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Weekend Reading 8.1.21

I’m in Portland today sitting in the midcentury modern decorated lobby of The Huxton Hotel typing up this very post. My road trip has been interesting so far, I’ll write up a full post of my experience here soon. Today I’m headed up the Columbia River Gorge to Hood River, which is supposed to be really beautiful. I’ll be rafting on the river this afternoon!...

Best of Sonoma County

I’ve lived in Sonoma County, California all my life except for my time away at college and law school. I grew up in an area known for its small towns and rolling hills filled with vineyards and oak trees. Sonoma is next door to Napa County and both are major travel destinations. I’m biased, but I think Sonoma County has a slight edge with its fifty...

Palm Print Shadow Box Art

In the past I’ve had mixed feelings about shadow boxes, they’re used to display memorabilia, sports jerseys or shell collections, that sort of thing. I’ve come around on this style of frame for wall displays now that I see them in a new light. If the subject matter of the shadow box is simple, I’m in. I wanted to change up the mantel scene with a creative...

Weekend Reading 7.25.21

Sunday hellos everyone! I spent extra time this week at our flip property with the electrician and receiving the kitchen cabinets. The property is in Sonoma which gives me an opportunity to sneak away to cool lunch spots or stop on my way home for a quick wine tasting. No complaints from me! I’m flying to Portland on Thursday, so I’d appreciate any...

Hall Bathroom Plan + Small Space Bathroom Vanities

Tomorrow is a big day at the flip property, the appliances and kitchen cabinets are getting delivered, and the electrician is doing all the prep for the new light fixtures and replacing the old sockets. I’m getting excited for the next phase, the installation of all the finishes and decorative elements! The space I’m working on now is the hall bathroom....

Destination Design: Napa and Sonoma

I’ve spent a lot of days enjoying my own backyard here in the Northern California Wine Country. It’s always been a top travel destination, sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live here. Continuing the Destination Design series today with a trip to my side of the world: Napa and Sonoma. There’s definitely a vibe that exists here among the acres of...

Beaded Wrap Bracelets – Online Sources

Hi all, how’s your summer so far? Mine is much better than last year! I’ve been doing a lot of exploring around Northern California and that’s been fun, I’ve enjoyed trips to the beach, the redwood forest, and of course lucky me, the wine country is all around me. I bought a few wrap bracelets early in summer and I’ve been wearing them out. Today...

Trending: Stacked Pencil Mosaics

Stack bond tile layouts have been trending for a few years, mostly in the 2×8” to 2×12” ranges. I shared some examples of vertical stack bond installations in showers a few months ago. Recently I’ve noticed the shapes getting thinner, but still following the same stacked or straight joint style. We’ve seen staggered rectangular mosaics for decades...

Weekend Reading 7.10.21

Summer hellos from California! I’ve done all the laundry and recovered from vacation. This weekend I’ll be spending at home, attending a BBQ and taking a drive to the coast on Sunday to buy seafood from the local fishermen since it’s salmon season, one of the perks of living near the coast! Next week it’s back to full time work and monitoring the progress...

New Art Prints + Flip Project Update

I had the best vacation! I met my siblings and cousins at the Colorado River, we shared houses and food and lots of laughs. I watched my son flip into the water from a rope swing, and my daughter learn how to jet ski. They both tried to wakeboard but it will take a few more attempts to master that water sport. We finished off the week with a trip to...

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