Thursday, December 31, 2009

I'm wanting this Beachcomber basket from Pottery Barn. Not typical of my style, but I really love the contrast with modern furniture particularly with chrome accents - it adds a nice touch of texture. I'm thinking of it filled with wood, a huge potted plant, throws, or an occasional cat or two....

Monday, December 28, 2009

Orange chair find...

I really love this room, even though it is on the edge of how much "stuff" I can actually live around, but I particularly love the child's orange chair that's almost lost in this sea of stuff.

New Lighting for the Kitchen

Just ordered these new pendants for the kitchen. The single, in an 8" size, will go over the sink; and two more of those, in a 14" size, over the dining table. The double pendant will go over the island/cooktop. We ordered polished nickel - this will give it a contemporary edge and should mix well with the brushed-finish cabinet hardware and stainless steel appliances.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

More from our house...

This is the Guest Bedroom bedside table

The Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom - carved buddha head on the entertainment console

The Foyer

The Bar!

The Office - end table

The Den

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How tranquil....

An interior designer in Boston posted this picture on her blog ( A perfect room.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"In the most successful spaces, you don't see everything at once. The more time you spend in them, the more you discover. They open up like flowers." - Vincent Wolfe

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

What I love about these rooms from House Beautiful...

The neutral palette and simplicity. The mix of material and open floor plan pull your eye through every part of the room.

The wrap around french doors and use of space... (not a fan of the colors)

The volume of the room and the mix of neutrals and blues

It's all white!

There's a lot of furniture in this room, but it works

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Our house at the coast

This is the Beachside Modern Buffet from Ralph Lauren Home, as are the glass and chrome Hurricanes. The mirrors are from Homegoods (great find!)

Headboard from West Elm.

Good intentions... but I forgot to take the battery charger to the coast with us this weekend. So the camera fizzled out after just a few snaps. I did get these photos, though, which I think provide a good perspective of our coastal decor. Most of the furniture is Ralph Lauren Home, but the photos show a variety of our finds. The grass rug peeking out of the corner (photo with the blue striped chair) is from Homegoods, as are the two round mirrors over the Modern Beachside buffet, and the oil painting (which I had re-framed). I love the headboard from West elm - it's a popular choice, as I've seen it a few times in some of the home decor magazines.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

A peek at our Dining Room

I'm not a fan of dining rooms. They're too little used and I struggle with being creative in a room that is full of table and chairs. This is where we are so far... The rug is recycled from the Den. Although we purchased a new rug for the Den, this one is still a favorite of mine because I really love the color and the design. I prefer using lamps rather than overhead lighting (so we need to fix the spot in the ceiling where a chandelier used to hang!). Lamps just provide a more comfortable ambience in my opinion. The color of the walls will change...eventually.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

One of my favorite things

One of my favorite things..... the louis ghost chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell. It can go anywhere and in any setting. It's pure style.

From Elle Decor

Keeping up with a blog is much more difficult than I imagined. After a couple of very busy weeks, I'm not feeling very inspired; nor have I had much time to focus on capturing the things in my world that I find inspiring (I also have to get use to carrying the digital camera around!). So, I'm sharing some favorite photos of Darryl Carter's home, one of my favorite interior designers. These photos were featured in the November issue of Elle Decor. His use of neutrals and mix of styles is amazing.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Fashion and Style

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” Oscar de la Renta, Vanity Fair 2009

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Our White Room

Freshly painted (RL 'Stucco White') with white linen sectional and zebra print ottomans (RL Home). I've always wanted an all-white room and I think I pulled this off without it looking sterile. It's such an inviting room.

The b/w prints are our photos from travels, framed in Pottery Barn Gallery Frames. The framed butterfly art is from HomeGoods (a nice surprise last weekend). The closet doors in the backgrounds of picture #3 so do not go with the look, so now I'm thinking louvered doors would go great - keeps with the informal, Malibu/California look I think the room now has. I at least pretend this is our 'Malibu' look anyway...

Friday, October 02, 2009

I LOVE this telescoping side table from Lorin Marsh. It would go so well in our den with the chrome and black leather. I have a weakness for small side tables, just large enough to hold a glass of wine and maybe a small book or two. They really do help finish off a room, more like an accessory than a piece of furniture.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Our guest room. I wanted a relaxing, neutral palate in this room. The only bold color is the RL Cobalt Blue lamp. I'm pleased at how well the horse head sculpture fits the 'refined', yet simple look I was going for (that's a HomeGoods find by the way). The headboard is from Charles P. Rogers in New York.
Also enjoying Thad Hayes "The Tailored Interior". Just my style. I've been looking at the rooms over and over again, seeing something new (and getting new ideas) each and every time. I love the way the rooms showcase the furniture - I have a weakness for beautiful pieces that can stand out in a room, and his designs allow even subtle pieces to take center stage.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Room in Progress

This is the third try at this room and I believe it now suits what we were looking for - we'll see how long it lasts! I picked the "French Moderne" lounge chairs in the background, and Paul picked the leather and chrome "Sling" chair (there is a second one across from it), so it's a good mix of both our favorite pieces. I'm thinking of adding molding below the chair railing and repainting, but otherwise I'm very happy with the way it's evolving.


This is the Canyon Woven Chaise from Ralph Lauren Home. We love this piece...

Marques de Riscal

This is the Hotel Marques de Riscal, a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection. It's a stunning hotel in Elciego, Spain, where we spent a long weekend in April of '08. It's centered in the Rioja wine region. We loved it so much that we're booked again, well in advance, for May of next year. I've posted pictures from the Starwood website because they are just perfect in showcasing the design that we love about this hotel - it's one of our all-time favorites. The architect is Frank O. Gehry who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The Cateau!

Paul has made fun of me (a bit) for this... I bought it for one of our cats as a place to hide during storms. I do think it's a very creative "cat house" and, quite frankly, I just thought it was cute. It's cardboard and requires assembly. I first came across it in a book by Julia Szabo called "Animal House Style" and then actually purchased it online at

Update(!): Had a thunder storm this evening, and apparently the Cateau is no match for the safety of being underneath an upholstered chair...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What I'm Reading

Just purchased "The Find" by Stan Williams. There are beautiful items and rooms profiled, and most are flea market and thrift store finds. I used to visit the thrift stores occasionally but seem to have lost my patience with them in trying to find the elusive diamond-in-the-rough piece of furniture (and one that I was willing to then pay to have refinished)... this book inspires me to give them another shot. Maybe I will...