Friday, June 25, 2010

Sunset Open House

Do you get Sunset magazine? It is one of those indispensable home and garden magazines that is always useful and inspiring. Their headquarters is pretty close to me, and I got to go to their big open house Celebration Weekend event.
The reason I actually went this year was because my brother and sister-in-law and niece came up for a visit. My parents also came along for the fun. No pictures of the extremely cute niece and other family members as I forgot to ask them if they cared or not if I published them on my blog, whoops! Take it from me, my niece is way more interesting and way cuter than this stuff.
Anyways, here is a picture of part of the garden. I always love the gardening section in the magazine and was most excited about seeing the Sunset gardens.

Doesn't that just shimmer and glow, it really comes through in this picture. I'm going to try this in my front yard, because I don't think the deer will eat this sharp tough grass.

There wasn't too much to the gardens, which was kind of disappointing, I expected more in that department.There was a whole section of camping stuff, and I really loved this teardrop trailer.
An inadvertent self portrait! Doesn't it look so cozy in there?
This is kitchen is so well designed, really impressive.Speaking of kitchens, here is the test kitchen. We got to hear all about their setup, how they test the recipes, making sure to use equipment that normal folks have in their own home kitchens, and how the leftovers are quickly consumed by all the people who work at the magazine.
Most of the event was vendors, which wasn't too terribly exciting. I loved this rust metal spiral hanging lamp.
This gizmo was cool, you get four of these metal braces, slide in boards, and presto, a garden box!
One of the vendors was Tillamook cheese, isn't this the cutest? A squashed VW bus all tricked out in cheesy orange. We didn't get any samples because the line was super long.
It was fun to see where this magazine that I've long subscribed to is put together, and I'm glad I got to hang out with my family.


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I just ♥LUV♥ that little trailer!!! (I am sure it would not be long enough for these legs, but that's beside the point!) It would be nice just to have in the backyard and snooze while the fireflies lit the dusk!


Julie ZS said...

I know Anne, it just so cute and perfect. I too wondered if I'd fit in there to sleep though. It would be fun to have a little hideout like that out in the backyard. I envy you your fireflies!