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Big success at the CSL Hillsborough Kitchen Tour

(thanks to Mindy for this photo AND her gorgeous bouquet) Thanks to the dedicated organizers and amazing volunteers for the Community Service League of San Mateo, the Hillsborough Kitchen Tour enjoyed their 34th successful fundraiser for two invaluable organizations; the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County and StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center. For me, the event was illuminating, collaborative and fun from the first to last moment- truly a wonderful group of women and volunteers and attendees and collaborators... I feel honored and grateful to have been a part of it all and enjoyed every second of it. Especially, the opportunity I had to stage a gorgeous home with a romantic casual setting of my new Plein...

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Flower Power; floral paintings inspired by cement and steel

Most of you know how much I like taking photos on my morning walks.   I love morning light... and the way architectural angles naturally seem to layer themselves with nature... It's that same beautiful symmetry between man-made patterns and natural order that inspire my floral paintings...

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A Very Good Sign

Yesterday, the new signs for Willa Home went up...   Bringing all the details together takes a mix of exact measuring and visual fussing. For example, keeping the graceful elegant feel of the new Willa Home logo on these jumbo sized signs took a little fussing... These are the Pantone colors the graphic designer and printer used for the logo and business cards: The sign maker could've ordered these exact colors in vinyl for the sign, but the look would've been flat and thin- not good when you want people to notice you from their cars or walking down the sidewalk. So, concentrating more on the 'feel' than the exact color, I chose these stock vinyl colors for a fast...

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What a Little Color Can Do

It's true, not everything can be fixed with paint, BUT check out the before/after photos of this house posted on the CertaPro site and see that it can almost fix everything! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend! [caption id="attachment_3976" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I was suprised and thrilled when the owners were open to painting their brick house. Now, to choose colors that won't make them regret their choice. No pressure."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3978" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Choosing an olive green for the body with cream trim gave the house a much more welcome feel. I chose a black/blue for the detached garage because it's, well, detached, and made of a different material in a different style. Not every building on a property has...

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