California Dreamin'

Sorry for the lack of posts on Friday and Monday...I was in Napa needed a little break from blogging. My trip was so fantastic and I can't wait to go back! I was lucky enough to stay in the most idyllic home in St. Helena. It was designed by renowned architect Howard Backen and is one of the most thoughtfully executed structures I've seen. Not a detail was missed...it was a wonderful balance of being perfectly functional + warm and welcoming. I'm certainly not the only one who thinks it's a notable home...it was featured last year in Architectural Digest!
Image via bgarch.com 

This expansive set of sliding pocket doors was my favorite feature of the house....

Classic kitchen

That's not a fireplace, it's actually a rotisserie!

The home is filled with amazing artwork...this was one of my favorites pieces

Pathway to main house...the quaint garage is on the left

Bocce ball court surrounded by a vineyard.

View from the house...pastoral perfection

They had the most lush gardens and spectacular flowers throughout the property...

I was stunned by the size of these Heirloom Tomato plants! I'm now completely obsessed with the idea of having raised beds just like these.

Needless to say, it is a fabulous home and I'm so grateful that I got to stay there! 


  1. What a lucky girl!! Napa this time of year in this amazing house makes me so jealous!!! I love it all and could not agree more with you that those doors make the house!

  2. I've never been more envious of anything in my life. That house is gorgeous and Napa is one of my favorite places in the world!

  3. You lucky girl! Love that house...oh and the kitchen...I hope you enjoyed every minute!
    thanks for sharing, great pics.

  4. I'm so happy I found your blog! That house is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I know this house! It truly is spectacular. So fun to see on your blog. Small world!