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12 Stunning Modern Christmas Table Settings

I'm cooking on Christmas Day this year and I'm looking for table setting inspiration. I love the simplicity of these twelve simple but clever ideas. Any one of them will turn a basic table into a space where special memories…

Finding balance in your day

I love this quote from the extraordinary Helen Keller. She died almost fifty years ago, but somehow her take on finding a good balance between getting through each day and following her passions seems perfectly relevant in 2017. In my…

Ugly Holiday Sweater Cookies

When I get home from a trip I love to do a bit of cooking, and a lot of laundry (OK, I don't love doing laundry but there's always a huge pile after unpacking, isn't there?). It kind of grounds…

A lesson in mindfulness from the Coffee Queen

I sit with my friends Ruth and Warren and our kids on low wooden plank benches. The ground beneath our feet is swept dirt between a tiny house made of mud and reeds, and an open outdoor wooden structure which…

Modern Fall Home

I love swapping in cozy throws and pillows for Fall and Winter. We've made it through what will hopefully be Los Angeles' last heat wave for the year and I'm so ready to light candles, cook for friends and family,…

Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a happy time with family or friends. Apart from the massive sugar rush, I love this time of year. To be able to eat a meal with people I love, and watch little ones getting…

DIY Modern Fall Wreath

I have been re-using these simple square craft-store wire frames for almost a year now (see previous wreaths here: Spring, Holiday, succulent). They have been a great little investment! For my Fall wreaths, I used thin green florists' wire (which…

Kylie and Michelle’s Potato Bake

When I was in Hawaii with my two sisters last month (apologies for the not-so-subtle skite!), I watched closely when they cooked up a storm for the Aussies who were all vacationing together. Their potato bake is legendary among our…