Shelter Company Glamping

So, I love the idea of camping. Breathing in the fresh air, toasting marshmallows by a campfire, and sleeping under the stars. What I don't love is all of the work that goes into it. Somehow that seems to defeat the purpose of relaxation. Enter The Shelter Company. This husband and wife created company brings glamping to a new level. The Shelter Co. will give you that amazing Out Of Africa feeling(the movie w Robert Redford) at the location of your choosing. This pop-up lodging service caters to groups of all sizes looking for an overnight outdoor experience. Now, this is my kind of camping!



The Shelter Co. will provide fully furnished canvas tents and all of the necessary amenities for small groups, weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and music festivals. These events provide the simple joys of stargazing, roasting marshmallows, and playing games without the hassles of typical camping. You can even rent a Camping Butler to light your fires and cook your breakfast! Check out The Shelter Co. for your next outdoor adventure.

On a little tighter budget, take a look at El Capitan Canyon, just outside of Santa Barbara. I can personally vouch for this one. Several years ago, our family spent a blissful few days here. This is a glamping getaway on the coast. Tents or cabins are available. With bikes for rent, the ocean within walking distance and an upscale general store on the premises, El Capitan is a fantastic weekend destination. 




They have live music and barbecues on the weekends and gourmet goodies are available at the market, if the only thing you feel like cooking is marshmallows.  You can even have a massage therapist come right to your tent or arrange for a horseback ride in the area. All of the fun, with none of the hassles of traditional camping. We made some lasting memories here and I know you will too. 





Lamp Love

I don't know about you, but I'm in love with the new quatrefoil shape that I'm seeing everywhere. It's on everything from rugs to wallpaper. With a design element that's slightly trendy I think a small dose is always best. This Regina Standing Lamp from Horchow.com would be a great way to add in a touch of quatrefoil without committing in a big way. At $438, it's moderately priced.


Want the same look but on smaller budget?


This Gold Leaf Moroccan Floor Lamp from Overstock.com should do the trick. It also has that high style quatrefoil motif but rings up at only $198! I believe there's a doppelgänger for everything!

Charm & Chain Calendar Cuff


I don't know about you, but I'm constantly looking for the perfect gift. I take my gift giving pretty seriously and I always want to give something personal and thoughtful. Many times that's a tall order and I find myself stumped. That was until I came across this gorgeous and meaningful Dalla Nonna Calendar Cuff from Charm & Chain. Accent the month with a sapphire to commemorate a special date: birthday, anniversary, engagement, graduation, etc.. I LOVE this idea. Available in 3 finishes, this is sure to be a treasured momento for any recipient!


Bedroom Beautiful



Here's a recent bedroom project. This bedroom encompasses so many of the things that are a part of my design philosophy: Simple neutrals with a hint of color, quality materials for a luxurious feeling, and layered rugs for a grounding of the room. 

When doing a bedroom, the aesthetic is the most important thing. A bedroom should be a retreat, a place of respite from the world. Luxury sheets are a necessity. My personal favorite for sheets is Sferra. These are Beautiful, Italian cotton sheets. The 600 thread count feels like satin against your skin. Once you go with Italian sheets, you'll never go back. These are pricy, but you know I'm a girl who loves a deal. This set actually came from Tuesday Morning for about one tenth of the regular price.  My rule of thumb on sheets is that they should always be white. It's crisp, clean and relaxing and reminds me of some of my favorite hotels! The embroidered euro squares are also from Tuesday Morning. They are Peacock Alley and were an amazing score at $14.99 each, regularly priced at @ $100!

The duvet cover, shams and bedskirt here are Belgian Linen from Restoration Hardware. The best part about them.....they were on clearance! 

The pillows are velvet,  filled with down and along with the rug, came from Home Goods! My goal for this room was to create the most luxurious feeling possible for the very least amount of money. I'd call this: Mission Accomplished!

If you're looking to create a million dollar room on a everyday budget, it can be done.

Fruited Water


With high temps and unusually high humidity here in Cali, I've really been enjoying having some fruited water on hand. There are so many options, but I have been using strawberries, lemon slices and basil to make a water that is both refreshing and detoxifying! Gotta love a 2 for 1! This adorable, galvanized decanter from Birchlane is the perfect container for serving up this delicious, thirst quencher. I love the rustic look and the combo of metal and glass. Birchlane also carries some other charming out door entertaining pieces so be sure to check them out.

Stay cool and have a beautiful Monday!

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