Happy 2016!

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new year

I don’t know about you, but for me 2015 has been a wild ride. I hope you send it out in style this evening! (Remember – it’s your last chance to cash in those 2015 karma points and get away with some naughty fun…) Be safe, drink bubbles, and pick your midnight kiss wisely, kids.



Photography Show 12/3

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2015 has been and all-around fantastic year and, as usual, I’m looking forward to squeezing in a few more awesome events before the year’s end! To start with, tomorrow evening I will be showing my travel photography during the First Thursday Art Walk at Contour in Pioneer Square. Admittedly it’s been years since I’ve shown my artwork publicly, so I’m very much looking forward to participating with other members of the design community in “Hidden Talents Unveiled”. So many of us with creative careers have talents and pursuits outside of our daily professions and it’s always fun to see what imaginative minds come up with “after hours”…

If you are in the Seattle area, come by Contour tomorrow evening to check it out:

Hidden Talents Unveiled // First Thursday Art Walk

5:30-8:00pm @ Contour: 505 First Avenue South, Suite 120


shop talk: Fresh Tangerine opens in Pioneer Square

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Portland-based jewelry designer and creator of Fresh Tangerine, Kim Kogane, recently migrated north and now calls Seattle home. Her work is delicate, feminine and youthful. I visited her studio/shop in Pioneer Square to check out her designs and chat with the designer herself.

Photo property of Kathryn Benson

Delicate hoops & coordinating necklace. Photo property of Kathryn Benson

I stopped in during her open house – I always love to see what local artists and designers are up to – and it out her studio is Read More

bold colors & sweet treats: happy friday!

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Welcome to the weekend! It was a fantastic week, but I’m also glad it’s coming to a close. Here are a few of my favorite finds from the last few days. Be sure to check out the Nectarine and Coconut Milk Popsicles from BiteDelite – so delicious and perfect for a summer afternoon!


bold colors and sweet treats


My other favorites:

Artwork by Peggy Wolf – LOVE her use of color and graphic, fashion-forward images.

Pom-Pom Mobile by Danna Haim – whimsical, unique and just plain fun.

Mara Hoffman’s new collection for Anthropologie – great globally-inspired accessories in bold colors and vibrant patterns.



  • 3 mini nectarines,
  • 1-2 teaspoon honey
  • vanilla
  • 100 -150 ml low fat coconut milk


  1. Mix milk with honey and vanilla extract.
  2. Add the sliced nectarines, pour in the molds.
  3. Put in a stick and freeze.

designing with [all the shades of] gray

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I have had more than one conversation lately with a real estate agent in which they’ve asked me what is popular right now. This is both in the context of preparing homes to put on the market and also how to advise new or prospective home owners on basic updates they could make to their new home to “bring it into the 21st century” if the property is older. I generally shy away from designing based on Read More

copper gold and fabulous: happy friday!

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The weekend is almost here! I’m excited to wrap it up by sharing a few of my favorite finds with you – how cute are these little handmade ring dishes? And who doesn’t need a fabulous bling pinata?? Hope you get plenty of sun & relaxation in over the next two days!




  1. Hexagon speckled ring dish from The Object Enthusiast
  2. Bling Pinata from Prospect Goods
  3. Rose/Gold Plated Bracelet in taupe by Gillian Julius
  4. Photo by Fabian Gloeden