Monday, July 4, 2011

Sierra Madre

Sweet vacation.
Early this past Friday, Richard and I flew in to LAX (anyone know what the X stands for?) 
We were greeted by my new friend, Jessica.  She and husband Steve have opened their home to us.  They live in the lovely little town of Sierra Madre.  The town lies just northeast of Pasadena, tucked into the foothills.  The small downtown has several salons, a local grocery, a tea room, and a corner cafe that is a mecca for mountain bikers.  The architecture is a mix of  frame built craftsmen homes as well as southwestern style.  Gardens, hedges and boulevards are blooming profuse with roses, magnolia, palm, giant spruce. 

 Jacaranda trees make for purple arches over streets. 

The town also served as the location for filming the town scenes of one of my favorite horror  films, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.   The ochre colored building above was used to film the town square.  This weekend, the town has been decked for July 4th celebrations.

After a quick introduction to the resident kitties I was off to explore the neighborhood and found a yard sale done up right.  What does my little eye spy?  A trio of black faux bois trays.

They are perfect for Steve and Jessica's Japanese fusion decor!
 I love this sleek, instant wall closet from IKEA and want one for ionesAttic!

Their collection mixes antique Japanese chests and art in a mid century cape cod.
The pine board paneling on the fireplace wall is over 18" wide.  Their space is warm and inviting and we are lucky to have such warm hosts!



Looks beautiful! Sounds like a great little vacation.

Allie et Cie said...

Enjoyed reading about your So. Cal adventures thus far! I love the Jacaranda of my favorites!
I'm looking forward to Saturday and hearing more about your trip!

Opendoor Studio said...

What a lovely home your new friends have! I can't wait to read of your meet up with fellow Vestiesteam members!
please be sure to take lots of photos and if any team ideas spring up while you are all chatting... Please share them! we are always open to new ideas!
I am totally jealous of many things
1. your new fiendship
2. their lovely home
3. the time you are able to spend in Ca
4. the fact that you will be able to meet your vestiesteam friends face to face
5. that fauxbois tray threesome!
all in all... have a delightful time!
I know you will!