Monthly Archives: February 2011

SHAKEN NOT STIRRED

Looking for a way to elegantly create a place to mix and serve cocktails in your lovely home? More and more people are opting out of having the big traditional bar area. Instead, why not create a drink station! It’s … Continue reading

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INTRODUCTION

What better way to dive into 2011 than with a new way to share ideas. After two years with the online newsletter, I have decided to brave the real information highway with my first blog. LIVE BY YOUR OWN DESIGN will not … Continue reading

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I WANT TO THANK YOU!

It’s post holiday, so have you written those thank you notes? YES! I used the word, “write” as in “snail mail!” Who determined that an old-fashioned, hand-written thank you was outdated? Oh contraire! While our busy lives move into a … Continue reading

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WARMING UP YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

The holidays are over and winter has set in. Even with those New Year’s resolutions of healthier eating and hitting the gym, there is still a desire to cozy up your abode. I call this my homebody mode. You have … Continue reading

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ESSENTIAL OTTOMAN

Ottoman or foot stool? Whatever you call it, everyone wants one. It‘s good to put your feet up. Even cocktail tables are being transformed into ottomans in all forms. Of course, my generation has been putting our feet on the … Continue reading

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FRAMING CLASSICALLY

I personally think one cannot have enough photos of the good times in life. They can be scattered throughout your home in various frames of choice, but what to do when you want to create a full wall collage of … Continue reading

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THE RELIABLE WIFE By Robert Goolrick

This is a great winter read as it takes place on the cold frozen tundra in the Midwest. Sex, murder, great clothes, and not in that order … I could not put this work of fiction down; its characters haunting … Continue reading

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TRAVEL

This month I found myself at the San Francisco Gift Show and exploring once again one of my most favorite cities. The Gift Show was nothing to write home about. It felt a little stagnant to me; not a lot … Continue reading

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PROJECT FOCUS: EAGLE HILLS REMODEL

This 12-year old, 3,600-square-foot home was presented to us with a conjested floor plan creating some challenges, but nothing we couldn’t handle. With the help of Carpenter Sellers DelGatto Architects and Crisci Builders, we pushed out the family space allowing … Continue reading

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