late September in Vandusen Gardens

It was a perfect Sunday afternoon to enjoy Van Dusen Gardens with friends.  I lucked out with some beautiful photos today that I wish to share with you. this just […]

Wickaninnish Inn

Tofino and Ucluelet BC are a little piece of paradise, and I love to visit as often as I am able.  The internationally renowned and award winning Wickaninnish Inn is […]

home in a converted 1600s barn

I was fortunate see inside a very unique barn space that I am excited to share with you.  This amazing living space is created with a 1640s barn structure from Portsmouth, England.  The […]

Sicilian Aristocratic Villa Garden

This beautiful Villa and garden have been in the San Guiliano family for over 800 years. The estate includes the chapel, below, a South American inspired garden from a stay […]

Taormina, Sicily + Mt. Etna

How thrilling to be standing in a Greek Theater from the third century B.C., overlooking Mt. Etna and the Ionian Sea and Taromina. Aside from the spectacular views, the Teatro […]

two VILLAS in RAVELLO, Amalfi Coast

Villa Cimbrone in RAVELLO, high on the Amalfi Coast, offers spectacular panoramic views, from the part of the estate appropriately called The Terrace of Infinity… The estate dates to the […]

Ninfa Gardens, Sermoneta Italy

With over 160 varieties of roses and 1300 ornamental trees, the beautiful Ninfa Gardens have been called both the most romantic and the best in the world. Located two hours […]

Villa D'Este Tivoli Sue Womersley photo Interior Decorator White Rock

Villa d’ESTE Tivoli, garden tour

Villa d’Este was Built in the 1550’s by Ipolito d’Este, grandson to Cardinal Borgia. It is famous for its water features, as Ipolito hired French engineers for the hydrolics as […]

Professional decorator = creative + practical

I write this particular post as I feel that there is a general lack of awareness of the interior design profession and even misinformation created by makeover shows and the unrealistic expectations that come from them.

Hycroft Vancouver Heritage Edwardian

Vancouver Heritage Foundation offers evening lectures at the beautiful Hycoft Manor in Shaughnessy. I attended one this evening featuring master gardener and local author Christine Allen. Here are some of […]

Nevada side Hoover dam

DECO design – the HOOVER dam

The Hoover Dam  was the greatest dam of its day, and the only one of its kind.  It is still a world-renowned structure and is a National Historic Landmark.  Construction […]

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FESTIVAL of lights – vandusen gardens

A continuation of our stay – cation in Vancouver  (from yesterday) was a long overdue visit the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens.  Today, I am sharing some pretty photos […]

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HOLIDAY good times

Feeling the need to do something festive, I booked a night at the Granville Island Hotel, made a reservation at the Shaunessy restaurant and headed into Vancouver from the burbs.  […]

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peaceful COURANCES france

PEACE & BEAUTY – my wish for you. I am grateful for a two week trip of a lifetime to France in May – and one of the destinations en […]