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The Real Napa Valley Style

On my trips through St. Helena in California's Napa Valley wine country, Img_0308 I'd passed by the Img_0309 homestyle store Vanderbilt & Company and heard through the insider buzz of its unique offerings in dinnerware, linens, bedding and gifts. But I began to really understand what owner Charles Gautreaux is creating in his store when consulting with him on a project. Given that disclosure, you can see the store for yourself through these photos and on its new website -- and enhance your own understanding of the real Napa style, which those in the know are duplicating in their homes around the world.

Img_0315 As the wine harvest flourishes now in northern California, St. Helena is one of the must-do stops on Highway 29, with upmarket boutique Img_0307_1 shopping along its Main Street and terrific restaurants, such as Market and Terra. I like Market (American comfort food) for lunch and Img_0311 rom antic Terra Img_0312 (southern France meets Asia) for dinner (it's not open for lunch).

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