Here they are at last – the professional photos of my beautiful new home in the California desert! We did a relatively small renovation and, as I have mentioned before, furnished and accessorized with vintage finds – we had an absolute blast! Scroll through the gallery below to see the rather dramatic before and after shots.

My sincere thanks to the incomparable Robert Bailey of Robert Bailey Interiors for his masterful talent and loving generosity. I am SO excited to go down to California for the winter season with my beloved Jack Russell Terrier and partake in sunshine, hiking and poolside margaritas…

To enjoy all the photos of my Palm Springs renovation, click here.

Enjoy!
JS

 

I have never been much of a vintage kind of girl. The truth is that while I am very environmentally aware, I love new things and I am an incorrigible consumer…and so it has been rather cathartic and selfishly vindicating to discover the absolute joy, excitement and extreme creativity that comes from furnishing a home, almost in it’s entirety, with used furniture and accessories.

In my ideal world, we would do all we could to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. I realize that I am far from living my own ideal but I have recycling down pat and now I am one step closer by embracing the “Reuse” part of the environmental slogan. I have a long way to go when it comes to “Reducing” but awareness is always the first step toward making meaningful change.

No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.”
~ Francois Mocuriac

My birthday is always an important event in my life and I think that the reason is that it is a fabulous excuse for a party in celebration of friendship.

My birthday this year has been a 4 day weekend in Palm Springs with a phenomenal group of people whom I adore. Let’s face it, what’s better than 4 days of fun, sun, champagne, laughter, love, understanding and friendship? Friends, old and new, flew in to celebrate with me and I am so grateful for their loyalty, commitment and love!

I picked the quote above in celebration of friends and lovers past and present… I figured I must be doing something right because my first email on my birthday was from my ex-spouse, my first text was from my ex-boyfriend and my first phone call was from my ex-lover!


“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”
~ Paulo Coelho

Now this – an email that was sent to me in response to “Love Lust and Lunacy”:

“Beyond sad and pathetic. Please get off your self created pedestal. What a sad,empty, trivial and shallow existence…” And it goes on…

YOWZA! I realized that when I put my stories “out there” that I was opening myself up to criticism and indiscriminate judgement so I did plenty of soul-searching and studying on the subject. I have to say that the realization that those who spend their days in judgement of others are merely reflecting how they feel about themselves has been immensely powerful.