My Fashion Week

I’m always following Fashion Week but my favorite is this week in Paris. So many beautiful clothes! So with clothes on my mind, I have been anxiously waiting for my new fall sweater to arrive & it did yesterday! The Gap has always been a go to for me. I spotted this sweater and had to have it. My name starts with a “G” and it is now my Super “G” sweater- love it!



New Orleans inspired

I know I have NOLA on my mind- headed there in a few weeks for first time. So excited! I whipped up a sausage and collard greens pasta dish with lots of pepper spice & a local favorite in season – Walla Walla sweet onion. Getting ready for some real Cajun food.


Sunday French Toast Heaven

I adore French Toast. But it never seems to crisp up the way I like. Until today! Found a great recipe on Food Republic website- to crisp up toast just add a tablespoon of flour to the normal egg/milk mix. Recipe called for citrus zest and vanilla as well. It was deliciously crisp.

The recipe used fresh berries for topping but I added my own twist by adding Fage yogurt, apricot preserves and fresh apricots topped with maple syrup. Just add bacon and you have perfect brunch.



When we bought our house it was full of some pretty amazing stuff. And some stuff that was a little weird- like old cactus plants, baskets from Mexico and a pump organ. One of the coolest things was old maps. The one below was hanging on the living room wall tacked up with pins. It shows the Long Beach peninsula as “North Beach”, the original name. The maps is from 1969. We also have an old folder full of National Geographic maps from 1930 & 40s.

We decided to build a frame for it because it is large (35 x 45 inches) and hang it in the newly remodeled bathroom. Perfect for our salvage motto – plus it looks cool!




Perfect Score

We went antiquing at Camas Antique mall over weekend. One of Steve’s friends owns the mall and it is a great resource & inspiration for different decors and collections. We found an amazing arts and crafts picture frame with an old photo of the now torn down Desdemona lighthouse near Astoria. Isn’t that a great name? Still a bar in Astoria named after her. Have to love history in a 200 year old town.


Inspiration -1920s Parisian Loft

When we decided to move to our beach house full time, one of my design concerns was closet and storage space. I have collected handbags, scarves, shoes, denim, jackets and other vintage clothing items for years. The answer to my closet was to take over a second bedroom and turn it into a dressing room with rolling closets and a vanity.

My style inspiration began when I found a website called Grey and Scout. The website is amazing for the breadth and scope of interior design it covers. Especially considering the creator is in Denver and lives in a mid- century modern home. Many of her posts are from Brooklyn, NY and Sweden. The colors and design are always inspirational.

My love of all things French/Parisian has always inspired me. So with a mix of black and white (very Coco Chanel) and clean line of Swedish/mid century pieces, I started envisioning a loft apartment in Paris. Incorporating all of my clothes on open racks and displaying by shoes and handbags made good use of storage and well as making the space seem like a boutique curated with all my favorite things.

I feel happy with the results so far but have more ideas to make the space work as a destination/retreat as I live in it full time. More rugs, a TV, a huge mirror and a chandelier are definitely in the next phase.