on our immediate to do list.  Yay!!!  Well besides our real jobs :).

It's been awhile since I've shared any updates from our Pebble Beach home, but it's where the majority of our projects will be for the next six months or so. 

Our courtyard has a few updates-

The galvanized lantern hangs from an old beam we purchased from our friends at American Barn & Wood.  I plan to plant wisteria around the beam in the spring.

 It should look nice by  the existing wisteria on the arbor over our front entry.  Its already starting to sprout and  should be in beautiful bloom  by April

Tom finished the grape stake fencing around the entire courtyard.   Do you like our little charlie brown pine tree?  It may eventually  be transplanted in the back garden, but for now it kind of anchors the corner of our driveway.

 We added a few cobblestone borders around some of the planting areas. The taller cobblestone retaining walls were actually built by the original owners.

 and I've added a few french garden pieces. I can't wait to do more spring planting in here soon.

We are remodeling our hall bathroom now and I plan share more of that progress soon as well.

As for the barn house....

The barn house has a few new occupants at the moment so progress there has been sidelined for the short term, but I assure you its all good!

Our little grandson Mason and his parents moved back to California and are living in the barn house for now

 He spent his first birthday with us at the beach.   A warm sunny weekend in January. I know, crazy weather but I loved every minute of it :)

 So sweet!

and now you know what we've been up to:)  Life is good!   I'll be back soon with photos and progress on our bathroom makeover.  Take Care!

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