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Beautiful Modern Farmhouse In Oklahoma Showcases Inspiring I

This beautiful modern farmhouse style home was designed by Brent Gibson Home Designs, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. An inviting exterior facade ...

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Weekend Reading 1.15.23

I?m back in California and happy to be home even though our state has suffered from a ton of floods due to the repeating storms. I completed a few pro ...

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Secret Garden House By Wallflower Architecture + Design

The Secret Garden House, designed by Singapore based Wallflower Architecture + Design, is situated in the good class bungalow area of Bukit Timah. The ...

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Spirit Of Jaffa By Keren Niv Toledano

Spirit of Jaffa is a project designed by Keren Niv Toledano. ?The couple bought the apartment as a shell with the aim of converting it into a holiday ...

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Elegant Ways to Decorate with Bamboo Furniture

Since we bought a home by the beach in Florida I?ve grown increasingly interested in bamboo pieces, it must be the influence of the location. Bamboo i ...

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Weekend Reading 6.9.24

I?m back in California, rested and refreshed. Yesterday we celebrated my son?s high school graduation and today it?s a barbeque with all of our neighb ...

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10 DIY Wall Art Projects from the Archives

I?ve experimented over the years in so many ways to make art whenever curiosity and creativity strikes. This month I?m working on a painting a canvas ...

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IKEA Hack: DIY Bar Cabinet

I had a small niche in my dining room I wanted to fill with a bar cabinet to store glassware and table linens but couldn?t find one that was the right ...

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Weekend Reading 6.2.24

My sister in law and my niece arrive today, we will spend a few days enjoying Florida before I fly back home to California. It?s graduation weekend an ...

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Budget Friendly Outdoor Sofas

Welcome to the spot I enjoy my morning coffee and where I like to listen to podcasts or doze off in the shade. I just love spending time here in the e ...

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DIY White Stone Tray

Texture is one of the ways to add interest to your spaces, and so I look for surfaces that will do just that. I was strolling around Hobby Lobby and s ...

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Weekend Reading 5.26.24

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I?m leaving for Florida tomorrow and I?ll be spending a week there. I have a project that is finally coming together, I wa ...

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Touring Heath Ceramics

When I enter retail stores or boutique shops I often find myself drawn to ceramic vessels in beautiful colors, patterns, or shapes. Ceramics are an in ...

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Weekend Reading 5.19.24

The update on my mom?s condition is that she is on the mend, her healing is going slowly but it?s going in the right direction. My sister stepped in t ...

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10 Earthy Finishes to Collect for an Upscale Aesthetic

If you?ve ever closely examined the displays in high end homes, you?ll notice the statement accessories quite often are earthy, organic, and in all li ...

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Weekend Reading 5.11.24

My mom was in the hospital for emergency surgery on Monday and it had us all very worried, there was a chance she wouldn?t make it but thankfully she ...

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Weekend Reading 5.5.24

I love weekends of futzing, filled with combination of idle time and a few hours here and there cleaning and reorganizing. I?ve been washing sheets an ...

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Perennials to Plant for Beautiful Bouquets

I was welcomed home from my international trip by my viburnum bush in my rear yard putting on an extraordinary display of beauty as it does every year ...

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Top Rated Travel Sneakers

Travel season is upon us! Today I?m finishing up my trip to Switzerland and I fly home tomorrow. On this trip I brought the same two pairs of sneakers ...

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Weekend Reading 4.28.24

Greetings friends, today I?m in Interlakken, Switzerland, I haven?t been here for over two decades. I was here in my early twenties when I spent a few ...

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Budget Friendly Outdoor Conversation Sets

I have a set of woven chairs in my backyard that is two years old, they face the patio and are the perfect place to enjoy a beverage, catch up on read ...

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Outdoor Shower Designs

Once we rented a cottage home in Kauai for a family vacation and it had the most marvelous bamboo walled outdoor shower and was filled with orchids. I ...

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Weekend Reading 4.14.24

This week was very relaxing for me, I spent the last few days alone in Florida, visiting the local farmer?s market, cleaning my house, and enjoying so ...

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Weekend Reading 4.7.24

Tomorrow I?m taking the ocean ferry to Key West with some girlfriends, they are very excited since they?ve never been before. We spent yesterday explo ...

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New Rituals & Water Carafes

I landed here in Florida on Tuesday and have been enjoying the soft sun and laid back lifestyle of the area, getting a lot of rest and doing some dayd ...

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DIY Cement Planter Bowls

I had a set of acrylic nesting bowls I had planned to use to make plaster molds for my clay creations, but on second glance decided they?d make good f ...

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DIY Globe Light Planter Posts

Today I?m sharing the globe light planter posts I created for our Florida home?s back patio. These are all cell phone images, I didn?t bring my DSLR c ...

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Small Scale Blue Bathroom Tile

I was surrounded by blue water and white sand and pretty resorts this week as I played tour guide for some visiting friends. It reminded me how fresh ...

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DIY Citronella Outdoor Candle

We?re experiencing lovely weather here on the Gulf Coast of Florida which means we can linger outside in the evenings. Knowing the warmer weather in t ...

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Weekend Reading 3.31.24

I spent the past few days emptying out my local shop, repurposing the shelving and leftover furniture and distributing the remaining merchandise to a ...

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Weekend Reading 3.24.24

What a crazy cool week I had. I spent it prepping my local shop for the last artisan market in my community building and it was a great success. I had ...

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DIY Kintsugi Vase

I had a wee little bud vase that a friend gave to me many years ago that fell off a shelf. Our mischievous cat knocked it over in the middle of the ni ...

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Love Me Linguini

This is the favorite pasta dish requested in my house, I make it once a week for my men, both Matt and my son love this sauce so much! It?s based on t ...

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Surf Art Prints

I have a lot of admiration for those that know how to surf because I do not possess the skill. I remember a few years ago spending the morning on the ...

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Weekend Reading 3.10.24

I?m watching the Oscars as I type up this post, the only movie I?ve seen is Oppenheimer so I?m rooting for the boys nominated in that film, their perf ...

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Boho Bedroom Update

This week I finished the final touches on our daughter?s room/guest room. This has been my baby girl?s room since she was born, it?s gone through seve ...

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Weekend Reading 3.3.24

Woah it?s March already! Spring is on its way which I?m so excited about, spring and summer are my favorite seasons. April is going to be quite busy f ...

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Range Report: Color is Hot

I?m back from the KBIS trade show in Las Vegas where I walked three halls of exhibits from both international and domestic brands showcasing their new ...

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Seven Kitchen Upgrades Worth the Expense

Today I?m at the International Kitchen and Bath show in Las Vegas, the annual event where brands across the world gather to showcase the latest in ren ...

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Weekend Reading 2.25.24

I?m nearing the finish line on a bedroom makeover, I?m turning my daughter?s bedroom into a cozy guest room for her to inhabit when she?s home from sc ...

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Spring Wallpapers for your Tech

Spring is just four weeks away! Yay! Let?s welcome it early with some spring wallpapers for your tech. Below find four new patterns I created in seas ...

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Weekend Reading 2.17.24

This week I hit the fifteen year mark for this blog. I launched it in February 2009 to document our home expansion and I just kept writing all this ti ...

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Weekend Reading 2.11.24

Yesterday?s artisan market was a big success, it was a beautiful blue sky day that brought a crowd. I?m so pleased! It?s bittersweet to be saying good ...

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10 Tile Lessons from Chic Cafes

Oh how destinations inspire me, whether I?m present at a new and unique place or dreaming from browsing online. I adore eating and drinking establishm ...

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Weekend Reading 2.4.24

There?s a big storm happening where I’m at so I’m spending more time indoors, but thankfully I have my ceramics studio to escape too. I? ...

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Channel Tufted Banquettes

I?m on the hunt for a new headboard for my daughter?s room turned part time guest room while she?s away at school. I?m drawn to the channel tufted ver ...

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Weekend Reading 1.28.24

The sun finally popped out to show itself this week so I took a half day to getaway to the coast to enjoy the vitamin sea. What a lovely day spent wit ...

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DIY Alcohol Ink Trays

I like to dabble in different art mediums and alcohol ink is my latest experiment. I?m delighted to share that I created these lovely trays for holdin ...

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Elements of Wabi Sabi Style

The term ?wabi sabi? has no direct English translation, rather it?s a Japanese aesthetic rooted in tradition. The word ‘wabi’ refers to h ...

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Weekend Reading 1.21.24

Winter greetings from this rainy part of the world. I spent the weekend watching football on the sofa and working on a DIY paint project that I?ll sha ...

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Day Trip to Giverny

I?ve seen a lot of botanical gardens in my life but none quite so enchanting as Claude Monet?s home and garden in Giverny. On my last visit to Paris i ...

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All Metals are Timeless

When Pinterest announced its 2024 trends, it reported that cool tones are ?so hot right now?, a pendulum swing from the love affair with gold. Oh how ...

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Weekend Reading 1.14.24

Hello friends, it?s been raining a lot here in Northern California but I?m really enjoying moments by the fireplace in the newly refreshed study. I?m ...

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Florida House: Budget Buys

Hello everyone, I?m back from Florida and the great news is the house is rented through the end of March, so that?s a big relief and a big box checked ...

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Botanical Motif Lighting

I received a few compliments on the flush mount light in the recent study reveal so I thought I?d expand on this topic and share a few more botanical ...

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Weekend Reading 1.7.2024

Greetings from the gulf coast of Florida! I?m working on a checklist of things from our property manager to get the house ready for a two month snowbi ...

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Our Collected & Cozy Study

I learned a few years ago to not chase after happiness but to instead seek peace in my life, and that mindset has changed the way I decorate too. I ju ...

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Weekend Reading 12.31.23

Happy New Year?s Eve! It?s a fresh start and new beginning for us all come tomorrow. I prefer to stay in on NYE so you?ll find me cuddled up in pajama ...

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12 Winter Activities to Choose From During Cold Winter Month

Today is the last day the holiday decorations stay up, then I?m packing them all away tomorrow. Just one more day to relax and look at the twinkle lig ...

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Weekend Reading 12.17.23

Mid December holiday greetings! Our daughter came home from college yesterday so now it?s a week of Christmas cheer for us, wrapping gifts and baking ...

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Vintage Santa Printable Gift Tags

Ho ho ho! The time for gift wrapping has arrived! I?ve assembled a collection of vintage Saint Nick images into printable pages for use as gift tags. ...

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Ways to Have a Minimalist Merry Christmas

I was talking with my siblings yesterday and we were comparing modern price tags and marketing with the Christmas season of our youth. We were all bor ...

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Weekend Reading 12.9.23

I changed my ways several years ago and decided to make December about slowing down and enjoying the season. It meant I had to remove the pressure of ...

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Asymmetrical Holiday Mantel Garland

The asymmetrical mantel display has been trending for a few years, those garlands that are off center and swag to the left or right. This year I creat ...

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Gift Ideas from Small Businesses

I?ve enjoyed a few days off with family visiting from all over since we hosted the big feast this year. We said goodbye to everyone this morning and i ...

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DIY: Hand Painted Ceramic Ornaments

I?ve been busy this week preparing for the Holiday Bazaar I?m participating in this weekend. In addition to holiday prints and ceramics I made a few o ...

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DIY: State Love Ornaments

Several months ago I started making state shaped ornaments with raw clay at my ceramics studio for a local market where I’m selling art prints ...

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White Holiday Ceramics

Do you collect certain objects for your Christmas decor" I have different friends that collect nutcrackers, gnomes, specific brand ornaments, etc. My ...

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Simple Holiday DIY: Picture Frame Boughs

Thanksgiving week greetings! We?re baking pies and brining the bird and in between we’re decking the halls. We still don?t have our tree but I? ...

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Weekend Reading 11.5.23

I had a crazy productive week. I staged a home for a design client which took several days of work, and also released new holiday art prints for the s ...

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Modern Electric Fireplaces

I just returned from checking on our house in Florida and while there it was nice weather in the 70s, but on the last day it rained and I sat in our l ...

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Weekend Reading 10.29.23

I?ve been working extra hours in my community ceramics studio getting ready for holiday markets coming up next month. I’ve become more skilled ...

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Weekend Reading 11.12.23

I?m in Florida this weekend checking up on our house and enjoying the sunshine before returning to California on Tuesday. Friday I went to the sand sc ...

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DIY Christmas Village

Do you all recall the Halloween village I made back in September" Well?. surprise, I?ve reinvented it as a Christmas village. I hinted at the end of t ...

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Weekend Reading 11.19.23

We?re in full preparations for hosting Thanksgiving and I?m off to buy the staples and pick up the turkey tomorrow. We took on two home improvement pr ...

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2023 Holiday Art Collection

Season?s greetings! Now that it?s November it?s full steam ahead on the holiday decorating. I?ve created new art prints for the 2023 season and they a ...

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Four Days in Malta

Once I ran into a couple in an airport coming home from Malta and they were singing its praises and I?ve had the country it on the top of my list ever ...

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Plant Filled Summer Courtyard

I?m a huge fan of decorating with blue and white for the summer season so I?m back at it with this year?s courtyard setting. I ordered a new rug and t ...

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Weekend Reading 7.2.23

We had a festival yesterday with a lot of pop up vendors in the community space where I have my local shop. I made more sales and met a lot of interes ...

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Botanical Print Pottery

I have a mild obsession with botanical ceramics, so much so I?m incorporating palm and floral motifs into my own work at my local studio. I?m experime ...

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Weekend Reading 6.18.23

We finally got around to updating the sliding closet doors in our teenage son?s room. With a little DIY paneling and stain, they look completely diffe ...

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Weekend Reading 7.9.23

I?m in Florida this week on a road trip, we?re driving from the gulf coast to the east coast to see a few new towns there. It?s nice to be back swimmi ...

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Weekend Reading 6.11.23

I played tourist today and took a walk around San Francisco, specifically between the Marina and Fort Mason. The weather was pleasant and mild with pa ...

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The Best Travel Sandals and Sneakers

For those of you about to travel, or for those of you who just walk a lot, this post is for you! I always do a lot of walking when I travel, it?s my f ...

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Teen Room Refresh

We?ve been updating our teenage son?s room for the last few months. It started with a total reorganization plan since he had accumulated a lot of thin ...

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DIY: Pressed Leaf Botanical Art

As you know I always love experimenting with new ways of making art. Pressed leaves are making a comeback in the art world, they?re reminiscent of dec ...

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New Black + White Botanical Art

I?ve been building up the inventory in the art shop this week including these five new black and white botanical prints. My art studio that will be op ...

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Weekend Reading 5.21.23

My new shop has been open for two weekends and so far everything is going well. I feel like I’m in a period of growth and expansion in this mom ...

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Weekend Reading 5.14.23

Happy weekend and Happy Mother?s Day! I?ve been focused on my local shop opening this week and it was a success! I made the faux flower arrangement fo ...

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Weekend Reading 5.7.23

Hello everyone! I?m nearing completion of my new art shop/studio in Sonoma County, I?ve been working on it all week. Soon anyone can come visit on Fri ...

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My Local Art & Gift Shop

As I?ve mentioned for weeks, I expanded my online art shop into a 300 square foot studio that?s open to the public two days a week in my hometown. I?v ...

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Favorite Affordable Wall Art Frames

My local shop is taking shape and will be opening in Sonoma County, California in May. I?ve had a few people stop by the studio and ask me about the p ...

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A Sunset Palette

I?m flying to Florida next week to meet my daughter and her friends to spend a few days in Sarasota at our house. Next week I?ll be giving the guest r ...

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Summer Wallpapers for Your Tech

Summer is around the corner! To brighten your tech I made five more seasonal screensavers. Find them below, sized to fit the ratios of a desktop, lapt ...