summer vibes at the little white beach bungalow

Summer is in full swing in New England.  While I was there in early to mid June, the temperatures started in the 60’s and then soared well into the 90’s!  I spent part of my time at the bungalow fine tuning the outdoor spaces and a bit of tweaking indoors too! Continue reading

a magical shop called botanik

In the tiny beachside town of Summerland, in a quaint 1920’s Victorian cottage, sits a home and garden boutique called botanik.  This is another go-to  destination for me and for all who know about this incredible place.  What my favorite local shops have in common, are the wonderful, helpful, cheerful people who own and work at them. Botanik is no exception. Continue reading

day trip to Ojai

When my friend, Beth (of Beth Dana Design) asked me to go cactus shopping with her in Ojai, I couldn’t pass it up.  My daughter was in town, and so the three of us and Beth’s dog, Finn, headed for the hills of Ojai, just a 45 minute drive southeast of Santa Barbara. Continue reading

Our Midcentury Bungalow Home Tour

The two things that were essential to us when looking for our Santa Barbara dream home,  were light and a connection to the outdoors. We found both in spades when we bought our updated 1950’s ranch house in the Mission Canyon foothills. The previous owners (who have become dear friends), had hired Nick Noyes Architecture in San Francisco to reimagine the small dark home into a bright and airy midcentury gem. The result is a home that embraces the outdoors with multiple sets of French doors and two terraces. Outside it is all clean, spare lines but inside it is open and warm.  I used natural fabrics and rugs, wood, and a lot of white to make it a casual and inviting place for family and friends to gather. Continue reading

touches of tillandsias

Every home can benefit from having living plants. They add color and life to a room in a way that nothing else can. However, not everyone has a green thumb or the patience to care for plants.  That’s where tillandsias can be a good solution. What on earth is a tillandsia? It’s common name is “air plant” because it grows without soil. Water and nutrients are absorbed through the leaves so they require little care. While I have my share of potted plants in our home, I find that tillandsias are perfect for adding the finishing touch to a vignette because they can go almost anywhere! Continue reading