Master Bedroom Design for Cantasita

Even before I designed the floor plan for Cantasita (yes, we named our house) I found this photo of a master bedroom design and it became my inspiration. I just love the simple elegance of this room! While I do love damask, the brown & white damask used in the drapes and pillows was too…

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Party

Just because the kids have moved out it doesn’t mean all the holiday festivities have to stop! How about throwing a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail party?! No big sit-down dinner. Just a few friends, cocktails, appetizers, and a sweet or two. Grownup -style. Let’s get this party started! Decorations for the St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail…

Flooring Design – Getting It Nailed Down

There are so many decisions to make when building or renovating a home! Get your flooring design nailed down early in the design process. It will make all the other design decisions a lot easier. Flooring – prefinished hardwood, laminate, linoleum, tile, carpet, etc. – are permanent features that will affect your color scheme. I…

Talavera Tile Mural – Tiling for Beginners

A Talavera tile mural is a stunning piece of art for your home. Used indoors or outside, they add color and character to a home. I am using a few tile murals in our Spanish style home: in the kitchen, by the front door and on the loggia. However, laying out these handmade murals can…

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe for Grownups

What’s better than the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich? I’m not talking about the kind for kids made with white bread and American cheese. This grilled cheese sandwich recipe is for grownups and made with delectable smoked cheddar cheese, hearty sourdough bread and lots of butter. Total. Comfort. Food. If you’re on a…

Create a Mood Board Fast, Easy & FREE!

Mood boards. You’ve heard everyone talking about them. You’ve seen on blogs and in magazines. Designers use them to present their room design to a client. And if you’re building a house or just redoing a room, you should use a mood board too. A mood board is “an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of…

Aging in Place – Designing a Home for the Future

Aging in place is “the ability to live in one’s own home… safely, independently and comfortably” according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Given a choice, most folks over 65 would prefer living in their own home as they grow older. About 14.5% of the U.S. population is over 65 years old…

The Tomato Soup Recipe that Won His Heart

My Tomato Soup Recipe Confession I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I cheated… I used my tomato soup recipe to snag my husband! Back when I was dating Sir CB and knew he was a keeper, I pulled out the big guns to win his heart. We all know the way…