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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 21:52

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...
15-01-2022 22:16

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 22:32

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....
09-01-2022 21:49

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 21:50

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 21:59

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 21:50

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 experience! Perhaps they?d prefer the gi...
22-12-2021 21:51

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. ...
18-12-2021 21:49

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 ...
16-12-2021 22:28

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 21:52

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 21:55

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...
09-12-2021 22:01

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 21:53

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 22:16

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 21:51

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 ...
23-11-2021 21:58

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 21:55

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...
19-11-2021 21:53

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 21:51

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 22:17

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 22:26

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 21:57

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 21:54

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 21:52

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 21:57

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 21:51

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 21:49

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 21:51

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 21:52

Pasta e Fagioli

The day after I get home from an international trip I always take the day off. I?ve found the best way to recover from jet lag is to not jump right...
21-10-2021 21:52

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 21:56

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 21:54

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 21:54

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 21:53

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, ...
05-10-2021 21:55

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 21:57

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 21:56

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...
28-09-2021 21:55

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 21:58

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 21:53

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 ...
19-09-2021 21:51

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 21:59

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 21:56

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 21:57

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 21:55

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 21:55

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 21:55

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 21:58

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...
27-08-2021 21:58

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...
24-08-2021 22:01

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...
21-08-2021 21:55

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 21:58

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 21:53

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 21:58

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 21:54

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 21:57

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 21:58

Weekend Reading 8.1.21

I?m in Portland today sitting in the midcentury modern decorated lobby of The Huxton Hotel typing up this very post. My road trip has been interesting...
01-08-2021 22:00

Best of Sonoma County

I?ve lived in Sonoma County, California all my life except for my time away at college and law school. I grew up in an area known for its small towns ...
30-07-2021 22:02

Palm Print Shadow Box Art

In the past I?ve had mixed feelings about shadow boxes, they?re used to display memorabilia, sports jerseys or shell collections, that sort of thing. ...
28-07-2021 21:58

Weekend Reading 7.25.21

Sunday hellos everyone! I spent extra time this week at our flip property with the electrician and receiving the kitchen cabinets. The property is in ...
25-07-2021 21:58

Hall Bathroom Plan + Small Space Bathroom Vanities

Tomorrow is a big day at the flip property, the appliances and kitchen cabinets are getting delivered, and the electrician is doing all the prep for t...
22-07-2021 21:57

Destination Design: Napa and Sonoma

I?ve spent a lot of days enjoying my own backyard here in the Northern California Wine Country. It?s always been a top travel destination, sometimes I...
19-07-2021 22:01

Beaded Wrap Bracelets – Online Sources

Hi all, how?s your summer so far" Mine is much better than last year! I?ve been doing a lot of exploring around Northern California and that?s been fu...
17-07-2021 21:59

Trending: Stacked Pencil Mosaics

Stack bond tile layouts have been trending for a few years, mostly in the 2×8? to 2×12? ranges. I shared some examples of vertical stack bond instal...
14-07-2021 22:05

Weekend Reading 7.10.21

Summer hellos from California! I?ve done all the laundry and recovered from vacation. This weekend I?ll be spending at home, attending a BBQ and takin...
10-07-2021 21:59

New Art Prints + Flip Project Update

I had the best vacation! I met my siblings and cousins at the Colorado River, we shared houses and food and lots of laughs. I watched my son flip into...
07-07-2021 22:06

Summer Vacation

This week I?m on vacation! I?m on a road trip to meet all of my extended family on the Colorado river and stay in houses we rented. I?ll be spending t...
29-06-2021 21:59

Virtually Wander the World (Part 2)

Last summer when we all needed to stay put in our towns because of the pandemic, I wrote an article about virtually wandering the world featuring vide...
25-06-2021 21:56

Chic Beach Umbrellas

Are you headed to the beach, river, or lake this summer" Chances are, you are! An essential supply is something for sun protection. How about one that...
22-06-2021 22:02

Weekend Reading 6.20.21

I celebrated a friend?s 40th birthday last night with a group of our mutual friends and it was so nice to be out on a summer night having drinks and f...
20-06-2021 21:54

DIY: Woven Basket Plant Stands

I?m a big fan of both textured accents and living plants in a space. I moved an indoor tree away from my ladder shelves in my studio, so to fill that ...
15-06-2021 22:08

Weekend Reading 6.12.21

I spent a few hours hiking in Muir Woods on Friday, that was such a cool experience. There?s something about walking dirt paths and being surrounded b...
13-06-2021 21:57

Beyond Storage: Four Uses for Closet Spaces

I was looking at the extra closet in my old home office, the one that?s filled with boxes of pictures and photo albums. If I digitize the photos and s...
09-06-2021 22:02

Weekend Reading 6.6.21

It was a busy weekend between graduation celebrations and BBQs, I?m just sitting down Sunday evening to write up this post weary from running around b...
07-06-2021 21:58

Carry On Bags for International Travel

I made a bold move and booked a flight to Spain in September. It will be my first international trip in two years since I traveled to Peru and I am do...
04-06-2021 21:57

Alfresco Kitchen Window Bars

When I was a kid my grandmother used to serve us dinner on the patio by handing us plates of food through the kitchen window. It was her informal way ...
01-06-2021 22:04

Weekend Reading 5.29.21

My teens finished an entire year of high school online and I?m so proud of them for persevering through this pandemic and doing well in school. I real...
30-05-2021 22:05

Large Scale Art Under $50

Today I?m sharing my favorite way to create large scale art as big as 24×36? for under $50 and in one day too! The digital download art market is exp...
26-05-2021 22:07

Weekend Reading 5.23.21

Hello friends, hope you are enjoying these beautiful May days! I?ve been working on a few new art prints behind the scenes, I?ll be adding them to my ...
23-05-2021 22:03

Picnic Essentials: Totes & Blankets

This week I met a friend at a local park, we each brought half of a picnic lunch and played Yahtzee for an hour on a beautiful sunny day. Local parks,...
21-05-2021 21:59

Easy Greek Gyro Salad

If you?ve ever walked by a gyro rotisserie, you know what that smells like! Gyro is stacked rotating sliced meat made of lamb, pork, beef, or a combin...
18-05-2021 22:08

Weekend Reading 5.15.21

I?m trying a new experiment layering flattened flower petals and stems in resin. So far I?m having mixed results. My hope is to turn them into art or ...
16-05-2021 22:08

Wall Basket Displays

Growing up in the 1980s, my mom had a wall basket display in our family room and I’ve observed the look has come back in a big way. I created one my...
11-05-2021 22:01

Weekend Reading 5.9.21

Happy Mother?s Day to all the moms out there, wishing you a day of relaxation and feeling appreciated. There?s a picnic and wine tasting adventure pla...
09-05-2021 22:01

Afternoon Chat: Favorite Yard Blooms

For the past month, I?ve been walking a few miles every day around my neighborhood because the plants are in full bloom and the weather is really nice...
07-05-2021 22:05

Realistic Looking Faux Plants

You probably didn?t notice when I posted about this master bathroom refresh that one of the plants among the group on the floating shelves was fake. I...
04-05-2021 22:09

Weekend Reading 5.2.21

Isn?t May the best month" I think it wins first place, with September a close second. Those months dance on the edge of seasons and always have the be...
03-05-2021 22:08

Creative Plant + Flower Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother?s Day is less than two weeks away, so now is the time to start thinking about all the moms in your life! A bouquet of fresh flowers is always l...
30-04-2021 22:08

Weekend Reading 4.25.21

This month I gave myself new gifts in the form of self care: extra sleep and green juice. As often as possible, I?ve allow myself to sleep until I wak...
26-04-2021 22:07

Day Trip to Calistoga

I used to believe that the harvest season in autumn was the nicest time to visit our Northern California Wine Country but with all the wildfires in th...
23-04-2021 22:08

Beyond Frames: 15 Ideas for Travel Photos

I take many photos when I travel (and often share them in my travel posts) and I?ve also started a small business where I sell my travel art prints. N...
21-04-2021 22:05

Weekend Reading 4.18.21

Thanks so much for all the love on my client?s kitchen remodel feature this week, your comments on the blog and Instagram were so kind! I?m in histori...
18-04-2021 22:08

Client Remodel: Christina & John’s Kitchen

In late 2019, my client Christina wrote to me and asked if I could help her update her dated 1990s oak kitchen and we set an appointment to meet her i...
15-04-2021 22:05

Splash of Color: Patio Chairs

Friends, do you feel it in the air" The weather changing as the warmer months arrive, it?s the best feeling! I?ve been walking in the evenings around ...
14-04-2021 22:04

Weekend Reading 4.11.21

Thanks so much for all the love on the recent bathroom refresh, your comments on the blog and Insta were so kind! I took a two days off to rest after ...
12-04-2021 22:03

Master Bathroom Refresh

*this post is brought to you in partnership with PaintCare. It?s been a few years that I?ve wanted to give this bathroom a refresh but finally got aro...
08-04-2021 22:04

Brass Wall Sconces: 1, 2, & 3

I?m nearing completion on my bathroom remodel. I?ll be featuring that next on the blog after I finish the grouting then install the new light fixtures...
08-04-2021 22:04

Weekend Reading 4.4.21

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you?re spending your day relaxing and celebrating with your family and/or friends. My stepdaughter and her boyfriend are...
04-04-2021 22:02

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