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February 26, 2017

I couldn't wait to see La La Land, but it was on one rainy afternoon last week that Sue and I finally got to the Orinda Theater.  Built in 1941 in the streamlined moderne style, the theater was the perfect setting.  And then, after months of waiting and a long drive in pouring rain, I missed some of the movie.  As soon as I saw Mia's apartment, I couldn't get that striped sofa out of my head.  I can't te...

November 12, 2016

What's not to love about this 1908 masterpiece by Henri Matisse?  Imagine a sunny fall day in the South of France where "Madame" is setting the table for a late lunch.  How could these colors inspire a dining room a hundred years later?  Let's go shopping on-line and see what we can find to create an art inspired dining room.

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How about bold red print drapes hung from natur...

September 4, 2016

The other day, my friend Connie texted me this beautiful box of apples.  She and her grandsons had picked them in her Oregon yard and were headed in to make applesauce.  You can almost smell their musty sweetness on a hot summer day.  That got me thinking - these colors would make a really fresh color palette.  Let's play my favorite color game and decorate an apple green and red house using Pinterest....

February 2, 2016

Don't you love crisp white with a little barn red?  That got me thinking about a little mind game I play with any shelter magazine or on Pinterest.  It's fun to put together a whole house with an unlimited budget just using pictures.  This game can lead to all kinds of ideas you can use in your own rooms.  Are you ready to play?  To start, let's say someone gave you this little cabin.  What would you do...

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