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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...

The Neighborhood
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The Neighborhood

Wherever I am in the world I always walk the neighborhoods. It’s not the grand tourist destinations but the quiet pedestrian scenes that speak to the artist in me who will gladly forego the museum history lessons to become a brushstroke within the landscape of living, breathing art. When I work with a new client...

where you live
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where you live

Describe yourself. You’re sitting at a lunch with a new friend or colleague and you’re asked to share who you are. Not how you look, that part is obvious. Not what you do, or who you know, or what you like…  Using only adjectives, describe yourself. Go ahead. I’ll wait because this is just so...

A Little taste of joy
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A Little taste of joy

Our lives are a deep dish of many ingredients, all very different but delicious when they are blended together. Together. What a remarkable word. Janene Kraft These are the images of a beautiful life—multiple forks dipping into one impossibly large pan, chairs scootched way too close, and words between bites that signal an intimacy earned...

hidden places
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hidden places

My favorite thing as a little girl was our family Sunday drives. While some would head out to the country, we would tour the beautiful neighborhoods, pointing to one house or another and proclaim, “that one” when we came upon a place we imagined as ours.  This was the beginning of my obsession with people...