Secret Sources: Katherine Nelson, Wine Country

This article from has several interesting places to find design motivation.

Secret Sources: Katherine Nelson, Wine Country Editor-At-Large, by Katherine Nelson, from

Healdsburg Shed

Healdsburg Shed

Sonoma Wine Country is known around the world for its fine food, restaurants and gastronomic delights. But in addition to its many exceptional wineries and restaurants, Sonoma also offers a bevy of top-notch design resources— edgy art, swoon-worthy decor and plenty of homegrown design talents. A born window shopper and design geek, I spend most of my weekends combing through Sonoma’s retail stops and vintage outlets. Below are a few of my favorite finds.

Healdsburg Shed, Healdsburg

In business barely a year, Healdsburg’s Shed is already a local icon and it’s easy to see why. The striking contemporary building by Jensen Architects is itself drawing tourists and instagram aficionados. Inside, Shed is equally appealing with its impeccably curated collection of rustic modern housewares and meticulously packaged offerings. At Shed, you will find Colombian black clay oven-to-tableware, Swedish linens and just the right touch of locally produced gifts and garden accessories. Who knew a bird feeder could be so gorgeous?



Lulo, Healdsburg

A jewelry store to satisfy any modern design enthusiast, Lulo was founded by Denmark native Katrina Schjerbeck. My love affair with Lulo has been a slow burn—I just keep coming back and always discover something unpredictable, sophisticated and flattering. Katrina has an incredible eye for fashion and each piece is a mini work of art. Some favorites include works by Hitomi Jacobs and Emily Bixler.

The Gardener

The Gardener

The Gardener, Healdsburg

The Wine Country outpost of the popular Berkeley store founded by Alta Tingle provides a pitch-perfect collection of oversize clay pots, handsome gardening tools, outdoor furniture, chic gifts and stylish tabletop. Located in a renovated old barn on Dry Creek Road, this spot is worth a stop just for the small but poetic modern garden. Personal faves include the Esther Studios Pottery and succulent and citrus offerings.

The Flower Guys, Healdsburg

Part pop-up shop, flower stall and home décor store, the petite storefront for The Flower Guys is tucked behind the Hotel Healdsburg. Though there is no sign, this tiny jewel box of a space is so beautiful that it’s hard to miss. Known for his stylish floral arrangements, interiors and events, designer Ken Pacada also opens his space to the public and changes installations just about every week. The Flower Guys showcases a playful collection of cards, accessories and fresh-cut floral beauties.

Artefact Design + Salvage

Artefact Design + Salvage

Artefact Design + Salvage, Sonoma

Located a few minutes south of the town of the Sonoma at the Sonoma Cornerstone gardens, Artefact Design & Salvage marries elegance and oddity. This in-the-know source for top interior designers inhabits a soaring 2,500-sq-ft showroom plus 8,000-sq-ft outdoor area filled with offerings from around the world culled by owner David Allen. Check out the remnant industrial lighting, design books on subjects from Banksy to Howard Backen and architectural salvage including doors and cast iron columns. On my last visit I stumbled upon an old metal hospital gurney. A must-have? A true cabinet of curiosities and wonder.



14feet, Cloverdale

14feet showcases an “artist-driven, Wabi-Sabi vintage industrial look,” according to owner Marne Dupere who founded 14feet with partner Mike Morisette about eight years ago. A recent move to Cloverdale allowed the two to also open a coffee shop called Plank, which has been giving a caffeine-induced boost to Cloverdale’s sleepy downtown. 14feet offerings include tactile and unusual gifts including barware, Japanese textiles, and pieces from local artists such as Ray Degischer, Ann Loarie and Anne Rickets.

The Ren Brown Gallery Collection

The Ren Brown Gallery Collection

The Ren Brown Collection Gallery, Bodega Bay

On a windswept section of Pacific Coast Highway in Bodega Bay, the Ren Brown Collection Gallery is an art gallery devoted to Asian antiques with a specialty in Japanese prints. The Ren Brown Collection is a Sonoma institution founded by Ren Brown with Robert DeVee back in 1990. I’ve come to Ren Brown for years and always feel a little reprieve on opening the door to this intimate space where I have whiled away the hours culling through Asian prints, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, baskets and other gems selected by these leading experts in all-things Asian.

Sonoma Nesting Company, Guerneville

A fun, funky consignment, vintage and pop culture treasure-trove that is also known for its selection of beautiful painted furniture. Affordable price points and a sense of play make Sonoma Nesting Company a must-see during an afternoon of antiquing in Wine Country. By the way, the most beautiful Redwoods on the planet are right next-door at the Armstrong Woods and also worth a stop.

What Home Owners Need to Know About Lead Paint

What Home Owners Need to Know About Lead Paint from

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enacted a new rule for professional contractors in April 2010 to help protect children from the dangers of lead dust exposure.

If you live in a home built before 1978 and you’re contemplating any work that will disturb more than six square feet of painted

surfaces inside the home or 20 square feet on the exterior of the home, for example, replacing a window, installing cabinets, or adding on to your home, the contractor you hire is required by law to be trained and certified by the EPA.

Keep your family safe from the dangers of lead exposure by hiring an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator. Call your local home builder’s association for a list of certified remodelers or use the tool at to find a certified renovator near you.

Tips for Home Owners

  1. Hire an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator for your home remodeling project.

Professional remodelers who have achieved EPA Lead-Safe Certification are trained and prepared to work in pre-1978 homes for minimizing dust and potential lead paint exposures. These workers also have certified their firms and will carry an EPA seal verifying their qualifications to follow lead-safe work practices. Certified renovators have the knowledge and tools to contain dust and keep your family safe. Do not attempt remodeling work yourself or hire an uncertified remodeler, as this puts you or a family member at risk of lead poisoning. Use the search tool on the EPA website the to find a Lead-Safe Certified Renovator near you or call your local home builders’ association for a list or certified remodelers.

  1. Read Renovate Right.

Your certified renovator will provide you a copy of the Renovate Right brochure produced by the EPA. This brochure describes the dangers of lead poisoning and how the practices of the remodeler will be employed to contain dust, clean, and minimize the dangers of lead paint exposure.

  1. Pay attention to warning signs and do not enter containment areas.

The certified renovator will post warning signs and set up areas of containment using plastic to keep dust under control. Pay attention to these notices and stay away from these areas. The remodeler uses these techniques and lead-safe work practices to minimize lead dust exposure.

  1. Consider testing for lead.

You may ask the certified renovator to use LeadCheck or D-Lead test kits for testing certain surfaces for lead. If the test comes back negative, the remodeler will not need to use lead-safe work practices because the component has tested lead-free. Alternatively, a home owner may choose to hire a certified risk assessor or lead inspector to conduct testing in the home for lead. Any pre-1978 home can be tested for lead and if the results are negative, the EPA lead rule does not apply.

5. Maintain records about your home remodel.

After the remodeling job is complete, the EPA certified renovator will share records with you, such as a checklist describing the work practices used and any results from lead testing. Be sure to keep these records and share them with the next home owner if you should sell your home.

77 Surprising Expiration Dates

A handy keep-or-toss guide to 77 foods, beauty products, and household goods from the website.

By Maya Kukes and Lisa Smith

Certain items in your house practically scream “toss me” when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on the Cheddar? A sure sign it needs to be put out of its misery. Chunky milk? Down the drain it goes.

But what about that jar of olives or Maraschino cherries that has resided in your

refrigerator since before the birth of your kindergartner? Or the innumerable nonedibles lurking deep within your cabinets and closets: stockpiled shampoo and toothpaste, seldom-used silver polish? How do you know when their primes have passed?

With help from experts and product manufacturers, Real Simple has compiled a guide to expiration dates. These dates are offered as a rough guideline. The shelf lives of most products depend upon how you treat them. Edibles, unless otherwise indicated, should be stored in a cool, dry place. (With any food, of course, use common sense.) Household cleaners also do best in a dry place with a stable temperature. After the dates shown, beauty and cleaning products are probably still safe but may be less effective.



Unopened: 4 months.


Brown sugar

Indefinite shelf life, stored in a moistureproof container in a cool, dry place.


Chocolate (Hershey bar)

1 year from production date


Coffee, canned ground

Unopened: 2 years

Opened: 1 month refrigerated


Coffee, gourmet

Beans: 3 weeks in paper bag, longer in vacuum-seal bag (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Ground: 1 week in sealed container


Coffee, instant

Unopened: Up to 2 years

Opened: Up to 1 month


Diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic bottles)

Unopened: 3 months from “best by” date.

Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected.


Dried pasta

12 months


Frozen dinners

Unopened: 12 to 18 months


Frozen vegetables

Unopened: 18 to 24 months

Opened: 1 month



Indefinite shelf life


Juice, bottled (apple or cranberry)

Unopened: 8 months from production date

Opened: 7 to 10 days



Unopened: 1 year (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Opened or used: 4 to 6 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)


Maple syrup, real or imitation

1 year


Maraschino cherries

Unopened: 3 to 4 years

Opened: 2 weeks at room temperature; 6 months refrigerated



Unopened: 40 weeks

Opened: 3 months



Unopened: Indefinitely

Opened: 2 to 3 months from “purchase by” date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)



2 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Olives, jarred (green with pimento)

Unopened: 3 years

Opened: 3 months


Olive oil

2 years from manufacture date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)



Unopened: 1 to 2 years unless frozen or refrigerated

Opened: 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container


Peanut butter, natural

9 months


Peanut butter, processed (Jif)

Unopened: 2 years

Opened: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months



Unopened: 18 months

Opened: No conclusive data. Discard if slippery or excessively soft.


Protein bars (PowerBars)

Unopened: 10 to 12 months. Check “best by” date on the package.


Rice, white

2 years from date on box or date of purchase


Salad dressing, bottled

Unopened: 12 months after “best by” date

Opened: 9 months refrigerated


Soda, regular

Unopened: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from “best by” date

Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected


Steak sauce

33 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)



5 years, stored in a cool, dry place


Tea bags (Lipton)

Use within 2 years of opening the package


Tuna, canned

Unopened: 1 year from purchase date

Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can


Soy sauce, bottled

Unopened: 2 years

Opened: 3 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)



42 months


Wine (red, white)

Unopened: 3 years from vintage date; 20 to 100 years for fine wines

Opened: 1 week refrigerated and corked


Worcestershire sauce

Unopened: 5 to 10 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Opened: 2 years


Household Products

Air freshener, aerosol

2 years


Antifreeze, premixed

1 to 5 years


Antifreeze, concentrate



Batteries, alkaline

7 years


Batteries, lithium

10 years



3 to 6 months


Dish detergent, liquid or powdered

1 year


Fire extinguisher, rechargeable

Service or replace every 6 years


Fire extinguisher, nonrechargeable

12 years


Laundry detergent, liquid or powdered

Unopened: 9 months to 1 year

Opened: 6 months


Metal polish (silver, copper, brass)

At least 3 years


Miracle Gro, liquid

Opened: 3 to 8 years


Miracle Gro, liquid, water-soluble



Motor oil

Unopened: 2 to 5 years

Opened: 3 months


Mr. Clean

2 years



Unopened: Up to 10 years

Opened: 2 to 5 years


Spray paint

2 to 3 years



2 years


Wood polish (Pledge)

2 years


Beauty Products 

All dates are from the manufacture date, which is either displayed on the packaging or can be obtained by calling the manufacturer’s customer-service number.

Bar soap

18 months to 3 years


Bath gel, body wash

3 years


Bath oil

1 year


Body bleaches and depilatories

Unopened: 2 years

Used: 6 months


Body lotion

3 years



2 to 3 years



Unopened: 2 years

Used: 1 to 2 years

For antiperspirants, see expiration date


Eye cream

Unopened: 3 years

Used: 1 year


Face lotion

With SPF, see expiration date. All others, at least 3 years


Foundation, oil-based

2 years


Foundation, water-based

3 years


Hair gel

2 to 3 years


Hair spray

2 to 3 years


Lip balm

Unopened: 5 years

Used: 1 to 5 years



2 years



Unopened: 2 years

Used: 3 to 4 months



Three years from manufacture date


Nail polish

1 year


Nail-polish remover

Lasts indefinitely



1 to 2 years


Rubbing alcohol

At least 3 years



2 to 3 years


Shaving cream

2 years or more


Tooth-whitening strips

13 months


Wash’n Dri moist wipes

Unopened: 2 years

Opened: Good until dried out

3 Tips for Moving a Refrigerator

Handy tips from

If you are moving in the near future, you will have to go through the process of deciding which items to take to your new place and which ones will be left behind. When it comes to major household appliances, chances are you will want to hang on to your refrigerator. This means you’ll have to find a way to transport it safely and successfully. Moving a refrigerator on your own can be a major task, so you should follow a few guidelines to help make the entire process as easy as possible.

Here are a few tips for moving your refrigerator:

  • Empty it out: Before you even unplug the appliance to move it, you need to clear all food and drink out. Not only will this substantially reduce the weight – making it easier to move around – it will also prevent messes that would be caused by the items jostling around. Besides, the food would likely spoil in a warm refrigerator.
  • Remove parts: If you are having trouble fitting the refrigerator through doorways, you can solve the problem by taking off parts that are removable. Handles and doors can be taken off and put back on at a later time, and removing them can help make the machine more maneuverable, as well as lighter.
  • Use a dolly: Unless you happen to possess superhuman strength, you won’t be able to lift up the extremely heavy appliance on your own. Make sure that you use a dolly – as well as the help of some willing friends or family – to transport the refrigerator.

See more moving tips at


Precious Metal from Article By Melissa Ozawa

What was once considered, well, brassy is now something to covet and keep. From small moments to large statements, today’s brass is tasteful and elegant — with gorgeous patina to spare.

Go bold. A wall clad in sheets of unlacquered, untreated brass laminate adds high drama to a living room. A complement to the forest-green sofa and brass accents in this room, the partition will develop a rich patina over time. To achieve a similar effect on a smaller scale, try applying the sheeting to the back of a bookshelf or wet bar.










Raw brass laminate, by Chemetal, 2′ by 8′, $305,

Pask floor lamp, in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass, $625,

Hammered-brass plates, from $10 each,

Nevada linen pillows, in Charcoal and Khaki, $95 each,

Murphy sofa, in Vance/Emerald, $1,399,

Concord rug, 8’ by 10’, in Ash, $1,695,

Steel nesting tables, $595 for 2,

Kitchen Hardware

Brass is a stunning accent on wood and painted surfaces, such as these gray kitchen cabinets, opposite.



Here are some of our favorite brass door pulls — from sleek and modern to rustic and traditional.

Modern pull (#70760), $57,

Bedford Brass Awing Cup cabinet hardware pull, by Martha Stewart Living, 3″, $2,

Brass pull, by Charlotte Dubois, in Antique Bronze, $17,

Cabinet pull, by Merit Metal, 3½”, in Satin Brass, from $80,

Polished-brass pull, by Colonial Bronze, $14.50,

College Shopping List

Stumbled upon this handy College Shopping List from  Perfect to print out and use for packing/ moving day.

College Shopping List


  • Alarm clock
  • Bedside table
  • Blanket
  • Comforter (Twin XL)
  • Foam topper
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillows
  • Sheets (XL 36 x 80 x 16)
  • Curtain rod (40 x 64)
  • Curtains
  • Body Pillow


  • Backrest pillow
  • Chair
  • Lamp – desk
  • Lamp – floor
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirror – full length mirror
  • Mirror – zoom
  • Ottoman (storage)
  • Picture frames
  • Rug
  • Wall art
  • Wall clock
  • Head Board


  • Storage bins (under bed / closet)
  • Storage drawers (under bed / closet)
  •  Storage ottomans
  • Storage cubes / shelves
  • Fabric boxes/baskets for shelves
  • Loft bed shelf
  • Shoe hanger
  • Belt hook/hanger
  • Hangers
  •   Pant hangers
  • 3m hooks
  • Over the door hooks (for doors and ends of bed)
  • Jewelry holder
  • Bed risers
  • Shelf “risers”
  • Double closet rod
  • Bulletin board
  • Desk organizers (small baskets)
  • Dry-erase board
  • Dry-erase markers and eraser
  • Batteries – AAA and AA
  • Tool kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • Duffle bag
  • Hanging close line

Cleaning supplies:

  • Sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Wipes
  • Bleach cleaner
  • Hand vacuum ?
  • Broom / dust pan ?
  • Trash cans – dorm room, bathroom
  • Trash can liners


  • Shower caddy
  • Hair care caddy
  • Hair ties  / head bands / clips
  • Round brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Straightener
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels
  • Towels
  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain
  • Shower curtain rod and hooks
  • Shower Flip flops
  • First aid kit
  • Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment
  • Medicines – Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold medicine, allergy meds
  • Toiletries
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Make-up
  • Make-up remover
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Q-tips
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo
  • Hand soap
  • Soap (shower)
  • Tampons/pads


  • Toothpaste
  • Mouth wash
  • Floss
  • Tweezers
  • Vaseline
  • Laundry detergent (HE)
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain stick
  • Laundry basket
  • Drying rack
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Soap dish
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Bathroom drawer organizers (small baskets)
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues


  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Water bottle
  • Dishes
  • Plates (small and large)
  • Bowls
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Dish caddy
  • Silverware
  • Potholder
  • Kitchen hand towels
  • TV tray
  • Dish soap
  • Travel mugs
  • Water pitcher/filter
  • Food storage
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Bag/chip clips
  • Cooking utensils
  • Water bottle


  • Mouse/mouse pad
  • Cords/cables – 2 ethernet (one for backpack and one for dorm)
  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Ink cartridges
  • Planner
  • Post-its
  • 2 USB drive
  • Blank CDs/DVDs
  • Calculator
  • Computer lock
  • Stereo/docking station for ipod
  • 2 Phone chargers
  • Power strip / surge protector
  • Extension cord
  • School/office supplies
  • Binders
  • Dividers
  • Sheet protectors
  • Hole punch
  • Index cards
  • Markers
  • Paper (binder)
  • Paper (pad)
  • Paper clips
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pens/pencils
  • Planner
  • Pocket folders
  • Manila folders
  • Post-its
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Stapler and staples
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Whiteout
  • Calendar
  • Bookcase / shelves

Relax / Misc:

  • Fan
  • Room fragrance (febreze?)/ plug in?
  • Door stops
  • Head phones
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Ipod
  • Chargers (phone, ipod, etc.)
  • T.V?


  • Health insurance card
  • Prescription insurance card
  • ATM card
  • License
  • Student id

BRING for move-in day:

  • Rubber mallet
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Hand truck

Girl’s Essentials

  • Frocket t’s
  • Wooden monogram
  • Vineyard Vine shep pullover
  • Monogramed norts
  • Set of pearls (earrings and necklace)
  • Jack Rogers
  • Side table picture frames
  • Multiple cardigans (different colors)
  • J. Crew Chinos
  • Ribbon (for crafts, hair, football games)
  • A lilly dress
  • Large zip up long champs
  • Rain boots/ duck boots/ umbrella
  • Riding boots

Shannon- Office Candy

The Top 10 Most Forgotten Things When Packing for College

The Top 10 Most Forgotten Things When Packing for College from

In honor of another school year (ahhhh!) I thought I would provide you with 10 things that are easily forgotten, but essential for every college student!

Somehow even with a very detailed packing list, it is still very easy to forget little things.

I am here to help you not forget those things and saving your parents a trip to Target on move in day!

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1 | Full length Mirror- Take my word and get one before you get there. This is one of those conveniences that you don’t realize how much you love it until you don’t have it anymore. Flashback to my month in New York City this summer. I was staying in a dorm that lacked a full length mirror. My suitemate and I decided it was worth the money to spend, so we made the 11 block walk to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought ourselves a full length mirror and hauled that thing 11 blocks back to our dorm. Talk about the looks we got. Save yourself this hassle and buy a full length mirror before. I have to say though, we were the popular room because we were one of the only rooms with a full length mirror. Girls would flock to our room in the mornings before work to just take a quick peek at their outfit before hitting the city streets.

2 | Umbrella- We can only wish that classes got cancelled when it rains, but unfortunately, they don’t. Not only don’t they cancel class, but your professor probably won’t allow the excuse of rain when you walk in tardy. Keep an umbrella in your dorm for those rainy days where you have to trek all the way across campus in the nasty weather. No one wants to sit in class soaking wet.

3 | Flash Drive- I use my flash drive so often I have it connected to my wallet. Bottom line: get a flash drive (or 2). You never know when your printer will stop working and you frantically have to get over to the library to print a paper!

4 | Dust Buster- As much as I don’t like to think about it, dorm rooms get messy. I however am not too into this whole dirt thing. A dust buster will be so convenient when you quickly want to suck up crumbs (or hair in the bathroom)!

5 | DVD’S- You may not have a lot of free time but when you do it’s nice to be able to chill out and watch your favorite movie. My friend recently moved into her dorm room and texted me and told me to ensure that I remember to bring movies! Not only are they good for you, but they are great (and easy) way to make new friends the first week. Turn on a chick flick and leave your door open and you’ll be surprised how many girls will end up lounging in your room!

6 | Air Fresheners – It’s nice to have a yummy smelling room. Simple as that.

7 | Batteries- You’ll be surprised how useful these are! Although not too many things run on batteries any more it’s nice to have them “just in case”.

8 | Duffle Bag- Make sure you bring a duffle bag that is able to be folded and is small to store. A duffle bag is perfect for long weekend where you are headed home and only have to bring a small amount of clothes!

9 | Water Bottle- One of my goals for this new school year is to drink more water! I found that if I always have a water bottle sitting on my desk filled I am more likely to drink it!

10 | Door Holder – The first week is crucial. You’ll find yourself sitting in your room and you may be tempted to stay in and just watch Netflix by yourself because, well because it’s easy. Keeping your door open the majority of the first week will help you meet all the kids on your floor!

Shan – from Office Candy