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)
March 10, 2017
February 20, 2017
Happy Presidents Day everyone, I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for a new week. Today in celebration of Presidents Day we are going to take a look at Monticello, the home of our nation’s third President, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson began designing then building Monticello when he was 26 years old, on land he inherited after the death of his father, outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Originally the land was a 5,000-acre plantation where Jefferson raised tobacco and mixed crops, later dropping the tobacco and raising wheat. Of course, there is controversy about Jefferson and his Virginia home because he used slave labor to build the house as well as farm the land. The house Thomas Jefferson designed and built is one of neoclassical design, inspired by Italian architect Andrea Palladio, the house is built at the top of an 850-foot peak and the name Monticello translates to Little Mount. Today the home is known for the wonderful view, the dome atop the building and being home to several of Jefferson’s own “inventions.” I’ve only been to Monticello once, after I graduated high school my class took our senior trip to Washington D.C. and New York City, Monticello was on our list of sites to see and to this day remains one of my favorites. I definitely want to go back as I know now I would appreciate Monticello more than I did at 18, for now, join me for a look at photos from Monticello as we tour the home of President Thomas Jefferson. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 17, 2017
We’re about to the point at our house where we need a new sofa, we’ve had the current one for over 10 years, (yikes!!!!) and I’m trying to decide whether to recover our current sofa or buy a new one. Our current sofa doesn’t have any problems other than it’s outdated as far as fabric and needing the cushions plumped up, but the sofa is very traditional in shape and we find ourselves leaning towards a more contemporary look. With that in mind, I’ve been looking when I have time in stores and online as to what’s available and I know what I do like and what I don’t like. I thought on this Friday I would share a few choices I like from West Elm and in the days to come, I’ll share other choices from other suppliers. Let me know what you think and Enjoy!!!
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!!!
January 25, 2017
Last week during the inauguration of the new President Melania Trump showed up at the White House with a gift for the Obamas wrapped in an iconic blue Tiffany’s box, seeing that box got me to thinking about that beautiful soft shade of blue. We’ve all seen it on gift boxes and bags but how about using it in our homes? First, a little history of the color. Tiffany Blue is considered a medium shade of Robin’s Egg Blue and it was first used by Tiffany and Co. in 1845 on the cover of the Tiffany Blue Book, since then the company has continued to use that blue and it has grown to be synonymous with the luxury jewelry brand. Tiffany Blue is produced by Pantone and is known as color #1845, the same number as the year it was first used. Can you really use such a well-known color in your home? The answer is, of course, it’s all up to you in how large or small of a dose you want to use it. Today I’m going to share some beautiful uses of Tiffany Blue in everything from furniture to wall colors and artwork. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 7, 2016
We are in desperate need of new desk chairs at our house, Michael and I share one of our spare bedrooms as an office/computer room. Michael is currently sitting in an office chair we bought years ago, the leather is cracked on the seat part of the chair as well as on the arms and I’m sitting in a wooden chair that goes with our kitchen table. I have been trying to wait until we redo the office space, we want to move the office to another room and turn the current office into a walk-in closet, but I don’t think I can wait. I’ve decided to go ahead and get a couple of new chairs, I know what direction I want to go as far as decorating the new office space and I know I want nice office chairs in a color that aren’t brown or black. I was recently searching for chairs and found the Lexmod website and I think I’ve found what I want as far as design now I just need to settle on a color, right now I’m leaning towards Gray, Orange or White. I’m going to share with you two styles of the desk chairs Lexmod offers but show you all their great color choices, their chairs are adjustable as far as height and the ability to lean back in them. Hopefully, you’ll see something here you like as well, Enjoy!!!
September 9, 2016
I recently ran across some textile designs in a local shop from Grain Design, I liked what I saw so I set out to find more information on the company. Grain is an American company run by partners Chelsea and James in their workshop on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Washington state. James and Chelsea began Grain in 2008 with a goal of designing and producing merchandise for resale that’s done in a social and environmentally responsible way. They pride themselves on uniting “age-old crafting techniques” with modern production in producing their beautiful wares. As I said earlier, when I first ran across some of their products it was in the form of towels but they do a lot more than textiles. Join me today for a look at their wonderful creations and give their website a visit to learn more about their company, their mission, and their beautiful creations. Enjoy!!!
August 19, 2016
I love taking day trips when we’re on a vacation like our recent one to Amsterdam, I’ve shared our trip to Zaanse Schans to see windmills, The Hague and Mauritshuis, and today I want to share our trip to a Medieval castle outside of Amsterdam called Muiderslot. Muiderslot is about nine miles southeast of Amsterdam and sits at the mouth of the Vecht River. Muiderslot was on our list of things to do given to us by friends. The castle was originally constructed in 1280 by Floris V, the Vecht River was a major trade route into the Netherlands and the castle was used to watch the river and extract tolls from those wishing to use the river to bring things into Holland and on down to the town of Utrecht. In 1300 the castle was destroyed and a hundred years later it was rebuilt in the same spot and is what we see today, the castle today has been restored to the way it was in the 17th century with furnishings, fabrics, and decor to reflect 400 years ago.
August 12, 2016
During our trip to London, we were fortunate enough to be able to visit Buckingham Palace, during the months of August and early September the doors to the Palace are thrown open to the public while Queen Elizabeth is on holiday. On the tour you are allowed to make your way through 19 rooms that are known as The State Rooms, these are rooms in the Palace that are used for official functions such as State Dinners and meeting with other world leaders and heads of state. The tour was very enjoyable since you were allowed to proceed through the Palace at your own speed and listen to facts on the different rooms through portable speakers you carry with you. Over the last several years there have been special exhibitions at the Palace during the Summer opening and this year’s is Fashioning A Reign, a look at the clothing and wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth during her 90 years of life and 64 years on the British Throne. There is no photography allowed in the Palace during the tour so I’ll have to rely on the internet to provide some images I can share with you but I’ll definitely give you my own descriptions of what we saw, so grab your hat and cup of tea as we tour the house that royalty built. Enjoy!!! (above image via)