Plenty of Design Inspiration in Sonoma California

I finally made it wine country this summer! Having a little boy its difficult to get away on an adult vacation, but we roped in my mom and packed our bags, even booking a flight at the last minute instead of driving. Sonoma was even better than I imagined and there was so much that I loved and can use as design inspiration, from the simple lifestyle to the earthy (but still vibrant) color palette. Growing up in Michigan we are used to heading “up north” during the summers, it’s all very relaxed and casual. Sonoma had all of that and more, you could definitely feel the California vibe. I also hadn’t been to San Francisco in ages so it was great to revisit that as well.

My favorite winery was the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, yes like the hotub! The Jacuzzi was actually named after this family. You can read their bio here and see their amazing winery.

Jacuzzi Family Vineyard
Jacuzzi Winery Back Patio

Besides ‘hitting’ up the wineries I also stumbled upon a few neat restaurants and discovered a couple of new things about my own taste.

“I discovered I like that California country side for its design inspiration, and I can’t get enough of the amazing landscaping.”

I didnt really have a word for it and had a hard time trying to describe it, even to myself. But the wildflower look with grasses, lavender and some rose bushes thrown in, pretty much sums it up. Its that natural earthy feel with a round softness to it and the earthy tones with pops of color like lavender.

Autumn skies & landscapes

Sonoma really had a country feel to it that I am all about. Not like the mid-west country that I’m used to, but country with an effortless cool factor. We stopped at a great place for lunch, Sunflower Cafe. The back patio was covered in greanery with pops of orange and yellow sunflowers, of course. Very effortless but also trendy at the same time.

Sunflower Cafe in Sonoma, CA
Sunflower Cafe

We also took a hike and found ourselves underneath a canopy of redwoods. I felt like I was on a movie set. Its so interesting to me how northern California is SO different than southern California. The light is cooler, the colors are cooler and of course the weather is cooler. In Southern California everything has a warmer look and feel to it, and the landscaping is very different as well

Of course the best part was spending time with my husband and best friends!

Me & my hubby <3
My best friends

The whole trip was super charming and I cannot wait to visit again! Plus, I’m almost out of wine 🙂


Blue & White Baby Shower... For A Girl?

Yes, this baby shower is for a girl!  I belong to an amazing moms group here in the San Gabriel Valley and a few of us decided to throw a “Sprinkle” for a good friend of ours.  Not a full blown baby shower because this is her second baby, but something small where we can all share in her excitement of finally having a girl!!!!  I know my photos aren’t great, but I hope it gives you an idea of how it all came together.  I am also not a gardener but I do have to pat myself on the back for miraculously makeing my roses and flowers look gorgeous.  They all seemed to bloom at once and my backyard eneded up being the perfect setting.

The Baby Shower, from conception to completion

I have never been a big pink fan but I have fallen in LOVE with Navy and pink (thanks to Caitlin Wilson), it’s so classic and mature with just the right touch of feminine.  So how did we end up on navy and pink for the baby shower?  I wanted to use real dishes and silverware instead of paper so I worked with what I had.  I own a set of 8 blue and white chinoiserrie appetizer plates.  The guest of honor also happens to love blue and white as well, so this was our starting point.  I also redid all of my outdoor furniture earlier this year and it happened to be in blue and white, so without even trying we had our girly version of a blue and white theme for this baby shower!

I love flowers, so that item was one of the most important aspects to the baby shower decor. We used blue Hydrangeas as the center piece and purchased them for a steal at Trader Joe’s. Then I wrapped some natural colored bulap around the base and tied it with two ribbons, one in a solid raspberry color and the other a light pink and white gingham check. To pull in some more pink we used light pink paper cups as well as rapspberry and white polka dotted paper napkins. To carry on the gingham idea I made water bottle labels with the phrase “Oh Baby!” and used a cute pink and white gingham paper that I just cut into strips. I also labeled all of the drinks and food with the same gingham paper so everyone would know what was being served. The final touches of pink were in the vases of flowers that I placed on the food table and coffee table in front of the settee. It was all very simple and elegant.

T he other moms and I throwing the baby shower all chipped in to make the food. We served and egg dish, a french toast dish, ginger iced tea, pink lemonade, watermelon skewers and a berry fruit salad with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. For desert we had amazing cupcakes from Dots, everything was delicious!

Everyone knows that a mom with one child is always busy, but adding a second child to the family makes it even harder, so we decided to purchase some Thank You cards and stamp the envelopes for the mom to be. Then everyone at the party was instructed to fill out an envelope with thier name and address. The guest of honor loved it because all she had to do was write the actual thank you!

Ducky Duo Princess from Tiny Prints

I haven’t planned a party since my wedding, and I have never thrown a baby shower before, so I felt a little rusty. There were a couple of things I would have added to the party, but all in all it turned out great. You can check out the other baby shower ideas on my Pinterest “Party Board”with some of the other ideas I was considering.