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Belt Buckles with a Back Story

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While roaming through Maison Luxe in Manhattan Beach, I ran across these beautiful belt buckles from interior designer Kelly Ivaska of Kiva Kreations.


Kelly begins each buckle with a vintage brooch or keepsake then embellishes it with gems, shells or beads to create one of a kind, hand-made designs.



Cowgirl or not -- they are fantastic.


You can learn a bit more about Kelly by clicking here and then going to the "Design Team" link.

It's a wrap

Knee deep in wrapping paper, sticky tape and ribbon right now. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.


Bella Pilar & My Cousin Jessica

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It may be too early to decide but this Bella Pilar Christmas card sent by my cousin Jessica outshines the rest. Two years and counting Jesse.

You can see and read a bit more about Ms. Pilar here.

Sofa Love

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I think it's fair to say I've obsessed over buying a new sofa ever since my last one arrived ten years ago.
It's hard to believe but, drum-roll please, the new one is ordered and on its way. Tweaking the Rachel Sofa from Crate and Barrel helped to create the look I was going for: a modern-lined sofa with a bit of Belgian/Shabby Chic-ness.

Instead of the fabric offered at Crate I upgraded to this lighter and softer antique white linen shown here on the Lee Industries website. I also changed the original three over three seat cushion configuration to a three over one, a.k.a., a bench cushion.

It's going to be great...I think.



More pictures to follow once it's in my living room.

Sharilyn Wright

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image from Apartment Therapy L.A.


Looking for home office ideas? Check out this, and then this, on L.A. ex-Pat now a Vancouver transplant, artist Sharilyn Wright.

The Perpetual Christmas List

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What happens when you want a thing so badly but the universe doesn't comply? If I could make a wish-list and publish it for the world to see would it be embarrassing or brave? On the flip-side (and being a Libra there's always a flip-side) what makes me think that I need more than exactly what I already have in order to be happy? I'm sure there's some psych term for it but I haven't the slightest idea what it is. Life speeds by so friggin' fast and yet some wishes remain elusive. For today I'll just be thankful for the basics: my family, shelter and Friday night pizza.