looking at the bright side

Being an optimist doesn’t mean I always think things are rosy.  Two weeks of a giant wildfire terrorizing your community and neighboring towns clearly isn’t a good thing.  But acknowledging the fear (yes, there was a lot of fear and worry), and then trying not to dwell on something I couldn’t change was a daily struggle.  I tried to see the bigger picture.  I saw tremendous acts of caring and giving from people just wanting to help.  And don’t even get me started on the first responders and firefighters.  After being out of my home for 12 days and still under mandatory evacuation, an officer guarding our road escorted me to the house and helped me grab a few things and make sure everything was secure.  When I broke down in tears as the stress of the past few days caught up with me, he said,” I’m not supposed to do this”, and gave me a hug.  That act of kindness will be something I will always remember. We owe so much to these brave men and women… Continue reading

escaping thomas

Most of the time living in Southern California is paradise…beautiful weather, friendly people, the mountains, and the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.  That is why we live here.  Unfortunately, even paradise has it’s dark side and for us it’s the wildfires. Continue reading

favorite shop: scout

You all know by now how I love to shop local.  This past weekend while my daughter was visiting, she was going on about this new shop she had passed downtown but wasn’t open when she had walked by.  Luckily, quite accidentally, we stumbled upon SCOUT while doing some Christmas shopping the next day. Continue reading

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!