Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all on this beautiful Friday, and if you’re not Irish join in the fun anyway. Instead of looking at something to do with the holiday I thought we would take a virtual trip across the Atlantic and take a look at some beautiful castles on the Emerald Isle. Castles are very interesting, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and they usually have wonderfully interesting histories. Ireland is high on our list for places to visit and this small country holds some amazing castles with a wide range of histories. So, join me for a tour as we lower the drawbridge and climb the turret steps to check out these beautiful Irish homes that just happen to be fit for a King or Queen. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 17, 2017
March 10, 2017
One of the great things about attending the Design Bloggers Conference are the speakers, people who are experts in their fields of design, blogging, technology, PR, publishing and so much more, of course, some of my favorites are the designers that speak to us about their work and the world of design. One of those designers this year was Timothy Corrigan, Corrigan has design offices both in Los Angeles and Paris and is known for his signature style of “comfortable elegance”. Corrigan has worked for royalty around the world as well as corporate executives, movie stars and some people you may have never heard of. One thing Corrigan does that I love is incorporating antiques into a lot of the designs he does, he showed us some slides of homes he’s worked on and many of them were a combination of current furniture and art as well as antique and more classical pieces. In addition to working for others Timothy Corrigan has been working on a major project of his own, several years ago he purchased Chateau du Grande-Lucé in France’s Loire Valley. The chateau had fallen into great disrepair over the years but today has been restored and decorated and serves Corrigan as a private home. Join me today for a peek into the comfortably elegant world of Timothy Corrigan, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
November 7, 2016
For my November decorating challenge from At Home I chose their Holiday Dining Table challenge and decided to do something for Fall and Thanksgiving. I had had my eye on the amazing collection of art glass pumpkins At Home had in the stores this year and decided this was the perfect opportunity to do something fun and different with them. Everything I used in the challenge came from At Home and I’ll show you and tell what I did along the with photos from setting up the table. Enjoy!!!
August 3, 2016
I ran into the local Anthropologie one day last week to see what was new and what if anything good was on the sale tables. Anytime I’m in Anthropologie I find myself drawn to the brightly colored plates and accessories, I decided then and there to do a little research and find out who the creative mind is behind these eye catchers. I was happy to find out they are the creation of a lovely French lady named Nathalie Lété.
June 2, 2016
If you enjoy architecture, interior design and history then you have to try and get to Newport, Rhode Island and tour the “Cottages“. The cottages are several houses in Newport left from the Gilded Age of America, they were all built by people with names like Vanderbilt, Whitney, and Astor. Today these mansions tower over the landscape as reminders of how life used to be. We were in Boston several years on business for Michael’s job and had a rental car, we had driven up and down the Massachusets coast and a waitress in a restaurant told us if we had a few extra hours we should drive to Newport. We arrived in the seaside town late in the afternoon and immediately drove to The Breakers, we bought tickets and were one of the last tours of the day. The home is grand just as you would expect, with two story ceilings, grand staircases, massive furniture only outdone by the huge fireplaces. The tours through the house are guided and they are full of wonderful information and anecdotes. I’m hoping to get back to Newport, there are several other homes available to tour including Marble House, The Elms, and Rosecliff, I’m thinking a trip in the fall would be perfect. Until we can all get to Newport we’ll have to be happy with photos of the Breakers, another wonderful place to visit on vacation. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 21, 2016
Buckingham Palace is easily the largest of the places Queen Elizabeth calls home, with 775 rooms and the largest garden in the city of London Buckingham Palace is the primary London residence of the ruling monarch and the site for many celebrations through the centuries for the British people. Buckingham House was the original name for the building that makes up the core of today’s palace, it was built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and was bought by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for his wife Queen Charlotte. Eventually, the house was added onto and a central courtyard was created with the addition of three wings through the 19th century, Buckingham Palace became the principal residence of the Monarch in 1837 when Queen Victoria moved in and became the first British Sovereign to live in the Palace. Of the 775 rooms, there are 19 State Rooms, 52 Principal Bedrooms, 188 Staff Bedrooms, 92 Offices and 78 Bathrooms. State banquets that are held at BP are held in the Ballroom, up to 170 guests can attend these dinners when all the best china, crystal and decorations are used. ( above image via )
March 2, 2016
Trays are a wonderful thing, whether it’s a utilitarian tray to hold stuff or a decorative tray sitting on the kitchen island holding decorative jars of candy or your vanity holding makeup brushes, trays are a very good thing. There’s a multitude of different types of trays: metal trays, plastic trays, woven trays, glass trays, chances are you can find one to take care of whatever task you want. Here’s a look at different types of trays and all the ways we can use them to not only hold our things but to decorate with, Enjoy!!!
December 18, 2015
I have to admit something and tell you that time has gotten away from me this holiday season and what I had planned on posting for today just didn’t happen, so today I’m featuring a house we looked at last year. Tomorrow night we are attending a party in this home that the homeowner has every year so I’ll give you a peek at where I’ll be spending my Saturday night. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday, Enjoy!!!
Happy Christmas Eve, and to my family “Christmas Eve Gift”!!!! Today we are taking a look at another home I decorate for Christmas, I think this is my 4th or maybe 5th Christmas in this beautiful home.
I got to know these clients after they inquired with a neighbor as to who decorated their door, they called me and it’s been a great working and friend relationship ever since. This house is what I refer as a transitional home, it has aspects that are very traditional but yet incorporates lots of new and up to date ideas as far as finishes, fabrics and so much more. I mainly take care of the front door decorations, staircase, dining table, fireplace, garlands and help with the Christmas trees.
November 24, 2015
I had big plans for a post on decorating your table and fall centerpieces for Thanksgiving, but alas time got away from me and I’m up to neck in decorating client’s homes for Christmas. But, I have found some great ideas that I want to share with you for table decor for your Thanksgiving dinner. I love to have a beautiful centerpiece on the table for any occasion, but I know that’s not always possible, especially if you put the food on the table and aren’t doing a buffet, but remember you can always do a small grouping of flowers and/or candles in the center of the dining table and still have room for plates and food. You can also apply these ideas to your buffet and a lot of people will set up the desserts on a table or buffet of their own so you can decorate that area as well. Whatever you do for decoration don’t stress over it too much, make it easy on yourself and enjoy it, something is better than nothing and as always, Enjoy!!!
November 18, 2015
I keep finding myself drawn back to Pottery Barn Kids, when we had a store here in Oklahoma City I would pop in periodically to see what was new, I always like the colors they use and so many times their holiday designs have a vintage or retro feel to them that I love. Of course, it could also be that I’ve never grown up and the kid in me just likes what he sees. I was on the PBK website the other day looking for Thanksgiving placemats after I put away the Halloween placemats and loved everything I saw, I guess some people decorate whole areas or tables for the children to eat at on the holidays, when I was growing up the kids table was the table in Grandma’s kitchen away from adults. Take a look at the great Thanksgiving merchandise from PBK and don’t even get me started on the Christmas (I already ordered their Christmas placemats). Have fun and Enjoy!!!