Having been on this earth for more than half of a Century…I have lived through black & white television, the days of operator assisted calls, vinyl records, flip phones….and now embracing the age of everything at your fingertips in seconds.
Not being blessed with children of my own, I am fortunate enough to have a step daughter who inspires me to always be my best self. She indulges me and enjoys all of my trials and tribulations as I turn our little Southern California home into something that we both feel we can call home.
Like many of you I carry ideas from my youth as to what my home and life should look and feel like. I prefer quality over quantity, and am much happier in my personal life if the place I call home is simple, elegant, and cozy. I blame my Grandma Tiny and my Aunt Myra mostly. My Grandma, and yes her real name was “Tiny” was 4’10” and always had a smile on her face. She filled her days with crocheting, embroidering, puttering in the kitchen, and making the table pretty for her lady friends to come and play bridge or whatever 60 year old women played back in the 60’s. She let me explore the world around me as she took us to parks and fountains...we walked everywhere with her little wheeled basket for groceries. I think that is why I love the small towns of Europe so much, it reminds me of how Grandma went about her day...breakfast of toast and jam...just like the Europeans, and then off to the store to pick up something for dinner....stopping at a friends house on the way back for a cup of coffee or tea and a bit of gossip.
My Aunt Myra had a way with always making you feel at home. Her home was decorated warmly but with a touch of elegance and was comfortable for just a few or a large party. She is the one who taught me how to be ready for a party at a moments notice…always have plenty of plates, serving dishes, and napkins on hand (paper plates and napkins were not acceptable), know where to get a bucket of chicken…or in todays world a Roasted chicken, have fresh fruit and veggies on hand, and be skilled at dips and sauces as they can truly dress up even the simplest of dishes. She loved to explore new places and enjoyed nice things but was never overindulgent or lavish, liked to travel, and was always dressed appropriate for the occasion.
After twenty years of marriage….renovating four different homes and failing to keep our relationship from joining the debris…I have entered a new chapter on my own …like so many women I talk to these days….I now find myself with the time and independence to pursue my artistic ambitions, explore places I have longed to see, and discover the things that make me smile.
Blessed with the ability to help others discover their Design style so their home reflects their personality...not just a magazine or Pinterest Board. The places we long to travel say much about who we are and how we like to live. I enjoy helping people discover Travel Destinations, and how to bring the inspiration home in small ways to be enjoyed in their daily lives.
Travel & Interior Design Consultant