Weekend Wrap Up

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I’m back! As predicted, I knew I’d be back here before too long. I missed the structure and the routine that writing this blog has provided me for over nine years.

Just want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to comment, email or contact me in some way. I feel so lucky to have so many kind, caring people supporting me with sympathy and condolences. You truly lifted my spirits.

Now on to a few interesting, but mostly frivolous things and links….


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A Personal Note-

“losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you’re blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow”

-lyrics from Graceland / Paul Simon


My father- my dad, passed away peacefully yesterday morning at the age of 90. It feels a bit weird to announce something so deeply personal here. But, this loss felt too big for me not to honor it.

Years ago, when I first started this blog, my dad (at the age of 80) was one of my first loyal readers. I remember seeing his photo in my Google reader follower count and getting such a kick out of how up to date he was with technology. I think he got a kick out the fact that I was finally getting back to my “design roots” – he was a graphic designer and an art director, back in the Mad Men days of advertising.

Anyway, I don’t tend to get too personal with stuff here. I like to keep it mostly, if not all – design and style related. NOT because I’m trying to fool anyone into thinking my life is picture perfect. Rather, it’s because talking about aesthetics and fashion, interior design, etc. can be such a great distraction from most of life’s challenges. At least it is for me. Which, at the end of the day is why I’ll probably be back to regular blogging and social media sooner than later.  I’m going to need this…




Update On Our Beach House Renovation: Some Before And Afters


Beach House Renovation Before After

faucet  //  farm house stainless sink  //  hardware  //  backsplash

This beach house renovation is taking so much longer than we had first anticipated. If you follow my stories on Instagram, then you know the main reason for the delay is due to the original contractor. I don’t want to get into the details on what he did, or didn’t do…but the good news is – we have a great new contractor on the job now. Things are finally moving in the right direction!

So, today I’d thought I’d share some of the progress in a few before and afters. As you can see, the kitchen is really coming together. In fact the whole first floor is dramatically different. We opened it all up to create one large living space, perfect for a beach house.

The prior layout was very choppy and broken up and didn’t allow for a lot of natural light or take advantage of the lovely view.

In addition to the large first floor living space we then added a wall to the front door stairs area in order to create a small front door foyer area. This new wall will also allow for a tv to hang on the wall on the opposite side, which is nice because now we don’t have to hang it over the fireplace in the living room.

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