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From the Archive | Advice to My 25 Year Old Self

From the Archive | Advice to My 25 Year Old Self
I have a daughter who's graduated from college & is working her first job.  My 19 year old niece is visiting for the summer.  My youngest is now 14.  And at the shop every day I am surrounded by women who are about half my age.  So I have been thinking a lot lately about life, lessons,  the things that have made me who I am & the hard-won wisdom that comes with life experience.   Continue reading

Velvet Moment

Velvet Moment
Oh velvet, we love you so.  The soft, plush texture of a velvet piece paired with its' usual jewel toned coloring brings warmth and color to any space.  During our trips to Europe, we see velvet just about everywhere. Continue reading

Change of Heart

Change of Heart
Well, 2019 had some surprises for me.   Some good, and several not so good.  Just when I think I have some control over my life, I'm reminded that no, I really don't.   And I'm reminded of something I read somewhere -- "you can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails." I think it's time to adjust my sails.   Continue reading

The Price of Accomplishment

The Price of Accomplishment
I love transitions.  The end of every year feels like an opportunity to refine (or reinvent) myself, my habits and my impact on those around me.  And I am lucky that my birthday falls in February.  So if I have a slow start with my resolutions, I can always have a re-birth a month later. Continue reading

Go ahead. Steal my sources.

Go ahead.  Steal my sources.
One of the best things about being in a creative field is the abundance of beauty that surrounds me every day.  Sometimes a photo of a dining table will inspire a color palette, or a pattern on a dress will bring to mind an idea for a floral installation.  However, when putting so much creativity out each day, sometimes it's nice to just refill the well of inspiration, so to speak. Continue reading