Which would you choose?

Hi there. Let’s talk…..its almost fall, scary as it sounds. When I think of fall and winter, I cannot help but think of spending more time in my bed. Whether its sleeping in, reading from bed or hanging out watching TV and nibbling on something good..nothing is cozier than being in a gorgeous bed outfitted with beautiful soft linens, don’t you think!

So as I am finally getting serious and determined to work on my own bedroom, I have been really busy scouring the internet for bedroom inspirations and I think as often happens, I am going with my initial choices, amazing to me even after all these years how often this happens!? Still love them as much as I did the day I found them. So…….if you were to be granted one wish and have your bedroom instantly transformed which one of these beauties would you choose? This is a toughie…I am forewarning you and I am wavering between a number of them……

CHOICE 1
CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6

CHOICE 7

CHOICE 8

CHOICE 9

CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11

CHOICE 12
CHOICE 13

CHOICE 14

CHOICE 15

CHOICE 16

Wow! So many beauties…makes me want to get my bedroom finished sooner than later:) Hopefully something for everyone! Nothing like walking into a beautiful cocoon like bedroom at the end of a rough long day, is there? So now its your turn…tell me which is your absolutely favorite here! Sweet dreams and see you tomorrow……

PS If you missed the exciting debut of the new gorgeous leather handbags yesterday, click here.

(Getting in an “emergency” shipment tomorrow of 16 more pieces)

Which would you choose?

Hi there. Let’s talk…..its almost fall, scary as it sounds. When I think of fall and winter, I cannot help but think of spending more time in my bed. Whether its sleeping in, reading from bed or hanging out watching TV and nibbling on something good..nothing is cozier than being in a gorgeous bed outfitted with beautiful soft linens, don’t you think!

So as I am finally getting serious and determined to work on my own bedroom, I have been really busy scouring the internet for bedroom inspirations and I think as often happens, I am going with my initial choices, amazing to me even after all these years how often this happens!  Still love them as much as I did the day I found them. So…….if you were to be granted one wish and have your bedroom instantly transformed which one of these beauties would you choose? This is a toughie…I am forewarning you and I am wavering between a number of them……

CHOICE 1
CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3

CHOICE 4
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6

CHOICE 7

CHOICE 8

CHOICE 9

CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11

CHOICE 12
CHOICE 13

CHOICE 14

CHOICE 15

CHOICE 16

Wow! So many beauties…makes me want to get my bedroom finished sooner than later:) Hopefully something for everyone! Nothing like walking into a beautiful cocoon like bedroom at the end of a rough long day, is there? So now its your turn…tell me which is your absolutely favorite here! Sweet dreams and see you tomorrow……

PS If you missed the exciting debut of the new gorgeous leather handbags yesterday, click here.

(Getting in an “emergency” shipment tomorrow of 16 more pieces)

Canopies, Caronas and Crowns…..oh my!

Happy Wednesday to you! As I am starting to finally think seriously about my guest room and my own bedroom (at long last), one look I am continuously drawn is canopied beds and beds with crowns. Yes, it is very classic and traditional, having been done for centuries but now you also see it being done with a modern twist to give it a fresher cleaner feel. Its a beautiful way to use a favorite fabric or combination of fabrics and just feels so “cocoonlike”.?



I remember the very first?time I slept in a bed with a soaring crown was in a beautiful hotel room in Belgium about 15 years ago. I felt like a royal and must say I had an awfully great nights rest. So….am sure I want to do the same thing in ?my own guest room and today’s post is a tribute to all the wonderful treatments that can be applied to a bed. What are your thoughts? Is it a like? A love? Would love to know! Here we go………feast your eyes on these beauties!

This beautiful bedroom has been an inspiration for my guest room, love the check fabric used inside, think it makes it less fussy and crisp feeling, Joy Tribaut
The colors here are my favorite, I like the idea of a very quiet print with solid colored muted bedding, so inviting! TH
Beautiful application, love how the fabric matches the wallpaper,also love the gathered carona, ?Kendall Wilkinson
LOVE the scalloping detail on this vision in ivory, Phoebe Howard
Always adored this bedroom, so serene and inviting! Cathy Kincaid
?Fun twist on a traditional room for a lucky young lady! Palmer Weiss
How pretty is the soft billowy fabric used as a canopy? So soothing and calming…..Howard
Thom Felicia’s bold take on a modern day canopy bed
Mary McDonald dreamt up this vision in white!
Wiliam Eubanks designed this fabulous master retreat using warm soothing tones…so elegant!
How sweet is the pink gingham? Love it! Shes so pretty
This sumptuous room by Mario Buatta just screams “come jump here” and bring your mags and books with you (and a indulgent little snack too:)
Love this serene oasis of a room, the scale of the room makes it feel majestic, Veranda
Always been a fan of this gorgeous dreamy room of canopied twin beds, Cathy Kincaid
Love pretty prints in rich warm tones for a canopy as Rinfret did in this elegant retreat
Love this monochromatic take on an elegant modern daybed….beautiful!
Of course everything Ralph Lauren touches turns to gold or at least into a bed fit for a princess!
Solis Bentancourt’s modern take on a pair of canopy beds, pretty!
And for a more masculine approach, canopy beds can still work…as shown here in Cottage and Gardens.
I really like Michael S. Smith’s take on a more transitional cleaner feel on a canopy bed, Elle Decor
Barry Dixon designed this fabulous retreat in brown, love the feeling!
And finally….who said canopy beds are just for humans? ?Aristopaws
Too cute! Chinoiserie Chic
Had to throw in mans best friends, they like to live in great style too! So….whats your take? Do you love this look? Do you favor it more traditionally or like the more modern take? To me, its just beautiful any which way. As always, love to hear what you think. Wishing you a fabulous day!



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Canopies, Caronas and Crowns…..oh my!

Happy Wednesday to you! As I am starting to finally think seriously about my guest room and my own bedroom (at long last), one look I am continuously drawn is canopied beds and beds with crowns. Yes, it is very classic and traditional, having been done for centuries but now you also see it being done with a modern twist to give it a fresher cleaner feel. Its a beautiful way to use a favorite fabric or combination of fabrics and just feels so “cocoonlike”. 
I remember the very first time I slept in a bed with a soaring crown was in a beautiful hotel room in Belgium about 15 years ago. I felt like a royal and must say I had an awfully great nights rest. So….am sure I want to do the same thing in  my own guest room and today’s post is a tribute to all the wonderful treatments that can be applied to a bed. What are your thoughts? Is it a like? A love? Would love to know! Here we go………feast your eyes on these beauties!

This beautiful bedroom has been an inspiration for my guest room, love the check fabric used inside, think it makes it less fussy and crisp feeling, Joy Tribaut
The colors here are my favorite, I like the idea of a very quiet print with solid colored muted bedding, so inviting! TH
Beautiful application, love how the fabric matches the wallpaper,also love the gathered carona,  Kendall Wilkinson
LOVE the scalloping detail on this vision in ivory, Phoebe Howard
Always adored this bedroom, so serene and inviting! Cathy Kincaid
 Fun twist on a traditional room for a lucky young lady! Palmer Weiss
How pretty is the soft billowy fabric used as a canopy? So soothing and calming…..Howard
Thom Felicia’s bold take on a modern day canopy bed
Mary McDonald dreamt up this vision in white!
Wiliam Eubanks designed this fabulous master retreat using warm soothing tones…so elegant!
How sweet is the pink gingham? Love it! Shes so pretty
This sumptuous room by Mario Buatta just screams “come jump here” and bring your mags and books with you (and a indulgent little snack too:)
Love this serene oasis of a room, the scale of the room makes it feel majestic, Veranda
Always been a fan of this gorgeous dreamy room of canopied twin beds, Cathy Kincaid
Love pretty prints in rich warm tones for a canopy as Rinfret did in this elegant retreat
Love this monochromatic take on an elegant modern daybed….beautiful!
Of course everything Ralph Lauren touches turns to gold or at least into a bed fit for a princess!
Solis Bentancourt’s modern take on a pair of canopy beds, pretty!
And for a more masculine approach, canopy beds can still work…as shown here in Cottage and Gardens.
I really like Michael S. Smith’s take on a more transitional cleaner feel on a canopy bed, Elle Decor
Barry Dixon designed this fabulous retreat in brown, love the feeling!
And finally….who said canopy beds are just for humans?  Aristopaws
Too cute! Chinoiserie Chic
Had to throw in mans best friends, they like to live in great style too! So….whats your take? Do you love this look? Do you favor it more traditionally or like the more modern take? To me, its just beautiful any which way. As always, love to hear what you think. Wishing you a fabulous day!

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Who has the biggest, baddest, fluffiest, bed?

Anyone who knows me also knows of my obsession with my bed. They know of my quest to have the fluffiest, softest most “cloud like” bed known to mankind and by golly, I think I have achieved it! I LOVE a soft, cozy, fluffy, heavenly bed. I mean, seriously after a long hard day doing battle in the trenches of life, is there ANYTHING better than sinking into a deliciously soft bed? I don’t think there is anything that even comes close! Lets face it…you spend nearly half of your life in bed!! What better investment to make than in a place where you spend anywhere from 6-10 hours a day in? First it must start with a good mattress, and that cannot be emphasized enough but then again I know all you savvy readers know this already so no need to belabor the point.?



Then the bedding…aaahhh, the fun part! Get the softest highest thread count sheets you can afford. Ideally try to go for at least a 400 thread count.Today, they happen to be more affordable than ever….and are more readily available in more stores than ever not just very exclusive ones. Then the comforter, it must must must be down, super light, goose down. Remember, fill power is generally determined by the sleep temperature of your room, not the outside temperature of where you live. The fluffier the better! Pillows? Goose down all the way!!!!! At least for me there is no substitute. Like the comforters, most good companies also make different fills for the pillows, think of this as an investment in your sleep therefore in your life and well being. A goods sleep has such a HUGE impact on your day, as we all know. So today I bow down to the softest, fluffiest, baddest, biggest beds I could find………and here they are! What are your secrets for a soft, cozy inviting bed?

Ashley Goforth has practically made a career designing not only beautiful beds but ones you want to sink into and never leave!
Glorious space gets a dose of crisp white linens with a tone on tone monogram, elegant! Southern Accents
Nancy Boszhardt created this gorgeous bedroom setting…creams and whites are always a winning combination!
This bedroom by Phoebe Howard, a longtime favorite has serious?
“cozying up to” power!
Ann and Jane Dupuy created this elegant blue and white getaway
Soft, formal and gorgeous in blue! Kellogg
Nancy Boszhardt used stark white linens with a beautiful embroidery to give this bed an old world appeal, beautiful
Love this bed, as beautiful as it is inviting,Ashley Whittaker
Bunny Williams has the formula down pat for creating a sumptuous bed!
Tracery created a soft, cloudlike bedroom here…..
Beautiful brown and white makes for an inviting and streamlined look, Southern Living
This looks really calming and inviting! Decorpad
Nancy Boszhardt used soft colors and textures to create a welcoming room and bed
Elegant with the crisp white, the rest of the room does the talking, Kendall Wilkinson
Cozy comes in many colors and styles…..this is so fresh, Lynn Morgan
This is a very inviting space..soft, serene and the ed is loaded with soft cozy pillows! Cathy Kincaid
Bold beautiful and makes you want to take a plunge!!?
Phoebe Howard created this cozy oasis, the bed is nice and tall…love it!
The temptation of a pure white soft fluffy?bed is awfully strong! Molly Frey
This vision in cream decadence is stunning! Rinfret
Proof that black can indeed be cozy! Mary McDonald
An eclectic space gets a fluffy white comforter accented by fun green pillows, Southern Living
Nancy Boszhardt went monochromatic for this elegant bedscape
This Tracery bedroom just begs for an afternoon nap and cozying up in bed reading
Christina Murphy went for serious pillow power in this cozy bedroom
Beautiful clean white is nice and crisp in this soft gray bedroom
A soft inviting bed in this elegant transitional bedroom, My home ideas
Eric Cohler chose soft white linens with a simple steel blue trim to keep it clean and fresh
A vision in mint green and white, Alexandra Rae
Brian McCarthy gives this bedroom a sleek black and white makeover, but keeps it incredibly inviting with an equally inviting bed?
Like a white cloud! Country Living
Gorgeous white down, just the way I like it!!
Ashley Goforth choose soothing colors for this soft room, white linens do it every time!
I just want to jump right in!! TheLennox
Albert Hadley makes this look awfully inviting!
Makes me want to jump right in! Ashley Goforth
Like sleeping on a pile of freshly laundered linens, light fluffy and soft! Jim Howard
Ashley Goforth used mostly white for this cozy looking bed in this attractive guest room
Elizabeth Dinkel gives us a double dose of coziness in this fabulous guest room
The “shabby chic” look and fluffy soft beds go hand and hand, shabbywhite
Aslhey Goforth gives this bed some serious cozy power to this charming little bedroom
Cream and whites almost certainly guarantee a restful nights sleep! Country Living
Phoebe Howard, proof that simple is sometimes all that’s needed when its comes to comfort
Phoebe Howard adds the fluff factor to his pretty navy and white bedroom
Interesting mix of fabrics and colors but it works! Southern Accents
Love the brown trim on the crisp white. Very soothing and serene for a bedroom, Coastal Living (Love the shell collection displayed…..I will take the Hermes bag too)
Fabulous and soft, this bed is perfection! James Michael Howard
I am sorry if this post makes you want to jump back into bed because it sure has that effect on me! But, just think a good nights sleep is only oh about 14 hours away…..how important is your bed to you? What is important to you to create the coziest most comfortable bed possible? Please share your secrets, tips and advice! Love to hear….have an enchanted day!

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Who has the biggest, baddest, fluffiest, bed?

Anyone who knows me also knows of my obsession with my bed. They know of my quest to have the fluffiest, softest most “cloud like” bed known to mankind and by golly, I think I have achieved it! I LOVE a soft, cozy, fluffy, heavenly bed. I mean, seriously after a long hard day doing battle in the trenches of life, is there ANYTHING better than sinking into a deliciously soft bed? I don’t think there is anything that even comes close! Lets face it…you spend nearly half of your life in bed!! What better investment to make than in a place where you spend anywhere from 6-10 hours a day in? First it must start with a good mattress, and that cannot be emphasized enough but then again I know all you savvy readers know this already so no need to belabor the point. 

Then the bedding…aaahhh, the fun part! Get the softest highest thread count sheets you can afford. Ideally try to go for at least a 400 thread count.Today, they happen to be more affordable than ever….and are more readily available in more stores than ever not just very exclusive ones. Then the comforter, it must must must be down, super light, goose down. Remember, fill power is generally determined by the sleep temperature of your room, not the outside temperature of where you live. The fluffier the better! Pillows? Goose down all the way!!!!! At least for me there is no substitute. Like the comforters, most good companies also make different fills for the pillows, think of this as an investment in your sleep therefore in your life and well being. A goods sleep has such a HUGE impact on your day, as we all know. So today I bow down to the softest, fluffiest, baddest, biggest beds I could find………and here they are! What are your secrets for a soft, cozy inviting bed?

Ashley Goforth has practically made a career designing not only beautiful beds but ones you want to sink into and never leave!
Glorious space gets a dose of crisp white linens with a tone on tone monogram, elegant! Southern Accents
Nancy Boszhardt created this gorgeous bedroom setting…creams and whites are always a winning combination!
This bedroom by Phoebe Howard, a longtime favorite has serious 
“cozying up to” power!
Ann and Jane Dupuy created this elegant blue and white getaway
Soft, formal and gorgeous in blue! Kellogg
Nancy Boszhardt used stark white linens with a beautiful embroidery to give this bed an old world appeal, beautiful
Love this bed, as beautiful as it is inviting,Ashley Whittaker
Bunny Williams has the formula down pat for creating a sumptuous bed!
Tracery created a soft, cloudlike bedroom here…..
Beautiful brown and white makes for an inviting and streamlined look, Southern Living
This looks really calming and inviting! Decorpad
Nancy Boszhardt used soft colors and textures to create a welcoming room and bed
Elegant with the crisp white, the rest of the room does the talking, Kendall Wilkinson
Cozy comes in many colors and styles…..this is so fresh, Lynn Morgan
This is a very inviting space..soft, serene and the ed is loaded with soft cozy pillows! Cathy Kincaid
Bold beautiful and makes you want to take a plunge!! 
Phoebe Howard created this cozy oasis, the bed is nice and tall…love it!
The temptation of a pure white soft fluffy bed is awfully strong! Molly Frey
This vision in cream decadence is stunning! Rinfret
Proof that black can indeed be cozy! Mary McDonald
An eclectic space gets a fluffy white comforter accented by fun green pillows, Southern Living
Nancy Boszhardt went monochromatic for this elegant bedscape
This Tracery bedroom just begs for an afternoon nap and cozying up in bed reading
Christina Murphy went for serious pillow power in this cozy bedroom
Beautiful clean white is nice and crisp in this soft gray bedroom
A soft inviting bed in this elegant transitional bedroom, My home ideas
Eric Cohler chose soft white linens with a simple steel blue trim to keep it clean and fresh
A vision in mint green and white, Alexandra Rae
Brian McCarthy gives this bedroom a sleek black and white makeover, but keeps it incredibly inviting with an equally inviting bed 
Like a white cloud! Country Living
Gorgeous white down, just the way I like it!!
Ashley Goforth choose soothing colors for this soft room, white linens do it every time!
I just want to jump right in!! TheLennox
Albert Hadley makes this look awfully inviting!
Makes me want to jump right in! Ashley Goforth
Like sleeping on a pile of freshly laundered linens, light fluffy and soft! Jim Howard
Ashley Goforth used mostly white for this cozy looking bed in this attractive guest room
Elizabeth Dinkel gives us a double dose of coziness in this fabulous guest room
The “shabby chic” look and fluffy soft beds go hand and hand, shabbywhite
Aslhey Goforth gives this bed some serious cozy power to this charming little bedroom
Cream and whites almost certainly guarantee a restful nights sleep! Country Living
Phoebe Howard, proof that simple is sometimes all that’s needed when its comes to comfort
Phoebe Howard adds the fluff factor to his pretty navy and white bedroom
Interesting mix of fabrics and colors but it works! Southern Accents
Love the brown trim on the crisp white. Very soothing and serene for a bedroom, Coastal Living (Love the shell collection displayed…..I will take the Hermes bag too)
Fabulous and soft, this bed is perfection! James Michael Howard
I am sorry if this post makes you want to jump back into bed because it sure has that effect on me! But, just think a good nights sleep is only oh about 14 hours away…..how important is your bed to you? What is important to you to create the coziest most comfortable bed possible? Please share your secrets, tips and advice! Love to hear….have an enchanted day!

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Things I am loving Thursdays….



I start this day with a prayer for Japan. The devastation is beyond comprehension and it seems that every day I wake up, I have to brace myself for an even more dire report than the previous day. I pray for all the people of Japan, both those that lost their lives and those that are survivors, and for the swift recovery and healing for the country and its stoic people. Hope we will each do our part, there is nothing too small to help in this enormous relief effort. I have been recommending this link (from Time’s newsfeed) as a short, to the point list of ways one can help. Click?lick?here?for the link




I am also participating in The bloggers day of silence, tomorrow March 18th and will not have a post on Friday (will resume Sat) This is being done to raise awareness for the relief effort and how important it is for everyone to help in their own way. I ask my fellow bloggers to consider participating, if you aren’t already.


More information go here


So on things I am loving Thursdays, I talk about what I am loving or what I have discovered this week. Since I am in the full throes of doing multiple things for the house, I am exposed to a great deal. Sometimes too much. Sometimes, it is overwhelming and just when I think I know what I want, BAM, I see something else that turns me in a whole new direction. Thankfully, this isn’t happening too often but when it does, I just go with it and figure there is a reason for everything! I am concentrating on getting the bathrooms done, the kitchen and carpeting for the bedrooms (yes, looks I am winning….) but below are some other goodies that I have found in my travels..some I would like to use, others to put on my wish list. Whats life without aspirations and dreams! What are yours?
INSPIRATIONS FROM WALLPAPER. Do you ever find something you fall in love with so much that you allow it to inspire you to complete a room? Well I do this all the time and I am feeling very inspired by these two papers, by Ralph Lauren. I think they would both be stunning in a powder room…..I also put the picture of a tonal marble basketweave in the middle that would work with both just to give you an idea. I love them because I love birds and the colors are elegant and timeless. ? What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
NAVY UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD/BED. Thinking about this idea for my sons room. Very elegant, timeless and certainly very handsome/masculine especially when accented with things like nail heads and more masculine feeling fabrics. What do you think? ?I love the look paired with rich dark woods and can see it with plaids or tweed fabric as an accent. I just love the richness of the navy, though I would add more plaids and or woven fabrics.?


REPRODUCTION ACCENTS FOR THE KITCHEN. These refrigerator doors are just incredible! I love them, its too late for me now as my panels are being made as we speak but I think in the right kitchen, these could rival anything else in the kitchen as the real showstopper! (love the clock on the top of the second one…how neat)
LIQUID SOAPS AND CANDLES BY SEDA FRANCE. OK, I know this is a super teeny tiny indulgence and that’s why its so great….a cheap thrill! I normally do not get too excited over liquid soap or candles, trust me on that one. But Seda France makes the most wonderful smelling soaps and candles whose scents linger on your hands like perfume. They come in several scents, french tulip is one ?my favorites. I buy them by the half dozens….and put these gorgeous refillable bottles of liquid soap in all the bathrooms. The candles are amongst my most favorite and I am really a serial candleaholic. They now come in the gorgeous containers below which are a chinoiserie ceramic….so gorgeous! ?I have over the years tried almost every candle manufacturer, or almost all and Seda France ranks among the top two for me. Again these are scattered all over my house and the scents are so beautiful and permeate everywhere…..a treat!
GOTHIC INFLUENCE LIMESTONE MANTLES. Something so old world about these, they give a room a certain authentic appeal. We have been scouring many sources for the perfect Gothic influenced fireplace mantle for our family room. We finally found it….its very similar to the one below. An exact reproduction of a period mantle, made in limestone which has a natural “antiqued feel” to it. It will make the room and I am sure be a focal point.
GORGEOUS GREEN GRASS AND A SMALL FORMAL GARDEN IN A YARD. I love these images from Wild flower grounds, magnificent not overly landscaped yards but with an architectural quality to the landscape….a small beautiful hedge garden or pretty cutouts using grass and stone, so pretty..I must have spring fever!

REPRODUCTION PERIOD HARDWARE. I love old hardware….always been drawn to it if I see an old piece of furniture, the first thing I look at is the normally gorgeous vintage looking hardware…that has that special aged patina on it. Even the new ones meant to look old still look new, but there are some great choices out there. I am just starting to look for both my kitchen and the doors…lots of choices and am sure there are many yet to discover.
MARBLE MOSAICS. What is one of my Thursday posts without something from my favorite marble mosaic company, New Ravenna. Their imagination and creations know no bounds..they are just jaw droppingly

GREAT LINENS. I am a bedding fanatic. My justification and mantra is ?that we spend nearly half our lives in bed! Why not sleep in the best most comfortable luxurious bedding you can afford! One of my favorite companies is Home Treasures, they make beautiful incredibly soft cotton sateen bedding and sheets.The detailing can be kept simple or they can put gorgeous laces on the edges….they customize it however you would like but their attention to detail is wonderful. Many of the sets I have, I have owned for several years and they ?hold up beautifully. At the end of a ?long day, coming home to a luxurious bed swathed in the softest cool linens is the ultimate reward! If you want to indulge in a really amazing set of linens…I highly suggest these!
BOOKS. I am a definite bona fide book junkie and in particular love interior design and architecture books. Have stacks and stacks of them all over the place. Two coming out that I have just preordered that I cannot wait to receive are Charlotte Moss’s new book, Charlotte Moss decorates and the new Ferguson and Shamamian book, New Traditional Architecture..they both look wonderful!
So that about sums up what I am loving today, of course tomorrow is a whole new day! Would love to know if you like anything above or if there is something new that you are loving this week..always fun to hear. Wishing you an enchanted day.

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Things I am loving Thursdays….

I start this day with a prayer for Japan. The devastation is beyond comprehension and it seems that every day I wake up, I have to brace myself for an even more dire report than the previous day. I pray for all the people of Japan, both those that lost their lives and those that are survivors, and for the swift recovery and healing for the country and its stoic people. Hope we will each do our part, there is nothing too small to help in this enormous relief effort. I have been recommending this link (from Time’s newsfeed) as a short, to the point list of ways one can help. Click lick here for the link

I am also participating in The bloggers day of silence, tomorrow March 18th and will not have a post on Friday (will resume Sat) This is being done to raise awareness for the relief effort and how important it is for everyone to help in their own way. I ask my fellow bloggers to consider participating, if you aren’t already.

More information go here


So on things I am loving Thursdays, I talk about what I am loving or what I have discovered this week. Since I am in the full throes of doing multiple things for the house, I am exposed to a great deal. Sometimes too much. Sometimes, it is overwhelming and just when I think I know what I want, BAM, I see something else that turns me in a whole new direction. Thankfully, this isn’t happening too often but when it does, I just go with it and figure there is a reason for everything! I am concentrating on getting the bathrooms done, the kitchen and carpeting for the bedrooms (yes, looks I am winning….) but below are some other goodies that I have found in my travels..some I would like to use, others to put on my wish list. Whats life without aspirations and dreams! What are yours?
INSPIRATIONS FROM WALLPAPER. Do you ever find something you fall in love with so much that you allow it to inspire you to complete a room? Well I do this all the time and I am feeling very inspired by these two papers, by Ralph Lauren. I think they would both be stunning in a powder room…..I also put the picture of a tonal marble basketweave in the middle that would work with both just to give you an idea. I love them because I love birds and the colors are elegant and timeless.   What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
NAVY UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD/BED. Thinking about this idea for my sons room. Very elegant, timeless and certainly very handsome/masculine especially when accented with things like nail heads and more masculine feeling fabrics. What do you think?  I love the look paired with rich dark woods and can see it with plaids or tweed fabric as an accent. I just love the richness of the navy, though I would add more plaids and or woven fabrics. 

REPRODUCTION ACCENTS FOR THE KITCHEN. These refrigerator doors are just incredible! I love them, its too late for me now as my panels are being made as we speak but I think in the right kitchen, these could rival anything else in the kitchen as the real showstopper! (love the clock on the top of the second one…how neat)
LIQUID SOAPS AND CANDLES BY SEDA FRANCE. OK, I know this is a super teeny tiny indulgence and that’s why its so great….a cheap thrill! I normally do not get too excited over liquid soap or candles, trust me on that one. But Seda France makes the most wonderful smelling soaps and candles whose scents linger on your hands like perfume. They come in several scents, french tulip is one  my favorites. I buy them by the half dozens….and put these gorgeous refillable bottles of liquid soap in all the bathrooms. The candles are amongst my most favorite and I am really a serial candleaholic. They now come in the gorgeous containers below which are a chinoiserie ceramic….so gorgeous!  I have over the years tried almost every candle manufacturer, or almost all and Seda France ranks among the top two for me. Again these are scattered all over my house and the scents are so beautiful and permeate everywhere…..a treat!
GOTHIC INFLUENCE LIMESTONE MANTLES. Something so old world about these, they give a room a certain authentic appeal. We have been scouring many sources for the perfect Gothic influenced fireplace mantle for our family room. We finally found it….its very similar to the one below. An exact reproduction of a period mantle, made in limestone which has a natural “antiqued feel” to it. It will make the room and I am sure be a focal point.
GORGEOUS GREEN GRASS AND A SMALL FORMAL GARDEN IN A YARD. I love these images from Wild flower grounds, magnificent not overly landscaped yards but with an architectural quality to the landscape….a small beautiful hedge garden or pretty cutouts using grass and stone, so pretty..I must have spring fever!

REPRODUCTION PERIOD HARDWARE. I love old hardware….always been drawn to it if I see an old piece of furniture, the first thing I look at is the normally gorgeous vintage looking hardware…that has that special aged patina on it. Even the new ones meant to look old still look new, but there are some great choices out there. I am just starting to look for both my kitchen and the doors…lots of choices and am sure there are many yet to discover.
MARBLE MOSAICS. What is one of my Thursday posts without something from my favorite marble mosaic company, New Ravenna. Their imagination and creations know no bounds..they are just jaw droppingly

GREAT LINENS. I am a bedding fanatic. My justification and mantra is  that we spend nearly half our lives in bed! Why not sleep in the best most comfortable luxurious bedding you can afford! One of my favorite companies is Home Treasures, they make beautiful incredibly soft cotton sateen bedding and sheets.The detailing can be kept simple or they can put gorgeous laces on the edges….they customize it however you would like but their attention to detail is wonderful. Many of the sets I have, I have owned for several years and they  hold up beautifully. At the end of a  long day, coming home to a luxurious bed swathed in the softest cool linens is the ultimate reward! If you want to indulge in a really amazing set of linens…I highly suggest these!
BOOKS. I am a definite bona fide book junkie and in particular love interior design and architecture books. Have stacks and stacks of them all over the place. Two coming out that I have just preordered that I cannot wait to receive are Charlotte Moss’s new book, Charlotte Moss decorates and the new Ferguson and Shamamian book, New Traditional Architecture..they both look wonderful!
So that about sums up what I am loving today, of course tomorrow is a whole new day! Would love to know if you like anything above or if there is something new that you are loving this week..always fun to hear. Wishing you an enchanted day.

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