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Channeling Franck Eggelhoffer

Channeling Franck Eggelhoffer

So, yeah, I’ve been channeling Franck Eggelhoffer my entire life. You may not think you know who I mean, but you do! Franck was the wedding planner, played brilliantly by Martin Short, in the 1991 movie “Father of the Bride”,…
Crosswinds Design

Crosswinds Design

Although my business, Crosswinds Design, is new(ish), it has been in the making for many years. I cannot remember a time when I was not overly curious about houses, and how some homes encapsulated the souls of their owners until…
Window Sill Real Estate

Window Sill Real Estate

True confessions:I love deep windowsills. They are prime real estate for designing, decorating, collecting, curating, adding whimsy, showing off gathered natural treasures, and a whole plethora of little things that would otherwise appear lost on a grander scale of say…
Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm

We have made it through 2020. We are one month into 2021. What have you discovered over the past several months? What have you learned? What have you had to endure, and what have you realized out of your epiphanies?…
The Inspiration of Imperfection

The Inspiration of Imperfection

Having a tried and true love for imperfection in one’s daily surroundings is not only a gift to yourself, but also to your family and friends, your animal buddies, and, of course, your home. It allows everyone and everything to…
Being Delighted

Being Delighted

Going through life being constantly and continually delighted is just THE BEST! Granted, there are plenty of reasons to feel depressed, stressed, and frustrated with our world these days, but there is also a never-ending supply of things, feelings and…
Knock on the Door!

Knock on the Door!

“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in-between there are doors.” – William Blake Here we are in 2020! How did that happen? Wasn’t it supposed to be a huge deal that…
Inspiration

Inspiration

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you get inspired often? Does it take you off on a tangent or down a rabbit hole only to emerge hours later wondering where the time went? I am most decidedly the type…
Name your House, and Write her Story

Name your House, and Write her Story

I do not remember when I first realized that some people name their houses. I imagine I discovered this in a book – probably around third grade or so. I certainly don’t recall anyone that I knew actually living in…
Keep Calm and Carry On.....

Keep Calm and Carry On.....

So………. is it just my imagination, or did WINTER show up just a tad bit too early this FALL? Don’t get me wrong…. I love the quiet season in Door County, but this is crazy! Even hard core DC lovers…
Rock On.......

Rock On.......

Picture Jerry Seinfeld……..just humor me. Picture Jerry Seinfeld doing his stand up comedy routine. Everyone is laughing because they have recognized themselves or someone they know in his jokes. He takes a breath, looks around, and asks “So what’s the…
To Paint or Not to Paint....that is the Question

To Paint or Not to Paint....that is the Question

Painting furniture is a cardinal sin to some and a no-brainer to others. Obviously there are some pieces that should stay far, far away from a paintbrush due to their expense, heritage, or history. Others……not so much. I have owned…
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Sometimes life renovations go hand in hand with home renovations. Maybe we want to change, maybe we are forced to change, or maybe we just know in our hearts that it is time to change – no matter how bittersweet…
Gardens and Renovations

Gardens and Renovations

Two of my favorite things have been on my mind this week – gardens and renovations! It is that time of year here in Door County when gardens should be put to bed for the upcoming winter. It is always…
Set the Table!

Set the Table!

Have you ever noticed that merely taking the time to set the table for dinner elevates the entire evening? Family and friends come to the table feeling exactly the way you want them to feel – special! With just a…
Old Soul

Old Soul

My days are spent with an old soul. Like a shadow, he corresponds to my movements, observes me without judgement, and is always along for the ride. We move in tandem with each other, read each other’s thoughts, and keep…
Musings on Houses and Homes

Musings on Houses and Homes

I think about houses becoming homes a lot………….. way too much sometimes!  I get listings on houses from Zillow and think about how I would change them for a family I have never met. Their “story” is made up in…
But, What's Your Style?

But, What's Your Style?

As a designer, the style question always makes me want to laugh out loud. When someone says “But what’s your style?, I either want to say I don’t have one (which sounds ridiculous, right?), or, possibly just say “eclectic”, and…
The Seasons of Door County

The Seasons of Door County

Fall is coming……………… you can feel it.  There are so many reasons to love autumn in Door County! The geese are honking non-stop, the colors on the trees are amazing, the food and drinks at all the local eateries changes…