Oh the Luxury!

It feels luxurious to ...
 1.  take a bubble bath and
2.  have the space in my bathroom for actual furniture!
We've had bathrooms in the past that only one person could squeeze into(like in Paris, yeah, what a hardship).
 I am trying out this Bergere chair from another room in here.

Remember what the tub looked like before?  
More about the remodel HERE.

Notice the ceramic handle on the sprayer is missing?  It fell apart after just a year. So, it's in dispute with Restoration Hardware.  When I called them, using the Chez Vous Home business account, they said "Hey, you are a good customer."  But that was three weeks ago!
Here's Rocky as a puppy 13 years ago on our, 
very stylish at the time, denim window seat in the kitchen.  I had lots of blue and white going on then...still popular!
try THIS...almost but not quite :)
I bought this hand towel at Home Goods 
and other good ones at Target.

Other news...here is the tidy corner of my office.  It would ruin the mystique if I showed you the floor.

What kind of serious business do you think some of
these contract(read: super durable)fabrics are for? 
I will show you soon.

Just a reminder that if you have an empty vase, to go out and get some greenery from your garden (especially at this time of year.
 I have thought about painting the interior of this marble topped bookcase.  But it is a Napoleon III, circa 1860-1880.  We bought it when we lived in Paris.  I added shells to try to lighten it up.  What do you think?

Don't forget about the give-away 
for this fine thing HERE.
Drawing on July 3.

Participating in
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground 
Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage


Great Summer Gifts and Beach Tote Give-away!

Hooray for Summer!  Such a fun time of year for us in 
Newport Beach and Mammoth Lakes, California.

Here are some gifts to make you and/or your hostess smile.
How cute is this well-made bag from 
details like the stitching and checked liner???  
Our son has a summer job at the local store.
   You should have this to kick off your summer so keep reading.

You can find more cute tote bags from Etsy at Sixth Street Design School here.

A hostess gift is really nice when it is personalized.
These melamine trays are fun by the pool and there are lots of other cute patterns.
We gave these frosted plastic cups with the shell to our
friends for letting us stay in their Awesome Beach Penthouse.  

 Fine Stationary has some great personalized paper guest napkins.
You can also find a good selection at The Stationary Studio.

How about these pretty napkins for a colorful dinner outside?  Or...

I always love fresh dishtowels.

 My cousin, a recent house guest, gave us these delicious teas from Starbucks.

When I am at garage sales or flea markets, I look for silver spoons
... to wrap with tea or jam, like delicious French Bonne Maman,
 available at many grocery stores.  

Take a box of chocolates...especially if it is local brand that your host doesn't have.  This box of
 See's candies only looked like this for about 30 seconds after we opened it (thank you, Billy).

This pitcher from Anthropologie would be a sweet present to give filled with 
fresh lemons and a recipe card...

Not complicated, just
follow me via Facebook, email subscription 
or Google 
and tell me you are with a comment below...
for a chance to win this Vineyard Vines tote.

Make sure I have your email address.

Happy Summer everyone and 
thanks for reading!
PS.  If you get this on Facebook or email and do not know how to comment, click on the 
# COMMENTS  below and leave an anonymous message with your email address!
My sister said Mitt Romney is giving these away too...he copied me.

Participating in
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You


Is Industrial For You?

My friend, Annie from Lovely Things and I spent our "last hurrah" the other morning checking out industrial home goods at  RJ Imports in San Juan Capistrano, California.  Annie is moving to Connecticut soon.
A bit of the industrial look can add some "edge" and texture to make things feel up to date.   
   I had borrowed a couple of RJ Imports cement pots from Debbie for the Better Homes and Gardens shootOne accidentally broke.  So, I wanted to replace it (it's the one in the upper right corner).
 This is a cool vignette. I like the sparkle of these glass wine bottles below.

We are using some industrial counter stools like these for a client's new kitchen.  
These,from Restoration Hardware, are easy to sit on, sturdy and do not require pulling out like some heavy arm chair types.
Or, this one from Wisteria.

My linen counter stools, from Halo Styles, have a bit of an industrial feel with the weathered legs.
 And we have two of these steel and wooden baker's racks from Dovetail in our kitchen.
RJ Imports is where I bought my zinc topped patio table four years ago.
 Speaking of our patio...look at the rebirth of my neglected hydrangeas...
I got choked up saying good bye to Annie.  We know each other's frustrations with the technical aspects of blogging and I admire her design aesthetic "live simply, live beautifully."  
Au revoir, Annie.

Anyway, we have a bit of "Industrial Chic" going on in our house...counter stools, patio table, baker's racks.
How about you? 
 Any industrial in your home?

Participating in 

Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here

Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence