Toby Howes Furniture Brought to you by CFT411

May 3rd, 2010 § Leave a Comment

My Daily Newspaper is actually my blog roll. I really admire my associates in blogging. Bringing you insight, beauty and “fabulousity”, I landed on CFT411′s page this morning and fell in love with this desk. 

This is masterful design details at work. 
Notice the curved veneer is balanced and center matched producing horizontal symmetry. 
The desk is made by Toby Howes Furniture. For the full story, link back to CFT411. Joe Freenor and Joe Dusel, are the real deal, professional woodworkers that take time to write about their craft. Get to know them. As it turns out, I am not the only one interested in the etymology of words. In this story they also cover the word origin for dresser. It means more than a chest of drawers, depending on where you live.    

Remember Chelsea King

March 3rd, 2010 § 6 Comments

Since last Friday, my stomach has been tied in knots hoping for a miracle for Chelsea King. Chelsea was last seen Thursday, Feb. 25. before heading out for a run after school. Her car was found at the Rancho Bernardo Glassman Community Park. Her cell phone, iPod and school clothes were found inside the car.
Source: “Strong Likelihood” Body Found Is Chelsea’s | NBC San Diego

News reports state that a body likely to be 17 year old Chelsea King was found in a shallow grave near a tributary about 15 feet from the southern shore of Lake Hodges. 
Speaking about faucets, fashion and anything else seems trivial right now when I really wish it was possible to reverse time and make the tragedies of the past week go away. Speaking to friends about this, I find that people either want to tighten up their security and warn their loved ones not to walk alone and take protective measures to be safe. Others could not fathom changing their habits of giving up their hobby of jogging trails or running in parks. The fact is we live in a society where monsters are allowed to live amongst  us. All you have to do is look up a map of registered offenders to see where they live and read all about their convictions to see what these animals are into.  Experts say that sexual offenders can never be rehabilitated. The animal who took Chelsea’s life has a history of sexual attacks and was jailed for it. Why was he let out in the first place? This outrages me to no end. And don’t fall into a sense of complacency because there are no sex offenders on your block. These creeps are on the loose. The bastard who took Chelsea’s life was registered with a home address 75 miles away but stayed in the neighborhood where Chelsea regularly went for her long distance runs.   
Here are the usual tips to stay safe listed at the bottom of this post taken from But I think we need to go further in taking proactive measures. Chelsea left her phone in her car and even if she did have it on her she might not have been in cell phone range to get a signal or she might have already been in harms way to even get a chance to call for help. 
So what can we do and what can our kids do if facing a situation where we are in potential danger and alone? What about GPS tracking that can be attached to clothing? A GPS watch perhaps. What about safety alarms that can be attached to sports wear, socks or shoes that can let out a blaring horn to scare off potential attackers? Are there personal silent alarms that we could trigger, unnoticed by an attacker, that would transmit a GPS signal when in danger? There has to be better ways to stay safe and keep our loved ones safein our daily lives. Let’s face it, sex offenders will always be around us, and there will be times when our kids will be in unsafe situations. There has to be better ways to keep out loved ones safe. 

tips to stay safe


  • Always know where your children are.
  • Put your children’s emergency identification (name, address, phone number) on their clothes.
  • Teach your children your home phone number and to how call 911 if there is an emergency.
  • Agree on a specific time when children must return home.
  • Contact law enforcement authorities immediately if there is any suspicious or unlawful activity.
  • Purchase and watch The Safe Side video with your children.


  • Always tell your parents where you are going.
  • Never enter any home without getting your parent’s permission first.
  • Never get into any vehicle, unless your parents know and have said it’s OK.
  • Always wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Never approach any house that is not well lit.
  • Remember anything weird that an adult says or does to you and tell your parents immediately.
  • Run away from people who offer you candy or other treats or want you to help look for their puppy or kitten.
  • Scream, run and fight if anyone tries to grab you or make you to go with them.
  • Don’t play in areas that you are unfamiliar with.
  • Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic.


A Cautionary Tale: Identity Theft on the Internet

September 17th, 2009 § 2 Comments

Things are not what they appear to be on internet blogs. I send you over to Nicolette’s, “Comfort and Joy” Blog, to read her eye opening experience.

Of Scruples, Scams, Divas, and My Evil Twin

“Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!”
Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.
Scottish author & novelist (1771 – 1832)

photo credit: Daniel Rozin’s Weave Mirror

A Renovation Check List

September 15th, 2009 § Leave a Comment

Getting ready to remodel? I will point my readers in the direction of a “MUST READ” article posted by my friend Paul Anater of Kitchen and Residential Design about renovation expectations. I too have received the phone calls from clients who are in a state of panic over the tile going up, the color of the cabinets, the floor, the paint and so forth. Paul has made sane points, so with no further ado, I point you to Ready To Renovate? Take A Moment And Breathe First.

I highly recommend you print out these “10 Points of Reason ” when you feel like you are going to loose your mind. Print it, post it where you can see it, your bathroom mirror, outside the plastic wall of your remodel zone, your check book.

Remind yourself that long after the remodel is over with, the dust and muss is gone, what remains is a beautiful space. And above all else, remind yourself to breathe! Thanks Paul!

Reasons why I love summer

September 5th, 2009 § Leave a Comment

Adorable video. A little girl’s garden party.

Georgia’s b day! from joel serrato on Vimeo.

Sweetness and smiles, little girls playing dress up, cupcakes and tea parties. Simple pleasures…

My Sunday Web Stroll

May 17th, 2009 § Leave a Comment

Have you noticed…there are very talented individuals sharing their wealth of knowledge all over the internet. Hear is a briefing of what was said this past week in the world of kitchen and bath design and beyond.

Jamie Goldberg at Gold Notes has a fabulous posting on new bathroom products shown at KBIS this year.

Over at Kitchen and Residential Design, Paul Anater, has been obsessing over seamless kitchen sinks the same way I have been obsessing over faucets this week.

At KitchAnn Style, Ann Porter introduces the Calyx Hidden kitchen, a partnership between Italian furniture manufacturer, Dada, and Armani Casa on a new collaboration called the Calyx Kitchen.

Kelly Morrisseau at Kitchen Sync is sharing the latest information on water filtration systems.

Scott Shepard who dazzles us with the latest Cad technology innovations, over at It’s Alive in The Lab, blew my socks off with the technology preview called, Project Showroom. Is it a photo or is it a computer rendering? You decide.

Peggy Deras at Kitchen-Exchange offers up straight talk on finding an independent Kitchen Designer.

Susan Serra at, The Kitchen Designer, offers up Five Ways to Keep Excitement in your Kitchen. In need of a recharge? Read her easy tips to get a fresh perspective.

Our blogging friend from Honolulu, Susan Palmer introduces us to the Tonino Lamborghini Casa furniture line featuring a new Pedini manufactured exclusive kitchen over at her blog, Susan Palmer Designs.

Over at The Home Know It All, Randall weighs in on the Best Bath Flooring.

At Surroundings, Linda, Megan and Joni, talk about paint and color in interiors. You can now listen with the podcast feature. Way to go ladies!

Back at the Daily Tubber WaterSense discussion is the topic. If your water and energy bills have been too high for your liking, it might be time to test your WaterSense.

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