Saturday, October 31, 2009

From our pumpkin patch to yours











Pictures of my daughter, Rachel.  But, she didn’t want me to show her face.  So, I could only post photos of her looking at the beautiful fields of flowers at our local pumpkin patch.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

All Over The Place!

I’m a bit frenzied in this post, because there there are a couple things I want to tell you about and they aren’t all design related.


Rachel Whiting Photography Refresh Agency, UK

I’m a huge Amazon fan.  It makes my life so much easier for gift-giving.  Since my family is spread out all across the United States, I’ve often written up my gift list and Amazon usually can cover everything on it.  Plus, whenever I know about a new design book on the market, I can go to Amazon to check it out (and usually get the best price for it!).

Well, now they have a contest going on called Amazon’s 10th Anniversary Wishlist Sweepstakes and the prizes are incredible.  Ranging from new home electronics (55” HDTV) to a new dream kitchen with all new appliances.


All you do is go HERE and you’ll be linked to their sweepstakes.  You have to create a wishlist to enter, but that’s easy (and fun!).

And BTW FTC, I’m not getting paid to endorse this!  :)

Now for some house cleaning…

I would like to send a belated thank you to Sue Whitney of Junkmarket Style for the fabulous gift of her two books that I didn’t (but now do) own!  Sue was kind enough to send Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition and Junk Beautiful:  Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style to me in response to me writing a post on her!  Thank you Sue!  Love her and love her ingenious creations!  Visit Junkmarket Style to check her out!


Sue Whitney, Junkmarket Style

My post on Sue and her company Junkmarket Style can be found HERE.

Finally, I’ve been surfing around the internet and have a few fun sites for you to visit…

My friend, Teresa, sent me a link to Fit Click, which is a social fitness site for those who are interested with getting the right ratio of exercise to calories.  It’s free and it’s a wonderful site.

I’m a bit late in posting this, but my daughter and I made the BEST Mango Salsa this summer for a school project she had.  The site is called Great Salsa and it’s loaded with yummy recipes!

For fabulous design stories and pics like this…


and this….


visit the online magazine called Design TradeYou won’t regret it!  Full of great articles about all things interior design.


I love bright graphic pillows.  Check out some of Inhabit Living's new line of pillows….



 wallpapers and….


hanging fabric panels.  They are all incredible and the graphics are so vibrant and fun that I want to immediately design them into my space and my clients!

And finally, for a little eye candy, check out…..


Maria Trimball's MuralsEvery bit, if not more, gorgeous than the likes of  de Gournay or Gracie wallpapers.  See for yourself….






Beautiful, aren’t they?  Maria, if you are reading this, I have a dining room that needs your magic touch!

Have a lovely week!

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Collection - Vintage Art

I’ve showcased New Era Portfolio in recent posts and now I have another reason… their new (at least to me!) vintage art collection.  It’s simply fabulous.  I’ve always been drawn to the colorful renderings of vintage prints, especially the travelling themes, but this collection has so many wonderful prints, that I can’t narrow it down.  Here’s a small taste of their new collection and the prints that spoke to me!


V00001 - Vintage Poster, V00006 - Vintage Ad, V00004 - Vintage Ad, V00017 - French Bicycle PosterV00020 - Aix Les Bains Cappiello, V00023 - French Poster

I love the vibrant colors that are used, especially against the dark backgrounds.  They really make a statement and pop off a wall.


V00002 - French Vintage Cappiello Poster, V00027 - French Poster, V00055 - Marie Brizard Anisette, V00083 - Cuba Holiday Isle, V00132 – Veracruz, V00147 - Mt. St Michel, France

I love the Marquisette and Marie Brizard prints here the best.  Hmmm… where could I put these in my home?


V00176 - Weston Super Mare United, V00188 - Chicago Worlds Fair 1933, V00281 - Mont St Michel, V00287 - Japan Air Transport, V00304 - Grand Hotel Bologna, V00307 - Trinidad and Tobago

How fun are these?   The Trinidad & Tobago print is so unusual and the Avranches print has a romantic feel about it.



V00316 - Capri Napoli, V00327 - Lago di Garda, V00372 - Paris Air France, V00374 - Carribean by Clipper, V00400 - Lago di Garda Sirmione, V00905 - Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau)

The color of the Jugend print is beautiful.   I can see placing these prints in an office or even a fun entryway.

Which is your favorite?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My New Favorite Designer

It takes a lot to catch my eye (as I’ve often lamented in the past).  I’m easily bored with the same old designers out there all copying one another.  I think it takes a true creative thinker to really come up with true original design.  Because really, when you think about it, everyone copies everyone else.  I did a post recently here on demijohns because they were the thing of the moment.  All the designers were using them in their spaces and some still are.

The same goes for burlap bag pillows.  It’s a trend thing.  They are everywhere right now, even large retail stores like Pottery Barn are splattering them all over their catalogs.  I love them, but in another few months, the next pillow of the month will be showcased and the burlap bag will go back into obscurity, with the exception of those designers that hopped on that trend wagon and purchased a few for their clients (I have to admit I’ve eyed them pretty closely).

Zebra rugs were another design trend.  I have to admit, that I did go out and buy a zebra print rug and was extremely happy with it….for a few weeks.  Now I wish I had gone with something a little more conventional, like say, seagrass (ala Joni of Cote de Texas).

So, it is no simple thing for me to be truly impressed with a designer.  Yes, there are some incredible designers out there, such as John Saladino, Michael S. Smith, James Radin, Thad Hayes and the list goes on and on.  But, at the end of the day, the designs have to speak to my heart and to my head.  They have to make me yearn to want to emulate them and they have to make logical sense to me.  In other words, I have to look at the design and say to myself, “OH… I see why he did that!  Ingenious!”

So, it was by chance that I pulled some pages out of the current Veranda Magazine (October 2009 issue) for an article entitled “Urban Comfort” and then looked up the designer.  David Kleinberg of David Kleinberg Design Associates happened to be the designer behind the room that I loved.


This was the room that caught my eye, from Veranda Magazine.  It is a simple room, really.  But, what caught my eye was the color combination, steely blue and beiges, highlighted with reflective surfaces and interesting art pieces.  The room and colors were much more vivid in the magazine, than what it looks like here.



Photo from David Patrick Columbia and Jeffrey Hirsch's New York Social Diary 

So, I did a little more digging.   David Kleinberg happens to be quite the veteran of the design business.  He worked for Parish-Hadley Associates.

I don’t need to give you a lot of facts about Kleinberg, because his websites gives a bio and there is a wonderful article from the New York Social Diary on him here.  So, I’ll just share a couple photographs of his work from his website, David Kleinberg Design Associates.


Here Kleinberg takes a monochromatic theme with traditional pieces of furniture and adds some surprising elements, such as the x-frame leather bench in front of the stone fireplace and the coffee table with the heavy footed base.


I like this traditional living room because of the way he ties in the color of the wood beams throughout the room.  The color is repeated in the wood of the armchairs, the inset of the mirror the artwork on the left and even in the natural elements of the room, such as the basket and the flowers on the right.


The entrance hall and living room of this home are filled with architectural details.  There is nothing I love more than a wall that is made interesting with architectural details and moldings.  Add the dark wood stair rail, the hall lantern and the dark wood floor and you have quite the grand entrance.  Notice how there is a tufted bench under the sofa for extra seating?


This picture speaks for itself.  I don’t know the creator of this magnificent staircase railing, but I absolutely love it.  It defines this space with nothing else required (but an ultra-cool wood sculpture was thrown in for good measure).



Who wouldn’t want to live in this incredible home?  The high ceilings, the clerestory windows, the soft palette of blues and soft browns.  The kitchen in the background is fantastic, no?  I absolutely covet that antiqued blue bench table, which ties in so incredibly with the living room furniture.  The seagrass rug blends nicely with the cabinet beyond and what looks to be a slate floor or a concrete floor in the background.



Well, what designer would be complete without a “Something’s Gotta Give” type kitchen in his repertoire?  The super large island with the turned legs, complete with the modern light fixture and the marbled tile behind the range make this kitchen Hampton’s worthy (not sure of its actual location).



One has to be quite sure of himself to put such a large piece of artwork up on the wall like this.   It works in this space, which is neutral in all its finishes.



This children’s room is fantastic for it’s repeating colors and patterns.  Even the playhouse on the right is color-blocked in a very Mondrian-esque fashion.


Another children’s room with a similar pattern shape on the walls and notice how he repeats it in the bedding with tone on tone pattern.


Finally, this incredible living room (which we saw touches of from a photo above), with it’s antiqued blue wood fireplace and accent chairs, it’s  symmetry and grandeur, it’s fabulous chandelier and mirrors.  It looks formal, yet comfortable at the same time.  That’s hard to achieve.

Check out David Kleinberg’s website here for more pictures. 

Have a great week!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Design Books

There are a few material things that I have affection for in my life.  Perhaps affection isn’t the best word.  More like obsession I suppose.  One of them is purses.  I typically buy a few purses every year, because I get bored easily with what I have.  Another is shoes.  I don’t have an extraordinary amount of shoes (I’m no Imelda Marcos), but I am always on the lookout for a new pair of comfortable cute shoes.  And finally, (but by no means the last thing), I obsess over design books.


Annsley Interiors

I have them everywhere in my house.  Every bookshelf that I have is littered with them.  They are displayed in every way possible.  I have them perched on frame stands to display nice covers, I have them standing up in a row with artistic bookends, I have them laying down with their bindings showing and topped off with a designer box, I have some in hidden piles around the house because they don’t fit anywhere else and the ones that aren’t my favorites, but that I can’t part with, I have in shelves in my garage.  I told you… it’s an obsession.


Victoria Hagan Interiors

So, it goes without saying that I always have my eye out for new design books on the market.   And, boy, are there a bevy of them coming out for the Fall, just in time for Christmas (hint, hint!).


I will say that there is one very popular author/writer in particular that I will not buy any more books from because I had the opportunity to meet her and I will just say that she was less than cordial.  In fact, she was downright snobbish and couldn’t care less that I admired her work and have been a past customer.  Sad, really, that she lost me as a future customer.   And sad for the designers that she writes for too!

But, enough of that… onto the new design books coming out!  I’m so excited!

David Hicks: A Life of Design

To be released October 20th, 2009.

In House by Mitchell Owens

To be released October 20th, 2009.

 Sister Parish Design: On Decorating

To be released October 27th, 2009.


The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge

Published September 1, 2009. 

 Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors

To be released October 13, 2009.


Geoffrey Bradfield Ex Arte

Published September 1, 2009.


 Nancy Corzine: Glamour at Home

To be released October 6, 2009.


Rooms to Remember: The Classic Interiors of Suzanne Tucker

Published September 29th, 2009.


The Well-Dressed Home: Fashionable Design Inspired by Your Personal Style

Published September 29th, 2009.


Starting Your Career as an Interior Designer

Published May 19, 2009.

You can click on any of the links above and they will direct you to the book’s product link on (where I buy a lot of books!). 

And finally, from many of the creators of Domino Magazine, the new online shelter magazine, Lonny Magazine, is ready for your reading pleasure.  Click on the link and sit back for some wonderful  images and articles.

Have a lovely week everyone!

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