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Mirror, mirror

Was anyone else as smitten by Veranda’s Jan/Feb 2016 cover as I was? That stunning mirrored china cabinet instantly grabbed my attention, as did the owner’s shared love of blue.


I have a couple of Ikea pieces that, while functional, certainly don’t win any design awards. I’ve already changed out the hardware, but the mirrored cabinet got me to thinking. Could I paint it silver-leaf and get a similar effect? Maybe even do a little gold-leaf mercury-glass effect?

LiveLoveDIY has a great post on how she transformed a standard wooden vanity into a beautiful silver piece. Her result is gorgeous!


I also like how DIY & Crafts combined flat grey paint with silver leaf for the details.


So…when the weather warms up, looks like I’ll be experimenting with silver paint and silver leaf on my china cabinet & dresser. I’ll let you know how it goes!



I’m back!


While our year in Tokyo was exciting, it was actually a pretty tough year. We are thrilled to be back in the States and jobs we love. I’m also having a blast decorating our new space.

I plan on picking up this blog again, but in the meantime, you can follow my Instagram feed for random pictures as we enjoy this Colorado autumn.



Happy Easter!

ImageHope you are enjoying a pleasant Sunday! This seemed like a good day to post my favorite deviled egg recipe, a modified version of Southern Living’s Triple Pickle. I especially love serving these on a classic Fire King milk glass deviled egg platter.

Boil a dozen (plus a couple extra) eggs for ten minutes. Put into cold water and peel immediately. Cut the eggs in half and remove the yolks, putting them into a bowl. To the bowl, add:

  • 2-3 heaping spoonfuls mayonnaise
  • 2 T Dijon mustard (I prefer Maille Old Style Whole Grain)
  • Salt & pepper
  • finely chopped cornichons
  • capers
  • dash of cayenne pepper

Mix together in a bowl, adjusting the mustard & mayonnaise until the consistency is creamy and to taste. With a spoon, dallop the mixture onto the egg whites. Top with a dash of paprika and garnish with a slice of pickled okra. Enjoy!

Concerts at Cherokee Castle

cherokeeIf you’ve been pining for dinner and music in a castle (and really…who hasn’t?) but find the commute to Scotland rather arduous, I highly recommend checking out the events at Cherokee Castle in Douglas County, CO. Last night’s jazz piano concert by Henry Butler was divine!

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I have also attended teas (excellent treats for visiting relatives & friends), tours, and tastings here…the staff is always welcoming and excited to show off this unusual Colorado gem.

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(Picture that I took last night before dinner. The castle is on the far right.)