Getting to the Finish Line with Accessories

Linda Merrill quote on Accessories

“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

A little weekend thrifting

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

Thanks Marye Kelley!

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:

Meet the Artist: Darlene Bradlee

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

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

Maison et Objet 2008 – Bright lights, Big Bling

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

Martha Stewart Crafts

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

Meet the artist: Kim Parker, textile artist

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

Holiday Gifts: Cleaning up

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