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Statement Credenzas + Sideboards

It’s that time of year when we all start planning our holiday entertaining. If you have a small group of family or friends coming over, maybe you’re thinking of updating your space to include a scene stealing new credenza or sideboard. Sometimes referred to as “casegoods” in the design world, sideboards, buffets, consoles and credenzas are freestanding...

Simple DIY: River Stone Magnets

I’m always looking for ways to bring more natural or organic materials indoors. I ordered some polished river stones to cover some roots on my indoor tree but I set a few aside so I could use them as magnets for my little black refrigerator in the small kitchen in my studio. I love smooth river rocks, they feel so good to the touch! I once used a shower...

Weekend Reading 9.13.20

I was reminded that three years ago this week I was touring the south of France, and the pictures and videos made me reminisce about some very special spots I’ve been lucky to travel to. International trips are off the table until next year and I’ve made peace with that given the state of the world, but I do look forward to exploring again. I’m finishing...

Leather Tech Covers on Etsy

I was saving up for an iPad Pro and finally bought one for myself last month. It arrived last week and I’ve really been enjoying it. When I was traveling before, I’d bring along an older model PC laptop but I’ve upgraded to an iPad with bluetooth keyboard for travel. I like that I also can take it with me to a local coffee shop (when they reopen) to...

Kitchen Design: Alternatives for Upper Cabinets

For so long we’ve defaulted to the style of upper cabinets with closed doors in kitchens, then about ten years ago floating shelves began surging in popularity as a replacement. I wrote a post eight years ago questioning whether open shelves were timeless or trendy in kitchen spaces, and back then people had opinions. Looking back from 2020, having...

Weekend Reading 9.5.20

My week was sadly uneventful. I spent it doing technical things behind the scenes like upgrading my internet, syncing a new iPad, and applying for a real I.D. which will be required for domestic travel come October 1st. Exciting? Not. But today I’m going on a hike above Baker Beach in San Francisco on a trail I’ve never been on. Fingers crossed the...

Old Door Obsession

I was looking back through my travel photos and I noticed a pattern: old world or old wood doors always stop me in my tracks. Could it be what they represent? A portal to a new place I’ve never been? A suggestion that something mysterious and wonderful lies just beyond? Or is it just their craftsmanship I admire? These are just a few of my favorites...

Weekend Reading 8.30.20

Weekend hellos! It’s hard to believe it’s almost September, which is my favorite month: slightly cooler weather and the beginning of fall. We have new routines in place with school and work. It feels different for obvious reasons this year, but I try each day to focus on the good which is really just the simple things: health, shelter, family, and...

Beyond Basic: Chic Baskets Under $50

Let’s list all the practical ways we can use baskets around the house: as planters, towel holders, toy bins, firewood, blanket storage…. the list goes on and on. We love them because they corral anything and also add texture to our spaces. It’s that time of year when we start pulling out throw blankets and soft pillows, and baskets are the ideal storage...

Free Printable: Four Seasons Bookmarks

One of the things I’ve gifted myself during this pandemic is more hours spent reading books. I’ve adopted the slower pace of the world. I’m old school and I like turning pages of paperback or hardcover books, so I rarely buy a digital version. I like marking my favorite passages and stacking my favorites on shelves for future reference. I’ve run short...

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