Category Archives: Inspiration

More inspiration from Homepieces

Delighting in the signature neutral palette so seamlessly woven throughout the shop, as well as the paint brush bouquets….

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imagine my surprise when these artist’s palettes were produced from behind the counter!!IMG_1618

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Homepieces:  always a place to find inspiration!!!

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If cutting boards could talk…

Christmas at Crossroads, of course, included a visit to Miss Vicki at Homepieces in McKinney- always on the cutting edge of casual home design…her unerring eye captures the latest trend…cutting boards!

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the tales these boards could tell…

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perhaps of the aroma of freshly baked bread…

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or of the succulent heaviness of aged fruitcake…

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of the hands fashioning their design,

or of the journey bringing them to this particular place;

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now looking for a new home and new tales to tell.

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‘Backyard’ treasures: part 1

‘Right in my own back yard’…a cliche, yes… but so true!

a day trip with a dear friend, mere miles from home

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Thomas Aquinas College

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on the grounds:  Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

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a quiet, prayerful moment spent here…

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Ojai Road, Santa Paula, California

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Granting grace…

Human communication……flawed at best. 

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Many years ago, adopting a phrase used often by a dear friend, changed my internal reaction and verbal response to what I hear…when I make the choice to ‘grant grace’.

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Granting grace………allowing that unseen circumstance, past experience, present situation may influence the words spoken and how the words are heard.

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Grace:  Webster’s definition 9 a.  – the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.

Choosing to grant grace…even when perceived to be unmerited:  freeing, loving, elegant, attractive, merciful…

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the grace of a new dawn……freely given with love

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May your day be filled with moments of grace – granted and received.

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Tres Coyotes

Calling me with their chatter to the upstairs deck, then retreating into the lemon orchard…so grateful for their summons…

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left to watch the creativity of the Master Designer…

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‘…for the beauty of the skies…’

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Consider this: redefining the dining room

I recently came across a book entitled ‘Orange is the New Black‘.  Although the reference is to prison attire, my mind was sent spinning off into my world of design…...orange is the new red, this is the new that, the living room is the new dining room….really???  To be honest, I had already been toying with the idea of switching these two rooms in my house.

Times have changed…we are older, the children are busy and stretched, their children are young…all of which adds up to early evenings when we are together.  We now find ourselves lingering at the dinner table, then calling it a night.  So the dining room has taken on a new life….comfortable chairs borrowed from the living room, youth chairs and high chairs corralling small bodies, table top covered with butcher paper, containers of crayons and markers replacing center pieces.  An added bonus – a fireplace in the dining room!

The piano still sits comfortably in its alcove, now in the dining room;

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the welsh dresser remains in its accustomed spot, anchoring the new living room space.

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The chandelier,

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once over the dining table, now right at home over the coffee table.

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Adding a smallish white fluffy rug here will bring the room together.

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Rearranging and repurposing accessories adds freshness.

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We have yet to see how the new spaces ‘live’.  Reaction to the changes by some family members has fallen short of full-blown enthusiasm; perhaps this will change after the next family dinner……

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Fresh produce + fresh seafood = summer in Seattle

Again from Pike Place Market  – inspiration!!!!

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have you tried garlic scapes???

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A virtual visual feast!!!

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