So how did you end up blogging?
I was searching for a way to share my love of writing and my passion for interior design. When a friend suggested I start a blog, I had no idea what she was talking about! I googled "Blogger" and jumped in head first. Seven months later, I'm still tweaking my site's appearance and playing with the format. It's been a HUGE learning curve for this tech-challenged, middle-aged girl!
A few things I love about fall are...
...cuddling up with a lush, cozy throw in front of the fire, sipping hot tea, and dreaming of Christmas - my absolute favorite time of year!
You get to spend a month at the perfect beach house, will it be Malibu or Nantucket?
I haven't been to either location, so I did a bit of research on-line. After seeing what they both have to offer, I'm definitely more drawn to the architectural charm and relaxed atmosphere of Nantucket.
Two weeks first class all the way, is it London or Paris?
I'd love to visit Paris! I've never been overseas, but my daughter spent the summer after high school graduation touring Europe with her best friend. Her photos of the beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets, and charming street side cafes make me dream of experiencing it someday for myself.
If I were 18 again I would.......
...follow my heart and concentrate on my writing instead of becoming an accountant. Could I have chosen a less creative-minded career?
What would be on your plate for your ultimate dream dinner and dessert? My dream dinner would consist of angel hair pomodoro and soft bread fresh from the oven, followed by gooey chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream! Most importantly, the meal would have to be prepared, served and cleaned up by anyone but ME!
Tell us as little or much as you want to about your family?
My husband, Lance and I have been married for twenty-three wonderful years. Our twenty-year old daughter, Jess is currently attending university with plans to become an elementary school teacher. Our son, Zach is seventeen, and is finishing his last year of high school. We all share a slightly off-key and silly sense of humor, and our home life is blessed with a lot of love and laughter.
Worst habit? Best trait?
Worst habit - I spend far too much time on my computer.
Best trait - I'm very organized.
Favorite design trend?
I love the new look of grey, limed wood floors and furniture. It has an understated elegance that's both traditional and timeless.
One golden rule/advice for decorating that you would pass on...
Decorate your home as an authentic reflection of who you are. It's the thoughtful and uniquely personal touches that will tell your story, and create a home that's a true expression of your own beautiful sense of style.
There are so many incredibly talented designers, but, my personal Design Icon is Barbara Barry. I've always admired her classic and elegant interiors, but what sets her apart from the rest for me is her exquisite furniture collection. I love the graceful lines she incorporates into each of her signature pieces.
You get to have lunch with anyone in the entire world, could be from Hollywood, a famous author or playwright, a politician, rock star, a cooking guru, religious leader, anyone…who are the lucky two to sit at your table? Dr. Wayne Dyer is a gifted author with amazing wisdom and insight. I'd love to experience his incredible energy first hand. I was completely enchanted by Princess Diana's touching vulnerability and tremendous grace. It would have been such an honor to have met her in person. I can only imagine listening to the conversation around that table, and how deeply profound and inspiring it would be!
A perfect day would start with...
...watching a beautiful sunrise with my favorite guy from the balcony of our luxurious hotel room and end with.....
If we could only live in one season year round, which would you choose and why?
My favorite time of year has always been spring time. I adore the soft colours of nature, the sweet fragrance in the air, the melodic sound of birds, and the gentle warmth of the sun early in the morning.
Describe your favorite outfit.
Tall, soft leather boots (with three inch heels) over my favorite pair of black skinny jeans, a white, soft wool cape cinched at the waist with a wide belt, an antique silver pendant necklace, long teardrop earrings, and a gorgeous, emerald green hand bag. I'm also partial to my pink fluffy robe and fuzzy slippers!
Tell me about a dream vacation for you and your family...
Lance and I went on our first cruise earlier this year, and we loved it! I think that a tropical cruise would be an amazing family vacation. There's so much for all of us to do on board, plus there's the added bonus of jumping ship and exploring the port destinations together. We would have so much fun!
Favorite movie or book that you could read or watch over and over?
I've actually never read a book or watched a movie more than once. For me, the best part of either one is not knowing how the story will end.
3 qualities that I think fairly describe me are.
I decided to take a quick family poll: Lance says I'm insightful, Jess says I'm compassionate, and Zach thinks I'm intuitive.
Comedy or dramas?
I like dramas with a complex storyline, but nothing too violent, or that makes my cry all the way through the movie. My poor hubby has had to sneak me out the back door of a theater more than once because I refuse to walk through the lobby with red, puffy eyes!
In my next life I will...
...be more spontaneous and take more risks. I think... I should probably consider my answer more carefully, and make sure that's definitely what I want to do.
One thing I absolutely cannot live without is...
...my morning coffee.
If I have learned one thing in life, it is...to appreciate every moment, and take nothing for granted.