Interior design has always been one of my passions and it’s followed me even after retiring.
We’re in Paul’s Pantry 3-4 mornings a week for breakfast, and we were strong supporters during Covid-19. I knew redecorating wasn’t high on their list but I asked I I could help by changing a few things out to bring in a new look. When Michelle gave me the thumbs up, I was in seventh heaven looking for curtains and new artwork, and here’s what we came up with.
Before, and After adding colorful valances and new artwork
Friends, Fur and Fun!
So here’s a peek at where I’ve lived
My career was in Interior Design and Kitchen and Bath Remodeling, so it was only natural my main character for my first three books is an Interior Designer (mirrors life, right?) I’ve always felt everyone deserves a beautiful home, even on a small budget. I love to talk to people about decorating, and have always wondered what other writer’s homes looked like.
Our First Cabin in Lake Arrowhead
I absolutely fell in love with this cabin when I saw photos of it. And I loved decorating it. It’s Noah’s cabin in book 2, and I had a friend draw illustrations for the book.
We bought our first Lake Arrowhead cabin, also Noah’s Cabin, from John and Laurette McCook. John has played Eric Forrester in the Bold and the Beautiful for years, and Laurette played opposite Ron Howard in Happy Days!
They had remodeled the kitchen and painted the floor, which I loved! In Book 1, Annie gives Noah this same idea.
Our second Lake Arrowhead House where I did a lot of writing
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This is our home in Long Beach where I actually wrote my books.
My ideas and inspiration came from the mountains but I wanted to show you where I actually wrote most of my books. My office is off the Dining Room in our home in Long Beach. My office faced our backyard where I could look out at our fountain. Quite inspiring since my main character for my first three books is an Interior Designer (mirrors life right?) I've always felt everyone deserves a beautiful home, even on a small budget. I love to talk to people about decorating, and have always wondered what other writer's homes looked like.
Our New Home in Coto de Caza
We combined our Long Beach Traditional home with our Lake Arrowhead "lodge" home and we love it!