James Farmer

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well. Things have been a bit rough here this week. Just life stuff…a friend I’m worried about, a nagging health issue (nothing serious), etc. I tell you that only because things can seem so perfect in blog and Instagram land that I wanted you to know that […]

More Soulful Spaces

Architectural Digest A gallery wall of framed artwork in the bathroom. Enough said. Here’s another shot from the same space. (Kansas City friends, the above two pics are of a condo in a building near the Nelson-Atkins. It was owned and designed by David Jimenez.) For the Love of a House Joan’s house in New […]

Our Paint Colors

Occasionally I get questions (both online and in person) about the paint colors in our home, so I thought I would document them here so I have a place to point people. As you know, colors read differently on different computer screens. Even in person, the same color reads differently in different rooms or in […]

Winter Urns

Our Christmas has all been taken down and as usual, I’m loving the clean uncluttered feel of the house. I’ve made one exception to the de-Christmasing, however: the pots on our front porch. I’ve removed the ribbon, the reddish sticks, and the big silver ornaments, but I’m leaving the rest, even the lights, for as […]

Around the House for Fall

Happy Friday! I wanted to pop in and share a few updates we’ve made around the house. First, at long last, I chose a paper for the half bath/powder room and had it hung. If we’re connected on Instagram you know I’m often taping wallpaper samples to the wall to try them out, but I […]

Peach and Blueberry Crisp

We have this great new development at our house. My daughter and her fiancee like to cook, so often when they come over for dinner they offer to do the heavy lifting. That was the case on Labor Day and since I was freed from cooking duties, I offered to handle dessert. I opted for […]

Blue and White Love

So many of us have a love affair with the classic color combination of blue and white and I’m no exception. I have blue and white all over my house. Because it’s so classic, I treat it as a neutral. I don’t worry whether there is any other blue in the room (there almost always […]

Around the House

Hello and happy August! I hope the end of your summer is going well. Here are a few little things from around our house that are making me happy right now. I’ve fallen in love with bamboo flatware, but the true bamboo pieces are pretty pricey so I started with these little corn-on-the-cob holders. They’ve […]

Some Florida Things

We are just back from Pensacola, Florida where we went to see my sister’s boyfriend retire from a 23-year career with the Navy. It was such a moving ceremony and it was an honor to be there. The retirement ceremony took place in the National Naval Aviation Air Museum which is such an amazing place. […]

Dining Rooms as Libraries

Every now and then I run across a photo of a dining room that doubles as a library and it stops me in my tracks. It’s just so unexpected to see shelves of books in a dining room. But it creates such a warm and interesting space, don’t you think? Here are some of my […]