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October 19, 2010

I decided to do a post that showed a design that only had items that were available for immediate purchase.  No trade fabrics, or custom furnishings.  Everything you see below in this design board is available to the general public for purchase.  In fact I found it all on the web.

We shall start with our inspiration; wallpaper from Anthropologie: A traditional look, cheery and fun.


Anthropologie Mansfield Court wallpaper


Next we find a rug from Horchow: A modern take on the zebra rug – we pull in a bit of orange and offset the traditionally leaning wallpaper.


Horchow Albino Zebra rug


A pair of chairs from Z Gallerie: a silvery gray velvet – the lack of pattern calms the busy wallpaper and rug, without being boring.


Z Gallerie Soho chair


A sofa and recamier from Horchow: Adding the charcoal gray and modern lines of this sofa keep the look fresh.  The recamier adds an element of tradition and settles the blue in the room.


Horchow Haute House Velvet sofa



Horchow Azure recamier Old Hickory Tannery


Side tables from Williams Sonoma Home: This table adds a modern yet whimsical touch.


Williams Sonoma Home Hickory Chair Side Table


Some Beeeyoooutiful Murano lamps from Swank Lighting: These lamps are all about glamour and elegance.  The lavender is in keeping with our blue and gray palette.


Swank Vintage Barbini Lavender Opaline Lamps


A lovely coffee table from Horchow: Tradition and elegance personified.


Horchow Mirage coffee table


Curtains from Neiman Marcus: Softens the busy-ness of the wallpaper and adds another layer to our blue and gray palette.


Neiman Marcus Amity Home Silk Curtain in Greystone


Some delightful accessories: Splash of orange to help pick up the delight of the wallpaper, and a warm gold in a modern shape.


Z Gallerie Faux Coral



Jonathan Adler Gold Bird Bowl


When using a heavily patterned wallpaper it is always good to tone down the rest of the fabrics – don’t eliminate all pattern and color but layer it on with different hues that flow. Finally, put in pops of complimentary colors for some eye-feasting. Mix up periods with modern and traditional and Voila! A room you could have in a matter of weeks!


Black walls?

October 12, 2010

The results of the poll are in!   Version 1 is the winner (with half of the total votes)!  Thank you to all who voted!  And now to some design….

I recently was able to convince a client to wallpaper their walls in the Kelly Wearstler designed Imperial Trellis (in onyx) for F. Schumacher and Co. It was not a terribly tough sell as the couple are very fashion forward and artsy.  I showed a photo of the room to an editor at InStyle and she loved it but said she wasn’t sure middle America was ready for black walls.  I say… GET READY!

Here are some examples and the original inspiration for my design:

Onyx Imperial Trellis Wallpaper F.Schumacher and Co.

Here is my inspiration for this room. Dorothy Draper (yet again) does it up at the Greenbriar Resort.

Greenbriar Resort Reading Room

And yes, Kelly Wearstler knows how to bring it with black too.

Viceroy Santa Monica

Here’s a great offering from Miles Redd.

Miles Redd Kitchen

Really!?! that is one sick kitchen!  Lets see who else has something to show us… Oh yeah, of COURSE, Diamond Barratta Design has something black and elegant too.

Diamond Barratta Design New Jersey Seaside

Here’s a bit of lovely courtesy of Brandon Barre Photography.

Living Room

Hopefully middle America is out there reading this post and figuring out how they can use this ultra luxe, sophisticated and sexy look in their homes.

Let me know when you’re ready.

First Impressions – vote yours!

October 5, 2010

Some time ago I did a post asking for your opinion on a new logo, and you were heard!  We went with the one that was most popular.  Now I need your help again.

I have three different looks below and I need to know which one you like best.  The images are of my website, blog, twitter page and candles – I am “re-branding” and having everything work together (sort of like interior design – not matchy-matchy but flowing one to the next) is at the top of our priorities.  So please take a moment and cast your vote – it counts!







Nature or Nurture… Yellow and Purple

September 28, 2010

Here is another great color combination found in nature, purple and yellow.

Cape Cod Flowers

From Country Living, a light and sweet bathroom.

Another example of this color story in nature.

Photo by Cris Pierry

Jamie Drake is perhaps the King of Purple, and here are a few examples of his mix with yellow.

Jamie Drake

While looking for great examples of purple and yellow interiors I found that mostly I was looking at photos of weddings and childrens rooms, so I thought what do these have in common that people would use this color scheme predominantly in those places… hmmmm… HAPPINESS!  Bright and happy this combo IS.

Cape Cod Flower

Pale or vibrant these colors exude vibrance, life and happiness.  Last look before I wrap it up.

Living Room

A recent project of mine, purple living room with yellow accents.

Let the exuberant living begin!


September 21, 2010

I was recently going through a catalog (that shall remain nameless … but its initials are RH) and I was appalled at the lack of color.  Don’t get me wrong I love neutrals such as grey and taupe but when paired with vibrant colors.  Such as this shot of my showroom.

The Red House Interiors

The Red House Interiors

A quote from the book Decorating Is Fun!  by Dorothy Draper illustrates this philosophy exactly; “The drab age is over.  Color is coming into its own again.  Until very recently people were literally scared out of their wits by color.  Perhaps this was a hangover from our puritan ancestors.  But whatever the reason, brown, grays and neutrals were the only shades considered ‘safe’.  Now we know that lovely clear colors have a vital effect on our mental happiness.”

The Greenbriar Resort

This shot of the Greenbriar Resort is from Carleton Varneys update of the delightful Drapers work.

Another design duo that uses wonderful color is Diamond Barratta Design, they are fearless and bold.

Diamond Barratta Design Long Island project

Kelly Wearstler is also unafraid of color, as witness here.

Kelly Wearstler

My theory is, people don’t want to be laughed at or ridiculed and therefore go with what is safe and acceptable, However,  it is also bland and boring and doesn’t show any personality.  Personally, I’d rather be laughed at and ridiculed than considered hum drum.  What’s that old adage… laughter is the best medicine?

Be someones medicine.

Design Board: For Belle and Alexandra

May 29, 2010

My Associate Designer Belle and my Personal Assistant Alexandra recently became roomies when they moved in together into a two bedroom apartment.  Today I visited it for the first time and I was inspired to do a design for them.

I was inspired by their personalities; both girls are bubbly and happy, both are sophisticated.  Belle leans toward modern design and Alex toward something more traditional and romantic.

I start with paint color… what could be more appropriate than pink for happy, bubbly girls?  Nothing.

Benjamin Moore Pacific Grove Pink

Pink curtains.

Duralee Pattern 800132H-198

Window seat cushion.

Duralee Pattern 14547-299

A vintage Danish Modern sofa (from Belle’s grandmother) re-upholstered in turquoise.

F. Schumacher & Co.

A side chair – reupholstered in pink cheetah from Quadrille.

Side Chair

Quadrille Conga Line

A white upright piano.

An acrylic coffee table.

A small bubbly chandelier for their bay window and built in bench area.

Possini Bubbles Chandelier

A pair of Gorgeous lamps from Swank Lighting.

Swank Lighting Vintage Seguso Murano Glass Lamps

This is the rug that they already have.

Morocco Rug West Elm

Finally a bit of art for the walls.

Patrick Demarchelier

Patrick Demarchelier

A fun, young and happy space – for fun, young, happy girls!