Thursday, January 26, 2012



I love collecting.

I am not talking about 75 Limoge boxes on your coffee table.   People may love their Limoge boxes, but I really don't want a white swan box cluttering up my living room! To be fair, I did purchase a Battersea Box when I was in London during Princess Di and Charles' wedding.  BUT, this was the 80's and it was something I haven't repeated.  Ha!

What I love collecting are things from my life.  I create a history of my life in my decor.  In my previous post I had a picture of my living room and I have a white ceramic bamboo lamp I "borrowed" from my parents.  It is from the 60's and I grew up with that in my family room.  I added to my collection two fabulous lamps found on (to the right.)  I added a gorgeous white linen lamp shade and a beautiful turquoise finial- Voila!  A collection of vintage lamps from the 60's.

I travel a lot.  I will slip out whenever I can.  In fact, I am in the Chicago airport waiting to get on a plane to meet my husband in Prague in the Czech Republic.  Every time I travel I bring something back.  Shells from Bali, scarves from India, fabric from Thailand, beads from Africa.  Something that reminds me of my amazing times and interactions in different countries.  My home is a collection of my experiences.

I want that for my clients too.  When I accessorize, I open the drawers in their homes and peer into cupboards.  I love to find their old books and treasures from their trips.  They might have an some cut crystal from Aunt Mary Jane that they don't know what to do with, but when you bring those pieces together and fill them with Jelly Bellies and gum balls for Easter, you breathe new life into the crystal.  This will even bring new memories.  They may be about young children reaching their dirty paws into the crystal and you screaming at them to be careful!  Just kidding.  You will delight in the bright colors and the festive life of crystal.  It is not for grannys (or Aunties) any more!

Above are some of my collections of glass from all over, a mirror found on One Kings Lane (I adore all starburst mirrors), a dresser found at the Santa Monica Antique Show and a vintage Staffordshire lamp which inspired me to get a Bichon Frise!

I hope you enjoy collecting as much as I do.  Every time you are home, you are surrounded by great memories and inspired to create more.


Sunday, January 15, 2012


Before and After

Is there anything more fun than seeing and ugly house "before" any work was done and then seeing the "after" photos?  You don't have to do any of the hard work- no vision necessary, no painting, no sweat, no money!  Just an admiring look.

Well, I actually LOVE the process of actualizing the vision!  The sweat- ooh, the painful decisions- ahh, the money- OK well I like MOST of the process.  This project is one of my own homes.  I have lived my life thinking everything is a "fixer!"  My husband can find beauty in the "as-is" and I see the future, which is often (always!) nothing like the "as-is."  If I think it is OK one day, after walking by it 10 times, I have another idea to mix it up.  

In this house, everything had to go!  I took it down to the guts and did a little cleaning and freshening.

I turned this 80's beauty (complete with floral ceramic tiles and faux leaded glass doors to show off the disaster inside the cabinets ) and turned the kitchen into something clean and fresh.  Yes, I am still waiting to go to Morocco and pick out some fabulous cement tiles for the backsplash, but let's leave the brainstorming for another post.

Before Kitchen

After Kitchen

I feel like I can breathe again!!  The kitchen felt so dark before.  Tearing out the upper cabinets and installing a single floating shelf brought the light in.  Now, every time I enter the kitchen, I look at the pretty plant, antlers and horn candle holders.  I remember the trip to Scottsdale, Arizona to pick the horns and the adventures in India that lead me to the candle holders.  Yep.  Joy.

Before Living Room

After Living Room

Hmm.  Does it look better in photo #1 or #2??  There is nothing like a little JalapeƱo Pepper paint to spice up your life!

I will take you on a journey to see MY journey.  The ever changing world of my home:)  Kitchen and living room are a good start!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


‎"We are all curators at heart. We travel. We collect. We arrange. We rearrange. We mix the old with the new; the bought with the found; the passed-down with the picked-up-along-the-way. We create these beautiful little galleries throughout our homes that express our passions and curiosities to all who pass through. And then we start all over again!"

Serena and Lilly

I just love this quote.  When I opened up my Serena and Lilly catalog to see this I flipped!  I am NOT the only crazy person in the world who loves to move, change, and rearrange!  My husband hates it when I ask him to help move the sofas- AGAIN!  In fact, he refuses.  I was so excited when my son turned 14.  My personal Sherpa:-)  That lasted a month.  Now he refuses.  I guess that is what happens!  I have another son turning 13 soon.  Is it too early to think of him as Sherpa #2?  

Please note: I am strong.  I am restless.  I have no patience.  When I look up and want to move that painting, I run to the garage, get a hammer and start right away.  If I want to move the sofas, I try to put some felt pads underneath the feet to slide those suckers around.  If the felt comes off, I will just scratch the floor.  I call it, "patina!"  I have lots of patina in my house.  It is on the floors, the door jams, the walls.  Oops, another dent.  Don't worry, I won't turn you into my sherpa!