January 26, 2020

Nephew Owen has a thing for polar bears.   He'd get a kick out of knowing about a classic style of upholstered furniture some people call "Polar Bear" furniture.  Jean Royere created this cuddly furniture form in 1947 for his mother's Paris apartment and it took the design world by storm.  In recent years, it's been the go-to collectable. Original sofa and two chair sets have sold for more than a million dollars.  Cozy and in...

December 29, 2019

It's almost New Year's Eve!  Don't you love these mirror ball balloons in a shop window on College Avenue, Berkeley, CA?  What a great and easy way to bring "celebration" into our rooms. No matter what you're doing New Year's Eve, there's still time for quick and easy celebration decor. Let's look at couple of ideas to set the mood for New Year's Eve.

Focus on just one space in a room - a dining r...

December 15, 2019

What's fresh for holiday decorating?  This year, it's lots of multicolor rooms -  cheerful and of course, colorful!  Let's take a look at some quick decorating multicolor tricks - and to get us started, don't you love this idea for your table?  A length of black butcher paper, some chalk and the sky is the limit.  Now that the table is set, let's look at more colorful ideas.

A perf...

December 1, 2019

Don't you love Christmas tree skirts?  I especially like the handmade ones with lots of personality.  Growing up, my mom wrapped a white sheet at the base of the tree and called it a day.  For years, I used a length of moss green silk duponti.  Last year, we traded in our 8' tree for a 4-1/2' which we sat on a 24" high table but the whole thing didn't look quite right.  What do this year?  Turns out, there's a ton of possibili...

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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