Friday, July 25, 2014

It's been a pillow kind of week...

 
Delivered these beauties on Monday
 
 
Thibaut
 
Along with the pale blue animal print with chocolate trim
 
Duralee animal print
 
Last but not least these hot pink velvet ones trimmed in a pale silver

Duralee velvet

These chairs were delivered to a client in such a pretty pale blue


 
 
A window installation went down like this

Stroheim

And I fell in love with these CR Laine swivel chairs


 
And I'm so excited I may be using this lacquer strie Phillip Jeffries wall covering in a new client's home!
 
Design by Bradley Stevens
There you have it!
Thanks for reading!! xoxo

 
 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wanted: Wallpaper

My Phillip Jeffries rep just left and it was a wonderful reminder of all the fabulous textured wall coverings made by this company.
 
Here's a peek at some of my favorites
 
Mad for Plaid
 
 
It's Greek to Me.... Love the orange colorway
 
 
 
Great for a girl's room
 
 
 
 
I look at this and I think Beach House.
 
 
All of these wall coverings are handcrafted, not machine-made.
To take another look or learn more you can check out the Phillip Jeffries website.
 
Some other goodies I spied this week...
A stunner in person
 
And talk about purple crush
 
 
That's all folks. Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

House of Turquoise Guest Post

 
 
Hey People! I'm guest posting over at the House of Turquoise.  Check me out here!
 
And make sure you poke around a bit. Erin's blog is filled with beautiful pictures:)
Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Scenes from Spain

I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful country of Spain this summer. Here's a few highlights...

Beautiful iron work on the balconies


  Architecture by Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona. Very different from the rest of European architecture.
 
They say it's the origin of the word "gawdy"  ...
 you decide.

 
 
 
 
A cathedral currently under construction in Barcelona to be completed in 2020. Construction started when Gaudi was alive.
 
 

 
 
Personally - I loved his work.
 
 
ooops how did that slip in there?
This bottle came from a beautiful winery that was opened for business in the 16th century and is still operating today!
 
 
There are three Guggenheim museums in the world ...Venice, New York and Bilboa, Spain.
Here are some pictures I took of the outside (no pics inside)
 
 
In case you were wondering what stainless steel tulips look like.
 
 
A puppy made of gorgeous flowers? Yep, they had too!
 
 
And what I admire most about Spain as a decorator - the vivid colors and patterns found everywhere.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are you still awake? Good for you! Nothing like looking at other people's vacation pictures to make you want to take a snooze:)
 
 So, bare with me for one last group shot in Barcelona in front of the W Barcelona. A must go for a drink and a bite to eat!
 
 
I'm the one in the tribal shorts and black sweater.
And would never have had such a great time if not for this group:)
 
Thanks for reading!! XOXO

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Client updates


Here's what I've been up too...

Still working on a first floor reno some of the finishing touches we added are these x benches for a punch of hot pink!

 
 
They're flanking a console in my client's dining room
 
Fabric is by Robert Allen to the trade
 
 

I have a new client and we're using this wallpaper as our jumping off point for her living room design. Yep, I'm a lucky gal:)

 
You may recognize this wall covering from this image

Meg Braff Interiors
These awesome chairs were delivered to another client for their family room

similar here


These chairs will be placed on the opposite wall of this room which is slowly puttering along:)




Slow but steady progress...
This is where we started.


Bought myself an original art piece that I first saw at a booth at a fundraiser by fabulous artist Janine McGuire.



Months later it was still available at an art trunk show.
So I bought it!

Here it is in my house. So lucky it was still available.



Speaking of art ... need some ideas for your walls?

Check out my past post on how to make your walls sing!! Read it here.

For more info on the above artist email me and I can get you her contact info.

I'll be signing off for a few weeks! Talk to you again in July.


Thanks for reading!! XOXO
 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The secrets to making teenage girl's happy!

Well if I knew what made teenage girls happy I'd bottle that right up, sell it, make millions and buy a villa in St. Barth's.
 
 I can however, attempt to make a teenage girl happy by zhushing up her room a bit:)

 
 
In addition to divulging some of my sources,  I thought it would be fun to discuss how I go about designing a space and use this room as an example... 
 
 
If you want to see the before and after pictures of this room first you can go here.


 
When starting a design plan, I usually begin with an inspiration piece usually it's a fabric, sometimes its a rug or even a piece of art. That inspiration piece comes from the client.  In this case I used the clients pinterest board and found this image.
 
pillows by Caitlin Wilson
 
I also found lots of animal prints and ghost chairs. We have one very stylish teenager here!
 
Now I didn't use any of the above fabrics in the room but I let them be my guide in creating a color scheme. In this case turquoise, pink and grey. I also wanted the room to feel fresh, young, crisp and not too trendy and well-edited.
 
 Okay, moving on, I remembered this fun little rug from Dash and Albert that I've always wanted to use. It reminds me of ice cream ---  I think it's the name - the Neapolitan.
 

 
I also found this colorful print by Britt Bass
 
 
With these pieces in place the other elements just fell into place.
 
I definitely wanted to include an animal print but I didn't want it to be overpowering and I wanted to keep with our turquoise, grey and pink color scheme --- luck would have it she had pinned this on her board as well.
 
 
 
I think she was dreaming of built-ins but if I forgot to mention there was a VERY limited budget for this room (meaning nothing custom) which I was totally on board with because what if our client changes her mind next week, right? And to boot this room redo was accomplished in less than four weeks as a surprise for this lucky gal!
 
So instead of papering her whole room in this Thibaut wall covering we chose a focal wall where her bed would sit and we then painted the rest of the room in a coordinating color... silver drops by Behr. Her dad in fact lovingly painted the room for her!
 

In addition to the "pretty" I equally take into consideration the function of the space.
 
This room was going to be used for 1) getting serious about homework and 2) getting serious about hitting the town with friends:)
Hence the desk/vanity situation I have going on.
 
 
 
Here is where she can sit and do her homework and with the large mirror above can blow dry her hair, apply makeup and primp!
 
I absolutely love this desk by Pottery Barn and the large mirror above was found at Home Goods.
 
 
 
All the accessories on the desk are from the Container Store. The silver lamp was from the Land of Nod and the large turquoise flower art also another Home Goods find.
 
 
The draperies are from Pottery Barn Teen with black out lining.  I know first hand that teenagers like to sleep in so this was chosen on purpose. The bedding is also from Pottery Barn.
 
The quilt, and black chevron tray? Home Goods. I like to always have a touch of black in every room!
 


 
 
 
Headboard from Ballard Designs $199, lamps from Home Goods and vintage bedside table from Vintage Home in Paoli, PA.
 
The toughest part of the room for me was choosing the art. Art as we all know is personal to everyone but I didn't over think it too much and went with fun pieces!
 
 
The colorful macaroons came from the
Paper Source just a sheet of wrapping paper that I framed.
 
 
 
The grey piece came from Home Goods and the ice cream print came from the Land of Nod.
 
Now I did lie a teensy bit and did customize a few things. Her euro shams were monogrammed at Tibbar Tibbar in Wayne PA.
 
 
And wanna know the secret to making your bed pillows look lush and full? Use two pillow inserts!! Honestly, it's life changing.
 
And the turquoise pillows found on the bed and ghost chair are this custom fabric avail to the trade .
 
Robert Allen's spaced out
 
 
There you have it!
 
Here's the before
 
 
And the After
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are you still reading this?
My gosh good for you! This was a LONG one...
 
Thanks for hanging in there!! xoxo
 
 
 
 
 
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