Who goes to NYC to relax?! Well….me!! Last weekend I hopped on the train and headed for the Big Apple in hopes to recharge my batteries with color and shapes. I can’t imagine a better city to max out your visual cortex!

One of my “go-tos” for inspiration is always Jonathan Adler. Trained as a potter,… Read More

“I’m in a New York state of mind!”

It’s summer, time to play in the beautiful weather! These are the long days filled with fun outdoor activities. Whether  you play hard or work hard in the outdoor sun, showering alfresco has to be the best way to end your day! Trust me, you don’t have to be at the beach to reap the benefits of showering in… Read More

Outdoor showers…not just for the beach!

If you have kids, no matter what their age, then surely at some point along the way you bought a big swing set, complete with a climbing wall, slide and perhaps a clubhouse. And now that big wooden structure is the focal point of your backyard. It can go weeks without anyone playing on it other than the squirrels. But… Read More

Backyard fun & function!

It’s officially summer!! School is out. We’ve celebrated summer solstice. And the weather is FINALLY nice! With all that happy stuff comes time for summer gatherings. Since summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family, you don’t want to be running around like a crazy person, trying to pull off a casual summer party.… Read More

Essential Summer Party Tips!


These furry guys keep us on our toes and smiling, that’s for sure! Each of these dogs has their own special talents…Harper can get anything she want’s with those eyes. I mean seriously, who would say no to those blues??! Riley, well, Riley has mastered the “lean”. If you go anywhere near him, he’s going… Read More

Some “doggone” great ideas!

Father’s Day is right around the corner! So we figured, why not celebrate dad with a little Mad Men inspired décor? It’s all the rage and he’ll appreciate a space that’s hip, cool and, most importantly, all his own! I am not one to promote the idea of a “man cave”, however, I do feel that everyone needs to have… Read More

Mad about Dad!

Is it really necessary to stage your home to sell it?

The short answer to that question is YES!!

And here’s why…

∗ You will sell your home faster:  95% of professionally staged homes sell on average in 11 days or less and sell for 17% more

∗ Your online photos will stand out:  90% of potential buyers… Read More

Staged to SELL

Now that the warmer weather is here, my projects are heading outdoors, yay! I love to create a landscape design because it’s so much fun and brings it’s own design challenges along with it. Whether I am designing a pool and the surrounding landscape, patio or deck, I am always sure to incorporate a lot of native, easy… Read More

It’s alive!!

The official definition of VOLUNTEERISM is as follows:

“the policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community.”

But in my opinion, it should be something like this:

“a group of good-hearted people coming together to volunteer their time (which they don’t have a lot… Read More

It takes a village!

Well, should your belt match your shoes? I remember growing up, one of my girlfriends always told me to match my belt to my shoes – and if I really wanted to go the extra mile, I should match my purse too! But times have changed. Fashion today allows us to make some pretty dramatic color decisions, break all… Read More

Does your front door match your shutters?

Cinco de Mayo is Muy Caliente! And I am feeling fiery today! I love this holiday for it’s bold use of color….ok, I also love an excuse to eat lots of guacamole and perhaps a margarita too!

Let’s face it, the oranges, blues, and hot pinks are so fun and vibrant…I just can’t resist! So, if you’re looking for… Read More

Spicy décor inspired by Cinco de Mayo!

So, if you are reading this email somewhere in your house, close your eyes.Tell me how many switches or plugs are in the room. What color are they? What do they operate (or not!)? Anything lucky enough to be on a dimmer?

The truth of it is, most of us don’t even give a second thought to how these operate… Read More

Switching Things Up

Move over silver and polished nickel! Brass is back…FOR REAL!

I know, the idea of it may give you flashbacks to a few decades ago, when every home had inexpensive shiny “faux” brass chandeliers and door knobs. Yuck! But brass has changed…and it’s for the better!

Brass has actually been quietly making a comeback for a couple of years. It’s… Read More

It’s all about the brass, ’bout the brass, ’bout the brass. No silver!


I should have seen the signs…..

The iridescent pomegranate jacket that reached it’s arms out to me in the gift shop at Longwood Gardens (I resisted, but only long enough to have to pay shipping later on). The glasses of Malbec cradled in my hands over the holiday season. The enthusiastic encouragement to a client about Ben Moore’s rich… Read More

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year~ Marsala

If you are anything like me, you can’t figure out how you misplaced 2014! Last winter seemed like it hung on forever and then thankfully we had a luxurious stretch of near perfect weather that seemed to slow the pace down for just a moment. That is until we tumbled head long into the holidays (which for the team on… Read More

A Year with a View

On Saturday it’s time to adjust our clocks and “fall back”. By now the trees are done showing us their beautiful array of colors and have lost their leaves.

Part of me dreads this time of year because it’s dark when I wake in the morning and it gets dark so early in the afternoon. For a girl from California… Read More

Adding layers, creating warmth

Did you hear the news?? My 1850’s barn renovation was featured on +houzz! This was one of my all time favorite projects because I felt like the barn really spoke to me! Have you ever had that feeling? It’s quite surreal.

The Barn was tired of it’s old ways and years of being a storage facility. But it had… Read More

An old barn gets a new life!

There is nothing more exciting for a designer than to see a room transform into something fresh, new and beautiful. Sometimes though, we are so entrenched in the details that we forget how far along a room has come!

Nothing speaks volumes like a good “Before & After” shot. It’s like when you finally decide to color your hair a… Read More

Who doesn’t like a good “BEFORE & AFTER”?


I was lucky (and I don’t believe in luck).  A canyon filled with dirt, eucalyptus, and assorted reptiles. An unobstructed view of the city of angels and a home filled with wood…wood floors, wood walls, and wood ceilings. Growing up here I was fairly sure that if God had a vacation home, it would be mine. Still am.… Read More

Doing Good With Wood

I can honestly say, the most common interior design question I get from clients, friends, family (even strangers in the paint store!) is how to choose paint colors. No surprise here, but I am a visual person, so I thought I’d share some of the color schemes I have used recently. Hopefully it provides you with a bit of inspiration!… Read More

Color combos that are safe but not boring