Monday, July 19, 2010

It's official - Summer is here!

You know it's officially summer when the temp hits triple digit days. I don't really mind the heat but last week really tested my heat tolerance....How about a fresh glass of lemonade to cool off? I absolutely swear by the Barefoot Contessa's fresh squeeze lemonade recipe. Try is the BEST! 1 C fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/2-3/4 superfine sugar to taste, 4 C water & 1 C crushed ice. The crushed ice is key! Stay cool and enjoy.

Summer Bummer…A couple of weeks ago, Ally and I headed out early morning to sell at Rosebowl. Since we leave so early in the morning, she usually sleeps all the way there and for a few hours before the crowds start to show up. This month when she got up at the show, she said her eye was really hurting. Yes, it was all pink so I figure it was either a general infection or pink eye. The next day I took her to the eye Dr. and boy was I shocked! He proceeded to tell me she had a corneal ulceration eye infection and it was quite serious. When he told me she could go blind in that eye, I began to realize how serious he was talking!

He said hers was pretty serious and we would have to bring her in every day so he could monitor whether it was getting better. We also had to put drops in every hour for 24 hours straight.

So poor Al, spent 5 days where she could barely even open her eye. Because the sunlight made it even worse all she could do was stay home and keep her eye shut as much as possible. She was sporting different sunglasses both inside and outside for 5 days. Not exactly the way a 12 yr. old wants to spend her summer.
She is now on the mend and while she can’t wear contacts for a while, she can at least now hang out with friends.

Congrats to Linda on the Urban Barn Grand Opening!

Here's Linda all dolled up for the Big Day...with her stunning daughter Whitney.

Here's my friend Aviva holding a bundle of our purchases.

On top of taking Ally to the eye Dr. all week, I gutted my space at the UB and redesigned, and restyled for the Grand Opening. Hope you like what you see

. The coral/pink color trash can was the inspiration for my booth. I tried to use a hint of that coral-pink along with a splash of grey in through out my vignettes.

Take note of my new pillow design...a crown in a crest...featured here on a white linen pillow.

This Paris paper map was the perfect match for my color scheme so I put it in an old frame and it sold first thing in the morning.

I picked up this wonderful ottoman a few weeks ago. It was already upholstered as you see, but I felt it needed something so I added my new design on it.

I sewed this grey slip cover lampshade to bring in more grey to my booth.

Also making one for Irvine in white linen.

A Room With A View...More treasures in my Urban Barn space.

Don't you love my little poodle tucked in the corner. His concrete little front and back paws are broken off so he has trouble standing up, but I think it gives him more character. He's really old. I don't care if I ever sell him. He makes me smile when I look at him.

With the triple digit temp, I made a point to shop at the outdoor vendors wanting to support their commitment to the Grand Opening. I picked up some treasures from Sweet Magnolias Farm , Rita with Mammabellarte, & Tricia with Vintage Bliss.

Here's Rita. I love her Farmers Market chalk talented.

Sweet Magnolias Farm always puts together displays that make you want to buy everything in site. I LOVE the blue they used and can't wait to show you the chest I bought from Sara and Abby for my daughters room.

Sweet Magnolias Farm

I loved this booth. She mixed the neutral junk palette that is currently the trend with a pop of color.

Look at the adorable house dress my friend bought from one of the vendors. She also bought a white cotton slip to wear under the dress. When I told my daughter about Aviva’s purchases, she asked “What’s a slip?”

Presenting the Urban Barn... Here are more photos from the day...

Somewhere over the Rainbow...
If you live in Orange County, then you probably experience our Hawaii weather last Wednesday. The rainstorm and light came on very quietly mid day in the height of a humid day. The after effects left us with a beautiful rainbow and incredible sunset. I could stare at this sky for hours…..
Thank you God for allowing me to see this beautiful sight and take it in.

"Genuine laughter is true eloquence and more effective than speech."


  1. So where is the Urban Barn. I live in North San Diego County, and I thought I saw a flyer for it awhile back, but thought it was only a weekend event. But your pics show it as a store...right? So cool. I stumbled on your website through a rabbit trail starting at Rustic Rooster's blog, my favorite store in Encinitas. I couldn't email you cause my outlook isn't set up properly, so email me back if you can.

  2. Your displays are fantastic! I am so glad that you are not only documenting all the different arrangements but doing it beautifully!!! kudos! very inspiring!

  3. Hi Rose!!! I am dying to know where the Urban Barn is! I just googled it and can't find any information!