Sunday, October 14, 2012

California Dreaming, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

  We're back after taking a short break...just going through California withdrawal right now. You know those TV commercials you see for California ...well, they're true!! Here's a peek into TESORO, a wonderful Flower shop in Sonoma Valley. They are at 23566 Arnold Drive, Sonoma CA 95476. p-707.939.6931.

 Another incroyable shop in Sonoma Valley. The owner sources out antiques from all over the World. His displays are awe-inspiring. ARTEFACT Design & Salvage at 23562 Highway 121, Sonoma , CA 95476.

 No coats needed in the Valley. It feels like you're in Tuscany or Provence. Pinch me, I must be dreaming...

 And yes, there was a Winery, way on the top of the hills, that grows Lavender. And you are so lucky, if you come into our store, you can purchase their products right here at The Camellia.

  We were able to tour the Barn where the lavender is very carefully dried.

 The shops, well, they are over the top. It is after all, California. The largest number of billionaires in the  whole world apparently reside in California. This is a french-themed store in Sonoma.

 A visit to the San Francisco Flower Market, yes, here I am, lusting after the Manzanita branches...oooh..I would so love to be able to get these home!! 

 Everywhere you go, the Camellias are blooming..and the Gardenias..and the Magnolias...sigh..

 A visit to the Alameda Antiques Fair, here is the booth of Atelier de Campagne. So many treasures, 800 vendors, so little time...

 The view of the Vineyards, framed by an Olive tree. Looks like a postcard...

 What did I see as we were driving along in Napa Valley? There was a house Tour at Cardinale Winery, sponsored by the magazine Traditional Home, and I GOT TO GO ON THE TOUR!! Here is a peek into the entranceway..

A panorama of the view from the Show house, which is the Guesthouse of Cardinale Winery.

The fabulous Veranda......

The rooms were a wonderful mixture of rustic elegance and traditional elements.  Cardinale is at 7600 St. Helena Highway, in Oakville, CA. They are open for tours until November 11th, 2012. For more information and tickets,

We hope you'll be as excited and inspired by this little peek into California as we were!
Visit Camellia's soon to see how you can incorporate Napa style into your Home.

Camellia's, 30 Hacquoil Rd.
Open Wednesday through Sunday. 
Wed. 11-5, Thurs. Noon-8p. Fri. 11-7. Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5p


Have a relaxing Sunday!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Getting off the Wheel to catch one's Breath.

Once, I was visiting my sister,and her roommate had a hamster, the dratted thing would arise at 5 am and proceed to run on his wheel, never stopping, around and around he ran. I am feeling like that hamster, running around in circles and getting nowhere, fast. So we'll be taking a break to catch our breath, and will reopen here at Camellia's on October 11th. 2012. 

Enjoy the fabulous colours of Fall, and take a deep breath ! Go for a long walk.

Belluz Farms 

Our view on Hacquoil Rd. 

We've been bundling Gomphrena , and making Wreaths like crazy. 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 
see you when we Reopen on Oct. 11th. 2012