Redondo Beach Digs

After living in a Santa Monica studio apartment for three years, my daughter Kelsey, was ready to make a change. A move to Redondo Beach and a slightly larger one bedroom was just the ticket!  You can not imagine how much stuff there was in her little studio! Continue reading

Me and my Mate(s)

It’s rare enough to find a shop where you fall in love with just about everything in it,  but it’s icing on the cake when the owners turn out to be just as fun and wonderful as the space they have created.  One of those shops, which has added immeasurably to our Santa Barbara home, is Mate Gallery. The mates are Ron Brand and Matt Albiani, who bring a nostalgic East Coast vibe to their West Coast store. Being from New England originally, I fell hard for just about everything in their exquisite shop. They scour tag sales and antique shops on the East Coast and bring their finds back to their small but packed-to-the-rafters space in Montecito, California. It is chock full of wonderful art, gifts, home furnishings, and is bursting with the humor and personality of its owners. Matt is also an accomplished photographer and many of his works adorn the walls next to vintage oil paintings of the sea and a portrait or two. Continue reading

The Ever Expanding Gallery Wall

I love art. I love the thrill of finding a piece that speaks to you and I love the soul that it brings to a home. I was an art major in college and I’m now a sometimes-watercolorist.  I left most of my paintings at our home on the East Coast. I have a copious amount of paintings that couldn’t possibly all fit in The Little Glass House. One of the qualities I love most about our home in California is the abundance of natural light because of the numerous French doors and floor to ceiling windows. However, it drastically reduces the amount of wall space to hang art. Continue reading