Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.     Ranier Maria Rilke

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428we spent some time in morro bay with my parents :)  it was sweet and special.  I snuck out to fetch coffee and snap a few pictures in the morning light on the docks near our hotel.  It’s amazing  how sunshine brings life to the simplest things…although the spider would not call his work simple :)

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Fun flickr thursday group; things I love thursdays.  this is a collage of images from my flickr favorites…other peoples shots; click on image for more information and all the photo credit…these photographers inspire me daily.

miss you.

busy life.

wish I had more balance.

want to share here more.

working on it.


peace and sunshine.

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224The blending of unlikely colors and materials…..this appeals to me, in life and in my work :)


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inbetween2I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this; was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it?
John Ruskin

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Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late.  Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.      

Robert R. Updegraff

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i’m not drawn to cutesy, by nature, but this is so smartly done with balance and rhythym and the right amount of quiet space. via Canadian H & H. I subscribe to this publication and it is chock full of ideas and inspiration for residential interiors.

isn’t this the coolest compromise for a campy, cozy space when ‘camping’ isn’t practical? also via Canadian H & H.  

a peek in the studio, a bit of a wool pouf, a vintage recliner and vintage suitcase.  

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a closer version of the pouf, it’s for sale, so if you are so inclined, email me for the details :)

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another lil shot in the studio, viewed through the brass, a sweet lil accessory.

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a peek at a few more vintage items I’ve gathered in my travels…these will make their way into the etsy vintage shop quite soon, I am hoping.

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last, but not least, our sweet new friend, she lives in one of our (bare for now) hanging planters on the porch.  it hangs just off the kitchen and in front of AJ’s bedroom window.  she’s nesting, and it is a source of joy, gratitude and a daily reminder of God’s incredible grace.

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I hope your week is laced in moments and images and memories that make you smile–smile from the inside out.  thank you for being here.  it is another source of joy for lil ol me :)

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It’s a busy weekend.  I was in the city earlier today working with a new client; began making my way back to the east bay around 2:30 pm and it was already backed up like typical commute hour.  People are anxious to get away, relax and take in a long weekend.  We’ll be staying close this weekend, but we’re heading down south next Friday to celebrate my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.  M & D are renewing their vows and having a little celebration in their home at the beach–so excited to celebrate with them and be with my side of the family.  Did I mention that the beach is my absolute favorite place to be in the entire world? Their beach, their town, it’s simply the best.  It still has that small beachy town feel that I grew up with spending time in  Belmont Shore, Pismo and San Luis during vacations through my youth and teenage years.

Our car, with the 5 of us heading down, tends to look a bit like this :)  Have a wonderful, safe and fun filled weekend.  Sending you warmth, sunshine and incredible joy.


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AJ is doing well.  She has an ear infection.  G thought we were going to see Dr. Seuss; he was very excited and I played along, until his sister told him Dr Seuss was a cat.  They love the fish tank in the waiting room…AJ told G that Nemo and his dad were there.  

When I stop and take in their preciousness, I am amazed at the blessings I have been given.  The daily grind of ‘doing’ sometimes blocks my view of the gifts that each day holds for me.  If I remember to take in each moment, each baby phrase, with an quiet, open heart, I am aware of God’s grace.

‘We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.’  The Talmud

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This week has been chalk full of design work, which is really good for my soul.  I haven’t had a chance to post any of the ideas that are jotted down neatly in my mind, which by the way, is a very orderly place……… April fools (better late than never).  I found myself wanting to be here nonetheless. Here a little photo I took on my walk back from a design consult in the city.  I love the look of the old, especially when it’s well preserved, made with leather and metal.  Oh, and anything with a basket deserves a second glance. I adore teal and burnt orange in combination, and the polished chrome frame adorns these colors well. This lil guy resting against the warm copper seemed to have a story to tell, a story I wanted to hear.

I’d love to hear what you are drawn to? Please share, if you are so inclined.  It really does brighten my day to have you share with me…here.

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