Crazy for Chinoiserie and we have a winner!

First things first, time to announce the lucky winner of the shoe ottoman…sure hope its going to someone who looooves her shoes:) So the lucky winner is (chosen via random.org)…….

Result: #97

Maggie Rozinski January 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM
OOO! The Warner chair and ottomon really caught my eye! It would look perfect in my husband’s home office. I however, would LOVE the shoe ottoman for my closet. The Safavieh site is beautiful. thanks for sharing it with us. Maggie R.
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Congratulations, please email me to claim your prize! More fun giveaways coming up…Also if you missed my “last supper” over at Haus Design, you must see it! Click here.?

Sorry but I have added word verification temporarily to hopefully ward off these pesty anonymous solicitors…its driving me crazy! I must get 50-75 a day!?

OK whether you have been following along with me for a year or 2 days you know one thing, actually lets make it two. No, three. I love food, I love blue and white and I love chinoiseire! I am really excited to be just getting started on finally choosing it for my long neglected dining room. I am the kind of person that knows exactly what i want. If it means having to wait to get it…wait I will.I am not one to easily compromise, and feel that all great things come to those who wait. So in my travels…I have been pursuing lots of pictures of chinoiserie and have included some of my favorites here. Do you like it? Love it? I feel its so timeless. It was as beautiful 100 years ago as it is today and as it will be in another 100 years. Not too many things you can say that about! So lets take a look, have a fave?

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And for anyone who cares to know the history of chinoiserie and its origins and namely how it became so popular and iconic, read on…(taken from Kravets website)
 

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? The Western fascination with all things Oriental began in the mid 17th century with trade between Europe and China.Imported arts and crafts had an exciting and different beauty from those made in the west, especially Chinese porcelain and lacquer. In the early 18th century, the term ?chinoiserie? was used to describe the European fantasy vision of China and the Far East. It is actually a French word for ?Chinesery? or ?Chinese-esque.?
It is an invented fusion of Asian motifs and European sophistication created by designers and craftsmen in the West. Since they knew little about far-off Asian cultures due to limited exposure, early chinoiserie is characterized by the use of imagery of a China that could only be imagined with pagodas, fabulous birds, monkeys, dragons and figures in exotic costumes. Decorative scenes may show a mythological creature in an oriental landscape, or an elegant lady with a Chinese parasol and Parisian hairstyle. Chinoiserie is often eccentric but most of all it is a fun mixture of fact and fiction of what seemed incredibly exotic to the people of Europe.?
This new playful style was popularized when the French court of Louis XV found the curves and whimsy of chinoiserie integrated beautifully with Rococo architectural features. It soon spread throughout Europe and could be found in the interiors and gardens of the royal palaces.?
 

 

Stunning and elegant….Albert Hadley
Ahh, the blues do it every time.Miles Redd
A fun mix with an old classic, Miles Redd
De Gournay at its most elegant. Stunning!
This is what I call a happy bedroom! Nick Olsen
Grand, baby grand!Yves St. Laurent
Love the colors…..imagine at sunset! Chinoiserie Chic
Big fan of green! Miles Redd
Always been a fan of this gorgeous room in New Orleans….Alexa Hampton
Metallics bring the ultimate glam factor!

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Elizabeth Dinkel used a gorgeous green to give a pop of color in this fabulous home
This soft gray/green remains one of my personal faves! Chad Thomas

 

Elegance personified. Patricia McLean
The soft golds are timeless and neutral….NSR
Really love this metallic…..spectacular!NSR
Even works in transitional rooms……
Stunning in this bathroom…talk about making a statement! Arch Digest
? OMG, for a blue and white lover like myself….this is seriously Nirvana!
Neutrals work with literally any color…totally timeless! Griffin and Wong
LOVE the handblocking detail…makes it feel old
So opulent and magnificent, don’t you think!
Adore this hallway, the neutral panels, the rich warm woods, the neutral soft billow drapes….perfect!!
And some of the ones I love and am considering…have a fave?
Always loved this one which looks tea stained from DeGournay….beautiful!
Love the softness and am a sucker for birds…..Stark
This is simple and understated, Stark
Adore this pattern, Kew Garden from Paul Montgomery
Long been on my “faves” list, Gracie
Paul Montgomery This one would work mighty well with my dining room rug, though I would opt for more open field and less leaves/blossoms……this would be beautiful handblocked.
This feels so fresh and alive, Paul Montgomery
?A more tonal approach, Paul Montgomery

?Well it this doesn’t make you a lover of it….don’t think its in the cards. I personally cannot get enough! So beautiful, grand, elegant, timeless…..loooove it! What do you think? Would you ? Could you? Or do you have it in your life? Love to hear your thoughts! Wishing you a wonderful day!
 

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Crazy for Chinoiserie and we have a winner!

First things first, time to announce the lucky winner of the shoe ottoman…sure hope its going to someone who looooves her shoes:) So the lucky winner is (chosen via random.org)…….

Result: #97

Maggie Rozinski January 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM
OOO! The Warner chair and ottomon really caught my eye! It would look perfect in my husband’s home office. I however, would LOVE the shoe ottoman for my closet. The Safavieh site is beautiful. thanks for sharing it with us. Maggie R.
Random number code based on JavaScript documentation on the Mozilla Developer Center.

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Congratulations, please email me to claim your prize! More fun giveaways coming up…Also if you missed my “last supper” over at Haus Design, you must see it! Click here.?

Sorry but I have added word verification temporarily to hopefully ward off these pesty anonymous solicitors…its driving me crazy! I must get 50-75 a day!?
OK whether you have been following along with me for a year or 2 days you know one thing, actually lets make it two. No, three. I love food, I love blue and white and I love chinoiseire! I am really excited to be just getting started on finally choosing it for my long neglected dining room. I am the kind of person that knows exactly what i want. If it means having to wait to get it…wait I will.I am not one to easily compromise, and feel that all great things come to those who wait. So in my travels…I have been pursuing lots of pictures of chinoiserie and have included some of my favorites here. Do you like it? Love it? I feel its so timeless. It was as beautiful 100 years ago as it is today and as it will be in another 100 years. Not too many things you can say that about! So lets take a look, have a fave?

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And for anyone who cares to know the history of chinoiserie and its origins and namely how it became so popular and iconic, read on…(taken from Kravets website)
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? The Western fascination with all things Oriental began in the mid 17th century with trade between Europe and China.Imported arts and crafts had an exciting and different beauty from those made in the west, especially Chinese porcelain and lacquer. In the early 18th century, the term ?chinoiserie? was used to describe the European fantasy vision of China and the Far East. It is actually a French word for ?Chinesery? or ?Chinese-esque.?
It is an invented fusion of Asian motifs and European sophistication created by designers and craftsmen in the West. Since they knew little about far-off Asian cultures due to limited exposure, early chinoiserie is characterized by the use of imagery of a China that could only be imagined with pagodas, fabulous birds, monkeys, dragons and figures in exotic costumes. Decorative scenes may show a mythological creature in an oriental landscape, or an elegant lady with a Chinese parasol and Parisian hairstyle. Chinoiserie is often eccentric but most of all it is a fun mixture of fact and fiction of what seemed incredibly exotic to the people of Europe.?
This new playful style was popularized when the French court of Louis XV found the curves and whimsy of chinoiserie integrated beautifully with Rococo architectural features. It soon spread throughout Europe and could be found in the interiors and gardens of the royal palaces.?

 

Stunning and elegant….Albert Hadley
Ahh, the blues do it every time.Miles Redd
A fun mix with an old classic, Miles Redd
De Gournay at its most elegant. Stunning!
This is what I call a happy bedroom! Nick Olsen
Grand, baby grand!Yves St. Laurent
Love the colors…..imagine at sunset! Chinoiserie Chic
Big fan of green! Miles Redd
Always been a fan of this gorgeous room in New Orleans….Alexa Hampton
Metallics bring the ultimate glam factor!

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Elizabeth Dinkel used a gorgeous green to give a pop of color in this fabulous home
This soft gray/green remains one of my personal faves! Chad Thomas

 

Elegance personified, Patricia McLean

The soft golds are timeless and neutral….NSR
Really love this metallic…..spectacular!NSR
Even works in transitional rooms……
Stunning in this bathroom…talk about making a statement! Arch Digest
? OMG, for a blue and white lover like myself….this is seriously Nirvana!
Neutrals work with literally any color…totally timeless! Griffin and Wong
LOVE the handblocking detail…makes it feel old
So opulent and magnificent, don’t you think!
Adore this hallway, the neutral panels, the rich warm woods, the neutral soft billow drapes….perfect!!
And some of the ones I love and am considering…have a fave?
Always loved this one which looks tea stained from DeGournay….beautiful!
Love the softness and am a sucker for birds…..Stark
This is simple and understated, Stark
Adore this pattern, Kew Garden from Paul Montgomery
Long been on my “faves” list, Gracie
Paul Montgomery This one would work mighty well with my dining room rug, though I would opt for more open field and less leaves/blossoms……this would be beautiful handblocked.
This feels so fresh and alive, Paul Montgomery
?A more tonal approach, Paul Montgomery

?Well it this doesn’t make you a lover of it….don’t think its in the cards. I personally cannot get enough! So beautiful, grand, elegant, timeless…..loooove it! What do you think? Would you ? Could you? Or do you have it in your life? Love to hear your thoughts! Wishing you a wonderful day!
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Party planning and mission accomplished!

One thing to my fellow bloggers…nearly had a heart attack when I signed on this morning to feedburner to change my delivery time to my subscribers and saw my thousands of subscribers GONE! Apparently this is a known problem that they are working on…so don’t be alarmed if you sign on and see the same thing.

Wow what a weekend! We had to go to the city Friday night for a function, but it was far from relaxing as the entire time my head was spinning with all had to do for my family party on Saturday….the drinks I still needed to buy, a market list a mile long, ?figuring out if I had the right amount of plates, do I have silverware for 50? Yep……panic mood ensued. Getting home never felt so?good as I sprang into action to do damage control. Things were better than I expected and I went to bed thinking I could pull it off.?


Sat woke up to beautiful skies and a fair dose of anxiety. Several hours later, after lots of little last minute errands and prepping, the party started coming together. I always allow myself to run around and stress up to a certain point, but I always (and this really works for me) set a time where I must be done with any errands and a time where I get my rest time. My ‘cut off” was 1 pm….and sure enough by that time I had no need to get back in my car. Everything I needed was done and at home…..woo hoo.




My other cutoff time was 4 and like clockwork I went up to my room and took a power nap (yes Mom I can admit that after all these years of you drilling that into me, they really do work)! So at about 5 I started prepping, getting all my appetizers under way, placing all the flowers where they needed to be, and basically getting the house all “prettied up”. I always get in the party mood when I get to this stage…….




I do not have any pictures to show you of the actual party……everything I must say looked so pretty. But I was so busy playing hostess that there wasn’t a second to reach for my camera and sneak a picture besides think it would have been awkward to be running around on a photo shoot….lol. Next time I need a photographer:) But here’s a recap of everything leading up to it………..






WARNING EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY, SIT BACK, GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE!!



Any time I want to entertain it always has to start with the flowers. Always. Any excuse to buy flowers, especially my beloved white orchids! I do have a local florist who carries beautiful ones but I have taken to doing them myself lately……I get a lot of pleasure out of it. This time I actually did them in the trunk of my car…….yep it became a makeshift florist:)

Batch one of my flowers ready for their makeover…….

Containers galore and here we go!

A big bag of moss to the rescue….

And we are done…..time to bring them inside
Finding their new “homes”

All the silver getting wrapped up in pretty napkins…
Guess whats getting hung!!!! My new chandelier………….

Using the sideboard as a buffet for the dinner plates
And my new sconces got put up in the living room….well two of them, rest this week!
Got a mirror hung behind buffet
Moving to the front of the house……..
Of course I decorated the front of the house too….simple but I think very pretty

Loving the new softer colors of pumpkins…white, celadon and a pale melon….such neat colors!

And moving back ?inside………

?Even my two new dog paintings got hung………..

Love “dressing up” a vanity with all kinds of pretties……..

Don’t you love my new little cherub soap dish! Just added it to my online store…..

Peek into the pantry which was being used as a bar

One of my guests sent me this magnificent floral arrangement, its about 3 feet tall!

Surprise! Got my new chandelier up in the dining room and its perfect!!!!! I really love it…..brought down a pair of lamps from guest room just to use for the night

Another surprise…got my new sconces up in the living room….LOVE them!

Stunning aren’t they?

The room is far from done, you have to imagine it with the right chairs, getting a mantle finally and the gorgeous chinoiserie paper that will grace the walls

Used this small English console as a table to hold the appetizer plates
First tray getting put out….sushi always one of the first things to go

I had a small round table for a few stationary appetizers and we had passed hor?deuvres?too (thankfully some left over for a serious eating session later today)
Icing on the cake…waking up to some goodies waiting to be opened, flowers enough to open up my own little florist and a box of chocolates from one of my favorite shops……….

Look at the mini bananas in this arrangement!
So that’s a wrap for how things were on Saturday leading up to my family party. It was a lot of fun, all except for my poor sore feet that are paying the price of standing on them for too many hours so I will prop them up and take it easy today (of course while I am picking at all the leftovers lol). Hope you enjoy your day…gorgeous fall weather over here, loving it! Now excuse me while I go take inventory of the leftovers…………(absolute best part of a party)!


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Party planning and mission accomplished!

One thing to my fellow bloggers…nearly had a heart attack when I signed on this morning to feedburner to change my delivery time to my subscribers and saw my thousands of subscribers GONE! Apparently this is a known problem that they are working on…so don’t be alarmed if you sign on and see the same thing.

Wow what a weekend! We had to go to the city Friday night for a function, but it was far from relaxing as the entire time my head was spinning with all had to do for my family party on Saturday….the drinks I still needed to buy, a market list a mile long,  figuring out if I had the right amount of plates, do I have silverware for 50? Yep……panic mood ensued. Getting home never felt so good as I sprang into action to do damage control. Things were better than I expected and I went to bed thinking I could pull it off. 
Sat woke up to beautiful skies and a fair dose of anxiety. Several hours later, after lots of little last minute errands and prepping, the party started coming together. I always allow myself to run around and stress up to a certain point, but I always (and this really works for me) set a time where I must be done with any errands and a time where I get my rest time. My ‘cut off” was 1 pm….and sure enough by that time I had no need to get back in my car. Everything I needed was done and at home…..woo hoo.
My other cutoff time was 4 and like clockwork I went up to my room and took a power nap (yes Mom I can admit that after all these years of you drilling that into me, they really do work)! So at about 5 I started prepping, getting all my appetizers under way, placing all the flowers where they needed to be, and basically getting the house all “prettied up”. I always get in the party mood when I get to this stage…….
I do not have any pictures to show you of the actual party……everything I must say looked so pretty. But I was so busy playing hostess that there wasn’t a second to reach for my camera and sneak a picture besides think it would have been awkward to be running around on a photo shoot….lol. Next time I need a photographer:) But here’s a recap of everything leading up to it………..
WARNING EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY, SIT BACK, GRAB ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE!!

Any time I want to entertain it always has to start with the flowers. Always. Any excuse to buy flowers, especially my beloved white orchids! I do have a local florist who carries beautiful ones but I have taken to doing them myself lately……I get a lot of pleasure out of it. This time I actually did them in the trunk of my car…….yep it became a makeshift florist:)

Batch one of my flowers ready for their makeover…….

Containers galore and here we go!

A big bag of moss to the rescue….

And we are done…..time to bring them inside
Finding their new “homes”

All the silver getting wrapped up in pretty napkins…
Guess whats getting hung!!!! My new chandelier………….

Using the sideboard as a buffet for the dinner plates
And my new sconces got put up in the living room….well two of them, rest this week!
Got a mirror hung behind buffet
Moving to the front of the house……..
Of course I decorated the front of the house too….simple but I think very pretty

Loving the new softer colors of pumpkins…white, celadon and a pale melon….such neat colors!

And moving back  inside………

 Even my two new dog paintings got hung………..

Love “dressing up” a vanity with all kinds of pretties……..

Don’t you love my new little cherub soap dish! Just added it to my online store…..

Peek into the pantry which was being used as a bar

One of my guests sent me this magnificent floral arrangement, its about 3 feet tall!

Surprise! Got my new chandelier up in the dining room and its perfect!!!!! I really love it…..brought down a pair of lamps from guest room just to use for the night

Another surprise…got my new sconces up in the living room….LOVE them!

Stunning aren’t they?

The room is far from done, you have to imagine it with the right chairs, getting a mantle finally and the gorgeous chinoiserie paper that will grace the walls

Used this small English console as a table to hold the appetizer plates
First tray getting put out….sushi always one of the first things to go

I had a small round table for a few stationary appetizers and we had passed hor deuvres too (thankfully some left over for a serious eating session later today)
Icing on the cake…waking up to some goodies waiting to be opened, flowers enough to open up my own little florist and a box of chocolates from one of my favorite shops……….

Look at the mini bananas in this arrangement!
So that’s a wrap for how things were on Saturday leading up to my family party. It was a lot of fun, all except for my poor sore feet that are paying the price of standing on them for too many hours so I will prop them up and take it easy today (of course while I am picking at all the leftovers lol). Hope you enjoy your day…gorgeous fall weather over here, loving it! Now excuse me while I go take inventory of the leftovers…………(absolute best part of a party)!

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Spectacular swoon worthy rooms from my treasure chest of pictures……part I

Hello….from snowy New York. Yes, you heard right, its S N O W I N G!!!! I think the weather gods are a bit confused but we will let this slide as long as we wake up to sunny skies and temperatures above 50 tomorrow!?

Today is simply a day to celebrate many gorgeous, showstopping, glorious grand rooms and interiors, some which I have had for a long long time, and others newer additions. I get so inspired by pictures, images both on the Internet, books and in my vast collection of magazines….so many fabulous things to choose from! You know the kind of room or image that makes your heart go pitter patter? We all know that feeling, something so beautiful that at first glance its almost too much to take in so you look away only to take it all in on second glance (surely I cannot be the only one who does this)

?So over time I have collected many pictures that make me swoon…ironically even the ones I have had a long long time I still love…..proof that my taste hasn’t wavered much over the years and that good design doesn’t get old. ? I am dividing this into two parts since I have so many and my file is bulging with so many fabulous contenders and not a single one should be left out. In no particular order and in a very random way, here is my parade of fabulous and inspirational rooms and interiors…do you have a favorite?



This is one of my all time favorites..have had it for years. How gorgeous..love the range, the floors, the blue and white accents…perfection!
Love the walnut stained wood, the limestone mantle, the washed muted fabrics…..
This is such a stately old world magnificent wood paneled room
Always loved the warmth walnut looking color of this fabulous wood paneled room
Gorgeous room, love the built in “window seat” albeit a very glorified window seat
Love this..OK I don’t have a daughter but IF I did, I would create a room just like this! How cozy…imagine how much fun sleepovers would be in a room like this!
One of my all time faves..have featured this many times, Jack Arnold classic kitchen
The colors are so fresh and stunning….Stark
Another one of my all time favorite rooms, just classic understated elegance
Love the dark cabinetry with white marble so rich looking…
Bill Eubanks created this dreamy and dramatic dining room
Stunning master, the colors are so serene and inviting..a true oasis
Rich old world splendor..the dark green walls say it all
Love the feeling of this soft white and beige bed, the elegant monogram, the crisp linen bedding, the shirred canopy..so luxurious in an understated way, Phoebe Howard
Love the colors, serene and elegant, Charlotte Moss
Beautiful feeling here…feels a bit Swedish/Nordic inspired by the color palette..so soothing
Love this room, so rich, opulent but understated by William Eubanks
Another angle from the gorgeous kitchen above…love the floors and the blue and white
Beautiful, rustic and elegant seating area..love the lattice front chest/hutch
Another view from one of my favorites! (Stark)
And yet one more…love the fireplace too!
Now this is what I call a hallway….elegant grandeur at its finest! (Arch Digest)
Subdued but old world pretty
Stunning living room by Cathy Kincaid…the colors are just so melodic…..
Always had a thing for this incredibly old world elegant feeling dining room by Cathy Kincaid
Another view……same room
Beautiful stately monochromatic master bedroom, pure heaven by Howard
Cathy Kincaid works her magic again in this fabulous guest room…so crisp and pretty
Charlotte Moss created this glorious, regal and formal dining room
I believe Steve from Velvet and Linen designed this stunning kitchen..its a showstopper
Gorgeous opulent hallway by William Eubanks
Such a rich and elegant room, the drapes are stunning and I can image this room at sunset….
Love the colors and the soft palette in this inviting kitchen
Something about this space feels so inviting, the soft colors, the large space, the cozy seating
Love this bathroom, so stately and old world feeling, Suzanne Tucker
Always loved this cozy but gorgeous seating area/banquette for this breakfast room
Elegant hall/foyer by William Eubanks…..love the feeling here, its timeless
So what do you think? Which room makes your heart go pitter patter? ?What makes a room showstopping and something to remember to you? For me, there are so many elements that have to come together, a room just has to feel authentic, and right, have a cohesive palette, have great lighting, good flooring, has to be inviting without sacrificing elegance. I love having images of beautiful rooms to refer back to and to learn from. Would love to know which is your favorite!?Hope your day is wonderful and enchanting!

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Spectacular swoon worthy rooms from my treasure chest of pictures……part I

Hello….from snowy New York. Yes, you heard right, its S N O W I N G!!!! I think the weather gods are a bit confused but we will let this slide as long as we wake up to sunny skies and temperatures above 50 tomorrow! 
Today is simply a day to celebrate many gorgeous, showstopping, glorious grand rooms and interiors, some which I have had for a long long time, and others newer additions. I get so inspired by pictures, images both on the Internet, books and in my vast collection of magazines….so many fabulous things to choose from! You know the kind of room or image that makes your heart go pitter patter? We all know that feeling, something so beautiful that at first glance its almost too much to take in so you look away only to take it all in on second glance (surely I cannot be the only one who does this)
 So over time I have collected many pictures that make me swoon…ironically even the ones I have had a long long time I still love…..proof that my taste hasn’t wavered much over the years and that good design doesn’t get old.   I am dividing this into two parts since I have so many and my file is bulging with so many fabulous contenders and not a single one should be left out. In no particular order and in a very random way, here is my parade of fabulous and inspirational rooms and interiors…do you have a favorite?

This is one of my all time favorites..have had it for years. How gorgeous..love the range, the floors, the blue and white accents…perfection!
Love the walnut stained wood, the limestone mantle, the washed muted fabrics…..
This is such a stately old world magnificent wood paneled room
Always loved the warmth walnut looking color of this fabulous wood paneled room
Gorgeous room, love the built in “window seat” albeit a very glorified window seat
Love this..OK I don’t have a daughter but IF I did, I would create a room just like this! How cozy…imagine how much fun sleepovers would be in a room like this!
One of my all time faves..have featured this many times, Jack Arnold classic kitchen
The colors are so fresh and stunning….Stark
Another one of my all time favorite rooms, just classic understated elegance
Love the dark cabinetry with white marble so rich looking…
Bill Eubanks created this dreamy and dramatic dining room
Stunning master, the colors are so serene and inviting..a true oasis
Rich old world splendor..the dark green walls say it all
Love the feeling of this soft white and beige bed, the elegant monogram, the crisp linen bedding, the shirred canopy..so luxurious in an understated way, Phoebe Howard
Love the colors, serene and elegant, Charlotte Moss
Beautiful feeling here…feels a bit Swedish/Nordic inspired by the color palette..so soothing
Love this room, so rich, opulent but understated by William Eubanks
Another angle from the gorgeous kitchen above…love the floors and the blue and white
Beautiful, rustic and elegant seating area..love the lattice front chest/hutch
Another view from one of my favorites! (Stark)
And yet one more…love the fireplace too!
Now this is what I call a hallway….elegant grandeur at its finest! (Arch Digest)
Subdued but old world pretty
Stunning living room by Cathy Kincaid…the colors are just so melodic…..
Always had a thing for this incredibly old world elegant feeling dining room by Cathy Kincaid
Another view……same room
Beautiful stately monochromatic master bedroom, pure heaven by Howard
Cathy Kincaid works her magic again in this fabulous guest room…so crisp and pretty
Charlotte Moss created this glorious, regal and formal dining room
I believe Steve from Velvet and Linen designed this stunning kitchen..its a showstopper
Gorgeous opulent hallway by William Eubanks
Such a rich and elegant room, the drapes are stunning and I can image this room at sunset….
Love the colors and the soft palette in this inviting kitchen
Something about this space feels so inviting, the soft colors, the large space, the cozy seating
Love this bathroom, so stately and old world feeling, Suzanne Tucker
Always loved this cozy but gorgeous seating area/banquette for this breakfast room
Elegant hall/foyer by William Eubanks…..love the feeling here, its timeless
So what do you think? Which room makes your heart go pitter patter?  What makes a room showstopping and something to remember to you? For me, there are so many elements that have to come together, a room just has to feel authentic, and right, have a cohesive palette, have great lighting, good flooring, has to be inviting without sacrificing elegance. I love having images of beautiful rooms to refer back to and to learn from. Would love to know which is your favorite! Hope your day is wonderful and enchanting!

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Gilded in gold…….gorgeous!

We have a winner (again)!?

Congratulations to my follower, M. Murphy!

You have won the gorgeous Safavieh french chair. I have sent you a message so please respond within the next 48 hours.



So, what is your opinion on gold rooms? I was recently at a private function in someones home and I must say the entire house, bathed in soft golds with lots of texture, was jaw droppingingly stunning. Wish I could have taken some pictures! So it got me thinking, as often happens when I am feeling particularly inspired, about gold rooms, gold fabrics and gold wallpaper…decorating an entire room in gold. I think as these pictures prove, done right…it can be breathtaking, soothing, calming, lavish and luxurious. Gold can be very bold or it can be subtle depending on the type of fabric used, the wall application, the lighting, the formality of the room and of course how much gold is used. And gold has many hues, bright brassy gold, a silvery gold, a coppery gold, a yellow gold and so on. It doesn’t always have to be dripping with formality, sometimes a small touch of gold is just the right touch to create a little drama or a little sparkle. Do you have a favorite? And of course gold doesn’t exclusively apply to formal traditional rooms as you will see below. ?Would love to know, as always what you think!



This luminous gold Gracie paper is the crowning touch to a stunning understated dining room by Ann Holden
Samantha Lyman created this attractive gold toned library…gold silk pillows make a statement as does the tufted tiger skin ottoman.
Jan Showers designed this elegant soft living room in inviting soft gold against pared down neutrals
Beautiful soft golds and tans grace this elegant and serene feeling master bedroom suite
Absolutely beautiful dining room gets an ethereal glow from the soft gold painted chinoiserie paper and gilded chairs…..love this room by Jan Showers
Stunning very formal master suite gets the gold touch, Architectural Digest
Dramatic gold and black painted bed looks regal in this elegant master bedroom fit for a queen

Beautiful gilded room in soft yellows and golds?
Toned down gold tones with natural materials makes this a fabulous inviting room
Cozy reading corner off this ?living room gets dressed up with gold accents and the zebra rug, Traditional Home
Two antique Louis VXI gilded chairs flanking this Chesneys mantle with rich blue velvet makes for a formal and grand setting
Stunning gold living room, monochromatic but dramatic and interesting because of all the different textures, Architectural Digest
A monochromatic bedroom gets dressed up with gold leaf nightstands and chairs…..
Soft yellows and golds are just beautiful in this sunroom…picture perfect!

Gorgeous touches of gold make this formal room opulent and elegant, Architectural Digest
An all white room gets gold framed furniture for an extra punch by Orlando-Diaz-Azcuy
This elegant master bedroom done in various shades of gold is layered with many different fabrics,textures and objects in gold…to create a calm, elegant cohesive flow to the room
Pretty formal dining room gets gold and off white wallpaper to add warmth..love the gold brackets.
William Eubanks creates this opulent buttery yellow and gold master bedroom with a lavish fabric crown
Dramatic gold foyer created by Interior designer, Marposa Griya Cipta

Gold can be simple and monochromatic as illustrated in this Elle Decor dining room

Soft coppery golds accented with a pale blue check soften this inviting bed ensemble
Elegant and dramatic entry foyer gets the gilded touch with hand blocked metallized paper and gold covered French chairs….the result is a beautiful layered effect
Fabulous formal, french and gold….bathroom as seen in Architectural Digest
Soft shades of gold make this master bedroom very cozy, elegant and inviting by Jan Showers

Juan Pablo Molyneaux created this fabulous and opulent dining room made very formal by the outstanding gold chinoiserie paper that graces the walls

Diamond Baratta used a gold silk on the pretty window application in this sitting area

An all white palette gets dressed up with?accents of gold..quite dramatic!

Rod Stewart’s lavish and opulent formal dining room…with lots of gilding..quite spectacular!
This beautiful soft hued living room gets the gilded touch in just the right places
A fairly casually chic room gets dressed up with touches of gold
Attractive master bedroom is swathed in soft gold as seen in Architectural Digest
Mark Hamptons elegant apartment gets bathed in soft shades of gold
Attractive, modern and handsome bedroom gets the gold touch with shades of tans?
Elegant entrance to a penthouse looks regal with touches of gold layered throughout, Architectural Digest
Kara Mann designed this beautiful stately dining room swathed in a gold hand painted oriental scene
Anne Selke designed this gorgeous gold Asian inspired canopy bed…..gorgeous!
Cozy breakfast nook gets treated in different shades of gold to create this warm and elegant space by Barry Dixon
This fabulous salon in Jean Paul Beaujards’ Paris apartment is framed by tall gold billowy drapes and a dramatic gilded Jansen daybed
So what do you think? Would you decorate a room in gold? Do you like the look? Love to know, always what you think. As always, hope you have an enchanting day!



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Gilded in gold…….gorgeous!

We have a winner (again)! 
Congratulations to my follower, M. Murphy!
You have won the gorgeous Safavieh french chair. I have sent you a message so please respond within the next 48 hours.

So, what is your opinion on gold rooms? I was recently at a private function in someones home and I must say the entire house, bathed in soft golds with lots of texture, was jaw droppingingly stunning. Wish I could have taken some pictures! So it got me thinking, as often happens when I am feeling particularly inspired, about gold rooms, gold fabrics and gold wallpaper…decorating an entire room in gold. I think as these pictures prove, done right…it can be breathtaking, soothing, calming, lavish and luxurious. Gold can be very bold or it can be subtle depending on the type of fabric used, the wall application, the lighting, the formality of the room and of course how much gold is used. And gold has many hues, bright brassy gold, a silvery gold, a coppery gold, a yellow gold and so on. It doesn’t always have to be dripping with formality, sometimes a small touch of gold is just the right touch to create a little drama or a little sparkle. Do you have a favorite? And of course gold doesn’t exclusively apply to formal traditional rooms as you will see below.  Would love to know, as always what you think!

This luminous gold Gracie paper is the crowning touch to a stunning understated dining room by Ann Holden
Samantha Lyman created this attractive gold toned library…gold silk pillows make a statement as does the tufted tiger skin ottoman.
Jan Showers designed this elegant soft living room in inviting soft gold against pared down neutrals
Beautiful soft golds and tans grace this elegant and serene feeling master bedroom suite
Absolutely beautiful dining room gets an ethereal glow from the soft gold painted chinoiserie paper and gilded chairs…..love this room by Jan Showers
Stunning very formal master suite gets the gold touch, Architectural Digest
Dramatic gold and black painted bed looks regal in this elegant master bedroom fit for a queen

Beautiful gilded room in soft yellows and golds 
Toned down gold tones with natural materials makes this a fabulous inviting room
Cozy reading corner off this  living room gets dressed up with gold accents and the zebra rug, Traditional Home
Two antique Louis VXI gilded chairs flanking this Chesneys mantle with rich blue velvet makes for a formal and grand setting
Stunning gold living room, monochromatic but dramatic and interesting because of all the different textures, Architectural Digest
A monochromatic bedroom gets dressed up with gold leaf nightstands and chairs…..
Soft yellows and golds are just beautiful in this sunroom…picture perfect!

Gorgeous touches of gold make this formal room opulent and elegant, Architectural Digest
An all white room gets gold framed furniture for an extra punch by Orlando-Diaz-Azcuy
This elegant master bedroom done in various shades of gold is layered with many different fabrics,textures and objects in gold…to create a calm, elegant cohesive flow to the room
Pretty formal dining room gets gold and off white wallpaper to add warmth..love the gold brackets.
William Eubanks creates this opulent buttery yellow and gold master bedroom with a lavish fabric crown
Dramatic gold foyer created by Interior designer, Marposa Griya Cipta

Gold can be simple and monochromatic as illustrated in this Elle Decor dining room

Soft coppery golds accented with a pale blue check soften this inviting bed ensemble
Elegant and dramatic entry foyer gets the gilded touch with hand blocked metallized paper and gold covered French chairs….the result is a beautiful layered effect
Fabulous formal, french and gold….bathroom as seen in Architectural Digest
Soft shades of gold make this master bedroom very cozy, elegant and inviting by Jan Showers

Juan Pablo Molyneaux created this fabulous and opulent dining room made very formal by the outstanding gold chinoiserie paper that graces the walls

Diamond Baratta used a gold silk on the pretty window application in this sitting area

An all white palette gets dressed up with accents of gold..quite dramatic!

Rod Stewart’s lavish and opulent formal dining room…with lots of gilding..quite spectacular!
This beautiful soft hued living room gets the gilded touch in just the right places
A fairly casually chic room gets dressed up with touches of gold
Attractive master bedroom is swathed in soft gold as seen in Architectural Digest
Mark Hamptons elegant apartment gets bathed in soft shades of gold
Attractive, modern and handsome bedroom gets the gold touch with shades of tans 
Elegant entrance to a penthouse looks regal with touches of gold layered throughout, Architectural Digest
Kara Mann designed this beautiful stately dining room swathed in a gold hand painted oriental scene
Anne Selke designed this gorgeous gold Asian inspired canopy bed…..gorgeous!
Cozy breakfast nook gets treated in different shades of gold to create this warm and elegant space by Barry Dixon
This fabulous salon in Jean Paul Beaujards’ Paris apartment is framed by tall gold billowy drapes and a dramatic gilded Jansen daybed
So what do you think? Would you decorate a room in gold? Do you like the look? Love to know, always what you think. As always, hope you have an enchanting day!


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Chinoiserie Charm…..so chic!



Chinoiserie Chic…..






?But first, a reminder!?

Yesterday,I announced my very first giveaway to be held on Feb. 18th… ?and what a giveaway it is!



Safavieh Home Furnishings

has generously donated this brand new fabulous french occasional chair!

(Retails for $395)


Gorgeous painted Provence chair, ideal for a living room, dining room or a dressing area.
?(The picture is a little blurry, working on getting a clearer one but here is the link to get a great picture and be able to zoom in and get the details…?http://www.safaviehhome.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_44&&noborder=noborder&newPath=44&products_id=2695
Information on how to be eligible is at the bottom of this post





Good morning! I absolutely love, love, love chinoiserie. It is so elegant, timeless and regal looking. I hope to use it in my dining room and formal powder room. ?I have looked at Gracie, Paul Montgomery, De Gournay,Stark and recently met with Audrey Sterk, a talented artist from Nantucket who I am also going to consider to complete these rooms. I also had the good fortune to visit the Gracie studio and speak with them at length about their beautiful work and get a tour of their showroom and their ?many fabulous offerings. Still family owned and run, they employ a few dozen people ?who run the production department. I wish I had brought my camera but this was before I knew I was going to have a blog! I saw many many fabulous things.

?I have over time, collected many images, from books, magazines and the web that are “inspiration pictures” for the look I am after. So without further ado….here are some of those pictures, all to me, so very beautiful. They give a room a sort of magical quality. ?I have included sources where I know them, but several of these pictures I have had for a while (well before I had a blog and knew I would be using them:) Do you have a favorite? Would love to know which!




If money was no object…..I would use this fabulous antique limited number of ?french motif collection of panels from Gracie..aren’t the colors amazing! (I can see this with rich green, gold and red billowy silk panels with soft lighting only from sconces and a gorgeous chandelier…while I am dreaming, make that a Baccarat chandelier!) Also love anything with pheasants
Architectural Digest (love this smoky blue-gray color, makes it look so old)
Incredible stair hall done in fabulous pale blue chinoiserie by Diamond Baratta Interiors

Vibrant purple chairs adorn this classic room with an ivory colored chinoiserie..proof that you can pretty much pair any color with a classic like this!
Soft yellow chinoiserie in front hall is very elegant and soft by Markham Roberts

Foyer of Tory Burch (Gracie Paper)
Soft colors in a master bedroom by Michael S. Smith
Gray chinoiserie is a twist on a classic in this transitional bedroom
Rich multi colored dining room by Greg Jordan
A pretty and muted chinoiserie graces the walls of Charlotte Moss’s study
Traditional meets transitional, great mix of the old and new with a burst of color!
Gold/silver leaf Stark chinoiserie gives an elegant look to this transitional dining room

Juan Pablo Molyneaux dramatic Chinese lacquered room in a grand Parisian apartment
Formal master suite gets dressed up with a pale green celadon
An opulent room in Ann Getty’s home
Opulent dining room by Diamond Baratta Designs
Stunning and cheery yellow sitting area is resplendent with yellow chinoiserie and balloon shades, what an inviting space! Diamond Baratta Designs

Blue and white looks spectacular against this gorgeous hand painted mural

A muted green chinoiserie gives an old world feeling to this dining room

Juan Paublo Molyneaux designed dining room?

Stunning light and airy dining room as seen in Traditional Home by Janet Simon

Soft chinoiserie is accented in the soft browns to accent the dark brown used on the chairs

Rinfret designs had this chinoiserie in neutral colors hand painted behind this tub surround….have never seen this but it looks fabulous!
One of my favorites..would love to remember where I found it! (If you know please tell me)
Dramatic chinoiserie in red painted by Lynn Rutter

Another view from the room I love, the colors are dreamy
Lynn Rutter hand painted this pretty little sitting area

One of my favorites…does anyone know whose this is or who designed this room? Love it!

This room is a classic in every sense…beautiful flow of colors

This is stunning…..the pale gray/green with a lot of ivory branches…beautiful!

Love the soft sage green

Aerin Lauder’s private dressing room, by Gracie in Elle Decor (its that gray/blue again..so pretty)

Taken in a private home…..love the metallic in the hallway, it reflects light beautifully

Thanks for looking..would love to know which is your absolute favorite! Now for the giveaway-

Be sure to follow me or subscribe to this blog to be eligible, you are automatically eligible if you are currently a follower or subscriber. For additional entries to win:



Go to www.safaviehhome.com and scoll down for links to their facebook and twitter:

  • Join?Safavieh on facebook and leave a comment on their facebook page on what your favorite item is from their site (one entry)
  • Follow Safavieh on Twitter (one entry)
  • Leave me a comment anytime between now and the 17th telling me what your favorite post is since I have been blogging about a month ago…..good luck! (one entry)


I will use random.org to pick the lucky winner….. this wonderful giveaway will take place on?

Safavieh’s warehouse



Have a wonderful day!

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Chinoiserie Charm…..so chic!

Chinoiserie Chic…..


 But first, a reminder! 
Yesterday,I announced my very first giveaway to be held on Feb. 18th…  and what a giveaway it is!

Safavieh Home Furnishings

has generously donated this brand new fabulous french occasional chair!

(Retails for $395)

Gorgeous painted Provence chair, ideal for a living room, dining room or a dressing area.
 (The picture is a little blurry, working on getting a clearer one but here is the link to get a great picture and be able to zoom in and get the details… http://www.safaviehhome.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_44&&noborder=noborder&newPath=44&products_id=2695
Information on how to be eligible is at the bottom of this post



Good morning! I absolutely love, love, love chinoiserie. It is so elegant, timeless and regal looking. I hope to use it in my dining room and formal powder room.  I have looked at Gracie, Paul Montgomery, De Gournay,Stark and recently met with Audrey Sterk, a talented artist from Nantucket who I am also going to consider to complete these rooms. I also had the good fortune to visit the Gracie studio and speak with them at length about their beautiful work and get a tour of their showroom and their  many fabulous offerings. Still family owned and run, they employ a few dozen people  who run the production department. I wish I had brought my camera but this was before I knew I was going to have a blog! I saw many many fabulous things.
 I have over time, collected many images, from books, magazines and the web that are “inspiration pictures” for the look I am after. So without further ado….here are some of those pictures, all to me, so very beautiful. They give a room a sort of magical quality.  I have included sources where I know them, but several of these pictures I have had for a while (well before I had a blog and knew I would be using them:) Do you have a favorite? Would love to know which!

If money was no object…..I would use this fabulous antique limited number of  french motif collection of panels from Gracie..aren’t the colors amazing! (I can see this with rich green, gold and red billowy silk panels with soft lighting only from sconces and a gorgeous chandelier…while I am dreaming, make that a Baccarat chandelier!) Also love anything with pheasants
Architectural Digest (love this smoky blue-gray color, makes it look so old)
Incredible stair hall done in fabulous pale blue chinoiserie by Diamond Baratta Interiors

Vibrant purple chairs adorn this classic room with an ivory colored chinoiserie..proof that you can pretty much pair any color with a classic like this!
Soft yellow chinoiserie in front hall is very elegant and soft by Markham Roberts

Foyer of Tory Burch (Gracie Paper)
Soft colors in a master bedroom by Michael S. Smith
Gray chinoiserie is a twist on a classic in this transitional bedroom
Rich multi colored dining room by Greg Jordan
A pretty and muted chinoiserie graces the walls of Charlotte Moss’s study
Traditional meets transitional, great mix of the old and new with a burst of color!
Gold/silver leaf Stark chinoiserie gives an elegant look to this transitional dining room

Juan Pablo Molyneaux dramatic Chinese lacquered room in a grand Parisian apartment
Formal master suite gets dressed up with a pale green celadon
An opulent room in Ann Getty’s home
Opulent dining room by Diamond Baratta Designs
Stunning and cheery yellow sitting area is resplendent with yellow chinoiserie and balloon shades, what an inviting space! Diamond Baratta Designs

Blue and white looks spectacular against this gorgeous hand painted mural

A muted green chinoiserie gives an old world feeling to this dining room

Juan Paublo Molyneaux designed dining room 

Stunning light and airy dining room as seen in Traditional Home by Janet Simon

Soft chinoiserie is accented in the soft browns to accent the dark brown used on the chairs

Rinfret designs had this chinoiserie in neutral colors hand painted behind this tub surround….have never seen this but it looks fabulous!
One of my favorites..would love to remember where I found it! (If you know please tell me)
Dramatic chinoiserie in red painted by Lynn Rutter

Another view from the room I love, the colors are dreamy
Lynn Rutter hand painted this pretty little sitting area

One of my favorites…does anyone know whose this is or who designed this room? Love it!

This room is a classic in every sense…beautiful flow of colors

This is stunning…..the pale gray/green with a lot of ivory branches…beautiful!

Love the soft sage green

Aerin Lauder’s private dressing room, by Gracie in Elle Decor (its that gray/blue again..so pretty)

Taken in a private home…..love the metallic in the hallway, it reflects light beautifully

Thanks for looking..would love to know which is your absolute favorite! Now for the giveaway-

Be sure to follow me or subscribe to this blog to be eligible, you are automatically eligible if you are currently a follower or subscriber. For additional entries to win:

Go to www.safaviehhome.com and scoll down for links to their facebook and twitter:

  • Join Safavieh on facebook and leave a comment on their facebook page on what your favorite item is from their site (one entry)
  • Follow Safavieh on Twitter (one entry)
  • Leave me a comment anytime between now and the 17th telling me what your favorite post is since I have been blogging about a month ago…..good luck! (one entry)

I will use random.org to pick the lucky winner….. this wonderful giveaway will take place on 
Safavieh’s warehouse

Have a wonderful day!

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