“Accessories, art, plants and flowers bring “life” to any room. Always keep a little in the budget reserved for these finishing touches. Otherwise, even a space with the most beautiful furnishings will look like a showroom, not a living room.” ~ Linda Merrill Last week, interior designer Vivian Benjamin kindly posted my quote on the … Read more
I took a leaf from the Eddie Ross encyclopedia of weekend thrifting and visited a local Salvation Army store to see what they had. I almost never see the place open, but I was heading over to Michael’s for some Mod Podge (a post on that project to come!), saw it was open and stopped … Read more
I wanted to thank Melinda of Marye-Kelley decoupage for sending me this lovely waste basket. I just love decoupage and this was a wonderful surprise! Here are a few more pieces from their collection:
I saw this peppy striped Louis Chair by Dransfield & Ross in Home Accents Today and just fell for it. It’s cold and snowy here in New England (again!) but this piece feels like Spring! I enjoyed poking around their website and love their eclecticism throughout their line. As see in Home Accents Today
Scituate, MA based Darlene Bradlee is a multi-dimensional artist whose work in the visual arts includes photography, painting, and mixed media work. I’ve always enjoyed Darlene’s photography for her saturated colors and spirited subjects. I was just introduced to her fantastic mixed media pieces (where have I been to have missed these!!) including these trays … Read more
I’m finally getting to my last bunch of images from Maison et Objet. Last but certainly not least! Cello Chair by Hughes Chevalier SwalaLine Atelier Philippe Coudray Aquamass Design – (note the bathtub color in above photos) First Time Saba Italia Creation Baumann And then other random images…
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
I thought mounted heads were out?
I’ve spent the last week sorting and editing my pics from Maison et Objet. It was clear just walking through the show that we are still seeing lots of bling – from chandeliers and crystal to chrome and polished surfaces. Oversize accessories, interesting textures and elaborate fabrics are still going strong. While I saw some … Read more
I am just mesmerized by all the beautiful tassels and trims from Robbie Spina and Joe Zito of Spina in London. Each is more fantastic than the last. From tassels to beaded curtains (definitely NOT of the Greg Brady variety) to pillows to light fixtures – they have it all. Over to the top, yet … Read more
One of my favorite Saturday afternoon pastimes is to visit one of the local big box book stores, buy a cup of coffee and peruse the international shelter magazines for interesting and unique finds. Usually I don’t have my laptop with me, but my Apple iBook decided to give up the ghost last night and … Read more
Fleebags is owned by Suzanne Robin and based in Massachusetts. She has a line of bags, totes and these placemats made from oilcloth. There are so many fun oilcloth patterns out there – retro, fun and perfect for outdoor dining!
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of Martha’s and there aren’t too many crafts I haven’t taken up at some point or another. The nooks and cranny’s of my house are filled with Martha’s soap making supplies, Martha’s cookie decorating supplies and hordes of big-ass copper cookie cutters, not to mention … Read more
Spode, that bastion of English country style has released a fresh new pattern, create by textile artist Kim Parker. I just love this whimsical set called Emma’s Garland. So light and breezy!Kim also designs for The Rug Company: …and has a line of cute pillows available on her website:These wall panels are available through Horchow.Beautiful … Read more
Luis Caicedo sent me a quick email last week to let me now that his line of handmade “Soap Opera: soaps had been showcased on HGTV’s Design Happens blog. Aren’t these fun?!? I’ve done soap making as a hobby in the past, but never came up with anything quite as unique as these items. Luis … Read more
I must admit – I like the bling. This is the tray on top of my dresser, filled with some of my favorite things. And tho I do like the bling, I love the family history these items represent. The silver dresser set belonged to my Grandmother, Helen, which she received as a young girl, … Read more