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New Uses and Homemade Gifts

We didn't have to buy much with our move from 
Newport Beach to San Francisco, California. 
 
Last month, we downsized from about
2600 square feet to 1500 square feet.  
It gave me an opportunity to refresh and 
reuse our belongings in different ways.
Our bedroom end tables from Noir became consoles in the living room.  The only problem was one of the knobs got lost in the move.  It could not be replaced.  So, I decided to buy pulls that were a little dressier and more pronounced.

 Anthropologie has beautiful knobs, like 
these bone and brass handles…

This is one side of the fireplace with the 
new painting by Sharon Hutchinson.
Just noticed how the brass lamp and 
bone tassel mimic the new handles.

This is on the other side of the fireplace
(can you tell that I am trying to disguise the components?).

The Chinese altar table that was in our 
Newport Beach living room is now the dining room.

came from Restoration Hardware
(on special).  

 Each year, I reuse my Christmas decor in different ways.
Here is how I used the pinecones last year on 
our Newport Beach mantel...

Yesterday, I visited my client in 
Walnut Creek, California  
and she gave me this special homemade gift.
A darling personalized plate (using chalkboard paint)...
Along with these delicious
confession… I ate THREE on my drive back to SF.

So for dinner, I made a salad with this 
(perhaps the "next arugula") and
goat cheese, grape tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.

Dana was inspired to make her own bejeweled 
Christmas tree from my post but she took 
it a step further by adding tiny, 
vintage family portraits…using
frames from Hobby Lobby...

Here is her tree, that she said she is still working on...
but I think its looking great already.
 See the little portraits on the tree 
that make it even more special.

 While I was at Dana's house, we gathered 
her collection of antique engravings 
to create a gallery in the front hall 
(over freshly painted
 Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan walls).
More is in store for her pretty home.
I'm also helping Barbara, Dana's mom.  
She has great taste and we are finishing her
living room, dining room and powder room.  
She gave me this fun present...
Which I will bake when the kids come home in a week.

I haven't done any Christmas shopping...
There seems to be lots of discounting already at the department stores.  Everything looks so festive here in the City...
I can take the cable car right to the stores.
How are your holiday plans coming along?

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