Travel

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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The Sites of San Diego

In San Diego…with limited wi-fi so here are a few pics from our fun filled tourista days. Paul waiting to board the Midway Aircraft Carrier-similar to the carrier he served on during Vietnam. So nostagic for him! Great dinner in Little Italy!Margaritas before noon in Old TownIncredible Mariachi succulent displayMom, teens and 4wk old baby-giraffes at […]

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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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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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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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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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Designing in Tucson

Hello loyal MSLL Design Wednesday Wisdom followers!  I am writing this from super sunny Tucson, AZ.  Sorry to gloat but I am glad we are here instead of frigid NC. I was not sure this was the place for me until this trip.  I am loving the climate and getting excited about our future relocation. […]

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2014 Fall High Point Furniture Market Highlights

The MSLL girls just got back from the Fall 2014 High Point Furniture Market – Here’s are some of the highlights! All right, we’re excited about everything that was seen at market, but whew!  We’re wore out! We hope you enjoyed seeing this small peek into the 2014 Fall High Point Furniture Market.  What was […]

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Stay-cation on Lake Gaston

A Stay-cation is taking the time off for some R&R, but staying close to home to save a little cash.  This is a great idea, just as long as you actually rest instead of catching up on your to-do list.  I just read a great post on Houzz about ways to get the most out […]

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Top Pics from the 2014 KBIS/IBS

We’re back from the 2014 IBS/KBIS/IWCE (International Builders’ Show/Kitchen and Bath Industry Show/International Window Coverings Expo) in Las Vegas.  By combining these shows, we were very pleased to see so many dealers and attendees this year.  Here are just a few of our favorite products and kitchen design ideas. Freedom Induction Cooktop by Thermador and […]

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Design Tips to Borrow

I just returned from a wonderful week in Santa Monica, CA visiting our son Jake and his wife, Elif.  Little did I know the weekend would become a design adventure.  Knowing that Paul and Jake had plenty to do with two motorcycles handy, the girls set off to visit the 2013 Pasadena Showcase House of […]

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The Guests are Coming, The Guests are COMING!

Memorial Day Weekend is fast approaching, along with many occasions to welcome house guests.  Are you ready?  Here are tips to make your guest room a welcome retreat.  And they’re easy – some can be done in advance and some can be done in a pinch. Pillows and Blankets – This may seem like a no-brainer, […]

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OVER 7000 MILES IN THREE SHORT WEEKS

Last night my husband said to me, “you have logged a lot of miles in the last few weeks”.  It made me stop and think about how much had happened in three short weeks.  Here is the timeline: Dec 20 -28     Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Santa Monica, CA        5580 miles Jan […]

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My Summer Travelogue

I have been a lot of places since April.  There were so many trips I had to stop to figure out just where I had been.  Most of the travel was business related with several market trips (High Point and Atlanta), the Kitchen and Bath Industry show (Chicago) and the Fancy Food show (Washington DC) […]

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