tried and true paint colors: white edition

By far the question I get asked the most on Instagram, on my blog, and by clients, is “what color white did you use on your walls and trim?!”  And not just my home, but my parents home as well.  I thought I’d take a moment and go through the white choices and the finishes for The Little Glass House, the Little White Beach Bungalow, and my parents Vermont farmhouse, which still remains nameless! Continue reading

a tisket a tasket, a vintage african basket..

Sometimes, (ok truth be told, this happens to me a lot), an object speaks to you and it’s clear that it is coming home with you. This happened to me recently when a friend and I were on a little field trip to the malibu design center.  This place is a treasure trove of inspiration for people who love organic, natural, modern design! 😉  We spotted an assortment of various size vintage African baskets on a table.  It was love at first sight. I picked out a smallish one, and my friend chose two for herself.  I had no idea where mine was going to go, but knew it was coming to Santa Barbara.  The texture, the color, and yes, even the smell!  These baskets were used by African women to cook with.  You can still smell the fire and feel the soul of these women in every beautiful detail. Continue reading

summertime blues

I have a confession.  I’ve never decorated with blues in my own home.  Yes, I’ve used aquas, greens, and a whole lot of white, but not the blues that you typically associate with coastal homes.  I’ve certainly used them in other projects but I guess I felt it would be too obvious in a Santa Barbara house. Continue reading

seeing sea glass…

Let me start off by saying I’m not an expert on sea glass.  I won’t go into the different names and categories.  There are plenty of good books on the subject.  I am however, an insatiable collector (read addict) of these colorful frosted beauties tossed on the beach by the sea. Continue reading

when coastal living comes to call

So one day I get an e-mail from the homes editor at Coastal Living magazine wondering if I would be interested in being in one of their issues.  At first I thought it must be a mistake and how did they even find me?  Thank you Instagram!  A few months after that first e-mail, on three rare sunny days (it had been a stormy February), Coastal Living came to call at The Little Glass House. Continue reading