Friday, January 25, 2013

My new American friend Rela

 

Dear friends, today I do have to tell you about my new friend, the Napa Valley based interior designer RELA GLEASON.

1 Website Rela GleasonRela Gleason

If my husband would have known that I was going to write this post, he absolutely would have insist to write down : ‘We do have to tell you about OUR new friends Don and Rela’ !

And actually he is right, we met Rela and Don in Belgium, a few days before Christmas.

Jan and I, both have a weakness for the spontaneous way American people behave. We just love this ! A few moments after our meet and greet, it actually felt as we did know each other since a life time. We spent a wonderful evening together in a restaurant in Brussels. And while Rela and I were talking about interior design and all things related, Jan had a heartwarming conversation with Don.

1Rela and I

2Don and Jan

 

In earlier times we already met American designers and architects Natasha Esh (New York), Maryanne Flaherty (Texas) and Brooke & Steve Giannetti (Los Angeles). All such a wonderful people who became dear friends. We do cherish these friendships!

imageNatasha Esch and I - Jan and Natasha’s husband Matt  (Brussels, November 2009) 

2013-01-23_213509Maryanne Flaherty and I – Jan and Maryanne’s husband Peter  (Paris, January 2010)

2013-01-23_202352Brooke Giannetti and I – Jan and Brooke’s husband Steve  (Brakel, June 2011)

Blogging is a fantastic way to connect with people from all over the world.

 

Back to Rela now!

Stumbling on my blog a few months ago, Rela contacted me by email to ask me about some interesting places to visit in Belgium. She was planning a business trip to Belgium.

I realized that Rela knew a lot about Belgium! Not surprising, if you do know that she was raised in Brussels! She probably does know more about our capital than I do!

After Rela contacted me, I visited her website Rela Gleason Design and I was thrilled to read that Rela collaborated with one of my favorite American architects Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Tankersley, to build her house named ‘CASA KULANU’, which means “all of us” in Hebrew. So ’Casa Kulanu’ is a warm and inviting family home.

Rela and Don told us that they both love to have their children and grandchildren around.

 

1 AD‘Casa Kulanu’, the Napa Valley home of Rela and her husband Don, which was the first California commission for  the Alabama based architect Bobby McAlpine.

It was Rela herself who made the first house sketches.

The house definitely has architectural influences of the Flemish farmhouses of Rela’s Belgian childhood, but Rela emphasizes that she loves authenticity and she absolutely didn’t want to create a faux-Tuscan villa. ‘Casa Kulanu’ is an honest house and the architecure of it possesses a Napa-style authenticity.’, Rela says.

 

3 ADThe salon, - with steel doors, wooden beams, linen upholstered seats and a Flemish chandelier -, reveals Rela’s Belgian childhood.

Rela knows exactly how to choose the right furniture for every particular room of the house and she even has her own furniture collection.

2 Website Rela GleasonThe cavendish daybed - Rela Gleason Design Collection  Source website Rela Gleason Design

 

4 ADThe sunroom of the house.

 

5 ADRed-cedar-paneled library.

 

6 ADGorgeous master bedroom! Rela combined a love seat and a wing chair of her own collection with an antique armchair.

 

7 ADBeautiful bathroom design! Notice the marble vanities with iron mirrors, designed by Rela herself.

 

9 ADA chalet-style box bed in a child’s guest room.

Rela travels across the United States and to Europe to find the most beautiful antique pieces for her clients. Her interiors are stylish and are composed of bespoke furniture and quality pieces.  “Invest in quality pieces that can follow you anywhere.” says Rela convincingly. And I couldn’t agree with her more!

 

If you are interested to see more of Rela’s work, please visit her website RELA GLEASON DESIGN http://www.relagleasondesign.com/

If you would love to ask Rela to help with the design of your interior, please contact Rela at info@relagleasondesign.com

Blog Rela’s Journal : http://relasjournal.blogspot.be/

 

For the wine lovers among you, I do have to mention that the Gleasons are settled in the Northern Californian’s wine country and that the family’s Summer Hill Vineyards produce Cabernet Sauvignon wine and olive oil.

www.gleasonwines.com

8 AD Vintner Don driving through the family’s Vineyard.

Source images : Architecutal Digest November 2011  – Photography by Roger Davies

 

Please tell me, do you love Rela’s house and her design work as much as I do?

 

XX

Greet

36 comments:

  1. International friendships are such fun and in this age of communication, so easy. Rela's home is beautiful, just the right amount of colour to set off the neutral shades and wood. And I do love The Napa Valley, lived near for many years prior to moving to England. Thank you for sharing. ~ Minerva

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  2. How great is it that blogging allows us to connect with people all around the world! I love it....beautiful home, love the steel doors and windows and that its in my beloved Napa Valley gives it serious brownie points! That last picture is amazing. How nice that you got tot meet and enjoy another friend from across the world! Thanks for sharing Greet and for stopping by a few days ago....

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  3. Rela and Don's home is stunning as well as their property. It's the sort of home I could easy live in myself. I love Rela's furniture designs and am going to go visit her site since we're in need of a couple of pieces. The computer is a wonderful thing and how it's able to bring like minded people together.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    XXX
    Debra~

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  4. She is indeed a delightful lady! Thanks for the feature on her.

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  5. Hi Greet, I'll join the discussion in English. Yes I do love her work, I can definitely see some Belgian influences. I agree with you about the spontaneous way Americans behave. I wish we could be more like that :-). Thanks for this post, it makes me dream about a vacation in the Napa valley.

    Goedele

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  6. Bonjour Greet,
    C'est cool d'avoir des amis à travers le monde...!
    J'aime le style hollandais du salon clair et sobre. Et aussi le tronc d'arbre qui sert de table !
    Dans la salle de bain c'est un vrai feu ?
    Bises,
    Céline.

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  7. Wonderful post it is always nice to see the person as well as their work.

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  8. Que encontro maravilhoso, conhecer pessoas interessantes é o sonho de todos. Parabéns pela maravilhosa amizade. Amei essa casa. Linda e inspiradora.
    Tenham um ótimo fim de semana.

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  9. Just wonderful home and wonderful images as always.
    svala

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  10. Firstly how lovely that you and Rela could meet. Life is short, and when we 'click' with like minded people, even via the medium of blogging, we should take the opportunity to meet if given the opportunity! Rela's home is gorgeous - I adore the muted colour, clean lines and her furniture collection is very covetable, especially the Cavendish daybed...... All rooms are perfect, but I especially love the bathroom. I shall enjoy visiting Rela's website and I am adding Napa Valley to my travel wish list. Thankyou for sharing this lovely post with us Greet.

    Sophia x

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  11. Thank you dear Greet for introducing your friend Rela. What a happy opportunity indeed to make new friends who instantly become so dear to you.
    Her wonderful designs and elegant style really has so much in common with yours, no wonder you became so close.
    If only there was an Haute Couture equivalent for interior design it would be it. Everything is perfection: wooden ceilings and beams, the palette, steel windows/doors, furniture and the overall ambience.
    Thanks to your heartfelt post I'm on my way to subscribe to Rela's blog.
    Natalie, http://jewelyettofind.blogspot.ca

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  12. It is so wonderful Greet that you have met some our favorite friends through blogging.
    Rela sounds simply wonderful and her home! I do miss your visits.

    Xoxo
    Karena
    New 2013 Artists Series

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  13. your friend has a very good taste as you, her house is amazing beautiful, i love it ;) thanks for posting.

    Carol.

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  14. The human soul is so very strong! Imagine...that you can form a bond with an individual you have never met face to face! There are many bloggers that I consider friends, though I do not know the sound of their voice.
    A person's home is a true reflection of who they are and who they hope to be. It is in that realm that we form bonds with kindred spirits. It would be a dream to meet each and every one of my blog friends some day!

    xo

    Andie

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  15. What lovely comments precede mine. This is a wonderful world of communication with the Internet. I had a "pen pal" in the old days who lived in Australia. We used the old-fashioned blue Aerogrammes to communicate. Sharing of these images and friendships is fantastic. I feel many of us are kindred spirits who just haven't met yet. I always enjoy your blog, Greet, with your family's marvelous woodworking.
    Susan from the Jersey Shore, USA

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  16. The architecture is stunning! And the home, so beautifully and thoughtfully appointed! I love it all.
    Cheers from snowy DC,
    Loi
    Tone on Tone

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  17. BEAUTIFUL GREET JUST LIKE YOU!PLUS,SHE IS MY NECK OF THE WOODS!I'm but 45 minutes away!I will definately sign up for her blog!

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  18. Yes - I remember their house from AD! Thanks for featuring her beautiful home. It has amazing bones and layout - no surprise from McAlpine.

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  19. Hello Greet,

    This is the perfect blogspot to start the weekend. Like this, I can dream 2 days of this house.
    Now, I will sign u for her blog :)

    Have a nice weekend
    XX
    Jérôme

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  20. Adore is the word Greet... Such a stunning home..
    Isn't blogging brilliant in the way we meet such like minded souls..
    Have a wonderful week... xv

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  21. Isn't it wonderful to meet new friends that click! I can certainly understand what you love about Rela--her design aestheric is sublime! Perfect proportion and color--that salon is spectacular! Thanks for sharing! xxBarbara

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  22. It's always fun to meet people and make new friends and you have certainly had the chance to meet some really marvellous people. This Rita is exceptionally talented and has a very beautiful style.
    Have a wonderful week, my friend.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  23. Love this post Greet, and wow! what a beautiful home she has in Napa valley. I pinned a picture of her bedroom, hope that's OK
    love to you
    Sharon
    xx

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  24. Dank je wel voor je lieve reactie, ik heb jou volgens mij heel lang gevolgd. Maar ik heb eens een keer per ongeluk een aantal blogs gewist. Het komt me heel bekend voor in ieder geval.
    En het huis wat je laat zien is heel sfeervol.

    Fijne dag, Lia

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  25. I do love her as much as you do, Greet, but had know idea she was raised in Brussels. Love her new house seen in Veranda and now your blog. Also love Bobby McAlpine who was her architect on the home. You do meet the most interesting of people.
    b

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  26. I do, and so nice to meet her, through you! You sound like a wonderful person. Rela's style is so timeless, I love it.
    xo Nancy
    powellbrowerhome.com

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