summer in coastal connecticut

Summers in New England can be brutally hot and humid, especially in August.  I was lucky to experience some beautiful balmy clear days, a little rain, and even a few fall like days.  As a child, August was never my favorite month, even with my birthday at the tail end.  It signaled the end of carefree summer days and colder weather just around the corner.  I can appreciate August and September now.   Continue reading

3 instagrammers i love

While I don’t consider myself or my home boho, I do love a controlled riot of plants and colors and can appreciate the talent that it takes to make it all work.  So here are 3 of my fave accounts right now…some you may know and some may be new to you, but all are chock full of inspiration! Continue reading

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

Our new east coast beach bungalow

I didn’t dare share this until we closed on the house. I was sure that I would jinx the whole thing.

On my last visit to Connecticut in June, it came to our attention that a few homes had become available in a small coastal area near our rented townhouse. This is a community that rarely sees houses come on the market and so we decided to check a few of them out. Continue reading

a new bedroom rug changes everything!

I almost didn’t post this piece today.  It seems that every time I turn on the news, another horrific attack has happened and everything else seems trivial in comparison.  But I think in my own way, by creating beautiful, comfortable places to call home, it makes me feel safer.  Our homes are our sanctuaries away from all the atrocities happening in the world.  And isn’t it nice to have an oasis if even for a little while?  So here is my post: Continue reading