Zephyr Design Retreat: San Francisco and Napa Valley + A Giveaway!

This past Fall, I was invited to join Zephyr Ventilation, a manufacturer of range hood ventilating systems in San Francisco for a design retreat. I didn’t know too much about Zephyr at the onset of the trip, but by the end, I was thoroughly impressed by their level of technology and the ways in which they have challenged the notion that ventilation should be an after-thought in kitchen design since the company was founded in 1997. Zephyr produces some of the strongest, yet quietest ventilation systems I’ve ever seen and they are constantly coming out with new technology to improve one’s experience in the kitchen. Our group of designers and bloggers spent the first day of the retreat at the Zephyr showroom in the San Francisco Design District. We heard from their marketing and product development teams, as well as one of their designers, Fu Tung Cheng who is a brilliant architect and designer; had a delicious lunch and then explored a few showrooms in the Design District.

{On the first night, we had a welcome dinner at one of my favorite restaurant’s in San Francisco, Wayfare Tavern.}

{The fried chicken at Wayfare Tavern is out of this world and worth every last calorie!}

{For our first full day of the retreat, we started out in Zephyr’s state of the art showroom.}

{The Zephyr Showroom}

{Learning about Ventilation}

{The Chic Coup d’Etat Showroom in the San Francisco Design District}

{We got a really cool behind-the-scenes tour at Heath Ceramics}

{Rich Colors at Heath Ceramics}

{On our second night, we headed to the Ferry Building, another favorite place in San Francisco, for a lovely dinner.}

{The Beautiful Setting for our Dinner at Boulette’s Larder}

{There were beautiful flowers, gourds, and pumpkins everywhere to celebrate the fall season.}

{Beautifully Arranged Pumpkins, Gourds, and Pomegranates}

{A Fabulous Spread of Oysters on the Half Shell}

{A Detailed Shot of the Table}

{The Stunning View of the Bay Bridge from Boulette’s Larder}

{On our third day of the retreat, we were treated to a wonderful day in one of my very favorite places on earth– the Napa Valley.}

{We had a wonderful wine tasting with the best cheese pairing at the lovely Joseph Phelps winery. I loved it enough to go back with Fabian when we went to Napa in December.}

{We also visited the impressive Hall Winery which specializes in Cabernets and has a state of the art facility which is amongst the most impressive I have seen in Napa. This chic, modern kitchen was in the room where our tasting was held.}

{On our way back to the city from Napa, we stopped to take in the stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The entire trip was wonderful. It is evident in every choice made for this retreat that Zephyr is a company that is passionate not only about ventilation, but about eating and living as well as possible. Thank you, Zephyr!

{A Stylish Navy Kitchen featuring the Roma Range Hood by Zephyr}

Since the New Year inspires many of us to tackle design and renovation projects around our homes, I have teamed up with Zephyr who is generously giving away a range hood to one lucky winner!

{A Classic Kitchen featuring the Siena Pro Model}

Simply follow the guidelines below

1. Visit Zephyr’s website and select the range hood you want for your kitchen.

2. Make sure you are following @palomacontrerasdesign and @discoverzephyr on Instagram.

3. Leave a comment below with the style you’ve chosen and your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner. A winner will be selected on Friday, January 26, 2017.

Please note that Zephyr will gift the winner the range hood of their choice and will ship it at no cost within the Continental United States. The winner is responsible for the installation and any costs associated with it.

{This post is generously sponsored by Zephyr. All opinions are genuinely my own.}

Friday Favorites 01.19.18

Happy Friday! Hopefully, you are thawing out wherever you live. It has been the coldest week I can remember! As such, we had a few “winter storm” days here in Houston, which I am sure must have seemed laughable to people from up North, but our city just doesn’t know what to do when a little winter precipitation hits. It has been so nice to be back in the office with my team now that things have cleared up. We’ve been working on new projects, including two fabulous ones that I am super inspired for in Greenwich, Connecticut and Chicago and have also been brainstorming about a very exciting initiative that will launch later this year. I can’t wait to tell you about it! In the meantime, here is what has been on my radar this week.

Design: One thing that I get a lot of requests for from readers and clients alike is how to style one’s bookshelves. Vogue.com recently asked me for my top tips for curating a stylish bookshelf, which I shared in this article which ran earlier this week.

Style: Staud seems to be the current go-to brand for the “It Girl” set. Founded by Sarah Staudinger, the former Fashion Director at Reformation, the brand is beloved by tastemakers like Alexa Chung and Leandra Medine. Their chic handbags are the perfect statement piece to complete any outfit at a palatable price point. I am currently loving the Moreau Macramé and Leather Bucket Bag, the Grace Crushed-Velvet Tote in Baby Pink, and the Bissett Leather Bucket Bag in classic black. 

Read: I feel like I am pretty good at conversing with people in both social and business settings, although it doesn’t always come super naturally to me since I am more of an introvert and I don’t love meaningless small talk. Every now and then, you’ll meet someone who doesn’t give you much to work with in a conversation which is why I loved coming across this article with 11 Meaningful Conversation Starter Questions for Avoiding Small Talk. I’m sure I will end up weaving some of these into my conversations soon!

Eat: I love having smoothies in the morning because it makes me feel good about getting a nice chunk of my vegetable intake in at the beginning of the day, but a cold smoothie is just about the last thing I want for breakfast on a frosty morning. Instead, I have been loving warm bowls of hearty and filling oatmeal. Lively Table, one of my favorite food blogs, just shared some easy and tasty recipes for making creamy and nutty Steel Cut Oats, Four Ways.

Beauty: My team and I were just having a conversation the other day about using green skincare that isn’t filled with artificial chemicals. So many of us choose to embark on a dietary detox at the beginning of the year, but what about detoxing your skin, which also happens to be the largest organ in your body? Violet Grey gives us the lowdown on Skin Detoxifiers in order to get pure, beautiful, healthy skin.

Shop: Eventhough it doesn’t feel remotely like spring out, we can get into the mood with beautiful, spring-inspired statement earrings. This understated leaf pair and these intricate gold blooms add instant glamour while this pair of Mother of Pearl studs is just plain pretty and a steal for $36!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lust List: January 2018

Can you believe how cold it is? The weather in Atlanta was brutal while we were there this weekend. The temperatures were in the 20s, but with the wind chill, the news said it felt like 7 degrees. It was brutal! Houston just got a big cold front and a “winter storm” yesterday. The roads are iced over and we’ve had some sleet and snow. I’m sure it seems like child’s play to our friends in other parts of the country who experience real winters, but Houstonians can’t handle it, so the city just shuts down essentially. I love winter clothes, but I am ready for milder temperatures! As a result, this month’s Lust List is filled with cozy warm weather staples like coats and a few great jackets, but you’ll find some fabulous transitional pieces as well for those living in milder climates or who are planning to travel to slightly warmer locales. You’ll notice there are quite a few chic bags on my list this month. It wasn’t intentional, but there are so many fun new designs that I have recently came across. What are you in the mood for this month? Are you relishing winter or are you also dreaming of warmer temperatures and an escape to someplace sunny and warm?

LDV Loves: Timeless Treillage

{A Trellised Room by Paris Hadley}

After my recent trips to Paris, I have been a little obsessed with treillage. Treillage, French for trellis work has been around forever, but was popularized during the reign of Louis XIV in France. While originally intended as outdoor use to train and support climbing vines, it eventually made its way indoors as it is a fabulous way to add instant architecture to a room. Legendary landscape architect, André Le Notre used it at Versailles and if you fast forward to more recent centuries, you’ll find that it is a favorite of some fabulous decorators with classic taste. Elsie de Wolf famously designed a treillage-clad room at the Colony Club over one hundred years ago while some of my favorite designers have found creative ways to reinterpret treillage. I am dying to use this in a project! It just doesn’t get any more fabulous. Is this a look you’d try at home?

{Fresh and Garden Inspired by Amanda Lindroth}

{Timeless and Beautiful by Bunny Williams}

{How amazing is this dramatic treillage application by Cathy Kincaid as featured in House Beautiful? | Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna}

{Nathan Turner used Accents of France for this stunning treillage which was featured in House Beautiful.}

{I am so in love with my friend Bailey McCarthy‘s little girl’s bathroom which features a lovely treillage application. | Photography by Roger Davies}

{Chic and Classic in Locust Valley by Christopher Maya}

{If anyone can make treillage look fresh and modern, it’s Kelly Wearstler.}

{Over the top Glamour by Jean-Louis Deniot— Yes, please!}

{Shelley Johnstone‘s Fabulous Trellised Sun Room}

A Note on Style: Closet Update for 2018

Hello, LDV readers! This is Karima from A Note on Style. Like many, the new year brings a fresh perspective and an opportunity to start with a clean palette in the home, closet and even mentally. I’ve spent the last week editing and reorganizing my closet which has allowed me to see voids to fill and mistakes not to repeat, like buying too much of the same thing. How many black or gray sweaters do I really need?

One thing I’ve decided to focus on is to look at ways to modernize so many of the classics I already own. With a base of black and white, which can go in almost any direction from polished to boho, I love the addition of tan leather, especially in pieces that have a handcrafted, earthy vibe. The color adds a beautiful warmth. The tan accessories I’m falling for this season, a braided leather Loewe necklace, a macrame Staud bag and two-tone Trademark sandals, are unmistakably luxe additions that elevate the simplest outfit.

In addition to a batch of cool new accessories, I am continuing my love for blazers. Fall brought us some great tweeds and plaids, but a crisp stripe looks so right for spring. I’d wear Veronica Beard’s striped twill jacket with everything from straight or wide leg trousers to jeans or even a strapless dress. It’s chic and quite versatile.