No pain, no gain…

I must begin by refuting my own title.  I gain weigh quite painlessly as I age.  Every stolen bite seems to find its way straight to my (non existent) waistline.  Trying to take it off, on the other hand, can be quite painful.  I digress.  My real point is this: have you ever been so … More No pain, no gain…

Unexpected lessons

So much of our lives is governed by the way we were raised: our moral code, our opinions on family, religion, politics–perhaps even the way we read a book. While that may sound overly simplistic or plain silly, I recently finished a book [The Poisonwood Bible] and feel like I just received a firm reprimand … More Unexpected lessons

Laughter of a child

The morning has been quite hectic.  Leaving a cruise ship is nothing like boarding one.  For those of you who have not cruised, I don’t mean to disillusion you, but once your days are up, the ship’s crew is eager to get you the heck off their ship so they can prepare for their next … More Laughter of a child

Your safe haven…

One of the things I liked most about my decorating career was seeing the finished product of another family’s safe haven.  I believe wholeheartedly that your home, whether is a large mansion or a tiny loft apartment, is your safe haven from the outside world.  It should reflect who you are, what matters most to … More Your safe haven…