Favorite Things of 2019

Pat me on the back, in this corner of my studio I managed to squeeze eight of my Favorite Things of 2019 into this shot, see if you can you…

DIY Birch Holiday Tree

For the holiday season, I envisioned making a rustic tree out of real birch branches, so over the weekend I pieced this one together then embellished it with a few…

Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello friends! Thank you so much for the lovely comments from my last post on saying no to stressful obligations during the holidays. Such insightful comments! For the next few…

Journey Through the Sacred Valley

I was lucky to take three international trips in 2019 and as I look ahead to 2020, I’ve already decided on two of the three locations for next year’s international…

20 Wow-Worthy Backyard Ideas

Summer is on full swing and house rules may not apply for a while. Kids and summer just go together, and it’s school holidays so they just want to get out…

Printable 2020 Desk Calendars

Back by popular demand, the 2019 desk calendars I offered last year are back in the same print patterns but with new dates. I received dozens of emails requesting I…

Exploring Cusco

I landed in Cusco, Peru after a short layover in Lima and was reminded to be conscious of the difference in altitude since we’d just arrived at a town 11,000+…

Free Printable: Hello Fall

Hey friends, I’m starting up a new series of free printables to reflect the seasons… I already have a few in progress for the upcoming holidays! Today’s free printable welcomes…

A Frame Cabin Tours

Who dreams of a cabin in the woods? (Me, raising hand.) I’ve spent a few vacations in an A frame cabin in Lake Tahoe, so this style of cabin has…

Tortoise Shell + Amber Glass

This time of year we take a cue from nature and seek out warmer tones, and for me it’s my collection of amber and tortoise shell blown glass. Amber glass…

Picture Perfect Porto

Whenever I’m asked about my trip to Porto, I always describe it as the closest thing to walking into a painting. This was the last stop on my adventure through…

Simple Projects Made With Autumn Leaves

Oh autumn, you’re so seductive. With your crisp mornings, alluring colors, turning leaves, and pumpkin everything, you entice us every time! I write this post as I start my afternoon…

The ‘Love Yourself’ List

Over the weekend, I was a co-captain for a team for the Relay for Life to honor my best friend who died of cancer last year. Our friendship is proof…

10 Ways to Mix Bed Linens

A few years ago I wrote an article featuring 20 Ways to Make a Bed, so today’s post is a spin off that one. I was helping a client (and…

Spotlight: Line Drawings

I’ve been a fan of line art for a few years, and I framed a simple line art print for the wall in this bathroom remodel.     Line art…

Foxy Fall Wreath

You know how we’re drawn to fluffy things when the weather turns colder? It’s in our DNA. Remember how we all made fluffy feather wreaths for the holidays a few…

Sunlit Stroll through Aveiro

In May, I traveled to Portugal, to the Algarve region, and also Lisbon and Sintra. On our way north to Porto, my travel mate and I made a one night…

Autumn Velvet

I stepped outside this morning and felt just a hint of morning mist which signals fall is on its way. I just love September, it’s my favorite month, that crossover…

Black Tile Backsplashes Done Right

I’ve painted walls and furniture black, and installed black (and white) wallpaper, and bought black furniture, and used black hardware on cabinets, but I’ve never considered a black tile backsplash,…

Embroidered Art

Whenever I travel I bring a small piece of art home with me, and on a recent trip to Portugal, I found an embroidered tea towel that I found so…

Moto Jackets Under $75

Have I ever told you I ride a Vespa? One of my favorite things to do is ride it around town to the market or a fitness class. After a…

Textiles of Peru

As an avid traveler, I’m always deeply appreciative when I encounter a culture’s unique architecture, design, and textiles, and I was completely blown away by the colors and textures of…

DIY: Criss Cross Vegetable Trellis

*This project brought to you in partnership with Arrow Fastener tools. It’s garden season! I don’t plant a big garden every year, usually just a few tomato plants, some green…

Statement Black + White Tile Options

I installed this hexagon black and white statement tile in a client’s bathroom, it’s so beautiful! Reveal coming soon. 🙂 The use of statement tile on a floor or backsplash…

Weekend Reading

Weekend hellos my friends! I am so excited that my cousins from Australia have come to visit this weekend, all the way from Melbourne. Two years ago, I spent three…

Jewel Tones: Deep Greens

I’m really enjoying the last month of summer but always looking ahead to the next season. Entering fall, richer colors and jewel tones return to our attention: those deep greens,…