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 […]

Mar 8, 2018

OK, its happened.  I’ve survived my first winter in 16 years.  After moving from the land of endless summer I now understand the true joy of spring.  Once upon a year ago in my San Diego home, spring was same as summer as was winter.  Having just lived through the long cold days of barren […]

Jan 19, 2018

January makes me hopeful and anxious at the same time. It feels so monumental to face 365 days of blank canvas. To imagine what accomplishments you might fill up in the vastness of that year, and finding the exact path to succeeding. A time tested technique I’ve employed for years is scheduling a goals meeting […]

Dec 2, 2017

Last year when we were still living in So Cal, I was asked to style our home for San Diego Magazine’s December issue.  This was my last loving hurrah with our old historic home before putting the house on the market.  I hesitate to share, as our house went through one last huge transformation after […]

Nov 16, 2017

I fear for my husband, I fear for my family.  I do believe that my virgin attempt at One Room Challenge has me hooked.   The ebb and flow of a quick run makeover is buoyed by the knowledge you are in the company of hundreds of amazing designers.  I imagine we all feel a little […]

Nov 8, 2017

This week’s One Room Challenge update is a blog version of an out-of-office. Currently I am somewhere in the air en route to Florence, Italy. If you’ve been following my renovation you might have caught this last minute ticket purchase somewhere around week 3. Please feel free to follow along on my journey there on […]

Nov 2, 2017

Hello from my fully unpacked and almost completely settled home! Trying to get my kids to leave the house now is nearly impossible. School, playground, a toy store splurge nor Disneyland would entice them out the door. They have a space all their own again and they are claiming it! We are all happy nestling […]

Oct 26, 2017

Hooray! I can hear the sound of the One Room Challenge world sighing. First time in the history of ORC the reveal date has been moved one week further. For me this might bring the chair we thought wouldn’t have a chance of arriving on time! And, now I can enjoy my birthday week!! The […]

Oct 19, 2017

How is everyone else doing?? Happy, frustrated, excited, sleepless, broke? All of the above? I am loving feeling the collective energy of over 200 designers attempting a makeover at once. What an amazing forum for designers to cheer each other on, wallow together in misery, and celebrate our fabulous craziness at the finish line. More […]