opulent minimalism


hi and happy friday (not to mention a happy start of may and spring that’s in full swing)!  i’ve sequestered myself for the past month just to unplug and focus on work with no distractions.


i’ve wanted to have you over to my place and show you what’s been cooking for awhile now. but i’m a perfectionist and home is always a work in progress. add getting to know the new camera, exposures, ratios etc. and it’s a procrastinator’s dream. the final block was that it has had to be done in spare time when the light was right.


but since it will never be perfect, i’ve given all that up and released it to the photographic higher powers. i hope one day to really master the art/science that is photography but these will have to do for now.


i’ve been gearing up for my One King’s Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale and it never seemed ready to shoot even candid stills. well, it’s now or never cause the sale is tomorrow and it’s showtime! welcome to my little versailles/beach house. come on in!


every room has four walls and i’ve indulged my love of all things frenchy and opulent on two of them with a museum wall, desk and small bar where each of the pieces can do double duty. the other two walls are about as plain as can be.


living in miami has given me a new perspective on creating a world that incorporates both the sea and the feminine french furniture i adore.  the collection was inspired by the colors of the ocean, the pearlescent objects she gives us and the ways we transform them into everyday objects.


i started to understand the baroque and rococo even more this month, watching the orchid unfurl, flexing almost like it was competing or playing with the ornate curls in the mirror behind it.


trying to shoot on different days was only good in one way: it forced me to find great, inexpensive flowers! i found that whole foods, new market and publix all have great blooms for around $10. why not have them once a week?


so with being the last day to enjoy everything before the sale launches tomorrow, i’m looking it all over for the last time.


the curiosities, the sea grass, the corals, the luscious shapes and colors. the paintings of the sea, the pearl handle magnifying glass, the carvings on the rococo mirror, and the fibonacci spirals that i now see in everything!


the collection may very well be one of my favorites because it’s full of abalone, sea shells, undulating shapes, strange and vibrant natural colors like turquoise, pink and sea green.


the tiny changes in the air plants and getting to know each item was a real pleasure. everything had a personality and all worked together.


it was living in a magical little world!


but i guess it just means starting again. now all four walls will be blank once again, a brand new canvas. but i’m sure the theme will still be the same…we mermaids love our mother earth, sea, sky and sun so inspiration will never be far!


i hope you have time to come by the OKL sale if you have a chance. i’ll post the link tomorrow. it goes live at 11am.


in the meantime, it’s back to work, i hope you enjoyed the tour and the vignettes!


here are a couple more…


the peonies finally bloomed!


how are you decorating this spring?


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more tomorrow! have a great weekend!


ps: home depot has gardenia plants for $5! excuse my naked black buckets…see what i mean about nothing is quite ready? it’s my lesson of the day…let go!


May 2, 2014. Dreams, Life, OKL, One King's Lane, Products, Projects, Summer. 15 comments.

let’s fall in love



do all things with love  –Og Mandino

good morning and happy valentine’s day! it’s been crazy busy around here and hard to blog. still, i couldn’t let today go by without telling you how much you mean to me and how grateful i am we have each other. i already have to run but will be back over the weekend to close out the giveaway from the last post and host another that i think you’ll like. till then, have a beautiful day filled with love!


ps: if you’re into some great old romantic music check out this link: pastperfect.com



February 14, 2014. Dreams, Holidays. 8 comments.

shutting it down


hello all and happy weekend! we’re deep into saturday and all the plans i had seem to have fallen by the wayside. instead of my usual running to be productive, it’s been a leisurely day of lounging and napping, surfing and dreaming.


i’ve been thinking a lot about sleeping lately, talking about it with friends and reading up on the benefits that happen when we get it and the downside when we don’t, even if it’s our choice. funny how some go with just a few hours a night and others need a full 1/3 day. some try to go without it completely although i can’t imagine why…


do you love to get that deep hard sleep where you feel almost drugged? why is is that we fight it like we’re kids who don’t want to miss anything?


i know for parents it’s got to be an impossible task trying to fit it in between moments of silence. that’s probably when you’re least likely to shut down, when you know you have to!


i’ve been reading a bit about it and found that even resting without actually sleeping helps recharge your batteries when you just can’t turn that running commentary in your brain off. in fact there’s some speculation that the body at rest, with the eyes closed, is still getting the exact same nutrients provided during actual sleep.


even if we can’t seem to shut off our brains, we can get horizontal and decompress. there are lots of ways to induce sleep from aromatherapy to yoga to feng shui to eating certain foods. some tips are below and links at the bottom of the post.


if only it were this easy!



if you know someone who needs a nap, taking the reins for a while can be the greatest gift you can bestow on them since it changes everything from an irritable mood to clarity.


and we need it as much as air air and water to do all we do



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it’s hard to sleep with abandon, let your problems go, but know you have done what you can for today.



trying to sleep organically can prevent feeling tired in the morning and has the added benefit remembering your dreams. that can lead to a whole other life on a parallel plane!


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i’m a firm believer in power naps but there are sure fire trips to get it all at once. one way is to start going to bed a little earlier each night and turn off your electronics for at least 15 minutes before shutting your eyes.


also unplugging all the things in your bedroom with wires, LED lights either blinking or steady…basically unplugging all electromagnetic frequencies so you can sleep uninterrupted








would you be a different person with more sleep?

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maybe we’d be a little happier or peppier?


free to conquer the waking and sleeping worlds


even if you’re up from 8 to 8 it’s a long time to be vertical with no rest, it may have to be a conscious decision to shut life down.


sleep is a sure way to wake with a fresh mind and clean slate every single day no matter what happened the day before.


well i hope you have a great night


with lots of dreams


and if you need it, get to bed early


there’s always tomorrow to obsess all over again!


i hope you sleep like a king



and enjoy every minute of unconscious bliss!


all images via pinterest.com/parisapartment/sleep

yoga for sleep

feng shui



July 28, 2013. Dreams, Sleep. 25 comments.

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