Accents, Accessories, Bathrooms, Entryways, Home, Tabletop, Wallpaper

Going deep on color

LOVING this entryway designed by Janet Gridley. The combination of saturated blues in the wallpaper and high gloss ceramic foo dogs says WELCOME in such a bold, elegant way.

It’s also comforting to have the symbolic foo dogs protecting your entryway. In the Chinese tradition, they are placed in pairs — one is female, the other is male. The female represents yin, and symbolically protects the people dwelling inside the home, while the male statue, representing yang, protects the structure itself.
You can find lots of foo dog fun facts on Houzz.

Thank you Janet for the inspiration, I’ll be using my own set [a flea market find in Rome] as the centerpiece in my new and improved powder room.

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Accents, Accessories, Breakfast Nook, Breakfast Room, Centerpieces, Home, Kitchen, Kitchen Nook, Lighting, Plants & Green Life, Tablescapes, Tabletop, Wall Paint

In Love With Color!

I cannot get enough of color and these breakfast nooks bathed in bright shades of yellow just shout HAPPINESS!

This design from Krista Ewart achieves a beautiful balance between classic and modern, and I’m sure inspires the most lively and warm gatherings around this table…

Also LOVE this kitchen nook with banquette and built-ins designed by Lindsey Coral Harper. I mean, where do I start?!

The over-sized pendant light fixture with drum shade, the round table and upholstered round stools create a through line for the eye, with multiple shades of yellow popping here and there, making this space sheer perfection!

I’ve always been obsessed with the color Green (inherited from my mother), but this Granny Smith apple green island and gingham ceiling from Gideon Mendelson is nothing short of genius. 


And you can never go wrong with a tableau of plates to tie it all together. Don’t you agree?!

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Floral Tabletops That Inspire

With Spring comes the undeniable urge to entertain and take the party outdoors!

For me so much of the ocassion is about flowers and tabletop decor that transport your guests someplace special.

This new twist on a floral centerpiece, combined with gold rimmed crystal and  cascade of taper candles, creates a gorgeous and dramatic setting. And translates to a formal dinner or backyard BBQ! 


Thanks to @Calypsostbarth and @everylastdetailblog for sharing this inspirational concept!

Accents, Accessories, Holiday Decor, Home, Lighting, Plants & Green Life, Tablescapes, Tabletop

Holiday Blooms Make Me Happy

With temps falling and the smell of hearth fires burning, I feel a sudden and primal desire for holiday decorating!

I normally don’t start until after Thanksgiving because we traditionally spend the holiday with my family in Minneapolis. But this year following the loss of my mother, we’re all scattering to the wind…but Chloe and I are staying put right at home.

So YAY! I can make our house holiday ready NOW…starting with beautiful blooms like these freestanding amaryllis bulbs painted in holiday gold and silver. A genius concept. Thank you Trader Joes!

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And it wouldn’t be happiness without orchids, lots and lots of orchids!

I put this arrangement together with plants from my favorite local flower store, Blooming Vase, and parsimon colored berry branches, also from from Trader Joes…

As my mother would say, “what texture!”.

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And of course, I always like to echo the power of THREE in my design…in this case the plants & greenery, the books as accent pieces, and treasured Thai buddha from my fave home store in LA, Nell’s. Sadly the store is no longer there, the owners relocated to Chattanooga TN.

Accents, Accessories, Centerpieces, Entryways, Floor Coverings, Furniture, Home, Tablescapes, Tabletop

Inspired Entryways

The entryway to a home can be the most magical space in the house, greeting you and setting the tone for everything to come. This design from Burnham Design (who I just started following on Instagram) is so perfectly elegant and serene and inviting, I want to move in!

This design also demonstrates the power of a table and a bookshelf for telling a story. They serve as a blank canvas on which you can layer elements that take the space far beyond the ordinary. In this case the way the designer clusters the vases in an over-the-top way I like to call “chunking it up”, adding dimension, volume and color. Combined with the recessed bookshelves that she treats  almost as an art gallery with a beautiful, monochromatic  mix of prints, books and art objects. Genius!

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