Tomorrow I’m heading to New York City for a few days, I’ll give you more details on the trip tomorrow, but I thought today we would look at one of my favorite NYC artists/shopkeepers, John Derian. Derian is known for his wonderful decoupage art, all his decoupage is done in his New York studio using images he reproduces from his large collection of vintage prints, all the images are transferred to handblown glass. John Derian’s images come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes including ovals, round, rectangles, and multi-piece wall hangings. I have a couple of the smaller trays and paperweights he’s created but I aspire to one of the multi-piece wall hangings. Today I want to share some of the newer pieces since we last checked in on John Derian, I love his use of florals, animals, and especially the more “unique” pieces such as the multi-piece skeleton wall hanging. I hope you like the work of John Derian as much as I do and remember you can see his work here and order online if you can’t make it to New York. Enjoy!!! ( above image Roses III)
April 18, 2017
April 10, 2017
Last week we took a look at the Pillowfort Bedroom collection from Target and today we continue to focusing on that collection with a look at merch for the bathroom. The multicolored striped towels above were the thing that caught my eye last week as well as several other fun things. This collection is geared towards kids but there are lots of things you could use in a lake house, a pool bath or just if you’re a “fun” adult. There are lots of fun patterns to choose from and great color combinations, so here we go, exploring Pillowfort from Target. Enjoy!!!
April 6, 2017
I love a good showhouse, they’re always a great source for ideas to use in decorating our own homes and they’re also a wonderful way to connect with designers and homebuilders who can help you reach the goals you have for your home. Recently on Facebook, I saw a designer I follow, Scot Meacham Wood, had shared an article from Traditional Home on the recent showhouse in Raleigh, NC. The first thing that caught my attention was the outside of the house, I loved the whole look from the high pitched roof to the black and white color scheme and copper guttering and bright blue door, which you can see above. I checked out the TH article and the showhouse myself and knew I had to share it with you. The house is very colorful and vibrant with a wonderful use of patterns throughout the house in the use of wallpaper, rugs, tile, and fabric and I see several things I would love to do in my own home or incorporate into projects for client’s homes. Join me for a tour of the Raleigh Designer Showhouse, where all the ticket proceeds are going to Boys and Girls Clubs and is open through this coming Sunday, April 9th. Enjoy!!!
April 4, 2017
We were in Target the other day looking to see if they had a bath mat to go with some new towels we had recently purchased when I ran across their Pillowfort collection. The thing that caught my eye was the fun striped towels I saw but we’ll talk about their bathroom collection later this week. I know this collection is geared towards children and decorating their bedrooms and bathrooms but there are definitely some things in the Pillowfort collection I would use as an adult. Enough talk, let’s check out Pillowfort from Target, let me know what you think and Enjoy!!!
April 3, 2017
One thing I love to see is where the rich and famous live, so last year when Carrie Fisher died so unexpectedly I was naturally curious about her home in Los Angeles. Carrie lived in a “hacienda style” home that sits on 2.66 acres in the Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. Carrie Fisher lived in the home for over twenty years having purchased it in 1992 or ’93, the home was originally built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1919 and over the years has been lived in by other notables like Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head. Earlier this year we were able to see the documentary Bright Lights, starring Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, and were able to get a good look at the house and all of its contents. Fisher was known as quite the shopper and her home showed it as it’s filled with collectibles including Biedermeier Furniture, Star Wars memorabilia, Indian rugs, artwork and the list goes on and on. The red tile roofed home is 4,210 square feet and has four bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pool and a guest house. One notable thing about the guest house is there’s an upright piano in one of the bathrooms, it was here that singer/songwriter James Blunt recorded the song Goodbye My Lover. Of course, now there are many rumors surrounding the property, I’ve read her daughter Billie Lourd will live there, it will be turned into a museum or it and its contents will be sold. Don’t forget there’s another house on the property where her mom, Debbie Reynolds, lived for several years. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what happens, in the meantime here’s a look at photos from the home from an Architectural Digest article originally printed in 2004 and reprinted last Fall. Enjoy!!!
March 23, 2017
I love the new ABC family comedy Speechless and the driving force on that show is the mother Maya DiMeo, a mother of three teenagers one of which has cerebral palsy, Maya is played by actress Minnie Driver. I’ve loved Minnie Driver for years, I think she is a hilarious actress and will always remember her stint on Will and Grace with much affection. Recently the design magazine Elle Decor paid a visit to Minnie and her son Henry in their 1940’s Hollywood Hills home and I want to share the pictures with you today from that visit. Her home is a ranch style house that she hired British designer Peter Dunham to help her with. I love the color palette she’s chosen with lots of colors including red, white, and blue in the dining area. Driver says she and Dunham have a lot in common including the style she calls “English Gypsy”, whatever it is it works beautifully and has made for a wonderful home for her and her son to enjoy. Something else I’m happy about is her show, Speechless, has been renewed for a second season. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 21, 2017
Elsie de Wolfe
In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, we are looking at women who have made history in our world in the field of design. Today we are focusing on the life of a great American Interior Designer, Elsie de Wolf. de Wolf is known for eliminating the clutter of Victorian design and leading America into the 20 Century as well as creating the cocktail party. For a more in-depth look at her life and career click here to see the post I did on her birthday in 2014.
March 20, 2017
In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, we are looking at women who have made history in our world in the field of design. Today we are focusing on the life of a great American Interior Designer, Sister Parish. Sister Parish is known for her use of color, prints, trim on draperies, hooked rugs, and needlepoint pillows. For a more in-depth look at her life and career click here to see the post I did on her birthday in 2015.
March 20, 2017
Today is the first day of Spring and that usually means a lot of our thoughts will turn to warmer days and brighter colors. A quick and easy way to get a fresh jolt of color this time of year is to change out the pillows in our living rooms and bedroom, change out the deep, rich colors of Fall and Winter for bright and lighter colors of Spring and Summer. I recently received the latest Pottery Barn catalog and PB has a ton of new and beautiful pillows, when I was putting this post together I noticed myself continually drawn to the embroidered pillows and those done in crewel stitch. I always love these kinds of pillows because all of the handwork done on them gives another dimension to the pillow as well as fun patterns and colors. Join me today for a peek at some of the beautiful pillows from Pottery Barn and get inspired for Spring, Enjoy!!!