Friday, July 18, 2008

A little piece of Ojai Heaven


Sometimes we are given an opportunity in life to work alongside beautiful souls. Other times we are given an opportunity to be surrounded by friends with beautiful hearts who support us in these endeavors...And further still there are times we may be given an opportunity to enjoy friends with beautiful hearts who support our dreams, clients with beautiful souls to work with in beautiful homes in beautiful environments surrounded by beautiful things. 
Enjoy the life and create a life to enjoy.

In our digital age, life moves fast and I often find that I pass myself in the hall. (!!)  A culprit of what others view as loading too much on my plate, I have the innate desire to accomplish an entire month's TO DO list in a day. (I've never been a relax on the beach kinda girl. I spent a month in Greece doing just that 15 years ago and that has pretty much filled the quota and carried me through...!) 

I left the crazy wall-street driven corporate life to foster and feed my creative soul but still find the yearning to move at a wall-street pace!   Thus it is no surprise that I am so grateful for my current project: One that allows me to move at lightening speed, juggling a million items, yet also allows a significant amount of stop and smell the roses moments throughout the day. I always take time for me--ALWAYS--(it is so important for us women to do this for ourselves!!!) but on this project it is such special me time.
I often find myself smiling saying,
........  "Thank you, God. This. is. a. beautiful. life. "


I am filling a beautiful Italian Villa.....
from appliances to linens to chic olive oils to cooking utensils  to light fixtures to mattresses to sofas to textiles...... and all things in between.
Everything to make it 100% turnkey ready. Oh such fun! I love to shop. I love to create. I love to arrange. I love to plan. I love to create smiles. I love to engage. In other words...all the things I love to do at the tippy top of my dream job list are all bundled for me to enjoy in my fast-paced, crazy-busy project. My bonus?  Homeowners with such beautiful souls.

 Join in on a wee bit of the fun...

Oh the options of Italian dinnerware! Can't decide? Let's load up a table with eight completely separate options and do this the sophisticated way: Enee, Menee, Minee, Mo.
 Client requested bright, cheerful colors and no one does cheerful Italian better than VIETRI.  Of course I could never be one for sets, so the mixture of tuscan red, butter, saffron, cream and sage are married with another VIETRI bright pattern:
 Prefer the flushed edge;  raised edges can cause scraping sounds of a knife as you cut your food. Vietri is my favorite upscale casual Italian line. The look is tumbled and hand created.  "Oh, to Grandma's  Italian farmhouse we go.... "



Lest we forget sure-to-be-lots of kiddie sleepovers, there's even a fun mixture of animals images for the kids. Vietri has five color choices, each with a different animal such as bunnies and sheep. We're going to use some of each pattern....


Just how gorgeous is this stemware?


Fabulous  metal sconces in burnished brown with hints of gold leaf...a crown fit for royalty!


A few Niermann Weeks light fixtures will provide the perfect touch:


A small round entry table and Italian dresser leave me drooling...I am so loving this dresser!


Dishwasher, washer/dryer, convection steam oven, linens, towels and so much more have been ordered. It's exciting as with that behind me I only have 7,236 things left TO DO...

Did I make you tired?  Ok, let's together stop and smell the fresh euculyptus-scented air with lavender winds , driving past the long winding road of orange groves...




We're here!

Maybe stop and enjoy a cup of tea in the side herb garden...(Wait-you have the tea. With all that I have left to do, gimme' a triple shot of espresso....)



I almost don't want to climb back down the hilltop...


18 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Ok....now I really do want your job.

Furnishing a house, top to bottom, is on the top of my dream job list.

The choices you've shown are marvelous.

Jackie said...

Beautiful choices! I love everything! Can I come work for you??

Meg/Garden Designs said...

To quote you Kathy: "It's official. I'm in love"

I am in love with your choices and your job! I, too, think that is a dream job and i know others would feel overwhelmed. I've seen what you can do and can only imagine. I suspect you can't show the house itself for privacy issues, but is that the house at the top of the mountain in the last photo???
That dresser is amazing--nice distressing!

Andrea said...

What a treat to be able to WAKE UP to your dream everyday. Your choices for the home are gorgeous and the dresser...Oh my...I just love that!

Anonymous said...

Kathy: it is beyond words to say that it inspires me that you created your dream job and surround yourself with all the things that make you happy. This seems like such fun and since it's what you love to do, it seems like that much more fun. Thanks for inspiring me to follow my passion.
Jules

Paul J said...

That is the house on the top of the hill? Wow. I love what you've picked out and would love to see more. I am buying a w/d and would really appreciate to see what you chose when faced with the ability to get whatever you want....thank you!
Paul in Canada

Kathy said...

Hi Everyone! Thank you for your comments---Yes, it is SUCH fun! Dream, Dream, Dream!

A few people have said "oh how overwhelming"...but that's not how I look at it or feel at all! I need a few extra hands right now so if you are local get your booty over to the shop and we'll put you to work! Fabric samples need to be categorized for each room...and then yardage samples ordered and so on...

Yes, top of hill is a pretty special place to build a home. The original developer had it right. :)

Kathy said...

Paul-I will post a pic of the appliances in a later post. The w/d was my most favorite selection of all.

Brandi (Savannah, GA) said...

Could I buy a dresser and sconce like the ones you show? I know they are reproductions which I never buy, but I can't help myself. So beautiful. Let me know and I just left yyou a voicemail. thank you

TheParisApartment said...

omg, you are such an inspiration. i so needed to stop and smell the lavender. your project is spectacular and i know you're going to take us every delicious step of the way right!??
if you need help just let me know and i'll be there!! xoc

Karen Shuman said...

What an amazing job you have and what an amazing project. I love the solid dinnerware so much.

JENNA!!!!! said...

Kathy: Thank you for inspiring me five years ago and every day I've known you since. I am constatntly amazed at your never-ending talents. You find the most amazing found objects and NOW repro's too. Set designs were so big for you for awhile, and now these homes you are working on good grief what palaces. I was in the shop yesterday and OMG it is such a treasure trove! Not nearly everything shown on the website.

I had a budget of a certain $ and ended up saying stuff like "I can eat taco bell for 2 weeks and brown bag it to work. I can walk more and use less gas. I can buy generic everything for the next month" and so on. I ended up spending SIX TIMES what I had budgeted before walking in! Could. Not. Resist. Those. Treasures. Amazng, amazing eye you have.
Thank you again for the little gift.
Jenna

JENNA!!!!! said...

Oh one more thing: I was told by one of the girls that the six antique chairs (blueish/grey) with linen seats (?) were just sold over the phone by you in the morning. I know they were antiques, but do you have anything similar in inventory? THEY ARE STUNNING.
Missed seeing you!
Jenna

Gabby Miles said...

Great stuff you show by Niermann Weeks. Is this something I could buy in your store? I will be in town next week and always make it a point to shop at our store! Could not find it on your website. I am interested. Thank you.
Gabby Miles
NYC

vosgesparis said...

ohh you lucky cow! you just have the best job in the world .. I can;t imagine how it is to buy everything from toilet paper to curtains for some one.. and I am wondering do they just trust you and your goor taste or are they just totaly not interestet in the stuf surrounding hem (no offence ofcourse hey!)

But i am glad for you that you can work in such a beautiful place.

vosgesparis said...

that should have been you and your good taste ofcourse ;)

Tres Belle said...

Well,I believe all of the comments listed speak volumes about you and the career path you have chosen for yourself. Having worked in a brokerage firm in my younger days I know the drill you speak of on Wall Street. Perhaps not to the same degree but enough to know there is little time to do anything but move at "lighting speed". Nothing feeds the soul like being outside in tune with nature and doing what you love to do best.

Kris

Barbara Jacksier said...

No one does it better, my dear ! But, slow down for a few minutes here and there so you don't flame out.