a tisket a tasket, a vintage african basket..

Sometimes, (ok truth be told, this happens to me a lot), an object speaks to you and it’s clear that it is coming home with you. This happened to me recently when a friend and I were on a little field trip to the malibu design center. ¬†This place is a treasure trove of inspiration for people who love organic, natural, modern design! ūüėČ ¬†We spotted an assortment of various size vintage African baskets on a table. ¬†It was love at first sight. I picked out a smallish one, and my friend chose two for herself. ¬†I had no idea where mine was going to go, but knew it was coming to Santa Barbara. ¬†The texture, the color, and yes, even the smell! ¬†These baskets were used by African women to cook with. ¬†You can still smell the fire and feel the soul of these women in every beautiful detail. Continue reading

the art of storytelling through vignettes

I love a good vignette. Simply¬†put by Australian NZ House & Garden writer Janet Dunn, “In the world of interior design, a vignette is a small, pleasing picture formed by grouping several objects…an arrangement that tells a story about you and your home.” ¬†A good vignette leaves you wanting to see more. ¬†It¬†can be made up of collections, vacation finds, flea market treasures or family heirlooms¬†curated over time. ¬†A vignette¬†can be outdoors, on shelves, mantels, or tabletops.¬†¬†As a dear friend once told me, “I love all of your moments.”¬†¬† Moments is a good word for my vignettes as¬†I am constantly changing and rotating things to keep our home fresh! Continue reading