Category Archives for "Cool Finds"

May 17

Sacred Space – Color Palette & so much more


For Mother’s Day I had the most beautiful afternoon in Summerland, CA, highlighted by a visit to the amazing and magical “Sacred Space” shop (really it isn’t just a shop, it’s more of an experience). The owners, Rose and Jack, make this little corner of the world such a beautiful event for every visitor they receive. You feel like you’ve stepped into a portal and transported yourself to another land and space in time. Rose and Jack truly ‘walk the walk’ of what their store represents and feels like and Rose’s graciousness is felt immediately upon entering by her offering of tea in her zen gardens at the center of the property.  Little raised gazebos are hidden amongst dense foliage around a small koi pond and river where you sit on cushioned sofas and enjoy a service of specialty tea. It is breathtaking and so relaxing. Shopping in their store is like a wonderland experience. Their offerings of jewelry, statues, stones, crystals, candles, etc… that they have gathered on their travels are exceptional and also a means to support talented artisans from around the world. If you are in the Santa Barbara area I encourage you to stop by ~ just be sure to allow yourself a few hours.  This is not a place you want to rush through.

One more note:  on my bucket list is their Sacred Space Private Retreat. Oh my gosh! One day I’m going to be there!

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Jul 13

Inspiration: Grand Central Market, Los Angeles

Grand-Central-Market-1This past weekend my family and I scooted in to downtown Los Angeles for a fun outing at the Grand Central Market. If you want a wash of colorful inspiration and live in the LA area, I highly recommend it!  We had fun sampling foods from everywhere: Thai street food, german sausages, Salvadorean pupusas, the world’s best pastrami sandwich (according to my son who couldn’t resist and ate all of his before he could share it with the rest of us).  I hit DTLA Cheese for some tasty hard to find gourmet cheese, and my son bought a loaf of amazing sourdough from Clark Street Bread. Last, but certainly not least, was Santa Barbara’s own McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream. I highly recommend the olive oil sea salt, and the marionberry and lemon! On our way out I picked up some crazy-yummy mangos from  La Casa Verde. I’m looking forward to going back! If you’re in the area please try and go – it’s well worth it!


Wishing you a fabulous week!


Mar 09

Inspiration: The Art of Reverse Glass Painting, Gilding, and Sign Making – The Artistry of David A. Smith

If you’ve ever been curious, like I was recently, about the art of glass sign making and reverse glass painting, I have a treat for you.  Check out David A. Smith’s VIMEO video (link below) to see his amazing technique. I was truly humbled by watching such intense craftsmanship at work. No doubt I have new and greater appreciation for signs and artpieces such as these that I see.David-A-Smith-Reverse-Glass-Artist


Click below to watch VIDEO 

Vimeo David A Smith Reverse Glass Artist


Feb 03

Caps, Bottles, and Labels … Oh My!

Cap-Inspiration bottles-I have a love affair with cool looking bottles, packaging, labels, etc…  I appreciate amazing packaging and love to see when creativity and humor merge to help promote or sell a product. I have been loving the return of many (dare I say “retro”) packaging from my youth, as well as today’s neoteric take on the retro packaging look.  Above right is one of my favorite wine bottle labels of all time, and to the left are some classic and new classic ways to sell soda. From caps to boxes, there are so many ways to find inspiration in these items that often just get thrown in the recycle bin.  

Take a moment today to study the items in your home that sing to the look of your vibe. It is there that you just might find your muse. 




Apr 17

Inspiration: The Journey of a Dress ~ Diane von Furstenberg


DVF-1Last weekend I hit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see the Alexander Calder exhibit (on until 7/27/14). It was a really great sampling of Calder’s amazing art, but even better to my museum experience was the Diane von Furstenberg show “Journey of a Dress”, now extended through May 1! The show is fantastic! If you live in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend you try and go before it closes. The second you walk through the doors it is a sea of color, pattern, shape, flow, and, let’s face it … girl power. My husband and son were troopers and went through it all with me (with a promise of hitting the food trucks that line the museum’s periphery), and I left the gallery feeling utterly inspired to create some fun patterns, as well as buy myself a wrap dress.

Here are just a few images that inspired me:




Mar 10

Wisdom for the day

mugI received a package yesterday from my sister with this awesome mug in it! Words to live by!

Wishing you a fabulous and ‘out of your comfort zone’ day!





Mar 02

Happy “Academy Awards” Day!



My friend made me these cookies, simply called “THE ONLY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE I WILL EVER NEED TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE”, and that is saying it mildly. I decided that there is no better time to partake in these supremely yummy cookies then on my favorite day of the year … Academy Awards night!  

Click HERE for the recipe.

You’re welcome 


Feb 21

Need something to do this weekend? How about a little Wayne Thiebaud!


If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you know that Wayne Thiebaud is my favorite artist. I realize that is a bit daring to say, especially since I like a lot of artists for a variety of reasons. BUT- seriously, Wayne Thiebaud is right there at the top of my list of favorite artists and whenever there is any showing of his work I try to go see it, which is what happened this past weekend.

If you happen to live in the Los Angeles area you’ve got to go see this collection of Wayne Thiebaud’s ‘Works on Paper’ at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art on the Pepperdine University Campus in Malibu. It is a spectacular collection of his print studies and works; from wood block, to etching, lithographs, and serigraphs.  This is a collection I’ve not seen before and it was a real treat.

Oh, and it is FREE!  That is a rare thing these days! 

In case all these sweet images above are making you hungry, this exhibit isn’t all about food art (though that is my favorite part). You can see works from his San Francisco series, Yosemite prints, as well as his Sacramento Valley landscapes. Also, I particularly loved seeing his everyday series – like his bow ties, toys, paint cans, and lipsticks.  The thing I love about Wayne Thiebaud’s work, no matter what the subject matter, is his magical use of shape, perspective, and most of all COLOR. He is a master at using crazy-amazing and inspirationally delicious color in is artwork, and it is a supreme treat to the eye to witness it.


OH – and since you will be hungry for sure after seeing all the artwork in this show, I highly recommend a trip to the Malibu Yogurt & Ice Cream Shoppe afterwards for some tangible treats. Malibu-Ice-Cream-4



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