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Seeds and the Blossoming of Romance in Bali

This story has sparks of starting in Bali. Since I am living here now I thought this would tie in great with this week’s theme of love, marriage, design and meshing it all together into a shared life.

The beginnings of the story of Amy Goldman andCaryFowler…

“I learned to trust him, so I think it just boils down to love and trust. Add a bit of faith in there, too, like you have faith in a seed — Henry David Thoreau’s faith in a seed.” - Amy

 “Our eyes were opening. We were beginning to realize that an interesting person was standing right in front of us.” He recalled the meeting as being boring but, “Well, gosh, Bali itself was beautiful,” and it proved to be fertile ground for romance. - Cary

Read the entire story in the New York Times column. It inspired me :)

Designing the Outdoor Space = art + furniture


SUBJECT: outdoor space

Walk in the door, put down your stuff, take a deep breath and walk outside to your Zen Space. It’s time to make your Outdoor Space a retreat area!

Outdoor furniture from Crate & Barrel

Just think of how nice it would be to sink into an outdoor sofa like that! 

Now add your art focal point with a piece like Rainbow Puddle. The name alone makes me think of the great smells and fun puddles to jump in after an afternoon summer shower.

Rainbow Puddle from the Hong Kong Light Show collection by Amanda Brown

The colors tie everything together and add a brilliant burst of colors!

Add a few plants, nice greenery and flowering annuals, in pots like these and you have a beautiful zen space! 

Hot pots from Crate & Barrel

A perfect spot for relaxing at the end of the week with your sweetie and friends! Enjoy!

Next Monday I celebrate my full moon birthday in Bali…guess what I will be talking about :)

Have a great weekend! 

Designing the Home Office = art + furniture


SUBJECT: home office

The home office, the place where I spend 50% of my day (sometimes it feels like 99%!), is a very important place to have organized and ready for work.

Admit it…you DO work at home!

So let’s make it look beautiful yet provide you with the space and organization you need to make the magic happen! 

Rice Paddy Haze from the Hong Kong Light Show collection by Amanda Brown

This piece of fine art photography, Rice Paddy Haze, is a favorite of the art gallery owners who represent my work. The instant they see it you hear the purr of contentment….the exact feeling that needs to be invoked when you are busy at work! 

Add to that a great shelving system to display books, trinkets from your travels and pictures of you with your sweetie.

Sloane Leaning Desk from Crate & Barrel

Then, the most important feature, a desk that is stylish and functional.

Clybourn Desk from Crate & Barrel

And a chair that is comfortable and has clean lines. Don’t mess up the design by putting a clunker from Office Depot in here!

Ripple Desk Chair from Crate & Barrel

Put all of that together in your own room (for more privacy), a nook/porch or a section of the living room and you are set!

Tomorrow: creating zen in your outdoor space!

Designing the Dining Room = art + furniture


SUBJECT: dining room

Today the focus is on the dining room. That wonderful place to gather, eat yummy food and share laughter.

Start with a piece of art that will get people talking. Choose big, intense color…it will be one of the few pieces of color in the room.

I chose the funkiest of the pieces from the Hong Kong Light Show collection, Kaleidoscope:

Kaleidoscope from the Hong Kong Light Show collection

Add some cool glassware that play off the artwork:Tour Wine Glasses from Crate & Barrel

Funky, modern dinnerware to add some flair to your food:

Tours Dinnerware from Crate & Barrel

And a solid, simple-lines dining table that will tie it all together:

Big Sur Dining Table from Crate & Barrel

Now you have the basics pieces that you need to have your first dinner party! 

Tomorrow: the bedroom!

This proposal kicked off my week’s thoughts on love, marriage and designing a space that includes art and the backbone pieces needed in a new home. 


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