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My Latest Spark

Spark Up Your Floors

Vintage style floor mats deliver visual interest, create a focal point, are easy to care and affordable!

I first discovered these floor mats at Ettiene Market, a local business in my hometown in McKinney, Texas.  I purchased two for my kitchen to bring life to my floors and fill the empty spaces between my kitchen island.  They come in a wide variety of patterns and sizes and can be used in any room. They are perfect in hallways, at the kitchen sink, or in any high traffic area.  The mats are fade-resistant, non-skid and highly durable.  If you need to revamp your floors, this is a quick and easy way to do it.  Check out the assortment at or

Share your floor inspirations!


French Kitchen Mat (Style: Cyclades) from Ettiene Market, McKinney, TX.  My dog Molly is the model.

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Images courtesy of Spicher and Company

Interior Design, Uncategorized

Back from Hiatus

Hey all!

Today I am resurrecting my long, forsaken blog.  And while before this blog was dedicated exclusively to interior design, I am rebooting it with an expanded point of view.    Let’s talk about the things that spark happiness and make our soul take flight.

For me, those things include great books, worthwhile movies and television, travel both near and far, yummy healthy recipes, my pups, any great hack that helps me to keep or create a good habit and, of course, interior design.  I hope you will join me in sharing the things in your life that allow you to breathe in an exalted breath of fresh air.

Over the past two years, I have recaptured my love of reading.  Whereas before I was lucky if I read five books a year, in 2019, I read over 40 and thanks to (sign up if you are a book lover) I set a goal of 50 for 2020.  When you read often, you know pretty quickly when you have discovered the rare book that is both a page-turner and a story that expands your perspective.  Three books, that I recently read, hit that mark for me, all illustrating the human capacity for good in a world of harsh realities.

“News of the World: A Novel” by Paulette Jiles takes place post-Civil War with an aging News Reader, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, who agrees to take a 10-year old orphan, Johanna, captured by the Kiowa tribe, across a dangerous journey from northern Texas back to her surviving relatives in San Antonio.  What affected me most about this novel was the relationship that develops between the hardened veteran and the “wild” young girl who no longer speaks her given language.  Akin to Atticus Finch and Scout of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, it is a relationship that stays with you long after the last page is turned.

“Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes chronicles the fictionalized lives women who became Pack Horse Librarians delivering books to rural families by horseback in Depression ear Kentucky. The Pack Horse Library Project was a program that delivered books to remote regions in the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943.  Beyond the historical significance, what captivated me most about the book were the strong female characters and the friendships that developed among a diverse group of women.

“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins opens with the Mexican Cartel’s brutal annihilation of a woman’s family committed as retribution against her journalist husband. Lydia and her young son, Luca, survive only to face a treacherous journey across the border to the United States, leaving behind their home in Acapulco. This book is a roller coast ride from page one that I could not put it down. I found myself holding my breath as I emotionally took the perilous migration with Lydia and her son Luca in what becomes a very complex story about the risks that she must face to save her life and that of son.  This novel will stick with you for a very long time.

Have you read anything exceptional?  Please share!


Interior Design

Trends from the Nest: 2019 Spring/Summer Color Trends

Every season, the team at the Pantone Color Institute develops Fashion Color Trend Report. The report is a color overview focusing on the colors fashion designers will be featuring in their collections for the upcoming season. While focused on fashion, these trends serve as a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design.  The season theme is Love: Cherishing the Life Force of Color in Design. According the Pantone Color Institute, “There is no longer a uniform design aesthetic and while our color stories for Spring Summer 2019 reflect this new reality, we also explore a return to arranged, harmonious, stable, familial colors. Just like love, color stories for Spring/Summer 2019 are displayed in complex arrangements, are ever changing and are not always predictable.”

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From left to right

  1. PANTONE 17-1564, Fiesta: A festive orange red, Fiesta radiates energy, passion and excitement.
  2. PANTONE 19-1862, Jester Red: Adding depth and intensity, Jester Red combines rich elegance with urbanity.
  3. PANTONE 15-1264, Turmeric: Turmeric is an enlivening orange that infuses a hint of pungency into the palette.
  4. PANTONE 16-1546, Living Coral: Living Coral is an affable and animating shade whose golden undertone gives it a softer edge.
  5. PANTONE 18-2045, Pink Peacock: The tantalizingly theatrical Pink Peacock fans out to a feast for the eyes.
  6. PANTONE 17-0542, Pepper Stem: Zesty yellow-green Pepper Stem encourages our desire for nature’s healthy bounty.
  7. PANTONE 13-0850, Aspen Gold: Brightening our day, sunny Aspen Gold stimulates feelings of joy and good cheer.
  8. PANTONE 19-4150, Princess Blue: Princess Blue, a majestic royal blue hue, glistens and gleams.
  9. PANTONE 18-1031, Toffee, Deliciously irresistible, tasteful Toffee whets the appetite.
  10. PANTONE 15-0960, Mango Mojito: The golden yellow Mango Mojito feeds our craving for pleasant comforts.
  11. PANTONE 18-0416, Terrarium Moss: Terrarium Moss conjures up thoughts of flourishing foliage and the physical beauty in the natural world.
  12. PANTONE 14-2808, Sweet Lilac: An endearing pink infused lavender, Sweet Lilac’s easy and gentle manner quietly charms.

And while most folks do not change out their furniture as often as their wardrobes, here are some interesting ways to add the seasons trend to your existing décor:


  1. Coral and White Chinoiseries Large Dragon Vase,
  2. Ulla Accent Armchair,
  3. S/5 Designer Books,
  4. Coral Navy Gray Floral Wall Art, Sweet Blooms Décor,
  5. Geometric Screenprint 1,
  6. Limosa Wallpaper,
Interior Design

Spark of Color: Vintage Wonderland

Color stories for your interior design can be influenced by many things such as nature, artwork, and sometimes, just things from your everyday life.  I took this picture in front of an antique store in Lambertville, N.J. called America Antiques and Design.  Among many things, they specialize in large clocks.  I used this image for today’s color inspiration.

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Vintage Wonderland photographed by Susan Haney


  1. Ombre Pop Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Multi,
  2. Butte 24″ Cone Aged Brass Pendant,
  3. Meyer Lemon & Sage Prints,
  4. Safavieh Boris Red Coffee Table,
  5. Nantucket Roll Arm Sofa,
  6. Elise & James Home Dalis Decorative Pillow,
  7. Lemon Sorbet Paint,
Interior Design, Pet

A Dog’s Life


Are you fighting the battle of accidents, muddy paw prints and the unfortunate result of scooting?  Well, I am.  I have paid the high price of rug cleaning for a myriad of mishaps caused by my fur babies.  And because I love them, I accept this as my lot in life.  All that said, I just discovered a company called Ruggable.  Ruggable makes removable carpet covers that are machine washable, stain resistant and water resistant.  Not only are they extremely practical, but they are also very cute and affordable.  Each cover comes with a non-slip rug pad.  I love it when a problem is solved in a such a stylish way. For more information go to

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Interior Design

Arts & Crafts

Flower Power

Do you love fresh flowers in your home but maybe not the expense?  Margie Keats, the owner of The Lovely Ave has created paper flowers that are so realistic, you will have to look twice.  Margie began making flowers for her own wedding in 2013. After two years of side projects and spending every available moment perfecting the craft, The Lovely Ave opened its online doors.  For more information go to