A few more items I want to share with you from my recent NYC trip. Before when we’ve gone to New York we always end up shopping and eating out and seeing friends and this time I wanted to make it a priority to see some plays and or musicals while we were in town and boy did we ever. I’ve already shared some with you about seeing Glenn Close in the stage version of Sunset Boulevard and on Tuesday I told you about War Paint, today I want to tell you about the play we saw, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. TLF is a play written by Lillian Hellman in 1939 and the first production on Broadway starred Tallulah Bankhead in the lead role of Regina Giddens, the play is set in a small town in Alabama in 1900 and takes a look at the machinations and relationships of a family who are all trying to get ahead in life and how they step on each other in trying to attain their goals. I had only ever seen the movie version of The Little Foxes that stars Bette Davis as Regina, so when I read that a new stage version was being planned for Broadway I really wanted to see it. This new production is starring actresses, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, the two women are trading off playing the role of Regina and another female character, Aunt Birdie. The current production is wonderful and I strongly suggest seeing it, the play takes place entirely in the Giddens home and the scenery for the play is beautiful, a beautiful green covers the wall of the home set and it’s filled with antiques from the early 20th century. The costumes are beautiful and needless to say the acting is extraordinary, in addition to the two actresses I mentioned the play also stars Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as Horace Giddens and Michael McKeon as Uncle Ben Hubbard. I want to share some images from the 1941 movie version of the play plus there’s some pics and a review of our NYC hotel below, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 27, 2017
April 26, 2017
I LOVE to eat, I love good food and I think that’s because I was raised by people who love to cook and take great pride in what they create and that was passed on to me in my love for good food and cooking. Part of the fun of a vacation for me is where we are going to eat and on this recent trip I took to New York City we ate at three restaurants that are new to us. I’m going to share some images of each restaurant and tell you a little bit about our dining experience at each place. As much as I love good food I also love a great interior in a restaurant, it doesn’t have to be over the top with everything gilded, but just have a definite direction or theme and do it well, the three restaurants I’m going to talk about today all have a distinct look to go with their menus and the looks are all done beautifully. So, join me as we tour The Monkey Bar, Buddakan and Vaucluse, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 18, 2017
Tomorrow I’m heading to New York City for a few days, I’ll give you more details on the trip tomorrow, but I thought today we would look at one of my favorite NYC artists/shopkeepers, John Derian. Derian is known for his wonderful decoupage art, all his decoupage is done in his New York studio using images he reproduces from his large collection of vintage prints, all the images are transferred to handblown glass. John Derian’s images come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes including ovals, round, rectangles, and multi-piece wall hangings. I have a couple of the smaller trays and paperweights he’s created but I aspire to one of the multi-piece wall hangings. Today I want to share some of the newer pieces since we last checked in on John Derian, I love his use of florals, animals, and especially the more “unique” pieces such as the multi-piece skeleton wall hanging. I hope you like the work of John Derian as much as I do and remember you can see his work here and order online if you can’t make it to New York. Enjoy!!! ( above image Roses III)
April 17, 2017
The Lilly Pulitzer brand has long been known for their fun and bright clothing collections made up of fun color combinations like pink and orange or blue and green and using motifs of palm trees, plants, coral and anything tropical. Now the iconic clothier has teamed up with fabric and wallpaper producer Lee Jofa to create a gorgeous and FUN wallpaper line. The collection is inspired by hand-drawn artwork and is made up of 13 patterns, perfect for a young ladies bedroom and bath, or perhaps a big girl’s bathroom and dressing area. I can also see these prints bringing life and fun to a powder bath or a hallway. Today I’m sharing some of the prints and colors with you and to see more head over to Lee Jofa’s website here. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 14, 2017
This time of year one of the easiest flowers to find to buy and work with in home arrangements are Lilies. I personally love lilies, I love all the colors they come in, the beautiful colors from white to pink and some in-between and I enjoy the scent of Lilies. I know some people don’t enjoy the scent of Lilies and I have a couple of clients that really sneeze when Lilies are around. Lilies have a lot going for them, in addition to their color and scent, they also are a great flower to add height to any arrangement and drama and Lilies are one of those flowers that you can create smaller and more simple arrangements by using a couple of Lilies in a small vase, or mix them with other flowers in a shorter vase, like Hydrangeas, and you have a great centerpiece. Today, as we head into Easter weekend, we are going to take a look at Lilies in their natural environment as well as floral arrangements using Lilies. Have a wonderful weekend and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 12, 2017
Easter is this Sunday and if you are needing some last minute ideas for decorations around the house or on your dining table then I’ve got some ideas for you. One great place to start is Pier 1, almost all major cities have a Pier 1 and of course, you can order online, although it may be a little late now. Pier 1 always has great choices in Holiday decorations for all seasons and today we are going to take a look at a few of the many and wonderful choices they have in Rabbits and Bunnies. Pier 1 has rabbits that are cute and homey and rabbits that look very high end as well as some that are very “artsy” looking. Any of these rabbits and bunnies can be combined with decorations you already own or you can pick up some of the other great decorating items Pier 1 has in stock. Join me for a trip down the bunny trail as we pay Peter Rabbit a visit, Enjoy!!!
April 11, 2017
I always enjoy flipping through the Grandin Road catalog when it arrives, they always have beautiful stuff year round and it’s a treat to see what they have new every Spring for outdoor use. I love a good bench and Grandin Road always has a lovely collection of colorful seating that can be used either outside or inside. A couple of years ago Mom ordered an indoor/outdoor bench from Grandin Road in a wonderful shade of green, we had a pad made for the bench in black and white houndstooth and it looks great. Their benches are not only beautiful and fun to look at but also comfortable. I want to share a few of the benches with you today and we’ll have a look at other great merchandise from Grandin Road in the days to come, in the meantime Enjoy!!!
April 10, 2017
Last week we took a look at the Pillowfort Bedroom collection from Target and today we continue to focusing on that collection with a look at merch for the bathroom. The multicolored striped towels above were the thing that caught my eye last week as well as several other fun things. This collection is geared towards kids but there are lots of things you could use in a lake house, a pool bath or just if you’re a “fun” adult. There are lots of fun patterns to choose from and great color combinations, so here we go, exploring Pillowfort from Target. Enjoy!!!
April 6, 2017
I love a good showhouse, they’re always a great source for ideas to use in decorating our own homes and they’re also a wonderful way to connect with designers and homebuilders who can help you reach the goals you have for your home. Recently on Facebook, I saw a designer I follow, Scot Meacham Wood, had shared an article from Traditional Home on the recent showhouse in Raleigh, NC. The first thing that caught my attention was the outside of the house, I loved the whole look from the high pitched roof to the black and white color scheme and copper guttering and bright blue door, which you can see above. I checked out the TH article and the showhouse myself and knew I had to share it with you. The house is very colorful and vibrant with a wonderful use of patterns throughout the house in the use of wallpaper, rugs, tile, and fabric and I see several things I would love to do in my own home or incorporate into projects for client’s homes. Join me for a tour of the Raleigh Designer Showhouse, where all the ticket proceeds are going to Boys and Girls Clubs and is open through this coming Sunday, April 9th. Enjoy!!!
April 4, 2017
We were in Target the other day looking to see if they had a bath mat to go with some new towels we had recently purchased when I ran across their Pillowfort collection. The thing that caught my eye was the fun striped towels I saw but we’ll talk about their bathroom collection later this week. I know this collection is geared towards children and decorating their bedrooms and bathrooms but there are definitely some things in the Pillowfort collection I would use as an adult. Enough talk, let’s check out Pillowfort from Target, let me know what you think and Enjoy!!!