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 15, 2017
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are remembering the life of former First Lady and style icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the woman known for bringing life back to the White House and leading the American nation through the dark days following the assassination of her husband. Click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2015.
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)
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 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!!!
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 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)
January 13, 2017
It’s cold here in Oklahoma, as it is in much of the country. We are having an ice storm here that’s supposed to begin today and carry through tomorrow with maybe as much as 2 inches of ice building up in some places, wish us luck. It’s on days like this that I wish we had a fireplace to light and sit in front of. When I was a little boy we had a fireplace in the first house my parents bought and I remember the smell of the fire and sound of wood cracking and popping. I’m hoping we can have a fireplace if we are able to build on to our house like we’ve talked about, I don’t want anything huge by any means, just a nice fireplace with a pretty surround and mantel that we can light in the winter and enjoy. I thought today was the perfect opportunity to share some glimpses of fireplaces I like, they range from refined ones with white marble surrounds to big ones covered in rocks and stones. Do you have a fireplace, I’m always amazed at how many people have them and never use them. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and wherever you are, stay warm and safe and hopefully curled up by the fire, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
January 11, 2017
The above picture for me is heaven in a home, I love a ceiling that isn’t flat. One thing I really want to do on our house on the inside is to raise the ceilings, our home was built in 1962 and the ceilings are your traditional 8 feet high. We don’t have a high or tall roof line on our house so it wouldn’t take the ceilings up a lot, but any height added would be a great improvement. I always think it’s amazing when you enter a home, especially one that’s an older home, and the ceilings have been raised, it really makes a difference in the feel of the home and makes it feel much more spacious. Another thing I really like are ceilings that have been planked using boards or beadboard paneling, I love when you look up and see all those lines going in one direction and the feel of uniformity it adds. Another think I like are exposed beams, I love seeing the architectural elements of any building. If the beams are thick I like them to be stained if they are usual 2×4’s or 2×6’s used in construction I would paint them to go along with the rest of the ceiling. I really want to explore this option more when we get to that phase in our house, as for now here are some great pics to ponder and let me know what you think. Do you have raised ceilings in your home or have you had them done? Enjoy!!! (above image via)