June 26, 2013

My Weekend In Santa Barbara With... Fifi O'Neill And Mark Lohman

Doré Callaway Interior Design ~ Designer
Above photo my piece.

"Love is in the air"
Santa Barbara, CA.
Wedding Shoot

A peek of what you will see in Fifi O'Neill's new book of Wedding Style's.
Due to release spring 2014

Myself and my Daughter Hannah, were invited to spend our weekend with Fifi O'Neill at
 the beautiful home of,
Renee & Gordon Werner
Where truly Patina & Personality meets and greets the seaside view of Santa Barbara, Ca.
Renee & Gordon Werner's
Home is featured in one of Fifi O'Neill's Magazines...
French Country Style on magazine stands until July 2013
Pages 48-59

My daughter Hannah Bailey Callaway, Modeled as a bride along with many added design touches I added to this event that will be featured along with Renee's garden wedding event in what we know to be a best seller Wedding Style Book for our beautiful friend,
 Fifi O'Neil.

I would love to share in detail but, I can only share some snippets of what the surroundings were like before its staging, we were sworn to secrecy to not leak a thing.

All Photos taken by Me, Doré Callaway  

Home of
Renee & Gordon Werner
Weekend of 6-22-2013 spent with Fifi O'Neill and Mark Lohman
Later, end of day followed the beautiful company of
Sunday Hendrickson
A stylist for Fifi shoots on the many featured homes we love and adore.

These windows are antique windows collected by the owner of the home. Renee Werner knew when she found these beautiful windows that she would find a place for them and indeed she did. When the Werner's added onto their home they knew it must have tumbled used brick flooring and washed cement walls a perfect room for their windows a garden room addiction right off the kitchen next to the main entrance of the home making for a beautiful view of the Santa Barbara California sea.

This was the column that greeted us to the entrance to the French garden home.
My daughter Hannah pictured in all this wow-ness!

Contributing Photographer Mark Lohman
He is a force to reckon with, amazing talent stands behind that camera.
I had the privilage of having him shoot our home when it was featured in Romantic Country magazine Spring issue 2013 another of Fifi O'Neill's beautiful publications
Mark Lohman works closely with Fifi adding his beauty through the lens of what he sees; we can tell you he is so much fun to be around.

Renee loves and we do to the added salvage she adds to her gardens, they are like rooms with a view. She sat for hours talking and sharing her love for salvage with my daughter Hannah and myself.
I would ask her in conversation where did you find this or that, her answers were, "I had them shipped over from France"
Just look at that iron door that trellis' her vines.

Old bits of broken chipped glass is left over to what was a pane of window glass to the iron door, soulful is all I can say.
Garden art is everywhere. This is the view from her sea weathered veranda porch exiting the French doors of her kitchen. You will also notice a bit of whimsey like this iron umbrella.

Windows are left open allowing the sea air to visit.

"Photo taken in my home"

This is a similar piece that will also be featured in Fifi O'Neill's up and coming Wedding Styles book I feel so honored to be contributing to the beauty she is creating.
As I stated before I can only show you snippets of what you will see and this is in closeness to the likes of the one featured.

This LOVE sign is of 100 year old barn woods that is backed with a split up antique table top. The letters spelling out LOVE are of  vintage salvage glued in place, nail gunned down to then deeply screwed down for lasting heirloomed life to it and will be for sale in my Burlap Luxe etsy shop.
It is a one-of-a-kind
will not be produced with these woods or embellishments again due to materials obtained and used.

Beautifully displayed for a wedding, bridal shower, new arrival of that bundle of joy or an expression of the LOVE in your home. 

I will be sharing soon this newly painted piece that has lived with me for ten years in natural finish featured in Romantic Country magazine spring 2013

Also will be featured in Fifi's Wedding book and listed in my etsy as well.
The last of my antique galvanized zinc plates and is a one of a kind piece.

French address numbers were also used in Fifi's, Wedding book at each table for table numbers.
you will find them in my etsy shop, this is the last of them. No more will be made due to the last of the antique zinc plates are no more.

Number 1 belongs to Fifi

A peek of what is attached to the wedding cake that I made for Fifi's wedding book in the gardens of Renee & Gordons Santa Barbara, Ca. Seaside home.

Another part of what sits on top of the wedding cake is one of my wire birdcages I create. This one is special; I created it for my daughter's hope chest that will someday sit atop her wedding cake that I too will make for her. Perched inside the wire crown cage is a swing with vintage ephemera paper of Bower birds. The male Bower builds the most beautiful hut/home of all bird species, its part of his courtship to winning over the love of his life just as it should be. The male bower bird will find field brocante, shinny stones and small objects to decorate with by weaving it so beautifully into his built home to attract the attention of a mate making it a lasting life home.

As you see I have created and weaved one of my beautiful little crowns into this Bower birdcage as would a Bower bird if it happened upon it. 

As we left the gates of Renee & Gordon Werners Santa Barbara seaside French cottage home it was emotionally more than one could imagine, an experience that embraces grace and beauty while letting the whispers of the day follow us home.


Rhonda said...

You had me at Santa Barbara. Fifi is the icing. Gorgeous images you have shared. And your Love sign is stunning. Oh does California call me.

pballard said...

Wow I cant wait for 2014! Congrats to you what an honor! Lovely pictures.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Such a wonderful experience for you and your daughter! I am so excited for both of you! The book is sure to be amazing!

martinealison said...


Merci pour cet "apéritif" en images... Elles donnent de l'appétit... et j'ai hâte d'en voir davantage.
Gros bisous à vous.

Burlap Luxe said...


Merci mon ami,
Je vous remercie de votre visite et commentaire soulful.
Je vais vous et votre beauté visiter ainsi prendre avec moi tout ce que vous inspirez.


Laura said...

Wow, thats so exciting Dore!! I love the property; expecially the concrete/plaster interior! so warm and so much texture! beautiful! cant wait to see the wedding book! have a favulous day!!

Debra@CommonGround said...

what a wonderful experience for you and your beautiful daughter. can't wait to see the publication!

Junkchiccottage said...

How exciting for you and your daughter to meet Fifi and have that experience. I can't wait to see it next year. Love the Love sign. I am hoping over to Etsy now.

helen tilston said...

Hello Dore

How wonderful that you and your daughter are able to work at what you love and is your passion. Thank you for sharing this marvelous home and the wonderful antiques

Helen xx

Leslie said...

Wow! Congratulattions! I've spent lots of time in Santa Barbara and will be there in September. A beautiful place indeed and I'm sure your daughter not only enjoyed the experience but looked stunning amidst her surroundings. You do amazing work! I can't wait to see the publication!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Congratulations dear friend! How exciting for you.
Breathtaking images Dore, and Hannah looks beautiful.
Love your love sign!

Victoria said...

Oh my goodness Dore, what an exciting time you and your daughter are living!!! That house is gorgeous! It's so wonderful to know you are getting all this well deserved recognition for your gift of creating beauty!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh my beautiful friend! LOVE IT ALL! The grays, patina, the white, and the feel of the California/French connection. I hope to touch base with Fifi in the following month, after I make a trip to Los Angeles next week and get more assignments completed for my writing class.

That patina look is what I seek, and am getting it, and hope to "keep." With uncertainty in the air regarding a job, my husband's job, all I can think of is KEEPING MY HOME.....what we worked so hard to get....

Beautiful interiors and looking forward to seeing MORE! Anita

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

How exciting Dore! Oh gosh, such luscious photos - I can't wait to see it all in the book. Although I don't know anyone planning a wedding, I'll be sure to get the book for my daughter's (very) future wedding - she's only 6! I just love the peeks of your romantic, beautiful pieces. This is so thrilling for you and how special that your lovely daughter was part of it all!

It's me said...

Wowwww...that must be a great weekend Dore....wowww Fifi !!.....love from me...x !!

Sandi said...

What an amazing time you must have had to be surrounded by such beauty!

I love that "LOVE" sign!!! How unique is that!! Just stunning. I also love your number signs {just bought one, but shh...we won't tell anyone. lol}
Have a beautiful day being blessed and doing what you love...

La Dolfina said...

What an amazing experience my friend, and such an honor!
Hannah looked beautiful in that shot leaning against the gate! So excited to see the fruits of your labor!
It must have been surreal to see Hannah as a bride. I can only imagine the goosebumps!
Much love,


Vera said...


The pretty Callaway's sure enjoyed a memorable and exciting weekend in CA. Wow... whimsy meets the sea, talk about blissful serenity!

Looking forward to seeing your artistic touches in FiFi's upcoming wedding book. Your new additions in your etsy shop are wonderful, as I am truly loving my number 9.

The Love sign is charming. Whenever I see the word Love written my thoughts connect back to the old Beatles lyrics of "Love is all you need". Very soulful expression of your salvaged finds into ome of a kind creations.

Will pick up the July issue to further enjoy the Werner's home of beauty.


Anonymous said...

Dore: loved, loved, loved this tour. What a great treat to experience. And that gate at the end: wow! And may I say, you have a beautiful daughter.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Dore...where do I begin?
First, I am so happy you were able to share this with Hannah! She is a beauty and I can't wait to see her grace the pages of Fifi's next gift to us! The grounds look beautiful and Renee sounds like a true kindred spirit!
Thank you for letting us have an early peek!
Happy Fourth to you and Hannah!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Dore...where do I begin?
First, I am so happy you were able to share this with Hannah! She is a beauty and I can't wait to see her grace the pages of Fifi's next gift to us! The grounds look beautiful and Renee sounds like a true kindred spirit!
Thank you for letting us have an early peek!
Happy Fourth to you and Hannah!

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Suz said...

Elegant vintage!

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Oh Dore Simply Smashing My Darling! I am so excited to see Fifi's new Wedding Book as I will be planning a Wedding next year :)

I bet Hannah was stunning in her photos.It will make it so much more personal for me knowing it's Hannah and that you have styled along the way too.

I am in Love with this Love sign and now I must try to recreate as it's found it's home.

So happy for you my darling friends! Many Blessings Always, Kim xoxo

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You are such a dear.. Thank you Dore for leaving such a kind note at my door.. It is always such a joy when you visit

French Basketeer.com said...

Can't wait to see what this talented group accomplished; I love the setting, and of course the bridal details! Hannah will be perfect as the bridal model!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Have a lovely weekend Dore, Xo, Ashley

Burlap Luxe said...

Love to you to Ashley, take care of that little sparrow :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a gorgeous home, and setting. You always weave such magic, Dore. I LUV that "LOVE" sign.

Vintage Home said...

Oh my...such beauty & love the story of you making your duaghters wedding cake top! Pure love!
Such inspiration, and devotion. I so enjoyed this wee story!

Kate said...

Oh Dore
I cannot wait to see all of the beauty and your sweet Hannah. How exciting and perfect for you my sweet friend. You are so gifted and your talent is endless. We are all so moved by you and the inspiration you share well its one of a kind. My best to you on this incredible journey!


LizlovesVintage said...

What an amazing opportunity for you and your Daughter.Renee's home is absolutely gorgeous and windows, wow! Fifi talent and touch is quite awesome in itself. To combine everything plus, your artwork I can't imagine! Sigh..I'll be looking for the Mag for sure :)
Thanks for letting me share your sign. "LOVE" your craft!
xo Liz

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


It is so lovely to come here to peruse your gray and white world, or to simply come back because you visited me....thank you so much for visiting my quick post; I am sitting on my newly enclosed deck, enjoying the sound of a French style fountain and the greenery of my little jardin.....when you have a moment, I would love to hear from you and your experience with Fifi....in the mean time, enjoy the peaceful grace of the world you and I both love...Anita

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So much fun- what a wonderful experience for you and your daughter!! Always so beautiful over here! xo

Pura Vida said...

I imagine you were in a bit of heaven, thanks so much for sharing. Love your "love"and of course your photos are always so dreamy

La Contessa said...

OH MY!I think I get to see this home in two weeks!Your daughter is STUNNING!Fifi and Mark divine I too have had the opportunity to watch their magic!
I'm signing up for your blog!!!!!!!

savvycityfarmer said...

now this is settling me right down ...

I know this pleasure well, really well.
your home is the force to be reckoned with my dear.

beyond beautiful ...

it draws me right in every single time ...

thank you for your sweet comments ALL the time ...
they even inspire

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Cindy said...

Oh my gosh! So much beauty in one post... What an amazing experience. Can you imagine just saying, "i had it shipped over from France"!? or living in that gorgeous home with windows open to the sea... wow. And you make cakes too!!?? You're an artist in every medium! I adored your story about the little bird, and your "Love" is such a treasure. It's no wonder Fifi wanted you there, with all your beautiful creations and talent...


Anonymous said...

Hi Dore,
What a wonderful day it looks like you had! And your daughter is so beautiful!!
Have a lovely day and a Happy 4th.

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my gosh....what an amazing home, Dore! When I see one like that I think, "Why would Fifi want to photograph my old farmhouse....?" But I'm so glad she did and that I had the chance to meet her. ♥ What a wonderful experience that must'ave been for you to spend a weekend with everyone! When I saw that photo of Mark, I remember how much fun he is to be around. What a joker! lol Anyway, your photography, your artistic work, your words.....all soooo beautiful, my friend!

xoxo laurie

Karena said...

Congratulations Dore, it is well deserved that you should be a part of this with your creations! You have so much to be proud about! Oh and you daughter is gorgeous!

2013 Design Series

must love junk said...

How exciting for you and your daughter!! The pics are stunning, and I LOVE the barn wood sign that you made! :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, how wonderfully exciting for you and gorgeous Hannah! The home is so pretty, I can't wait to see. Such a well deserved and unique opportunity for you, Dore. I'm truly happy for you, and so, so proud to know you!
Big hugs,

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Oh happy days for you and your daughter - she is a beautiful, beautiful girl! I just know you were bursting..! I would have.

I am so happy for you and can't wait to see it all....those "extra odd paint brushes" are painting a beautiful future already, I see....;-) I commented on your box...which I loved.

Big hugs to a very talented and gifted lady

La Brocanteuse said...

WOW what a lovely weekend that must have been- looking forward to see more images when you are allowed to share..I can only imagine your creative input in what you made there...Hanna is so gorgeous! xx thank you for lovely comment on my blog

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Good evening Dore,
You are so sweet.... Thank you so much for your visit.. Those little pony legs... Well, I believe I need more practice. Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

Your little part of the world is a place for me to dream and it fills me with inspiration.

Anonymous said...

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"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I love the iron gate in your last photo. It reminds me of the one we designed for our cottage. However, instead of being French ours is Irish, with the symbol for eternity in Gaelic in artful iron scroll on the front. I do have a post on it somewhere on my blog! It's been great to meet you (via blog) and I look forward to many more posts. Tia