According to the calendar, spring has officially arrived.  When looking at the weather reports across the country, it doesn’t quite appear that way with snow still falling.  Fresh flowers always seem to brighten up even the gloomy days.   I picked up this bouquet of anemones the other day for my kitchen.  When looking them up online, I found out they represent anticipation.  This just seemed appropriate for those out there still dreaming of spring.



Some days you just get the blues.  In this case, it’s a bit different than what one usually means by “feeling blue”.

Feeling blue is being inspired by the saturation of the colors.  The combinations of these ikat fabrics against blue and white pottery.

Quite honestly, this does just the opposite of making me feel blue.


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I have always been intrigued by those places where you can paint your own pottery.  Perhaps not a ceramic kitten toothbrush holder for me…so I decided to channel my inner Jackson Pollock and make a splattered plate.   I am not sure that the women who ran the shop were ready for paint spattering all over the place.

Now I have one plate.  I guess I will have to go back every few months and make another.  A slow way to making a set of dishes!


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I found this treasure of a mailbox after a client meeting the other day.  Hard to believe something like this exists in a major city like San Francisco.

I loved the overgrown ivy surrounding the simple white mailbox.   Its seemed like such a nice way to be greeted when going to “get the mail”.  Don’t you think that receiving junk mail and stacks of bills would somehow feel enjoyable if you lived here?


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Going to Ikea is like going through a maze.  I try to plan my visits on a random weekday afternoon around 2 or so to minimize the madness.  I can’t imagine a Saturday afternoon with the crowds and check out lines!   I always seem to be able to fill a shopping cart with random things (possibly things that one doesn’t need). The reward at the end of the adventure is the treat of frozen yogurt.  Sometimes it’s the little things that cost 99 cents that really make your day.



So sorry for the silence on the blog these days.

It seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day.  The last weeks have been filled with some fun adventures.  A bit of traveling and a lot of great new projects at the office.  I took this photo a few weeks back of these fabulous peonies.  I just love the vibrant pink against the blue and white vase.

Hope that you have a great week.  I promise to update again soon!



Last week I shared how much I loved a client’s garden in the city.  Now I am sharing farm fresh eggs.  I am not sure what this all means.  Last weekend, I picked up this dozen eggs.  The taste of the fresh eggs at the farmers market really does taste better than those on the shelf at the grocery store.

Not only was I interested in the eggs for the taste- but also for the beauty of the colors.   I just want to color match all of these beautiful colors!



Walking down the street a few weeks ago, I came across this great front door.

I know that I have posted on colorful doors before.  Last time it was yellow.  Now this gorgeous green.

Your front door makes a statement – particularly if it is visible from the street.  Why not make a bold statement?  Have a little fun with it and do something different.  It’s a simple and very affordable change that can really transform the look of your home’s exterior.



There was a time when I would only put white flowers in my house.  I am not sure why exactly, but it’s true.  I still love white flowers, but have defintely branched out over the years.  To think that years ago, I would have passed over these stunning purple tulips.  Now, I can’t resist.  Makes you just think that spring is right around the corner, right?  Have a great weekend.




We finally received some long overdue rain in San Francisco.  Time to bring out the umbrella collection and the rain boots.  What to do with an old pair or rain boots (that developed a hole)?   Why not turn them into an umbrella stand like I have done at the top of my stairs?  I always love coming up with ideas that put things to use in a new and unique way.  What do you think?

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