Category Archives for "Inspiration & Favorites"

Nov 10

Christmas Tree Decorating & Color Palette!

Happy Holidays my friends! (yup- there’s no denying it)

If you follow my instagram you know that last weekend was Christmas for me as a Christmas tree designer for the Boys and Girls Club annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.  It was SO much fun – once I got my head in the Christmas mode!  There is nothing more like Disneyland to me than walking around the stacks and shelves and boxes of ornaments, garlands, trims, ribbons, flowers, glittery coated things, etc…. and putting them together to create a themed tree!  Total bliss!  I ended up with 4x created –  all very different from each other and fun.  Last year I heard my Mele Kalikimaka palm tree went for the highest bid so I’m hoping for another win this year.  No matter what the outcome I am so happy to support such an amazing group as the Boys and Girls Club!

The color palette below is a picture from my “Rose Gold Wonderland” tree –  the colors were insane!  If only I spent as much time on my own tree!  

Oct 25

Photo MashUP – Appian Way

Check out my newest Photo MashUP installment, this one inspired by my recent trip to Rome!  See the images below that were used in the final piece on top.  I’m totally loving the peacock colors and and broken tiling look.  :0)

 

 

Oct 22

Pumpkin Glory! Color Palette

I finally eeeked away with my hubby to a Pumpkin Patch in Ojai this weekend! If only it wasn’t another heatwave here in So-Cal, but whatever ~ I am still loving all the orange glory to be found!  

Happy Pumpkin Season my friends!

Oct 06

Beautiful Italy

Buon giorno!

I just returned home from an amazing vacation to Rome, Florence, and Venice with my sister and all I can say is that Italy is an enchanted country! Wow what an experience we had.  We saw as many monuments and historical places as possible, but also enjoyed getting lost and finding our way back to our temporary homes in each of these spectacular places.  It seemed that with every turn a new glorious vision opened up before us. I’m apologizing in advance for all the pictures I will be posting. It’s just so hard not to click away when you’re there.

I’m still coming down from my blissful high.  I can’t say that any of these cities held a heavier place in my heart because they are all so vastly different from the next.  Rome is so ancient and mind-blowing, Florence is so spectacularly beautiful and full of art in many forms, and Venice is, well, the most unusual and crazy-beautiful city I’ve seen.  I don’t know if it’s the water energy that makes it so profound or its fighting spirit that you sense just walking the little cobbled streets navigating around sinking walls.  Ending our travels there was a perfect way to conclude our visit – though we didn’t want to say good bye to any of these places.  It is easy to say that the unifying force in Italy’s dramatically different cultures is its friendly citizens (we met such wonderful people), and of course the food and amazing Italian wines. I was shocked to discover when I got home that even though I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted I somehow ended up losing weight?!  Go figure?! I guess that’s the beauty of travel and de-stressing. 

More to come, but for now I’ll bid you ciao ciao and amore.

 

Sep 03

Photo MashUP – Bloomin’ Buttercups

Time for another Photo MashUP and I’m loving the definition on these little buttercup flowers.  Keeping the blue-green highlight hues was my goal and I’m loving how it turned out.  I’m working on creating a delft colorway of this as well and so far it’s looking really nice.  I’ll keep you posted on how that one turns out.  :0) Wishing you a beautiful week!

 

Jul 23

Photo Mash-UP – “Floral et Granit”

Happy Mash-UP!  I’ve been messing around with some photo editing programs, filters, and textures that I’ve acquired over the years, and truth be told I’m having a little too much distracting fun doing it.  I am LOVING the results so much that I decided to start a little series of them.  Here’s the first installment – “Floral et Granit”.

Below are the two base images that I used to get this finished product 

 

Wishing you a fabulously colorful and awesome week my friends!

Jun 22

Graduation Rainbow Color Palette

Hi my friends!  I’m coming off of a month of crazy-awesomeness as my family celebrated the graduations of both my boys (college and high school) and my beautiful niece’s wedding reception (the U.S. one since her actual ceremony was in Jamaica). It has been a big fat happy blur of activity and I think we are now ready to settle back into a regular rhythm of life, though this past month has been pretty awesome so I’m not complaining.  I love how this color palette turned out because it’s a rainbow, the perfect representation of the hope, promise, and joy I wish for my boys and my niece & nephew as they enter in to their respective new exciting life chapters. It also represents my wish for you and for myself as well:   Hope, Promise, & Joy! 

sending you light & love

May 02

Tag Sale Color Palette

This past weekend I had the ultimate treat of visiting my friend Jennifer’s ranch in Ventura to peruse her Spring Tag Sale.  Jennifer has an amazing sense of style and design and is in the midst of opening a shop that will house her vision for “home & garden & retro & anything else amazing that I’d love to buy”.  I’m so excited for her and I’ll be sure to announce more info as her plans take shape, but for now I just had to post this color palette (above) for you because I thought it was an amazing one.  These were just a few of the pics I took. There were so many nooks and crannies to preview and explore and I came home with some amazing new & vintage table cloths and tea towels, home grown lavender sachets in hand embroidered pouches, and vintage greeting card packs! I can’t wait for Jennifer to open her shop!

One more fun note … Jennifer’s husband is planting citrus and olive groves and soon they will be sharing the fruit and oil they will be harvesting to the world!  I can’t wait for that because that is my retirement dream! I’ll be watching closely and asking lots of questions as they progress for sure!  

Wishing you a treasure filled week!  Have some fun!

love & light

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