October 26, 2019

Happy Halloween!  It's actual scary around here as  a once-in-a-decade "wind event" is due in Northern California over the weekend.  There's a good chance we won't have electrical power as you're reading this.  Hopefully, some wind fires will be prevented.  

To cope, I'm rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.  Maybe these little fall vignettes will prompt you to do the same.  In my office cabinet,...

October 20, 2019

Have you fallen in love with Washi tape?  This repositional paper tape packs a wallop of design into a small roll of tape.  Big and bold like this chevron patterned wall or the thinnest of line where the ceiling meet the wall, uses for Washi tape are limitless.  Let's take a look.

Greek key design.

Random triangles.

Quilt pattern.

Washi tapes adds detail t...

September 22, 2019

Are you falling for fall?  Come Monday, it's officially autumn.  Cozy sweaters, comforting soups and roaring fireplaces might have to wait as it's sunny and 82 degrees here in Oakland, California.  What can happen is tweaking our rooms to reflect that change of seasons we're feeling.  Above, our mantel this fall.  Just got this little wheat sheaf at HomeGoods ($12). The white bowl is from the 99 Cents...

September 1, 2019

Happy Labor Day!  As you might know, here in the Bay Area, we've got amazing wildlife.  Our Oakland house looks out onto a hill, part of the East Bay Recreation Park.  Watching from the window took on a new dimension when we moved here 20 years ago, but nature doesn't always takes its course.  A 7' gopher snake hangs out in our front yard yet our lawn is plagued by gophers. Wild hare and fox abound, yet we have exciting  sight...

July 22, 2019

Nothing says "summer" like a paper lantern.  Around for centuries, these whimsical orbs can quickly and inexpensively dress up a room for a special summer feeling.  Let's get inspired by taking a look at some rooms around the house.

Oh, baby!

A dominate globe brings in the summer.

Imagine this lantern glowing during a late evening meal.  


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