Recent Posts by Monica Barker

Surround Your Home with Style, Part 2: Living Room

The  “Living Room”  some say the “Great Room”. In this blog I will be sharing some key decorating elements a living room needs which include color, furniture, objects of lov… Source: Surround Your … Source: Surround Your Home with Style, Part 2: Living Room
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Surround Your Home with Style: Part 1, Exteriors

It is vital for me to be surrounded by beauty! This past January I moved into the biggest house I have ever lived in and on my own.  It is a temporary situation but I still need to make it beautifu… Source: Surround Your Home with Style: Part 1, Exteriors
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Moving Objects

Being in a car either as the driver or passenger I have seen some interesting moving objects and cargo I couldn't resist taking a picture of.  Being we were all "moving" the pictures are candid, interesting, and to the point! Driving Home from Phoenix Driving on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles Driving in Tucson to Deliver…
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How to make Arancini (Risotto Balls)

My favorite Risotto recipe hands down is from Harry's Bar in Venice Cookbook. I always make a full batch and this time I decided to use half the batch to make Arancini! I have made it probably 100 times with variations and it is always delicious!  This particular batch was Risotto Primavera So to begin,…
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Palm Springs: The Inside Scoop on a great boutique hotel, Shops, and Sites

The Avalon Hotel:  Two Thumbs Up!! Formerly the Viceroy,  a  gem conveniently  nestled in the heart of downtown Palm Springs, the historic Avalon Hotel Palm Springs rests at the foot of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains on four acres of fragrant, beautifully manicured gardens. Its Spanish architecture punctuated by a series of secluded, private villas, calls…
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The Details of Mid Century Modern Architecture in Palm Springs

My last blog I showed you some of the highlights of midcentury architecture.   This blog I wanted to follow up with the details.  I need to reiterate how simple the detail is but how dramatic it is.  Clean lines and definetly using  natures light to wow us!   I would have to say with…
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Drooling over Mid Century Architecture in Palm Springs

I am a fan of Mid Century Architecture, Design, Art, Furniture and Decor. A recent trip to Palm Springs left me drooling with Mid Century Eye candy everywhere.  I found the motherlode in the Las Palmas neighborhood. It was crazy hot during my visit, temps reaching 114, so opted not to get out of my…
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Shoe Line

Feeling creative one day I thought I would give this a try.  It worked and I liked it.  Displaying things, objects, rearranging furniture in a pleasing manner, and  plating your breakfast , lunch ,… Source: Shoe Line
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Behind the Scenes of a Tucson Lifestyle Photo Shoot

Being part of a Photo shoot is very exciting!   And being the Stylist for a Tucson Lifestyle Photo shoot is even more exhilarating!!  March 2016 Issue was just that.  There is so much prep work that is involved prior to the big day I thought I would fill you in on a little of the…
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Ten Highlights about Madison and Fifth Avenue

10.  Boutiques and   9. Window Shopping Living in Tucson we are deprived of this delight!  I enjoy Window Shopping at night when the windows "glow" .  Madison Ave was spectacular with block after block of eye window candy! La Perla on MadisonThis picture is interesting if you look at it closely.  The shoes underneath the…
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White Out

Wearing white is so sexy, fresh, and fashionable.  It is timeless. Helmut Lang  Knit Sleeveless Tank, Daniel Cremieux  Shorts, Vince Camuto Gunmetal Caged Booties  I remember watching Love Story at least 30 years ago and seeing Ali Macgraw wearing a white tee and white shorts.  That visual never left me.  And to this day everytime…
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