Saturday, April 28, 2012


Hubs + Friends + Beach - Kids = Best Time Ever
Cabo or bust.  Catch you on the flip side.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I'm obsessed with feathers lately.  
Big time.  I came across this ostrich feather pendant light while reading my dailies.  
Wow.  Love at first sight.  
I started at Table Tonic, who showed me Hop Interiors, who found the feather light.  
And a big thank you to Tobe, who told me of Lisa Congdon on Etsy
which is where I bought this lovely peacock print for my desk.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


When I travel my first destination is usually a museum of art.  
I love art.  
Especially when it's affordable, which is why I love 20x200
Jen Bekman came up with the master plan--200 limited edition prints, $20 each, and two goals:
1.  For everyone to collect art
2.  Enable an economy that allows artists to make a living by making work
Even with a recent price increase it's still inexpensive with pricing ranging from $24 to $2400.  
 Giovanni Garcia-Fenech

 Christian Chaize

 Daniel Seung Lee

 Jennifer Sanchez

 Michelle Marie Murphy
 Mike + Doug Starn

 Sean Greene

 Jeff Lewis

Alex Brown

 Daniel Seung Lee

 Jennifer Sanchez

 David Corbett

Carrie Marill

All of these prints? 24 bones? Where do I sign....

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Home Kitchen

I'm planning a new home kitchen design in my mind.
It requires multiple table and chairs...maybe a coffee bar.  I'm still mulling it over.  These are my inspiration pictures.

 via Pinterest

Monday, April 23, 2012


Are rooms ever really finished?  
Life {like people} is constantly moving and changing and evolving.  
Our house is going through a metamorphosis.  
The baby phase of child rearing is ending. Toys no longer dominate every room.  
I can begin to relay, through the interior of our home, how we are as a family--
traditional, modern, casual, diverse, traveled, well loved.  
These are pictures of the family room. 
It's a work in progress. 
Still needing a patterned floor rug, wall art, table accessorizing.

 My desk, which needs serious accessorizing.

 I'd like to put a striped runner under the console and two upholstered X benches. 

 Dizzy Gillespie, a.k.a. Diz, a.k.a. DJ Wizard

Hall bath in high gloss black.  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Juju Hats

I know I'm late to the party, but I love Juju hats.  
Juju hats are worn by Village Chiefs in the Cameroon region of central Africa.  
Some years ago they started to gain popularity with interior designers.  
I would love one above my front door, 
preferably in a bright color.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


I was first introduced to shagreen when I lived next door to Lille
my favorite place to buy home accessories. Now an online business, owner Lydia Lando 
showed me amazing designers--Lulu DK, John Derian, R & Y Augousti
Juliska, Blahblah, Sigikid. All still my favorites.
 Hubs bought me the most divine shagreen box by R & Y. 
 Since then, shagreen has remained my favorite animal hide. 

 The stingray has a multi-patterned, durable skin. The back bone
 {which resembles clusters of white pearls}
was thought to be a protector of good luck and prosperity. 
 Early civilizations used stingray skin to fashion armor and handle covers on Samurai swords.

Not knowing then of its history 
years ago on a trip to Lille to spy on a much desired shagreen pedestal table, 
I asked a salesgirl if water could be spilled on its surface. 
 After looking at me in judgement for a few seconds she replied, 
"'s made from stingray afterall...".