08 September 2014

{ The Perfect Weekend }

What could be better than shopping, lunching & laughing with your daughter all Saturday, having dinner with a dear friend then topping off the weekend prowling the Alameda Flea Market/Antiques Fair with a wonderful friend you haven't seen in months? All the while with weather to die for...perfect temperature and not too sunny, not too foggy. I had such a great time... come along for some of the things we saw...

There was definitely a blue & green trend showing in the stalls... fresh greens of every hue were worked into displays, and lots of blues showed up everywhere. This is not your ordinary flea market...vendors come from all over, including Europe. Many have shops back home and the merchandising can be stunning at this market.  Or it could just be they used colors that go best with that incredible blue sky in the last shot!





















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If you have any questions at all, 
I'd love to chat!

email kitatkitgolson.com 

or call me +1-650-302-6883
pacific time zone


I cannot wait to see your smiling face when you arrive
on the Chic Provence Design Tour!
bisous!


Kit

that's me, happily contemplating 
meeting YOU
in Provence in 
spring 2015!






05 September 2014

Enjoy Your Weekend!


Although summer is not officially over, doesn't it always feels different when the kids go back to school and the mood changes from flip flops in the sand to new school shoes and uniforms, yellow school busses and notebooks. 

For us in Northern California, however, the real summer is just beginning, as the summer chill begins to dissipate and we have warm sunny weather for a glorious couple of months, before the rains (hopefully, we are in a drought) begin for the winter.  

Here's wishing you a weekend like the one we had last week... lazy mornings in our garden then a romp on the "Disneyland for Dogs" beach in San Francisco with Nicky, our little Portuguese Podengo, who ran himself silly and dug a hole in the sand to cool himself off:)


our favorite spot for morning coffee...

...with this view of our garden, newly planted with drought-resistent baby plants...

...then a trek down to the beach over the hills and cliffs...

...where we are not the only dog lovers with the same idea today!

the Pacific Ocean is usually way too cold for swimming, but today I felt
like I could dive in and swim to the Farrallons....

beautiful waves on this treasure of a beach...

and here's Nicky with Chris in the cool spot he dug for himself after running literally
a couple of miles with all the other dogs, into and out of the water, catching
balls, sticks and frisbees... you can tell by his eyes how tired he is! he slept all 

the way home and the rest of the day!


Bonne Weekend!

***



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If you have any questions at all, 
I'd love to chat!

email kitatkitgolson.com 

or call me +1-650-302-6883
pacific time zone


I cannot wait to see your smiling face when you arrive
at your Provençal home and experience the joy
of the Chic Provence Design Tour!
bisous!


Kit

that's me, happily contemplating 
meeting YOU
in Provence in 
spring 2015!







22 August 2014

A Little Reminder of Ed Hardy Antiques...

If you've lived in San Francisco for a while, you remember Ed Hardy Antiques, just opposite the Galleria at the SFDC. His antiques store, housed in an Italianate palazzo, was gloriously opulent and beautifully staged in the stunning building that now houses Restoration Hardware's flagship store... ceilings at least 20 ft. high, stone walls and a gorgeous entryway garden. It was a refuge for resting the soul after a day of combing through the contemporary furnishings and fabrics at the design center. 

The design world and antiques lovers were bereft when Ed Hardy decided it was time to pull up stakes and call it quits... this was in 2009, remember, when the internet and the economy conspired to put many a successful bricks and mortar enterprise out of business.

I went to one of the days of his final auction, and left with this gorgeous bit of handmade Chinese work. I've just held onto it these last few years, not sure just what to do with it besides admire it greatly for its beautiful silken palette and exquisite beading and embroidery. 

Any idea just what this is? any ideas about how to display it? I've been told to remove the tattered "tails" and use as a jacket for myself, but can't quite see that! It is very fragile and was surely a ceremonial piece. I wish I had asked Ed more about it, but he was very, very busy a the time! Alors!























Bonne Weekend!

***



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If you have any questions at all, 
I'd love to chat!

email kitatkitgolson.com 

or call me +1-650-302-6883
pacific time zone


I cannot wait to see your smiling face when you arrive
at your Provençal home and experience the joy
of the Chic Provence Design Tour!
bisous!


Kit

that's me, happily contemplating 
meeting YOU
in Provence in 
spring 2015!










13 August 2014

If I were in Provence Today....


.....I'd go to the Lavender Festivals Julie Mautner so wonderfully featured on The Provence Post...





...and I'd wear all the hot summer whites French Essence recommends (well my versions!) for searing hot summers in Provence...at least until I started getting lavender stains, then I would switch to lavender linens!








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If you have any questions at all, 
I'd love to chat!

email kitatkitgolson.com 

or call me +1-650-302-6883
pacific time zone


I cannot wait to see your smiling face when you arrive
at your Provençal home and experience the joy

of the Chic Provence Design Tour!
bisous!


Kit

that's me, happily contemplating 
meeting YOU
in Provence in 
spring 2015!












.

11 August 2014

Spring 2015 Chic Provence Design Tour!


Bonjour mes cheries!....I am thrilled to announce our Spring 2015 Chic Provence Design Tour! What could be better than to know that next spring you will be with me in the South of France, experiencing a magical week of design, cuisine, fascination and luxury with like-minded souls? This is our fifth Chic Provence Design Tour and when you download the brochure you'll see what other lucky guests have said about their time with us on the Chic Provence Design Tour! Come with us this time, you will have an unforgettable time, cheri! Don't delay, we fill up quickly each year.



some very happy guests on the Chic Provence Design Tour!


the village of Isle sur la Sorgue, where we will stay on the Chic Provence Design Tour!



You will rest like royalty in sumptuous bedrooms with private baths in a restored stone farmhouse set in the peach and apple orchards near Isle-sur-la Sorgue, built over 200 years ago and renovated to a designer's dream today. You will linger over French breakfasts of hot coffee, fresh pastries, butter, eggs, local jams, bread, fruits of the season and delicious French yogurt in our family kitchen as we plan our adventure for the day!


above are pictures of the villa that you will call home for a full week; the 10,000 s.f. home is a superbly authentic remodeling of a
250 year old stone farmhouse and barn into a stunning
Provençal home complete with a family kitchen, eight gorgeous ensuite bedrooms, 
dining for 20, and a stunning professional kitchen for our own chef's use, and many

beautiful outdoor terraces and poolside...all for your enjoyment

***


Each day you will be whisked off to incredible adventures in the magical land of Provence, with a designer leading you through markets, museums, architecture, landscapes, ateliers, dealers and shops. You will see the finest antiques, silver, fabrics, artworks, furniture that there is to be found... along with charming and rustic Provence flea market things...all with an insider's careful guidance through the rigors of negotiating and shipping your treasures home. Attention is carefully paid to all details by the Chic Provence Design Tour, such as a wonderful Provençal gift basket and toiletries upon your arrival and lots of water bottles during the warm days, and aperitifs with chef's hors d'oeuvre of the day when we arrive home at the end of our day.


above are pictures of just a few of the wonderful sights you will see each day...markets, beautiful colors, gorgeous vintage fabrics, stunning interiors...the Chic Provence Design Tour has carefully
created an itinerary that others rave about... 

you will LOVE this tour, cherie!

***


You'll have a Michelin one-star chef preparing a wonderful Provençal dinner every night at the villa... and he'll give us lessons on preparing French meals and desserts and pairing them with just the right wine, right in our own stunning professional kitchen. Sound good? And speaking of wine, you will also enjoy the finest Provençal wines expertly paired with the freshest locally-produced ingredients at dinner time. 


 
above are pictures of our wonderful chef and some lucky guests
tasting wines, relaxing and enjoying themselves... that
blackboard is written each night in our dining room to
let you know the feast that will follow..

You will enjoy every single minute of the Chic Provence Design Tour... from the moment we pick you up at the Avignon train station until we return you there a week later, everything little detail is taken care of by the excellent staff of the Chic Provence Design Tour... where we have a passion for Provence, its beauty, its incredible history, its unique cuisine, and how all these elements have informed its sense of design and art.



Do join us on the Chic Provence Design Tour 2015!


Download brochure here




If you have any questions at all, 
I'd love to chat!

email kitatkitgolson.com 

or call me +1-650-302-6883
pacific time zone


I cannot wait to see your smiling face when you arrive

at your Provençal home and experience the joy

of the Chic Provence Design Tour!





bisous!


Kit

that's me, happily contemplating meeting YOU
in Provence in 
spring 2015!




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