High Desert Cabin: Before--The Kitchen

Like almost every home, working on the kitchen is a high priority with the cabin. While it has some great features, there are a few projects here that I know I will need to put at the top of my 'to do' list.


Cactus Garden in Old Southern California: Riverside Cactus Garden, 1920

I love old regional post cards, and this c. 1920 colored card is distinctive, with cacti that look alive with dancing, like something from Disney's Fantasia.  It was at gardens like this one in Riverside, CA, that southern California began it's romance with all things cactus.


Origami Tote: Easy to Sew Furoshiki Inspired Bag

This easy to sew tote bag is a wonderful furoshiki inspired shape.  Loosely termed an 'origami bag', it's made from one length of yardage and has endless looks, depending on the fabric and handle used to make it.  Origami totes have become popular, but how to make them is something of a mystery.


Home Decor Color Trends for 2016: Pantone Serenity & Rose Quartz

The home decor color's you'll see here are drawn from Pantone's 2016 color trend predictions. Blue in a tint called 'Serenity' is paired with a soft pink 'Rose Quartz'. For this year, a surprising set of two colors are emphasized, and while they are different, their soft tonality gives them similar visual weight when used inside the home.