Farm Fresh Dining

For our most recent event, an outdoor party for 20, we focused on a “farm fresh” theme. The weather was a perfect 65 degrees with a pleasant breeze.  The drink station on the front deck greeted guests as they arrived.  And the hors d’oeuvres on the back deck created a nice flow through between the … More Farm Fresh Dining


Yesterday afternoon I experimented with some new watercolor techniques. I had a few scraps of unused watercolor paper that I didn’t want to throw away. The green grasses in the featured image happened when I added more and more water to my green as I applied it on the paper. I love how the darker grasses … More Watercolors

Sunny Deck

One of my morning rituals is enjoying a delicious cup of coffee out on a warm and sunny deck. I took this picture at a neighbor’s house on a beautiful clear day.  It reads “warmth” to me which is today’s Developing Your Eye photo challenge. The sunlight, reflecting through the glass table, creates an interesting graphic … More Sunny Deck


In my event planning and design business, I gain inspiration from everything around me. The Bay Area is full of amazing sights including many beautiful bridges with the cityscapes they connect. In my quest for a photo that fits the architecture and monochrome theme of today’s Developing Your Eye photography class, I landed on this picture of the … More Architecture

My July 4th Table

I’m having the family over today because my husband and I will be visiting friends tomorrow on the 4th of July. My festive red, white and blue themed table came together beautifully.  The white table cloth with a white on white rose pattern sets a simple and elegant foundation.  My red linen napkins from Hudson Grace provide a … More My July 4th Table

Van Gogh Flowers

Flower arrangements are a critical aspect of any table setting.   They add drama, depth and beauty.  I’m always on the lookout for just the right mix. During a recent visit to Santa Barbara’s farmers market, I came across these flowers and was delighted by their vibrant beauty. The yellow and blue colors reminded me of van Gogh’s … More Van Gogh Flowers


What a gorgeous sky last night!  I snapped a picture of the summer solstice sunset and thought I’d share it here as I begin my new blogging adventure. Why am I here?  I’m eager to find my audience and join a community of like minded bloggers who share my passions:  design, art, flowers, photography and entertaining, all … More Summer