Summer Entertaining

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Today’s event is a party for twelve and, as usual, my focus is on setting a beautiful table. Here are snapshots of today’s sunny summer set-up! I’ve also attached a link to one of my previous posts about daisies – the friendly flower. Daisies are one of … More Summer Entertaining

Fabulous Food Photos

It seems everyone loves to photograph and post pictures of food.  While I enjoy doing that too, I also love to photograph fruit, veggies and other items at the market. Many grocery stores have taken a cue from Whole Foods and display their food beautifully arranged in baskets or overflowing in containers.  Sometimes the color … More Fabulous Food Photos

Supporting Friends

I do my own flower arrangements for my clients but I get my inspiration from a variety of florists across the Bay Area. One of my favorites is Anne Rizoulis.  Anne and I are old friends from our corporate days in specialty retail.  Anne branched out to do flowers several years ago and makes the … More Supporting Friends

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

A Pop of Color

When I’m gathering ideas for an event or a party, I like to scope out the environment and check out what equipment or props are already in place. I was visiting a new business in my neighborhood this week and took this picture of their outdoor deck.  The yellow chairs provide a cheerful pop of color in … More A Pop of Color


We were in Lake Tahoe this past weekend and the weather was perfect. I haven’t spent much time there in the summer months and didn’t know what to expect.  It was warm but there was a lovely breeze.  And the lake is so beautifully, blissfully blue! This picture represents bliss to me.