Can Formal Decor Still be Family Friendly? Yes!

Thibaut Fabrics Reverie-Quinlan Crypton Fabric Formal Family Friendly

First, I cannot believe I haven’t posted in a month! I’ve been busy, but that’s no excuse! Sorry! Anyway, the question on deck is this: can formal decorating still be family friendly? It’s a comment/lament I hear from families so often – that they can’t have anything nice because their kids (or pets) will destroy … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E4 The Gathering, and scenic insider

This week’s installment of Starz TV’s production of Outlander brings us the famous “Gathering” of the Clan MacKenzie where all the men under laird Colum MacKenzie come to the castle to swear their oath of fidelity to him and to the clan (and to pay their rents and proceeds from the farms they tend). The event … Read more

Playing Hookie and Mamma Mia!

I played hookie today and went to see the new movie Mamma Mia. Loved it! The colors, the water, ABBA! And for design enthusiasts, Josef Frank fabrics figure prominently in the movie. The colors were just so perfect for the setting on a Greek island – from fluttering sheets in a courtyard to the same … Read more

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

Welcome New Sponsor: Donna Elle Seaside Living

I wanted to take a moment to welcome a new sponsor of ::Surroundings::. Donna Elle Seaside Living is based, fittingly, on Nantucket. Surrounded as she is with such natural beauty, its not wonder that Donna, an interior designer, was inspired to create a collection of beautiful textiles, pillows rugs and more. Life’s a Breeze™ began … Read more

Couleur Nature

I’m loving the unique beauty and versatile design of COULEUR NATURE’s vibrant collection of Provencal inspired textiles. Perfect for Fall table settings and early holiday parties! All COULEUR NATURE textiles are made using the technique of hand-carving teak wood blocks to apply design and color to cloth. Over 100 precise movements are required to create … Read more