The Barlow for the Holidays

As all of us know, the wine country of Napa and Sonoma, has been hard-hit by fires as well as floods over the past several years. One thing that is most helpful for the area, is to visit to help boost the economy and revive the shops, wineries, restaurants, and hotels there.

A perfect day trip from the Bay Area, is to The Barlow in Sebastopol. Our family loves nothing more than a day trip or adventure. The Barlow is the old cannery row that’s been transformed into a destination filled with shopping, food, breweries, and more. I first began visiting The Barlow to visit one of my favorite stores – Elsie Green. They are one of my go-to places to find items for my projects as well as my own home.

What I began to realize, is just how much more The Barlow has to offer. You can stalk up on your favorite natural and organic products at the worker-run Community Market. Also stop by for flowers and plants at California Sister Floral. And Scout West County is a modern version of a general store and carry a vast array of ceramics, art, and ethical objects – there is something for everyone in the family. I loved the kids section as well as the women’s sweaters that were perfect for chilly weather.

If you want incredible sushi, consider eating at Kosho – the design is stunning and the food is amazing. I’m still day-dreaming about the miso soup and sushi we had! For Mexican, Barrio is yummy and takes me back to when I lived in Mexico City. Pick up a juice for the ride home at The Nectary and if you have a sweet tooth they even have an ice cream at Two Dog Night Creamery.

Sometimes it’s overwhelming to know how you can help an area hard hit. One definite way is to simply return. I hope you have a chance to visit The Barlow in Sebastopol this season – it’s the perfect spot to take the entire family.

Travel Home Goes to Texas

We had a big Texas welcome for our book signing events in Dallas and Austin a few weeks ago. When we stepped off of the plane, we could hear “Jolene” played by a country western band and we knew we were going to have a great time! It was so special to see friends and also meet new friends at both events.

In Dallas, we had a wonderful event in the historic Aldophus hotel that my friend, Joslyn Taylor and the firm Swoon Studio decorated. It’s a gem and I dream of those mosaic floors in the lobby. The book signing was at Shop Commerce and was hosted by Joslyn Taylor and Samantha Reitmayer Sano. Of course, we found time to also shop – they had such a lovely curated selection of items! I bought gifts for the kiddos and my mom bought a turn-of-the-century engraved gold locket. We stayed with Joslyn and her wonderful family and were just gasping at the beautiful oasis she had created!

The next day we jumped into the car and drove from Dallas to Austin for our next signing that evening. My close friend, Camille Styles, hosted us at her home in Austin. The house sits on the top of a hill that overlooks Austin and the Colorado River, which feeds into Lake Austin. With glass walls in the living room that can be entirely opened, it felt as if we could see the entire horizon stretched out below us. We had another incredible signing with such interesting people. About halfway through the event, a tremendous thunderstorm hit and we watched as the sky lit up. It was an evening we won’t quickly forget! You can see more photos from that event over on Camille’s site.

Now we need to plan a longer trip so we can actually spend more time exploring!

Photography from Camille event by Ashleigh Amoroso

October Moodboard

After a month of constant travel celebrating the launch of Travel Home I’m excited to enjoy time at home with family. October felt as though I blinked and came and went. I wanted to share a little moodboard that’s been inspiring me this month.

October is one of the those months where I’m expecting a transition but every year it ends up feeling more like summer. San Francisco gets warm weather, we extend our summer wardrobe reluctantly and crave for the fall crispness to fill the air. I’m excited for the new season to arrive and for us start having those cozy moments at home where the days are shorter. Is that weird? Maybe it’s because I’ve been traveling so much and crave being in my home.

What are y’all looking forward to as a new month approaches us?