Sunday, November 29, 2009

Castello di Reschio – Luxury in the Italian Countryside

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I’ve found my idea of heaven on earth.

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Where the stress and hustle of every day life somehow vanish in the mist of the morning.    Where your imaginings of the world float above you, unable to touch you.

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Where you can be as close to God (or whomever or whatever you believe in) as you want to.  Only the wind rustling through the orchard and the whistle of the trees signals the coming of change.

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Here on a mountaintop you can throw wishes up to the heavens and let the wind carries them to a place where decisions are made and the answers rain down on you if you are still enough to hear them.

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In the stillness of the moment, the low hum of the valley says “it will be ok”… “just breath.”

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When the clouds pass, sunshine will fill your face with a new hope for tomorrow, maybe new questions and hopefully new answers.

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You will sit and feast with new friends and look forward to your next drink, your next meal and your next conversation.

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You will finally find time to write that novel that’s been sitting in your drawer in pieces… waiting for you to put it together.

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Tea on the patio in the afternoon will be your ritual, as will showing up when you show up.

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Contemplating all your options, while breathing.  Just breathing.

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As we finally say goodnight, the sun begins to rise in the sky and  beckons us to start anew tomorrow.  Hope and faith guide you.

Castello di Reschio’s website here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Capella Cabo

I need a little getaway.  Life has been stressful and I want to start planning an ocean vacation where I can sit back with a lemon drop (my new favorite drink) in my hand, having a very attentive staff wait on my every need and slowly, methodically, breathe in the ocean air.

I think I found just the place.

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Capella Pedragal Residences and Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  I’ve never been to Mexico.  Never really had the desire, but, I find that it is calling to me now.

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Sitting by the pool during the day and watching the sunset in the evening with the warm ocean breezes blowing through my hair.

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Content to sleep in every morning while the breezes blow in through the  opening to the lanai and the sound of the waves lapping on shore wake me gently.

 

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Soaking in my free-standing tub until I’m ready to go get some fresh fruit for breakfast.

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Having breakfast on the patio with the waves crashing behind me.

 

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Meeting friends or lovers for drinks in the fabulous bar with the bartender who listens intently to everything I have to say (whether I’m making sense or not!)

 

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Then we move onto dinner overlooking the bay.    Acoustical music plays in the background as we enjoy our fresh seafood, our wine and our conversation.  We watch the marina bustle with activity and the noises of the city start to erupt in youthful play.

 

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We take an evening stroll hand-in-hand and as we talk about our dreams and desires, we throw wishes up to the moon.

 

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We have desert  in our own private cubby and enjoy the  extensive wine list. 

 

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Back to bed.  I vacilate back and forth between the downy softness of the bedding and the candle-lit patio that is protected with billowy sheets of linen.

 

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The lanai is alive with water splashing in rhythm to the ocean.

 

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The sunset await my arrival.  Anyone want to go with me?  :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Break Away

I’m taking a break from design today.

I wanted to post this video today for all those hurting souls out there who  need to spread their wings and fly.

Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway

(Was reminded of the song from Liberty Post blog.)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Property Worth Checking Out! – November 2009

I have to admit that I’m a bit of a voyeur when it comes to checking out other people’s homes.   I love seeing how people design and decorate their homes.  I love to see their choices in cabinetry, furniture and wall coverings.  I am interested in whether or not the interior decor matches the exterior architecture.  I wish for some of the design elements in my future homes.  I would like to start featuring some of the homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live that are currently for sale.  I don’t have any affiliation with the home owners or realtors.  

 

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

There is a signature estate in Hillsborough and for only $10,950,000 you get over 1.6 acres overlooking the Burlingame Country Club and San Francisco Bay views.   A cabana, full catering kitchen, and a wine cellar add the finishing touches to a setting that is second to none.

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

The entrance iron door is covered with trellised ivy and flanked by topiaries.   You enter the house and face a charming brick wall and tile floor.

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

The magnificent living room is so warm and cozy and my idea of a perfect gathering space with friends.   The features that make it perfect for me are the coffered ceilings, the wood flooring in the chevron pattern, the brick fireplace with the zen elements on the mantle, the black table lampshades throughout, the floor to ceiling drapery and the wood detailing throughout.

 

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

Dining Room with great gate leg table that looks like it is expandable.  Slipper chairs with nail head detailing in a beautiful camel color is the perfect compliment to the color of the room with the accent draperies that match the couches in the living room.  The fireplace and brick walls complete the look.

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

This kitchen has all the elements of an executive kitchen.  The professional appliances (is that a built-in rotisserie on the back wall?).  The cabinetry to match the oven/cooktop and the open French doors that let the fresh air in and the incredible smells from the kitchen out.

 A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

A vignette of a room in the house that has wonderful tile flooring, beautiful built-in cabinetry and incredible woodwork.

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

Another kitchen in the home.  The Sub-Zero wine cooler and personalized glass cabinet fronts are on my kitchen dream wish list!

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

No multi-million dollar home is complete without it’s own wine cellar.  Although I’ve seen wine cellars that I like more, this one gets the job done nicely.  I love the iron-based table with the marble top!

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

A library room for relaxing.  Notice the iron railing above and the fireplace on the left.  There is lots of light that comes into this space making it the perfect place to while away the afternoon with a good book.

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

The master bedroom features dark wood floors, a multi-colored chandelier and a dark ceiling.  The cassone at the end of the bed is magnificent.   The drapery is a bit outdated, but that’s easily remedied.

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

The master bath features a nice soaking tub and a very clean aesthetic throughout.   I would throw in a nice rug to give the room a little warmth.

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

Another bedroom in the home has an a-frame ceiling, which allows for a tall four-poster bed.   You can see that some of the house has been updated and other rooms have not.  Here the chandelier needs to be larger and the carpet needs to be upgraded.  Again, easy fixes.

A Signature Estate in Hillsborough

Finally, the backyard boasts a huge patio area with firepit and swimming pool with checkered lawn.  It’s a bit busy to the eye looking down on them together, but I’m sure when you are in the spaces separately, they are quite nice.

The property can be seen at Sotheby's International Realty.

I hope you enjoyed this months property tour!  I’ll pick out new properties for you to view each month.

Have a wonderful week!

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