a walk to the palace

hi everyone, happy friday!  hope you’re getting ready for a great summer weekend. i’m on a five hour road trip to lake george for a wedding and it’s just getting to be the golden hour so i can’t stay too long but just wanted to continue going thru the sf pics. part of my vow to be more disciplined with both my pics and remembering good days.

i’m trying to go thru one folder a day and today’s is the palace which was a nice surprise on a walk to breakfast.

we went in through what must have been the side door cause even though i had heard it was special, i wasn’t prepared for how magnificent it really was.

the approach was low key

but even a peek into a window  revealed we were about to enter another universe

the ceiling literally took my breath away. partly cause i didn’t expect it, but also for its delicate beauty,  knowing who created it and the struggles they faced. (this was re-built after the 1906 fire). and made with nothing special,  just imagination and sheer will. not knowing if it would happen again, but faith that it wouldn’t and not compromising their art.

buy holy cow do they need a decorator?! i would love to pitch that!

just across the way is a knockout entry with an enormous bouquet of red roses. well, that almost makes up for the furniture! ok i better go, i’m being a terrible co-pilot! xc

August 13, 2010. California, Chandeliers, San Francisco.


  1. Teresa hatfield replied:

    Beautiful Images! have a great weekend.
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)


  2. Fiona replied:

    Love the chandeliers! Fiona


  3. Paris Hotel Boutique replied:

    You are so right. Isn’t that furniture hideous! I wanted to slipcover it for my birthday tea party! The room is amazing though…


  4. Vicki Archer replied:

    Now that would be a great job……xv


  5. Judith replied:

    Oh My! You just took my breath away!


  6. Alexandra replied:

    fun Fun FUN!!!!!

    Have a great day ~


  7. alison replied:

    what an exquisite place…but yes, that would be AMAZING if you re-decorated the place. i would travel there just to see the results.
    xox alison


  8. Beadboard UpCountry replied:

    Love that picture of the lobby if you cut off the bottom part!!!!! You’re right do they need to refresh!!!Maryanne xo


  9. yvonne replied:

    It would be such a challenge to redecorate that lovely place. What beautiful architecture to work with.
    That ceiling is magnificent.



  10. Lucinda Keller replied:

    Oh my goodness! Pitch away!!!! You would do such amazing things with it.
    In love with that first shot … and that ceiling is so lovely and amazing!


  11. Dad replied:

    You really caught the essence of SF and the aura of this historical hotel. I don’t know what you do best – writing or photography or maybe it’s all the same thing? Whatever it is, keep it coming!


  12. Cris replied:

    Hope the wedding was wonderful. I am loving the daily posts and pics from SF. When you get the chance to post the details on the auction (from about 3 posts ago) I’d love to have them! Thanks!


  13. Kaitlin replied:

    These are really creative ideas! Check out this site that I have gotten a lot of decorating ideas from! It’s really connvenient and has great suggestions! http://www.squidoo.com/apartmentdecorations


  14. J. Is a Bird replied:

    This makes me want to plan a trip back to SF. I’ve been several times, but I can’t believe I’ve missed this wonderful place. This alone is worth the trip from LA.



  15. Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels replied:

    WOW!! That is truly breathtaking.

    Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pictures! This is my first visit to your blog, but I coulnd’t imagine a better way to start :-)


  16. Jessa replied:

    Gorgeous photos!!! You’re right they really do need a decorator though. ; )

    Your blog is lovely, I’m glad I stumbled upon it!!!

    Jessa xx


  17. liz morten replied:

    You are right! Holy cow they do need a decorator, How did that happen. Maybe the rooms are reasonable.


  18. Bardot in Blue replied:

    o man i would love to see you redo this place! the structure is amazing but ooooo mannn those chairs make me cringe….YUCK.

    The beautiful roses can stick around thought :-)

    xoxo Bardot in Blue


  19. Flooring Goddess replied:

    That is a beautiful venue, all around so much detail! The light fixtures, ceiling, flooring and doors are so ornate, you can feel the history and elegance :) I wish I could go visit too and just admire for hours lol. Thanks for sharing!


  20. Elise Lowerison replied:

    Wow. This place is truly spectacular. Only in Paris would you find something this grand and magnificent! What I wonder is what window treatments would look best in a room like this. I came across your post this afternoon while browsing interior design blogs and the topic of window treatment selection was very interesting to me. It is true that you must dress your windows appropriately to bring out their true beauty. Thank you for writing and as a special thanks to you and your readers, I would like to offer a 20% off coupon using this code upon checkout: BLG20.


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