Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift from Mint! Take a look.

My last post was about some special and different gifts for  Valentine's Day.  I ran across another  that I want to share.

It is's Minted Heart Shaped Snap Shots.  You upload 30 photos of your choice and they are converted to polaroids with a gold, silver, or rose gold foil surround and placed in a heart shape.  Frame colors are customizable, too.  Isn't this sweet?

With two weeks left, you can still create a customized gift.

Monday, January 26, 2015

So Much Better Than Flowers or Chocolate on Valentine's Day.

With Valentine's Day approaching fast,  I thought I would offer some alternatives to flowers, candy or even more extravagent a gift of jewelry.  I am a huge fan of Etsy and specifically the artist and photographers.  So here are some suggestions as Valentine Gifts that last a lifetime.

Holly Golightly Breakfast

And for the man in your life that LOVES Movies!  (Like My Husband) I may (or not) be giving him one of the folllowing.

Good Fellas Garlic

See you soon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 asked Color And Light Atelier to design a room around several chairs for sale on their website. Here is one of my designs!

If you are are not familiar with this fantastic designer resale furniture /accessories website,  you should definitely take a look at Chairish.  It is a fabulous, curated site to buy and sell amazing things.  Think Ebay without sifting through the crummy stuff!

Chairish asked  Color And Light to design mood boards around specific chairs that are currently selling on their website.  So far, I designed boards around two chair selections. I am revealing one today and one tomorrow.  

This pair of mid-century chairs: Midnight Blue Mid-Century Chairs

I decided add these chairs to a emerald and sapphire jewel colored living space which can seems more mid century or hollywood glam.  The twist is traditional blue and white wallpaper with leopard rug.  Think "Palm Springs Meets Upper East Side, NYC".

Drum Roll, please.....

In addition to the blue chairs, I also selected a few goodies from Chairish for the room.  The gorgeous Karl Karl Springer Brass Coffee Table  is currently for sale.

 Baughman style side table is from Chairish. 

 White Faux Fur Ottoman is also for sale on Chairish.  (Can't lie, almost bought this for myself.)

I absolutely LOVE this Emerald Green and Gold Leaf Etagere

 FYI, for the less bold,  both are made in white or black lacquer with gold leaf. 

The wallpaper I chose is from Layla Grayce - Blue and White Birds and Flowers.  

Leopard Rug is a great buy on Overstock - Leopard Rug.  Leopard is a neutral that goes with everything. I absolutely love it!

I hope you have been inspired by this mood board and will now go check out the treasures you can find on Chairish.  There is a fantastic selection of rugs: Chairish Rug Selection 

Tomorrow, I will post another mood board with Chairish selections for an unconventional nursery.  Please check back!

Friday, January 9, 2015


I have always loved emerald green.   With the design world's lean back to warm metals like brass, gold and copper, I went  into my old photo clippings to find some examples and decided that no matter when emerald is used with warm metals it WORKS!!

Here are some examples:

Living room is upholstered in emerald green velvet.  So sumptuous!

Grand living room emerald green sofa, black/white marble floor, chinoiserie panel

Miles Redd's Chinoiserie Pagoda bedroom 
 There are some amazing examples of emerald green in nature like Peacocks and Malachite.

Here are some beautiful replica fabrics that are available:

Malachite Fabric from Spoonflower

Robert Allen Malachite fabric

Here is an example of green/white landscaping accented with black metal furniture that is so beautiful!

klismo table dining table and chairs from Restoration Hardware

Hurricane lanterns from Restoration Hardware.

White marble buffet table with green moss back drop.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Find! - Bamboo Bar Cart and Vintage Ceramic Zebra

It has been quite sometime since I have blogged.  Life gets in the way.  My boys are now driving which leaves me more time (much more) for things like blogging, interior design and more interests.   The job of a full-time mom is fulfilling and yet, empty as you move through certain stages.

I would never have done it any differently.  I have the greatest boys that are happy, centered and loving.    We have raised boys that are polite, respectful, considerate, empathetic and ambitious.  Feel lucky!

Now onto the post...I found the greatest bar cart!!  One of my favorite blogs "Chinoiserie Chic", posted her find and I was bound and determined to find one for my home. 
When I want something, I become focused on that goal.  (Dog with a bone??)  I WILL hunt it down!!!
So, I went to every HomeGoods within 20 miles of my house for two weeks.  AND yes, it did pay off.

After two weeks, I walked into HomeGoods and there it was waiting for me.  I scooped it up!  I put it in a corner of living room along with my 50's ceramic zebra I found at a local consignment shop.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Show and tell - easy way to give fresh cut hydrangeas as a bouquet

In my previous post, I showed that we have an abundance of hydrangeas on our property.  I like to give them away as hostess gifts and bouquets.  However, hydrangeas are a very thirsty flower.  Once cut, if they do not have water, they begin to wilt very quickly.  The other day, I came up with a solution to this dilemma. I wanted to give a bouquet to a young girl that was starring as the lead in "Little Mermaid".  I knew the flowers would not get water for over four hours so...

I took a puppy pee pad in blue, soaked it with water and wrapped it around the base of the flowers. 

Then, I took a blue organza ribbon that matched the color of the puppy pee pad and flowers and braided it around the base.

Here is the end result!!! Flowers were a massive mound that made a gorgeous statement and never wilted.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hydrangeas!! and More Hydrangeas!

When we moved in our home seven years ago, I hired a landscape architect that I had admired in some local magazines.  When she came to the house, I was planting hydrangeas in a bed that borders our pool house.

When she saw that  I was planting hydrangeas (and one of my favorites because of their vivid color), she said that it was ridiculous to plant them there because this area got too much direct sun.  At the time, I felt really small and doubted my plans.  However, they were freshly planted to I decided to see what would happen.

Well, the joke is on the professional landscape architect because they grow like weeds!!!

They are growing so much I keep trimming them back from the pool house Dutch Door.  I love Dutch doors!

Finally, I shot a photo of an old fountain that I planted for the summer.  It is coming along nicely!

Hope you are having a great summer!