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6.05.2016

The Spirit of Aloha

I've just returned from a blissful two-week vacation on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. *
I can't even BEGIN to describe how beautiful and relaxing it was...
being surrounded by so many amazing examples of tropical beauty, decor and architecture 
truly made every moment memorable.
From the elegance of five-star resorts to historic buildings to primitive jungles,
Hawaiian culture embodies adventure, nature, the sea, the sky, and the sand like no where else.
This was my first visit (the one I made to Oahu in 1978 with my high school band does NOT count)
and I will never, ever forget the beautiful spirit of Aloha that surrounded me.

This trip was DEFINITELY part of my #JOYride2016!
( you can find out more about that here while I edit and file my 1500 images from the trip.....)

I've always said that if you truly love a place, 
you shouldn't have to wait to visit it just two weeks a year.
Why not use the elements you love
(no, I am not encouraging you to steal sand, shells, plants, or hotel towels!!!)
and decorate your home with them - so that you can enjoy them every day???

A few years ago, I did just that.
While they were visiting the island, I re-decorated my parent's home 
with all of the (many) Hawaiian elements that they collected on their annual trips.
Mom had tucked things away in cabinets, pulling them out to use for her famous parties...
but I decided to just turn their home into something that resembled one of
the resort properties on Kauai instead,
so that they would be surrounded with reminders of the place they loved - every day.
And they LOVED it!

See the tropical style thrifty weekend makeover of their home in these posts:

Hey, maybe tropical style isn't your thing...
but the beach IS... click to see how to decorate with beach style for summer!

* please don't hate me for being able to go to Hawaii.
i waited 40 years to go, and over the past two years have worked really hard 

to help my Mom face some obstacles and challenges that she just could not face on her own.
she took me to Kauai with her as a 'thank you', 

and I am more grateful for her generosity than I can possibly express...


5.11.2016

Deb and the Disney Darlings



A few weeks back, I wrote a guest post for the Disney Darlings blog.

Haven't heard of that one yet? ;)
The Darlings share photos, video, news, and tips for enjoying all things Disney, 
contributed by bonafide Disney Fans & Experts who, like me,
have spent their lives being enchanted by the magic at The Happiest Places on Earth.

Chock-full of tips that will help you out on your next visit to Disney's Original Magic Kingdom,  
gives you locations in each 'land' in the Park where you can find 
a little bit of shade, quiet, a place to sit or get a snack, restrooms, and peace of mind.
That's especially helpful information to have when you take young children to the Park.




I've been lucky enough to have grown up visiting Disneyland. Visiting a lot...


My grandpa and uncle were electricians who helped build several attractions in the Park
(It's a Small World, Tiki Room, Mr. Lincoln, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean)
and we lived just blocks away.
I marched down Main Street USA with my high school marching band & color guard many times,
and I was a Cast Member at the Disneyland Resort, working in the retail stores as a visual specialist.
My whole family gathered at Disneyland in July, 2014 for a huge family reunion.


In the process of spending time there throughout my life
as a child, a teen, an adult, a cast member, an aunt, a parent AND a grandparent,
I've discovered some tricks and tips that can make all the difference!
When the opportunity came to share those tips with the readers of Disney Darlings,
I was honored to provide them with content on a subject so dear to my heart.

I hope you enjoy it, too...


Click on over to the Disney Darlings blog to read my post!



4.25.2016

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Kitchen....


I've been documenting the progress of our house all along - from bare ground to finished home.
One day, I was looking through my images to find something I needed,
and I suddenly realized that there was something VERY VERY WRONG going on.

I actually flipped back and forth through a few particular images several times, 
furrowing my brow and wondering what was catching my eye - 
because I literally couldn't figure out what was bothering me.
I looked for a while more and then
BAM!
I saw it. and I laughed.
Because.... well, it's kinda' hard NOT to see.

But the thing is a LOT of people didn't see it.
Not the installers, not the construction lead, not the supervisor, and not the customer service rep.
Honestly, *I* didn't even notice it when I was standing IN THE ROOM in front of it.
We've been in this house all along, sneaking in after hours and on weekends
to keep track of the progress...
dancing with joy as every phase was completed and it became more and more 'real'.
I even snapped that photo used with the Project HOMEward logo and didn't see it!!!
It took the perspective of comparing several photos to reveal the problem...


4.18.2016

Orange You Glad?!

My friends, I just can't EVEN begin to tell you
what a pain some parts of this move have been......
and I won't try. You don't need to hear me whine. (WINE, yes. Whine, no.)

Suffice it to say that I am bogarting wifi from a friend right now just to write this post.
Rather than be rude and take up her time, I'm just popping in here to say
"Hi, everyone! I'm still around! 
     Hang in there with me and the hWf blog will be back as soon as possible!" ;)
Until then, I thought I'd share some of the photos from my design files 
that are serving as inspiration for our Project HOMEward decor scheme.
 Yep, that's ORANGE!
Paired with neutrals and some industrial farmhouse style, 
things are shaping up slowly but surely...
As soon as I have internet service I will gladly share more photos!
(Don't ask about the way Verizon handed things over to Frontier on April 1
and left customers in the lurch...)
Until then, make sure you follow me on Instagram and Facebook!

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