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Day in LA…part 1

Los Angeles is rarely my destination of choice…however….a friend, a concert and the promise of an Italian meal tipped the scales.

the restaurant

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housed in a former bank building, the juxtaposition of grand architecture and contemporary decor…arresting

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open kitchen, pantry, and liquor cabinet…all fascinating.

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Intrigued by the design elements, I neglected to get a picture of the best lemon pasta ever!!!!

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Farrow & Ball *footnote

Farrow & Ball paints not only offer amazing color choices…the names are highly entertaining!!!

Pictured:  Down Pipe – Sugar Bag Light – Arsenic – Hound Lemon – Mouse’s Back – Dead Salmon – Smoked Trout – Savage Ground – Clunch

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Also:  Mole’s BreathChurlish Green –  Elephant’s Breath

Love the English wit!!!

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White is the new color

Each year Benjamin Moore Paints declares the color of the year…for 2016:  Simply White

Defining color as ‘the quality of an object or substance with respect to the light reflected by it’, hence ‘the object or substance defined as white reflects nearly all light’.

In the design world Webster is not the definitive player.  The definition of ‘white’ can be in the eye of the beholder…or  the imagination of the mysterious person(s) who assigns names to paint colors.  Introduced to Farrow & Ball Colours on a trip to England over 15 years ago – before they had a significant presence in the US – I marveled at the variety of colors with ‘white’ in the name…

lime white, old white, wall white, hardwick white, new white, white tie…to name a few…

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(variations illustrated here by Essie)

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Having always been a fan of white, I feel the pull back to clean ‘white’ walls, trim, ceilings…even floors!

Using white-on-white calls for a nuanced overall design, using texture, weave, and sheen for sophistication and interest.

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source:  brightcd on Flickr

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source:  Cottage Living

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source:  unknown

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 Are you tempted to go white???

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Homepieces signature neutrals

Are you getting a sense of the place???

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Really quite small, filled with pieces having lived life alongside their owners, now waiting to bring new life to another space.

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Focused, carefully curated, each piece an individual treasure.

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Always such a joy to visit Miss Vicki – to see beauty through her eyes.

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I’ll be back in August for another family event in Crossroads!!!

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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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Postcard from the library

Summer reading at Nona’s for my favorite little people!

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