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May 9th, 2013

Matt asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day and I told him “something I can only give myself” and he said “what’s that?” and I replied, “time off!” So I’m checking out early this week, taking today and tomorrow for a little extra rest and relaxation! Oh, and a nice brunch in Sonoma on Sunday was my second request at one of my favorite restaurants (read about the perfect day trip to Sonoma here).

pink roses in bloom


Meanwhile here are my latest articles over at BH&G.

how to modernize your dining room

family organization ideas

accessorizing built ins

decorating with animal print


Wishing all of you moms a very

Happy Mother’s Day !


*top image from a recent botanical garden tour, will share pics soon



One Day Outdoor Room Makeover

May 7th, 2013

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share a one day makeover I finished for my friend Cheryl over the weekend. You remember when I painted her piano last year? We were  hanging out in the backyard by the pool and discussing the sitting space – they have a fabulous pool and a nice pergola but her outdoor seating area was not as pretty as she liked and didn’t have any real sun protection.

We conspired how to change all that on a budget, work with what she had, and finish in a day. I shopped for a few things and added some DIY outdoor curtains made of canvas panels and grommets.  You can see the “before” below with their wood pergola and sectional, and the “after” once I added the curtains and accessories.

arbor before


outdoor room with canvas panels


She already had a great outdoor sectional they bought earlier this year with Sunbrella cushions (from Costco) the set just needed some color. I stopped by Lowes and Target and another local shop for a few supplies and pulled it all together for her in an afternoon. She wanted to include the blue tones from the backyard pool so that became the dominant accent color.

outdoor sectional with pillows


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