How would you describe your personal style?
Compassionate, warm, engaging and elegant.
How would you describe the overall feel of your home?
Warm, cozy, inviting, whimsical, nurturing.
“A home’s entry is the gateway to the rest of the home. It is the first opportunity to welcome guests and make them feel welcome and warm. Seeing books when I walk in the front door always puts a smile on my face!”
Do you have any items in your home that hold special significance to you?
Two years ago, we were evacuated from our home due to an ominously close fire. This evacuation forced me to identify the items in my home that hold significance to me. After my husband, daughter and dog (all of whom aren’t really “things”), the items at the top of my priority list are (in order): family photos, legal documents, four 1st edition books by Emily Bronte, a porcelain tray that belonged to my great grandmother and a porcelain Boehm rabbit that belonged to my grandmother.
Where do you find inspiration for home decorating?
You mean in addition to Glitter Guide? Home decor inspiration is omnipresent! In Summerland, the community next to Santa Barbara, there are gobs of beautiful, interesting and unique antique stores. I love meandering through them. Reading good old-fashioned magazines also inspires me. Architectural Digest is AMAZING right now! I also love House Beautiful and Elle Décor.
“This is my office where I write my daily blog, The Silver Pen. My inspiration board holds images of family, friends, fashion, quotes and drawings by my daughter.”
Why do you think it’s important to find the Silver Linings in life?
Silver Linings are what provide hope, comfort and inspiration in the midst of difficult (and sometimes horrendous) circumstances. When I was as sick as a person can be, no matter how rotten I felt, no matter how grim my days were, I could always find Silver Linings to lift me up. I continue to look for and find Silver Linings every single day.
How do you sparkle?
Being with my family and friends always makes me sparkle!