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On the Road: Palm Springs

March 10th, 2014

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Continuing on our trip towards Vegas for the KBIS show we left Santa Barbara heading to Palm Springs. After a boring drive checking into our hotel was a treat. I searched out a smaller hotel where we could walk to dinner and breakfast and had a more retro feel, picking Movie Colony Hotel.  We had a great little suite at the pool with a view of the mountains. Its nice when picking out something on line works out! I am wishing we didn’t need get to get to Vegas for a certain time, I found all sorts of tours led by architects to private homes, darn! Next time…….

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Clearly I hadn’t read up on the area, I was surprised by how big the surrounding mountain was. Duh. We heard there was a restaurant at the top of the mountain.  Somehow timing it perfectly we took the tram to the top at sunset and enjoyed a great meal at Peaks. Definitely worth a trip!

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Because we’re bacon lovers I feel like I need to share one more item – one of the best breakfasts we’ve had!  Cheeky’s within walking distance from our hotel had a bacon sampler plate. Heck ya. We sadly didn’t have much more time in Palm Springs before we had get to Vegas for the KBIS show kickoff, but at least we got a killer breakfast being leaving town!

Blog Post Palm Springs _Kristina CrestinTop image done with an app.

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Kristina Crestin Design_Santa Barbara tripOur day on the road was a rather long one and by the time we rolled into Santa Barbara it was almost dinner time, so what better to do than hit the Urban Wine Trail. What’s the Urban Wine Trail you ask? Basically a sophisticated pub crawl! So many people had told us about how amazing Santa Barbara is and we lucked out with amazing weather for strolling around. What we didn’t know was that there was a film festival in town that weekend, so there wasn’t a dinner reservation to be had, but we fixed that with BBQ from a delicious food truck and wandered from tasting room to tasting room. (and not a celebrity sighting at all!)

Our first stop was  Kunin Wines which after sitting in a car for hours and hours was a treat – an airy open space, a buzz of people and some lovely wines. My absolute favorite stop though was AVA Santa Barbara. I’ll be honest, it was on my ‘must see’ list because I heard about this amazing massive wall of chalkboard art. Jackpot! It was even more amazing in person. Elkpen’s mural showcases the region’s topography, soils and microclimates; and throughout the tasting they used the mural as a backdrop to explain these points. I already have plans to have black walls in our new offices kitchenette and now I am obsessed with wanting a chalkboard mural!

Kristina Crestin Design_Santa Barbara urban wine trailFor Kunin Wines stop by their tasting room at 28 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 and for AVA Santa Barbara 116 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA . For a full listing of Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail check out their link: Top image done using an app.

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On the Road: Hearst Castle

March 3rd, 2014

Hearst Castle_Kristina Crestin Design After driving, driving and more driving we finally got to Heart Castle – so exciting! It’s been on my bucket list but I never thought I’d actually get there! There was a crazy, winding drive up to the castle and then suddenly you were in the presence of this amazingly large structure. I wish I got more pictures, I was too busy looking!  My two favorite spaces I think were both pools. Firstly the outdoor pool (the Neptune pool) is just so grand you can’t help but be in awe. It makes you wish you could have been a fly on the wall back in the day when Clake Gable and Carole Lombard were strolling around the pool. The other pool (the Roman pool), which in my opinion is even more interesting is the indoor one – which apparently didn’t get a ton of use as it was tucked away under the tennis courts. It’s just a marvel. I can’t get my brain around the time spend laying every single mosaic tile – every surface is covered in 1″ tiles. The tiles called smalti are colored or clear with fused gold inside – this makes them shimmer. Who knew!

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Though you could be overwhelmed by looking at the craftsmanship inside the house (is house not a grand enough a term???) I seemed to be walking into things (and not staying on the ‘tour’ carpet – shoot … so close to being thrown out!) as I couldn’t help but keep looking up in every single room I walked into. I already have an obsession with ceilings but Hearst Castle clearly prescribed to the idea that no surface should be left untouched. Check out the detailed carvings – so intricate.

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Kristina Crestin Design_Hearst Castle Ceilings _ FTo take a tour of Hearst Castle I’d schedule it in advance, and heads up there are tickets by space, not one general tour. Check it out here.  Rendering at the top done by using an app,  I haven’t watercolored myself in years!

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big sur_kristina crestin designIt was a little sad to leave San Fran, but the idea of seeing ‘the big sur’, heading down the Pacific Coast Highway got us to our rental car and on the road pretty quickly. What a view! It was quite a ride and happily the shortest leg of our road trip.

Kristina Crestin Design_Big SurAfter meandering down Route 1 we ended up in Carmel, checked into our hotel and went for a stroll around town …. and of course found some more local vineyards to go try out. The hotel, La Playa was a great choice. It used to be an old mansion built in 1905 by one of the Ghirardelli family. Over time it’s been added onto in an intimate but sprawling way. The beach and watching sunset was just a stroll away, I’d absolutely go back there again for a longer stay!

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Post sunset strolling we headed back to the hotel for their cocktail and wine tasting time on the patio, a lovely spot situated up high enough for a view of the last bit of the sunset.  They had heaters hidden so you could enjoy still sitting outside as the sun disappeared. Such a nice evening!

camel hotel patio_Kristina Crestin DesignLa Playa Carmel by the Sea is at Camino Real at 8th Ave, Carmel, CA 93923. Rendering at the top of the post is done with an app, I didn’t do the watercolor!

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paragon san francisco_kristina crestin design While in San Fran we hunted down another stop for lunch, with the appropriate ambiance of course. A quick glance in the window at Paragon (not to be confused with checking the menu ….) and I scoped out some barn board, subway tile and a kick ass lighting installation – done! Happily the lunch was fantastic and we met some new travel friends. Perfect!

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Photos taken at Paragon, 701 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107. Top watercolor rendering done  using an app.

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Alcatraz _Kristina Crestin Design

On our second day in San Francisco we went to Alcatraz (my husband had this stop on his ‘want’ list and I balanced it with Hearst Castle on my ‘want’ list!) I pre-booked the first ferry out in the morning, partially as we were still on east coast time in our heads and I thought it would be the least crowed. The weather was brisk but clear – a nice day for an excursion to ‘the rock’!

I was prepared for some meandering, but I was not prepared for how gorgeous their plantings were. Apparently when the prison was in operation they had gardens and took care of the surrounding landscape, but even now there are succulents flourishing everywhere – even in the midst of buildings practically falling apart. Its incredibly beautiful and had me wishing for warm weather at home to get my hands in the dirt and be surrounded by lushness like this!

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Photos taken at Alcatraz and to watercolor image done on an app.

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We recently got back from a trip to KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Show) that I combined with a road trip with my husband Kirby. We started off in San Fran and worked our way to Vegas for the show. Stop one – San Francisco. My goal on road trips tends to be finding really great interiors (I know, shocker …) We fit in the requisite sightseeing; a trip to Alcatraz, rode the trolleys etc etc. But between all the tourist stops we sought out some cool places to grab a drink and some nibbles. The Rickhouse was by far my favorite of the trip! The space was small in scale and a perfect mix of materials. Combine that with a killer ceiling (looked like old wood barrel pieces!) and craft cocktails – we were happy folk! I seriously suggest stopping there if you are in town.

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Photos taken at the Rickhouse, 246 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108. Top image watercolored using an app.

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Finishing off our NYC trip was a fabulously lit (you have to appreciate great dramatic lighting) event where Legrand  announced the winner of their Light Your Imagination contest. A little champagne, a little mingling and spending a bit more time with our blogging team – nice way to end a whirlwind trip to to NYC!

kristina crestin design adorn eventPics:  Blogging team (left to right) Vicki Bolick of The Ace of Space, me, Rayan Turner of the Design Confidential, Jill Nystul of One Good Thing by Jillie and Jenny Komenda of The Little Green Notebook.

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While at the panel discussion in the morning at the Adorne event in NYC we were able to preview all the contestants for their ‘Light Your Imagination’ contest. I have no idea how they settled on a final winner! There were certainly some creative submissions. While that was interesting to get to see them all in person I do get distracted by shiny objects …. especially when there are numerous in a room! The Legrand team thought up a creative interactive display showcasing all their switches. Brilliant idea. The corner was stacked with a myriad of lit crystal balls of varying sizes and you could control them by using the switches. Fantastic!

Congrats to Lauren Rottet the winner of the ’Light Your Imagination’ contest – have fun being a guest designer!

Kristina Crestin Design Adorne Legrand SwitchThanks again to Legrand for bringing me out to NYC to blog about these events!

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Recently (I know, I know, I should have shared this last week!) Legrand brought 4 other bloggers and I to NYC for a couple events. Kicking it off was a morning panel discussion about ‘The Intersection of Design and Innovation’.

Seated down and center we got to listen to the panel discuss  innovation in their own work and have some Q&A after. My design crush Tom Filicia was one of the panelists, so I was pretty excited about seeing him and listening to his remarks; but listening to Phil Prestigomo, Legrands Director of Industrial Design I think was my highlight. Listening about bringing a redesign of the forgotten light switch to market and the process was pretty interesting. It was remarked that the light switch came out in 1908 and it wasn’t until 1968 that the ‘decora’ or paddle type switch came out -then nothing else! The travesty!

Since my job is paying attention to all the details it’s been frustrating having such a lack of options. I put some of the new Adorne switches in my own half bath and I though I personally love them and think they sit quietly in the space, I get more and more remarks on them each time someone new visits my house. Works for me – fun, functional and pretty! Check out the original blog post here.

Kristina Crestin Design Panel LegrandPhotos: Blogging team (left to right) Jenny Komenda of The Little Green Notebook, Jill Nystul of One Good Thing by Jillie, Rayan Turner of the Design Confidential and Vicki Bolick of The Ace of Space.  Panel (left to right) Phil Prestigomo, Legrands Director of Industrial Design, Susan Tilloston, Marc Kushner, Travis Rotelli and Tom Filicia.

Thanks Legrand for the tip – what fun!

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