Blogging is a luxury for me these days. I am recovering from a cold and my little one has been home with me, sick as well… This rarely happens with our busy schedules so we took full advantage of our time together. We baked, we planned for our Halloween costumes, read spooky stories, and had a lovely time watching (and re-watching) The Secret Life of Pets. It’s our new favorite feel-good movie! Have you seen it?
Turning on the news is painful… our thoughts and prayers go out to those that have lost everything during the aggressive Northern California fires, to the brave men and women that have been risking their lives trying to contain the fires. The amount of destruction in the beautiful Napa Valley is heartbreaking. Hundreds of homes, wineries and hotels are nothing but ashes… Please reach out and help in any way that you can!
The Sonoma home of textile designer Susan Snyder is in the middle of wine country and came to my mind these days…The images of how the home once stood is a countrepoint to the horror of what it is now. I can’t help but feel grateful and guilty at the same time for having the comforts of our home, a warm and familiar shelter at a time when so many have lost so much. But if anything, together we become stronger and with support all that is lost will be rebuilt. Lives are most precious, everything else can be replaced.
I found my modern… Published a few years ago in Veranda, the Sonoma home of Susan Snyder has been one of the few examples of modern design that I still keep for inspiration. It turns out there’s a stroke of modern in everyone. The place is stunning with simple yet striking bones. A few well placed sculptural details make the architecture stand out even more.
Camel and other earthy tones complement the all-white design. Mid-century-modern style furnishings, black and white modern art, leather and steel, wood and stone, Navajo blankets and wool dhurries – they all tell the story of a modern retreat that is equally chic and cozy. It is more modern that what I’m usually drawn to but if I were to design modern, this would be it …