IQ Beauty Of Course: makeup made simple

While you know me as a home decor blogger here and on Instagram, occasionally a shop or product is just too good to keep to myself.  At this stage in my life, it’s all about simplifying.  I’ve begun to edit my home to reflect a simpler lifestyle and I thought it was time to do the same with my makeup.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who has drawers and cabinets full of makeup they don’t use. Five years ago, I met Fredericke Grillitz of IQ Beauty of Course, and she has forever changed the way I wear and buy makeup. Continue reading

And the new mattress winner is…

 

Loom and Leaf by Saatva.  Those of you who follow my blog or Instagram account, know that during a recent renovation, our garage flooded. That wouldn’t have been too bad if our entire bedroom wasn’t being stored in it.  The mattress took the brunt of the deluge, turning it into a giant, smelly, five hundred pound sponge. Continue reading

favorite shop: green peak elements

Since posting photos of my parents Vermont farmhouse, I’ve fielded questions about the vintage lighting in their kitchen and entry hall.  In the center of Manchester, Vermont is a gem of a shop chock full of everything from lights that owner Brad Andres customizes for his clientele, to all manner of quirky interesting finds.  Green Peak Elements is also a veritable gold mine for those seeking antiques and collectibles! 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