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 23, 2017
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!!!
March 1, 2017
I cannot believe it’s the first day of March, seems impossible that we are almost to Spring and it seems like we just put the Christmas tree back in the attic. The one thing I always associate with the month of March is the color green, I guess that’s because we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month as well as the first day of Spring in 19 days. I love the color green, it really does go with everything and even more, I love to combine different shades of green in decorating. Today in celebration of the arrival of March we are going to look at Chartreuse, a color that gets its name because of its resemblance in color to a French liqueur. Chartreuse is bright and eye catching, I always like to compare it with the color of sweet potato vines. Join me today for a look at Chartreuse as we welcome March and head into Spring, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 23, 2017
I think I’ve told you before how I have a thing for lamps, I just think there’s nothing that finishes a room off more than good lamps, they’re like the jewelry of the room. I’ve recently discovered the furniture and home accessory company Safavieh, I have purchased 2 different pairs of lamps from them and am very happy with what we got. I thought today I would share some other tabletop lighting that has caught my eye, one thing that’s great about Safavieh is their pricing, they have some beautiful high-end merchandise with high-end prices but they also have great looking merchandise with amazing prices. The two pairs of lamps I’ve recently purchased were both less than $200 for the pair and the lamps are very well made. Join me today for a look at lighting and we’ll be back to see what other amazing deals and beautiful finds are available from Safavieh. Enjoy!!! (above lamp is Color Swirls)
January 31, 2017
For the month of January, one of the challenges we had to choose from At Home was taking care of a decorating project we had been putting off so I decided to give our bathroom a decorative punch. We had the bathroom tiled several years ago, probably about 10, at the time we could get this tan tile cheap so we did it. Today I would like to redo the bathroom but there are other things that need to be redone first. I started out knowing I would like to streamline things somewhat and lighten the colors without having to paint or anything. The room is a neutral tan color that works with anything so I kept that and headed off to At Home to see what I could find and put together. I’ll share the pictures of the room with you and go more in-depth on why I chose what I did. Enjoy!!!
January 20, 2017
I was recently going through magazines and read an interview with Margherita Missoni, she is the granddaughter of Missoni founders Ottavio and Rosita Missoni. Today Margherita designs for the House of Missoni as well as raises her family while living and working outside of Milan, so today we are going to take a look at her current collection she did for Pottery Barn Kids. I love collaborations like this one between Missoni and Pottery Barn Kids when you take two established brands, clink them together and see what happens. The Margherita Missoni Collection is fun, bright, and colorful, it draws a great deal on her Italian heritage and it’s quite possible you’ll find something to use in an adult area of your home, especially if you’re looking for fun and color. I thought today we would take a look at some of the Missoni pieces that can help you spark up your child’s room or perhaps another room in your home. Enjoy!!!
December 9, 2016
Christmas Candles are one of those things that give you a double “hit” of pretty, they’re beautiful to look at during the day because of their colors and the designs on them and they’re even more beautiful after they’ve been lit. When I was a little boy we had a red and white candle that was in the shape of Christmas Tree, we never lit it because we didn’t want to destroy it, I still think of that candle every Christmas. At Home has a lot of beautiful candles in the stores in whatever colors you’re looking for, whether it’s gold, silver, white, blue, or red they’ve got it. As you’ll also see today they have beautiful candles in great designs like the red and white candy stripes I’m featuring. Here’s a look at what you can combine and create using Christmas Candles from At Home, Enjoy!!!