8 Things You Might Not Know About Mary Ann, from Classic Casual Home! February 28, 2012

Well, Here we are, in Week 4 of our HBO documentary/series…

Today, it’s with great flourish, that I introduce, Mary Ann, of Classic Casual Home. Mary Ann has lead a coveted life as wife, mother, French speaking world traveler, living in a little beach town in southern California, when she isn’t on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain. On top of all that, she’s a talented designer. Her own homes are lovely. Her style is simply fabulous and she adheres to a look that’s created using quality materials, with lots of light, comfort and down-to-earth charm thrown in, for good measure! Let it roll, Mary Ann!

Thanks for having me over, Barbara! I know your readers enjoy your fun adventures

and witty prose as much as I do! Eight things about ME (I feel a tad dorky about this– sure you are interested?)…here goes…

1. This MAN has had to travel so much that he often gets free upgrades to First Class…and he insists I take his seat. Can you see why we’ve been for married 26 years?

2. My mother is my role model. I was one of six children. How did my she do it? My father was a great provider and a good cook but I am pretty sure he never changed a diaper or washed a dish.

3. Even though I am on the west coast and both my children are on the east coast,we communicate almost everyday. Sometimes just texts and funny photos from my son in college and quick telephone conversations from my daughter on her way to the subway after work.

4. Exercising outside is my favorite.

Stairs at the Beach
Mammoth Lakes hiking

5. But on the treadmill at the gym, I like to watch the Food Network. Oh, the IRONY.

6. People have said I am an expert at moving. It’s sometimes stressful but ultimately rewarding.

I’ve called some great places “home” in this order.

San Bernardino, Calif. (born)– Santa Clara University

Vienna, Austria (junior year),

San Francisco Laguna Beach

Santa Monica (married) — New York —


(This was my weekly stop when we lived in Paris…I always go back when we visit).

Fort Lauderdale

Newport Beach and Mammoth Lakes, Ca (currently)

7. I enjoy doing e-designs for people all over the country almost as much as in person decorating. I never recommend a purchase that I wouldn’t want in my own home. Look at these pretty pieces at I just saw at West Elm.

8. This is the other man in my life…he’s saying “here, take my First Class seat. I’ll take Coach, ah, I mean Couch?”


Thanks, Barbara for letting me visit your lovely, treasured home.

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  1. classic • casual • home on February 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Good morning, Barbara!! Thanks for letting me visit. We have gotten a trust in order thanks to your advice on that. Have a wonderful day.

  2. Barbara Bussey on February 28, 2012 at 7:52 am

    What a life, Mary Ann! Your husband looks like a real doll and your kids are gorgeous! Love the picture of you and your Mom! Thanks for joining me today!

  3. The enchanted home on February 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

    This is fabulous! Mary Ann is so likable and sweet and funny, etc…you get the picture! So many wonderful places shes lived but getting to live in France is the one I am the most jealous of. Just getting to visit that flower market would make it worthwhile! Those stairs? I was intimidated until I saw Ina and then it was like “phew…reality, thank you”! Sadly will never be one of those who “likes’ exercise, I might do it but never is it a like. Your hubby and kids are all adorable and you can just feel the good karma oozing off the computer screen. Nice job!! Thanks to you too Barbara:)

  4. Teresa @ Splendid Sass on February 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

    So nice to find out more about Mary Ann. It is nice to learn how much our blogging friends share so many of the same interests.
    have anise day.

    • Barbara Bussey on February 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      “Birds of a feather…” That’s what makes this all so fun! Thanks for stopping by, Teresa!

  5. Annie on February 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

    So nice to learn more about one of my favorite bloggers. Mary Ann does have a beautiful family and any man that gives up his first class seat is a keeper! I have lived many places, but still hoping one day Paris…. Just to go to that flower shop every week! Gorgeous photos!

  6. Barbara Bussey on February 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Me too! What woman in her right mind wouldn’t want to live in Paris? At least for a week or two! Thanks for stopping by, Annie!

  7. kim on February 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    So nice to learn more about Mary Ann. What a sweet hubby to give her the first class seat. I would say he’s a keeper.

  8. desiree {chic coastal living} on February 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    That was the cutest interview! I loved learning more about one of my favorite bloggers!

    • Barbara Bussey on February 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Desiree, thanks for stopping by. Yes, isn’t Mary Ann a doll?

  9. Barbara@HausDesign on February 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    What a fun interview with a wonderful blogger! Those stairs look challenging but what a great way to burn some calories! And I laughed out loud about watching Food Network while working out. 🙂

    • Barbara Bussey on February 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Hello Barbara and glad you made it safe and sound, back to the US of A! Great to hear from you!

  10. Taylor Greenwalt on February 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    What a fun interview. I love Mary Anns blog and it was fun to get to know her better.

  11. Bette @ Ideezine on February 29, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Great post who can resist MaryAnn’s sunny side. Great learning more about the bloggers we love following and the wonderful connections made because of it.

  12. KATHYSUE on February 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Mary Ann Is such a talented lady, and yes she is a world traveler,indeed! I love her home that she is living in now. Simple, light, airy, classic design!! Great post, so fun to read more about Mary Ann,

  13. Karena on March 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I adore Mary Ann she is always a bright light and so grounded though a very worldly woman!

    Art by Karena

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