Decorating for the Holidays

It’s no secret that I love making interiors look beautiful and so it’s no surprise that I really love decorating for the holidays!  This year it’s all about metallics mixed with raw materials like wood, paper, pine cones, greenery and burlap.  I just can’t give up on a real tree because there’s nothing like the smell of fresh pine.

This time of year the house is full again with my girls and I gathering around the fireplace, watching movies, baking cookies and staying up way too late talking, laughing and catching up.

Wishing everyone a very a joyful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!













Clasen’s keeps Thanksgiving Eve tradition.

Thirty Three years ago Jim Hennig originated Huntley’s Turkey Testicle Festival at his bar the Parkside Pub.  Although Parkside’s new owners continue the tradition, Jim hosts his original Turkey Testicle festival at Clasen’s, the Tavern he bought and renovated in Union IL.

I updated the specials board with this years info and the event was, once again, a great time!





On the road again, this time to Music City!  Long days were rewarded with great Bar-B-Que, great music and a beautiful model home at the end with a lot of laughs along the way.










Yankee Stadium

So I was booked to travel to New Jersey to paint a mural of Yankee stadium for my friends at Laura O’Connor design.  The departure date had been in flux and finally landed on the same exact day as the Chicago Marathon.  Normally I would be only vaguely aware that the Chicago marathon was even happening, but this year the date was blocked out on my calendar.  I had been training all summer and raising funds for World Vision to run in my very first marathon and I could not miss it!  Luckily I was able to complete the painting in my studio and send the wallpaper mural to be installed in the model home and we all lived happily ever after!

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