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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Renovations - Week Seven

Yesterday I thought I would lose my mind and D turned to me and said it would be good when the renovations were over so we could talk about something else! I admit I'm a woman obsessed. I'm a slave to the general contractor and spend my days running from tile shop to various other exciting places like the lumber yard or talking to people on the phone about the difficulties of grouting around a mirror!
With everything  piling up seeing this half upholstered chair helped a lot. Renovations are all about making aesthetic judgments one after another, making snap decisions and living with the consequences. It's great, I'm learning a lot and I'm looking forward to the end results but when you're going through it it's stressful. It was great to go to the upholsterer and to see that the fabric I thought would look good really did look good, thank you Carlos! One chair half done and several rooms to go...

We sent three door to The Stripping Workshop to have the paint removed. The collect your old doors and return them after dipping them in vats of paint stripper. It costs less than buying a new door, but at $95-150 it's not cheap. However given the layers of lead paint in our 1911 house this seemed the most effective way to revive the doors. There are only two places left doing this in the Bay Area. Overall  I'm glad we saved the doors. Unfortunately we weren't able to save the trim around the window but they striped the sills and the baseboard and we ordered a custom matched poplar trim which has just gone in. I was fascinated to see the weights for the sash windows which were revealed when they removed the window trim, you can see them on the left in the picture below.
So, I thought I would lose my mind but it still seems to be there and the sun rose this morning so all's well. Finally I have all the bathroom tile and I spent this evening pulling out glass tiles from a mosaic and replacing them with another color. Hopefully this will all make sense and look like it was worth the trouble when I post pictures after it's finished.

Back into the breach tomorrow! 

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