Visions of Sugar Plums

This is me, age 6, 1985, performing in the Nutcracker Ballet for the first time.  My parents and brothers also had roles in the production so the many hours of rehearsals were a family affair.  I remember the thrill of hiding under that gigantic hoop skirt, watching the stilts carefully so I didn't get stepped …

Friday Five

Friday Five is a quick post of what has been top-of-mind for my family and I this week. Here we go! High School grades.  If you're a parent of teens, or have been through this stage, do you incentivize grades in your household?  Do you pay for A's, B's, etc?  Or do you take away …

2018 Favorites: Holiday Gift Guide

I LOVE this season! I love the open hearts, and seeking to bring joy to someone else.  In my own family, I try my best to keep it simple and meaningful.  I have gone by the saying, "Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read", for many years, and even still, …

Where do you put the fear?

I've been sitting on a looonnnggg list of post drafts.  Incomplete paths of thought that just sit, waiting.  And I'm not really sure why they are incomplete, or waiting.  It's just that I never quite feel they are finished, up to par, or worthy of sharing.  It's something--another thing--on my list of parts of my …

Dream Home

This tub.  I need to be there.  The views, the space, the light, the windows...I swoon.  The designer of this space, Martha Cannon, has been on my radar my whole life...since I was 8.  Someday.  Someday, I will get to have her design a home for me.  I love her style.  Designing a home is …

More Than I Could Have Hoped For

I picked a word at the beginning of the year.  You know, a word that would be the theme of my year.  Maybe it was a trendy thing, or I saw an inspired instagrammer who shared how their one word had helped them.  Maybe I read a book about choosing a word, I can't know.  But …

Violinists don’t get manicures…

In my whole lifetime, I have probably been to the nail salon less times than I can count on one hand. Not for my wedding. Maybe two times visiting my sister in LA because her nail lady was so cheap and "amazing". Once with my daughter when we moved away from England. I think that's …

Chez Nous, la deuxième

My own thoughts on moving well? I am still learning, and if I am totally honest with myself, I am finding that it is getting harder with each move. I crave comfort and familiarity more and more. Yes, I love adventure and new places to explore! I love a challenge. I love meeting such diverse …

Chez Nous, part 1

Chez nous means 'our house', or more technically, 'near us'. It's such a common phrase in speaking French, and I love the familiarity and intimacy it suggests. Near us, in our hearts, in our home. Chez nous, moving to a new place is a constant and familiar process.  One that we have done oh-so-many times, …

Talent is…

"You are so talented!" Have you heard this before? Anyone with an outwardly apparent skill likely has, and certainly anyone in the arts. The fruits of the painter, the musician, the carpenter, the crafter, the decorator, the dancer, are always recognized as talent. A younger me would have nodded graciously in agreement at the compliment, "You're …