Moving toward change

I am sitting in a patch of sun, looking at tree tops and enjoying the charm of my new apartment. An unexpected opportunity to move has rewarded me, although I admit that the thought of moving overwhelmed me.  I had … Continue reading

The Bathroom as a Sanctuary

Sometimes finding stillness in retreat is needed. The other week I took off for The Refuge at in Carmel Valley as a birthday gift to myself, with a girlfriend.   My mind kept going to Bath.  That English town where the … Continue reading

A Polite Woman’s Voice

  As a Polite woman the expression raise your voice used to make me think about shouting.  Don’t raise your voice to me.  Wasn’t that the cry of the adults?  The tool that shut us up, shut us down, boxed … Continue reading

Put your feet up

Decorating for your selfish spiritual retreat or not, every Cocoonista needs the Perfect Footstool, ottoman or tuffet.  Or at least something to put her feet up.   Curling up, lying down. stretching out or even having a place to put your … Continue reading

The well behaved women’s dilemma

What is a well behaved  woman’s dilemma?  That she wants to be every woman.  She wants to please everyone in her circle.  To stop water drops from making rings.   Polite, smooth, and clear as glass. The Polite Woman becomes invisible.  … Continue reading

Folk Art Trends in Design

Design trends and inspiration are a big part of why going to a place like Highpoint North Carolina, is so scrumptious. One trend that caught my eye was nostalgic color.   Simple, imperfect effervescent joy. Almost a reverence for the … Continue reading