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Hello there!  It all started with a conversation with Ron Snyder.  He asked me, can you paint a mural for our new pediatric playroom?  Sure…can I decorate the room, too?  Then came a quick visit to the actual space for photos.  Then a visit for measuring and talking.  Then came a ton of Pinterest posts.  I am not one of those Pinterest-ruins-my-life people.  Pinterest is a powerful tool.  Think of a bulletin board with hyperlinks.  Cool!  Then came a tangible moodboard, and some swatches of grasscloth and other blues and greens, a quick printout of a photo I took, etc.  I took this tangible copy with me to the office to show the staff my thoughts.  I tried not to schedule too many meetings since I usually charge per hour and I like to keep things efficient.  At this point I would like to add an observation.  People hear “hire a decorator” and get intimidated.  A decorator can get a lot done in an hour.  I know that our church hired one just to decide what color to paint a main accent wall.  DONE.  Anyway, Ron and I did some quick messaging back and forth to handle the quick questions.  For example, he chose the theme, Shore Thing, in a quick Facebook message.  Done!

I am very sorry to leave you hanging.  I need to do this post in parts.  We are having some major drama at my house!!!  Stay tuned!  The rope knot definitely comes in later.  I’m posting it now because the picture is so bright and cheery. Unlike……right…now.

More soon!


BEFORE above, and moodboard below.

This image is a reminder to me as a painter that sometimes, people don’t care about your skill.  They just want to see popsicles, and be snappy about it!

Image from One Kings Lane Longstreet Collection

Hello!  Just makin’ a mood board for a decorating project!  As time progresses the board will become more and more full of actual items to actually kit out this room.  More later…

Good afternoon, readers!

I love Miss Piggy!  I found this in the March Issue of Real Simple.  I was first drawn to the colors, then to Miss Piggy herself.  But the clincher is the caption!!

I am sorry that I haven’t posted in a while.  Ironically, I have more to post about when I don’t post.  I’m just too busy doing it!  And that, friends, is the hallmark of an introvert blogger.  Happy Friday!!


And just for fun, do you see the similarities in the beach colors and the keyboard colors?  Fun.  Christian Chaize

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.  1 Corinthians 13:1-8


I’m not sure what all this has to do with cookies, but still, we make the cookies.  I guess to show love and appreciation.  Love to my friends at the end of this Valentine’s Day!


Have you heard of  You sign up and get sent daily deals.  Two pillows are selling for $54.00.  Even this type of ikat fabric can be a little spendy sometimes, so this is a good deal if you’ve been looking for the perfect pillow.  Here are some of my fave fabs…


I picked up these marine-colored straws at Wally World the other day.  See?  I told you art was all around us.

For you…a silk dress from Land’s End and Mini Masterpieces from Oh Happy Day.

oh happy day

These colors are killing me (softly).  I just had to share.

Via House of Turquoise

I am as fanatic about rainbows as ever.  I wonder if I would freak anybody out if I did this to my hair?

Rainbow Ombre Tips from Beautylish

September 2010 Elle Decoration (UK) for the new collection of paints from Fired Earth.

Scales Print By Steve Womack

                       Tassel Garland by Confetti System

Fringey Streamers by Oh Happy Day; photo doctored by Ardent Sparrow

I love this color combo.  (But I hate the word combo.  Followed by jumbo, deluxe, super, and blowout.)  But isn’t this pretty?


And this, too!  From Weelicious.

These images are from a quirky British movie called Wild Target.  We thought it would be a B movie  but we loved it!

                                        She’s Smart


                    Rebecca Newport


Today…I give you the artistry of Kristian Schuller.


My husband is related to the blushing bride.  Isn’t this a beautiful (albeit chilly) wedding?  Photography is by BenjHaisch.

So many talented people out there!  This beauty, Waiting for the Parade, is by Samantha Hahn.