The Oregon Coast and a Weekend of Beach Towns

Hello to you. It's been a busy week with work projects as well as loading new products onto my shop site!!! Yes! Finally! Please stay tuned! The collection of home furnishings, accessories, vintage pieces and clothing is really exciting and I think you will love it....

Things I’m Digging – Fall 2014 – Reading Edition

Hi lovelies. As I write this, it's raining buckets. I have the fireplace going and am wearing the requisite rainy day attire of fuzzy socks and a big sweater. Not only is it Halloween, AND the San Francisco Giants Parade, but it's also my birthday weekend....

Postcards from the Hamptons

After almost a 30-year lapse, this August I revisited the place of many idyllic childhood memories.  Me and the kiddos rented a little house in East Hampton for a few weeks. The first half it was just us, the latter part friends joined. It was pure heaven in...

My Overnight at Holman Ranch

A few weeks ago I received an invitation for a one-night stay, property tour, dinner and wine tasting at Holman Ranch in Monterey County.  There were about 15 people attending the event - other bloggers, journalists and travel writers. In exchange for our...

Vacation Snapshots – Part One

Hi you. I hope you have had a fantastic week! Mother Nature seems to be under the spell of the Super Moon around here. It went from torrential down pour, to East Coast humid, to 100 degrees within the past five days. The highlight of my week was Friday night - I had a...

NYC – the gift show and other inspirations

I was in NYC last week attending the NYIGF. The trade show takes place twice per year - in August and January. There are literally miles of aisles to walk through with wholesalers selling just about everything you can imagine from plastic gadgets that are one stop...

Summer – is there a road trip in my future?

A week from today unofficially marks the beginning of summer.  It snuck up this year, did it not? With the kids now going different directions as well as our house demo (and preemptive move-out) about to begin, the possibility of a vacation is remote, and more...

Virtual Valentine’s Getaway

I love Valentine's Day.  A day dedicated to love, romance and chocolate is just about as good as it gets. And if there is one place that says romance, it's the Swiss Alps. I found this little spot a couple of years ago and have been saving it in my...

next to a rock, inside an apple there is a pearl

Rockefeller Center Up until a few days ago I was unaware that my expectations of having a completely positive hotel experience in nyc were extremely low.  I am what you'd call a hotel snob. I would rather stay home than go just about anywhere and stay in a...

cool things

I'm on the train from DC to NYC, finishing this post. It's the first time I've had internet access since Thurs! I've just spent a few days with my darling grandparents at their home in McLean, VA where there is no wifi, salt or oil of any kind. If you...

New York City Visit: no sleep till

BROOKLYN! In the past few years, I've noticed many shops, restaurants and businesses popping up in Brooklyn.  I had to see for myself what all the buzz is about, so my friend and I spent a day exploring. We got a recommendation from our cool waiter the night...

New York City Visit: Food

I have just two posts left on the nyc trip I took last month and can't end the year without getting them both in...so while they're not holiday, I hope you enjoy them just the same! Why does everything taste so good in New York? Almost everywhere we ate...

New York City Visit: Windows and Doors

I had one day on my own, which I spent exploring the Chelsea galleries looking for some art for a San Francisco client. Along the way, marveling at all the unique entrances and how they each tell a different story about what's inside... Entrance to Comme des...

New York City Visit: fashion

Confession - I'm not all that into clothes shopping.  However, I do like to look as though I am!  If I had a magic fairy that could make the perfect outfits appear in my closet so I would never have to try anything on, I would be a happy camper. In the...

New York City Visit: nightlife

On our second night in nyc, we decided to go to a play. 'Asuncion' - written and starring Jesse Eisenberg sounded interesting. It's playing at a 179-seat, historic theater (87 years old) in the Village  - The Cherry Lane. I thoroughly enjoyed...

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...

One night in Nashville

Our last real destination on the road trip was Nashville aka Music City. It reminded me a little of Las Vegas and LA combined... Live entertainment 24 hours a day and every server or hotel bellman is an aspiring country performer.  We had fun taking it all in....

the road trip continues…

Our driving day from New Orleans to Biloxi was a short one -only about 2 hours, which was why we were able to fit in the swamp tour.  Biloxi was a stopover because my father lives there - a nyc transplant who followed a girlfriend there many years ago and fell...

Eating our way through New Orleans and a swamp tour

We arrived in New Orleans in the evening after a 10+ hour drive from Austin. We were famished. A quick shower and change at the hotel and we were off to whatever restaurant the concierge had reserved for us when we called from the road.  I must admit...

6 states in 8 days

First stop: Austin, TX Well, hi or should I say Hey, y'all!  We just got home from our road trip through the South  It was amazing.  We had very limited access to the internet, thus no posts for a really long time!  Here are some of the...

Summer Vacation Plans

In a couple of weeks we're taking our family summer vacation.  Last year at this time we were packing to go to Tuscany and Paris.  I just emailed a friend who leaves for Paris tomorrow, some photos of our apartment rental and the shops and bakeries...

Great Weekend Getaway – Cavallo Point Lodge

I'm always filing away articles or recommendations about great 'hidden gem' hotels. Even if I have no plans to visit a particular city, I just like knowing I have a place to stay if I ever did. Do you do that too?  For anyone planning a trip to San...

Souvenirs…

Our favorite place to shop for souvenirs in Cabo is Mercado del Arte (or The Art Market). This rustic, open air store located just off the main square in the artist district of San Jose del Cabo is filled with Mexican art, pillows, glassware, ceramics, jewelry and...

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,...

Barndiva

On a whim, the four of us decided to spend some family time in Healdsburg yesterday.  The town has many quaint shops - something for everybody - and in particular, many antique shops.  After a couple of hours antiquing and one vintage harmonica (son), a...

new york state of mind

I just got back from the most magical week back East.  First I visited my grandparents in Northern Virginia for a couple of days (it snowed :-), then I took the train to nyc - my birthplace and the best city in the entire universe - to meet one of my bff's...

holiday

I don't know if it's because I just rented the movie "The Holiday" again... or because I have cabin fever since my husband has been away for most of the past month and is now stuck in Barcelona due to an air traffic controllers' strike......

Ralph Lauren in Paris: Americana on the Left Bank

I can't think of an American designer who better captures the American spirit than Ralph Lauren. His talent as a clothing designer has stood the test of time, as his collections are always classic with a nod towards Bohemian Luxe and Sporty Chic....

Summer Flea Market Finds

One the highlights of this summer was a visit - albeit brief- to one of the oldest and biggest flea markets in Paris. If I had a store, I would have come home with an airplane hanger full of great finds.  Chanel and Hermes - no temptation, but that pair of...

Tuscany

Before I started posting about our Europe vacation, I probably should have prefaced by saying - it was not our typical family vacation - at all!  Since my husband is on the road constantly, he racks up a crazy amount of frequent flyer miles and hotel points....

Paris Part II: Lessons in life’s simple pleasures

For our week in Paris, we booked an apartment from a website (link) that had been highly recommended. Other than the recommendation we had little else to go on, so we pretty much selected it by the 'close your eyes, spin the globe and point' technique....

Paris Part I: Cathedrals, Palaces and Museums

The biggest decision during our week in Paris was how much sightseeing can we fit in without getting tourist overload.  On my husband's first trip, he remembers the awe he felt visiting Notre Dome and in particular the gorgeous stained glass Rose Windows....

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Several months ago, when we were planning our trip to Europe, we deliberated over travel options to get from Tuscany to Paris.  We had a rental car to return, which meant that we needed to pass through Florence to drop it off. Driving all the way to Paris would...

Postcards from Bella Tuscany

Buonasera!  Actually, Bonsoir is more accurate considering I'm in Paris. I just didn't feel like I could skip over Tuscany without sharing some photos since I never had the opportunity to blog (go figure!?) while I was there.I thought that living so...

Weekend Recap: Father’s Day

It all started with a kite... A spontaneous Father's Day gift idea thought of by my daughter.  That lead to a spur-of-the-moment decision to head to the beach- Point Reyes Station - and our favorite breakfast spot; The Pine Cone Diner.  There are...

Seattle Recap Part Two

My favorite Seattle souvenir is a glassybaby.  I actually treat myself to two of these lovelies every time I go back, usually after breakfast at the HiSpot around the corner. Glassybaby moved their glass blowing 'hotshop' to my old neighborhood - Madrona...

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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