Now that the colder days are (finally) here, we’re all thinking warm colors and cozy decor. I’m way behind with my pumpkins and mums this year, not to mention I can’t find our Halloween props, so instead today’s fall design inspiration comes from an 1850s farmhouse in upstate New York, decorated by the talented duo of Tilton Fenwick. This project was recently published in House Beautiful and it has a little bit of everything- color, enveloping prints, fun fabrics that work all year-long, but are particularly fitted for the colder months. Like this living room below, with an orange velvet sofa that would keep me hostage for weeks. With a good book, a warm  cup of tea and the roaring fire… ahh, the good life!

Cafe Design | Tilton Fenwick | Living Room Sofa

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It’s no secret that Sarah Bartholomew is one my favorite ladies in design. I admire her style and her Nashville home in particular, which is superb. I’m sure many of you are familiar with her work so for today’s post I thought it would be fun to dissect the details of her…laundry room! It’s one of the many great rooms in her home and the most stylish laundry space I’ve ever seen published.

Cafe Design | Dream laundry

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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.

Cafe Design | Susan Snyder 0

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With his signature blue and white palette, Mark D. Sikes decorates a wonderful beach house … It seems like every other week brings a new post about the work of LA designer Mark Sikes. It may sound repetitive to some, but I just can’t help it!

One of my favorite projects featured on Sikes’ portfolio and in his first book, Beautiful, is an ample Spanish colonial style beach front home in Montecito. Despite the classic architecture, the interiors are anything but stuffy. The clients desired a beach getaway that exudes an easy, indoor-outdoor lifestyle and Sikes was, obviously, the perfect fit! Natural textures, rattan, bamboo and abaca rugs, Anglo-Indian bone-inlayed furnishings, stripes and a medley of exotic textiles were a sure way to create a dream ocean retreat.

Cafe Design | Montecito | Exterior

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I’m down with a cold but wanted to check in and wish you all a pleasant holiday weekend! I’m sure we all need the downtime! Also, I can’t help showing you a gorgeous find in case you’re not on Instagram… I came across this lovely kitchen from a few years ago and realized I still love it down to the last detail. Every six months to a year I go through my inspiration files and trim the ones I no longer find, well… inspiring. It’s always interesting to look at those that stand the test of time! After all, that’s the meaning of good design.


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