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 22, 2017
Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!
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 9, 2017
HI!!!!! Sorry I’ve been delinquent on posting but we took a vacation/work break part of last week and part of this week and I wanted to check in with you today and give you a sneak peek of some things to come. You may remember that last year I attended the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta and I decided to attend this year’s conference in Los Angeles. (above image via)
We hadn’t taken any real vacations since last Summer so Michael decided to go with me and we headed out a few days before the conference started and ran around Los Angeles doing LA things. I’ll be sharing parts of our trip with you over the next few days, right now I’m going through pictures and deciding what I want to share.
To tide you over, here are a few snaps of places and things we saw, check back with us as we explore the City of Angels and all it has to offer. Enjoy!!!
March 3, 2017
Mark your calendars, Easter this year is Sunday, April 16th so we better get hopping and start shopping, let’s check out MacKenzie-Childs first. MC has wonderful things available this year as far as bunny and egg decorations, I definitely think you can put out your Easter decor now and leave it up throughout the Spring season, nothing says spring like rabbits and bright pastel colors. One great thing about MacKenzie-Childs merchandise is that it really works with anything, their black and white Courtly Check pattern looks great with pastels, greens, purple, you name it and it works. Join me as we flip through the newest MC catalog and check out the bunnies and eggs, 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 16, 2017
If I had a large home it would be full of chairs, chairs and lamps seem to be the things I “have a thing” for. There’s nothing more beautiful than a well-made chair covered in beautiful fabric and I was thrilled when I recently found the furniture and home goods from Julian Chichester in Elle Decor magazine. I visited the Julian Chichester website and was happy to see how many beautiful things for our homes they offer. Today we’re going to take a look at 7 different chairs from Chichester, some of them are contemporary and some are traditional with a twist. I hope you find these chairs as beautiful as I do and we’ll definitely be back to see what other beautiful pieces Chichester offers, Enjoy!!!
February 7, 2017
As you know by now I love all things British, including their magazines. I’m always excited every month when the newest edition of House & Garden arrives and I can see what’s new on the decorating scene across the pond. On our trips to the UK over the last several years, we’ve been fortunate to stay not only in hotels but also rent flats a couple of times, if you have a chance to do this I strongly encourage it. Living for several days in a flat or home in Britain really helps you become immersed in the culture. For the most part, I love how British designers decorate, their use of color, antiques, natural materials, books, and the mixing of old and new. Today I want to share with you several different Living Rooms that have been featured in House & Garden magazine and tell you why the appeal to me and hopefully you as well. Enjoy!!!
February 3, 2017
I recently saw prints for sale online of the artwork of Fred Birchal and I was captivated, I had to find out more about this person and his work. I immediately found Birchal’s website where you are able to see all his works that are available. His work is wonderful, from the use of the bright colors and his drawing technique to of course the Pop Culture subject matters he’s chosen, he focuses mainly on film and music for inspiration. Birchal is Brazilian and finished his Graphic Arts degree in 2011, so in 6 years he’s become well known in the art world and amassed a wonderful collection of works. Among inspirational artists for Birchal are Warhol, Keith Haring, and Norman Rockwell. Join me today for a look at a recent series Fred Birchal did on cars and visit his website here for a look at his other collections, I know I will. Enjoy!!!