my bathroom renovation adventure

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

my dream living room

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

what’s in and what’s out in 2017 (and should we care?)

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

a bright white santa barbara christmas

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

just breathe

This is one of my favorite times of the year.  However, that is not the case for everyone.  The holiday season can be fraught with expectations unfulfilled, family drama, and often a bit of mayhem.  The new year can be a time of great anticipation for new experiences or it can be a time of uncomfortable uncertainty.

This year, I felt the need among the hustle and bustle to just stop and take a deep breath.  I can think of no more restorative place to do that than Big Sur.  Those of you who follow my blog or Instagram know what a special place it holds in my heart. Continue reading