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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.
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!!!
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!!!
Today I want to introduce you to Antoinette Poisson, a beautiful French company making beautiful products. Antoinette Poisson was founded in 2012 by three people who are paper conservators and met in school, today Julie Stordiau, Vincent Farelly, and Jean-Baptiste Martin create beautiful wallpapers and fabrics based on the 18th-century decorative papers called dominos, the company gets its name from the first name and maiden name of Madame de Pompadour. Dominos were papers used by the design-savvy french to line their closets, cupboards, boxes, and served as the end papers of books. Many times the dominos had the appearance of marble and other times they were florals or other designs. Today, the founders of Antoinette Poisson carve their own blocks to print the designs from as well as color them themselves. The trio says they could see the art of creating dominos was dying and they wanted to revive it so they started Antoinette Poisson. You can order from their website and find some of their products in stores like John Derian in NYC, I want to share a look with you today at some of their beautiful works. Welcome to the world of Antoinette Poisson, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
This experiment went so well that I’m sure you can anticipate seeing a lot more posts on the glories of spray paint. I had been thinking about doing something with spray paint and decided that the Fall and upcoming Holiday seasons were the perfect times to do it. I decided to start with something simple and spray paint pumpkins in the perfect autumn accessory color, gold. These pumpkins can be used in so many places, you can line them up along a fireplace mantel or a dining table. You can add them to flower arrangements for some glitz and glamor or you can do as I’ve done today and use them all by themselves. I hadn’t looked at spray paint in a long time and am amazed at all the colors and finishes it comes in like I said you’ll probably be seeing several more posts on spray paint and how to use it. For now, here’s a look at what I did today and join me tomorrow for another look at spray paint, and we’ll combine everything for a great tablescape. Enjoy!!!
I have a new client that I recently helped her with the decorating of her new home for Fall and her front porch. While we went pretty traditional as far as color on the front porch we went much more neutral for the interiors, think birch branches, white, tan, and gold pumpkins as well as white and gray pumpkins and gourds. There are a lot of choices out there for neutral colored pieces to use in decorating for the seasons and holidays, you can find real pumpkins and gourds now in white and greens as well as all kinds of decorations in neutral colors that also involve gold and silver and neutral colored elements like rope, yarn, and burlap that all work well with the more neutral color schemes of our homes. I thought today we would take a look at Fall decorating in a neutral color palette and all this week we’ll go a little more in-depth as far as materials. Have fun and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
Juan Pablo Molyneux is known for the luxurious interiors he creates as well as his “maximalism” aesthetic, so you can imagine the new book Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home from Assouline Publishing is filled with beautiful images of colorful rooms filled with gorgeous objects, wall treatments, and fabrics. Molyneux is a Chilean-born interior designer with the focus of his practice being in America and Europe, he has created beautiful homes in Chicago and New York as well as Moscow. Today Molyneux and his wife Pilar live in an NYC townhouse as well as a home in Le Marais in Paris and Château de Pouy-sur-Vannes outside the French capital. In Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home, we get a taste of what it takes to put a Molyneux project together and a look at the work by master craftsmen and artists, such as detailed lacquerwork, decorative painting, carved woodwork, and straw marquetry. There’s even a peek at scagliola which is the use of colored plaster to imitate marble. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Homeis written by Laura Verchère, a luxury lifestyle brand artistic consultant. Photography is by Harald Gottschalk, a photographer who has had more than 60 exhibitions of his work as well as collaborating on other projects and major publications. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is available now for pre-order from Assouline Publishing, a wonderful gift for the upcoming holiday season, especially for the person in your life whose motto is “More is More”. Here’s a look at some images from this beautiful book, Enjoy!!!
Banners are a great way to decorate not only for parties but also for the different holidays and seasons, combine a banner with Fall’s fabric of choice, burlap, and awesome stenciling and you get Swanky Burlap. Swanky Burlap specializes in banners for all occasions whether it’s Fall, Christmas, Birthday Parties, or Baby and Wedding showers they have what you want and if they don’t they’ll make it. Banners are a great way to greet guests hanging on your front porch or across a doorway in the house, of course, they also look great stretched out across a fireplace mantel along with holiday decorations on top of the mantel. Today I’m sharing some examples of the different Fall banners Swanky Burlap has available, visit their Etsy site for a look at what else is available as well as ordering custom designs. Enjoy!!!
You never know where you’re going to find inspiration or something interesting, I had to go all the way to the Netherlands to stumble across Chilewich in a store in Amsterdam. Chilewich is an American manufacturer of placemats, table runners, napkins, rugs, and window shades made from wonderful textiles and designed by Sandy Chilewich. Sandy and her husband, Joe Sultan, are the team behind this successful company producing beautiful, modern looking products. I love the look and feel of the Chilewich placemats, they are what first caught my eye in a display in the Amsterdam store, they are sleek, chic and very attractive. Sandy has been producing her tabletop line since 2000 and it has changed the way tables are dressed in both homes and restaurants. Join me for a look at some of the placemats and runners from Chilewich and check out their website for more products and information. Enjoy!!!
I have always liked Gingham plaid, I like the pattern it creates, I like the traditional red, blue and green colors it has come in, I like the newer versions in black, gray and more muted tones and the larger patterns referred to as Buffalo Check. Gingham kind of gets a bum rap since most people view it as a “country” fabric and only think of it for picnic blankets and square dance costumes. Gingham plaid is one of those fabric patterns that mixes well with other patterns and can definitely be made more glamorous, there’s nothing more chic than a mixture of gingham plaid and French toile fabrics as well as gingham and florals, polka dots and complementary solids. Nowadays you can find gingham patterned flooring in exaggerated sizes, wallpaper in a wide array of colors, bedding and accessories. Join me for a look at Gingham and how to mix and match it to add a simple classic to your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)