As of late I've been contemplating on 'what a home is' and why having a home is so important to me.  To some a home is a place to put your feet up, hang your hat. For others the home is a place of minimalism. Some consider a home to be shelter, a roof over their head. I agree. Shelter is very important but does shelter make a home?

As a child studio apartments and other people's homes were my home. When my parent was finally able to purchase a house I got two rooms to do with what I choose. I was very meticulous about my color scheme,  peach and mint green, and all the furnishing had to be bleached wood. Ha ha. I'm really glad my design taste has evolved. Even still my two rooms weren't enough. I always felt that the walls of my space begged for more.

Home is a place where I can fully be myself, where I can imagine, where I create. My home has to be stylish, comfortable, and orderly. I create beauty in my home. The interior dressings are not the only thing that make my home a work of art, they are accompanied by the laughter of quality friends and adored family, eclectic music or a good book, a complex glass of wine and a moment of inspiration. My home is an evolving museum of life. So I ask, what is a home to you?

 
 
Florence is a city of beauty, character and inspiration. Around every corner there is something to be found. What amazed me about Florence was the artistry embedded in the very frame of the city. One of the moments I loved the most was the impromptu opera performance in the square by a talented woman in black. The food in Firenze is exquisite and there is no such thing as bad table wine.  Oh how I miss Italy!

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This Italian beauty comes to us from a family winery in the Abruzzo region. It's slightly dry with smooth, soft notes. The finish has a slight edge to it. This is a great wine for a cheese assortment and cured meats.

Happy Sipping!
 
 
It's always fun discovering new art, artist, and designers. Edmonds Art Festival brought forth a wealth of undiscovered creatives. From handcrafted soaps to elegant woodwork it was a lovely day for exploring the artistic culture of Edmonds, Washington.
This glorious steel owl by Abraxas Crow Company hovered graciously over the festival. I would have to say Gunter's up bring in Alaska has something to do with the perfection of his work.
http://www.abraxascrow.com/

 I love the intricate artistry of Darlene Hardenbrook.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Freeheart1

Larry Richmond Pottery
http://larryrichmondpottery.com/

To the Left Artist Scott Kattenbaker and to the right a gallery of artwork.
http://www.nwartalliance.com/Scott_Kattenbraker/


http://www.edmondsartsfestival.com/

 
 
I recently came across an article from Wine Enthusiast stating the health benefits of wine. Now, I never need an excuse to indulge in the fermented juice of the grape but with these added benefits, well let’s just say it makes the indulgence that much sweeter. Here are a few highlight from the article which I sincerely hope you’ll read.

  • Increases Bone Density
  • Increases Good Cholesterol
  • Could Boost Memory
  • Slows Fat Cell Growth
  • Boost Sex Drive
  • Help Prevent Colon Cancer
  • Could Help Fight Wrinkles

http://www.wineenthusiast.com/

Wine Enthusiast “Head to Toe Health Benefits of Wine”
http://www.winemag.com/November-2014/Drink-to-Your-Health/index.php/cparticle/1

 
 
Dwell on Design has proven yet again to be a wealth of design inspiration. From interior craftsmen/women to jewelry designers you can find just about anything your heart desires. Dwell is a showcase for innovation in design as well as a learning tool for those seeking to be more environmentally conscientious without losing out on style. 

A few of my favorites are the custom craftsman tiles brought forth by artist/architect/tile maker Cha-Rie Tang. Her love of the Arts and Crafts movement is well admired in her work. http://www.pasadenacraftsmantile.com/

Then there is Laurel & Wolf, a place where professional interior designers are matched with clients in an accessible and affordable way. https://www.laurelandwolf.com/

Or how about the folks from GEOS creating recycled glass surfaces. I can't think of a better way to create beauty from waste. http://www.eos-surfaces.com/geos/

Colorhouse brings us non toxic wall color with zero VOC's, no toxic fumes or chemical solvents. These stunning colors can bring life to any space with the compounds that have been known to cause health risk. http://www.colorhousepaint.com/

Abundant in design inspiration there are too many good things happening at Dwell on Design
to list. But if your curious you'll have to wait until next year to check out the goods or if you happen to be in The Big Apple in the fall you can have your moment in the candy store of design.

                                                        http://www.dwellondesign.com/
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Delta Millworks - specialized lumber and millwork supplier.
 I absolutely love this!

http://www.deltamillworks.com/

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Delicious indeed! I'm all about the gold Marilyn wall paper. Trying to figure out how I can work this into my next design.

Flavor Paper - http://www.flavorpaper.com/

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Matt Locke - Infrastructure Art

This amazing wall art is a map of California constructed of solid copper wire, stapled by hand on rotary-cut red oak veneered plywood, custom stained with jet-black acetone dye.

http://www.mattlocke.com/

 
 
Sofa - Antoinette Sofa, Urban Outfitter Home
End Tables - Wilmington End Table in Oak, Amish Outlet Store
Pillows - Delinda Boutique
Lamps - Regina Andrew Silver Plated Stacked Ball Lamp
Rug - Pottery Barn Sisal rug
Art - Dana Lynch abstract
 
 
With the warm weather on its way its time to get reacquainted with the crisp libations of white wines. Summer parties are on there way and it might fun to know a few fun facts about some of our favorite wines.
  • This crisp white wine is actually produced from a red grape.
  • Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio refer to the same grape, just different languages. (Can you guess?)
  • The first to cultivate this varietal in the US is a little know state famous for it's Pinot Noir (close relative of Pinot Grigio)... The Beaver State.
 
 

Nature's Design

 

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