Black magic and its powers to transform a room….

Happy Friday! Hope you are well, glad its the end of the week…..looking forward to a busy but fun weekend. I have spoken often on my posts about how much I like black elements in interior design. Black truly has the power to transform a room or space unlike any other…. It offers so much drama, high style, elegance and old world-ness to virtually any room. Whether it be black and white timeless marble floors, a black kitchen, a huge black hutch, dramatic black walls in a dining room, there is no denying the power of black in a room. It also looks sensational next to virtually any other color.

?So today I pay homage to the use of black in interior decorating, and showcase a collection of different rooms and spaces that underscore my point. Though I realize it might not be for everyone, there is no denying the impact it has in a room. Some of the prettiest interiors I have seen have had elements of black in them, and it is highly effective when used properly….like most things in interior design, its all about scale and balance. I personally will be using black in my kitchen and butlers pantry. Would love to know, as always what you think and if you have a favorite! Do you have any black in your own and if not, would you want it??



Elegant black dining room as interpeted by Ralph Lauren
Black and white floors and black walls make for a very elegant and dramatic foyer?
hallway, Max and Co.
M Elle designed this beautiful inviting space in shades of soft black and charcoal with pops?of orange and reds in the books and throws.
A gorgeous painted black door offers subtle drama and elegance, Jan Showers
Atmosphere Interior Design went all black in this elegant dining room while keeping the warmth of the wood table for contrast
Beverly Ellsley chose black for the beautiful center island and accented black in the floors for maximum impact, and it worked!
Elegant and old world feeling black and white marble checkerboard floors, Elizabeth Dinkel
Love this Parisian bistro vibe at work here…Stephen Shubel designed this stunner of a ?black?
kichen….love the floors too!
Rich European feeling bathroom gets a bold rich marble floor with ?black, white and gold design
A black runner, black framed prints were used in this elegant foyer with black painted floors, Sherill Canet
Black painted walls and black floors give a dark and dramatic contrast to the white dining chairs, Elle Decor
Black is not only for indoors! Mary Mcdonald went bold and dramatic in this black and white setting….pretty exciting
SR Gambrel created this stunnig black and white marble foyer/hallway…resplendent!
S R Gambrel designed this living room, with a base of black and infused pops of bright colors
Sometimes a few statement pieces in black are all that is needed, Graham Moss
John Jacob achieved the perfect balance here wiht light and dark using black accents
One of my favorites…John Jacobs designed this exquisite ?kitchen with black cabinetry
Stunning black cabinetry graces this gorgeous butlers pantry, Arthur Dunnam
A black kitchen works everytime…especially when topped with rich white marble
Sometimes you don’t need an entire room to be black, just a few carefully chose black accessories just does the trick, as show here by Beverly Cleare
John Jacobs painted this bathroom wall a soft black and used white for extra punch and wow factor!
Love this tall black and glass cabinet….STUNNING! Mallory Marshall
Candler Lloyd chose charcoal walls and black chairs for punch in this otherwise muted colored filled room
Jiun Ho created this beautiful pared down but dramatic seating arragnement in front of the fireplace, charcaol and black are used here
Jiun Ho designed this drama filled dining room with textured walls and ovesized dining fixture
Gorgeous black Belgian reclaimed floors…fabulous!
I wouldn’t think I would like a black bedroom but John Jacob with his trained and talented eye used just enough white to soften this beautiful dramatic room
Gorgeous room trimmed in black ,wtih black floors gets an extra punch with white seating and beautiful crystal objects for light, Decorpad
I love the impact and power of an elegant black painted chest in a foyer or hallway, Nathan Egan
Robert Brown designed this masculine and regal looking black surround tub, love the window treatment which brings in the black but manages to keep them light
Elegant swank looking black painted library…very chic
Ted Yarwood designed this simple, masculine powder room using black lacquered walls
Beautiful, sleek glossy black kitchen is pure drama and elegance…love the white floor as the contrast
A black damask paper in this super elegant powder room is superb looking, Ashley Goforth
Old world feeling black painted kitchen wtih a terracotta looking trim, different for sure!
Mary McDonald created this dramatic black dining room with accents with orange and pale blue
A black library is very rich looking
This beautiful vintage feeling bath with black tub and black walls/window treatments feels wonderfully old fashioned, photo by Melanie Acevado
This black and white bathroom certainly makes a bold statement, Lony magazine
Rob Southern painted his foyer glossy black to match the black door and used white and black marble floors for the light contrast that makes this foyer smashing!
Sensational black foyer accented with white and pale grays…quite beautiful!
Would love to know if you have a favorite and would love to know how you feel about black in interior decorating in general….would you, have you used it? Have a fabulous Friday!

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Black magic and its powers to transform a room….

Happy Friday! Hope you are well, glad its the end of the week…..looking forward to a busy but fun weekend. I have spoken often on my posts about how much I like black elements in interior design. Black truly has the power to transform a room or space unlike any other…. It offers so much drama, high style, elegance and old world-ness to virtually any room. Whether it be black and white timeless marble floors, a black kitchen, a huge black hutch, dramatic black walls in a dining room, there is no denying the power of black in a room. It also looks sensational next to virtually any other color.
 So today I pay homage to the use of black in interior decorating, and showcase a collection of different rooms and spaces that underscore my point. Though I realize it might not be for everyone, there is no denying the impact it has in a room. Some of the prettiest interiors I have seen have had elements of black in them, and it is highly effective when used properly….like most things in interior design, its all about scale and balance. I personally will be using black in my kitchen and butlers pantry. Would love to know, as always what you think and if you have a favorite! Do you have any black in your own and if not, would you want it? 

Elegant black dining room as interpeted by Ralph Lauren
Black and white floors and black walls make for a very elegant and dramatic foyer 
hallway, Max and Co.
M Elle designed this beautiful inviting space in shades of soft black and charcoal with pops of orange and reds in the books and throws.
A gorgeous painted black door offers subtle drama and elegance, Jan Showers
Atmosphere Interior Design went all black in this elegant dining room while keeping the warmth of the wood table for contrast
Beverly Ellsley chose black for the beautiful center island and accented black in the floors for maximum impact, and it worked!
Elegant and old world feeling black and white marble checkerboard floors, Elizabeth Dinkel
Love this Parisian bistro vibe at work here…Stephen Shubel designed this stunner of a  black 
kichen….love the floors too!
Rich European feeling bathroom gets a bold rich marble floor with  black, white and gold design
A black runner, black framed prints were used in this elegant foyer with black painted floors, Sherill Canet
Black painted walls and black floors give a dark and dramatic contrast to the white dining chairs, Elle Decor
Black is not only for indoors! Mary Mcdonald went bold and dramatic in this black and white setting….pretty exciting
SR Gambrel created this stunnig black and white marble foyer/hallway…resplendent!
S R Gambrel designed this living room, with a base of black and infused pops of bright colors
Sometimes a few statement pieces in black are all that is needed, Graham Moss
John Jacob achieved the perfect balance here wiht light and dark using black accents
One of my favorites…John Jacobs designed this exquisite  kitchen with black cabinetry
Stunning black cabinetry graces this gorgeous butlers pantry, Arthur Dunnam
A black kitchen works everytime…especially when topped with rich white marble
Sometimes you don’t need an entire room to be black, just a few carefully chose black accessories just does the trick, as show here by Beverly Cleare
John Jacobs painted this bathroom wall a soft black and used white for extra punch and wow factor!
Love this tall black and glass cabinet….STUNNING! Mallory Marshall
Candler Lloyd chose charcoal walls and black chairs for punch in this otherwise muted colored filled room
Jiun Ho created this beautiful pared down but dramatic seating arragnement in front of the fireplace, charcaol and black are used here
Jiun Ho designed this drama filled dining room with textured walls and ovesized dining fixture
Gorgeous black Belgian reclaimed floors…fabulous!
I wouldn’t think I would like a black bedroom but John Jacob with his trained and talented eye used just enough white to soften this beautiful dramatic room
Gorgeous room trimmed in black ,wtih black floors gets an extra punch with white seating and beautiful crystal objects for light, Decorpad
I love the impact and power of an elegant black painted chest in a foyer or hallway, Nathan Egan
Robert Brown designed this masculine and regal looking black surround tub, love the window treatment which brings in the black but manages to keep them light
Elegant swank looking black painted library…very chic
Ted Yarwood designed this simple, masculine powder room using black lacquered walls
Beautiful, sleek glossy black kitchen is pure drama and elegance…love the white floor as the contrast
A black damask paper in this super elegant powder room is superb looking, Ashley Goforth
Old world feeling black painted kitchen wtih a terracotta looking trim, different for sure!
Mary McDonald created this dramatic black dining room with accents with orange and pale blue
A black library is very rich looking
This beautiful vintage feeling bath with black tub and black walls/window treatments feels wonderfully old fashioned, photo by Melanie Acevado
This black and white bathroom certainly makes a bold statement, Lony magazine
Rob Southern painted his foyer glossy black to match the black door and used white and black marble floors for the light contrast that makes this foyer smashing!
Sensational black foyer accented with white and pale grays…quite beautiful!
Would love to know if you have a favorite and would love to know how you feel about black in interior decorating in general….would you, have you used it? Have a fabulous Friday!

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A new twist on an old classic….Butlers pantries!



Good morning…the situation in Japan sadly is evolving, to become an even more catastrophic one than what was originally suggested. I had a feeling that the death toll and level of destruction would be great, with such a devastating earthquake. All we can do is pray for the people of Japan and ask God to look over and protect them and help them with the recovery process. On our end, we should all take the time to give thanks for even the smallest things…..if it shows us one thing, it is that life is more precious than we can possibly imagine and we must covet and cherish what we have.

I came across this short, to the point list of ways we can help through Time’s newsfeed….click?


click?here?for more information……

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I love the look of a beautiful old world butlers pantry. Especially if the ceilings are nice and tall and the cabinets are taken straight up. Butlers pantries have made a comeback and a big one at that! Once used in larger, grander traditional homes, they are now being put into all styles and sizes of homes, more than ever. They were traditionally used for storage, for things like silver, linens, china services,etc…..now they are used for everything from storage to prep to serving. And it has been told that this is one of the most requested rooms in new construction since the mid 1990’s…..interesting, how the old eventually becomes the new again.

Pantries can be as small as a single hutch or as large as a kitchen..but suffice to say there are so many fabulous things one can do when designing a butlers pantry…..?whether to go all the way up to the ceiling with the cabinets even if it means creating smaller boxed cabinetry on top that might never get used. Whether to use all wood, glass or metal screened doors or a combination of the three. What kind of counter tops to use..I am always a huge fan of marble. What kinds of appliances, sinks,etc..you might need and of course establishing what the needs are of the?butlers pantry.

?Will this really be used as a smaller prep kitchen or is it just another beautiful space to store and display gorgeous things? Beautiful things can come in small packages as is evidenced by the gorgeous spaces in today’s post. i think its all about scale, execution, texture, and of course the finish. Lighting helps as does the selection of counter tops and back splashes. So many variables..no wrong or right away..it all comes down to personal taste, budget and style. I love each and every one of these……do you have a favorite? How do you like to use a butlers pantry? Would you want one?



Tish Key designed this stunning dramatic black stained butlers pantry
Morgan Creek designed this attractive green glazed pantry with lots of glass
I like the glass sliding doors leading to this pantry with plenty of open shelves
This is neat, a door leading to the open shelved pantry has a chalk board application…what better place to jot things down! Atticmag
Gorgeous gray butlers pantry, belongs to Gina of Willow Decor..love how it goes all the way up to the ceiling and of course all that glass makes for a dramatic space!
You can get funky, here an interior barn door against a chalk board wall is the entrance to this pantry…atticmag
Crown point went all the way up in this attractive small butlers pantry
Wow this is dramatic…a blue lacquered butlers pantry, tons of space and really different! Colleen Fox Interiors
Beautiful tall creamy white butlers pantry, love the water German water glass, Maurys Place
Beautiful dark wood stained butlers pantry topped with luxurious white marble..a winner!
Beautiful dramatic all lead glassed doored pantry, by Morgan Creek
Something about a white pantry topped with dark counter tops and lots of glass that is classic
Habersham created this black distressed butlers pantry/hutch
Incredible pantry lined with glass fronted cabinets…an abundance of space with a small island!
Dransfield and Ross designed this cozy old fashioned feeling butlers pantry
Love this rich dark navy butlers pantry in all its glossy finished glory!
This gorgeous pantry in all its creamy white glory used brass hardware to dress it up
Apply green pantry..love the ladder, the glass cabinets and the open plates for shelving…not sure about the color though…Colleen Fox
Cozy and traditional painted butlers pantry, love the checkerboard floor, photo by Bill Leddon
Fabulous creamy colored butlers pantry with pretty leaded glass, Morgan Creek
A multi purpose pantry with pull out shelves and lots of storage by Superior woodcraft
Lots of open shelving in this country feeling butlers pantry
Habersham designed this distressed green glazed pantry, interesting scroll work on the doors
A butlers pantry that doubles as a pretty decorative hutch
Beautiful art deco feeling butlers pantry, gorgeous teak countertops, Willowbrook
One of my all time favorites, the color, all the glass, the marble and the hardware…all beautiful
Elizabeth Kimberly designed this pretty gray painted hutch/butlers pantry
Kitchen Lab created this small pantry off the main kitchen, love the black walls and marble!
Morgan Creek designed this fabulous gray/green butlers pantry..love the dimaond leaded glass…beautiful!
This is a mega pantry! With another set of full appliances, it is the ultimate prep pantry.
A small set of glass french doors leads to this small pantry….lovely
Morgan Creek designed this gorgeous pantry with a heavy glazing and lots of glass doors for displaying….nicely done
This large European feeling pantry was painted in a pale blue with white hardware
This is different, a wall of books leads to a glass doored pantry full of open shelving!

So what do you think? Anything you absolutely love? Do you think a butlers pantry serves a real purpose beyond a pretty display room? Would you want one? Would love to know! Have a wonderful day!

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A new twist on an old classic….Butlers pantries!


Good morning…the situation in Japan sadly is evolving, to become an even more catastrophic one than what was originally suggested. I had a feeling that the death toll and level of destruction would be great, with such a devastating earthquake. All we can do is pray for the people of Japan and ask God to look over and protect them and help them with the recovery process. On our end, we should all take the time to give thanks for even the smallest things…..if it shows us one thing, it is that life is more precious than we can possibly imagine and we must covet and cherish what we have.
I came across this short, to the point list of ways we can help through Time’s newsfeed….click 
click here for more information……
                             


I love the look of a beautiful old world butlers pantry. Especially if the ceilings are nice and tall and the cabinets are taken straight up. Butlers pantries have made a comeback and a big one at that! Once used in larger, grander traditional homes, they are now being put into all styles and sizes of homes, more than ever. They were traditionally used for storage, for things like silver, linens, china services,etc…..now they are used for everything from storage to prep to serving. And it has been told that this is one of the most requested rooms in new construction since the mid 1990’s…..interesting, how the old eventually becomes the new again.
Pantries can be as small as a single hutch or as large as a kitchen..but suffice to say there are so many fabulous things one can do when designing a butlers pantry….. whether to go all the way up to the ceiling with the cabinets even if it means creating smaller boxed cabinetry on top that might never get used. Whether to use all wood, glass or metal screened doors or a combination of the three. What kind of counter tops to use..I am always a huge fan of marble. What kinds of appliances, sinks,etc..you might need and of course establishing what the needs are of the butlers pantry.
 Will this really be used as a smaller prep kitchen or is it just another beautiful space to store and display gorgeous things? Beautiful things can come in small packages as is evidenced by the gorgeous spaces in today’s post. i think its all about scale, execution, texture, and of course the finish. Lighting helps as does the selection of counter tops and back splashes. So many variables..no wrong or right away..it all comes down to personal taste, budget and style. I love each and every one of these……do you have a favorite? How do you like to use a butlers pantry? Would you want one?

Tish Key designed this stunning dramatic black stained butlers pantry
Morgan Creek designed this attractive green glazed pantry with lots of glass
I like the glass sliding doors leading to this pantry with plenty of open shelves
This is neat, a door leading to the open shelved pantry has a chalk board application…what better place to jot things down! Atticmag
Gorgeous gray butlers pantry, belongs to Gina of Willow Decor..love how it goes all the way up to the ceiling and of course all that glass makes for a dramatic space!
You can get funky, here an interior barn door against a chalk board wall is the entrance to this pantry…atticmag
Crown point went all the way up in this attractive small butlers pantry
Wow this is dramatic…a blue lacquered butlers pantry, tons of space and really different! Colleen Fox Interiors
Beautiful tall creamy white butlers pantry, love the water German water glass, Maurys Place
Beautiful dark wood stained butlers pantry topped with luxurious white marble..a winner!
Beautiful dramatic all lead glassed doored pantry, by Morgan Creek
Something about a white pantry topped with dark counter tops and lots of glass that is classic
Habersham created this black distressed butlers pantry/hutch
Incredible pantry lined with glass fronted cabinets…an abundance of space with a small island!
Dransfield and Ross designed this cozy old fashioned feeling butlers pantry
Love this rich dark navy butlers pantry in all its glossy finished glory!
This gorgeous pantry in all its creamy white glory used brass hardware to dress it up
Apply green pantry..love the ladder, the glass cabinets and the open plates for shelving…not sure about the color though…Colleen Fox
Cozy and traditional painted butlers pantry, love the checkerboard floor, photo by Bill Leddon
Fabulous creamy colored butlers pantry with pretty leaded glass, Morgan Creek
A multi purpose pantry with pull out shelves and lots of storage by Superior woodcraft
Lots of open shelving in this country feeling butlers pantry
Habersham designed this distressed green glazed pantry, interesting scroll work on the doors
A butlers pantry that doubles as a pretty decorative hutch
Beautiful art deco feeling butlers pantry, gorgeous teak countertops, Willowbrook
One of my all time favorites, the color, all the glass, the marble and the hardware…all beautiful
Elizabeth Kimberly designed this pretty gray painted hutch/butlers pantry
Kitchen Lab created this small pantry off the main kitchen, love the black walls and marble!
Morgan Creek designed this fabulous gray/green butlers pantry..love the dimaond leaded glass…beautiful!
This is a mega pantry! With another set of full appliances, it is the ultimate prep pantry.
A small set of glass french doors leads to this small pantry….lovely
Morgan Creek designed this gorgeous pantry with a heavy glazing and lots of glass doors for displaying….nicely done
This large European feeling pantry was painted in a pale blue with white hardware
This is different, a wall of books leads to a glass doored pantry full of open shelving!

So what do you think? Anything you absolutely love? Do you think a butlers pantry serves a real purpose beyond a pretty display room? Would you want one? Would love to know! Have a wonderful day!

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Things I am loving Thursdays………

Happy Thursday. Before I get started on all the wonderful things I am loving this week,, for those of you who didn’t come by yesterday, I am having the most marvelous giveaway! How amazing are these lamps…..the giveaway is next Friday, March 11th and will be selected using Random.org. If you are a follower or subscriber you are automatically enrolled to win!

Be sure to visit them..they have the most beautiful things!

www.swanklighting.com

Thank you Swank lighting!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting. ?These lamps are designed after a popular, classic Barovier & Toso lamp from the 1940’s. ?They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket. ?The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles. ?The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00



OK onto things I am loving this Thursday………(besides those gorgeous lamps up there)



MARBLE. I have not made it a secret how obsessed I am with white marble. It adds instant panache to any room, kitchen or bath. Nothing is as luxurious and gorgeously timeless as white?marble in my humble opinion. My personal favorite is Calacutta Gold, which has both the gray and the pale gold veining running through its white slab. Then there are about six different Calacutta gold varieties…does the decision making ever get easy? So below are a few examples..how beautiful are they? They each have their own personality for sure… Do you like the heavier or darker veining more than the lighter? Do you like it with more gold or less? Love to know what all you experts think!

LIGHTING. I have been looking at a lot of lighting lately as well. Right now we are just trying to make decisions on the absolute essentials, some sconces for the bathrooms, the hallways, and the exterior lighting. I have found some beautiful things….here are some of my top picks this week, too many gorgeous things to narrow it down..have a favorite?

SOME OUTDOOR LIGHTING

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SCONCES AND LANTERNS FOR HALLWAYS AND KITCHEN LIGHTING

MAGAZINES.My definite cheap thrill of the week, Southern Accents. My absolute favorite magazine, which I know many of you coveted as well. Sadly, it ?is no more so I greatly enjoy with new fervor going through my old issues and have actually been buying more online. Ironically many things I love now can be found in issues, 10 and 12 years ago! Goes to prove that classic interiors never ever go out of style. I just bought a lot of 22 issues….and am having a field day, ripping things out fast and furious…the papers are flying! To me, there is just nothing that compares to the consistent fabulous elegant traditional interiors that graced Southern Accents every issue…its sorely missed. This was my cheapest thrill yet all week!



WALLPAPER AND PAINT. As I start to seriously scour the showrooms for wallpaper and paint inspirations my wish list continues to grow. I found more wonderful wallpaper and really like the new paint colors by Stark. I spoke with the showroom manager who just painted several rooms in her house with Stark paint and she said she could not believe how beautifully it went on with just a single coat, that there was virtually no smell and it went on so much easier than another brand that shall remain nameless but one well know quite well. Some of their colors are just gorgeous. So here are my weekly wallpaper inspirations and a few of the paint colors i really like.?

This is going to the library powder room, am having a custom floor of a gold marble with brown and rust accents to match….when I get sample will post, its going to be tres jolie!

I just thought this is so pretty for a ladies bathroom…very soft powdery pale gray/blue/green

This is a classic from Stark, also great for a dressing area or ladies bathroom

BLACK ISLANDS. OK, if you have been coming here for any length of time you know by now that I have a “thing” for black cabinetry. So I have been obsessing over just the right black with just the right shine, etc….thankfully there are oodles and oodles of online inspiration and forget about the massive mounting towering collection of magazines and books that is taking over my side of the bed….all in the pursuit of good design! So here are a few “black inspirations”, its easy to see why I am so drawn to it right? So elegant and old world……

MARBLE TILES. I have been very busy planning out the bathrooms….and finally am somewhat breathing a sigh of relief having picked out most of what we are doing. I have spoken often of how much I love New Ravenna’s line, they truly in my humble opinion produce some of the most spectacular marble flooring I have ever seen..the sky is the limit, I am amazed by what they can do. I am going with more subdued looks in both color and pattern compared to what they are capable of doing….but they are scrumptious nonetheless. Take a look…..

My bathroom tile
A gorgeous border

Thinking of this as a border

Love this..what a work of art!
BLUE AND WHITE. Love blue and white and nothing beats walking into a crisp room done in all navy and white. I want to have a room solely in blue and white, so am thinking a guest room. Here are some inspirations…Mom and Dad hope you approve! I know they will because my very talented mother has a spectacular blue and white guest room herself that is exquisite, will have to include a picture here one day…its that pretty. Don’t you agree…there is something so elegantly understated and classic about a room done in navy and white.

CHIPPENDALE MIRROR. What is more stately and regal looking than a Chippendale mirror The one pictured happens to be an antique, but I would like to buy one,new or old and have it in the main hallway off the foyer under a beautiful chest. That way its in a highly visible place for all to see….they are beautiful and so elegant.
AN AMAZING MOVIE. Who doesn’t like a great captivating, sit on the edge of your seats movie? Well, look no more..if you have even a tiny little droplet of interest in art, you will be completely taken with this documentary that is based upon the story of eccentric Dr.Alfred Barnes and his astonishing billion dollar art collection known to be the most valuable in the entire world, that he acquired at a time when the art he was collecting?was not coveted as it was today. He was a true visionary in every sense.This story reveals the outrageous and stomach turning events on how the highest political, social and cultural establishments worked in a tangled greedy corrupt web to take it away and call their own. I promise you this is one amazing story…I have seen it four times and counting. Its THAT good. Netflix now carries it….anything that made me immediately look up when the next demonstration was in Philadelphia to see if I could be a part of it, you know it has to be powerful ( Case in point….I have never participated in a demonstration in my life, ?but would make an exception for this)
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Well, folks that’s about it for today. Gives me enough to smile about. Hope you have an enchanting day…and do share if any thing here struck a chord with you or if there is something that you’re particularly excited about this week!



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Things I am loving Thursdays………

Happy Thursday. Before I get started on all the wonderful things I am loving this week,, for those of you who didn’t come by yesterday, I am having the most marvelous giveaway! How amazing are these lamps…..the giveaway is next Friday, March 11th and will be selected using Random.org. If you are a follower or subscriber you are automatically enrolled to win!
Be sure to visit them..they have the most beautiful things!
www.swanklighting.com
Thank you Swank lighting!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting.  These lamps are designed after a popular, classic Barovier & Toso lamp from the 1940’s.  They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket.  The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles.  The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00


OK onto things I am loving this Thursday………(besides those gorgeous lamps up there)


MARBLE. I have not made it a secret how obsessed I am with white marble. It adds instant panache to any room, kitchen or bath. Nothing is as luxurious and gorgeously timeless as white marble in my humble opinion. My personal favorite is Calacutta Gold, which has both the gray and the pale gold veining running through its white slab. Then there are about six different Calacutta gold varieties…does the decision making ever get easy? So below are a few examples..how beautiful are they? They each have their own personality for sure… Do you like the heavier or darker veining more than the lighter? Do you like it with more gold or less? Love to know what all you experts think!

LIGHTING. I have been looking at a lot of lighting lately as well. Right now we are just trying to make decisions on the absolute essentials, some sconces for the bathrooms, the hallways, and the exterior lighting. I have found some beautiful things….here are some of my top picks this week, too many gorgeous things to narrow it down..have a favorite?

SOME OUTDOOR LIGHTING

.


SCONCES AND LANTERNS FOR HALLWAYS AND KITCHEN LIGHTING

MAGAZINES.My definite cheap thrill of the week, Southern Accents. My absolute favorite magazine, which I know many of you coveted as well. Sadly, it  is no more so I greatly enjoy with new fervor going through my old issues and have actually been buying more online. Ironically many things I love now can be found in issues, 10 and 12 years ago! Goes to prove that classic interiors never ever go out of style. I just bought a lot of 22 issues….and am having a field day, ripping things out fast and furious…the papers are flying! To me, there is just nothing that compares to the consistent fabulous elegant traditional interiors that graced Southern Accents every issue…its sorely missed. This was my cheapest thrill yet all week!


WALLPAPER AND PAINT. As I start to seriously scour the showrooms for wallpaper and paint inspirations my wish list continues to grow. I found more wonderful wallpaper and really like the new paint colors by Stark. I spoke with the showroom manager who just painted several rooms in her house with Stark paint and she said she could not believe how beautifully it went on with just a single coat, that there was virtually no smell and it went on so much easier than another brand that shall remain nameless but one well know quite well. Some of their colors are just gorgeous. So here are my weekly wallpaper inspirations and a few of the paint colors i really like. 

This is going to the library powder room, am having a custom floor of a gold marble with brown and rust accents to match….when I get sample will post, its going to be tres jolie!

I just thought this is so pretty for a ladies bathroom…very soft powdery pale gray/blue/green

This is a classic from Stark, also great for a dressing area or ladies bathroom

BLACK ISLANDS. OK, if you have been coming here for any length of time you know by now that I have a “thing” for black cabinetry. So I have been obsessing over just the right black with just the right shine, etc….thankfully there are oodles and oodles of online inspiration and forget about the massive mounting towering collection of magazines and books that is taking over my side of the bed….all in the pursuit of good design! So here are a few “black inspirations”, its easy to see why I am so drawn to it right? So elegant and old world……

MARBLE TILES. I have been very busy planning out the bathrooms….and finally am somewhat breathing a sigh of relief having picked out most of what we are doing. I have spoken often of how much I love New Ravenna’s line, they truly in my humble opinion produce some of the most spectacular marble flooring I have ever seen..the sky is the limit, I am amazed by what they can do. I am going with more subdued looks in both color and pattern compared to what they are capable of doing….but they are scrumptious nonetheless. Take a look…..

My bathroom tile
A gorgeous border

Thinking of this as a border

Love this..what a work of art!
BLUE AND WHITE. Love blue and white and nothing beats walking into a crisp room done in all navy and white. I want to have a room solely in blue and white, so am thinking a guest room. Here are some inspirations…Mom and Dad hope you approve! I know they will because my very talented mother has a spectacular blue and white guest room herself that is exquisite, will have to include a picture here one day…its that pretty. Don’t you agree…there is something so elegantly understated and classic about a room done in navy and white.

CHIPPENDALE MIRROR. What is more stately and regal looking than a Chippendale mirror The one pictured happens to be an antique, but I would like to buy one,new or old and have it in the main hallway off the foyer under a beautiful chest. That way its in a highly visible place for all to see….they are beautiful and so elegant.
AN AMAZING MOVIE. Who doesn’t like a great captivating, sit on the edge of your seats movie? Well, look no more..if you have even a tiny little droplet of interest in art, you will be completely taken with this documentary that is based upon the story of eccentric Dr.Alfred Barnes and his astonishing billion dollar art collection known to be the most valuable in the entire world, that he acquired at a time when the art he was collecting was not coveted as it was today. He was a true visionary in every sense.This story reveals the outrageous and stomach turning events on how the highest political, social and cultural establishments worked in a tangled greedy corrupt web to take it away and call their own. I promise you this is one amazing story…I have seen it four times and counting. Its THAT good. Netflix now carries it….anything that made me immediately look up when the next demonstration was in Philadelphia to see if I could be a part of it, you know it has to be powerful ( Case in point….I have never participated in a demonstration in my life,  but would make an exception for this)
 
Well, folks that’s about it for today. Gives me enough to smile about. Hope you have an enchanting day…and do share if any thing here struck a chord with you or if there is something that you’re particularly excited about this week!


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