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My Favorite Things in 2014

This was a busier than usual holiday season with all the kids and spouses (and a new fiance!) home.  So I’m just now taking a few moments to ponder some favorite things from 2014.  Perhaps you too are finding this Friday more about retrospection than resolutions.  If so, you might also be thinking about some [...]

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Friday Things: The Early December Edition

Shopgirl hanging Christmas lights

I love the early days of December when everything seems possible, don’t you? The Christmas carols that irritated me in stores two weeks ago seem festive now.   Spending time in the kitchen making artful cookies is creative fun. Dressing up to go out with friends feels like a treat. And I’m confidant that somehow [...]

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Friday Things Considered: Forceful or Foolish?

Heading out on the hike

Reading this essay about a woman asking for a better table when given a crummy one made me think about a recent failed attempt at being more forceful. Claire was in town from the frigid East and wanted to spend every minute of the weekend out in the sun.  So we drove over to Point [...]

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Design Book Review: Remodelista

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All right.  Time to stop getting distracted by stocking stuffers and get down to serious gift-buying.  If you’re giving to someone who leans towards contemporary design on a less than stratospheric budget, consider the collection of well-edited designs presented in Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home (Artisan). The book culls ideas from the popular [...]

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Design Book Review: Suzanne Tucker Interiors – The Romance of Design

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I don’t know about you, but I’m finally tuning in to the holiday calendar and starting to think about gifts for friends and family. Right now I’m considering several recently released design books as possible gifts. Over the next few weeks I’ll share some favorites in hopes of helping you whittle down your own gift [...]

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Weathering Summer

July Garden Bouquet

Forget the flowers in your hair, if you’re coming to San Francisco be sure to bring a sweater.  Especially in the summer. Because of the summer fog it’s more than coolish here, it’s downright cold.  Which makes this fair-skinned Idaho transplant very happy. I love a rainy winter day the best, but a foggy summer [...]

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Why I Love Travel

Virgin America Plane Wing Tip

Will tomorrow find you lighting sparklers in your childhood backyard or someplace entirely new? Maybe you’re staying put for the 4th but packing your bags for later in the summer.  Lucky you!  Despite the hassles of modern travel, there’s still nothing like Getting Away From It All to shake things up for the better. Here [...]

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Travel Trouble

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Flipping through the June issue of Vanity Fair on my way out to D.C. last week I noted that when actress Christine Baranski was asked what she considered the lowest depth of misery she said “Being stuck indefinitely in an airport when I’m desperate to get home.”  Amen, sista! Take yesterday. After an action-packed few [...]

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Friday Things Considered

Father & Son watching boats on the beach in Fort Lauderdale

I’m just back from a long weekend in Miami where I enjoyed the surf and sun and wondered what this world is coming to.  Everywhere I looked people were ignoring the lovely sites around them and glued to their smartphones.  Perhaps they’re just better at multi-tasking than me, but it seems that if you can’t [...]

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Friday Things Considered: The Easter Edition

Spring Green

Reading about how a walk in nature can relieve brain fatigue (no kidding) makes me even more grateful to be surrounded by rejuvenating spring greens this time of year. Other things that perked me up this week: 1. These charming Coach videos of old and young fashionistas playing dress up together  (via Advanced Style). 2. [...]

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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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