April Showers Bring May Flowers

April 14, 2014

Humbly serving all with their beauty, flowers say more to us about God than anything else. Each one brings a message that the Heavenly Father is right here.

-Paramahansa Yogananda

Is there anything more beautiful and sweet than flowers? Springtime is a time to rejoice in the rebirth of life. I planted roses last week replacing an old thorny agave plant and look forward to bouquets they will give me for my table.  Graham & Brown’s    wallpaper inspired this visual design celebrating flowers. The bold  complementary color scheme of apple green and red violet has always been a favorite. Products  found on Project Decor.

April Showers

Peter Rabbit’s Easter Party

April 7, 2014

Products found on Project Decor

Peter Rabbit's  Easter Party

Peter Rabbit’s
Easter Party

Decorating for Easter Brunch

April 6, 2014

Are you ready for Easter? Last year Easter was on my birthday and my beloved dog Romeo died the day before. I never did celebrate my birthday or Easter.  I created this design on Olioboard for some Easter inspiration. Easter is my preferred holiday to bake and decorate cookies because I get to use some of my favorite cookie cutters and use colorful pastel icing and sugars.

Pink Ranuculas

Easter Cookies  by Charisse

Easter Cookies
by Charisse

Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch by Charisse


Floral Arrangement by Dandelion Ranch

Here are links to other Easter posts on my blog

Easter Greetings 2011

Everything in nature is resurrection

Easter Cookies 2010

Easter Nests 

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail for Easter


March 20, 2014



Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day








Tangerine Chinoiserie

February 10, 2014

Schumacher’s textile collection by Mary McDonald Chinois Palais in Tangerine inspired this collection. See my collection of items for sale in my design shop here at Tangerine Chinoiserie.

Tangerine Chinoiserie

Tangerine Chinoiserie

One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane

Scalamandre  Ming Circus

Ming Circus

Thibaut  Pondicherry Orange

Pondicherry Orange

Red Egg Double  Happiness Sideboard

Red Egg Double
Happiness Sideboard

Thibaut South Sea

Thibaut South Sea

Thibaut Sweet Life  Wallpaper

Thibaut Sweet Life

Bungalow5 Tabouret

Bungalow5 Tabouret

Schumacher Chinois Tangerine

Schumacher Chinois Palais









Create a Salon Wall of Art

January 30, 2014

The term salon wall dates back to the 18th century in France when artists and thinkers of the time met in large rooms (salons) with soaring ceilings. The walls were covered in art. You can create your own salon wall by using brown craft paper the size of your artwork as a template. Tape the craft paper template with blue painter tape to the wall to get a visual of how the art will appear on the wall before placing any nails. I like to place the artwork on the floor first until I find a display that is visually appealing before placing the craft paper templates on the wall.  Your display will be more visually appealing if the frames and matting are cohesive with your design scheme. The gallery wall art display photos are from the Arcadian Home blog.

Pictures Salon Style

Gallery Wall 1

Gallery Wall 2

Gallery Wall 3

Gallery Wall 4

Gallery Wall 5

Gallery Wall 6

Radiant Orchid & Exclusive Plum

January 24, 2014

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year Exclusive Plum

Christmas Season Ikebana Arrangements

December 16, 2013

These are Ikebana arrangements we made in class for the holiday season. They are made with creosote branches, fern, poinsettias and pine branches. Mine is the third one.

Christmas Ikebana arrangements 2013

Have Yourself a Musical Christmas

December 1, 2013

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is listening to Christmas music. Since I was a little girl the carols of Christmas have been playing. I grew up listening to Nat King Cole singing Oh Holy Night, bubb, bubb, bubba Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Frank Sinatra and Sing Along with Mitch Miller. The Sing Along with Mitch album helped me to learn all the words to the many Christmas carols at a very early age. One year my father brought home a stack of albums for us to enjoy and told us, “I think this woman is going to go far in music.” The woman he was referring to was Aretha Franklin; this was her first album. In that stack of records was the album produced by Phil Spector titled A Christmas Gift for You. This album has become a family favorite throughout the years. My sister and I would always sing and dance through our favorite song Sleigh Ride by the Ronette’s. This is my all time favorite holiday album. Back when this album came out I wanted to be a Ronette.

All the music on A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Vince Guaraldi Trio is so good I can listen to this any time of year. I first purchased the album December by George Winston in the early 1980s. This album has become a classic favorite for me in the winter months. His version of Joy can elevate my spirit to another place entirely. Emmylou Harris’ Light of the Stable is another album that puts me in the holly jolly spirit of Christmas especially the song Christmas Time’s a-Coming. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Emmylou’s country charm. About ten years ago, I purchased James Taylor’s A Christmas Album at a Hallmark store at D.C. Ranch in Scottsdale. The album was later released with a different cover. James ‘ version of Deck the Halls is the best version of the song I have ever heard. Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas is a soulful version of all my favorite Christmas songs. She is adorable on the cover and at the top of her vocal strength. I adore her version of All I Want for Christmas is You and always look forward to hearing it again.

In 2010 the Indigo Girls released their first Christmas album Holly Happy Days which I immediately purchased from iTunes. Their version of I’ll be Home for Christmas is lovely and so is Angels We Have Heard on High. Last Christmas I was delighted to learn Lyle Lovett had released Songs for the Season. Though there are only three tracks, these songs are wonderful especially his version of Christmastime is Here. Since Christmastime is here,  have yourself a musical Christmas.