Feb 17

The OC gets Interesting!

Posted In Art, Clothing, Decorating, Food, Green Design, Orange County, Recycle/Reuse, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized

There were two of us, with a few hours to spare, looking for good times in the OC.  A beautiful day, we itched for something different, unique and one-of-a-kind that would preferably be punctuated with yummy treats and drinks.

Our destination?

The OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa

Have you been there yet?  Ok, yes…it is a little tough to find… but what a gem!  It’s nestled behind the South Coast Collection of furniture stores (SOCO) which I’m sure you’ve seen from the 405, just north of Harbor. The OC Mart Mix is very similar to the LAB Anti-Mall and The Camp in that it is filled with wonderfully creative places to shop, eat and just hang, indoors and out.  You’ll find unique, one of a kind items… from clothing, old and new, to furniture, home accessories, organic body products, art made from salvaged items, jewelry, sports, cycle and surf shops, a spice store, even a sewing workshop.



The Mix houses a fantastic coffee shop, wine and olive bar, bakery, a new cheese shop and by now… probably more.  Each time I go, there are new places to explore… it’s growing quickly. Definitely worth the drive!


You’ll want to stay for a while….  The open air courtyard is gorgeously landscaped… a perfect spot to soak up that all important Vit. D and enjoy a treat.  Visit in the evening to bask under twinkly lights and in front of the firepit.

Go to the Mix on a Saturday and you’ll get to shop the farmer’s market and sample yummies from gourmet food trucks.  Line up!

The OC Mart Mix is a fun place to explore, meet up with friends and be inspired by creative people and things.  I’m ready for another fix….!  See you there next week?!

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Dec 02

Best.Dining room.Ever.

Posted In Decorating, Food, Green Design, Styling, Travel, Uncategorized

I’ve decorated a lot of dining rooms through the years. And, I’ve seen so many that are absolutely gorgeous. You could even call them spectacular. Or elaborate. Maybe the word is ornate. Or, just plain comfortable and inviting. But my all time favorite has to be a simple dining room.  Now this… is absolutely the BEST.

                       A rather large, naturally decorated dining room in Tanzania, East Africa.

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May 09

Loving Orange

Posted In Art, Decorating, Food, Shopping, staging, Styling, Uncategorized

Are you looking to add color, warmth and energy to your home?  How about ORANGE??  Check it out in this house I just styled.  The orange accents, collected by these world travelers, are vibrant, rich, cozy and unique.

Ikats, mirror cloth and other textural items

Now, these are obviously one of a kind pieces…something many of us don’t have the time to search out and collect.

Embroidered clothing and fabrics

Hand carved screen with orange accents

Beautiful boxes and trays

And more!!

But wait….  Have you checked out your local decorating sources lately? Orange is everywhere!  Homegoods, Pier1, Target, World Market, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and many other stores are loaded with beautiful orange things.  You’ll see candles, rugs, pillows, silk flowers, art, lamps, towels, pottery and much much more.

Like tables and chairs:

Molly Wood Garden Design in Newport Beach

Barclay Butera, Newport Beach

And even clever wall signs that just may have inspired Princess Beatrice’s Royal Wedding hat!

From Molly Wood, NB

What did you think of that?  

Sorry… got sidetracked.

Anyway, did you know that it only takes 3 colorful items to make a HUGE difference in a room?  Why not pick up a few bright new accents to give your home a fresh and HOT summer look?!  You could even start your shopping at the grocery store with a bag of these….

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