Clean Cosmetics + Cool Websites

Have you ever heard of Quarterly Co? Image and Fast Company Article My husband mentioned the company to me the other day because one of his old bosses works for it now, and I was fascinated by the concept.  The Quarterly Co. headline is: a subscription for wonderful things.  Indeed.  It is a quarterly subscription… Continue reading Clean Cosmetics + Cool Websites

Holiday Decor · My life · recipes

Holiday eCard, Peppermint Oreo Recipe + Festive Decor

Wishing you all a very merry & happy holiday season… Sumo was a trooper when we suited her up in holiday gear with a reindeer hat and Christmas scarf.   She may look annoyed, but I’m pretty sure she was enjoying her costume. And per my holiday post last year, along with our holiday (eCard), I… Continue reading Holiday eCard, Peppermint Oreo Recipe + Festive Decor

Color · dining rooms · living rooms

Monday Morning Energizing Home Tour

I came across Max and Lubov Azria’s Los Angeles home while flipping through TV channels the other day and I landed on HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms.  I am always intrigued when I get the opportunity to see the homes of other creatives.  Their fun and brightly designed home is reminiscent designs I often see by The… Continue reading Monday Morning Energizing Home Tour

Books · recipes · today I'd like to be

Today I’d like to be…

1. Cozying up in this living room… Image 2. While drinking this Lavender Mint Tea… Image Ingredients 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves 4 teaspoons dried lavender flowers 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary 4 cups boiling water 2 teaspoons honey, optional Directions: In a large bowl, combine the mint, lavender and rosemary. Add boiling water. Cover and steep for 4… Continue reading Today I’d like to be…


Dark and Restful Bedrooms

I know you have probably heard me say once or twice how much I like white and lightly colored walls so that furniture, fixtures and decor is better highlighted.  But recently, I have been having strong urges to paint our bedroom a dark, dark hue.  However, given that we will likely be moving in the… Continue reading Dark and Restful Bedrooms

Breakfast nooks · dining · kitchen · recipes

Breakfast Nooks + Recipes

After spending a long, holiday weekend with family (time that was mostly spent eating), I was thinking how nice it would be to have a cozy breakfast nook in the kitchen for family and friends to gather while cooking meals or to have snacks together in between meals. Image via Chris Barrett Designs One key… Continue reading Breakfast Nooks + Recipes

healthy food · Interior Design · workouts

Stress Talk

I have been incredibly stressed lately (and this is my excuse for not blogging lately, either that or I have just been lazy).  The majority of this stress stems from work, some from my anxiety ridden dog (although she still looks pretty darn cute even when she’s stressed)… and the rest from little other things… Continue reading Stress Talk

Books · kitchen

Eclectic Kitchens + A Great Design Book

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you have probably heard me chat once or twice about the small size of our outdated kitchen and it’s serious lack of storage.  While it is not the most beautiful thing to look at (and if I owned this apartment, I would make many updates),… Continue reading Eclectic Kitchens + A Great Design Book


A Bathroom Built for Two

Do you ever argue with your significant other about who gets to brush their teeth and get ready (for bed or work) first?!? Because let’s be honest, there is just no good way for two people to wash their face or brush their teeth in the same sink at the same time.  At least in… Continue reading A Bathroom Built for Two

cabins · lake house

Thom Filicia’s Lake Home in House Beautiful

Thom Filicia’s lake house was featured in my November issue of House Beautiful that arrived over the weekend.  For those of you who are not familiar with him, Thom Filicia is the owner of the interior design firm, Thom Filicia Inc., and is also well known for his television roles on Queer Eye for the Straight… Continue reading Thom Filicia’s Lake Home in House Beautiful