Cinco de Mayo Tablescapes

Nothing says “fiesta like there’s no mañana” more than Cinco de Mayo tablescapes. One thing they all have in common: COLOR! In addition to all the colorful & yummy Mexican foods, colors explode from piñatas, tissue paper flowers, serape table runners, and Talavera dishes. You can’t have too much color on Cinco de mayo tablescapes!…

Closet Design Ideas for the Master Bedroom

This post contains affiliate links. Phew! I just finished designing our master bedroom closet and I think that was probably hardest thing I’ve ever had to design! Now I know why professional organizers charge so much for their closet design ideas!! Before I put mouse to software (Chief Architect Home Designer® Architectural) I spent a…

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

This post contains affiliate links. Even though our house is still(!) under construction, Spring has me thinking of gardening. In addition to all the landscaping that will be going in, I’m planning to have a raised bed vegetable garden. Last weekend I was at my friend, Linda Bounds’, house touring her raised bed vegetable garden…

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…