Sonoma Country Strong

Sonoma Country Strong – Combining resource rich home decor shopping and the Sonoma Valley vinyards is a perfect combination for an afternoon of delightful exploration.

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The Carneros Highway 121 in Sonoma is resource rich for one of a kind home decor. The first stop was at our customer Sonoma Country Antiques showroom located across from the airport on Highway 121. The Sonoma Country Antiques buyers have been traveling to Europe for over three decades, hand selecting one of a kind antiques and accessories to enhance today’s interiors. Explore and be inspired in their 10,000 square feet of elegantly designed showrooms. Bring the beauty and grace of classic style into your home with special container sales five times a year.

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A dining vignette features a display of multiple vintage crystal chandeliers and creates a glittering statement when grouped together and juxtaposed against the simplicity of the pine table and flanked by pewter linen chairs.

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I spy a display filled with our one of a kind upcycled burlap and grain sack market shoppers. I enjoy visiting customers stores, meeting the staff, getting to know them better and to see the creative way in which they display our products. It helps me learn about their needs and how we can better serve them.

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Featured in this vignette: Our new Windsor Floor Lamp from the 2012 Naturals Collection.

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We met with buyer Tehra Braren for lunch and she took us to Cornerstone Sonoma just up the road from her shop. Over lunch we learned her hobby was beekeeping, she finds it soothing to her soul and discovered how it connects her to the cycle of life. That’s divine, don’t you think?

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Cornerstone Sonoma features three distinctive wine tasting venues, a handful of gracious home and garden shops and galleries, a cafe offering gourmet food and is set amidst nine acres of garden installations created by world renowned landscape architects.

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Tehra introduced us to Artefact Design & Salvage owner Lucia. She offers carefully selected architectural antiques, large scale garden ornament and unique finds from around the globe.

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One of the best place to find really amazing salvage from all over the US and Europe. Some of the best designers in the country use this hidden treasure to find one of a kind gem’s.

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It’s a magical space, with random eclectic object’s and a design element lovers dream.

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Being a lover of four legged’s my favorite discovery was sweet UMA, a English Bull Dog that reminded me of a chinese foo dog.

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After lunch we unintentionally hit the back roads of Sonoma thanks to Google maps for a surprisingly delightful drive to Buena Vista Winery.

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Founded in 1857, Buena Vista is California’s oldest premium winery, and its history is as colorful as it is proud.

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I love the Buena Vista compound for it’s authentic heritage and vine covered stone buildings. When I am here I feel transported to Europe and another place and time.Image The winery’s colorful founder, The Count of Buena Vista, pioneered premium winemaking in California. A tireless and passionate devotee of California wine, The Count imported hundreds of premium vines from Europe, dug Sonoma’s first wine caves, introduced innovative viticulture techniques, and wrote the first treatise on California wine.

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If you have a free afternoon I highly recommend an exploratory drive through The Sonoma Valley, it’s an hour’s drive from San Francisco and well worth the time.

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