50 Random Acts of Kindness

I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. It’s cute when little kids hand out Valentines to their classmates, and it’s sweet if your spouse or significant other recognizes your relationship…

Spring Desktop & Phone Wallpapers

Today is such a beautiful day! In February, we get a few days with clear skies and soft sun and it’s just enough sunshine to get me so excited for…

Weekend Reading 2.9.20

Last week my daughter turned sixteen and on the day all I could think was I was just so so happy for her. I remember how sixteen was a major…

Weekend Reading 2.2.20

Today is exciting for those of us in Northern California with the 49ers playing in the Superbowl! I’ll be spending my afternoon cheering them on! Other than today’s sporting event,…

Modern Looks for Art Ledges

Art is one thing every home needs, and it’s one of the very best ways to personalize your space! Displaying meaningful paintings, prints, and photographs is an expression of your…

Weekend Reading 1.26.20

Hi friends. I hope you had a lovely week. I spent mine indoors busily plugging away at a new website I’m designing. I’m excited it’s coming together but it’s taking…

New Confetti Fabric + DIY Pullover

Oh hello! Today I’m introducing another fabric print I designed, a playful painterly pattern I’ve named Confetti! It comes in three colors, blue + green, blush + turquoise, and olive…

Favorite Drum Pendants

My parents are slowly remodeling their kitchen, they started by replacing their old florescent box with recessed cans and left two electrical boxes over the island for their pendants. My…

Weekend Reading 1.18.20

What a week you guys. I’ve had my head down focused and working. The truth is I’m trying to launch a new business/website by the end of the month and…

Weekend Reading 1.4.20

My friends, you are the best! Thank you so much for the heartfelt comments on my last personal post, how nice to read it resonated with many of you and…

Weekend Reading 1.12.20

On Friday, my friend asked me to entertain her two year old daughter while she taught a fitness class. I had forgotten just how slow life moves when you’re caring…

DIY: Leather Strap Art Ledges

I wanted a creative display for some of my black and white prints from travel, so I made these leather strap art ledges for displaying the framed photographs. I love…

Takeaways from 2019

Welcome to a new year! Are you a NY resolutions person? I’m really not. I don’t think making changes happens just by turning a calendar day, you can change your…

Scandinavian Paper Star Garland

December is here, have you decked your halls? This project will help! I’m throwing an ornament exchange party for a small group of friends at my studio next week, so…

Gift Ideas for Him, Her, + Teens

It’s Cyber Monday! I’m sitting in my coziest leggings and sweatshirt ordering gifts from the comfort of home. I make of my holiday purchases today, taking advantage of sales and…

Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Happy weekend friends! I took a week of to relax and reconnect with friends and family, it was so nice to sit around in my pajamas having long talks. I…

Printable Leaf Thanksgiving Place Cards

With Thanksgiving just one week away, today I’m sharing a printable for your tabletop. I made these printable place cards with watercolor leaves. They are editable, you can add any…

Decorative Fire Starters

Are you old enough to remember that cheesy movie Firestarter starring Drew Barrymore from the 1980s? I just remembered it when I typed the title, I wonder what Drew thinks…

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…

Wine Country Weekend: McEvoy Ranch

Sundays are for rejuvenation, so often I go in search of serenity close by.  Just a few miles away from my house is an olive ranch, and it’s been on…

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…

Beyond Basic: Stylish Storage Bins

Midweek greetings my friends! I’m wrapping up my trip to Peru and spending my final two days in Lima, then I’ll be home by Saturday. Now that fall is just…

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,…