Dining room lighting update

I’ve been wanting to update my dining room lighting since we bought this grand ol’ home in 2010. Lighting plays such a big part in the overall ambiance of a room! And as a complete ambiance geek, it was making me a little cuckoo. If you’re new around here, our home is a 1908 Craftsman…

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My Dining Room Centerpiece

I love pumpkins! This was my centerpiece from last year, pretty much pumpkin centric. lol But I just wasn’t feeling it this Fall for my dining room centerpiece. All I could think about were deep, reds, blues, golds and greens in a brass compote. I used a few of the flowers from last years arrangement…

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All I really want is…

As I may have mentioned, I listen to a lot of podcasts. One thing I hear over and over from the experts, is: get clear on what you want. What you really want. I started Catrina At Home because I wanted to help women with their homes. Sometimes that looks like DIY projects or decorating…

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Why does it take courage to be ourselves?

Absolute strangers will walk up to me when I’m out and about, and comment to me about my hair. It’s the weirdest thing and though it’s been going on for years, it still surprises me. What do they comment about? Well, it used to be how long and full my hair was lol but those…

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My big mistake (before & after)

I knew better. But I was in a hurry. I can’t even remember why. I had purchased an outdoor wrought iron couch and two chairs (at an estate sale, of course) and I wanted to put them in my living room. I know. Sounds weird but stay with me. The couch was a four-seater, the…

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One word is not enough.

If I asked you to describe yourself, would you use just one word? Can one word really capture all that you are? I don’t even know you personally but I’m pretty sure the length and breadth of who you are cannot be summed up in a single, solitary word. Three to five words? Maybe. I’ve…

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It will be worth it.

I love gardening. It’s in my blood. My Abuelo (Grandpa Vargas) was a prolific gardener. (I searched for over an hour to find my photos I have of him gardening, even into his later years, but no luck.) I started my garden back in 2012 and kept it up for a few years, let it…

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It’s finally time…

Remember back in March when I shared with you all that I was working on something (for you) that I was a little nervous about putting out into the world? Remember when I said it was pretty “out of the box” but I was working on it in hopes that it would be useful to…

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4 tips to boost the mood in your home

Spring time is often the time when we want a little change. The long days of Winter are winding down, we’re putting away the thick blankets and down filled jackets, pulling back the curtains and welcoming the long awaited sunshine. I don’t know how it is for you, but Spring makes me feel energized and…

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Update: Spring Project

Just before the holidays last year, we stopped all the work on the kitchen, pulled up the drop cloths and decided to take some time off from the renovation. After the holidays I was sick for a month straight and spent the next month or so after that, making up for lost time. That brings…

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