Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Ojai Dreaming and Hello 2020

Happy 2020 guys. I am back :) Hope you had a good start to the year. As for me, 2019 ended on a good note with a short vacation to Southern California. 2020 on the other hand is off to a crazy busy start. However, that is a story for another day.....for now, lets look back as I relive my trip with you.

Sunshine, olives, lemon and orange groves......the Pacific ocean, stunning architecture and retail therapy....my SoCal trip had it all :) During the Christmas break we based ourselves in Ventura which is a delightful little town on the Pacific coast. A series of day trips from Ventura took us to some incredible places. I have to admit that while the coast was spectacular, my favorite place on this trip was Ojai.
Ojai is further inland and beautifully tucked in between mountains and amid fragrant orange groves.  It’s a miracle  how peaceful and bucolic this place can feel, despite it being so close to the Los Angeles metropolis area. Ojai has a Mediterranean air to it with a laid back vibe and somehow I instantly felt relaxed there. What really stood out for me is that the town of Ojai has absolutely no corporate chains. All the stores are local and everyone seems to know one other. Hiking is almost a religion here. We drove up to Meditation mount to look at the view and go for a short hike but they were closed at the time. 
We really lucked out as we drove out of Ojai back to Ventura.  We got to see Ojai's famed sunset. The entire valley was bathed in a surreal pink hue and is often referred to Ojai's "pink moment"

One of my favorite stops in Ojai was at the Ojai Olive Oil Company. The main olive grove on the ranch was planted in the mid-1800s, back in the era of the Spanish Missions, when there was a communal olive press in the valley. We got a fascinating tour of how olive oil is made. Olive Oil is a third-generation family owned and operated organic and sustainable farm. Needless to say I came back laden with olive oils and some delightful olive oil cream.

At The Ojai Olive Oil Company....

Ojai Rotie is a French Lebanese style restaurant, we stopped for lunch here and loved the food. 

Another fascinating stop in Ojai was Barts Book which is  the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the United States.

In 1964 Bart’s Books was little more than a sparkle in the eye of Richard Bartinsdale whose collection of books had gotten so overwhelming that he constructed a series of book cases along the sidewalk so that passersby could peruse the titles. In lieu of a cash register, “Bart” left coffee cans atop the book cases. People would select a title or two and leave payment in the cans, giving birth to Bart’s world famous tradition of selling books via the honor system.
Since that time Bart’s Books has become host to nearly one million books ranging from the thirty-five cent specials which line the outside walls and are still for sale on the honor system, to rare, out of print first editions, and art books valued in the thousands of dollars. Nearly half a century after its inception, Bart’s Books continues to mystify patrons, journalists, and book lovers with a character and charm that beggars description and a selection of books that is beyond compare"
Fascinating right?

As for the lemon and orange groves around town. I could not get enough of it....

 Orange groves.....I could spend a lifetime here....

Fall was lingering on in Ojai......it was a lovely sight.

Our last view of the Ojai valley as we drove back to Ventura......

Back in Ventura, the Pacific ocean was there to greet us.....

So if you make your way to Southern California make sure you say Hello to Ojai for me :) Keep on traveling......and see you around.

All Images taken by Me : Copyright My Dream Canvas

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Macrame and a Colorful Abode in Madrid

This colorful apartment in Madrid swept me away! The pops of color and the eclectic vibe, whats not to love about it :) This is the home of Sara Moreno who weaves her magic and creates the most beautiful macrame products.

Her brand is called Fruto Samore. Its a collection of her signature and handmade macrame items. From Blankets, Tapestries, Pillows, Poufs, Baskets and planters, Sara creates them all. The name of the brand means " my fruit, the fruit of Samore, a word formed by the first syllables of her name and last name ” Sara loves the world of DIY's.

Every corner of her home reveals her passion and that of her husband. From the loom and macrame pieces and their love for natural plants  to travel....their favorite hobby. Their recent travels took them to Japan and the Maldives, and their next family vacation is to Indonesia. The couple loves backpacking and always try to integrate into the local culture. 

For her home, Sara looks for simple and creative decorative solutions. Her ideas bear a handmade stamp. By doing so, she believes that her decor will be personal and unrepeatable.

What a lovely thought, don't you think ?

Images: via Micasa Revista and subject to copyright.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Design Inspiration Sincerely Sarah D

I am now in my tenth year of blogging and it has ben an incredible journey. There has been so much of learning, inspiration that has come along the way. The reason I choose to call my blog "My Dream Canvas" is because, I like to think of my home as a canvas bringing my thoughts to life. We are all individuals, with our own identities, and are home should reflect that individuality. When I stumbled upon Sarah's home pictureS, I instantly felt a connection. I love the fresh, clean and elegant look. The white washed walls with the pops of color look perfect. While every home is different, and people's design ethos vary, we connect with some more than others. 

More than these images, its her thought process that resonates with me even more. Her decorating philosophy is a good read " Although it's taken me awhile to get to this point, I realize that not everyone is going to love my design style, and that's okay!  I have grown to appreciate different design styles.  We don't all dress alike, and honestly it would be such a boring world if we all decorated and dressed the same. As a result, I've come to really appreciate (and follow) designers who have a different design sense.  I realize I can find inspiration from their designs!"

I could not agree more! Designing my home for me is extremely personal, and thats what I love most about it :)

Sarah has a lovely blog and her Instagram feed has lots of delightful pictures. 

Sigh....if only all the shoes in my home home looked as pretty :)

Images: Style Me Pretty and subject to Copyright.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Shop At My Dream Canvas An Update

Its that time of the year. My little online store is filled with goodies for the festive season Yay!! Here are some quick facts about the store.
  1.  We ship only with the United States. 
  2. We use USPS 2 day priority mail shipping. 
  3. Payment is via Paypal. 
  4. For those of you that are local to the Seattle area, message me for pick up.

Here's a sneak peek :)

Click HERE to visit the online store!

Here's wishing you a bright, beautiful and prosperous festive season. 

Images: Copyright My Dream Canvas.