Friday, January 29, 2010


Thanks to Tampa-based blogger and designer Jaime Rogers for the post a couple of weeks back!

and Ashlina at Domestic Bliss

Jules at the Diversion Project 

and Style Key West once again!
Thank you! I hope that everyone has a great weekend. Can you believe it's almost February?  I've been so busy, the month has flown by. See you next week!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


The Novogratz family seems to be everywhere these days and with their new show on Bravo, slated to air in April, I don't think we'll be seeing any less of them anytime soon. That's a good thing. I am fascinated by this couple who seem to possess an endless amount of style, creativity, verve and above all, ENERGY! Recently, their company, Sixx Design, sent me their book "Sixx Design - Downtown Chic". I found it a refreshing departure from a lot of typical, dry and scholarly tomes on renovation and design. This book is colorfully and heavily illustrated with great photos, not only of their amazingly ambitious and eclectic projects, but also of their adorable brood of seven children.
The Novogratz's have a way of turning the sometimes downtrodden concept of a large family on it's ear and they seem to infuse everything with a great deal of life and enthusiasm. Perhaps it's the way they refuse to do anything "by the book", but reading their book definitely piqued my interest in becoming more familiar with Sixx Design and watching their upcoming reality TV program. Are they designers? Renovators? Actors? Models? A family or a brand? I think they are all that and more, but check out their website and book and judge for yourself.

Monday, January 25, 2010


(photo by Bilde)
I just wanted to send out my very heartiest and most sincere "Happy Birthday" to my beloved Grandfather on his 92nd birthday!! As some of you know from this post, it's an extra special blessing that he is still with us and I want him to know just how much I love, appreciate and admire him for the exceptional human being that he is, both in public and private. I am so proud of you, Grandpa, and sending you all my love on your special day!

Friday, January 22, 2010


Here's "Queen with Chevrons", an original mixed media piece.
My latest - a paper and acrylic on board painting. Features an aqua hand-cut silhouette of Queen Elizabeth 2 on an pink, orange and white chevron-patterned background. Great graphic quality! Measures 12x12 inches with a 2 inch profile that is painted with a pink wash, gallery style. Complete with protective finish and wire and groove on back for hanging. Signed and dated by artist on back. A great piece to banish the Winter doldrums and brighten your room or office - more photos and price here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


One of the things I love most about my job is the opportunities I have to be in on surprising loved ones with special gifts. This settee was commissioned by a client in Houston as a gift for her sister. She sent me the scan of an old polaroid and asked that I immortalize this delicate family piece. How's that for a thoughtful sister? I'd love to collaborate with you on a special surprise for someone - please contact me here for details and pricing.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Return of the hippos from Capucha on Vimeo.

I couldn't resist sharing this from my favorite little French girl. I hope it makes you smile!

Friday, January 15, 2010


I now have a still photo of my print that was featured in this scene in "It's Complicated". The same print is available here.

I want to offer a huge thank you to the ladies of the Skirted Round Table (Joni Webb, Megan Arquette and Linda Merrill) for their very kind mention during their interview this week with Academy Award nominee, Set Decorator, Beth Rubino. I also want to thank Nancy Meyers, Beth Rubino, and super-nice assistant
Kate Yatsko for including my print in the film!!
If you get a chance, go and listen to the podcast and get the inside scoop on the design/decoration side of movie production with one of the most prominent professionals in the industry. Beth decorated the set for  many blockbuster films, including "Something's Gotta Give" and her latest, "It's Complicated".
I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Thank you to Pink Preppy Partygirl for featuring my matchboxes from Shandell's

Elegance Redefined  for featuring my new "Domestic Bliss" print

and new blog Style Key West for the props!

then, there's California-based art teacher Tisha Smith who based an art lesson on my chairs.

and once again, Sarah at Flourish Design & Style featured my new print in her "Hint of Pink" post.

Thank you!   
I SO appreciate all of you.

I would also like to thank Yvonne Rosenfield of La Petite Gallery for nominating me for a "Kreative Blogger" award. I am supposed to share 7 things about myself and nominate 7 more bloggers.
I so admire Yvonne for her spunk and for being adventurous enough in her 70's to take up blogging - she's amazing!
Ok, here in no particular order, are 7 things about me:

1) I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but I definitely have a fondness for Bob's peppermint sticks
2) I know I am hardly any paragon of hipness but I still can't wrap my head around the whole "Twilight" craze. I just don't get it - it creeps me out, esp. the wolf bit. End of rant.
3) I am fairly opinionated, but try to keep it to myself most of the time (unless asked!)
4) I once ate an entire deviled crab, shell and eyes included. I was 4 and ate whatever was set before me. Ouch.
5) I generally open doors in public with my foot or a paper towel. Yes, I am a germaphobe, too. I have been called "Howard Hughes" on more than 1 occasion by a rather unkind person. I promise I am not that bad. Am I?
6) I still like McDonald's french fries once in a while, with plenty of salt.
7) I never sneeze just once.......9 times in a row is my all-time record.
I am going to nominate the following blogs for a Kreative Blogger award:
Design's for You
Sound of Lace
79 Ideas
La Dolfina
Southern Comfort in a Northern Life 

Monday, January 11, 2010


A client from Raleigh, North Carolina commissioned this home portrait and I fell in love with the traditional American facade and beautiful landscape. I would love to capture your home as well - contact me here for details.

Friday, January 8, 2010


My 5 year old nephew loves nothing more than a good disguise. This kid asks for teeth, wigs, glasses, etc. for birthdays and Christmas. Here's his latest ensemble....I hope it makes you smile.
 Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Believe it or not, it's actually cold here in Florida, although I have nothing to complain about, knowing that 3/4 of you have it much colder than I do! I have even been forced to wear closed-toe shoes this week. I know - unheard of for me. I have been staying in and cooking up a few new things in the studio.

This print is my first new release of 2010.  This quote print features a rich geranium pink background with white text. Perfect to add a punch of color to your walls anytime, BUT it also makes a great Valentine's Day gift as well (hmmm, wishlist, anyone?) You can find it in my shop. Stay warm and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


I received a very cool package in the mail the other day from Sweden. It was from Therese at Archie Grand. Archie Grand is a company that creates these brilliantly colored and conveniently sized notebooks with witty titles. But, don't let the titles fool you - the notebooks all come with 160 blank pages for you to fill in with your own juicy contents. The paper is made to absorb lots of ink - which is always a good thing for me - my pens tend to bleed. You just get to choose the title and hue that best suit your mood. Personally, I thought that 3 of the best titles were "Brats I Met and Liked", "Suffragettes I Met and Liked" and "Pawnbrokers I Met and Liked". I share their sense of humor, quite frankly. Check out the whole selection here. These make great gifts for friends - real conversation starters, indeed.