Okay ladies and gents, better buckle your seatbelts for this one because I am about to take you on one wild tour of my favorite Mill Valley shops. Mill Valley is a quaint little town nestled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais, a mere 4 miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge. But there is no need to head into the city when you can spend a day milling about this town. Literally shop after shop of amazing goods, and yummy eats. It was very hard to narrow it down, but I've picked four shops to highlight here: Maison Reve, Tyler Florence, Summer House, and the last I shamefully can't remember the name. Boo. Here we go kids:
First stop: Maison Reve. I swear to you I did not color coordinate my outfit, it was just a freakish coincidence. I took it as a sign that my soul belongs here.
Maison Reve means "dream home" in French, and features an "urban farmhouse" style to it's offerings. The owner Yasmine has gotten tons of press, including a feature in the book The Find-in fact it is one of her vignettes on the cover.
Come on in with me...
Love the light and bright feeling of the store and of course what really gets me going are all the little vignettes within the store:
The store has a mixture of new and vintage items, many coming from France, local artists, estate sales and antique fairs. I loved this vintage Coca Cola cooler, and perfectly weathered patio umbrella.
I liked these twists on two popular items-an ottoman upholstered in a vintage railway sign and a patchwork cowhide rug-makes it less "I just skinned a cow and threw it on my floor" and more "Look at my pretty, visually dynamic rug."
Here is a pic of the colored pencil holder I mentioned the other day in my organization post. It's ridiculous how bad I want this thing.
A great little green chair and something I am totes going to DIY: hand stamped clothespins.
More little scenes around Maison Reve.
I didn't really want to leave, but the show had to go on...
We rounded a corner and feasted our eyes on this:
Tyler Florence Mill Valley. Yes please.
Amen! Love chalkboard messages-they speak such wisdom.
Here is what you get a load of when you walk in:
And this was only one half of the store, if you can believe it.
Okay, hold on to your hats because I'd like to introduce you to a new feature here on the blog- the SPPN Chandy Cam:
You know I love chandys. And as I was going through all my pics I noticed I took a ton of chandeliers, so a new star is born here on the blog. Would you get a load of that one? Pretty glam for a cooking shop, no?
There was a full-size kitchen set up in the back, where they do cooking demonstrations. It was pimp status.
This framed pic of Mick Jagger paired with the black tiles brought a fun, edgy vibe to the kitchen. I love a good element of the unexpected.
There were tons of kitchen storage containers-these were my faves. Very "under the big top".
At the back of the store was a super cool library filled to the brim with cook books. I didn't get my own pics because there were people lounging around, so I snatched these from his website:
Oh man, I'm getting pooped and need to recharge. Time for a Bloody Mary break!!
This is one of the spiciest Bloody Mary's I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Moving right along...
This was a doozy: Summer House @57.
Give me this little daybed now and nobody gets hurt.
SPPN Chandy Cam alert!
She's a looker.
I thoroughly enjoyed this framed vintage drawing of hand reflexology. Or maybe it's fortune telling, hand line reading shiz-that actually makes more sense. It was BIG.
This sofa was so super cool because of the size-it was extra long and had wider than average arms and a ledge along the back. I picture a ton of peeps fitting on this sofa-some sitting where tradition dictates, while others lean oh-so casually along the back and sides while sipping on cocktails. Great pillow too.
Pretty pouf & rug-love the color combo of lavender and coral.
You tired of this shop yet?
Bam! John Derian trays.
Bam! Chandy Cam!
Alright, lets move on to the shop with no name...
It was a shop full of garden delights.
These were outside. But for $65? Not so much. Totally DIY-able.
I love the mossy-green painted interior. Good earthy vibes here.
The bird is the word.
My home needs a wall of ornately framed mirrors. Yes.
Thats actually all I have from that shop. It was small, but good.
Wait a minute, I feel one last Chandy Cam coming on...
This is my all-time favorite chandelier: The Alice. And if it wasn't over $3000 I would have it hanging in my house right this second. This photo actually comes from another great shop in Mill Valley: Ruby Living Design. They had every piece of popular design merch imaginable. Tons of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams sofas, Oly Studio accents, Thomas Paul pillows, etc, etc.
If you are still with me I crown you Queen of SPPN Readers.
It is safe to say I am in love with Mill Valley. And guess what? I'm going back! In two weeks to celebrate the anniversary with the hubs. 8 years married! Let me know if there is something in particular you want to see or hear about. Because there was a TON more amazing shops I could have featured. There will more than likely be a Part II after my next visit. Oh, and I forgot to mention I was like two feet away from Dana Carvey while outside a little restaurant called Toast. We're Not Worthy! I was too chicken to get a pic though. Maybe next time.