May 08

On the Road Again…

Posted In Art, Decorating, Move-in's, Old to New, Organization, Styling, Travel

Another NorCal weekend visiting with family and friends.  This time we stayed one block from the famous Sproul Plaza of UC Berkeley, at the Hotel Durant.








We giggled from the moment we entered the lobby, loving the university themed decor.  Nothing stuffy here!  Check out the “bookshelf chairs”….perfect for the most studious.  Sit.  Read.  Repeat.  I could sit here with my favorite book (currently, UnBroken, by Laura Hillenbrand…awesome!!)  for hours, especially since the bar is 20 feet away.  The friendly bartender was happy to deliver my white wine and nuts!  Absolute heaven….

Have a seat and stay for a while

The lobby chandelier….one of a kind, with bluebooks, tests and class papers hanging from it’s arms.  Those university students are so clever….such good recyclers!

Help me reach that Chemistry test!

We even got a history lesson, going back to the flag-burning/bra-burning days of the 60′s and 70′s.

And…the huge rivalry between UC Berkeley and Stanford University across the bay?  The men’s restroom in the lobby told us what Berkeley-ites think of those “Sequoia trees!??” ( is that really what they call themselves??)  GO Bears…..

Men's urinal... aim for the "S" please!

The Berkeley culture lesson continued in our room.

Is that lamp a bong, or is that bong a lamp?

And of course, activism continues today… Please separate your trash!

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Apr 06


Posted In Clothing, Decorating, Food, Green Design, Move-in's, Old to New, Organization, Styling, Travel

I am an interior stylist and decorator living in Coto de Caza, California.

No…I am not one of those “real” housewives…anything BUT!  You would realize this the moment you first see me.  My uniform is jeans and tee’s with minimal jewelry and I am really just a regular gal that loves anything to do with decorating, and artsy and craftsy stuff.  I do admit that I like nothing better than sitting down to a bitchy new episode of ANY of the Housewives shows, with a big bowl of popcorn, glass of wine and a couple of trash-talking friends. (My Motorcycle Man moaning and groaning from the next room as he catches bits of their “conversations!”)

The cast of

(WHO actually dresses like that, anyway….?)  Did I mention jeans and t-shirts?  I digress…

Anyway…I’ve started this blog to talk about some of my decorating projects, as well as lots of other things and people I find interesting and inspiring as I go through my day.  I love to include pictures, and always will, but warn you that photography is my weakness.  If I remember to take pictures of projects, befores and afters, and great stuff I come across throughout my day, what you end up seeing will most likely be fuzzy, dark, out of focus. Goal:  take better pictures for my website and blog.

I admit that I can be somewhat “scattered,” and get very excited about A LOT of different things, so don’t be surprised if I veer off into food, travel, books, clothing and fashion, or gardening.  Oh…or hiking, sewing, green and healthy living, or even motorcycle riding.  I will do my best to focus.  Hang on….hoping you will follow!!

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