Falling in Love Again


When you are with your mate for a long time, you get used to them. You love them without doubt, but life, kids, etc. takes a toll on a relationship.  You know what I’m talking about….It’s just not sexy time as much as it once was.

And then one ordinary day you take a second look and realize why you fell in love in the first place. And bam… all the fun, goodness and sexiness comes roaring back .

Just like when you  were falling in love.

Jonathan Adler

Well I have always loved Jonathan Adler. His quirky goodness. His campy style.

It was love at first site.

I have some his earliest pieces of pottery. They’re classics. But then, I took him for granted and started driving by his store.

 Occasionally, popping in for a gift,  a decorative pillow, some bookends.  But I wasn’t coveting any furniture.  I kind of just got used to his designs being around and started to ignore what was going on in his stores.

And then one ordinary day, I took a second look and realized why I fell for him and his work.

Now, I’m in love all over again.

Here are some of the things that are rocking my world and must have!

Rio Pendant

The Rio 


This is a great pendant light. I think it could work in a multitude of rooms.


Maxime Chair


Spring is certainly coming in more like a Lamb than a Lion.

I am mad for shearling and fluffy lamb decor.

It’s catching on!

Mongolian Lamb Stool

Mongolian Lamb Stool


My friend Monica was just coveting some lucite and shearling stools on Ebay.

Wait till she sees this number.

Pagoda Umbrella

Pagoda Umbrella


This outdoor umbrella has great big style!

It makes me want to re-think all my outdoor decor.

Junior Hand Sanitizer Cozy

The Junior Hand Sanitizer Cozy


No germs around here with the adorable needle point hand sanitizer cozy.

Who really wants to look at that unpleasant plastic bottle on a counter?

Sun Jute Pouch

Sun Jute Pouch


The perfect little pouch to throw in your beach bag!

Money, keys, lip balm, i-phone, ponytail holders, sun screen, done.


Brass Peacock Table


I sure would be proud to own this Peacock table!

I’m so glad I fell in love again.

I hope you can too.

It’s fun.

xoxo Carrie

The 2013 Modernism Show


Calling all Angeleno’s!

It’s that time again….

The Modernism Show

It’s kicking off this week

 Thursday, April 25th

With a fancy pants and super fun opening night cocktail party.

My husband attends every year with me without any arm twisting!

It’s a great date night.

LA Modernism Show 2013 evite with lecture info and exhibitor list-1

And here’s the bonus and it’s a big one!

Proceeds from Opening Night Ticket purchases benefits  PS Arts.

PS Arts Artwork by Student

PS Arts is an organization near and dear to my heart.

They restore Arts Education in Public Schools.

Schools need it now more than ever.

Moderism Show Former Booth

I love the Modernism Show for one simple reason.

Reform Gallery

Reform Gallery

They have good stuff.

I can shop for my clients and for myself all in one space.

Atomic Bazar

Atomic Bazaar

They have some great vendors and I have my hit list ready with the booths I am going to shop in.

Prints and Pauper

The Prints and the Pauper

So why wouldn’t you want to go to an amazing party, where your attendance benefits a great cause, you can shop for amazing things and have fun?

That my friends is a


Go buy some  tickets!

xoxo Carrie

P.S. If you buy tickets to the opening night party, you can get in all weekend long!

Going Green

Lucky Charms

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I don’t have a lick of the Irish in me.

The Irish Flag

I still think Jimmy Malay is still mad at me for asking why he had the Italian Flag in his basement.  A high school romantic interest, we were sneaking beer out of his basement fridge. I am sure I wouldn’t have been so confused  if I hadn’t had so many Mickey’s Big Mouth Beers.

The Chicago River

But after spending so many of my formative years in Chicago, a city that treated St. Patty’s day like a National Holiday I’ve come to embrace the day.

Green Clovers

Photo: www.99traveltips.com

Green also happens to be my favorite color!

Bring it On!

Fornasetti Wallpaper

Buy it here: Fornasetti Wallpaper

Peter Dunham Fig Leaf Chair

Photo: Peter Dunham/Hollywood at Home

Lily Lodge Bonsai Tree

 Buy It Here: www.lilylodge.com

Ditte Sofa Anthropologie

Buy it here: www.anthropologie.com

C Wonder Ikat Dinnerware

Buy it here: www.cwonder.com

kelly wearstler green bathroom

Photo: www.kellywearstler.com


Photo: Yves Saint Laurent


Buy it here: www.jewelista.com


Photo: Miles Redd

dorothy___light_mediumBuy it here: Hillary Thomas Designs

Green and Navy Kid's Bedroom

Photo www.elledecor.com

Green Place setting

Photo: www.pinterest.com


Buy it here: www.louisvuitton.com

Hermes_Green_CarouselBuy it here: www.latestrevival.com


Buy it here: www.amara.co.uk


Buy it here: www.leontinelinens.com

Leanne Thornton Green Dining Room

Photo: Leanne Thornton Designs

89 Woman in Green Dress

No. 89 Women in Green Dress: Picasso


Photo: www.sandiegosugar.com


Don’t Forget Your Green and Irish Spirit!

xoxo Carrie

My 5 Favorite Salads

Carrie table scape

I love a hearty salad.

The perfect one plate meal.

Here are 5 that are at the top of my list.

It’s no surprise that most come from my all time favorite cookbooks.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

1. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette


The Barefoot Contessa does it again!

This recipe, featured in her Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics Cookbook  is

a great winter time meal, accompanied by a nice bowl of soup and crunchy bread.

Time Saver: I buy squash that has already been peeled and cut so all I have to do is throw it on a pan.

MachePhoto: Kitchenography

2. Salad of Mache,  Raw Asparagus, Pistachios and Parmigiano-Reggiano

Zuni Cafe Cookbook

This recipe comes from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook  and is a great  Spring time salad especially with the season’s first crop of asparagus.

Judy Rodgers is a genius.Zuni Cafe is one of my all time favorite restaurants and the cookbook is a gem.

Time Saver: Trader Joe’s sells Mache pre-washed in bags.  I also buy my shelled pistachios there.


3.  Winter Chopped Salad

Seriously Simple Holidays

This recipe comes from Diane Rossen Worthington’s: Seriously Simple Holidays.

I make this over and over and over.

I crave it.

Time Saver: Buy a rotisserie chicken!



4. Persimmon & Pomegranate Salad with Arugula & Hazelnuts

Sunday Suppers at Lucques

This gorgeous salad is from Suzanne Goin’s Sunday Suppers at Lucques.

It’s another great winter salad. Persimmons are at their peak.
Always worth waiting for, especially in this salad.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of a Sunday Supper at Goin’s consistently awesome LA restaurant Lucques, you can recreate some of her menus at home.

This is a must own cookbook.

5. Iceberg Lettuce and Watercress Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

The Gourmet Cookbook

Nothing wrong with a wedge. Decadent and delicious. Crunchy Goodness.


The recipe for this Blue Cheese Dressing is my hands down favorite.

This recipes comes from The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl.

It’s a well-worn and loved cook book in my kitchen.

When I serve this at a dinner party there are no leftovers on the plates.

Sometimes when I am home alone (which is very seldom) I make this recipe, pour a glass of wine and sit down and savor the delights of this salad.

It is a bit naughty, especially when I crumble a piece of well cooked bacon on top so I don’t do it often, but when I do it’s worth the extra workout.

So what are your favorite salads?

I’d love to hear.  It’s always great to get a new one into rotation.

xoxo Carrie

The Challenge

Mount Everest

The Challenge.

 I have joined the Bar Method challenge.

I have to attend 15 classes in the month of March.

Then they will develop a program for me in April and May.

They assigned me a motivational coach and paired me up with a work out partner.

That’s great and I can meet that challenge no problem.

I wanted to jump start my physical activity program.

 I’ve been busy with work and have neglected my intense daily work outs for long walks.

It’s not working.

On top of that I have additional motivation in the form of a 30 year high school reunion coming up in August.

Yup, it’s true.

You can do the math, what it really means is that I am  staring down the barrel of 50.

I turn 48 this July.

But the real challenge?

Facing the fact that I am getting older and so is my body.

Deciding once and for all whether I will lose the extra weight or continue down the path I’ve been going during my 40’s.

The weight is taking up too much head space and that is the challenge.

Mentally I’m cool with getting older.

I wouldn’t go back to being 20 or even 30.

Life gets better and better.

The hard part about getting old is how the body changes.

How one or two glasses of wine knocks me on my butt. In the not too distant past when I would refer to drinking too much wine, it was closer to a bottle than a glass that could knock me on my butt.  I could still get up, work out, work for 12 hours, and then go out on the town and do it all over all again.

Not anymore.

I could also eat whatever I wanted (within reason) and I actually never really got into sugar until I became pregnant and Sprinkles cupcakes came to town.  I developed a wicked sugar habit that I have yet to kick.

My body has  jiggles in places that I’ve never known. Those jiggles are just plain weird.

I’m not a stick, never have been.  Never will be.

I’ve got a gut no matter how slim I am and I’ve had a ample rack since junior high.

However, the gut and rack are larger than I’d like.

I have weight to loose and not 5 or 10, more like 25 or 3o.

There I’ve said it.

But in some ways it’s hard to say good bye to the pounds.  There is a certain safety and security in it.

It’s my excuse, my crutch.

I am used to being unhappy about it and it now feels normal and that’s wrong.

Feeling bad about yourself is not normal.

It’s also hard to get used to how people respond to older women.

I’m called Mame by store clerks.  I

keep on looking around for my Mom, but it’s me they are talking to.

I don’t get the double take anymore.

 You know when a guy looks at you and then turns again to see you walk on by?

The last double take I got was when I was 9 months pregnant and was so large I got stuck in the booth at Canters Deli.

We all want to feel sexy to the opposite sex even if we are married.

This extra weight in combination with the natural changes of an aging body is not making me feel my best.

(I must give kuddos to my husband here.  He adores me no matter what I look like.
Up for days on end with a newborn, dried breast milk and barf on my shirt, he still thinks I’m hot)

But I am going to rise to the challenge once and for all.

Not for the 30th reunion.

Not for anyone.

But me.

I can do it.

So can you.

xoxo Carrie

I’m a Snake

Snake Lunar New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the year of the Snake.

I was born in the year of the Snake so I am partial to this Lunar New Year.

Live snakes completely and utterly freak me out.

The site of a live one will have me squealing like a toddler and running for the hills.

A Snake in any other form is just fine.

I’ve always loved this photograph.

Natasha Kinski Snake

Photo: Richard Avedon

Snake Print Jeans

A closet staple.


Photo: www.comeovertothedarksidewehavecandy.com

Reed Krakoff, one of my current fashion loves, hit a home run with this skirt from his 2013 Spring Collection.

Reed Krakoff Spring 2013

Photo: www.reedkrakoff.com

It’s been done a million times, but I love a Snake Ring.

I covet this Victorian era beauty.


Photo: www.bellandbird.com

I’d love to store this ring in this gorgeous snake skin jewelry box.

Snake Skin Jewelry Box

 Photo: www.vandm.com

I am sorry to have missed out on these One King’s Lane  Cobra Candlesticks.


The 1960’s DC Town House interior designer Hillary Thomas created is spectacular.

This room in particular.

The color combo makes me swoon.

I love the framed snake prints and of course, the Cobra Candlesticks!

Hillary Thomas DC House

Photo: Eric Piasecki

It’s been a few years back, but this April, 2009 Elle Decor cover has always been a favorite.

The framed snake illustrations have a lot to do with it.


And how could you forget this little fella?

 “The Jungle Book’s”  resident snake,  “Kaa”.

Jungle Book

Let’s Celebrate the Snake!

xoxo Carrie

Fall Decor Galore

I love fall.

It has always been my favorite season.

Pumpkins, Gords, Cider, Ghosts and Ghouls.

Sweater Weather


Colorful leaves



Our neighborhood goes crazy on Halloween. Neighbors set up a huge Bouncy House,  show Horror Movies in the Driveway,  there’s an outside bar for parents where they can grab a roadie while the trick or treat with the kids.  I have a ton of people over, swing open the front door, order a ton of pizza and stock the bar and everyone uses our house as home base.

              Last year we went through 18 pounds of a candy.

This year I jumped the gun a bit on the decorating and had the house done by October 1st.

Perhaps I was rebelling against the heat wave outside hoping that the thermometer would dip below 70.

I hit the bank busting Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and the galley of paparazzi waiting to catch a celeb buying a pumpkin.

It’s a bit over the top.

But Caroline loves it and so do I.

And yes, I bought a $50 pumpkin.

I also love baking with Pumpkin this time of year.

I love pumpkin bread and muffins.

Pumpkin Pancakes.

Pumpkin Filled Ravioli with Fried Sage Butter.

 Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Soup.

Put a little Creme Fraiche and Caramelized Pepitas on top and it is delicious.

I also love the Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie recipe from the Seriously Simple Holidays Cookboook.

You can find Pumpkin Ice Cream seasonally and as soon as it has hit the freezer I create a reason to make this pie.

It is so easy and so simple.

Just like a lazy fall day.

How do you celebrate the season?

xoxox Carrie

Picking Up The Pieces

What a difference a year makes.

Last year at this time I was  parting ways with a business partner.

I knew it was for the best.

It was isn’t a healthy relationship.

It made me feel bad about myself.  My self esteem was at the bottom.

But  through the tears, I decided that I would never again let someone bring me down.

I owed it to myself to be the best I could be.

And that the best I could be was always there inside of me I just needed to find it again.

I owed it to my daughter

I owed it to my husband.

I owed it to my family.

I owed it to my friends.

I am proud of myself and the strength I found.

 I got my mojo back and now I am enjoying success beyond all imagination.

 I felt paralyzed by the hurtful and demoralizing words of another until I realized that I was letting that person  control me.  If the person was out of my life I had to get them out of my head.   All those negative thoughts could go live in someone else’s head, they were not staying in mine.

I now look at the split as a gift.

To find the strength within myself has affected all those in my life in a more positive way.

So if any of you out there are in a bad relationship.  You need to get out.

 I urge you to find the faith in yourself if you have lost it.

It will be the best thing you have ever done for yourself.

And it will be the best thing you can do for those who truly love and care about you.

Loving yourself is a powerful thing.

I like it.

And I like myself.

xoxo Carrie

Photo: www.shalissmonethassell.wordpress.com

The Days are Slow and The Years are Fast

Seriously, how in the world do I have a kindergartner?

I feel like she just started walking.

Eating Solids

I know I am not the only Mom who feels this way.

Life has hit the fast forward button.

Caroline started school yesterday.

I cried.

She didn’t.

She couldn’t wait to go back.

I know that’s what I wanted for her.

To love learning and her school.

But it’s going so fast, I find it hard to remember

the baby days.

I guess that is why everyone says to live in the moment.

To cherish the day.

I will.

Always and Forever.

xoxo Carrie

Such a Hoot

Seems like owls are every where now.

It’s like the little bird craze few years back.

There always seems to be a creature of the moment and I am glad the owl is getting it’s due.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a owl in the wild.

An amazing creature that took my breath away.

Here’s a little selection of items featuring the wise old bird.

I love these bronze owls from 610 Home.

Perfect mantle or shelf filler.

They are next on my list.

  One of a pair of Owl Planters which I just scored at Brainworks!

I am searching for the perfect spot.

I grew up with owl andirons.

I would lay in front at the fireplace staring at the glass eyeballs lit up by the flames, glowing bright.

 My sister Darbie has them now and I am jealous.

Owl wallpaper.

I would love this owl to keep watch over one of my rooms.



Owl Pillow simple, blue and a great accent for chair, sofa or bed.


I’ve purchased several organic Owl storage baskets from 3 Sprouts for my design clients.

It’s so hard to find cute storage for kids stuff and these do the trick.


This cameo can be hung from a chain or velvet ribbon.

It also has a pin so you can fasten on a piece of clothing.


How cool are these hand painted owl Vans?
I need a pair for running around.

I am sure drinking out of these owl glasses from  Chic Shop would make me much wiser.
$145 for a set of 6

These plate from West Elm are adorable and affordable.

I love the little guy in the tree.

Owl Cookies

The Cashew Nose + M n’ M eyes=Genius

I think my favorite owl of all time is Woodsy.

“Give A Hoot Don’t Pollute” was his mantra.

Certainly all you readers who were around in the 70’s had a poster of this guy in your classroom.

xoxo Carrie

 Top Photo: www.baby-animals-photos.blogspot.com