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tiny house crushin'

17 April 2015

The purge and downsize are underway!
While not yet ready to re-locate to a tiny mobile
house on a trailer, I have crushed on these cuties
(and shipping container homes!)
for years and blog about them as sort of
a love note to our grown sons
who adore them too.

207 square feet plus 110 s.f. in the loft...
would you, could you?


Curious about buying a tiny house houseplan?
Find it here.

I am a little weary at the moment from
packing and living with uncertainty.
This whole experience is stretching
and refining me, and if I survive
it, I bet I will have rich
thoughts to share.

Right now, I can offer
dark undereye circles,


beautiful brick walls

10 April 2015

Brick Kitchen Backsplash - Cottage - kitchen - Herlong & Associates

Beautiful brick makes a stunning backdrop,
and these examples create a quiet wow.

exposed brick wall kitchen design 7 ideas

brick wall kitchen design 9 ideas

Kitchen Clarity » Bricks and stones – kitchen texture

brick wall, chandelier, with whites. Pretty cool. Maybe for a accent wall for kitchen or bar

A Gallery of Cozy Cottage Kitchens | Apartment Therapy

Peace to you right where you are, friends

red rain boots

05 April 2015


Happy springtime, friends.

I was blessed to receive cheerful red Hunter boots
this Christmas from my sister, and there is nothing quite
like splashing through puddles like a carefree child.


What a skittlelicious rainbow!



This cute new book from Chronicle celebrates
all things perfectly precip.

From Rain to Rainbows

From Rain to Rainbows
(Chronicle, 2015)
is a sweet little treasury of whimsical
artworks from indie art stars
and emerging talent.

Riga Sutherland

Gregory Thielker

Ready for spring's rain and rainbows?

lauren conrad style & moving

24 March 2015

This feminine lovely and cheerful kitchen
belonging to Lauren Conrad caught my eye.

Lauren Conrad

Enjoy these glimpses of her spaces.

Lauren Conrad Home Apartment Get The Look -5

Lauren Conrad Home Apartment Get The Look -4

In other news, life remains chaotic
after receiving an offer to buy our home.

With just a month before closing,
we are house hunting...over-glamorized
on television and truly a trigger of migraines.

I am learning the art of letting go,
and though I can't see what lies ahead,
I am making peace with the adventure.

drawing from life {don bachardy}

21 March 2015

Warren Beatty

Don Bachardy
is a portrait artist who literally draws from life.

He once said,
"...maybe I became an artist to have an excuse
to look deeply at people. We choose professions
that give us extra license."

Bachardy's self portrait

In a three- to four-hour sitting, subjects like Warren Beatty patiently and perhaps uncomfortably sit across from the staring creator who brilliantly captures a truthful lifelike portrait
they possibly will hate. 

Carol Burnett

In his words, 
"I can't cheat.
The whole point of drawing from life is to draw what I see, and the truth of what I'm looking at is always far more interesting to me than any fantasy I may have in my head about a particular personality."

Natasha Richardson

Capturing a live sitter's essence, especially one whose star shines brightly in the eyes of millions of fans, with such honesty...
is that not intriguing?

Jack Nicholson

In his new book we are treated to something special.
A collection of the artist's work in which Bachardy in-the-moment-of-truth-style meets (or combusts with?) glittery, pretendhappy, superficial Hollywood glam.

Don Bachardy
the 80ish young artist today

"The better they sit, the better the portrait is."
(Don Bachardy)


Hollywood (Glitterati, 2014) is a half century
retrospective treasury of portraits breathing with life.
It features more than 300 original paintings and drawings
of tinseltown personalities who sat for Don Bachardy.

Bachardy paints writer Christopher Isherwood in the 1980's via

Teri Garr 

Most of the artworks were signed and dated by the sitter
not because the artist was starstruck but as proof
the piece was created from a live sitting.

How about you?
What does your profession give you
"extra license" to do?

And...would you rather be the sitter or the artist?

stone cottages {i'm love stoned}

18 March 2015


So much to love about this charming Texas stone cottage:

old european farmhouse style
standing seam metal roof - preweathered Galvalume
chopped white Texas limestone
western red cedar beams
timber frame construction
carved stone on fireplace is Riviera Beige Cantera from Mexico
8' tall doors on master - perfectly centered w/ fireplace
front door is 42"

This is actually the guest house on the owner's property!

Stone Cottage Guest House in Texas (2)

Stone Cottage Guest House in Texas (5)

Small stone cottage Fredericksburg TX bedroom

Stone Cottage Guest House in Texas (4)

Small stone cottage Fredericksburg TX kitchen

More details that I think mix well with this style...


My friend Desiree's unbelievably dreamy stone sanctuary:

Yep. Leave it to me to get us stoned on
beautiful houses.

Sorry I haven't been visiting your blogs as
of much personal stuff going on,
and I'm exhausted emotionally and physically.

Peace to you right where you are.

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