Fourth of July in Our New Home

Howard, Tommy and I were feeling 
sorry for ourselves for not being in 
Newport Beach this year for the Fourth of July.

So, we woke up early and headed to the beach.  
No traffic at 7:30 am!
First stop, was Santa Cruz
where we watched the World Cup with a 
foggy view of the ocean.

But then...the fog cleared and
we went north to the charming town of Half Moon Bay.
It's filled with cute shops like Abode.

Fun candles.  I think this may be a Ballard Designs chair as I recognize the fabric.
It's comfortable!
has cool garden accessories and
aromatic teas.
The clay pot and saucer were $14 and 
my purchase was simply and 
artfully wrapped by the owner.
It's a pretty drive back to San Francisco.
But first we made a quick stop for $3.50/a bunch dahlias 
(just picked that morning from the field behind the stand), 
baby artichokes and fragrant peaches.

Nice treat on my desk!

The new plant (I added moss)
is in Tommy's room...
I'm almost finished decorating it.

Here is the before photo...it was a tough one!
But I like it now (so does Tommy).  
Just waiting for a couple things before I show you.

from the fruit stand for dessert.
Here it is ready to go in the oven
There were fireworks over the Bay...
the fog had rolled back in though and
partially obstructed our view.
But it was a great Fourth of July 
(even though we missed family 
and friends in Southern California)...
we made the best of what our new home has to offer!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day! I'm intrigued with that peek of headboard - is it pillow ticking?

  2. I love Santa Cruz and it's quaint stores. My son lives in Los Gatos so he take me driving all over when I go up for a visit. I will be up there for my Bady the end of July.
    Your dessert looks wonderful and I bet it tasted so good. Glad that you had a wonderful 4th even though you weren't here in So CA.
    Have a great rest of the weekend.

  3. Sounds like a fun day and I adore your dessert. Looks delicious.

  4. Yep, sounds like you had fun even if not in Newport Beach. The dessert looks awesome!

  5. Your galette looks fabulous!

  6. It's hard when the tradition is broken and you're away from family and friends. It looks like you had a great day with shopping, flowers, and dessert!

  7. It's hard to form a new routine. I love that you just got in the car and tried something new. Half Moon Bay is one of my favorite spots. I love all the built-ins and can't wait to see you style them.

  8. Looks like a lovely day! I must make that galette! I know it is hard when you are use to being at the beach on the 4th but you created a new tradition! ox

  9. Some friends and I are headed to Sonoma in October. We would love to know any favorite places to eat, things to see in San Fransico or the surrounding area! Thoughts?

    1. I learning my way around myself…but I am starting a Bay Area interest board that you can check!

  10. What a wonderful way to spend the fourth and you got gorgeous flowers for your office. Can't wait to see Tommy's room - lots of bookcases to style…

  11. Mary Ann,
    It is so great that in California you can just take off down the coast to so many exciting places!
    Great finds and I must make the peach and blueberry galette (a favorite dish of Andrea's )!

    The Arts by Karena

  12. Looks like you made the most of your 4th on the West Coast!

    x Lily

  13. Nothing like making lemonade out of lemons and what a fun day you ended up having. Love the snippet of Tommy's room and can't wait to see the finished project! Always fun to see what you are up to....Cali is sooo beautiful!

  14. It looks like an amazing day to me! Your photos are spectacular!!

  15. That sounds like a simply wonderful way to spend the 4th, Mary Ann! Cheers to adventures new!

  16. My brother lives in Santa Cruz and lives near the beach. When we visit, I always take some time to visit some of the charming shops. I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend!

  17. Mary Ann-
    You always make the best of everything! I am happy that he had a great day and found some wonderful treats.

  18. What a great post. I always enjoy those week/day in review posts. It seems like you had a nice and relaxing day. Love the beautiful and colorful flowers. I am looking forward to the room reveal!

    Dagmara @http://glamistahome.blogspot.com/

  19. Glad you had a great 4th! Your photos are gorgeous!

  20. Great post. Love how you made lemons into lemonade!

  21. Looks like a beautiful day Mary Ann! Everything you do is beautiful! I always miss Southern California on 4th of July! We have so many good memories....but wherever we are....we make it wonderful, right? It's just what we do!

  22. I would love to buy one of those plants and that perfect little clay pot! Your blueberry galette looks absolutely delicious!


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