Housekeeping?! A round up


I’ve never been known as the tidiest person around, but I do enjoy a clean house. Here are some crafty short cuts and shim shams I use to organize, clean, and freshen my space that I’ve accumulated over the years. One of my most popular posts ever: how to my thrift store solution. Want to her secret for cleaning delicate ...

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HALP! A dining room paint color dilemma


During my tenure as design coach for Re-Energized by Design, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the great paint from Sherwin Williams. Not only was I pleased with the color choices but also the paint itself: low-VOC, great coverage, and — best of all –LOW PRICE. They’ve also got a pretty fantastic online tool with the ...

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Re-Energized! By Design, that is.


I’m incredibly honored to be a design coach for Re-Energized By Design challenge. What’s that about?! Re-Energized by Design is a fast-paced home makeover web series, where 6 teams compete to re-decorate their homes with a focus on integrating energy efficiency into their design. Everything is DIY, and the budgets are terribly small; but with some creativity and some elbow ...

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Recipe round-up: Springtime main courses


Just in time for St Patrick’s day: dungeness crab and asparagus salad features two ingredients that are at their best this time of year. Peas are one of the first bits of green to “spring up”, and nothing lets them shine like a an AMAZING pesto. (Vegetarians and the squeamish should sub the anchovy for capers… though they are essential ...

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My dreams came true! Keala’s Hawaiian Coffee


A few years ago, The Baron and I traveled to Oahu — and it was one of the most fantastic trips I have ever had. We ate beautifully, sourcing almost all our meals from the island’s abundant farmers markets. We sat on the beach for hours and relaxed. We swam in the perfectly clear aquamarine ocean. But the best part ...

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