January 2, 2013 · 5:38 pm
For the first time since the children were small and Christmas was magically reflected in their eyes, I was reluctant to take down our Christmas tree. Why? The total answer is complex, but here is a piece: as pictured in an earlier post, traditional ornaments were replaced with beloved family objects on the tree. Somehow, they spoke to my soul. Remembrances of family long departed, quirky bits that I love, children’s belongings that speak of a past chapter of my life…..beautiful together.
I step into the new year with so much to cherish from the past, so much to anticipate in the coming year….with gratitude. In whatever chapter or circumstance of life we find ourselves, ‘gratitude turns what we have into enough’.
December 19, 2012 · 8:06 pm
Christmas on the coast of California can look a bit different! We love a white Christmas too – the white of sun-bleached driftwood, coral and starfish, and white roses blooming in December, along with bits of red and green.
Even in California the message of the season remains the same.
December 18, 2012 · 10:21 pm
December 15, 2012 · 8:11 pm
Part of the joy of the Christmas season for me is working with family and friends to help create the warm and welcoming atmosphere they want in their homes. These hearths reflect the diversity of those who live with them.
The above mantle designed in conjunction with and fabricated by Micheal Parks Construction, the firescreen fabricated by Santa Barbara Forge & Iron