happy thanksgiving

Having celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend while my family was all together, I’m spending a quiet day at the Little Glass House. Later this afternoon I will be feasting with friends.  Wishing you all a bright, cozy, safe and delicious holiday!!

shop crush: the dharma door

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!

Shop Crush: The Dharma Door
The Mandala wall hanging in my daughter’s room adds delicate texture to a small space.

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!

Shop Crush:  The Dharma Door
I’m obsessed with this shaggy work of art!
Shop Crush:  The Dharma Door
Up close you can appreciate the work involved.  It’s hung on a simple wood dowel I picked up at the hardware store.

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!

Shop Crush:  The Dharma Door
A few of my favorite things…and a whole lot of books!


my favorite nook

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

out with the rosemary!

When we moved to The Little Glass House seven years ago, we redid the landscaping. You can see some of the changes here.  Things grow incredibly fast and big here in Southern California, and before I knew it, that cute tiny rosemary hedge became a four foot monster!  Here’s what the back yard looked like when we bought our house as seen from inside… Continue reading

hike for aha!

On Saturday, November 12, my daughter Kelsey and I will be hiking the 6.5 mile Romero Canyon trail to raise money for AHA!, a Santa Barbara organization dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence and social conscience in teenagers.  It is an innovative curriculum taught in schools at the junior high and high school level through after school and summer programs.  AHA! is teaching teens to listen deeply, speak authentically, cope with peer pressure, manage adversity, and peacefully resolve conflict. There are national trainings so that these practices go to programs and schools all over. 🙂

I realize there are many causes and disasters right now that need attention.  This is a cause dear to our hearts. Young people are our leaders of tomorrow and an important investment in the future for all of us.  I have seen first hand the difference AHA! has made in so many young lives.

If you would like to sponsor us, visit www.hikeforaha.org and click on DONATE NOW.  Yes, our team is Burns Babes (at least one of us is a babe and it’s not me!) Please donate ANY amount.  100% of your donation will go towards supporting the AHA! program and all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you so much!!

If you would like to learn more about AHA!, please visit the website at www.ahasb.org