When I came across this Adelto post with incredible photography, I was inspired to repost my walk through the Ma(i)sonry in Napa Valley last year, because this time of year I start dreaming about alfresco dining and outdoor spaces.

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We all have to live and entertain within our means, but it’s okay to dream and to be inspired …

Ma(i)sonry is one of the coolest places ever, a place I visited during my Napa Valley trip last year.

The setting is reminiscent of a home or a private club, framing a highly edited collection of furnishings and artwork. The furnishings, ranging from 16th century to mid-twentieth century, are paired with contemporary works crafted by today’s top designers. The collections of art on display include Napa Valley favorites, the best in the Bay Area as well as some of the most respected names worldwide, all of which will be available for purchase.

Talk about some of the most exquisite pieces and art.

And unique architecture and outside furniture.

Rustic inside.

And old.


Can you just see these cool doors opening up to the outside?

And a dreamy old, long table that I would LOVE to have in my backyard.

Mm-m-m, can’t you just hear the sounds of friends in your backyard? Maybe the adults would sit here.

And imagine the spread of food and a beautiful, simple tablescape on this table?

And the kids might hang out here.

We’re a big pear family, so I’d love these sitting in my backyard.

I can think of the perfect place in my backyard for this peaceful water feature, since we have a flat piece of property.

I’d love to end the evening sitting around a fire, here.

You can see I enjoyed myself. No one else was in the backyard of this incredible place, so my husband and I walked around and dreamed …

Now back to reality. I love my home. I love the people who come to it.

But it’s still fun to dream …

Are a dreamer? Do you dream of dinner parties and all of the wonderful friends you’d invite?

(If you didn’t read the French Laundry’s Garden post, you might want to take a peek! It’s amazing and inspiring, especially if you are a gardener!)