It’s all Greek to me!

Hello there! I have developed a serious Greek key crush. I am not sure how or when it started, but Mary as in Mary McDonald just might have something to do with that:) I love her style and abundant use of this very classic and elegant design motif. I have found myself drawn to many things featuring the Greek Key, and have purchased trim recently for pillows for both my living room and my bedroom. I am on a bit of a “Greek key” kick. How about you? Like it as well?

Today, a post all about how fabulous this motif looks in a variety of settings and styles. Whether in a traditional or modern home or something in between, it just works!? I have to say it’s such an elegant, clean and beautiful look….I think its here to stay! Hope you enjoy……..

?Greek key done to perfection, Rinfret

They always look fabulous in pillows…..in any color

?Even in very traditional room, Greek key offers up a modern, crisp detailing, Rinfret

?How about adding the Greek key to a lighting element for an extra kick……

?This is quite spectacular, a Greek key motif iron door…wow!

?Love the impact in an otherwise monochromatic room, the Greek key velvet is the perfect accent!

?Versace even gets the Greek key love…..

?Greek key always works in keeping a bathroom crisp and clean

And to show I practice what I preach two of the belljars I sell featuring the beautiful Greek key in my shop

?Love this elegant way to dress up a bathroom vanity, gorgeous! Cris Angsten Interiors

The wide Greek key tape has become a iconic design must have
?Gorgeous as a beautiful accent in this scrumptious bedroom, Rinfret
?LOVE the Greek key stenciled floors….so fabulous looking!
?Mary McDonald certainly knew what she was doing with this much talked about bedroom, gorgeous!

?Stunning in these chic end tables!
?So elegant as a design motif for this elegant stationery
?Lovely living room with Greek Key motif by Bradley Hughes
?Striking and dramatic dining room with bold Greek key detailing…..
Love the ultra wide tape used as a perfect accent in this fabulous room, Rinfret

?I love this table, its a subtle way to add a beautiful decorative element while keeping things still monochromatic, VT Interiors

And how amazing is this Greek key floor……wow! AD

?Mary McDonald designed this fabulous tonal room, amazing how that one Greek key element has such impact!
Even done as a subtle detailing, its quite beautiful!

?Really like this light and airy bedroom with the Greek key detailing on the linens, Sadie and Stella

?LOVE this settee with the neutral Greek key pillow, even in the most traditional settings, this motif is perfection!
These appliques have become really popular, a quick and easy way to dress up an old chest!
Love this beautiful setting and the fabulous Greek key coffee table, Tobi Fairely
?Gorgeous mirror!
To me, velvet and Greek key trim go together like peanut butter and jelly, sooooo pretty!!

?I also like the fact that Greek key can be easily mixed with other patterns and work beautifully

In clean crisp transitional spaces, Greek key works as beautifully as it does in more traditional ones.

Well…..what do you think? Ready to go Greek? Do you like the look of adding some kind of Greek motif to a room as much as I do? What is your favorite way to use it? Do tell! Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day.

Don’t forget about the wonderful tole planter giveaway!! I will announce a winner on Thursday.? If you have not seen the new tole custom line I will be carrying, you must not miss it…click here for all details!?

It’s all Greek to me!

Hello there! I have developed a serious Greek key crush. I am not sure how or when it started, but Mary as in Mary McDonald just might have something to do with that:) I love her style and abundant use of this very classic and elegant design motif. I have found myself drawn to many things featuring the Greek Key, and have purchased trim recently for pillows for both my living room and my bedroom. I am on a bit of a “Greek key” kick. How about you? Like it as well?

Today, a post all about how fabulous this motif looks in a variety of settings and styles. Whether in a traditional or modern home or something in between, it just works!  I have to say it’s such an elegant, clean and beautiful look….I think its here to stay! Hope you enjoy……..

 Greek key done to perfection, Rinfret

They always look fabulous in pillows…..in any color

 Even in very traditional room, Greek key offers up a modern, crisp detailing, Rinfret

 How about adding the Greek key to a lighting element for an extra kick……

 This is quite spectacular, a Greek key motif iron door…wow!

 Love the impact in an otherwise monochromatic room, the Greek key velvet is the perfect accent!

 Versace even gets the Greek key love…..

 Greek key always works in keeping a bathroom crisp and clean

And to show I practice what I preach two of the belljars I sell featuring the beautiful Greek key in my shop

 Love this elegant way to dress up a bathroom vanity, gorgeous! Cris Angsten Interiors

The wide Greek key tape has become a iconic design must have
 Gorgeous as a beautiful accent in this scrumptious bedroom, Rinfret
 LOVE the Greek key stenciled floors….so fabulous looking!
 Mary McDonald certainly knew what she was doing with this much talked about bedroom, gorgeous!

 Stunning in these chic end tables!
 So elegant as a design motif for this elegant stationery
 Lovely living room with Greek Key motif by Bradley Hughes
 Striking and dramatic dining room with bold Greek key detailing…..
Love the ultra wide tape used as a perfect accent in this fabulous room, Rinfret

 I love this table, its a subtle way to add a beautiful decorative element while keeping things still monochromatic, VT Interiors

And how amazing is this Greek key floor……wow! AD

 Mary McDonald designed this fabulous tonal room, amazing how that one Greek key element has such impact!
Even done as a subtle detailing, its quite beautiful!

 Really like this light and airy bedroom with the Greek key detailing on the linens, Sadie and Stella

 LOVE this settee with the neutral Greek key pillow, even in the most traditional settings, this motif is perfection!
These appliques have become really popular, a quick and easy way to dress up an old chest!
Love this beautiful setting and the fabulous Greek key coffee table, Tobi Fairely
 Gorgeous mirror!
To me, velvet and Greek key trim go together like peanut butter and jelly, sooooo pretty!!

 I also like the fact that Greek key can be easily mixed with other patterns and work beautifully

In clean crisp transitional spaces, Greek key works as beautifully as it does in more traditional ones.

Well…..what do you think? Ready to go Greek? Do you like the look of adding some kind of Greek motif to a room as much as I do? What is your favorite way to use it? Do tell! Thanks for stopping in, wishing you a fabulous day.

Don’t forget about the wonderful tole planter giveaway!! I will announce a winner on Thursday.  If you have not seen the new tole custom line I will be carrying, you must not miss it…click here for all details

Designer Spotlight: William Eubanks….I may have a new favorite!

Good morning……feeling about 20% better, still have a ways to go, so inside I stay for yet another day. Thanks so very much for all your kind wishes and advice on quick remedies…am trying it all! On the bright side, I get so excited when I discover a new designer whose work really appeals to me. William Eubanks is capable of decorating in several styles but its clear that opulent and luxurious interiors is where he really shines, and on a grand scale. ?I also like different designers for different things. Some I would love for a beach house,for their clean, fresh and crisp style. Some for a city apt where they inject a clean, sleek and uncluttered decor. Yet another if (and hopefully when) I get that rustic farmhouse on a fabulous piece of farmland that I have always dreamt about,I would look for someone who has a fierce command of the rugged, rustic yet toned down elegant style.



?And then there would be yet another designer, for my dream house….. and that is where William Eubanks comes into the room. Leave behind average, vanilla and normal……in walks decadence, luxury,opulence and fabulousness at its best. William Eubanks?operates offices out of New York, Palm Beach and Tennessee. Even if this is not your personal style, it is clear to see how very talented this designer is….do you have a favorite room? I love how there is so much to see in every room, every room is lush and full of interesting objects of art, blue and white oriental pottery, lots of paintings, rich tapestries, antique rugs, rich mill work….the details go on and on. For me, its hard to choose just one!

I love how he uses the blue and white in almost every room he decorates. Be sure to look at the bottom of my post at the giveaway taking place, Friday, Feb.18th!



This play on colors is so crisp and rich….that sofa looks so deliciously plump!
Elegant monochromatic pied a terre high in the sky

Love the play of blue and white in the taupe room
How great is the pop of turquoise on this marquetry chest?
Ooooh, love this!

He seems to use a lot of tapestries…very decadent
Another cozy and elegant room……

Gorgeous dining room, love the antique heriz rug and the black dining chairs

Super luxurious looking library in rich colors accented with lots of blue and white

Love this setting……the screen adds a dramatic touch
Stunning view of a magnificent dining room

Stunning dining room in the same house as above..love the oriental mural

Gorgeous formal hallway in polished black marble with creamy mill work..very luxe!

Beautiful soft and elegant feel to this room

Love the soft, dreamy serene colors of this master bedroom

Fit for a princess and gilded in gold

An ad of his and one way in which I “discovered” him..great ad that caught my eye

Beautiful breakfast room in high French style, love the mantle and the old tapestry above it

Beautiful drawing room splendid in red and gold….

Gorgeous seating area, never been a fan of brown walls but look how well it works here!

Love this gallery/hallway in classic beige stone with black dots..so elegant

Love how he mixes the use of so many different fabrics so effectively

Another posh setting with another gorgeous tapestry

Love the colors used here, and how great does the leopard on the chairs look against the green silk drapes and gold walls?

Blue and white….a winning combination every time every room

Rich library with a piece of modern art

Gorgeous foyer/hallway…I bet this floor must be from Studium, love the touches here
Now onto the giveaway information-

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

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





Hope you enjoyed seeing William Eubanks style…. Have an enchanting day!

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Designer Spotlight: William Eubanks….I may have a new favorite!

Good morning……feeling about 20% better, still have a ways to go, so inside I stay for yet another day. Thanks so very much for all your kind wishes and advice on quick remedies…am trying it all! On the bright side, I get so excited when I discover a new designer whose work really appeals to me. William Eubanks is capable of decorating in several styles but its clear that opulent and luxurious interiors is where he really shines, and on a grand scale.  I also like different designers for different things. Some I would love for a beach house,for their clean, fresh and crisp style. Some for a city apt where they inject a clean, sleek and uncluttered decor. Yet another if (and hopefully when) I get that rustic farmhouse on a fabulous piece of farmland that I have always dreamt about,I would look for someone who has a fierce command of the rugged, rustic yet toned down elegant style.

 And then there would be yet another designer, for my dream house….. and that is where William Eubanks comes into the room. Leave behind average, vanilla and normal……in walks decadence, luxury,opulence and fabulousness at its best. William Eubanks operates offices out of New York, Palm Beach and Tennessee. Even if this is not your personal style, it is clear to see how very talented this designer is….do you have a favorite room? I love how there is so much to see in every room, every room is lush and full of interesting objects of art, blue and white oriental pottery, lots of paintings, rich tapestries, antique rugs, rich mill work….the details go on and on. For me, its hard to choose just one!
I love how he uses the blue and white in almost every room he decorates. Be sure to look at the bottom of my post at the giveaway taking place, Friday, Feb.18th!

This play on colors is so crisp and rich….that sofa looks so deliciously plump!
Elegant monochromatic pied a terre high in the sky

Love the play of blue and white in the taupe room
How great is the pop of turquoise on this marquetry chest?
Ooooh, love this!

He seems to use a lot of tapestries…very decadent
Another cozy and elegant room……

Gorgeous dining room, love the antique heriz rug and the black dining chairs

Super luxurious looking library in rich colors accented with lots of blue and white

Love this setting……the screen adds a dramatic touch
Stunning view of a magnificent dining room

Stunning dining room in the same house as above..love the oriental mural

Gorgeous formal hallway in polished black marble with creamy mill work..very luxe!

Beautiful soft and elegant feel to this room

Love the soft, dreamy serene colors of this master bedroom

Fit for a princess and gilded in gold

An ad of his and one way in which I “discovered” him..great ad that caught my eye

Beautiful breakfast room in high French style, love the mantle and the old tapestry above it

Beautiful drawing room splendid in red and gold….

Gorgeous seating area, never been a fan of brown walls but look how well it works here!

Love this gallery/hallway in classic beige stone with black dots..so elegant

Love how he mixes the use of so many different fabrics so effectively

Another posh setting with another gorgeous tapestry

Love the colors used here, and how great does the leopard on the chairs look against the green silk drapes and gold walls?

Blue and white….a winning combination every time every room

Rich library with a piece of modern art

Gorgeous foyer/hallway…I bet this floor must be from Studium, love the touches here
Now onto the giveaway information-

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

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


Hope you enjoyed seeing William Eubanks style…. Have an enchanting day!

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Sunday Showhouse…and you’re invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my “French state of mind” (can’t quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
?The first is one of my all time favorites…..it was “love at first sight” and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about…………….



This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.


The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a king….love the colors..so warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn’t it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom…they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors?

Almost too perfect to be real!
Then we go back to 2005, ?to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan…he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn’t he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!
Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre
Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Sunday Showhouse…and you’re invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my “French state of mind” (can’t quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
 The first is one of my all time favorites…..it was “love at first sight” and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about…………….



This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.


The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a king….love the colors..so warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn’t it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom…they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors 

Almost too perfect to be real!
Then we go back to 2005,  to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan…he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn’t he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!
Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre
Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!


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Come with me on a magic carpet ride…and go wallpaper shopping!

Ok finally coming off my high from Paris..not easily though and so not by choice! Back to reality and the drawing board of getting my house business in high gear.?I thought (emphasis on the word thought) I knew what I wanted for the carpeting for the bedrooms. This AFTER I won the argument with my husband to put ?in wall to wall carpeting (so much cozier and prettier in a bedroom in my opinion and remember we live in New York where we get very cold winters, case in point the 10 degrees it is right now) so carpeting to me, makes oodles of sense for all our bedrooms. So….I have started looking, though its one of the last things we will be putting in, some take 6 weeks and after waiting over two and a half years, I sure am not going to delay my move for, of all things…….carpeting! Let me know if one below is screaming out “master bedroom” or “boys room” or “guest room”…would love to know what all you tastemakers think!


Well I have discovered the wonderful world of carpeting by Patterson, Flynn and Martin (a Schumacher brand) and they nearly knocked my socks off. They are so amazing looking, I couldn’t even begin to decide. I think I want a soft palette for my master, think pales gray/blues and pale greens with a creme, many of the carpets below would work beautifully. Its always easier to start with the carpet and work my way up. I THOUGHT I knew what I wanted and now I am at a total loss for all the bedrooms, though some of the ones below I think scream “young mans room”….so please tell me what you think, and which is your favorite!




Then I move on to the wonderful world of wallpapers……way too many choices. I am just starting to scratch the surface, but have included some pretty standouts below as well as some great paint hues from Zoffany….I love to know what you think, so please let me know!









































































As if those aren’t breathtaking enough..onto walls, I am also really loving Farrow and Ball’s wallpapers and paints. What do you think about these papers and colors? So pretty and inspiring! The colors (the last 3 are just so pretty, soft quiet, putty gray/blue/greens which I think could be gorgeous for a master bedroom)

Love this pattern…..colors are gorgeous too, would be pretty in a bathroom





Love this color..so regal!


This would be sooo opulent, can see it in a dark room with rich woods…


This is such a great color, neutral with just a hint of blue (parma gray)


A beautiful gray/green (light blue- don’t get the colors’ name either)


Beautiful soft gray (skylight)





Zoffany has long been one of my favorite sources for papers and paint….they do have some beautiful papers. Here are some beautiful pictures of some of their papers, hard to pick a favorite…do you have one?

Looove this pattern and of course it looks smashing with the blue and white!





Beautiful color and pattern

A close up

Love how old fashioned looking this is….
This would look great in a gentleman’s study or small cozy office or a masculine closet/dressing room







And of course there is the fabulous house of Scalamandre….I used them for a few rooms in my old home and never tired of walking into the rooms I put them in….always so beautiful, here is some Scalamandre inspiration………….(all pictures from Scalamandre)

A classic (pattern Neptunes)

So cheery and happy (pattern winegrowers)

Fresh and clean (pattern Kilkenny cats)

Love the colors (pattern Orientaux)
Always liked brown and blue together (pattern Precious cargo)

Anything green is a winner in my book (pattern Hampton court)
Beautiful colorways (pattern Edwin’s Covey)




Well that’s enough inspiration for one day…my head is spinning. Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing and enchanted weekend!


Come with me on a magic carpet ride…and go wallpaper shopping!

Ok finally coming off my high from Paris..not easily though and so not by choice! Back to reality and the drawing board of getting my house business in high gear. I thought (emphasis on the word thought) I knew what I wanted for the carpeting for the bedrooms. This AFTER I won the argument with my husband to put  in wall to wall carpeting (so much cozier and prettier in a bedroom in my opinion and remember we live in New York where we get very cold winters, case in point the 10 degrees it is right now) so carpeting to me, makes oodles of sense for all our bedrooms. So….I have started looking, though its one of the last things we will be putting in, some take 6 weeks and after waiting over two and a half years, I sure am not going to delay my move for, of all things…….carpeting! Let me know if one below is screaming out “master bedroom” or “boys room” or “guest room”…would love to know what all you tastemakers think!


Well I have discovered the wonderful world of carpeting by Patterson, Flynn and Martin (a Schumacher brand) and they nearly knocked my socks off. They are so amazing looking, I couldn’t even begin to decide. I think I want a soft palette for my master, think pales gray/blues and pale greens with a creme, many of the carpets below would work beautifully. Its always easier to start with the carpet and work my way up. I THOUGHT I knew what I wanted and now I am at a total loss for all the bedrooms, though some of the ones below I think scream “young mans room”….so please tell me what you think, and which is your favorite!




Then I move on to the wonderful world of wallpapers……way too many choices. I am just starting to scratch the surface, but have included some pretty standouts below as well as some great paint hues from Zoffany….I love to know what you think, so please let me know!









































































As if those aren’t breathtaking enough..onto walls, I am also really loving Farrow and Ball’s wallpapers and paints. What do you think about these papers and colors? So pretty and inspiring! The colors (the last 3 are just so pretty, soft quiet, putty gray/blue/greens which I think could be gorgeous for a master bedroom)

Love this pattern…..colors are gorgeous too, would be pretty in a bathroom





Love this color..so regal!


This would be sooo opulent, can see it in a dark room with rich woods…


This is such a great color, neutral with just a hint of blue (parma gray)


A beautiful gray/green (light blue- don’t get the colors’ name either)


Beautiful soft gray (skylight)





Zoffany has long been one of my favorite sources for papers and paint….they do have some beautiful papers. Here are some beautiful pictures of some of their papers, hard to pick a favorite…do you have one?

Looove this pattern and of course it looks smashing with the blue and white!





Beautiful color and pattern

A close up

Love how old fashioned looking this is….
This would look great in a gentleman’s study or small cozy office or a masculine closet/dressing room







And of course there is the fabulous house of Scalamandre….I used them for a few rooms in my old home and never tired of walking into the rooms I put them in….always so beautiful, here is some Scalamandre inspiration………….(all pictures from Scalamandre)

A classic (pattern Neptunes)

So cheery and happy (pattern winegrowers)

Fresh and clean (pattern Kilkenny cats)

Love the colors (pattern Orientaux)
Always liked brown and blue together (pattern Precious cargo)

Anything green is a winner in my book (pattern Hampton court)
Beautiful colorways (pattern Edwin’s Covey)




Well that’s enough inspiration for one day…my head is spinning. Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing and enchanted weekend!