Tag Archives: Love

After The Rain

With all the negativity in the news these days I thought I would create something that speaks to beauty and love.  And it is almost spring.  A time to celebrate renewal and color!

I shot most of this video while walking my dogs around the neighborhood…it’s where I get lots of inspiration for color schemes!   The spanish moss shot is from a recent trip to Savannah, and that soft, white, fluffy rug is from Home Goods.  Honest Stephielou.

The short video is a twist on one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies this year, La La Land.  Hope it inspires you to see the beauty around you.


Tender Buttons

I spotted it from across the street.  I swear my jaw dropped and my mouth opened in awe. And then I impulsively, almost unwittingly moved toward the street, desperate to to get closer.  That’s what a charming building can do to me.


Tender Buttons on East 62nd street in Manhattan. Love at first sight.  IMG_7485

A magical display window.  Its warmth, color and intrigue temporarily arrest my senses. The tall, thin brick leads up to a crooked, slated roof.  Perfection.

All I know is I must go inside to see more.

I feel like I’ve just stepped into a scene from Harry Potter or something.  Deleriously happy.  Surrounded by buttons.  Just to know that there is a place dedicated to the art and history of button design, nestled among trees in one of the greatest cities in the world…well it very much sped up my heart beat.

IMG_7476Unbeknownst to me, it’s the only shop in America dedicated exclusively to the sale of buttons.  Tender Buttons.

IMG_7475On either side, the walls are adorned with collections, some historic, some whimsical, but altogether a magical tour into a world of buttons.

Some are framed.IMG_7480You can sit down to examine the buttons at this lovely table centered in the middle of the shop.IMG_7479If you’re like me, you have a collection of buttons in a tin can.  All those extra ones needed a home, and yet the collection grew beyond its need.  I’m going to take a peek.  I’ve been known to remove a few cool buttons before discarding a shirt or sweater.

Buttons are most definitely pieces of art.  The shop owner says he buys buttons.  Mostly antiques or ones that have a fantastic personality.

Like Audrey Hepburn.




Duty and Happiness

“Happiness is the natural fruit of duty.” Mother Teresa (1910-1997)


It’s hard to argue with Mother Teresa.

However,  when I think of “duty”, I”m fairly certain my first thoughts are not directed toward “happiness”.  Duty requires commitment.  A dedication to do what must be done without consideration of personal preferences.

Yet Mother Teresa says it’s  happiness we reap when we show up and help out.   And I think she’s right.    There’s a lot of awful stuff going on in our world right now.  So I’m thinking we could all use some optimism, some understanding and collaboration.

There’s always room for more love.


Let’s play nice and help each other when we can.  A smile, a helping hand, a willingness to listen or share. Everyone can use more love.

It can be a game changer.


Tree Love


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Brotherly Love

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Good morning, world!  And this is why we have so many pets.

Painted Love

A bottle of spray paint was lying around.  So  was naked love.

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Love is messy.  Love is reciprocal.

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Love is solitary.

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Love is family.

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Love and Paint

I love these two.  They are one.  Universal message of love.  Tis the season so I thought I would give them a little tender, loving, care and paint them.   I think they are beautiful, but over the years, they have grown old and tired.  Too much sun exposure.  I do like their imperfections.  Especially around their faces. I could have left them alone and been fine with it.  However, knowing what I know about paint and its transformative powers, I took the leap with a sample of pot of Farrow and Ball‘s Hardwick White.

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I thought I loved them before, but now I cannot stop staring at them.

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What do you think?  Did I serve them well or strip their personality?  I’m not sure.  I am sure that I adore this paint color from Farrow and Ball.

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