Kerrville Folk Festival

If you have never been to the Texas hills at the end of May, when they are cleansed with rain and music rings in the empty places between the trees, come with me now. “Welcome home, y’all!” a friendly woman calls from the ticket booth.  We notice signs posted about the Kerrville cats—please take one […]

A Children’s Book Home (Part III in Decorating Series)

I grew up with Mary Engelbreit and Kim Jacobs calendars.  With the cozy homes depicted in their art, I couldn’t help but dream about creating a home someday.  My mama, who made our old Victorian house an extension of her loving arms, would walk through our neighborhood with her four daughters.  Each of us girls […]

Echoes of Easter

The rain has ceased, and the green plants look aglow in the dim light.  In the midst of springtime, a mystery is drifting down, settling around us, like mist.  It is whispering the “magic deeper still” Aslan spoke of in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe . . . the magic that began before […]

A Little Yard to Play with Flowers

Reading the whimsical picture book, When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy by Valorie Fisher, to my younger son recently, I found a delightful depiction of my philosophy of gardening:  Plant what you love! Just a few weeks ago, my garden was sleeping.  My friend, who lives in a high rise, asked to see it, but […]

A Picture Book-Inspired Home (Part II in Decorating Series)

Bunny Day by Rick Walton, illustrated by Paige Miglio, teaches children the concept of time.  Flipping through the gorgeous illustrations offers adults fodder for dreams.  This book contains a plethora of decorating ideas for anyone who’d like their home to look as though it were plucked from the pages of a picture book. The Cuckoo […]

Picture Books as Interior Design Manuals (Part I)

This is the first post in a series on decorating your home according to children’s books.    What I’ve always wanted most in a house is coziness— a house that smiles, a home that points to heaven.   What  better place to get decorating ideas than from the pages of children’s books! Goodnight Moon is a good […]