bringing in spring

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

autumn vibes Cali style

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

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

Designing a dreamy beach bedroom

Recently I was asked by a friend to help her furnish a beach/guest house that her college age daughter and a roommate will be living in. Eventually it will transition to a guest house for overflow family and friends.  She has done a magnificent job taking an older quirky home and making it into a bright fresh inviting space that any guest would be thrilled to stay at! Continue reading

a touch of black

Way back when we bought our first home in Westport, Connecticut, I knew absolutely nothing about decorating.  My poor husband had to live through a peach sofa in our first apartment and pink and white balloon shades in the master bedroom in our Connecticut house. As if those weren’t bad enough, I purchased pink and green Laura Ashley rugs to put next to our bed. I took cute and cottagey to a whole new level.  It’s a wonder we are still married. Continue reading