Weekend Reading

April 4th, 2014

Hello and happy weekend! The sun is supposed to come out again here in Northern California after a week of rain so we’ve got big plans for an outdoor adventure someplace we’ve always wanted to see, can’t wait!

Are you in a spring sprucing mood? It seems everyone is freshening and brightening now that April is here. I’m smitten with a makeover for a growing family that popped up in my reader this morning…

living room makeover 6thstreetdesign


Don’t miss this living room and office makeover by Kirsten & Erin at 6th Street Design School.

Beige and white is beautiful.

The latest issue of Rue Magazine is out and filled with so many fresh spaces!

Some great April Fools Day posts:  why you should be using plastic furniture covers and how to be the best food blogger ever.

What happens in a single second online.

The most successful people are givers.

Does Facebook make us unhappy?

Cute alert: a baby chick cam.

I’ve worn this shirt twice this week, it’s the perfect spring layer.

What a pretty porch swing!


My articles at Lamps Plus and Better Homes & Gardens

gray kitchen wood stools

concrete countertops

Contemporary Looks in Bar Stools

Now Trending: Concrete Countertops

Have a fab weekend!


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Four Lovely Books

April 3rd, 2014

One of my most favorite things to do on a rainy day is curl up with a hot beverage and a great book. I love so many genres but many favorites are books on all things home: interior design, home improvement, or simple recipes and crafts. I’ve added four lovely books to my growing collection of inspirational texts, ones you may consider adding to your library too.

four lovely books


I’ve always admired Paul Lowe and look forward to his seasonal Sweet Paul magazine publications – I interviewed him in 2011 and he was kind enough to answer my questions. His tips on styling stay with me to this day (keep it simple and remember what’s important in the shot!) 

eat and makeI learned last year from his publicist that he was writing a book and I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of Sweet Paul: Eat & Make, a book all about delicious yet simply prepared food and easy to do kitchen crafts that personalize the home.

The ideas are broken down by times of day, how clever! Find inspirational crafts from a Punch Bowl Pendant to Felted Vases to colorful Coffee Filter Flowers and hidden inside is a story about Paul’s famous Food Styling Kit on page 94, a charming read for sure!  


coffee filter flowers

Savor and prepare recipes for morning, noon, and night from Baked Donuts to Norwegian Meatballs, and the styling in the book is quintessentially Sweet Paul!

norwegian meatballs


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Etsy Art I Heart: Watercolors

April 1st, 2014

I’m on an original art kick lately and I got into some trouble on Etsy this morning shopping for watercolors for a future art display. “Trouble” meaning several purchases, I can’t help it, there are so many talented artists out there! Watercolors are so popular right now with the Waterlogue app everyone’s been using lately turning photographs into watercolor prints. I thought I’d feature a few favorite painters I stumbled across today who specialize in the medium.

Kerri Shipp paints everything from botanicals to abstracts to chinoiserie at Driftwood Interiors (I bought a series of the 11 x 14” indigo tropical leaves, gorgeous!)

driftwood interiors watercolors


I adore the zoo of sweetly painted animals you can find at Mary’s Flower Garden. I had to have that blue crab! 

marys flower garden watercolors


Color Zen has a great kitchen food collection, also feathers and some beautiful sea life too.

color zen watercolors


Amber Alexander shares charming Beatrix Potter inspired stories on the back of her animal prints like Tilly in the Teacup, “From the second she started out that fateful day, Tilly had a feeling that she had bitten off more than she could chew…”  The details are delightful, and that squirrel has serious style. 

amberalexander watercolors


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