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Suburban Homestead
Northern California
I am a designer and mother of three. Welcome to my blog!
Interests: Modern design, organic gardening, interiors and product design, cooking, entertaining, graphic design, textiles, patterns, color, music, childrens books, photography, farming, reading, photography..
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I know it's bad form to post holiday pictures two days after the actual holiday. (And I know it's also bad form to open a story with a negative.) But that's kind of where I am tonight: 48 hours behind, and too beat to deny the truth or spin it... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Suburban Homestead
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It's spring break for us and we've decided to take a short trip to a wonderful place, right in our backyard. A mere 45 minute drive from home, West Marin delivers a punch of the good life. Tiny towns, secluded beaches, and small-time agriculture, including oyster farms - it's all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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SATURDAY: Arriving Saturday, late morning, we had an hour to kill in our new neighborhood before the manager arrived with our apartment keys. We grabbed a quick lunch at a corner shop. Quiche du jour for me, croque monsieur for her. After a long nap in hopes of pulling our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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These pictures show one of our busiest days in Paris. Sometimes we'd get off to a late start, a few times we'd miscalculate travel times and miss out on something by the time of our arrival. But this day, we hit it all right. Beanie was such an incredible trooper!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Last Tuesday was THE BEST...or was it...Wednesday?? I have this seemingly unattainable goal to keep all posts on-time and in chronological order, as if that matters to anyone else in the universe other than moi. But unless you pull it together and post religiously, every day, it all starts to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I've always had a thing for busts. I'm sure there is a clever joke in all this, but I'm actually being quite serious. Hundreds of years ago, these men and women were once significant enough to have had a bust carved of stone and presented in their honor. And yet...and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Welcome to Day 3 of my obsession with with all things Marie Antoinette. It all started when Beanie and I took the train out of Paris for an afternoon at Versailles this past Saturday. At first, I wasn't sure I even wanted to go. I'd been vacillating all week. Having... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I have to believe the subject of this post is one you won't find easily on the internet, if at all. I'm curious to know how many people schlep to the palace of Louis', and get hung-up in guest services by choice, snapping shots of the newly remodeled ticket office... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Beanie-Love, she will always be the middle child. But this week... ...she gets to be the only child. :) Beanie and I are in Paris this week. Three generations of women in the City of Lights: my mom, my oldest sister and her two daughters, plus Beanz and me. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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We are no strangers to Nick's Cove, but our kids are. At least, they were until last night when we introduced them to this old West Marin hot spot for dinner. Freshly showered and bundled-up after a day at the beach, we savored local oysters in the half-shell, pork chop,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I asked the 9yo this week what his favorite subject is to study. He said history. While not all together surprising, it was the first time I actually heard him articulate this. American history has been a long, thick, continuous thread through our first year of homeschooling, but it came... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Happy Everything! So much culminates on this weekend - Valentine's was Friday, the Chinese New Year celebrations wrapped up last night in SF with the big parade, and tomorrow we celebrate all our great favorite presidents. We did some really fun things this week in hopes of bringing all these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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When you don't have cable, but you do have dependents well below the drinking age, you have to get a little creative if you want to watch a big production like The Olympics or say, The Super Bowl. Take a tip from my guy, he just shot a generic email... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Let's be clear: homeschooling is awesome/easier-than-you'd think/a gift/the best kept secret 95% of days. The other 5% can be terribly taxing. But that's kind of like anything, don't you think? We actually just came off a hard spell. Right before Christmas break I would have been THRILLED to send the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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We are up at the cabin with friends and family right now and yesterday, I broke away with the grannies for some antique shopping in town. I wish I had had my phone on me and snapped pics of absolutely everything I found interesting, there was so much! Regardless, I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Suburban Homestead
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We hosted Christmas dinner at our house and for the first time in YEARS, I made the most incredible cioppino recipe, a long-standing favorite of mine, originally from Rose Pistola restaurant. There appears to be several Rose Pistola cioppino recipes online, spanning the last decade. The one I always use... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Suburban Homestead
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Several years ago, our family decided to have our annual Christmas Eve crab feast several days early. Permanently. It just got to be too much with the huge dinner and all the small kids, the late nights leading-up to an early morning. My sister hosted the crab feast on Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Suburban Homestead
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Our days have been full. It is December, after all. And while I'd like to think I've got this season nailed down to a science, I seem to flail every year. I thought to simplify the 2013 holiday season and play my get-out-of-jail-free card by skipping the holiday card mailing,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Suburban Homestead
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We did too much this weekend, and the kids paid us back in no uncertain terms, with lots of naughty behavior tonight. We deserved it. All of it. I know it's all our fault. If we had done a better job as parents, we would have had a smoother ride.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Suburban Homestead
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We drove west today, to visit some really good people in their home near the coast. Despite juggling the mood swings of three kids with fluctuating levels of blood sugar (so inconvenient!), we made it through a lot of twist and turns in the day. After our all-too-late 3pm lunch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Suburban Homestead
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We celebrated Papa's birthday this weekend. He would have been 74 on Sunday. Blessed with unbelievably beautiful weather, we spent both days at local beaches, relaxing, reading, playing ball, refereeing the kind of time-outs that don't include balls, and just generally trying to keep the screaming to a mild roar.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Suburban Homestead
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Our fifth and last full day in DC was on Friday. I had no idea how much we'd actually crunched into the day until I loaded up all our pictures. Wow. Here is a quick run through: 9AM: Ford's Theater to see the location of Lincoln's assassination. I remember coming... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Suburban Homestead