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Spotlight: Spanish Tile

Hola from Barcelona! Today I?m walking La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter and seeing all kinds of beautiful Spanish tile. There?s so much of Gaudi?s inf...
20-05-2022 16:10

DIY: Abstract Swirl Paintings

I get so inspired by fellow artists when I see them making abstracts so I thought I?d give a try to a different method. These abstract swirl paintings...
18-05-2022 16:10

Weekend Reading 5.15.22

Strategic packing is this weekend?s goal! I leave for Spain on Tuesday and I?ve learned that the best way to travel light it to be very careful about ...
16-05-2022 16:09

Three Days in Tulum

Certain places will hold a sense of fascination in your mind until you walk the streets and see them for yourself. Tulum was one of those places I?d s...
13-05-2022 16:11

Summer Kimonos

Are you excited for the arrival of summer" After a two year pandemic, we?re all ready to roam free and feel more sunshine outdoors. Kimonos are ...
11-05-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 5.8.22

Weekend hellos and Happy Mother?s Day to all that are celebrating! I?ll be having brunch with my family and enjoying some time relaxing by myself for ...
08-05-2022 16:10

Attractive Ceiling Fans

I have a lot of research and planning to do before I head to Florida this summer and start renovations. The first thing we?re doing is upgrading some ...
05-05-2022 16:10

Weekend Reading 5.1.22

Thank you so much for all the kind feedback on the Florida home purchase and future move. I appreciate your comments and emails and support, it will b...
01-05-2022 16:09

Florida Home: Before Pics and Plans

Subscribers and Instagram followers are aware that after a long search, we bought a house in Florida. There are several reasons why we?re making this ...
27-04-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 4.24.22

Hello everyone, greetings from Sarasota, Florida where I?ve already picked up the keys to our new home and I?m in the process of painting walls while ...
24-04-2022 16:10

Fresh Twists on White Tile

Last week I featured a kitchen renovation with a white tile backsplash where I chose an offset vertical tile installation instead of a more traditiona...
21-04-2022 16:11

Simple Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother?s Day is May 8th, less than three weeks away! If you want to give a special mama something simple and thoughtful consider these simple gift ide...
19-04-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 4.17.22

Happy Easter to all! I hope you?re enjoying this holiday with family and friends. I?m packing up to fly back to Florida for a few days because?.it?s o...
18-04-2022 16:11

Sonoma Kitchen Remodel

This latest kitchen renovation is in a home located in the Sonoma Valley, surrounded by oak and olive trees, and rolling hills covered in vineyards. I...
14-04-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 4.10.22

I?m posting these links late on a Sunday evening because I?ve been staging all day. The flip house goes on the market this week and there were still s...
11-04-2022 16:11

Impressive Outdoor Kitchens

The house we have under contract in Florida has a big patio and a large yard, so I?m already planning to include an outdoor kitchen! With summer aroun...
09-04-2022 16:09

Sonoma Bathroom Remodel

Another bathroom remodel complete! This is the primary bathroom in a 1,200 square foot two bedroom home in the Sonoma Valley that we’re remodeling f...
05-04-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 4.3.22

It?s been quite a busy week since I returned from Florida. I?m in the process of staging our flip house project in Sonoma to finally get it listed and...
03-04-2022 16:10

What Makes a Cozy Vacation Rental"

I spent a few days in a vacation rental while looking for a new house to buy in Florida, and the one we stayed in was so welcoming I thought I?d write...
30-03-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 3.27.22

Well my friends I?m back from our trip to Florida. We saw and learned a lot! I had been to the area before so I knew the city I wanted to potentially ...
28-03-2022 16:13

Spring Screensavers

Spring has arrived! To add some some cheer to your desktop, laptop, cell phones and tablets, I had fun creating three new spring themed patterns. Down...
22-03-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 3.20.22

Late weekend greetings. I?ve been busy all day packing for our spring break trip to Florida?s gulf coast. While we?re in Florida we will be relaxing a...
21-03-2022 16:11

Perfect Green Paint Colors

Happy St. Patrick?s Day! Today is all about green so this post is rather predictable, but since green is still the hottest trend in cabinetry (next to...
18-03-2022 16:12

Modern Neutral Mosaics

I was excited to share a bathroom renovation this week but I discovered yesterday that the vanity mirror I ordered was broken. Its replacement will ar...
16-03-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 3.13.22

We?re relaxing on this Sunday adjusting to daylight savings time. I?m one of those who likes it in the summer with the extension of more daylight in t...
14-03-2022 16:12

Wood Trimmed Wall Niches

It?s interesting all the different ways we come up with to create beautiful storage or display opportunities. We all love a great wall of bookcases an...
12-03-2022 16:11

New Landscape Art Prints

One of my missions in my lifetime is to see as much of the world as I can. When I have the chance to travel, I enjoy photographing it and now that I?v...
11-03-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 3.6.22

Late weekend hellos friends. It?s exciting that spring is just beginning isn?t it" After two long years in a pandemic, spring seems especially welcome...
07-03-2022 16:11

Ideas for Creating Calm Living Spaces

In the past week, I found myself in a surreal moment, watching the aggressive attacks in the Ukraine and people fleeing their homes while I was sittin...
04-03-2022 16:11

Burano è Bellissimo

I?m traveling in Mexico today to the Riviera Maya on my way to Tulum. It?s only my second international trip since 2019 due to the pandemic. I was abl...
26-02-2022 16:12

DIY Privacy Planter Trellis

Over the weekend I finished my DIY privacy planter trellises for a patio scene I?m creating. The investment property we?re almost ready to sell needed...
22-02-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 2.19.22

We are getting so close to the finish line on our flip project. The kitchen is complete, I just need to finish staging it so I can photograph it and s...
20-02-2022 16:11

DIY Trellis Designs

If you saw today?s Instagram stories, you can see I?m building trellises for garden planters. They?re simple to make, they require only a certain numb...
17-02-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 2.13.22

I?m working on an outdoor DIY project today and tomorrow, building lattice privacy screens to insert into tall rectangular planters to create an enclo...
14-02-2022 16:10

Creative Geometric Tile Installations

One of the changes we?re making to the family home on our list of upgrades is replacing the laundry room floor.  A few years ago I hid the ugly vinyl ...
12-02-2022 16:10

Gold & Brass Wall Sconces

I?m slowly making changes to the family house to make it feel more fresh and modern in anticipation of a future sale. In the dining room I bought new ...
09-02-2022 16:09

Weekend Reading 2.6.22

I took a painting class all day yesterday and it felt so good to be studying art again. I was remembering so much! I hadn?t taken an art class in over...
07-02-2022 16:12

What is a Loggia"

A few weeks ago I toured the suzanne kasler architectural digest via houzz chelsea design & construction ...
03-02-2022 16:10

Weekend Reading 1.30.22

Greetings everyone! January is quickly coming to a close and spring is drawing near. I love autumn and summer, but there?s something so special about ...
31-01-2022 16:11

Backyard Greenhouses

Yesterday I was in Sonoma and lucky to be there for a few hours with blue skies. I visited Cornerstone Sonoma, an open air market and garden where I l...
29-01-2022 16:12

Hall Bathroom Renovation

The finish line is approaching on this two bedroom investment property we purchased last spring. This hall bathroom needed a full remodel so we brough...
26-01-2022 16:10

Weekend Reading 1.23.22

It?s a beautiful day here in Northern California, blue skies are beckoning by I?ve got work to do. I?m helping a friend pick out flooring then adding ...
24-01-2022 16:11

Abstract Wallpapers

We?re nearing the finish line on our investment property, getting it ready to list for sale in February. The last thing I needed to do for the hall ba...
22-01-2022 16:14

Cactus Art Prints

Isn?t it funny how different botanicals become trendy" There was that phase when succulents were popping up everywhere, then the fiddle leaf fig becam...
19-01-2022 16:12

Weekend Reading 1.15.22

Hello weekend! I?m off on a road trip to Paso Robles, California to do a little wine tasting with friends and see this light installation in the field...
16-01-2022 16:12

Look for Less: Vintage Rugs

I remember when my mom decorated her living room with a vintage rug with mauve tones and I thought to myself I’ll never do that. I?ll be different, ...
12-01-2022 16:11

Weekend Reading 1.9.22

Happy weekend friends! Last week I met with a few more subcontractors on our investment property and shared some progress updates in my Insta stories....
10-01-2022 16:10

Plant Spotlight: Dragon Tree

I most predictable thing happened to me at Target yesterday. I was shopping for cleaners and someone rolling a giant tiered cart of plants walked righ...
06-01-2022 16:12

Reflections from 2021

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are feeling rested and ready to jump in (or ease in if you prefer) to this brand new year. I?ve packed up the last...
03-01-2022 16:10

Merry Christmas to All

It?s Christmas Eve Eve! Time for me to finish wrapping the last of the presents and celebrate! I?ve got a light menu planned during the day since we?r...
24-12-2021 16:11

Ideas for Gifting Experiences

If you?re still wondering what to give that special person, there?s still time to give someone the gift of an experiences! Perhaps they?d prefer the g...
21-12-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 12.18.21

Less than a week to go until Christmas! I?m glad I?m done shopping and ready to relax! I?ll share some pictures of my decorated home later this week. ...
19-12-2021 16:10

Yarn and Bead Tassel Ornaments

At the last minute I decided to embellish my tree with a dozen of these chunky yarn and bead tassel ornaments. I spied wood beads on sale at Michaels ...
15-12-2021 16:13

Weekend Reading 12.12.21

I?ve finished my holiday shopping and now just waiting for the remainder of the gifts to arrive. Soon my teens will be out of school and our Christmas...
13-12-2021 16:11

2022 Printable Calendar Collection

My friends, a new year is just around the corner! While you settle into these last few weeks of December, you can still plan for next year! Introducin...
10-12-2021 16:10

Cabin Getaways Across the USA

This time of year I always look around for weekend winter getaways and cozy cabins always come to mind. How lovely it is to escape to a little cabin i...
08-12-2021 16:12

Weekend Reading 12.5.21

Holiday greetings! I?m off to get a Christmas tree with the fam today, and tomorrow I?ll be finishing up the new calendars for 2022 that I designed, t...
05-12-2021 16:11

Botanical Staircase Garlands

I finished decorating my staircase today, I was in the mood to deck the halls. We?ve had a few weeks of sunshine and my yard was so happy so I was ins...
01-12-2021 16:09

Weekend Reading 11.28.21

Well this week I had my fill of Thanksgiving flavors. We hosted a teen Friendsgiving on Tuesday, a classic Thanksgiving on Thursday, and attended a ca...
29-11-2021 16:09

DIY Wall Christmas Tree

I wanted to create something different for a holiday tree this year. I was inspired by this wall hanging christmas tree and thought to build a taller ...
24-11-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 11.21.21

I?m finishing a fun holiday DIY project this week, plus preparing for family guests coming on Thanksgiving. My 17 year old daughter is hosting an outd...
22-11-2021 16:10

Contemporary Electric Fireplaces

Yesterday as I was adding a touch of festive decor to my studio while the fireplace was on and I was reminded of how much I love the one in my small s...
20-11-2021 16:09

Festive Bead + Tassel Garlands

I started decking the halls around the house, and the first spot I focused on is the living room and mantel. I bought this whimsical bead and tassel g...
17-11-2021 16:09

Weekend Reading 11.14.21

We?ve had misty mornings with thick fog for over a week and there?s something so wonderful about wearing a winter coat and taking an early morning str...
15-11-2021 16:09

Playing and Pasta Making in Verona

My girlfriends and I found affordable tickets to Italy and traveled there together in October. Our destinations were Venice, Florence, and Verona, we ...
13-11-2021 16:09

DIY Recipe Tea Towels

?Tis the season when we?re all cooking and baking and giving gifts! Why not combine them" I thought it was finally time I rounded up some of the famil...
10-11-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 11.7.21

Happy late fall weekend! This week I had extra energy and was feeling really creative so I made homemade ravioli from scratch, created new artwork, an...
08-11-2021 16:10

Thanksgiving Table Linens

For the past few years we’ve been away for Thanksgiving in different parts of the country, but this year it?s my turn to host so I started gathering...
05-11-2021 16:10

Holiday Screensavers

The holidays are here! To add some some cheer to your desktop, laptop, cell phones and tablets, I had fun sketching four new holiday themed patterns. ...
03-11-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 10.30.21

Happy Halloween weekend! My teenagers are off with their friends running around town to various hangouts. Gone are the days when I get them dressed up...
31-10-2021 16:10

Leaf Luminaries & Choosing Simplicity

It hits me every year, the last week of October. I begin to feel the expectations building, the stress of content creation, the subtle nudge to please...
27-10-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 10.24.21

Weekend greetings! I?m sitting in my little studio listening to the rain on the street, it?s been storming for a few days and of course we need the wa...
25-10-2021 16:11

Fall Flavored Apple Cinnamon Cocktail

Can you feel it, the holidays just around the corner" It always feels like a race through November to get ready for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, t...
23-10-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 10.17.21

I?m leaving Italy tomorrow after a week of beautiful scenery and great weather and lucky me this was a great time to visit. There was some additional ...
18-10-2021 16:10

8 Days in Italy: What I Packed

It?s been a few days I?ve been in Italy, visiting Venice, Florence, and Verona. In the past ten years I?ve visited a lot of European countries but I h...
15-10-2021 16:11

October Mood: Dark Walls

What is it about October that makes us all want to hang out in dark cozy spaces. I believe it?s the combination of Halloween and candlelight flickerin...
11-10-2021 16:10

Oregon Road Trip Highlights

I spent the first week of August exploring the state of Oregon, a place I had never been to before even though it?s my neighbor to the north. On my ro...
09-10-2021 16:10

DIY: Faux Marble Candle Holders

I have this thing with the wood aisle at Lowe’s. They have a great selection of short poplar pieces in various sizes and they always inspire ideas, ...
06-10-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 10.3.21

Hello October! It?s been so beautiful the past few weeks, I?m soaking up the autumn flavors and sights all around me. We?ve been lucky to not have any...
04-10-2021 16:10

Sculptural Mirrors in Organic Shapes

On that model home tour I shared earlier this week, I spied an amazing live edge wood mirror on the wall in the dining room of one of the staged homes...
01-10-2021 16:11

Model Home Tour: Design Takeaways

Over the weekend I toured some nearby model homes in a new housing development. I love peeking into model homes to look for creative design ideas. The...
29-09-2021 16:11

Weekend Reading 9.26.21

I had a lovely birthday weekend! My best girlfriends picked me up on Friday and took me wine tasting then out to dinner, and the rest of the weekend I...
27-09-2021 16:11

Bathroom Design: Fixed Shower Panels

Yesterday I shared on my Instagram stories some progress shots on our little two bedroom flip house and created the final to-do checklist before we ca...
22-09-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 9.19.21

Hello friends, how is your September so far" I?m a bit sad having had to postpone my trip to Spain but I?ve been enjoying our California fall weather ...
20-09-2021 16:11

Cane Accent Chairs

I was feeling the need for change in the living room so I bought myself some new accent chairs. I?d been searching for a few months having grown tired...
15-09-2021 16:12

Weekend Reading 9.12.21

Yesterday was a somber one, I remember September 11, 2001 so clearly. My teenagers asked me what it was like so I told them my story. I was on east co...
13-09-2021 16:11

Leaf Embellished Pumpkins

I was at Trader Joe?s yesterday and they had just brought out their gourds and cinderella pumpkins. They are always a good price there so I brought a ...
10-09-2021 16:11

Landscape Murals: Inspiration & Sources

I was walking through the Presidio in San Francisco and on my route was The Lodge, a hotel in the middle of the historic property. When I entered, I s...
08-09-2021 16:09

Weekend Reading 9.4.21

Happy holiday weekend! I?m headed to San Francisco for the weekend, the weather is always so good in September. I?ll be having dinner downtown to cele...
05-09-2021 16:10

Fall Decorating: Preserved & Dried Botanicals

Welcome September! Summer is turning to fall, can you feel it" I love decorating with green plants all around, but I wanted to add some preserved bota...
02-09-2021 16:10

Weekend Reading 8.29.21

My kids are happy back at school, it?s nice to see them smiling at the opportunity to be social and sit in classrooms again. Our family has begun look...
30-08-2021 16:10

Go Blonde: Decorative Ways to Embrace Natural Wood

Blonde wood is everywhere, it?s made a major comeback and rightfully so. Natural wood brings a modern organic vibe to a space, especially when it?s pa...
28-08-2021 16:10

DIY Swirl & Speckle Incense Bowls

I love to burn candles, especially during the colder months, but I wanted to try something new for scent. My seventeen year old daughter is really int...
25-08-2021 16:11

Weekend Reading 8.21.21

Oh man it was a rough week. A friend of mine passed away, a young mom that I liked so much. She was healthy and happy and her death was sudden. Add th...
22-08-2021 16:08

Textile Spotlight: Boucle

It?s been a while since I featured a textile, so it?s time for a spotlight, especially since there is one textile that is everywhere in home design: b...
19-08-2021 16:09

Weekend Reading 8.14.21

I spent many hours this week sourcing tile for my two bathrooms in progress on the flip project. I?ve got the contractors on the job and they need the...
15-08-2021 16:09

20 Outdoor Activities (Before Summer Ends)

High school starts next week for us in our state. I always get a little restless and melancholy the week before, remembering that summer is ending soo...
11-08-2021 16:09

Weekend Reading 8.8.21

I returned from a week long road trip to Oregon, I?ll write up my experience soon, it definitely had its ups and downs! I came home to discover more d...
09-08-2021 16:09

DIY: Travel Posters

If you search ?travel poster? or ?retro travel poster? or ?vintage travel poster?, what will pop up are colorful prints with fonts layered over the to...
06-08-2021 16:09

Ocean Inspired Wallpapers

I?m driving the Oregon coast home today and seeing so many beautiful vistas as I make my way back to California. I?m stopping in several little beach ...
03-08-2021 16:10
 



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