Ode to Sitting Around the Fire

Ode to Sitting Around the Fire

With “Spare the Air” warnings in California now occurring throughout the year, we are seeing the end of the ability to enjoy an outdoor fire on a chilly evening. (Yes, I know…particulates in the air, pollution, health, etc., etc.) Municipalities are banning gas stovetops in 

Pet Peeve about Before & Afters

Pet Peeve about Before & Afters

I love tales of transformation — the before & after stories about kitchen renovations, landscape projects, and personal accounts of pivoted lives. But one thing that really (like, really, really) annoys me about most before & after stories are the photos, especially of kitchen remodels. Before 

An Ode to the Screen Door

An Ode to the Screen Door

There are some sounds that snap me back to childhood summers. The music from a passing ice cream truck. The song we used to play over and over at the pool. The sound of a wooden screen door slamming against the frame. Modern screen doors 

An Ode to the Front Porch

An Ode to the Front Porch

It’s fashionable among urbanites to look upon the suburbs with disdain. Big city apologists snub their noses at two-car garages, lawns and expanses of empty sidewalks. They decry the necessity of cars and lack of public transportation. But there is one feature of the American 

Heirloom Gardens

Heirloom Gardens

This is the time of year when I pour over the seed catalogs and fantasize about my garden of heirloom vegetables. Granted, I’ve never actually had a garden of heirloom vegetables. It is a fantasy that I am determined will someday come true. Why are 

Dreaming of Spring

Dreaming of Spring

The “dead of winter” takes on a whole new meaning when you stay at home due to dreary, gray and wet weather. A new wave of lockdowns and curfews adds to the feeling of being trapped. Even pre-pandemic, this is the time of year when 

Mood Board: Wine Country Modern Organic

Mood Board: Wine Country Modern Organic

I love farmhouse style interiors. But I know that the rough-hewn, chipped-paint, frayed edges would get on my nerves after too long. Plus I am not wild about the farm animal motif that often dominates poorly-executed farmhouse style. My farmhouse style tendencies lean more toward 

Mood board: Modern Moorish

Mood board: Modern Moorish

I have used mood boards to gather visual inspirations for interiors, event designs and a host of other creative goals. Today I have been daydreaming of a dream home. Although my tastes vary widely (hello, modern farmhouse, beach house, and cottage in the redwoods!), I 

An Ode to Pantries

An Ode to Pantries

Staying at home more means stocking up on dried and canned goods.

An Ode to Courtyards

An Ode to Courtyards

How do you turn your little concrete corner into a sacred space with some greenery?