The Heart of Art: Things of This Nature

Intricate watercolor paintings - small in size, big in imagination. These tiny, detailed paintings by artist Wendy Davenport Whatley, invite us into an extraordinary and fanciful version of nature. At first glance, the drawings come across as scientific and literal, but most of the lively, green and growing things in Whatley's watercolors are figments of … Continue reading The Heart of Art: Things of This Nature

Go Climb a Tree and Stay a Night or Two

I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles when phones were rotary and the coolest video game going was Atari Pong. Or maybe it was Pac Man. My point being that there wasn't a lot to do indoors after school, so we headed outside. After a quick snack, it was out the door on … Continue reading Go Climb a Tree and Stay a Night or Two

Eco-Concrete by Gore Design Co.

Fortunately, we've reached the point where it is not only un-cool, but offensive when companies ignore their footprint and don't face eco-reality. Despite the plethora of green-going ventures out there, I'm still impressed when I come across another design studio forging ahead, breaking new green ground without compromising creative philosophy. Gore Design Co. is such … Continue reading Eco-Concrete by Gore Design Co.

How to Choose the Right Shade Tree to Reduce Energy Costs and Beautify Your Home

Certain things in life I admit I take for granted. Trees are not one of them. When I sit in the park, under the lush branches of a tree to enjoy a break from the blazing hot sun, I am truly grateful. Trees provide us with shade on a hot day or cover on a … Continue reading How to Choose the Right Shade Tree to Reduce Energy Costs and Beautify Your Home

What’s Your Tradition?

In America we lack certain"¦traditions. The Spanish enjoy the siesta; the French have affairs; for the British, there's afternoon tea. But what's our tradition? Who knows - we're too busy rushing around. We're so accustomed to a Starbucks and Pete's on every corner, the idea of taking time for tea at home"¦well, it just doesn't … Continue reading What’s Your Tradition?