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home bunch feature!

June 3, 2018
Little Glass House Patio in the afternoon

I’ve had a love affair with Home Bunch since I first moved to California.  Moving from the East coast was quite a transition and meant a change of lifestyle.  Life here is geared to the outdoors and I wanted my home to lend itself to that…easy, bright, comfortable and welcoming.  Luciane’s blog Home Bunch was such an inspiration with gorgeous homes from all over!  But best of all, she lists sources for everything, including furniture, light fixtures, cabinet hardware and yes, paint…

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springtime in big sur

May 12, 2018
Big Sur Spring Time

Big Sur is rugged, majestic, breathtaking, and awe inspiring, but it is never more beautiful than in the Spring.  The grass is green from the winter rains, and poppies and wild flowers bloom with abandon up and down the coast. Here is a pictorial trip from two magical weeks spent in this slice of heaven.  Photos are my own or taken by my talented daughter, Kelsey Burns.    …

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Entertaining Recipes

killer blood orange margaritas

April 10, 2018

I have shared this recipe before, but I believe with warmer weather on the way, it should be shared again.  It’s that good!  I served these to friends this past weekend and the next day one friend wrote: “I know what those cocktails should be called; KILLER!  The color is totally appropriate! Just remember, I warned you! I found this recipe in Food & Wine magazine.  Chef Dean Fearing created this drink which is a best seller at his wife Lynae’s…

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Around Santa Barbara

still so much to be done…

February 22, 2018

I get asked on a daily basis, “how is Montecito doing?”  The short answer is, they are working hard and moving forward but there is still so much to do. The cost of digging out the mud for one home can be upwards of $200,000!  Unfortunately, insurance does not often cover it.  Then, there is the difficult job of finding contractors who will remove the mud.  Enter the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade.  It was conceived over the kitchen table by Abe…

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bringing in spring

February 2, 2018
edb designs

It has been a rough winter in Santa Barbara.  From the Thomas Fire to the mudslides,  everything has been turned upside down.  We have not had rain since the slide and with warmer than normal temperatures, it certainly doesn’t feel like winter.  Although it is only the beginning of February, I was feeling the need for a bit of color and to lighten things up both aesthetically and emotionally.…

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Around Santa Barbara

too much

January 12, 2018
The promise of a new day after the Montecito mudslide

Too much rain, too fast, and too soon.  I can not believe I am sharing another disaster in our community on the heels of the Thomas Fire.  On Tuesday January 9th,  at around 3:45am, unprecedented heavy rain fell at almost an inch per hour and caused the recently burned mountainside to give way.  It sent a torrent of mud, boulders, and debris careening through many parts of Montecito, a suburb of Santa Barbara.  Experts estimate the damage lies over a…

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warming up with wassail

January 4, 2018

I shared this recipe a few years ago, but with the rainy cooler weather here in Santa Barbara and my friends and family shivering on the East Coast, I thought it would be the perfect time to share again!…

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looking at the bright side

December 30, 2017

Being an optimist doesn’t mean I always think things are rosy.  Two weeks of a giant wildfire terrorizing your community and neighboring towns clearly isn’t a good thing.  But acknowledging the fear (yes, there was a lot of fear and worry), and then trying not to dwell on something I couldn’t change was a daily struggle.  I tried to see the bigger picture.  I saw tremendous acts of caring and giving from people just wanting to help.  And don’t even…

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Around Santa Barbara

escaping thomas

December 13, 2017

Most of the time living in Southern California is paradise…beautiful weather, friendly people, the mountains, and the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.  That is why we live here.  Unfortunately, even paradise has it’s dark side and for us it’s the wildfires.…

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Around Santa Barbara Shopping

favorite shop: scout

November 30, 2017

You all know by now how I love to shop local.  This past weekend while my daughter was visiting, she was going on about this new shop she had passed downtown but wasn’t open when she had walked by.  Luckily, quite accidentally, we stumbled upon SCOUT while doing some Christmas shopping the next day.…

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