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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

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

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

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

Destination Design: Riviera Maya + Tulum

The destination design series slipped my mind in March so it?s back for April, and this month?s feature is the Riviera Maya on the east coast of Mexic...
02-04-2021 22:03

Patterned Outdoor Rugs for Spring

I had a very productive weekend, I primed some cabinets for a bathroom makeover in progress. I prepped a wall for a new backsplash and did some garden...
31-03-2021 22:03

Weekend Reading 3.27.21

I attended a funeral yesterday. They are always a reminder of the impact people have on each others lives, how quickly life moves and how fleeting it ...
27-03-2021 21:59

Vertical Stack Bond in the Shower

I?m remodeling three bathrooms and a kitchen this month and next, just like the saying goes, when it rains it pours. I?m rounding up all the materials...
24-03-2021 22:08

Weekend Reading 3.21.21

It feels good for spring to officially arrive, doesn’t it" The mustard flowers are blooming in the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa valleys this month, ...
22-03-2021 22:11

Fabric Projects from the Archives

Last month I hit the twelve year mark with this blog. I started this blog in February 2009 just for fun and to document a house remodel, and after two...
20-03-2021 22:02

New Spring Patterns

There are three new prints available in my Spoonflower shop, available as fabric, wallpaper, and home decor. More prints coming this summer!...
18-03-2021 22:38

Weekend Reading 3.15.21

I spent the weekend up in the mountains in Lake Tahoe, it was a spontaneous trip but oh what fun! The skies were blue and the snow was fresh and I fin...
16-03-2021 22:36

Architectural Trend: Arched Niches

I?m not a fan of the senseless niches that were part of the design of so many subdivision homes built in the 1980s and 1990s. I prefer to close them o...
12-03-2021 22:18

Pendants in Natural Textures

My eyes are glazed over with the hours I?ve spent researching light fixtures for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and dining. I shared a glimpse of the i...
10-03-2021 22:03

Weekend Reading 3.7.21

I?ve been traveling vicariously through Scotland watching the travel show ?Men in Kilts? because I?ve never visited (and always wanted to) and I like ...
07-03-2021 21:52

Geometric Wood Feature Walls

Painted accent walls were all the rage years ago. They?ve made comeback but with a slight twist. These contemporary feature walls are created with lat...
03-03-2021 21:55

Weekend Reading 2.28.21

Happy weekend friends. We just got word that kids in our town are going back to school in April which is such great news. My teens have been attending...
28-02-2021 21:57

Four Days in the Florida Keys

In late February of 2020, I took a trip to the Florida Keys. It was two weeks before shelter-in-place orders went into effect in California in March, ...
25-02-2021 21:55

Porch + Patio Privacy Fence Ideas

Finally I have my hands on a renovation project! This is a 1200 square foot 2 bedroom 2 bath duplex with a small patio, in need of a top to bottom mak...
24-02-2021 21:58

Weekend Reading 2.21.21

Today I?m in Santa Cruz with three of my besties, we planned a girls getaway weekend to break away from our routines. We?re watching sunsets and laugh...
21-02-2021 21:57

Open House Checklist

I was having coffee with Matt today and he was telling me about his work. He?s a real estate broker and appraiser with 30 years experience in the busi...
19-02-2021 21:56

Weekend Reading 2.14.21

I?ve spent the past few days sourcing tile, cabinets, and flooring in anticipation of closing on the fixer upper I?m about to get my hands on. Yay! On...
14-02-2021 21:58

Spring Refresh: 20 Botanical Peel & Stick Wallpapers

It?s a universal truth that peel and stick wallpaper is one of the best modern inventions! I used this black batik peel and stick wallpaper in in my s...
12-02-2021 21:58

DIY: Terrazzo Planters

Terrazzo is trending big time right now, we?re seeing this pattern appear on floors and backsplashes and counters too. Terrazzo wallpaper is another w...
09-02-2021 21:59

Weekend Reading 2.7.21

How are all of you" No doubt watching the Big Game today! I love the Superbowl? the snacks, the commercials, and the game itself. That?s how I?m spend...
08-02-2021 22:08

Secluded Getaways Across the USA

With the virus still circulating, a secluded stay away from crowds where you can enjoy new vistas and find solitude may be just the thing you’re loo...
06-02-2021 21:59

Sources for Interesting Planters

Whenever the calendar turns to February I get excited because we?re getting closer to spring! I love having little plants all around me, and they alwa...
02-02-2021 22:05

Weekend Reading 1.30.21

I had a really great week. We had rainstorms most days so I spent a lot of time focused on creative work. I finished a few new fabric patterns, create...
30-01-2021 21:59

Destination Design: Amalfi Coast + Capri

One of the things I miss about traveling is all the design inspiration I gather when I go someplace cool. I?m starting a new monthly series blending d...
27-01-2021 22:02

Weekend Reading 1.24.21

I took a long drive with a good friend yesterday, we drove out to Lake Sonoma to watch the sunset over the bridge and had such a great talk on the way...
25-01-2021 22:10

Ladder Shelves + Living Wall

I assembled and secured two ladder bookshelves to the back wall of my studio this week. In 2020, I bought and read a lot of books and stacks of my fav...
22-01-2021 22:01

10 Art Arrangements for Your Staircase Wall Space

The wall space above and below your staircase is a perfect space for an art or photography arrangement. If you?ve been thinking about switching things...
19-01-2021 22:13

Weekend Reading 1.17.21

Hello all. We?re having a few beautiful sunny days here in Northern California so I?ve been outdoors as much as possible, taking long walks and yester...
18-01-2021 21:56

Botanical Relief Art

I tried my hand at a clay version of botanical relief and shared those jewelry holders last week. It was a satisfying project because I love working w...
15-01-2021 22:00

Return of the Room Divider

I read an article the other day that stated the one design style everyone was saying goodbye to was open concept living spaces, where the kitchen, din...
13-01-2021 22:00

Weekend Reading 1.10.21

The best thing I read today was ?what a long year this week has been??. it made me laugh. Woah what a surreal week with everything that happened at th...
10-01-2021 22:02

DIY: Clay Relief Jewelry Holders

I?ve admired bas relief sculptures for so long, I really love the sculptural aspect of any plaster or clay form where the designs are dimensional in s...
08-01-2021 21:55

Stacked + Geometric Shelf Designs

Hello and welcome to a new year! I took a few days off and it?s amazing what a few days of rest can do. I?ve got a few new fabrics I?ve designed that ...
05-01-2021 21:58

Weekend Reading 1.2.21

Has there ever been a January we welcomed more" It feels good to have turned the page on 2020, although not much has changed other than the calendar p...
02-01-2021 21:56

2020 Reflections & 2021 Intentions

2020 sure gave all of us plenty of time for stillness and reflection, didn?t it. And perhaps that?s what we all needed. I remember in the beginning of...
31-12-2020 21:58

Calm & Bright

Christmas Eve greetings friends! At last? I finally snapped a few photos of my living room, and the theme this year" Extra calm, light and bright. I d...
25-12-2020 21:57

Weekend Reading 12.20.20

Belated weekend hellos! I?ve decided to finish up the year with a few days of relaxation and also get a jump start on 2021. I?m designing a few more f...
21-12-2020 21:58

Entertaining Games for Winter Nights

My friends, how are you doing" I hope you?re not feeling too much stress because of the holiday season and virus situation. I?ve shifted my mindset an...
19-12-2020 22:00

Clay Leaf Ornaments + Gift Tags

I finished my last creative holiday craft project! I like to play with different materials and tools and this time it was air dry clay. I made these c...
16-12-2020 21:56

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