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The past month has been eventful for me!  First, I was preparing for our Journey to Vieques, then I went to my parent’s house to help install flooring (story to come), and then I went to NJ for Maria Killam’s True Colour Expert™ Workshop.


Continuing education is a vital component in the ever evolving world of interior design.  Fortunately, Valerie and I belong to the Interior Redecorators Network™, which has been an incredible resource for us.


Maria Killam reviewing one of our classroom exercises.

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I finally got around to having new photos taken for my profile picture last month.  The photo I am currently using for this blog, facebook and my business website (theRoomStylist.com) is at least 4 years old.

I’ve never been one to stay stuck in the past or want to hang on to my youth.  I always like whatever age I am.   Continue reading


From Seattle, Vieques is a journey.  Since we had a 12 hour commute, we took the red eye so we could sleep on the way to our destination and not lose a day of sun and fun in paradise.  I am a great airplane sleeper, but this time I hardly slept a wink!

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Prerequisite reading for my upcoming True Color Expert™ training with Maria Killam.

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In memory of the 36th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ volcanic eruption, I found this photo taken of me (in front) and my two childhood besties, Nancy and Sarah, from one of our families’ Mount. St. Helens play days.


Our parents, my sister Amy, and Nancy and Sarah’s grandma were not in this picture, but they were there, too.  The day this photo was taken, Nancy and Sarah’s mom was so pregnant with their little sister, Krissy, that she was about to pop.

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With too much to do and too little time, I was able to whip up only two pieces of clothing for our tropical vacation.  The eyelet swing dress was fairly simple, but I chose to line it, which meant I had to think things through.  Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but I was feeling slightly under the weather and couldn’t concentrate.


My floral swing dress.

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Netting Curtains

Part 3 ~ So Cal Garden Tour:

My friend Diane used to have the most romantic cottage garden I had ever seen.  The front garden was surrounded by a storybook white picket fence with a gated arbor covered in climbing roses.  The fragrance from lavender, roses and geraniums seemed to be perennial.  There were pathways weaving through clematis, lobelia, hydrangeas and all plants romantic.  I once got to help deadhead the garden, which was heaven to me.


Several years ago, realizing that the picket fence was in need of serious rehab and that the garden was not exactly native and drought friendly, she tore everything out and started anew.  The only plant she kept in the front yard, from the romantic garden, was the gorgeous, gigantic hydrangea bush.


Di lives in the inner city (she aptly calls it “the hood”) where there is a constant bombardment of action and noise.  After she bought her home, over half of the sweet old craftsman houses were leveled and replaced with unattractive apartment buildings, forever changing the peaceful, calm nature of her hood.

1920s Craftsman Bungalow

Di’s 1920s Craftsman Bungalow

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