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