Berkeley’s Rose Garden, New Candle Collection & Stunning Home Tour

Today on weekend meanderings, a visit to Berkeley’s beautiful rose garden, Hood Canal Candle’s Company’s new Spa Collection, and a tech CEO’s $10 million dollar home renovation.

Happy weekend friends! It’s time for the weekend post with Kim and Elizabeth, our weekly roundup of inspirations and goings on.

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How was your week? Mine was a little up and a little down. It started off great with a visit to a hot new breakfast spot and a local rose garden, I watched the Brats documentary (meh), Hit Man movie (cute), and kept up with the Stanley Cup final (Last night was unbelievable …. onward to Game 7! Let’s Go Oilers!). Niece Shelby came over for fajitas, pie and ice cream, and I posted my packing edit from Italy, and then things took a turn. Thursday I woke up with a migraine. It’s been a while since I’ve had that pleasure and I’ll spare you the details, but it was a miserable day. Yesterday I felt better but still a little woozy with that post-migraine hangover feeling. But I felt good enough to follow through with our dinner plans last night. Enough about me.


What I Packed and Wore in Puglia

Everything I packed and wore in Puglia hit the blog this week.

Woman standing in front of church in Italy.

One of my favorite last minute purchases for the trip is this scoop neck midi-dress from Quince. I bought it in Navy, size small.

Woman wearing navy blue midi dress taking mirror selfie.

Quince European Linen Scoop Neck Midi

It’s such an easy piece to wear and has a classic silhouette and I know it’s going to get a lot of use this summer. Two of my favorite things about it, the shoulder straps are adjustable so I didn’t have to take it to alterations, and it has pockets. I’m a huge fan of pockets in a dress. And I love that I can pair it with a cardigan, wrap, jacket or blazer.

I was bad at getting photos of my outfits while on the trip so I did a little fashion show in our living room and posted it to Instagram.

A reader asked if I’d specify my height, weight, sizes, etc. So here goes, I’m 5’4-1/4″ and my weight fluctuates between 112 and 122. Right now I’m about 120. I wear anything from 0 – 6 depending on the brand. In a small/medium/large situation I’m generally an XS or Small. Again, brands are all over the place with their sizing, but this is generally my range. I’ll try to remember to clarify the sizes I’m wearing more often. And, you can read my Italy packing edit here.


Local News – The Breakfast Club in Lafayette is (Finally) Open

On Monday I met my BFF Jane to try out The Breakfast Club, a new breakfast, brunch and lunch spot in Lafayette. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and were so absorbed in conversation we forgot to take photos. I really wish I’d snapped shots of our plates … the presentation was lovely and we appreciated the extra touches like  pretty, edible flower garnishes that made us smile.

The Breakfast Club exterior view, Lafayette, CA.


This is the third Bay Area Breakfast Club location. The others are in San Jose and Walnut Creek. I believe more are coming. The Lafayette location is on Mt. Diablo Boulevard in the old Paxti location. It’s beautifully done inside and they have patio seating in front and on the charming side alley. The menu is very good and extensive … all the usual breakfast suspects plus some fun twists. A couple of important (to me) notes, the menu includes linguisa (yay) and they offer hash browns AND breakfast potatoes (I’m partial to hash browns). I can’t wait to try out their lunch menu. Did I mention they have a full bar? Not that we were drinking, it was Monday morning … we’re not savages. Oh, and their servers were friendly, fun and attentive. They’re open seven days a week from 7:00am – 3:00pm and the entire menu (breakfast and lunch) is served all day. I have a feeling we’ll be frequent guests.


Berkeley Rose Garden

For years I’ve been hearing about the Berkeley Rose Garden. It’s only four miles away but I hadn’t been. This week I corrected that oversight and I’m so glad I did. The ideal time to visit the garden is probably mid-May, that said, there are many, many roses still blooming right now.

Berkeley Rose Garden.


The rose garden is part of a city-owned park in North Berkeley constructed in the form of a terraced amphitheater. Part of a national public works project it got stated in 1933 and opened to the public in 1937. The garden is in the middle of a residential neighborhood (fabulous old homes and views) with four public tennis courts to one side of the garden, and Codornices Park across the street. Apparently a pedestrian tunnel connects the two but I didn’t explore beyond the garden.

The drive from my side of the (Caldecott) tunnel through Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood and the UC Berkeley campus is just stunning and I wanted to stop and gawk at every single magnificent home and building along the way. The garden is on Euclid street and I took a little time to drive up and down the residential streets. Well worth the time as the homes are architecturally interesting with breathtaking views across the Bay to San Francisco (on a clear day).

The garden contains over 1500 rose bushes and 250 rose varieties, most of them labeled.

The leaves on this Foxi Pavement rose look of mint.

The Cordornices Creek runs through the garden.

And a beautiful 200 foot redwood pergola defines the upper tier.

The garden has a kind of wild and slightly unkempt feel which is very charming and I loved.

I’d love to know the story of this very old Phyllis Bide rose.

I visited the garden on a Wednesday morning. Street parking (free) was easy and available. Quite a few families were strolling the garden, as well as local mom’s entertaining young children. But the garden was by no means crowded. I noticed that many visitors brought lunch and after strolling through the rose beds they sat down for a picnic. Great idea. I’m adding this to my calendar for next year, mid-May, and bringing lunch! Hours are daily  6:00am to 10:00pm.


Hood Canal Candle Co. Spa Collection

It was a happy surprise to find a box from the Hood Canal Candle Co. on my doorstep this week. Their new six-fragrance Spa Collection just launched and Pamela sent me a Discovery Box (sample box of the full collection) that is available for purchase now! Sounds wonderful, right? Well, I can tell you it is.

Box of spa scented sandals from Hood Canal Candle Co. next to a vase of peach flowers.

The new six fragrances are Fabulous, Balance, Glow, Serene, Bliss and Refresh. I needed a pick me up while drafting today’s message and lit the Glow candle. Its pear and moonflower fragrance is heavenly and I’m sure the secret to my glowing post today. Ha!

Overhead shot of flowers next to small candle burning on cocktail napkin.

Hood Canal Candles are soy wax and hand crafted by Pamela in the beautiful state of Washington. Check out her Etsy shop and be sure to grab a Discovery Box before the collection sells out. Not part of the Discovery Box, but a summertime favorite is the Limoncello candle. Be sure to follow Hood Canal on Instagram so you’re in the know for all new releases.


Contemporary Oasis Home Tour

Let me start off by saying this is not my home style. That said, I do try to appreciate other styles and points of view and when this home, which is just a hop skip and a jump from Snowberry, was featured on a local realtor’s TikTok open house tour, I was interested. When I googled it and read the press around the renovation (New York Times feature 2021) I was intrigued. These are my neighbors. Ha! And yesterday I took a drive up the street, and I do mean up, to get a glimpse of it (the driveway and gate) for myself. The house is exactly .4 miles from Snowberry, but it’s a mile drive up a narrow, windy, private road. All I could think of was how in the world did they get construction materials up there?

119 Melody Drive, Orinda exterior.

The home was purchased by a tech entrepreneur and his philanthropist wife in 2018 and they spent two years and $10 million dollars on the total renovation. It’s contemporary in style but filled with lots of color and the homeowners art collection. It’s recently hit the market for $12.9 million. I wonder why they’re selling?

The following images by Peter Lyons.

Exterior of 119 Melody Drive in Orinda, CA.

Look at the California poppy wall mural.

Exterior 119 Melody Drive, Orinda, CA.

The main living space great room.

Interior of 119 Melody Drive, Orinda, CA.

Interior of 119 Melody Drive, Orinda, CA.

Now for the fun stuff. A 1200 bottle wine room, billiards and theater rooms, and home gym opening to the backyard.

Interior of 119 Melody Drive, Orinda, CA.

Interior of 119 Melody Drive, Orinda, CA.

Theater room at 119 Melody Drive, Orinda.

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The primary bedroom and bath.

Interior of 119 Melody Drive, Orinda, CA.

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Decks, decks and more decks.

WM 2425 - Melody Drive

WM 2425 - Melody Drive

I appreciate the whimsy of this kids bathroom.

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His and her home offices. This is hers (his isn’t worth showing).

Interior 119 Melody Drive, Orinda, CA.

Last but not least the pool, cabana and outdoor kitchen with pizza oven.

Exterior 119 Melody Drive, Orinda, CA.

The 7,851 sqft house sit on a 3.4 acre property and includes 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 home offices, 4 Tesla power walls and a private apartment. You can view the real estate listing here. And read more about the home, and homeowners, here and here.


Odds & Socks ~

  • Have you heard of a surf brush?! I learned about it from some Southern California ladies on my Italy trip and if you live … or are vacationing … near the beach you’ll need one. Or two.
  • If you aren’t following my friend Kym Showers Life Coach on Instagram, what are you doing?! Kym’s daily doses of wisdom and encouragement … and fun fashion … are part of my morning ritual. And her Thursday podcasts are essential listening for women in the second half of life (or any stage of life).
  • This week, in my quest to find the perfect white t-shirt, I’ve been wearing this one and it’s definitely a favorite.
  • I’ve been extolling the virtues of this cordless lamp set that’s on my patio table. These cordless lanterns are another fun summer patio option. They adorned the poolside tables at our Puglia hotel’s pizzeria and everyone swooned over them.

Current Favorites ~


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And that’s what I have for you today. Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth.



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In case you missed it, last week I shared yummy soup and biscuit recipes, a good spy novel, my new favorite pair of summer sandals and more … catch up here.

Cheers from Snowberry!

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  • Good morning Juliet!
    I hope that you are feeling much better this morning.
    In spite of your migraine it looks like you had a fun and adventurous week.
    The rose garden is beautiful! I love the style, an interesting concept to tier the gardens like an amphitheater. I can only image how beautiful it is in May.
    The Breakfast club sounds like a great place for breakfast. I am with you on the hash browns, I prefer them to potatoes.
    Hood Candle company is one of my favorites! Especially the holiday candles. The spa collection. sounds wonderful, I will check them out after I finish reading your post.
    As for the house tour, it’s not my style but the views are beautiful!
    Based upon a recommendation from Mary at Life at Bella Terrace I purchased some t-shirts from Banana Republic and they are comfy and soft. I love them.
    Have w wonderful weekend Juliet. Take it easy and hopefully you will be back to yourself soon.
    P.S. Loved all of your look in Italy.
    xo Elizabeth

    • Happy weekend, Elizabeth! I’ve got the rose garden on my calendar for May of next year and can’t wait to see it in full bloom! xo

  • As a passionate rose grower myself I can really appreciate a garden focused exclusively on roses!!! How exciting to see all these incredible blooms in one space!!
    Thank you for sharing…

    Hostess of the Humble Bungalow

    • Leslie, you’d love this garden … I thought I’d be there 20 minutes or so and ended up wandering around for well over an hour. I’ve marked my 2025 calendar so I get there early in May to see it in top form. xo

  • Hi Juliet — I am so sorry to hear about your migraine. I hope you are all better now. Thanks for powering through your blog even though you weren’t feeling great. What a delightful spot for breakfast you went to. And the rose garden looked spectacular! Starting following Kym. I could use some life coaching. Have a great week!

  • Juliet what fun to see this rose garden. I had no idea about it. We have a big one in San Jose too. I forget to go. I love the scents and the old roses. Lafayette sure looks charming. I need to go sometime. Have not heard of that restaurant!
    I hope you are taking care and feeling better. Migraines can be so debilitating.
    That home near you has some gorgeous views into the valley and wow the decks are so good. I am with you, it needs some warming up and a few window treatments and color! I wonder why they are selling?
    Hope you have a beautiful weekend and are feeling good. xo

    • Kim, is the San Jose rose garden part of the Rosecruisan Museum? I visited it years ago and it was fascinating on so many levels. Happy weekend and stay cool over there! xo

  • Love the Quince dress, just bought one in black (my staple) and the light yellow one…I’m a “light summer” blonde/blue so I never buy yellow but I’ve been looking for a dress in this very light shade. Thanks for the recommendation!
    Love the rest of the post, too

    • Hi Vallette, I’m so happy to hear that … I’m sure the yellow – and black – are gorgeous on you. It’s a really great dress. Enjoy you weekend! xo

  • Hi Juliet,
    Sorry about your migraine, must have been pressure in the atmosphere or something because I had one, too. They are awful and I always have a headache hangover the next day. Yuck.
    Anyway, the rose garden is lovely! I like to go to the one in San Jose Willow Glen area, and of course my 7 rose bushes on my deck keep me happy! I do what I can!
    Pretty dress, you always look cute. Looks like a great place for breakfast. I would love to have someplace a little more upscale to eat here. Everything is rustic (read: old and run down) in the valley. Obviously not the worst problem but still.
    Take care, hope you feel 100% again.
    Xo Heidi

    • Heidi, I envy you your roses at home. We’ve had terrible luck here with roses and are trying to resurrect our beautiful climbing rose. Is the San Jose rose garden part of the Rosecruisan museum? We feel so lucky to have our new breakfast/lunch spot. Jim I went yesterday and it was packed. So happy to see everyone out supporting a new business. My headache is all gone and I hope yours is too. Happy weekend … enjoyed your photos from the beach this week. xo

  • Hi Juliet! I enjoy reading all your posts on home, fashion, travel etc. But finally had to comment because I’m a huge hockey fan too lol. So yes – Let’s Go Oilers!!

    • Anna! Love hearing from you … a fellow hockey fan. Tomorrow night is going to be an epic game … can’t wait! Eek. xo

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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