Nov 29, 2011

~ mexico

Thanksgiving in Mexico is my new favorite thing! My family gave up turkey and stuffing to spend the week in San Jose del Cabo... a hard trade to make, but worth it in the end. Making the choice to spend the holiday with only our immediate family, away from family and friends was not an easy one. But there's something magical about this place that made it all worthwhile. Being together, spending quality time together, was much easier in Mexico than it would have been at home... and minus the stress and hustle and bustle of the holiday in general, we truly enjoyed ourselves!


La Palmilla is paradise times ten. We all agreed this is our favorite hotel we've ever experienced... Check out the entrance to our rooms!





And here's the view from the rooms.... truly beautiful!

Back up the steps to the winding trails running throughout the property...


More gorgeous scenery...
To the beach...

On our way to the pool...

My adorable daughter...



One of the pools with the ocean behind...


To the Spa...

The Boutique is filled with luxurious names like Ferragamo, Missoni (not the Target variety) and Christian Louboutin. We bought suntan lotion.

To one of the restaurants...

Another pool with the ocean behind...







Our anniversary is over Thanksgiving weekend, (our 24th this year) and what a surprise we found when we returned from dinner!

 Our kids got such a kick!


So fun to be together!

The landscaping was spectacular with flowers everywhere... Here's a sampling of some of the gorgeous exotic flowers... I took tons of photos, but you can get the idea from these...

As always, so good to get away, and so good to get home! Just back from a trip, I'm feeling overwhelmed with things that need to be done... grocery store, getting my house in gear for the holidays, and everything else going on this time of year, but I am reenergized after that family vacation and couldn't be more grateful!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 



















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Nov 27, 2011

~ inspired home... vanessa

It's time for another inspired home! Vanessa and Stella awaited my arrival on this beautiful, brisk November morning... The sun was shining! (It snowed the day before and it was not cute.) 




I am thrilled to share this talented artist's home with you. I have never, in all my life, seen so many vignettes... like a store! I picture Vanessa scurrying about, doing acrobatic tricks, putting this here and that there, then moving this over there and that over here... all to accomplish these kinds of vignettes... 
Let's start with the dining room...



One of my first questions, what do the numbers signify?
Oh, how I loved her answer... Can you guess?

The birthdate of her son...
Charming, right? I'm telling you, this woman is clever.

I love that Italian pottery, and the Thomas Prinz painting, (I own two of my own, Vanessa owns a lot more...) and I really love the photograph... The photographer? Vanessa. 






Another Thomas Prinz... and the gorgeous piece above the painting is a treasure from Mercato! From the Lauritzen Gardens Antique Show!


When I said Vanessa was talented, I'm not talking about regular talented. She has a knack for decorating, yes, but there's so much more! As I mentioned, she is a photographer. Her stunning photography from exotic travels can be seen all over her home and makes quite an impact. She is an artist. She creates amazing works of art, often using her photographs. She is a jewelry designer.... details on that coming up.

Vanessa is the kind of woman who can pick up a gold cone thing in Kansas City, (possibly from an old table?) bring it home, and find an awesome spot for it... no problem. Oh, and it looks great.











Look at the fireplace details!


I love this photo!

This is Stella... Being shy...

Or posing like the lion?





There's the precious angel.

So inviting!

Cozy Central...







Why hello, Ms. Stella.

More from Mercato. I just featured these plates in a post all about Mercato (here). Love them in Vanessa's kitchen!

More gorgeous Italian pottery!






Stella... 

Vanessa painted and stenciled the walls in her office...

Some of Vanessa's art...



This inspired home could easily have been a Stella photo shoot...


Here's a better shot of the painting and stenciling...


Take a look at some of those jewelry pieces... just beautiful!


Love the entrance to this master bedroom... very inviting and dreamy!


Dreamier!








I love Stella's guts.








Love the Hermes boxes!

Grateful for the beautiful day...





Thank you Vanessa! 
Thank you for sharing your lovely home with The French Tangerine! 


I can't end this post without sharing a few more details about the one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces hand-made by our inspired home owner! 
Visit Vanessa's website (hereto see some of her unique and exquisite jewelry pieces. Here are a few of my favorites... Especially LOVE the  bottom right... stunning!


(from Vanessa's website)
Her beautiful creations "focus on the beauty of natural materials and are a reflection of the history of fashion. Each piece is hand-made by the artist and features semi-precious stones, antique fabrics, and other vintage elements. Each piece is a unique part in a conversation between the artist and the people and places, past and present, that have captured her aesthetic imagination."
Vanessa's jewelry is offered in select shops in several locations, including Borsheims, here in Omaha. Looking for a very special piece of jewelry for the upcoming holidays? Visit her website (here) where you can view and purchase! 


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