Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pillows! An Easy Spring Update

 Spring is here and I think we all want a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to update our rooms.  One good way is to add new pillows or change out the ones we have.  I'll show you some of my favorites right now.

I prefer a clean look now, especially for the warmer months.  I have two of these on my sofa at home and they are perfect.

Get rid of the heavily trimmed and tasseled look like two above.  I still love a nice needlepoint pillow like this one, but not for spring and summer decorating.

Turquoise and spa-blues are still on my love list and they look great on cream or white-slipcovered furniture. Large-scale center motifs are very current and fresh looking.

Two hot trends combined in one pillow; suzani motif and purple.

I love this look.  Light upholstery and bleached wood finish punched up with a killer pillow.

How about this for a spring look?  Such a cute little pillow appliqued with a dragonfly.

I used the dragonfly pillow in this teen girl's bedroom.  She loved it!

Or maybe this sweet little bee pillow.

I love this cute little French scooter pillow.

So go forth!  Get yourself some stylish new pillows and inject some fresh air into your home!

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Thing of Beauty

I love beautiful things.  I think any and all who haunt these blogs and websites do as well. Before I was a designer, before I was a blogger, before anything, I loved beautiful things.  Be they grand or humble, I have always loved the thrill of the hunt and the subsequent finding of the "prize".
 I know. The definition of the word prize is as infinite as the number of us devotees.

For today's enjoyment, I offer this.

This is a silver-plated hotel turkey platter and dome.  It is absolutely huge, measuring 30" long x 20" wide.
It takes some muscle to lift it!  It has a crest engraved on the front and the scalloped tray is substantial.

Something about a beautiful object that has been loved, used, and cherished by many before us makes it so much more meaningful than anything brand new.

(When I leave this old world, they'll probably have to pry this from my dead cold hands!)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Love List Friday

On your Friday Love List is this fabulous, sensuous, French bergere from Chelsea Textiles.

Just looking at it makes me feel a little light-headed!

Contact me if you are interested in any of our Love List items.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

If Money Were No Object.....

I just had to show you these images of Paula Deens "Dish Pantry".

The term "butler's pantry" has always come off a little pretentious to me.  Unless, of course, you actually have a butler.  But this large room-turned Dish Pantry is everything I dream of.  Lots of space, antique-inspired shelving and cabinetry, rolling ladder,  large windows.
 Wow. Just. Wow.

Source: Cooking with Paula Deen

Monday, March 21, 2011

So True.....Mr Hadley

"Design is coming to grips with one's real lifestyle, one's real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one's well- being."

Albert Hadley

Image via House Beautiful

Friday, March 18, 2011

Love List Friday

On the Love List today is this gorgeous Gothic-inspired table from Bliss Studio.  Just love.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Time It is A-Changing

Happy Saturday!
We spring forward this weekend and to me that means spring is almost here.  It has been a rather grueling winter here, so I have never been more ready.  I have many decorating projects in mind for my house, as well as some cool displays for my shop.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will keep you posted on my goings-on.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Love List

Two of these are sitting in my shop right now.  Trying to resist the urge to take them home with me!