Monday, November 10, 2014


While I do love everything pink and glittery, when it comes to home design I prefer a more masculine, eclectic style.  While researching industrial kitchen ideas for our own kitchen remodel I came across this on Houzz and instantly fell in love with the design Garage Transformation in Amsterdam.

Whoever did the artwork in the dining room is simply amazing!

Another view.  I'm also kicking myself for not doing heated concrete floors in our house now.  Oh well.  My husband loved the integration of the garage with the house.  If anything, it would be a good motivation to keep the garage clean.

Love the natural light coming into the home!

And the eclectic art collection.

Renaissance art mixed with old maps and wood pallets for a bed frame.  Somehow it all works.

My husband liked this idea with the motorcycle!  I didn't as we live in earthquake country.

Very clever use for sink console.

LOVE the metal framed glass window enclosure for the shower.  You also can't go wrong with subway tile and dark grout.  It's so timeless!

I'm sure any male guests would like the powder room (ha ha).  Not my cup of tea but clever nonetheless and fits the homeowner's design aesthetic.

I always find it interesting when other countries follow our politics.  Notice the Obama bumper sticker and the American flag?

The homeowner.  I love his place and would absolutely take some of his design aesthetics and apply them to our own home as we remodel it.  Very talented designer!

Photo: Louise de Miranda © 2014 Houzz

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Porter Street Bungalow

I'm a sucker for anything vintage, especially with homes, so promptly fell in love with this remodeled bungalow and all the gorgeous millwork.  Moore Architects PC are the talent behind this tasteful remodel.

The home went from this...

to this...

This home now has a large porch that was previously enclosed.

Another angle of the front exterior.

The interior kept to the same bungalow theme with the chunky wood millwork and a blend of painted wood along with stained wood.

I love the little office tucked away in the front of the house.

They kept it traditional in the kitchen with solid wood cabinets and subway tile.  A classic look that will last for generations.

The bead board ceilings add "texture" to the rooms as well.

My favorite room is the bathroom.  I like the simple design and the pretty basket weave tile.

If you want to see more of their beautiful work, visit their website

Friday, May 3, 2013

Law Enforcement Memorial

Today Washington state police officers paid tribute to fellow officers that died in the line of duty or distinguished themselves by exceptional meritorious conduct at the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Peace Officers Memorial in Olympia.  If you want to learn more about the organization "Behind the Badge Foundation" that created this ceremony and the steward of the memorial, please visit their website.  They work tirelessly to support law enforcement families after an officer has died or been seriously injured while in the line of duty.

Canadian Mounties

My husband Robert (on the left) with two fellow officers Les and Ethan.  

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Paul Allen's Abu Camp

Paul Allen is part owner of a beautiful and intimate safari camp in Botswana called Abu Camp.  Luxurious on all aspects, it sits on 500,000 acres in the Okavango Delta and overlooks a lagoon.

Perfect blend of rustic and elegance

I love the hanging pendant lights behind the couch!

And these pendant lights are gorgeous.  They give off a warm glow which is perfect to create a cozy atmosphere in a larger room.

I love the eclectic collection of frames with chippy paint and some slick and modern.
The whole premise of Abu Camp is to promote elephant conservation.  They even have their own resident herd.

Source: Abu Camp, Forbes, and Jay Graham

Thursday, April 11, 2013


The song "Lovesong" has always been one of my favorites by one of my favorite bands The Cure so I was blown away on American Idol when Candice Glover sang it.  Amazing!

Here's Adele's version of it...also spectacular!!

And the original...beautiful!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Currently Loving...

This bathroom designed by Gary Spain.  I love every little thing about it from the Capiz shell chandelier to the antique photos.  It has an old Hollywood vibe to it with a touch of glamour.