Category Archives: Style

Winter Reads

Mauve hellebores on closer inspection

The sun is hiding today.  Taking a rest from all those brilliant days and exquisite sunsets we had through the holidays.  I peeked outside at the mauve hellebores barely visible in the fog before scurrying back inside to pick up a new book someone thought I’d like for Christmas or an old favorite that nobody [...]

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Now That Was a Great Eclipse

Total Eclipse of the Sun, August 21, 2017 by David Kimball

When my brother Bruce sent an email to the whole family telling us that this summer there would be a total eclipse of the sun visible from mom’s backyard, I thought “big whoop.”  I mean, I’d seen a few partial lunar eclipses before and they were interesting but not life-changing.  Nevertheless, a major celestial event [...]

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Where I’ve Been

Touring the Gertrude Jekyll designed garden at Upton Grey

Goodness gracious, it seems like forever since I’ve posted.  Several readers have reached out to me wondering if things were all right in my world.  Just letting you know that indeed they are.  I’ve been traveling a lot, working on my book and best of all, welcoming a new grandchild.  I’ve shared much of this [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Daffodils Edition

Pink Charm charming in pots

This weekend I’ll be celebrating Easter with family and friends.  We should have a break in the rain which means there will be a chance to point out the pink dogwood and white wisteria in bloom.  Alas, the five hundred daffodils we planted in December are almost gone.  I’m sorry they won’t be here to [...]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sugar Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Hope you’re spending it with people you love doing things you love. MJ has a teaching commitment tonight so I made Valentine cookies for him to share with his students and we frosted them together after enjoying a pre-Valentine’s dinner out.  Note that I spread the frosting to the edges.  He tried [...]

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Kitty Cat Hats

Completed Pussy Hat plus another one started

Perhaps some of you are participating in the Women’s Marches being held around the country this weekend.  If so, you might be wondering just what to wear.  Many women will be sporting pink knit hats, otherwise known as “pussy hats.”  I’m blushing a little just writing that out–which may be why it took me so [...]

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween 2016
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Making a Difference with DIFFA 2016

For Bay Area readers, the holiday party season kicks off with a festive fundraiser supporting the UCSF Positive Health Program and DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS).  Funds raised help care for men, women and children with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. In the past, DIFFA has sponsored a gala evening showcasing tableware displays. This year, [...]

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Ever Green Design

I’ve written about a number of eco-friendly homes over the years but this beautiful remodel by architect Sherry Williamson has to be one of the most stylish.  You can read more about the overall project in the current (October 2016) issue of Diablo Magazine, but I’m sharing a few photos here along with some ideas [...]

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Friday Things: The Photo Editing Edition

Manipulated Anemone Photo

Yesterday I attended an iPhone photo editing workshop by Seattle-based photographer David Perry.  The workshop was sponsored by my local chapter of the Garden Club of America of which I’m a new member. I can tell already that this will be a fun group to hang out with—garden ladies are the best! I thought I’d [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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    • Left our modern hotel to explore Seoul’s past at the Bukchon Hanok Village where houses from the turn of the last century mix it up with hipster shops like the black and white photography studio where we practiced our best Seoul-ful expressions. Elsewhere in the village more tourists dressed up in traditional hanboks—like this Chinese woman wearing sunglasses and carrying a Chanel handbag—set up tripods for atmospheric selfies. We explored several intact homes with artfully frozen plantings and  wrote New Year’s wishes to be strung up then ceremonially burned later. Navigating our way through the charming but crowded neighborhood filled with “be quiet” notices on front gates we decided that living here would be like living on Lombard Street in San Francisco. After a traditional lunch of many small delicacies we wandered through pottery, furniture and textile shops in Insadong. At one point, police escorted paraders past us carrying American and South Korean flags and we wondered if this was some protest against the North?