Being at my niece’s wedding recently was such a joy. The wedding was outside and captured the beauty of northern California. It was held under the scrub oak trees on a friend’s property. There were hay bales for seats and locally raised food was served for dinner.

It made me think about how wonderful it is to take advantage of the area in which you live, to design your home, your living sanctuary to complement the surroundings and have your surroundings complement your home.

When we try to force a look on a home in an area that doesn’t suit the style, it appears out of place.  I’m not saying all homes should look alike or that there shouldn’t be diversity in a neighborhood, just that there is a vernacular in every area. Think about the feel of your home and does it speak to your location.