Home Remodel

 We re-did our home in 2012 a couple years after purchasing a small ranch that needed an update. The project included a complete remodel inside and out, as well as an addition for a foyer and office. As an artist, I had every intention of driving the design and color choices. My husband and I were intimately involved from the onset with the builder, room layouts and window placements. Central to the plan was the decision to bring as much light as we could into a dark interior.
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Naturally Stunning Throw Pillows

I love trying out my beautiful hosta throw pillows in different places. People worry about integrating unusual colors or prints into a living space. I get that. All the pieces have to work well together or you have chaos- which isn’t exactly comfortable when you’re trying to relax after a long day. Paola Pillows are extroverts.
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Late Summer Colors

There are so many different green colors this late in summer. If you’re lucky, you’ll still find snatches of bright orange and red. I didn’t tend garden this year and have lost most of my color to green weeds!
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Best Buds

Ever seen butterflies that match their flowers? Each August I get a kick out of these two. They seem to know intuitively when the other is around. Norah Jones has another way of saying it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlVpVIeY74U
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Crazy for sunflowers

I’m crazy about sunflowers. The “big” ones. There’s something about the size of a sunflower that accentuates its complexity. When possible, I like to raise sunflowers from seed. This first photo represents the way I’d always thought of them. Yellow, bright, strong and independent. Having grown them for several years, I can confirm that they’re all of that and more.
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Mixing it up in home décor

A fun quote you’ll enjoy  from Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren: “In some ways, interior design is like baking. It takes precise measurements and very specific proportions for your results to be a success. In other ways, design is more like cooking. You can add a pinch of this or a dash of that, or even make last-minute substitutions based on the contents of your pantry or work without a written recipe and still get amazing results. Mixing textiles and patterns falls somewhere in the middle. There are some rules you can work with, but often you have
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Is it art, or is it a pillow?

Does it hang on the wall or sit in the small of your back and bring you comfort at the end of a long day? I’ve intentionally placed my new pillow, “Full Bloom,” in a place of honor in the living room. Art can be both beautiful and functional. Strong and tender. Like an old love song.
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Let’s Get Lost

It’s been difficult keeping up with my blog the last few weeks – too much going on here. Summer has been so taken up with planning and getting ready to post my pillows for sale. It’s been hard not to be able to weed or take photos outside. I was listening to Pandora and got pulled into reading about the life of Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker, Jr. jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and vocalist. He was incredibly tenacious considering his longstanding addiction to drugs. Very impressive artist. I almost enjoy the visual as much as the music in this 1964 version of
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