Blue, White and A Ballard Bookcase, Before and After

What a jolt we had at 3:20 am Sunday morning!  Our building swayed and creaked loudly.  But, we were not harmed and didn't have any damage from the earthquake.  Later that day, I went to my client's home to do some decorating.
 My client is a teacher (school just started yesterday) and has lots of books, art and inherited family pieces.  She wants to have a less formal but pulled together look in her living room.  The above is a tough wall as it's so long.

The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan and the Ballard Tuscan Flush Bookcase gives a bit of weight here. 
We will have the book cases attached together for a more built-in look (the look is good for a fairly reasonable price). But, I went ahead and styled the bookcase since it will be a while until the handyman comes (we are compiling a list for him).  Notice the board and batten back.
After surveying her home, I pulled accessories with a Chinoiserie look.  When the bookcases were styled, we hung art templates on both sides.
Rough spacing...I like to eyeball it.

 Decorating with what you already own!
There is more in store for this room...some updated furniture and pillows (but keeping some antiques). 
and after...
Thanks so much for your concern following the earthquake. Sending warm wishes to our neighbors in the Napa area.


Random Late Summer Happenings

Yes, summer in SF is a little cool/foggy...so I treated myself to candles from the grocery store and put them on the mantel.

The people at the Williams Sonoma test kitchen (right down the hill) were thinking the same thing and this "Summer In San Francisco Comfort Food" was on their Instagram.
This is the view from my friend's place.  We started our walk here near Union Square and went over to Coit Tower.   See the tower in the center way in the distance?  That's it.

Lots of stairs...

This was our view from Coit Tower.

Below is where we then headed up…  to Russian Hill, back where I live.  But first we stopped in North Beach (the Italian section) for coffee (and water).  
San Francisco is a fun place to walk!

My friend, JoAnn gave us lots of ripe cherry tomatoes from her garden.  So, I made this easy Bruschetta Appetizer.
  • Toss tomatoes with coarsely chopped garlic, salt and pepper and olive oil.
  • Roast in preheated 325 degree oven for about an hour 
  • Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with more salt to taste
  • Serve on toasted baguette slices, garnished with basil, parsley or mint
The mixture would also be good on chicken or fish.

Have you seen The One Hundred Foot Journey movie, yet?  We really loved it.  Makes me want to cook Indian food.
The trailer is here.

Dana's family room just got a 
refurbished chair in this durable fabric.

Luciane, from Homebunch features our SF apartment here.
I love following her on Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!!!