It has been a rough winter in Santa Barbara. From the Thomas Fire to the mudslides, everything has been turned upside down. We have not had rain since the slide and with warmer than normal temperatures, it certainly doesn’t feel like winter. Although it is only the beginning of February, I was feeling the need for a bit of color and to lighten things up both aesthetically and emotionally. Continue reading
Instagram can be an amazing introduction to small businesses and trade from all over. When I first saw an incredible wall hanging on The Beach Lodge’s Instagram feed, my jaw dropped. Of course I had to follow up! I found out it was from The Dharma Door , founded in 2004 by Australian Shannon Sheedy, with the “dream of creating products that combine good design with ethical production.
Shannon and her husband are one of the leading sources for contemporary fair trade in Australia and New Zealand. And as luck would have it, they branched out into the US market in 2014 which is wonderful news for us!
After scrolling through their beautiful array of baskets, wall hangings, and homewares, I was smitten with the Mandala circular wall hanging. I ordered it for a client and fell in love with it’s intricate beauty. I then ordered one for my daughter’s room and being quite naughty, something special for my own bedroom. Those of you who follow me on Instagram know how much I love neutral texture and organic, modern design. These wall hangings encompass everything I adore!
The Jumbo Wall Hanging with jute fringe just spoke to me. It reminds me of a hula skirt I had as a kid, and also resembles what my hair looks like first thing in the morning! It is texture on steroids!
There are many beautiful baskets and bags if wall hangings aren’t your jam, but for me, this is IT. Do your self a favor and check out their site, and by the way, their customer service is excellent too!
By far one of my most popular posts and highly pinned images, is my parents breakfast nook in their Vermont farmhouse. I am often asked questions about it, so I’ve updated my blog post from a year ago with more facts, sources, and dimensions for those of you who are interested in maybe adding a nook to your own home! Here it is… Continue reading
Growing up, I wasn’t the biggest fan of fall. Oh, I loved the hot apple cider, wearing sweaters and boots, and of course the changing colors of the leaves…but sweaters turn into coats, leaves need to be raked and before you know it, winter is upon you! At the first sight of mums in the grocery store I would be resigned to the fact that summer was truly over. Maybe that’s why I never really caught on to fall decorating (and I still don’t like mums!) I also never really cared for “fall colors” anywhere except on the leaves of the trees. Nope, fall and I just didn’t really get along. Continue reading