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Nov 28, 2018

When the last dish has been washed after Thanksgiving dinner, we run to the tree lot.  A stubborn crew, my family.  We have chosen the path of fresh tree and garlands.  If you’ve ever tried this, you know not to buy your fresh Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.  Inevitably it will be crispy and […]

Nov 24, 2018

Take a trip down memory lane with me?  Back in our warm San Diego life we could only dream of a snowy holiday. I joined up with some of my favorite vendor friends to create our White Christmas inspired dinner party, bringing the snowy vibe to us.  Come drop by my old home in California […]

Nov 8, 2018

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!!!  For so many reasons today is like Christmas.  I cannot wait to pour a cup of coffee and spend my morning combing through renovated rooms created by the featured & guest participant designers over the past six weeks of the One Room Challenge.  And for us here in the […]

Nov 1, 2018

What is harder than the One Room Challenge timeline itself? Waiting to share!!!  Last year’s ORC taught me the value of professional photography. In order to get the photos edited in time we had to bust out a one week-early completion date.  I am thrilled to report that this baby is DONE! New quartzite counters installed. […]

Oct 25, 2018

Man, do you ever get exhausted from the hustle? Those last minute hold out decisions are killing me.  The smallest minute details would make anyone listening in on my rants think I am positively an insane person.  Shades of color suddenly feel monumental.  Oh, I found the magical perfect vintage rug, hooray, does it make […]

Oct 18, 2018

Oh hey there hey, One Room Challenge Week 3!! Our quickie kitchen renovation is running full steam ahead. After a complete decision melt down last week, I resorted to my original choice of wallpaper.  A few strips have gone up and the vibe is exactly what I was hoping for.  Its airy, has subtle movement, […]

Oct 11, 2018

Hello Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! This week l feel like a lazy cheat.  I Honky tonk’d my way through Nashville on a girl’s vaca, while my husband slaved away on our kitchen.   And WOW the progress he’s made.   Sanded and painted cabinets and installed the subway tile.  I genuinely came home to […]

Oct 4, 2018

I’ve been struggling with our kitchen since the moment we moved into our 1890 Victorian last fall. This house has magical old bones that are straight up charming.  The kind of charming that only whispers to the soul of a fixer-upper. It sat empty and unloved on the market for over a year.  She needed […]

Apr 19, 2018

This party begins with a husband who deserves an award for his thoughtfulness.  A wedding industry colleague, Dexter hired me to design his wife’s surprise 40th birthday party. This was to be a large dinner attended by all of her best girl friends and female family members (FUN: allows me to go super girly).  He […]

Apr 9, 2018

Secret silly guilty pleasure: planning parties.  And to be more specific, planning tabletop decor (that almost always includes matching signature drinks).  This love affair makes perfect sense when you consider that I planned & designed weddings for 12 years.   At the same time my business drifted from a focus on wedding coordination to straight […]