Busy. That’s the best word to describe my life these days. I don’t use that word as a badge of honor though. I once went along with a friend from work to hear a sociologist talk about the science and practice of happiness. It was fascinating and one thing that stuck with me from the talk was about how so many people in Silicon Valley run around talking about how “busy” they are. You run into a friend at Whole Foods and ask how they are and likely, busy is one of the first words used– and, as I eluded to above, it’s often positioned as a “badge of honor” as if to somehow express how successful we are, how much we can accomplish, etc. The reality is, we are busy, over scheduled and frankly sometimes it is the first thing that comes out of my mouth too. However, I’m not exactly proud of it because I know the busier we are, the faster life speeds by and the more we take some of the best moments of life for granted. I’m grateful that the antidote for the over-scheduled “busy life” is the “mindfulness” movement because I truly believe we all need to slow down and enjoy more.
So where am I going with this? Well, all this “business” has gotten in the way of my summer but (and here comes the segue) my wonderful husband took notice and planned a little weekend get-away last weekend. What did we ever do before air bnb? No kids, just the two of us and a fabulous little restored 1930’s cottage in Jenner, CA situated where the mouth of the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. No TV, no phone (thankfully satellite internet – because I mean really!) Just stunning views as far as the eye can see and the most charming accomadations. You should have heard me gasp when we walked in the door, gushing over every detail. I felt as though the owners of the cottage decorated the place just for me! I never wanted to leave this tranquil retreat. It was the perfect antidote to busy.
A welcoming entry to “La Bella Cabina”.
The owners added stylish and charming coastal details to every room while maintaining the integrity and character of this old cottage. Think thrifted and vintage items, mixed with some modern West-Elm type accessories. They stuck with a color scheme of soothing watery blue, with pops of coral and yellow. Check out the concrete counters and beautiful details on this peninsula add-on.
I loved this cool old vintage stove and hand painted “tiles” on the floor.
The dining nook was a great spot to warm up with a cup of coffee, but we spent most of our time out on the deck. The weather was moody and foggy much of the time, but the sun made a few appearances.
The owners stocked the place with great books and an awesome selection of vintage vinyl to play on the turntable which was just on the other side of this perfectly styled shelf unit. Little touches like cocktail glasses and a shaker and vintage seaside oil paintings added to the charm.
I loved this capiz chandelier which hangs over the bed.
This petite little bathroom sports a great old clawfoot tub and bead-board walls.
But once again, the best part of this place was the deck. Loads of comfy seating from which to perch and soak in the views of the river and ocean beyond. (Oh yea and from which to drink lots of wine!)
Who needs TV when you have nature-vision — everything from kayakers to pelicans, harbor seals and tons of other shore birds were visible from this spot.
We’re off to San Diego next week with the girls which will no doubt be an awesome family vacation, but I’m grateful we had this little moment of quiet first.