Saturday, October 16, 2010


The expected: these Italian coffee bean sacks make an eye catching display.

The unexpected:

Some of my fondest moments are being out in the world wandering around, expecting the unexpected, and voila, there it is! The most ordinary use of something so common juxtaposed with fine linens, wools and silks becomes extraordinary. Such are these stunning window displays recently seen while on holiday in Venezia.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Unique, one of a kind, 16" burlap pillow printed on both sides with Latin phrases. One side is imprinted with "Carpe Diem" (Seize the Day). Shadowed behind the wording is an image of an antique time piece. On the other side is the Latin word "Divinitus", (Divine Influence) printed beneath the image of a beautiful angel reaching towards the heavens.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Won! I Won! I Won!

Gretchen's adorable daughter
choosing the winner.

I'm so excited to have won the Travel with Symphorose Photography Italian photo giveaway. I'm not just excited I'm so lucky to have one of these beautiful photographs. Now the hard part...................which of these fabulous photographs do I choose???

If you haven't had a chance yet, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, put your feet up (don't forget the do not disturb sign) and treat yourself to a tour of Gretchen's photography by visiting her at Click the links on the right to view her amazing work. I'm in awe of her talent and her imaginative creativity. Another inspired and gifted woman. Gretchen, thank you for sharing and inspiring all of us to live out loud.


Friday, August 14, 2009

Conceptions Français - See my new French line of pillows by clicking on mercatus .

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

June Lake Holiday

Early morning at June Lake, CA

I took a holiday to northern California this past week to visit my son. He lives in June Lake which is located in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range also home to Mount Whitney the highest point in the contiguous US at 14,505 feet. The beauty and enormity of this area is unmistakably worth the eight hour drive through the desert from San Diego. The rewards are breathtaking vistas, beautiful spring fed lakes, which ensures their clarity, and "sandía" (watermelon) tinted sunsets. While driving a long and desolate stretch of highway 395 I thought "this trip is much like life, often we go through a period of drought in order to reach the beauty". Eight hours alone in a car will provoke deep thinking.
There are many beautiful lakes in this area. Since much of southern California is dry desert this is a popular destination. There are numerous accommodations ranging from rustic camp sites to five star spas. It is a gorgeous place to visit and live. There is so much to do and see. A week is not enough time to see it all.
I believe we take on our environment whether we live in the city or in the wilderness. I certainly took on the peace, gentleness and solitude that only nature provides. My son has figured it out for himself. He knows he needs to be in this environment to nurture his soul. For now I am working on how to stay balanced and live in my world, or is time to move on.

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Beginnings

Decorus Vita
"The Decorated Life"

Like a moth to a flame we are all on a quest for beauty. We see beauty in our relationships, in our environment and in our collections. Beauty enhances our being while bringing us joy and pleasure. When beautiful things are inspired and blended with nature we are united with the source of all things.

I am introducing my unique and beautiful collection of Latin, French and English Dictionary words, phrases and images reflecting a love and longing for nature and beauty. One of the quickest, easiest ways to enhance your decor is by changing your pillows. These chic pillows are elegant and inspiring. They add unexpected style and elegance to any decor. Each pillow is personally hand constructed by me using a combination of two hues of natural burlap. Pillows are lined with a medium toned 100% cotton muslin and filled with feather and down pillow forms to give them a plush and full appearance.


I will be introducing my French line next so keep checking back or e-mail me at: