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Our Japan Adventure!

Happy New Year! We had a wonderful Japanese adventure!  Go here to follow our daily outings beginning December 24 on our Facebook page.  It was an event packed trip by plane, train, bus and ferry. First off…How much luggage does it take to move six Sherwoods through Japan? Here are some of my favorite highlights: […]

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メリークリスマス Merry Christmas!

Today I had so much fun putting together our gifts to take to my daughter-in-law’s family in Japan.  I couldn’t resist sharing.   Here they are! In last week’s post, An Easy Gift Idea, I talked about the items to be included.  To make things a little more personal I used Google Docs to translate […]

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An “Easy” Gift Idea!

Did you miss last week’s blog?  I got a little lax and didn’t post.  Sorry!  My holiday posts may be a little sparse because we have an opportunity to share this season with both of our sons and their wives in Japan.  Aaron and his wife Kiori are presenting Micro in Tokoshima.  Jake and Elif will […]

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To the Fair We Go!

Busy, busy week…finishing up final details for our first adventure into the art show arena. Mary Sherwood Art Glass will be showing fused glass art in our community art fair this weekend.  We will have a colorful display including the 2016 Christmas collection, the large garden totems, many functional pieces and a few smaller jewelry pieces. Here […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I photographed this platter at HF Coors, a local tableware manufacturer, so I could share this greeting with you! This place is amazing!  We took a brief factory tour and learned that they can produce up to 7500 unfinished mugs per day.  Each piece is handpainted.  Every piece of pottery is worked on […]

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A 2nd Act-The Survivor’s Stories

This blog has always been about design.  So, today I salute the women who have faced cancer head-on and re-designed their life with a 2nd Act. Last Sunday eight incredible local women told their inspirational stories at the Tucson presentation of A 2nd Act-Survivorship Takes the Stage.    Many of the attendees came to support the women […]

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Project details…so, so many!

Recently at the High Point Furniture Market I selected a lot options for furnishings and accessories for a guest house project.  I started with the upholstery pieces and fabrics.  The rest of the accessories, rugs, and bedding followed suit.  Here is where we started. A number of fabrics were selected and the then narrowed down […]

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I’m Back!

I took a two week hiatus from publishing this blog because I was so busy back in NC.  I hope you missed seeing our weekly Wednesday post.  (If you didn’t, don’t tell me 🙂 ) A week was spent at our Lake Gaston home doing maintenance after a very busy summer rental season.  We were […]

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Be the Designer Challenge #2 Choosing a Tile Grout Color

As promised, here is the second in the series of  “Be the Designer” challenges. Today you will need to select the tile grout color for the kitchen backsplash at the Chalk house. This may seem an easy task but here are a few things to consider when selecting a grout color. Color of the tile. […]

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Fun Ways to Use the Fused Glass Christmas Plates

FINALLY…(drum roll please) the 2016 Limited Edition Christmas Collection by Mary Sherwood Art Glass!  I have been working on this for several months along with all the other new pieces.  There will only be a limited number produced of these-so stake your claim early!  Read down to the end to find out how you can enter […]

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My Favorite Clever Cabinet Inserts and Pull-outs

We have been in our house in Tucson a year and we are thinking about some updating.  Our bathroom is “1995 vintage” builder grade and desperately needs some sprucing up.  I combed my photo files and many websites looking for my favorite cabinet storage ideas.  I realized I was drawn to ideas for under sink […]

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The Caldwell Vineyard Guest Cottage in Napa Valley

WOW!  We had a great weekend in Napa with good friends Andy and Lori.  There is so much to tell you.  Please excuse me if this gets a little long! We were invited to stay at the Caldwell Vineyard Guest Cottage.  John and Joy Caldwell were such gracious hosts.  The highlight of the weekend was […]

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And the client’s paint and rug selections are…

Last week I asked all our followers to don a designer hat and pick the best combination of rugs and and paints for the Chalk project.  From the many great responses I can see a “little” designer skills buried in all of you.  If you missed last week’s post check it out here.   Be […]

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Be the Designer-Choose an Accent Paint Color and Coordinating Area Rugs

Don’t you love the colors in these Company C rugs!  It is hard to decide which one to use.  A & C will be the accent rugs to coordinate with B & D. We have tentatively selected two accent paint colors to coordinate with the rugs.  All walls will be Benjamin Moore White Dove except for one […]

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Countertop Installation…So exciting!

This is another “exciting” chapter in the Chalk Creek project.  By the time this project is finished I could probably write a book. Today was countertop delivery day!!!!! 🙂  For a remodeling project with lots of variables it sometime seems like forever to get to installation day.  If I feel that way imagine how the […]

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Learn How to Build a Pallet Succulent Garden

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Pallet Garden class at Green Things in Tucson.  The plants and the staff are amazing.  The class had its challenging moments.  Picking from all their beautiful plants was the hardest part.  So here is what you need: A pallet-salvaged or constructed.  For this class we used a […]

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How to “Stretch” A House!

I am so excited to finally share a work in progress update for the Chalk house. We started planning the renovation in March and finally we are about to begin adding the interior finishes.  It always seems to take a long time to get from demolition to finished sheetrock.  For this house we are finally […]

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Mary’s Version of Santa’s Workshop

This has been an exciting week with the launch our new website and online store, Mary Sherwood Art Glass.  Thanks for so many wonderful comments.  If you missed the announcement you can see it here. In the launch announcement I promised a 2016 Holiday Art Glass collection.  So today I opened Mary’s version of “Santa’s […]

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Win a Jar of Prickly Pear Jelly

Let’s do something different this week!  Do you want to win a jar of prickly pear jelly?  Here is your chance. Share this post with a friend and have them sign up to receive our weekly blog post and both of your names will be entered to win an 8 oz. jar of my (freshly […]

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Canyon Road Trail to Kiln-Formed Glass in Santa Fe

I hate to turn this blog into a travel log but when I travel art and design are always front and center.  Paul and I just returned from a short five days to Santa Fe and Taos, NM.  What a mecca of wonderful natural and man made art!  There was so much to see and […]

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6 Kitchen Materials NOT to Use

I recently came across an article on a blog site called Houselogic.com.  They often post great renovation tips.  Here is an article I want to share with you about Six Materials to Never Use in Your Kitchen.  I agree with most of the authors comments. Here is my take on the 6 Materials NOT to use […]

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Gadgets that Help You Make Beautiful Summer Salads

How do beautiful salads and Paul’s new iphone relate? Here’s the answer. Recently Paul became an iphone convert.   His droid was due to be replaced so he made the switch.  So far no regrets (thank goodness).  So, because both of our phone contacts had expired, I also got a new iphone 5e. Well, what […]

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Exploring Santa Monica

Paul and I just returned from five days in Santa Monica visiting Jake and Elif taking in all the beautiful weather and surroundings. Our first outing is always a walk through the neighborhood to brush off the road weariness.  The streets are lined with a mix of old and new homes.  I always enjoy the small […]

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Summer Squash and Carrot Spiralizer Salad

It is definitely summer and very hot in Tucson.  Temperatures have been hovering around 110 or more. Not too bad inside and in the shade.  Early mornings are still pleasant enough for breakfast on the patio. Consequently, I am thinking, “Who wants to heat up the kitchen?” How about a new cold salad created with […]

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Lighting Story Board Telling a Mixed Tale

I love this collection of lighting on order for a current project.  It was pulled together with some of my favorites from past projects and the addition of some great new fixtures.  The mix of finishes, glass textures and flowing lines tells an interesting story.  It certainly has a contemporary feel but many of the […]

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Spa-like Shower Tile

I am so excited about these two spa-like shower plans!  If you have been following us, I previously mentioned finding an amazing tile source in Tucson call Fractured Earth.  Once I saw their extensive array of tile the concepts for these showers started to come together. Here is the guest bath shower tile incorporating this beautiful glass, penny […]

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Semi-Precious Stone of All Colors

I recently visited an amazing stone company, Cactus Stone, in Scottsdale, AZ.  While I have visited many stone companies there has never been such a variety in one place. It is several football fields in size and the rows go on and on.  There are many common granite and quartz slabs but what caught my […]

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Cottage Style with Pops of Red

Finally a small peek at the little cottage project we started last Fall! The most dramatic change in this little house was the removal of the wall separating the living space and the kitchen.  This house is only 1000 sf.  We needed to give it as much open space as possible. We did several posts […]

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An Anniversary and the New Chapter

Today’s blog is not about design trends, gardening or travel.  It is about how wonderful it feels to celebrate the first year of our new personal journey. On May 15, 2015 Charlotte Webb Smith purchased Mary Sherwood Lake Living.  That business was our heart and soul for 28 years.  It was difficult to let it […]

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Decorative Mirrors are a Designer’s Best Friend!

Certain rooms don’t seem complete without a mirror!  The powder room, the master bath, the foyer, and the dressing room are a few that simply aren’t finished without a mirror. I searched back in the photo files and found so many rooms we finished with mirrors.  Here are some recent installs as well as some […]

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The Amazing Flowers of the Desert

The flowers of the desert are amazing.  This is my first spring in the Tucson area and I am soaking in all the colors of Spring.  The PaloVerdes trees have been in full bloom for over a month with bright yellow flowers transitioning into lime green new growth.  The intense buzzing of the bees over the […]

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High Point “Style Spots”

I am back after a very productive and enjoyable trip to North Carolina.  The final days of my trip were spent at the semi-annual High Point Furniture Market.  I have been going to this market since 1988 (too many times to count).  I am always amazed each season by the creative, new introductions. Several years […]

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Sorry – I’ve missed a few weeks!

Hi from Lake Gaston! I am here prepping our lake house for summer rental.  We are so excited to have so many weeks booked for our first season. 🙂 I have been so busy prepping for coming here and now checking off my list of things “to do” while here the blog has had to […]

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Ah, Birthdays!

This week has been a whirlwind starting with the arrival of our son, Jake and his wife, Elif last Thursday to help celebrate both Paul and my birthdays.  We were so pleased to have them visit our new home in Tucson.  So much to do and so little time.  We packed a week’s worth of […]

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Model Home Bedrooms: What to do and what not to do in your bedroom!

I have a friend who loves to check out model homes.  Over the last year we have seen several.  When I reviewed my pictures I noticed all the bedrooms, master or guest, looked so much the same.  I will highlight a few of my likes and dislikes. There is definitely one common characteristic-TOO Neutral! This has a nice accent […]

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Art Glass Passion

I am in love with all forms of art glass.  If there was anyway I could afford it I would collect Chihuly Glass.  Short of that I have gathered an assortment of small to large glass art for my own home.  Many of you may recall some of these pieces if you toured our Lake […]

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Wedding Cake Cheesecake in the Park

Last week you heard about the time we spent with Aaron and Kiori in Scottsdale for their Canal Convergence exhibit.  In just a short five years of marriage they have developed a strong personal and business relationship with their company, Purring Tiger.  They collaborate on their interactive art installations in a remarkable way.  They are […]

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Art on the Canal

Last weekend we headed for Scottsdale, AZ for the Canal Convergence sponsored by the Scottsdale Public Art and the Salt River Project.  Our son Aaron and his wife Kiori of Purring Tiger had an amazing light and sound show called Micro-Double Helix.  The interactive technology of this project is far beyond my comprehension but the […]

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The Sherwood Hacienda – Divide and Conquer!

At long last I am ready to share our new home-The Sherwood Hacienda.  It has been a little over six months and bit by bit it has come together.  The layout of the great space was certainly a “divide and conquer” process.  Often when down sizing you are trying to squeeze in furniture.  We were […]

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The Competition Heats Up at the Flame Off

Last week during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show I had the opportunity to attend The Flame Off – an “Iron Chef” like competition at the Sonoran Glass School.  Basically the competition involves local and visiting artists competing to produce their best lampworking glass creation in 1 1/2 hours.  A panel of judges select the winners. […]

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Gems, Beads and Rocks -Oh My!

Once a year over 55,000 people descend on Tucson, AZ. for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.  I have been to many trade shows but none that is so vast in size and depth in the very small category of gems and minerals.  Because it was my first time and I was doing very limited purchasing […]

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3 Ways to Cure Cabin Fever and Give Spring a Push!

The weather has certainly given most of us a touch (or worst) of cabin fever.  Even some of us in warmer areas have experienced a wetter and colder winter.  So every now and then we get a warm 75 degree day and feel Spring is around the corner.  Not so fast! We may have several months (sorry) […]

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Tiny House Living on Wheels

We recently had a visit from Paul’s sister, Mary Lindner, her husband Kyle, and their teenage daughter Kathryn.  They have spent the last five years (full time) traveling the country in their 34′ Airstream Classic trailer. They have been living in a “Tiny House” on wheels long before it became “hip”.  Kyle works remotely anywhere […]

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Art for the Community

From our first visit to Oro Valley (our new town) I was amazed at the magnitude of public art displays.  It has been a true joy to see various artistic expressions in unexpected places i.e. the parking lots at Ace Hardware, Safeway and Home Depot and roadways throughout the area.  Here is a brief description […]

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Eye Candy for Your Home

While visiting Santa Monica I took a walk to the downtown mall and promenade.  I asked Paul to join me and we ended up on a very long walk with shopping mixed in, much to his dismay. (Sorry, Paul) 🙂  I took a quick look in the Jonathan Adler showroom and couldn’t help but smile. […]

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Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain Residence

Finally we are able to share the wonderful Dove Mountain project.  If you recall we showed you a sneak peak of this project back in October.  Read it here if you missed it. Dove Mountain Project in the making This project has been a wonderful opportunity.  The long term relationship with this client started at Lake Gaston in 2007. […]

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Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas!

This year we travel to “Santa” Monica for our Christmas celebrations.  It is one of the few times the immediate Sherwood family is all together. 🙂  This year we will have the joy of Paul’s sister and husband joining us right after Christmas day. Here is the family picture from last Christmas at the lake house. […]

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Party Food Etiquette

As you were growing up your parents taught you to be polite and courteous.  Those same rules today can be applied to planning a party menu for those with food allergies or food preferences. Last weekend we hosted our first party in our new home.  It was great to share our new place with neighbors and […]

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Cottage Re-do Wrapped Up in Red!

Good morning!  In the hectic days approaching Christmas this is just a quick update on the cottage project. As you may recall we first featured this project October 6.  If you missed it read here. Cottage Kitchen   We gave you another glimpse into the project and a cool industrial look in Cottage Guest Bath on October 28. Well, […]

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What a difference paint can make!

Two weeks ago, as the Thanksgiving holiday was approaching, I wanted to quickly refresh an old table that was originally in my grandmother’s house.  It had been through many moves and various uses.  Nails and screws were used to hold it together over the years.  This quick re-do really only took about 3 hours and […]

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