After a winter of record breaking rain, we’ve had one of the prettiest springs I can remember since moving to Santa Barbara. Yes, we do have seasons here in Southern California, although they are very different from New England where I grew up. No late winter snow here! California spring begins in late February and early March with flowering fruit trees. Continue reading
After putting in new hardwood floors 2 years ago, I definitely wasn’t anxious for another renovation, but I finally bit the bullet and started planning my new bathroom. After I sorted out what I wanted to do, I reached out to my friend John Henderson of Apex Building & Restoration. He and his family recently moved to the Santa Barbara area and besides radon mitigation, he also does construction, plumbing, and electric. He’s a very handy guy to know!
The bathroom is not large (just under 5′ x 10′), but I wanted to make better use of the space. It currently had a large tub, which with the drought in California, is not something I ever use (we have 2 other bathtubs in our home). My priorities were a large walk in shower, a skylight, plank walls, and a large vanity with drawers for lots of storage. Continue reading
I was recently asked by someone, “if I could design my dream living room, what would it look like?” Hmmm. I must admit I’m pretty dang happy with the living room I have now, but hey, let’s just dream…and remember in a dream there is no budget! Continue reading
After a 2 week holiday hiatus from my blog, I’m ready to jump back in. Happy New Year to you all! With the New Year comes the inevitable lists of trends for what we should be buying and what we should be ditching. First off, let me start by saying that I only buy things I love…if they happen to be a trend, great, if not, that’s ok too.
Secondly, who exactly decides what’s in and what’s out? I recently read an article on my domaine with just such a list. For fun, I thought I’d run through it and see where my house stood in the world of designer trends for 2017. Continue reading
When I think back to the Christmas of my youth, I marvel at how my parents pulled off a miracle every Christmas Eve. When my sisters and I awoke at a ridiculously early hour on Christmas morning, we would run into my parents room and wake them up so that we could not only open presents, but see the tree for the first time. My dad would go in first and set up the movie camera and the bright light that went with it. Seeing that huge tree that Santa brought the night before Christmas was sheer magic to us girls… Continue reading