A friend was visiting and I thought it would be fun to show her where my husband grew up. It is a tiny island in California and while I instantly fell in love with it many years ago I sometimes take it for granted. Until, that is, I took out my camera and really paid attention. In November and early December the island is a destination for holiday celebrations. The homeowners take decorating very seriously and I was able to spot some homes in various decorating stages for the season. While telling my friend the stories my husband and mother inlaw have shared, I began photographing details that stood out to me on our stroll. Many of the homes have been renovated or torn down and replaced with structures that occupy every square inch of their tremendously expensive lots but others remain as they were in the early 1900’s; quaint beach cottages with modest landscaping and furniture. Through my camera’s lens I re-discovered the wonder and beauty of the range of architecture that thrives through great craftsmanship, proper maintenance, and the financial freedom many of these residents have to create their own unique little castles.