We are having a rare warm winter day in San Francisco (where we actually are really in the need of rain).  Today the temperature hit 70!  Mind you, I am not complaining one bit – especially after seeing the recent sub-zero temperatures in other parts of the country.  The trees and plants are a little confused by the weather.  Outside of my apartment window this afternoon, I snapped this photo of the plum trees peeking out and starting to bloom. It is very early for sure, but the blooms put a smile on my face.  I hope that it does so for those of you who are reading where it is not so warm these days!


There seem to be a lot of great new books out there.   I try to make a list when I hear of new books that people suggest.

Everyone was talking about The Goldfinch.  I picked up a copy; I can’t wait to crawl into bed every night and devour more.

Last weekend, I enjoyed a rainy afternoon inside with a glass of iced tea and the book.

What are you reading these days?  Any suggestions to share?


Recently, we have been having quite a few house guests.  Not so much people – but rather the 4 legged variety. Meet Toby, our Cocker Spaniel friend.

He made himself at home when his parents went to Mexico for the holidays.  I think that from now on I must require that all house guests come color coordinated to blend with interior.   Having these furry friends has been such a joy.  Many of you have asked if there will be new dogs in my life.  Thinking of spring.  I will be sure to keep you updated.  Until then, I am really enjoying being an “Uncle” and doing a bit of extra spoiling!


When thinking about holiday decorating, I decided to go rather minimal this year (as you can tell).  Since I already have my fiddle leaf tree, I thought, “why not decorate it?”  I was feeling a bit cheeky – with just the one ornament.  Something about this corner of my living room makes me smile.  Wouldn’t it have been nice to fly off to some place tropical and put your feet in the warm sand?  Maybe next year.  Until then, I will remain grateful for everything in my life and all that I look forward to in 2014.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!


Sometimes things are just as simple as black and white.  Why complicate matters?  When wrapping a few things last week for friends and family, I snapped this shot of some item in my gift wrap drawer.   What do you think?  It is too dark for you?  Not cheery enough?  I personally love the simple timeless design of black and white wrapping.  This has become a sort of personal signature of mine.


The other day, I came across this little license plate in a drawer.  This was tacked on my bright red childhood tricycle.  I remember it like yesterday.   Sometimes these little discoveries trigger such warm memories.

Do you have any childhood items that evoke happy memories?


Inspiration comes all over, even when you’re not looking for it.  Sometimes we forget to look down and we miss out on noteworthy details.  I stumbled upon this great pattern while walking around, which reminded me to look up and down more often.  Inspiration comes from all over- even when we’re not expecting it.



If you are looking for a way to make a statement, but are possibly afraid to make a huge commitment with your interior, how about painting your front door a bright color- like this vibrant yellow?  Against the shingles in the soft gray and the architectural details, this really pops!

What do you think?  Too bold for you?


Meet the newest addition to my house.

I have always been fascinated by the shape and movement of bonsai.  Now I just have to cross my fingers and hope that I don’t kill it!

This corner was starting to shape up really well (with the new Campaign piece in place) and then the addition of this trio of vintage blue and white pottery.  Sadly one of the jars broke.   I am going to try to glue back the pieces.  This makes me think about how much I love Kintsugi -meaning “golden joinery”, which is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold.  Why not turn this break into a beautiful fix?  I found this repair kit online HERE I think that I might have to order it and try it out.
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