Thursday, February 24, 2011


 I must admit I've always admired glass houses, but being the streaker (in doors) that I am I've always shied away from them. Until now that is...I've figured out a way to have one. It can be my 'country home,' in a modern way of course. While perusing Freshome I ran across the most spectacular post on a cabin built in Norway by architect Tommie Wilhelmsen. When I read cabin the last thing I envisioned were the following pix.  

 I love the curves on the exterior. See what I mean...not the cabin that I imagined, but right up my alley.
With enough land I think it would be safe for me to have a glass house.

 With a second home I welcome the minimalist approach...really makes for a relaxing escape from the real world.

Ok, I needed a little sparkle...I couldn't go all colorless.

Gray, Gray Go Away!!!

Alright, I've decided to be honest with myself...February is not my month, in all truth and honesty I don't think it's ever been my month. The good news is I know why...all this gray weather demotivates me. I know what you're thinking that's an excuse...maybe it is, but it doesn't change the fact that I'm grumpy. It was sunny and warm on Monday I was so excited I almost burst out of my own skin. I ran the furthest I've run since October and it was AWESOME!!! So what am I doing about my grumpiness...planning trips and looking at pix that make me smile that's what I'm doing. Take that gray weather!!!

Goggle Umbrella via Swiss Miss
 I really could have used this umbrella when I lived in San Francisco...rain never fell straight on your head it was alway coming at you sideways. Great invention.

The above pix are from House of Turquoise.
 Ok, the above view is a no brainer...I would like to be there NOW!!!

I can't remember what blog I saw this on...sorry.
 If there's one thing I love to do every single day of my life it's reading...I love seeing home libraries and love the color organization in this one. Should I ever decide to organize my loft space it will become my home library.

Another one I can't remember where??? Help...
 Ok, this kitchen can brighten any day...hello, green cabinets, you make me smile!

SR Gambrel
 Currently, I'm digging white rustic wood floors. I love the hint of gray-green to add a smidgen of color to this kitchen.

SR Gambrel
Do I really need to explain why I love this pic??? Well, in addition to the AMAZING color, I love a wall full of frames, whether it's artwork or personal pix I love it!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Nothing makes my heart sing more than a to-do list, especially, when it's all crossed off. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I'm known to do something that wasn't on the list then write it just so I can cross it off. Not sure what to think of that. With the love of lists comes notebooks, spiral ones in fun colors to be exact. Oh, how I love a spiral notebook to the point I can no longer go to Target. They got smart and started placing them on the main aisles...I can't resist, then I can't decide so I walk out with 3 new ones. Ugh!!! Now, I keep all kinds of things in these notebooks. There are to-do lists, grocery lists, budgets, quotes, things I'm grateful for, books read, books to read and random notes sprinkled all about. I have to have a reason to buy these gems.

 A pocket in the front makes me swoon...not sure why, maybe I can store receipts here randomly.

Wine on the Keyboard

Wine on the Keyboard

Monday, February 21, 2011

More Black

While I think we're safe we won't see 400 posts on this subject like we do on my obsession with peacock blue, but as my mama taught me, "never say never." Here are some more pix of black rooms. My dear dear friend, Paul, was kind enough to send me pix of his house. Scroll to the bottom to meet Paul;-)

via sketch42 & The Decorista & published in Atlantic Homes Mag

via Tartan Scot

Paul's kitchen
I love black & white floors.

How cute is the artwork from his nieces and nephews? 

Another obsession of mine (I may have an issue or 3) is bookshelves and love the black one in Paul's office. Now to meet Paul...

Classic Prom Pose never gets old. SF 2011


Yep, not sure if this has been around for a while or not, but I'm noticing lots of black rooms these days. While I love black in my clothes, I almost always have a black piece on, I wasn't so sure my thoughts on a black room. However, I've found some fantastic rooms using the color. Guess what, I've found so many pix that this will be another 2 post phase. My dear dear friend, Paul, sent me his pix of using black but those are at home. Naturally, I need to share his stuff and a picture of him too.
 I may need to add yellow chair to my dream master bath...I love it in this bathroom.
I have to say I really like the black in rooms that get lots of natural light. It tends to keep away a cave like feel, which isn't my story. Just my opinion.


I may need to be committed. I know I said once I hit the publish button I would be over my peacock blue obsession...clearly, I was wrong. I have more to share. I think some of it has to do with the fact the mornings in Austin have been super gloomy and blue tends to cheer me up. I know I'm making excuses for my obsession. Maybe one of you 3 readers can commit me. Just a thought. I ran across this designer via another blog I follow, House of Turquoise. Steven Gambrel has an amazing portfolio where I found tons of stuff I liked. You should totally check him out.

In case the first 2 pics were a little overkill in the blue dept. We have something a little brighter...I love windows that extend ceiling all the way down to the floor.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Art is what we call...

the thing an artist does.
It's not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human.
Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It's in the soul of the artist.
Found HERE...
Another fantastic quote posted on a blog I follow.
I totally agree the hardest part is starting the work. Tons of fear sets in, what will people think/say, but at the end of the day all that matters is that you poured your heart into it and enjoyed it. 

 I'm obsessed with architecture. It's an obsession that started in my childhood. I used to tape pieces of loose leaf paper together and draw out my dream home. There were always several versions going on at any given time. The above pix are from my trip to NYC back in November.

Simple I know but I love Mark Rothko paintings.

The above 2 pieces are from Mackenzie Childs who hand paints ceramics, furniture and tons of other things. I've loved her stuff forever. Reminds me of Alice & Wonderland. No 2 pieces in the ceramics are alike. 

Me just piddlin' with my iPhone...bay bridge back to SF.
Frank Gehry- Love his wacky buildings. I believe this is a hotel in Spain...not 100%.

Do not underestimate the power of yard art.