Monday, May 25, 2015

Houzz Tour | Richard Murray

Last week, I published a home tour on Houzz which might be my absolute favorite home ever. For artists, book lovers or nature enthusiasts, this home takes the cake. This astonishing live / work home and art studio is the brain child of animal portraitist, Richard Murray.

An excerpt from the article:

Eagle Valley is a small but verdant pocket of land tucked along the south end of the Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon. The area is home to generations of cattle ranchers, orchardists, fisherman and farmers. Richard Murray resides at the base of the valley. However, unlike his neighbors, he does not use his land to produce organic beef, lamb or pit fruit. His product is art.

See the full article and all of the photos HERE.

A huge "thank you" to Richard Murray for graciously hosting me.
See the full article and all of the photos HERE.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

First Harvest | Garden Report

Onions, beans, kale, chard and an assortment of herbs are all popping up in the garden. And in two weeks we'll also have tomatoes and cucumbers ready to go. It's been such a lovely experience watching the fruits of our labor swell and grow right before our very eyes.

What's coming up in your garden this week?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What do I really want to wear?

I'm not interested in wearing anything in my closet. When I wake up in the morning, my first thought is, "Great! Which ill fitting, awkward outfit do I want to wear today?" Well, no more! I'm tired of looking at my weird mix of clothing, agonizing over what to wear and then wearing the same old jeans and cardigan.

This weekend, I'm having a closet sale for my neighborhood. I have some really lovely stuff, but it's just not for me. As part of my capsule wardrobe project and my sewing aspirations, I'm getting rid of everything I don't love, wear or fit into right now. That means most everything in my closet is going to go. There's nothing like a clean slate to get your inspirational juices flowing. Selling my entire wardrobe is step one. Step two is answering the following question: What do I really want to wear?

Well, it goes a little something like this...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Early 19th Century Craftsman Homes

Lately, I've been missing the bungalow lined streets of Seattle's Queen Anne, Capitol Hill and Wallingford neighborhoods. And yesterday, I happened upon Antique Home Style, a website that features hundreds of original floor plans and elevation drawings. I've always understood homes as a reflection of society's values. That's why its so fascinating to watch residential architecture change over the decades - it reveals a set of shifting values. The Arts & Crafts era of architecture has always resonated with me. Take a look...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Café Life

It takes a certain kind of city to support a real coffee house. I'm not talking about sitting at a Starbucks, I'm talking about real café life: the birth place of revolutions, manifestos, subversive books, underground periodicals, music, art and all things counter-culture. My current home city, Dallas TX, seems to be without a serious café scene. Please... someone... recommend your favorite Dallas café !


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Baby Ducks

Well, they're not exactly ducks. They're actually the Common Texas Gallinule. Regardless, they're adorable and they were on my front lawn this morning. So in lieu of our regular programming, I thought I'd share the fuzzy, spring-fling cuteness.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Case for Rest

Last week, I was in a cabin near Lake Tahoe. I was resting. For the first time in a few years, I slept. I really slept. Twelve, thirteen hours a night. I took naps. I plopped into bed in the middle of the day and fell easily and fast asleep for one, two, even three hours.

I'm a work-at-home mama. I have two young children, one of whom is a high energy special needs child. I am "on" all of the time. I'm in bed at midnight or 1am and I'm up at 5am to the sounds of children, dogs and a small urban homestead. Don't get me wrong - it's wildly rewarding. But I miss sleeping.

Rest. Restoration. Sleep. Quiet. Oxygen. Darkness. Comfort. 
It's more important now than at any other time in my life.
I must, somehow, get more rest.