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June 21, 2020

With summer arriving yesterday, it's surely time to think about outdoor entertaining.  I've fallen in love with the idea with having a garden party.  Right now, it has to be a virtual party although we just got word that we can soon socialize in a bubble of 10.  If I was having a party today, I'd love to use this pretty, garden-fresh tablecloth.  If you're like me, you'll be surprised when you take a clo...

May 31, 2020

After an iffy May, it's suddenly 80 degrees in the shade here in Oakland.  We've got our deck ready - pots of plants trimmed, the grill scrubbed and ready to sizzle.  If you're like me, I like a summery feel to our rooms inside too.  Here's some quick tips to make our rooms feel more like summer is on it's way.

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Fill your empty fireplace with cut firewood, chunky...

May 24, 2020

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Since it's sunny and in the 80's around here,  it's high time to be outside.  On our little deck, we edge our chairs to a small strip of shade and keep moving as the sun passes overhead.  Are you dreaming of more shade?  Let's look at some ideas to add a little shade on our sunny outdoor rooms. 

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Don't you love this dining room table...

April 26, 2020

Did you see someone jokingly wrote,"I bet Marie Kondo wishes she had more stuff in her house right about now?"  I kind of wish I did too as now is the time to go through drawers and cabinets and closets. 

This year, prior to Shelter in Place, I went through all our papers. Our office files included 1980's tax returns, college notes, a few years' worth of water bills and oil change receipts. That yiel...

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...

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.

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Focus on just one space...

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.

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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, the...

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....

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.

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Greek key design.

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Random triangles.

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Quilt pattern.

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