FarmHouseUrban – Update – Landscaping

Well hi beauties. I have much to share with you. For starters, Luke graduated from high school last week. I held it together (for the most part) during the ceremony, but before and after...yikes, I should own stock in Kleenex.  My second big news - and i...

The Perfect Bed

Hi to you! Things have been quite hectic around here lately! All good I'm happy to say. More later... As a follow-up to my last post - Donna's house sold right away! Yay! I recently received the following email from a reader: I love a simple white bed:...

FarmHouseUrban – Update – Furnished Nook

It's been awhile since I've posted anything regarding the house, so here are some updates... The nook off of the kitchen is finished! This little space that used to be a wasted enclosed porch has become my new favorite spot! To see the 'before' as well...

Bedroom Inspiration

Hi and happy Monday! I don't know what it is about the transition from summer to fall, but no matter how prepared I think I am, it always comes on like a speeding train. In addition to buckling up for school, sports and extra curricular activities, my son, Luke...

Lily’s Bedroom is finished!

Hi to you...First I want to say, as I often to do, thank you to each and everyone who reads this blog. I cannot express the sheer amazement and pleasure it gives me to know that so many people actually read it and even better, like it and find it inspiring. I...

Teenage Girls’ Bedroom Ideas

Well hi there.  It's early morning and really quiet around here. On Sunday I put my daughter Lily on a plane ~ by herself ~ for a month at summer camp. She's fourteen. It wasn't her first time flying alone, so no first time jitters, but this time she...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update – Interiors and Furniture

We're waiting on the hood which is due to arrive and be installed any day, as well as the pendant light fixtures for over the island. Once those happen, the kitchen will be completely finished! I'm excited to show them both to you as well as the other little...

Soapstone sinks and other powder room inspirations

Hi there you. Happy first day of Spring! It's the time for new beginnings, fresh starts and picking up where we left off. New Year's Day just doesn't work. Now seems a much more fitting time for reevaluating, purging, getting organized and making...

A kitchen project and a thank you.

Awhile ago I posted about a project I was working on for clients who wanted to completely renovate their kitchen as well as redecorate the attached family room space. The client's style preference is contemporary with a little 'glam'. I enjoyed the...

FarmHouseUrban House Remodel Update – Cabinetry Design Process

Thank you for your responses to my last post about vulnerability. I truly appreciate your comments, emails and feedback and am delighted that so many found it inspiring. I believe wholeheartedly in taking emotional risks, as I have learned first hand how magnificent...

Traditional Home Napa Valley Showhouse and my birthday weekend.

I'm short on words today, but wanted to show you photos from my birthday weekend a few weeks ago which I spent in wine country. It was perfect in every way. Traditional Home magazine - with the help of a bevvy of talented designers - transformed the guest cottage...

Recent Design Project: Coastal Farmhouse ‘before and after’

Recently I completed a small, sweet project I've been meaning to show you. I met my client when she came into the shop a few months ago. She and her husband have three young children and just bought their first home which overlooks the water in...

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!

Do you know what this is?  It's our building permit!!! Mother @#$%er what an ordeal that was! Two years after starting on our house plans, we are finally under construction! For those new to the blog, or for those who have forgotten (since it's been 2+...

Strawberry Fields

My daughter Lily's bedroom is long overdue for a makeover.  Not only did her brother's receive one this year (click here to see it), but she turned thirteen in December and has had basically the same room since she was five.  Like her mama,...

Sausalito 60’s Mod Pad Unveiled in Rue Magazine!

This past November I finished working on a very special project. I mentioned it briefly here, but haven't shown 'after' photos since it took almost a year to put all the final touches into place.  In December I had the space photographed by the...

New York City Visit: cool apartment

There is just nothing like this city, the best period. I have so much to share with you about the trip - it was all crazy good. I was there with one of my closest friends in the world, who is also originally from nyc but now lives in Seattle.  We stayed at...

vitamin i

For those of us whose job requires creativity as well as those who appreciate being surrounded by beauty, we all need regular doses of inspiration to keep the juices flowing.  A shot in the arm of something beautiful whether it be a swatch of fabric, a...

I’ll take mine black with a shot of cream

I thought I'd follow-up my black + neutral post with an assortment of gorgeous kitchens with the same color combination.  Going with black cabinetry is definitely a bold statement and takes some guts, but when it's done right is... well, just plain sexy....

A Contemporary Farmhouse

A few weeks ago I received an email from real estate developer and designer, Jason Urrutia, letting me know about a house he had completely rebuilt in an 'urban farmhouse style' in Mill Valley, CA. It had just been put on the market. When I saw the photos I...

This adorable wine country home could be yours!

If you've ever considered living in Northern California's wine country, but didn't want to make a long-term commitment, have I got an offer for you!  One of my best friends is about to put her house on the market - for sale at $799,000 or...

Teen Boy’s Bedroom Makeover

A couple of months ago when we added our kids' bathrooms, my son Luke's room had to have some walls moved and reframed.  He's turning 16 this summer and has had the same bedroom furniture since he was three. It was an ideal (and long overdue) time...

Family Room Remodel – Before and After

I recently finished a family room remodel for an active family of six - two parents, four teenagers and one huge, fluffy Golden Retriever. The project included new window treatments, new upholstery to an existing sectional sofa, paint, furniture and accessories. There...

Postcards from Cabo

If you are contemplating vacation destinations, I highly recommend Mexico. The food, people, music and climate can't be beat. To entice you, here are a few photos from our trip last week. In chronological order... grapefruit margarita on the rocks, no salt,...

Bathtubs – Built-in or Free-standing?

We're at the point in the design of our master bathroom to make a decision about the bathtub. With all the choices in beautiful bathtubs these days, it's really difficult to know which way to go, especially when it comes to built-in or free-standing. Based...

For a cool $32 million…

  For anyone familiar with San Francisco, this stately Neo-Classical Greek Revival mansion on the most prestigious corner of Pacific Heights - Broadway and Divisadero Streets - is a well known sight. Located on the highest peak with views stretching from the...

Beautiful chairs for sale and the urban farmhouse store

This past October I tested the retail waters and opened a one-month-only store (aka pop-up).  It was a great experience in every way, most of all I realized that in some way, shape or form, having a retail component is something that I really want to do and a...

Teen Bathrooms Revealed!

At long last, our kid's bathroom renovation is complete!    Just to refresh your memory (since it's been 4 months, but I'm not going there...) or if you're a new visitor, here are a couple of before's. before A small, shared bathroom...

Fresh Starts, Recent Projects and Giveaway Winners!

Before the holidays and after my pop-up store was over, I worked on a few small projects.  The clients wanted to refresh a few things here and there in their homes, and to do it in phases.  A new paint color or new fabric on a worn chair is sometimes all...

Mini make-over: new bedding

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a post from one of my favorite blogs - Trouvais where I learned about the gorgeous bedding company; Bella Notte. a little aside story: I found Trouvais before our trip to Paris last summer when I was all about everything French. I...

About Me

Hi, and welcome! I’m so glad you landed here and I hope you find this to be a place you visit often.

I started this blog in 2008 as a way to chronicle the remodeling of our nondescript Northern California house into our dream home. While that did happen, so did a lot of other things - life and all the messy, glorious, complicated, wonderful things that go with it. As such, in early 2017 I decided to change the focus from the house itself to the life that happens inside.

My wish is that this blog provides beautiful inspiration, creative ideas, connections to other like-minded folks, as well as stylish products for your home, to wear and to give.

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