Check Me Out at Alice In Designland

Hope y’all had a great weekend!  My weekend was filled with work of various sorts….school work, house work, design work.  Makes me feel that I almost didn’t have a weekend at all.  However, the one bright spot in  my weekend was that I received word that the pictorial story I did for Alice in Designland was live!

The editor, Dia, contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would share my Music Room with her readers.  I was flattered and happy to do so because (1) I love Dia’s blog and (2) the Music Room is near and dear to me heart since it was the first room I fully conceived and decorated from scratch.  Take a moment and scoot over to Alice in Designland and take a look at the new pictures of the room!

Big thanks to Dia for letting me share my room with her readers!

Casa Sugar House Tour

I have been hinting for the last few weeks about various photo shoots.  Well I can finally show you one of them!  I was lucky enough to have the editors at Casa Sugar ask to photograph my home as part of their site’s House Tour series.  Aside from being profiled on one of my favorite decor and shelter sites, I also had the opportunity to connect with a fantastic photographer by the name of Philipp Striebe who shot the pictures. Philipp is an award-winning photographer and it showed during the day of the shoot as he spent hours working with me to compose the shots.  He made the house look fantastic and I am in his debt!

Preparing the house for the shoot was a marathon session of paint touch-ups, accessory rearranging, plant buying and window cleaning.  The shoot itself was really informative and enlightening as it was a huge learning curve in helping me understand what makes a good picture.  It was also a boot camp in learning how things are styled for shelter magazine shoot.  One of the things that stuck in my head was the phrase “In magazine life, there are no power cords….”   Okay, let me just tell you that trying to hide the multitude of cords in the house was a feat of prop placement, double stick tape and unplugging. I did so much unplugging that we didn’t have a landline for two weeks because I forgot to plug the phone back in!

However, I am really relieved that the pictures turned out so well and more importantly that the Casa Sugar editors liked the final story.  I truly hope this is the first of many shoots as I build my portfolio.  Speaking of portfolio building, I am currently seeking clients in the Bay Area for gratis work.  Simply put, I am looking to work on rooms for gratis minus basic expenses as long as the client pays for materials and outside labor. Yup, you get me for free if you put up the dough to redo your room.  I am most interested in clients with living room, den and family rooms looking for cost-effective and cosmetic changes (sorry, not licensed for demo work).  If you are interested in using my services, send me an email at

Now that I have plugged my services, why don’t you scoot over to Casa Sugar to check out the tour!  And be sure to leave a comment if you like what you see……

And on a final note, I want to say thank you to everyone who visits the blog.  Six months ago when I started the blog, it was a way for me to explore a facet of myself that I quite frankly ignored for years.  Through your encouragement, comments and kind words, you have helped me find a voice, pursue a passion and redefine who I am.  It is because of you all that the Casa Sugar story was possible and it is because of your feedback and support that I am moving forward on several other exciting things.  I am now living my life out loud and I thank each and every one of you for it.

Pantry Reveal

The Partner finally came back from his vacation in Puerto Rico and while I am quite happy he is home safe and sound, I am secretly relieved that he brought back the “good camera” in one piece.  Now armed with a camera that would not give you all the illusion that I have painted my kitchen lilac……


My pantry.......for some reason, the walls are coming out lilac (which they are not)


I still don’t understand why my old point-n-shoot makes my kitchen look like a room in Prince’s house.  In any case, here is the freshly painted pantry….

The color I finally selected was Plumage from the Martha Stewart paint collection at Home Depot.  I tried several different paint colors but none of them quite hit the balance of intense color without being “bright”.  I was quite pleased with the color but have to admit that the paint was a tad thin in my opinion.  Has anyone else had this issue?

After painting the back of the shelves and letting them dry overnight, I had fun rearranging all my glassware back on the shelves along with some other treasures I  had kept hidden in my cabinets.

The white and blue opaline glassware is my favorite.  I am addicted to eBay because of these pieces, but they are so expensive when they come up.  Fortunately, the pieces I have acquired were amazing deals.  If anyone knows of an online dealer who has four more of the sherry glasses, let me know!

Okay, one more shot before we leave…..

I have said it before and I will say it again, I am amazed by what a little paint can do……