On this weekend post, an historic San Francisco home that’s going to be the subject of the decorator’s showcase this spring, the de Young’s ‘Fashioning SF’ exhibit, winter white things to love, and a new show to check out..and a great walk to do in my town of Los Gatos.
How are you all? It’s the weekend Meander with Juliet and Elizabeth where we share what’s new and on our minds..
Have you started any new year cleanup of your spaces? I was getting a bit antsy with all the January downtime and Monday began cleaning out the linen and coat closet, which spread to the kitchen and beyond. You start to question why you keep so much. I haven’t been brutal about purging for while, and it felt good once I was on a roll.
I got rid of so many sheets, many for bed sizes we don’t even own anymore. I now have just three sets of sheets for myself and two each for the other beds. One extra blanket and one extra pillow and some throws, quilts, and extra pillowcases. I also put my pillow spray in there, to occasionally give the bedding a spritz of lavender and I have several lavender sachets so it smells dreamy not stale in there.
I thought I’d share the reality of my small closet. It is both the linen and coat storage – and holds all our photo albums and suitcases too.
Before..so embarrassing. It really got out of hand after the holidays..
I also cleared out bath towels, and cloth napkins and went through most of the kitchen drawers. I got rid of many platters, extra dishes, coffee cups, cookbooks and more.
As Juliet mentioned a few weeks ago, you can always rent pieces if you entertain a larger crowd, and there really is no reason to keep a set of 25 wineglasses, unless entertaining that many is a usual thing for you. Storing a huge amount of serving dishes, glasses and such takes up a lot of your home space.
I actually feel a little endorphin rush when I open the drawers now and see less and just what we use.. not crammed in odds and bits. Try committing a whole day and get to all your spaces. Make sure you take the donation bags to the charity the same day if you can, so they don’t sit around for ages.
I know I’m set to make better decisions about shopping and the home now. I certainly know what I’ve got- and what I don’t need! This is a good reason to get in there. You’ll feel lighter.
A Pacific Heights Home Tour
I was looking for 2024 Home Tours and this gorgeous historic SF home popped up. This year’s home is a Dutch Colonial Revival style and is in Pacific Heights. It’s just a block off the Presidio, with sweeping views of the bay and is adjacent to the top of the Baker Street steps. You couldn’t ask for a better location for a home with the bridge views..
The house is for sale for $32 million for the first time in 35 years. It is owned by a tech entrepreneur and his wife who are moving to be closer to family and are ready to pass the home onto its next caretakers. It has five floors and the top floor has a family kitchen and the room that opens to the incredible views.
The home was built in 1899 by architect Walter D. Bliss, who designed it for his parents, and whose dad is the namesake and donor of the huge D.L. Bliss State Park bordering Tahoe’s south west shore.
Someone favors orange in the current interiors and I like it! I would guess the home tour designers will take into account the views and not distract too much from them, like the current decor..
The home was bought in the 1980’s for 3.2 million and had an upgrade when it was previously on the same home tour in 1989. It has been in many films, most famously Jagged Edge and others.
These ceilings are especially pretty!
I love the beautiful fireplace on the top level and the large solarium. There are incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the the Palace of Fine Arts, though they were built later.
I have never been to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Now is the time to make plans and tickets go on sale February 1st. I think this would be a fun house to see in person. The dates are April 27- May 27 2024..
‘Fashioning San Francisco’ at the de Young
The de Young Museum’s ‘Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style’ is running January 20 – August 11, and tells the story of San Francisco’s eras through fashion. All of the pieces are from the museum’s own collection, many donated by San Francisco women.
It’s also the first time the in 35 years the museum’s fashion archives have been on display. I very much want to see their two Dior dresses, Venus and Junon, which were bought by department store I. Magnin for display before they donated them in 1949. ( I still miss that incredible store!)
I will give a full report when I go There is also a new experience where you can virtually try on some of the looks in a mirror! In the meantime, info, times and tickets here and also a fascinating video and article on the Dior dresses’ history and how they cleaned and shipped the Venus dress for a recent loan to Paris’s Musée de Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Vasona Park in Los Gatos
Have you been to Vasona Lake Park? This huge county park is in my town of Los Gatos, and I grew up going here as a child. Last weekend Max and I took a walk around the park and the lake. The paths here are wonderful for bikes and walkers and they continue beyond the park.
If you head south you can take the creek trail to downtown Los Gatos, and all the way to Lexington Reservoir. Going north, you can get to downtown Campbell. We decided to stay in the park itself and had a two mile plus walk. It was a bright and cool day and we enjoyed the ducks and geese, so many pretty birds, and a few other critters…
My sons spent many summers at YSI science and bike camps at this park and Griffin worked summers at the boat dock and sailing camp. It’s a wonderful space that is adjacent to our other town park, Oak Meadow. You can park at either, and there are playgrounds at both and the Billy Jones Railroad runs through both parks. You can rent sail and paddle boats spring through fall. We can still hear the little train horn blow from our home on the weekends and it brings back sweet memories for us and all those years of taking the boys on train rides!
There are many spots for a picnic here too. Afterwards, we picked up lunch at the new Sweetgreen that just opened near us in Campbell. Have you been to one of these? This spot is famous for their salads, protein plates, and bowls. The Pruneyard location has few seats and a handful outside. Both Max and I thought our food was excellent and so fresh. Very close to the park, you could pick this up and bring it for a winter picnic and walk!
On My Radar- Winter Whites
Love this creamy white garden stool in a woven design. I am thinking two by my front door with ferns. Or maybe in a bathroom with a stack of fresh white towels. So many possibilities!
Just about now a pop of white mixed into our winter darks looks fresh and you can do it with a shoe. If you have a flat or bootie, it will look modern. I have had my eye on Mary Janes and this style in an off white would look great with denim. ( They also come in a fun silver.)
I really like these off white jeans with a straight leg and retro feel with contrasting threads.
This fun Virgo Sweater from Rails is on my wish list. Maybe I’m just swayed by the name being a Virgo myself, but the pattern and colors are so good.
Capote vs. The Swans series
I’m excited to watch this new series beginning January 31, Capote vs. The Swans on Fx/Hulu ( Not sure we even have that..Max will l kill me if I sign up for another channel!) I’m mostly interested in seeing Diane Lane -and well Molly Ringwald too. I also love that Diane playing my favorite ‘swan’ Slim Keith who was a California gal, raised in Salinas in a poor family. Her story is so interesting and how she propelled herself into the sphere of Hollywood and even Howard Hughes. Her autobiography, Slim : Memories of a Rich and Imperfect Life is a great read.
I haven’t shared much about getting involved lately, but these past few weeks have really driven home the need to get every single breathing human we know voting. Guys I have to be honest, I am worried for our democracy and the fact that Trump is still around is like a recurring nightmare that I can’t wake up from. I can’t do another four years of the man, his disregard for the planet, women, science, humanity..
We need everyone at the ballot box and young voices and votes are needed more than ever. If you or anyone in your family who isn’t registered to vote, get them signed up. I made sure both my sons were as soon as they could and in California you can pre-register to vote from age 16.
On last weekend’s post I checked out the new Serena & Lily in Palo Alto, shared looks for a winter trip to the mountains, and local Bay Area hikes that are wonderful in January.
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