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Monday, October 24

Casa Kulanu



Sometimes I like to leave the pavement of city living on weekends and just get out of town. There is something really nice about a little day- road trip that can be just so refreshing. One of the amazing things about living in San Francisco is that you can just pop in the car and be outside of the city and enjoying a sunny afternoon just a short distance away.

Driving the windy roads to Calistoga (right next to Napa) and seeing the leaves on all of the vineyards start to change the afternoon light is like magic. Harvest time might be one of my favorite times of the year. It reminded me how autumn - and the changing colors, the foods and the weather - might be my favorite season of all.







Perhaps even more magically was having the pleasure of having lunch with friend Rela Gleason and architect Bobby McAlpine at her stunning house, set on 40-acres (just featured in the latest Architectural Digest, November 2011). Many of the pieces in the home, Casa Kulanu (meaning “all of us” in Hebrew) are from Summer Hill (which Rela is the creative director). Over dinner a few months back, Rela shared with me that she was going to be launching a new collection. These fabrics have just launched and are featured on the Company’s beautiful new website. They are stunning fabrics, and I instantly fell in love with the Fanfare collection. I immediately emailed Rela when I received the “hot of the press” samples and ordered it in two color ways for a client project.







I love seeing how people live and how they use their spaces. I love the relaxed, yet elegant, edited interior that is Casa Kulanu. I had to share some of these photos that I took on my visit. Sometimes you don’t get the feeling of warmth in overall shots as they appear in magazines. I think that you can feel the creativity and seemingly effortless styling in these details. A perfect sunny, Sunday afternoon expedition. Now I just have to figure out a way to be invited back!

7 comments:

Camille Charles ID said...

Thank you so much for this inspiring blog. Summer Hill has a clear and easy web site. Wonderfully organized. I am ordering samples from the Florida rep right now. You have the best eye in the business!

imperiojp said...

kick ass post from an uber stylish designer - love the textures

katiedid said...

Oooo! Thanks for the heads up on the new collection! I have always loved Summer Hill. And you are one lucky guy to get to have lunch with two very talented designers!!

carolyn bradford said...

So glad to have found your blog! Being that I have my own anitques shop....lived in San Francisco growing up before moving to Birmingham and the fact that Summer Hill has always been one of my most favorite lines....there is nothing about this post that I don't love! It just comes naturally! I also have a dear friend here that knows Rela and has always spoken so fondly of her! It's nice to hear her name again!
Can't wait to read more!
Carolyn Bradford
mulberryheightsantiques.com

carolyn bradford said...

So glad to have found your blog! Being that I have my own anitques shop....lived in San Francisco growing up before moving to Birmingham and the fact that Summer Hill has always been one of my most favorite lines....there is nothing about this post that I don't love! It just comes naturally! I also have a dear friend here that knows Rela and has always spoken so fondly of her! It's nice to hear her name again!
Can't wait to read more!
Carolyn Bradford
mulberryheightsantiques.com

the modern sybarite ™ said...

Beautiful home, beautiful colors!

J.W. said...

I like the incorporation of natural items in the design, such as the raptor feathers. Also, the textural quality so evident...makes me want to reach out and touch.

 

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