The End is Near ~ BlogtourCali ~ part 3

 The Warf Marketplace, a cafe and historic meeting place for gatherings in Monterey, provided the perfect respite for lunch and to stretch our legs, because it is on to San Francisco.

Veronika and Flo need to keep their energy up; we're rounding home plate.

I loved my walk around town, fascinated by the Italianate architecture that was built during the Victorian era and survived the great fire and earthquakes; a grand home and great feat.

I fell hard for this ~

I wish we had more time to take in the sights!  So little time, so much to see.  You can't go to San Fran and NOT take a cable car ride.

We couldn't say good-bye to California without a little shopping.  Courtney Lake was lovely enough to show us around some of his favorite stores on Sacramento Street.  Unfortunately for us (fortunately for my pocketbook) it was Sunday and most stores were closed.

I LOVED everything in Hudson Grace, everything!

especially the irregular shape of the lip on the hand blown glasses by Belgium glassblowers, sublime.

Thos. Moser, American made furniture is as comfortable as it is impeccable!  They celebrate the beauty of wood.  "It wears in, not wears out."

Built on the idea that luxurious cashmere can be attainable, Jesse Black fills her boutique with fine frette sheets, simple accessories to cashmere knitwear, and chunky throws.

Giving back is important.  African beads support the Zanokhanyo children's safety Home.

 A feast for the eyes, a feast for the soul, now that's a well designed life.

A HUGH thank you to our sponsors:  Miele USA, Zephyr, Mr Steam, West Edge Design Fair, DXV, and Veronika of Modenus who made this all possible!  I was thrilled and grateful to be included!
 I will be spending a little time talking about our incredible sponsors in the next few installments as each made our trip educational, memorable, and highly caloric!  You can never duplicate the power of connecting to these brands when you meet the people behind the company.  Their passion and enthusiasm for their products enforce us, as designers, to source them and pass on knowledge that we not only learn, but in some cases experience.  Knowledge is power, and experience is an invaluable tool to educate.  Connections are priceless!

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