The Wall

When I was a kid my mom wallpapered a single wall in my bedroom in a flocked, red and white, damask type pattern. And I loved it. I was hooked – for life. It just seemed so cool to me to be able to get pattern and texture onto walls. It was so fabulous, and sophisticated, and cultured, and colorful, and intense, and beautiful, and art-like, and magic that I was mesmerized by it. And then, when house-hunting with Mom, I discovered wall murals – it was more than I could take. I wanted a mural in our house so…

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The Art Of The Pied-A-Terre

I was out wandering around the interwebs recently, looking at real estate in Paris when I happened upon a Parisian real estate and design website that immediately grabbed my attention. Of course, there are lots of Parisian real estate websites but the work that A+B Kasha does is so beautiful that I just couldn’t look away. If you’re not familiar with A+B Kasha they specialize in the restoration and sale of  historic French luxury apartments primarily in the 6th arrondissement – the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. Their concept is simple: An apartment in Paris should bring together iconic character and elegance with practical luxury:…

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Out Of Town

I hope you had a relaxing 3-day weekend. We spent the weekend in my happy place – Port Townsend. It’s a fun, laid-back, town on the northeastern most tip of the Olympic Peninsula. It boasts the largest collection of Victorian era homes north of San Francisco. It’s the perfect place to hangout and do nothing or do everything.   I discovered a new shop in downtown Port Townsend called Bubble N Squeak (love the name).  And the proprietress, Dawn Mohrbacher, is as nice as she is passionate about what she is doing. It’s a great shop full of odd, interesting, and fabulous finds…

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Go Outside

Can you believe Memorial Day is THIS weekend?? I don’t know how it got here so quick but I’m not loving this whole “time flies” thing. Anyway, as long as it’s here, and since it marks the unofficial start of the summer season, I started thinking about getting outside. More specifically out to the patio, or deck, or whatever you call your outside space. I spend every winter looking out my kitchen window at the green covers on my patio furniture, waiting impatiently for the rain to stop, the plants to start budding, and the temperatures to climb into the…

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Road Trip: California

The last few weeks have been busy around here. In addition to the trip to New Orleans and High Point Market we also squeezed in a road trip to the Bay Area to visit family. On our way to Carmel-By-The-Sea we stopped in Los Altos to pick-up our hosts and were treated to a wine tasting/dinner party. It was 4 couples and the table looked like this. Wine glasses as far as the eye could see. The tasting was fun and a little crazy toward the end when we had to rate each of the bottles we’d sipped on. My sister-in-law’s husband kindly provided…

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