My Backyard Through the Years

dresser planter

My 100 year old home was a neglected mess on the inside and out when we bought it. No grass or plants or patio except for a few overgrown scraggly shrubs - an empty slate. My friend Stephanie of Brooklyn Limestone is featuring my yard today to kick off her "Take it Outside Beautiful Backyard Blogger Series" so I thought it would be fun to … [Read more...]


Sushi – The Pet Therapy Dog!

Pet Therapy Dog

She working that bandana like nobody's business. Yes, not only is Sushi the Boston Terrier the world's cutest puppy but now she's a therapy dog. She spreads joy and happiness wherever she goes. I'm so proud of my girls who trained our dog Sushi and passed a test so they could become a pet therapy team with Creature Comfort Pet … [Read more...]


Eclectic Home Tour – The Beach Lodge

Open floor plan beach house

It's a bright blue flamingo in a sea of pigeons with a view to die for and just steps from the Pacific ocean. Halfway between Malibu and Santa Barbara lies sleepy Hollywood Beach and The Beach Lodge California. Tiffany turned a 1970's house into a colorful beach home that's available to rent (it's on my wish list).   This is just … [Read more...]


Farmhouse Kitchen Table of My Dreams

kitchen table, round dining table, farmhouse table

I love round tables. They makes for easy conversation with everyone. I've been dreaming of a warm, rustic, farmhouse style round table for my kitchen for years. Back in the fall, I went to an amazing dinner in NYC hosted by Lowe's and was welcomed into this gorgeous dinner where everything was from ATG Stores (stands for All … [Read more...]


Eclectic Home Tour – The Little Glass House

Modern beach house tour

It's definitely a small world! Elizabeth of EDB Designs was born in the same town where I live! She's an east coast girl transplanted to the California coast. Elizabeth turned a 1950's ranch into a coastal charmer - welcome to The Little Glass House.   After your tour, stick around and take your pick from all of my Eclectic Home … [Read more...]


An Apple a Day – Graphic (and Cheap) Art

ikea fabric, apple fabric

Last year (yes, I tend to buy things and let them collect dust while I debate what I should do with them), I did some calming breathing exercises and a few downward dogs to get myself in the right mental state to enter the behemoth Ikea. The smell of cinnamon buns hypnotized me into stacking random things into my cart like a beautiful … [Read more...]


My Summer Must Haves and a Day at the Beach

Summer Must Haves

Summer solstice - the longest day of the summer - was June 20 and officially kicked off the summer season. Yesterday, my family headed to the beach (I'm lucky to live one hour from some of the most amazing beaches in NJ - don't mock the Jersey shore) so we love day tripping. It was a beautiful, breezy day and I had seven of my summer essentials … [Read more...]


Bedroom Updates – Wrinkles and All

Love this grain sack striped body pillow

I'm in the process of redoing my bedroom and I'm craving a light and airy and simple look. Be gone 10 throw pillows that I have to fluff every morning. I'm taking it down to the basics and I'm loving the time worn, vintage feel of my linen bedding from Matteo - wrinkles and all. It's all about tone on tone layering with a ruffled quilt … [Read more...]


Eclectic Home Tour – My Fabuless Life

patio, small patio, privacy screen

Today's Eclectic Home Tour takes us to Jenn of My Fabuless Life and her fabulous home done on a budget. "There’s something about the vintage, antique, collected, and eclectic—things with a story and a past—that make my heart happy", says Jenn. The DIY starts in the foyer where Jenn turned a modern Ikea desk into this rustic entry … [Read more...]


Sunroom Updates – Stars of the Show and Supporting Characters

Eclectic Sunroom

Slow and steady wins the race. I'm not a wham, bam thank you ma'am kind of decorator. I would much rather do things little by little - waiting for the perfect pieces. Remember the mid century console I found at an estate sale a few years ago. I painted it a fun shade of blue and there it sat. The belle of the ball. Waiting for some equally … [Read more...]