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.