Cool designs at Cornerstone in Sonoma

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Wired clouds with crystal raindrops in a garden vignette

Cool designs at Cornerstone

I love to visit well designed and aesthetically beautiful architecture, public spaces, gardens and environments that are well thought out and visually stimulating.  One of my favorite places to visit in Sonoma, California is Cornerstone – a creative site filled with imagination and delightful spaces.  Conceptualized initially as an exhibit space for avant-garde design,  garden installations, and art mixed in with inventive galleries and shops. The center has evolved ever since into a cool and design centric place where collaborations of art, design, gardening, food and wine merge with a positive synergy and direction.

Along with all the gorgeous exterior spaces, beautiful art installations, delicious wine tasting and trendy boutiques, the entire experience is well curated and entertaining.  There are so many visual and sensory  delights to experiences. I also loved visiting each gallery or nitch boutiques carrying the unusual and truly unique like:  imported antique treasure and home-wares, well designed objects and art curiosities, garden centric shops and floral studios, and food and wine venues.



There is always art on display everywhere at Cornerstone









Modern sculpture for the garden

Modern sculpture for the garden



Cornerstone Design Savy

Walking around outside the galleries, on the walkways and in the gardens, you may just happen upon some beautiful artwork or  sculpture and even some whimsical  or quirky objects to make you smile and enjoy the moment. It’s fun to just happen on the many unexpected displays along the walkways and makes it a very entertaining process of not knowing what is just around the corner and may be a surprising encounter. Cornerstone is very unique in creating that type of experience and maximizing the complete scale of design and large installation to make an immediate impression and want you to spend more time visiting each place. If you enjoy beautiful design-focused environments from interior to exterior, the fine details to large-scale installations, cool antiques to leading design – you will definitely enjoy spending a morning if not all day exploring all the wonderful sights and galleries there.


Metal sheep patrolling the streets

Metal sheep patrolling the streets




Spoon chandalier

Spoon chandelier


Galleries designed with beautiful vignettes like this collection of praying buddhas below


Clapping buddahs

Clapping buddhas





Beautiful antique and imported statuary

Beautiful antique and imported statuary


In my earlier post, I showed you the gardens around Cornerstone  with the designer showcases and displays. The gardens are  inspiring to visit in person, but if you don’t have time just take a look at my earlier post showcasing the designs and the inventive use of man-made materials combined with the organic to creative some stunning installations.


Giant pinwheel installation

Giant pin wheel installation





Beautiful gardens and sculpture

Beautiful gardens and sculpture




Smaller scale garden sculpture ready for your purchase.



Garden art in a beautiful setting

Garden art in a beautiful setting


There are unusual and interactive displays like this installation below that you can approach

through some railroad ties.




Cornerstone gardens and design, Travel Photo Mondays



Installation with thousands of red droplets

Installation with thousands of red droplets




Mundane materials like galvanized metal, wire mesh and rocks are creatively presented in new




Cheap materials used in innovative ways

Cheap materials used in creative ways

If you do go here are more details


Location : 23570 Arnold Drive,  Sonoma, California

Hours are 10am to 5pm daily

Contact : (707) 933-3010

Website :

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14 Responses to Cool designs at Cornerstone in Sonoma

  1. wandering educators January 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm #


  2. Carol Cook October 1, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    We have visited Sonoma many times yet never heard of Cornerstone. We need to add this to our next visit north.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} September 29, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Cornerstone looks like a very cool place indeed. The photo with the reflection of the red droplets is my favorite. Whenever I walk through something like this, I always want to redo my garden in some way that my humorless Homeowner’s Association probably would not appreciate. So, it’s good to see they have some smaller sculptures available for purchase.

  4. Liz @ Infuse With Liz September 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Helllo- I’m visiting from The Tablescaper. There is a lot of eye candy here! What an interesting place with so many different kinds of art. The piece with the water and the red glass droplets is amazing. You captured it so nicely. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. travelnwrite September 29, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Way too much fun in these photos Noel! Love them all. We are off to Honolulu on Tuesday and every time I see a post by you I think Hawaii. . .is that branding or what?

  6. Ruth September 27, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I do not know where to begin. There were so many photos that I liked and wondered about. I wondered if they called that one statue, lady with a broken arm.

  7. Tracy September 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Some lovely sculptures and installations. The one with red droplets and steel over the water is stunning, but I think I like those sheep the best.

  8. Nancie September 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Definitely a place to go with a camera in hand! Love all the quirky little exhibits.

  9. Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel) September 26, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    I love outdoor exhibits like this and as a wannabe photographer I could see wanting to spend a good half day here playing around with all sorts of cool angles.I particularly like photo #4.

  10. muzachan September 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    The metal sheep are so cute 🙂

  11. Debra @ Frugal Little Bungalow September 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    This was very enjoyable! 🙂

  12. Jennifer September 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Love those sheep! What a cool exhibit.

  13. Harsha September 24, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Breathtaking They are..Nice Captures Noel.. 🙂


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