Favorite shop: Global Eye Art collective

I first met Kristen Cramer at an amazing craft show called Homespun that was held in a giant orchid greenhouse here in Santa Barbara. I was taken with her organic pottery and her obvious love for her craft.  I left with her card and a small pot for one of my many plants. Continue reading

springtime in santa barbara

After a winter of record breaking rain, we’ve had one of the prettiest springs I can remember since moving to Santa Barbara.  Yes, we do have seasons here in Southern California, although they are very different from New England where I grew up.  No late winter snow here!  California spring begins in late February and early March with flowering fruit trees. Continue reading

a magical shop called botanik

In the tiny beachside town of Summerland, in a quaint 1920’s Victorian cottage, sits a home and garden boutique called botanik.  This is another go-to  destination for me and for all who know about this incredible place.  What my favorite local shops have in common, are the wonderful, helpful, cheerful people who own and work at them. Botanik is no exception. Continue reading

day trip to Ojai

When my friend, Beth (of Beth Dana Design) asked me to go cactus shopping with her in Ojai, I couldn’t pass it up.  My daughter was in town, and so the three of us and Beth’s dog, Finn, headed for the hills of Ojai, just a 45 minute drive southeast of Santa Barbara. Continue reading

West Coast Winter

This is my seventh winter in Santa Barbara.  My friends back in Connecticut often ask me what it’s like and if I miss the seasons. The answer: I LOVE winter here and no, I don’t miss the seasons. You may be surprised, but we actually do have seasonal changes! Continue reading