Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Filoli - Part II

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Yesterday I showed you the gardens of Fioli, today I'll share the wonderful gift shop and inside the mansion. First the GORGEOUS gift shop...


Outside the gift shop is a small nursery where you can buy plants...
You probably won't believe this but I didn't buy a thing!!! So now to the inside...this place is HUGE! It's 36,000 sq. feet with 43 rooms excluding bathrooms and store rooms!
The Ballroom was my favorite room. It had two huge crystal chandeliers!


Wouldn't you love to have a huge window like this in your kitchen!

On the way home we stopped by Stanford Shopping Center, which is right next to Stanford University. We didn't go there to shop though...we went there to go to Sprinkles to get a cupcake!
It was a really hard decision for me, it came down to banana or coconut. I ended up with coconut and it was the best cupcake I've ever had!
The bad thing is I can't stop thinking about it! I want another one!

29 comments:

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a beautiful place! I would love to go there someday.

I can't believe you left without buying anything though. I saw so many things I would have loved to buy.

Though I understand that sometimes we are either not in the shopping mood (Did I just say that!) or we just don't have the space for something new.

What a perfect ending to a perfect day....cupcakes! YUM!

Hugs
Joanne

Kimberly said...

What a lovely house and gift shop! Thank you for taking and sharing pictures :) I had my first Sprinkles cupcake for breakfast in LA last June 2008 just steps from Rodeo Drive. Oh, yes, it was quite a way to start the day, and I would be just tickled to get to do it again sometime soon.

Looking forward to pictures of your next adventure!

...con cariƱo said...

hi,I love your style,my english it·s not perfect, but your blog is very beautyfull and gives many inspirations,greetings from Chile.

Esther Sunday said...

Filoli sure is beautiful, I've driven by it a million times, but never went on a tour. Beautiful, but with your touches it would be even better!

anna said...

Just one word: WOW!!!!!

Forgjengelige ting said...

This is the most beautiful I have seen in a looooong time!!!

Alicia said...

Hats off to you for not a single purchase. I ooh'd & aah'd my way through your photos wanting to buy quite a few things.
Thank you for both posts...I'll defineitly have to visit next time I'm out that way.

becky up the hill said...

Glad you made to my pretend home ;o)! I've never seen the 4th of July stuff for sale in the gift store before. Lovely display. Isn't it just the best. That big island in front of the huge kitchen range has special drawers for linens, that you can acess from both sides. Sadly no linens left.

Bettsi said...

Gorgeous! How spectacular! You know what I loved, right? That lemon display is fantastic! Thanks for sharing this, Cindy!

P.S. I'm really craving a cupcake now!

Glenda said...

What a dream. My mind would be in fantasy world there. With beautiful gardens, aaahhhh

It looked like a beautiful day as well.



Ciao

Karin said...

What an awesome way to spend the day! I definitely couldn't have eaten just one cupcake ~ coconut ~ they all looked so perfect, too.

Karin

Silicon Valley Diva said...

How fun! OMG sounds like paradise, especially the Sprinkles cupcake, yum!!!

Which do you prefer better, Sprinkles or Kara's Cupcakes lol?

rosenresli said...

Hello Cindy,

this is really a fascinating place! And I want to taste the cupcakes too! One of my wishes is a visit to the USA - I hope I´m able in the future.

Best wishes from germany,
rosenresli

~ ♥ LISBETH ♥~ said...

Well Cindy, I posted about Dynasty because of you and your post from Filoli, hi hi. And guess what, I saw the house in todays episode of Dynasti, so fun watching the old episodes! I just had to tell my readers about your beautiful blog. I am telling a lot of nice things about you in my post, so be proud, * blink* !!!!!! I "envy" you the beautiful weather( and the flee markets ), it is so awful here, but hopefully it will get better.

Hugs

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

WOW, absolutely brethtaking. I'm glad you got to get out and enjoy such a beautiful place. Wish I was there.

~ ♥ LISBETH ♥~ said...

..... and you can have my bike in change for some sun!

:o))))))))))

win said...

Thanks for sharing your day...what a beautiful place! I feel like I went there myself! Your photos are sooo good! It seems like the cupcake business is a good one - wish we had something like that here (mid-Atlantic coastal area).

I'm betting you will make up for not shopping this past week-end on another outting Have fun

Hugs,
Winnie

Karen Deborah said...

Wow very pretty, and yeah that kitchen was very cool. What town was that place in?
Loved the wreath of roses that one got me.

cupcakes? do they do mail order?

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, that gift shop is SO beautiful! ANd the house is amazing, too. I love the cherry countertop in the kitchen/butler's pantry... and as for the cupcake, I think you should have gotten two. :)
xoox,
Mary

Wendy said...

I love Filoli's especially the gift shop. Sometimes when I can take a little longer on my lunch break I like to go there jut to the gift shop. Seeing the Red White and Blue table makes me want to leave and go there now!. Besides Christmas Fourth of July decor is my favorite. Thank you for sharing.

Anettes hus said...

Hi!

Wow! You have a beautiful blog!!! I'm impressed!!! I love it!

Have a nice day!

Anette from Norway:)

Olive Rue said...

Hey Cindy! Do you have your bags packed for Fl yet? Loved the tour. Thanks for sharing those. And how did you get out of there without buying anything??? Love that rose wreath.

Jojo said...

I should have been oooo-ing and ahhh-ing over all the shop items but instead I got distracted with the cupcake! That cupcake looks in credible!!

Carolyn said...

It is beautiful!Looks like a great place to visit. The cupcake is making me hungry.
Carolyn

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Oh my. What a beautiful shop. The photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Lee Laurie said...

OMG! I would love to go there! That rose wreath is beautiful! I want one! Maybe I could make one with silk roses that I could keep forever. That cupcake looks so yummy! I just started a new diet and I'm glad that you got to eat it and not me. I'm gonna try not to think about it anymore today. LOL

Linda said...

Cindy,
I was having a hard time getting on your blog the last couple days, so I had to come back.
Thanks for this lovely tour. What an amazing place; house, garden , gift shop and all. Really fun to see!
I would love seeing it in person.
Hope you ate a yummy cupcake for me too, tee hee!
Linda Q

marshallbausson said...

quel blog ravissant ,j'adooore!!!!!!!!!!marcela

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very lovely place.. and i love the kitchen place..