January 01, 2017


The heart of your home is wherever family and friends gather ~


2016 has been a roller coaster year for most of the world…and as a blogger for Kouboo, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to pursue my ideas and creative thoughts with all of our readers.  The owners of this amazing online home decor store, Joey and Patrice Gerber, have become “family” over the last couple of years and I want to take a moment to thank them for their generosity and spirit, not just with me, but for their pursuit of bringing artisan crafted one-of-a-kind products to their fast growing online community of followers and clients.


Family has been the focal point for most over the last several months as much of the nation celebrated around a Thanksgiving table, Christmas and Hanukkah traditions, and now bringing in the New Year.  No matter how you celebrated, your home became a gathering place for those you love.


Where in your home do you share laughter, love and gratitude with the important people in your life?


Contemporary living room with a sofa, wall shelves, and chairs, decorated with creative white-colored chandeliers.

This magical living room would inspire lots of evenings for entertaining. Curl up on the couch and discuss mindful topics or pull out the board games and laugh till your sides hurt. Photo: Found on – Instagram



A true “living” room here…with cozy seating off the dining room and outdoor living area…even including it’s own bar for the perfect host or hostess. Photo: Jodi Bolgiano Interior Design



If you look closely at all of these photos, you’ll see a common element of unique lighting for each room of the house. Kouboo offers truly unique lights made of sustainably harvested abalone, nautilus or capiz sea shells. Photos:


Coastal-toned living room with two sofas, rug coffee table.

Coastal inspiration abounds in this gorgeous great room, creating a relaxing and cozy atmosphere for entertaining at home.  Photo: Found on CudedArt&Design



On a different note, this french country inspired great room soothes the soul for a any celebration of family and friends whether it’s an intimate dinners or birthday party.  Photo: LizMarieGalvan – Instagram

Bright white brings an etherial quality to this amazing indoor/outdoor living room.  Gather round for mimosas on the veranda as the sun sets or sip lattes reading the newspaper on the weekends.  Photo:



Families with small children find the “heart” of their home in more casual playroom spaces where the children can be children without the grownups fussing over a bit of disarray.  Photo: LonnyMag



My personal tastes are drawn to the comfort of natural elements such as rattan, wicker, wood and woven textures…so Kouboo’s baskets, accessories and stools are the perfect addition for warming up a room.  Photos:


Reading corner with an extensive library, a comfy yellow sofa, and a coffee table.

Family hubs such as this unique den with it’s built in sofas and shelving embraces all things “cozy”.  Set out appetizers and tapas on this ottoman and wile away hours with friends discussing the days golf game or tennis match.  Photo: Domaine Home


Colorful living room with a large sofa and unique dice-shaped tables at the center.

What home doesn’t include an entertainment space complete with a big screen TV for watching sports, movies or playing video games?  Photo: Wayfair



Regardless of the occasion, the dining room is always central for family gatherings.  Bump up it’s style with an eye catching pendant light – sure to be a conversation starter!  Photos: L – Jody Oliver Designer; R –



Food always brings family and friends together!  I’m in love with this incredible island and family room space!  The clean white walls and cabinetry are balanced by the rough hewn beams and floors.  Photo: OneKindesign


Glossy white kitchen island with lemons on it.

A grand gathering could be held around this kitchen peninsula!  Cook until your hearts content and serve it up on this gleaming white surface for all your friends/family to dig in!  Photo: Found on Tuvalu blog


Outdoor space under a roof with woven furniture, ocean in the background

Last but not least, this outdoor gazebo overlooking the ocean, is the creme de la creme for family gathering!  Imagine a New Year’s celebration ringing in the new year, anniversary parties or family reunions in this elegant, serene space.  Photo: Style Estate blog


My own family gathered together this season… with lots of cooks in the kitchen, food for days and plenty of love to go around!  I am so blessed and grateful for their support, encouragement and unconditional love!  May 2017 bring you happiness, health and abundance in the new year!