We recently went to California to visit my husband's family for his parents' wedding anniversary. We first flew into San Francisco and met my brother and sister-in-law, Heather. I was really in for a treat, spending several days of our trip out shopping for the house and enjoying California style!!! Heather had wonderful surprises in store, introducing me to her fabulous friends, Maureen and Delores. Delores writes the blog, Vignette Design, that always showcases amazing tablescapes! It's always fun getting to meet the people behind design blogs - I loved getting to learn all her clever tricks for creating fun designs for entertaining.
That's me in the middle with Delores, Maureen on the left and Heather on the right, enjoying our lunch. Can you imagine how hard it's been going on beach vacations with beautiful Heather for the past 25 years!? Well, she is as sweet as she is beautiful and is like a true sister to me.
After lunch, we couldn't resist the temptation to take a peek of upcoming trends at the Pottery Barn flagship store next door to the restaurant. I love these vintage hotelware pieces - or copies of them - that were all reasonably priced. They reminded me of some pieces I had purchased years ago from the Houston Club, a historic club in Houston that closed down. I bought monogrammed table cloths, old bowls and creamers, and silver-plated serving pieces! Delores, ahead of the curve, already has a wonderful collection of her own, saying that they're perfect for mixing and matching. Delores is known for her thoughtful layering of various elements, a trend that's certainly all the rage these days.
I thought these would be so cute for a holiday dinner. Going shopping with Delores was wonderful because she noticed many things I wouldn't have. For instance, she pointed out that framed photographs are now being displayed straight on rather than at an angle like all of mine are!
After our shopping excursion, Delores invited us back to her beautiful home, built in 1906.
Delores, who is passionate about landscape design too, had these wonderful purple Princess Plants all around her home. She thinks they should grow in Houston so I'm going to give it a try. The way the petals had fallen to the ground, it looked like she had pulled out the purple carpet for us!!!
Here's Delores with her adorable dog, Dexter, in the sun-filled breakfast area. SO CUTE!! I love the large windows that pour tons of great natural light into the home!
Even when not setup for a party, Delores' dining room is nicely accessorized! Her style is traditional but with an English cottage appeal. "I try to honor the original style of the house," says Delores. " I always thought that a lived-in, layered look was appropriate for a home this old."
Her dish collection is wonderful! Since she loves to entertain, she searches for unique dinnerware that will make each party one of a kind. Delores scours antique malls, ebay, estate sales, even garage sales to find her vintage pieces.
Concentrating primarily on dinner plates, Delores typically doesn't collect entire sets. But she has accumulated over 20 different patterns! Just like her home, it's all about layering the different pieces together!
Besides setting the most beautiful tables around, she's created this welcoming outdoor space. With the lovely San Francisco weather, it was so fun sitting outside and taking it all in!!! San Francisco dwellers love to use succulents as accessories like the one in this fun pot.
Delores' green thumb is definitely evident in this lush oasis. She plants things that don't need a lot of maintenance. Roses, lavender, Mexican sage, boxwood, azaleas, hydrangeas and Japanese maples are some of her favorites.
This country chic gingham chair is where Delores writes about tablescapes, landscaping and all the wonderful things she discovers! She shoots all of her own amazing photos featured on Vignette Design, saying that the Tamron lens on her camera makes all the difference in the world. I just got one and will let you know how it works!!
I've included some of my favorite tablescapes that Delores has set for various parties. I find them so enchanting! And her blog's filled with many more!! This one is a fisherman's luncheon - notice the fish theme carried out in the plates, on the basket and in the decorative accessories.
A Tuscan-inspired table featuring a wonderful warm palette and some rustic, age-old pieces.
A Provencal tablescape accented with lavender and a country floral look.
I love the beautiful farm fresh ingredients and natural fabrics used for this "Summer's Bounty Table."
An autumn tablescape that's just perfect for Thanksgiving!
This is such a fun, eclectic mix of paisley, tartan and leopard elements - again it's all about layering!
What a great ideas!! Stenciling guests names on upholstery welting and the way she presented the forks for this book club tablescape!!!
And of course Delores brought out the wine and cheese! Thanks, Delores, for sharing you and your home! You were such a wonderful hostess! Don't forget to check out Delores' blog, Vignette Design - I feel that it's a real treat, especially for those of you who love to entertain!
Thanks to all that I met at Roundtop at the Marburger Farm Antique Show!! So fun meeting people from all over the country and receiving such a warm reception to Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors!! I did some heavy shopping myself and my two rooms I am redecorating hopefully will be finished soon for their unveiling!! I also will do a blog on some wonderful vendors and my favorite picks from the fair!! Look for my article in Antique Shops and Designers magazine on how refinishing furniture. It's a great magazine if you don't get it!! Next week we have a real treat-- A beautiful New Orleans influenced home!!
Have a great week and keep praying for rain for us Texans!!