Welcome to Remnant Design Company! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Dana~ a free-spirited photographer, lifestyle blogger, world traveler, and discerning coffee drinker, in an endless pursuit of pretty.
I am a professing serial decorator, passionate about creating home. Therefore, our house is the manifestation of an almost obsessive need to create. I craft, sew, and work at both ornamental and edible gardening.
My husband and I live in a small cottage in Northwest Washington, on an island and an almost-acre. Together Larry and I have re-feathered the nest, inside and out. Our home reflects our mutual enthusiasm for handcrafted decor and for recycled and responsibly sourced materials~ hence our name Remnant. But more importantly, our cottage is a well designed catalog of memories; those past and those yet to be. I hope you’ll follow along.
So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
I grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California. One of my college semesters I traversed the world and earned a semester of credits on a floating campus, known to most as Semester at Sea. It was because of this opportunity that I became a huge travel enthusiast; a travel-crazy woman to this day.
When I was 24 I met a handsome airline pilot who was 16 years older than I. Against his better judgment, we began dating and 18 months later I proposed. Larry had never been married and I thought, “it’s now or never”. 37 years later I still thank God daily for leading me to Larry. A wonderful man with free airline travel ~ life could not be better!
We have been empty nesters for many years now. We raised our only child in St. Louis, Missouri. When he left home to pursue his education at my alma mater, USC in Southern California, we moved to Anacortes, Washington, on Fidalgo Island. We have lived on this beautiful island for almost 18 years, and this is the longest we have ever lived in the same house. There are times when I seriously long to live closer to our son. However, cell phones, texting, email, and social media provide a meaningful measure of connection for which I am extremely grateful. I really wonder how my folks lived so far away from their kids without these streams of instant communication.
Larry works seasonally as a yacht captain and power boat instructor in both US and Canadian waters, during which time I maintain the house and gardens and pursue my varied interests. Together we are able to enjoy travel during the winter months. Sometimes we fly to far away places, other times we hit the road in our motorhome. This past winter we wandered the Southwestern states for almost 4 months!
Together Larry and I have rehabbed 8 houses. I like to say that we are inveterate DIYers. I think however, this is it for us. Until we decide we are unable or unwilling to maintain such a large property, you will find us at home here in the house we call, Shell Cottage.
I hope my posts will allow you to get to know us, our home and our adventures, and I sincerely thank you in advance for your interest.