dining area

my post from the holidays made me realize that i never did a dining area reveal.  while this area will still change over time as we collect more art from our travels, it makes me ridiculously happy to eat at as is.  the lamp is from drew barrymore’s collection for walmart and fits in perfectly without blocking the art.

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napa food

the most important part of our recent trip to napa was probably what we ate and drank.  everywhere we went, even the most casual diner, served dishes that blew our minds.  perhaps it is all the access to fresh, local food?  i mean where else in america can you get perfectly ripe strawberries in december?  below are some shots of our favorite dishes.

napa snapshots

napa is one of the most breathtaking places in america i have had the pleasure of visiting.  we experienced a range of weather, but even in the rain, it was stunning (and the rain brought out a gorgeous double rainbow).  the weather was a perfect 55 – 60 degrees, and the range of vegetation was amazing.  i sincerely hope we have the opportunity to go back soon.

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carneros

we spent a lovely and decadent long weekend in napa in december.  we stayed at the amazing carneros resort and spa, and never wanted to leave the property.  every room is a little cottage, and there is such amazing foliage around every corner.

{our room}

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{the lovely outdoor deck which we rarely got to use because of the rain}

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{one of the spots at the property popular for weddings}

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{wild pomengrate trees were scattered around}

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{the library area at reception}

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{the breathtaking pool that overlooks the vineyards}

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the one where i bought all the japanese pottery

to say that i had a mild obsession with the pottery in japan is quite the understatement.  we went to more stores than i can count, and i feasted on all the little bowls and dishes they had available.  while many of these are meant for japanese-style meals, i use them everyday for mise en place while cooking, separating parts of my meal while eating, or even holding my tea bag.

these pictures make me ridiculously happy.

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