Taking a break

Just a quick note to say that I am taking a short break from blogging. My dear Daddy had a heart attack and is in the hospital, so it’s all about family time right now. We’re hanging in and so is he. If you can, give your parents a call and tell them you love … Read more

Dorothy Draper does Oscar!

Okay, sorry for that headline! In reality, Carleton Varney, president of Dorothy Draper & Company, has been tapped to create the Architectural Digest Academy Awards Green Room. This is the space where the winners and presenters go to relax after their big moment. I saw a quick piece on television – I can’t event remember … Read more

Meet the Artist: Allison Malinksy

I received an email today from artist Allison Malinsky sharing with me her amazing work – a group of four works titled “Grand Hotels, Quite the Circus”. She is currently profiled on Phillips Art Expert as an Emerging Artist. Click here to read “Quite the Ringmaster” which showcases these pieces inspired by the amazing lobbies … Read more

Thanks District Lounge!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m co-director of the Boston chapter of the Downtown Women’s Club. We had a very fun event this evening – a Shop & Spa – at the fabulously decorated District Restaurant & Lounge near South Station in Boston.White tufted patent leather banquets and real birch tree wall treatments created a perfect … Read more

Honoring Presidents Day: A Tour of Our House, Pt. 2

THE YELLOW OVAL ROOM The Yellow Oval Room ca. 1890. Courtesy Library of Congress. The Yellow Oval Room ca. 1930. Courtesy NARA Yellow Oval Room, decorated by Sister Parish for Jackie Kennedy, 1962 Courtesy White House Historical AssociationThe Yellow Oval Room AD’s book Private Views: President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan’s White House. Architectural Digest THE … Read more

Blogging for Business – Is it for you?

On Thursday, February 21st, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on blogging and business. This event is sponsored by the Downtown Women’s Club. The Boston chapter, of which I am currently one of this years’ co-directors, has a regular monthly brown bag lunch held in Boston. The subject? Is Blogging for You? There are … Read more

Magnetic memo board project

Here’s a great project from Painter Girl, a decorative painter. With magnetic paint and a trompe l’oeil border, this is a great DIY project that is totally customizable to your own design scheme. From an elegant stencil such as this damask pattern to something more modern, it’s both decorative and functional!

Maison et Objet 2008 – In the Pink

Since it’s Valentines Day, I thought I’d post the pink pics I took while at Maison et Objet. Here are some amazing displays by Designers Guild: Isn’t this flocked wallpaper just to die for? Little tip: click here for Designers Guild US sales! These lucite pieces were amazing. But I can’t say who the manufacturer … Read more

Maison et Objet 2008 – Getting to know Grange

One of my favorite French furnishing companies is Grange . Their furnishings and accessories cover a wide range of design styles from Directoire to Shaker. I neglected to take photos of their stand at Meubles Paris (running concurrently with Maison et Objet), so am attaching images below from their website. In France, Grange has retail … Read more

Eli Cedrone: DAA Winter Juried Show

The annual Winter Juried Show is a tradition at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA. Eli Cedrones’ painting, Autrefois, was one of 100 works, selected from over 500 entries for this highly competitive, exhibition. The festive opening reception was held on February 2nd. The exhibition will be open to the public until April 13th, … Read more

Top Design: Goil Amornvivat on Trading Spaces

Goil Amornvivat – one of the viewers favorites and top four finalist from Bravo’s Top Design Season 1 – makes his official debut on TLC’ s Trading Spaces on Saturday at 9:00PM. Goil’s architecture background will most certainly be an asset to Trading Spaces. His penchant for modern design and out of the box thinking … Read more