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Tumbleweeds & Chandeliers

Posted on: Friday, October 17, 2014

Collecting tumbleweeds is not easy on the Central Coast.
Or in a drought year.

We had a source, head to the 41/46 E junction, there will be a fence--the tumbleweeds from the Valley collect there near James Dean's crash site. 

The project was tumbleweed chandeliers and finding they were within easy driving distance, we excitedly jumped in the bug early Tuesday morning with our coffee and headed North. Fifteen minutes before the fork, in the middle of somewhere between the last winery and Shandon, the alternator froze. 

And we found ourselves waiting for two and a half hours, on the side of the road, with no water, and no tumbleweeds, waiting for help to arrive. We felt a bit defeated, hot and frustrated, but in the end we found some weeds and played in the street (don't try this at home).

Determined to make a large car bill and seemingly wasted hours worth it, we tried again the next morning, but in the truck. This time, we made it.
And it was so worth it.

We had redeemed the day, and made not one, but three chandeliers. Because when you happen upon tumbleweeds, you don't pick up just one.

The Weekly Six: 10.15

Posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: Need a bird companion for the chilly winter nights? Well, we have THE birdcage. Green, tiered and it comes with its own stand. 

2: Fall mornings are for lingering in bed. And that means, a good side table to house your books, teas and candles. Go ahead, hit the snooze button and pull out the drawer where your page turner is waiting.

3: Turquoise takes the stage. A cuff, a ring, a delicate bracelet, and a good pair of jeans and flannel--you have yourself an outfit for everyday of the week. Just make sure to do laundry once in a while...

4: The traveling artist--or it's a rainy day and time to paint! Folds away on the days you want minimal decor and have tasks to finish, and then sets up again when inspiration strikes!

5: Sweater weather is here for the ladies this week. Pull over, wrap up or throw over layers to go out or stay inside--whatever you do, just stay warm!

6: Bobcat pendant, you say? Corduroy backed, real fur, subtle and then striking...have you ever seen such a wonder?? (Or is it a lynx, or a gremlin, or wolf in cat's clothing?)

Window Display at Ambiance

Posted on: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

With our big move this Summer, we posted about the how it took a village to make it happen. And it still takes a village to keep a small business running. While business often thrives on competition and can be inherently an 'each one for himself' kind of scramble, there's a lesser tapped beautiful and collaborative side, too. A few months ago Kannyn, Ambiance's owner, offered her storefront window for us to display in. Such generosity felt a little too good to be true, but she persisted and we hauled some of our wares over and set up! For the next little bit, stop by Ambiance in San Luis Obispo and so a little window shopping. Thank you so much Ambiance for having a thriving local business and sharing your success, we love your supportive spirit and talent!

The Weekly Six: 10.1

Posted on: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: It's sweater weather! The chill in the air is finally beginning to call us to long sleeves and warm cups of tea, and we think it only polite to respond. We now have a dedicated men's section in the store, chalk full of warm Pendleton flannels, wool and holiday sweaters.  

2: Miles of piles of ceramic pottery, all whitewashed to perfection. Set on a stand or place them around the garden, they are steady and ready.

3: This leather purse is no false Fossil: it's a bonafide carrier of all your necessities. Lots of pockets and zips to keep it all neat and tidy, too.

4: We scored with these CP Shades Hatti linen pants, in every size! Whether a small, medium or large, you will want to lounge forever in these perfectly weightless pairs.

5: A silver tray with a perfectly patina and small embossed detail of teapots and small design. A few teacups, a good pot and a few cookies--time for tea with friends.

6: This map is a one in a million! Sturdy, textured, and vibrant, this makes geography a breeze. It even has San Luis Obispo labeled right on the coast.

Hither & Thither

Posted on: Monday, September 29, 2014

Last month, Jennifer Young explored San Luis Obispo for a guest post on Ashley Muir Bruhn's blog, Hither & Thither. We are so excited to have been featured as the place to Shop in 5 Things: A Travel Guide to San Luis Obispo! Check out the other great spots mentioned to Eat, Stay, Play & Pack, as well as the rest of the blog.

Thank you Jenn and Ashley!

Way Out West: Paso Robles

Posted on: Friday, September 26, 2014

In this blog series we highlight the great things to see and do Way Out West. You don't need to step far from our coast to discover great adventures-make it a day or a weekend, grab your sunhat and go...
Summer is setting, but we are far from finished with our traveling. This time, we took an afternoon up to Paso Robles--the Central Coast's renowned wine region. Though there are hundreds of wineries, we wanted to spend some time strolling around downtown. If you find yourself needing a bit of inspiration not too far from home, we highly recommend a day in Paso. Centered around a tree-full park, shops and restaurants are all within a leisurely walking distance. 

Firefly: a longtime favorite shop in Paso, this store has a little bit of everything: clothing, jewelry, handmade furniture, cookbooks & more
Paso General Store: a gift/novelty shop in which the one for you, one for me buying technique works flawlessly
Sole Tree: love Anthropologie's shoes? This store carries many of the same brands!
Ambiance: even with the flagship only 30 minutes south, they capture their own unique style &, well, ambiance

Paso Robles Inn & Steakhouse: boutique hotel with lovely grounds, round coffeehouse & award winning steakhouse
Inn Paradiso: another boutique hotel rustically only minutes from the downtown square

Artisan: delicious & fancy; their brunch is amazing
Thomas Hill Organics: the best of farm to table!
Brown Butter Cookie Company: Once only in Cayucos, you can get now get these delectables a little inland!
Vivant Fine Cheese: cheese tasting, need we say more

The Weekly Six: 9.24

Posted on: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: Tea time or dinner time, English dish ware makes sitting at the table a bit more sophisticated more even the most casual of eaters. These delicate porcelain are waiting to hold a turkey and gravy, don't forget to invite them to Thanksgiving dinner! 

2: Tribal inspired embroidery with a drop waist twenties touch, Free People does not disappoint! Pair with a leather cowboy hat and leather clogs for a comfortable school day or weekend of romping.

3: Die cut, Moroccan inspired lamp just hanging out and being beautiful. It makes stunning look simple, and will add the finishing touch to your perfect setting.

4: We have your mom's coffee table book, circa 1969. The Famous Photographer's Annual is a page turner- transporting you back to the turn of the decade and the years of free spirits and fashion icons. It's a true vintage time capsule.

5: We lay out the red carpet for you here at Ruby Rose--well, we lay out the turquoise rose runner (which we prefer to anyway!).

6: A folding table that doesn't look anything like a folding table, that's the stuff. Bring out on the patio for an extra side table for company or use as an apartment-sized coffee table (easily moveable for dance parties). If the detail on the silver tray doesn't convince you, the spirally wooden legs should stop you in your tracks.

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