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EVERY LITTLE THING
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EVERY LITTLE THING

I’ve been waiting for this home to tell me what it wants to be since arriving the day after four surgeons deposited a chemo port in the right side of my chest. To be fair, this is the first time in the forty-one years I’ve been renovating homes that something more pressing was occupying my...

Every Three Months
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Every Three Months

INTRO: My hairstylist recently asked me, “How has your cancer changed the way you live your life.” I found myself answering as I hoped I would— Surprisingly, the colors aren’t faded but more vivid than before—In many ways, my creativity has intensified because I’m no longer interested in pleasing others so much as being true...

REFRAMING
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REFRAMING

This image may seem vaguely familiar. That’s because it was posted eleven months ago— Sometimes our transformation seasons last longer than we expect. We start the journey with a sense of anticipation, hopeful, in some ways giddy, from the recognition that something important, even seemingly Divine is happening in our lives. There’s a reason why...

I WANT TO KNOW
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I WANT TO KNOW

I imagine hanging by a rope off the edge of a cliff and deciding to release my tightened grip. There’s the possibility of freefall, but what if instead I am dangling only 10 feet from the sturdy ground that lies directly below? There is this obsession to claw our way back to the familiar, to...

DIVINE PACE
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DIVINE PACE

I wrote once that life is a fast train.Now I see that I was the train and life was the view. How fast can you run toward the end of your life before everything around you, even the beautiful thoughts within you, are blurred?  October will mark for me the passing of a year, of...

DESIRE LINES
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DESIRE LINES

Somehow it seems appropriate in this season of new beginnings to share with you that I should like to take a tour of the great public gardens of the world before I die. I could provide a list, but it is my hope that this post will inspire you to take a little deep dive...

VIA TESORO
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VIA TESORO

It was number six in this great adventure of owning and renovating twenty-three homes. Via Tesoro—two acres, hugged by a hillside, with irresistible potential—a homely, Tudor-inspired “80s new build” that we lovingly and painstakingly transformed into what it wanted to be when it grew up—natural stone walls, secret gardens stuffed with roses, limed-brick fireplaces, handcrafted...

Je Ne Sais Quoi
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Je Ne Sais Quoi

I write because it’s my way of entering into conversation with the world. My fingers find their purpose pressed on the keys and I find my voice in concert with their quiet tapping. Sometimes I type with my eyes closed and the words appear faster than the thoughts are consciously formed. It’s as if my...

THE SANCTUARY IN YOU
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THE SANCTUARY IN YOU

A good designer should conspire to uncover the authentic you.  This is a process that requires the vulnerability of everyone involved. Vulnerability. Not a popular word. Even those who share incessantly on social media are rarely telling it like it is but rather painting a picture of something imagined in order to impress. Here’s the...

RE-DISCOVERING HOME
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RE-DISCOVERING HOME

I still marvel at how Ron and I just sort of fell into our mutual passion. My career in architectural design and Ron’s ability to do nearly anything became like magnets for sad houses begging for new life.  I think we all agree that there are few things more thrilling than the search for the...