Friday’s Photo: New Hampshire hidden beauty

Today’s Friday Photo is a throw back to our July 4th vacation just before I started chemotherapy. Nature has always been my grounding force and this glorious mountain lake was deep in the mountains and reached after about an hour of hiking. It was a perfect glorious day and a sight too pretty not to share.

Mountain lake

Mountain lake

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy these last few weeks of Summer.

Friday’s Photo: Best colors for a windowless room

Most people believe they should paint the walls in a dark or windowless room a light color. It seems counter intuitive but just the opposite is true. If there is no natural light, such as in a basement, the best way to treat the walls is to paint them a rich dark color. Without natural light, walls that are painted a light color will simply look lifeless and dingy.

“A light color will never come to life in a dark room but a rich, deep color can make a dim, somber space feel warm and luminous – even though it receives no natural light.” Donald Kaufman


The secret to keep the room from looking like a cave is to use plenty of light or bright colors in the rest of the space. Light furniture, a light carpet, bright artwork and most important, lots and lots of artificial light. Table lamps, floor lamps, and ceiling lights are absolutely essential in a dark windowless room.


Friday’s Photo: Is this art?

There is a video that recently went viral showing Joshua Bell, a world class violinist playing in the NYC subway system. Bell is one of the most celebrated and gifted musicians of our time but because he was out of context people just walked by as he played and gave little notice.

Years ago I walked into a modern art show at a Boston gallery. There was a drill and a tool belt laying on the floor in the corner. I looked at it for the longest time trying to decide if it was part of the exhibit of just left there temporarily by a worker. It really didn’t matter, the point is, art can be and is absolutely everywhere. We don’t have to be at a museum or art gallery to “see” art.

rusty mailboxWMI know everyone is in agreement that nature is the most amazing art of all but what about simple everyday objects? What if my neighbor’s rusting mail box is the most spectacular work of art the world has never seen? Look at the colors, the textures and the complexity of layers. To me it is a masterpiece…what do you think?  Is it art?


Friday’s Photo: fabric eye candy

I happen to be at a local fabric store last week and was stopped in my tracks by this beautiful hand embroidered silk bird fabric. I don’t know if you have noticed but birds are trending in home decor.  My cell phone photo doesn’t do the fabric justice but trust me, it is to die for!

calico corners bird fabric

Calico Corners: Style: Verona, Color: Cognac


Wouldn’t this be fabulous on the back of dining room chairs? While I’m on the topic of fabric check back next Tuesday for more fabric eye candy as I highlight Boston designer Mally Skok and her gorgeous line of bespoke fabric.

Have a great weekend everyone!

I made it through round two of chemo this week. Three weeks down, only nine more weeks to go!

Friday’s Photo: Gratitude, friends and a tiara

Since being diagnosed with Cancer I have felt gratitude every day. I am grateful for good medical care, access to healthy food and a supportive family. Most of all though I am grateful for friends.

I am grateful for all the emails, cards, gifts, and inspirational FB postings. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t wake up to either an email, text or FB message just checking in asking how I am doing. I read and re-read them on days I am feeling down and they lift my spirits.  I am grateful for Facebook friends who have gone through chemo and have shared remedies and tips for coping with the unpleasant side effects.

I honestly believe it is all this support that is helping me get through this without too much difficulty.

Lastly, I am beyond grateful for these lovely ladies. Not only did they willingly give up their Saturday to come and help me shave my head (before it fell out in clumps) but they arrived with a bucket of champagne, food, party hats and my very own tiara. They turned what would have been a traumatic experience into a day of fun.


I don’t think there is anyone on the planet that has more to be grateful more than me.

Have a great weekend everyone and take time to be grateful!


Friday’s Photo: DIY wall art

Here is a clever DIY wall art idea that I saw while at Spring market. A collection of vintage National Geographic magazines used not only as the art work but for added color in this otherwise neutral room.

Magazines as artwork

Magazines as artwork

Wouldn’t this be perfect for a basement where there are often long expanses of windowless walls?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Chemo week one: So many of you have been so incredibly kind to reach out and inquire how I am handling the chemo and wondering how I am feeling. Here is a quick summary of week one for those who are interested. I had four good days, two days of feeling like crap and one day that felt like I went to the most awesome party of my life (that I have no memory of) drank 2-3 bottles of champagne, danced non-stop all night, at some point fell out of a second story window, then for some reason went to bed with a ball of tinfoil in my mouth. Obviously I am joking but let me just say day three of chemo is not for wimps! 

Luckily, my team will tweak my meds so that I can skip this “morning after party” next time around. One week down, eleven to go!


Friday’s Photo: A moment in time

With all that has gone on in my life over the past month with being diagnosed with breast Cancer and trying to clear my plate as much as possible for what is to (has) come, my blog has sadly taken somewhat of a back seat.  I do intend at the very least to continue to share a design, color or just pretty image for my weekly Friday Photo. Today I thought I would share a peaceful meditative spot from our vacation in New Hampshire a couple weeks ago.

Franconia New Hampshire

Franconia New Hampshire

Nature for me is clearly what grounds me and fills my soul with joy. Just looking at this image my blood pressure lowers and I feel renewed.

Breath in the fresh air and have a great weekend everyone!

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