Which would you choose?

Hi there….hope your week has been a good one. Over here, we are battling a heat wave, supposed to get to a whopping 92 today!! Ugh…it is May!? CRAZY. I am not ready for it (nor is my hair)! It seems to be feast or famine with the weather…….suddenly fall is not looking so bad, lol. I could easily take 70’s year round…see I am not picky at all:) I am busy this morning preparing for a small luncheon for someones birthday at my house later today…will try to take a few pics to share!

Today’s Which would you choose is all about master bathrooms. What makes your heart beat faster? Beautiful marble, fancy tiles, color, all white? The sky is the limit. You know the drill, imagine the bathroom fairy has paid you a visit and has said you get to transform your master bath into one of these beauties.Which would you pick? Try to choose only one! I will do the same. Good luck, here we go……

CHOICE 1
CHOICE 2
Elle Decor

CHOICE 3
Palm Design
CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
Barry Dixon

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The Paper Mulberry
CHOICE 8
KN Interiors
CHOICE 9

CHOICE 10
Mary McDonald
CHOICE 11
Ralph Lauren
CHOICE 12
Arch Digest
CHOICE 13
AD
CHOICE 14
Clive Christian
CHOICE 15
Sandra Nunnerly
CHOICE 16
AD
Wow that’s a whole lot of bath splendor! Kind of has me in the mood to cancel my day and plant myself in a bubble bath! What makes up the perfect master bath to you? A huge soaking tub? Acres of marble? Glistening fixtures? Tons of storage? Do tell! So your turn……which of these beauties could you see spending your time in primping and luxuriating in? Wishing you a wonderful Friday and as always thanks for stopping in to pay me a visit!

REMINDER- Today is the last day to be eligible for my tabletop giveaway (winner to be announced tomorrow). Click here to visit that post, you must comment on that post to be eligible!

Which would you choose?

Hi there….hope your week has been a good one. Over here, we are battling a heat wave, supposed to get to a whopping 92 today!! Ugh…it is May!  CRAZY. I am not ready for it (nor is my hair)! It seems to be feast or famine with the weather…….suddenly fall is not looking so bad, lol. I could easily take 70’s year round…see I am not picky at all:) I am busy this morning preparing for a small luncheon for someones birthday at my house later today…will try to take a few pics to share!

Today’s Which would you choose is all about master bathrooms. What makes your heart beat faster? Beautiful marble, fancy tiles, color, all white? The sky is the limit. You know the drill, imagine the bathroom fairy has paid you a visit and has said you get to transform your master bath into one of these beauties.Which would you pick? Try to choose only one! I will do the same. Good luck, here we go……

CHOICE 1
CHOICE 2
Elle Decor

CHOICE 3
Palm Design
CHOICE 4

CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
Barry Dixon

                                                                       CHOICE 7

The Paper Mulberry
CHOICE 8
KN Interiors
CHOICE 9

CHOICE 10
Mary McDonald
CHOICE 11
Ralph Lauren
CHOICE 12
Arch Digest
CHOICE 13
AD
CHOICE 14
Clive Christian
CHOICE 15
Sandra Nunnerly
CHOICE 16
AD
Wow that’s a whole lot of bath splendor! Kind of has me in the mood to cancel my day and plant myself in a bubble bath! What makes up the perfect master bath to you? A huge soaking tub? Acres of marble? Glistening fixtures? Tons of storage? Do tell! So your turn……which of these beauties could you see spending your time in primping and luxuriating in? Wishing you a wonderful Friday and as always thanks for stopping in to pay me a visit!

REMINDER- Today is the last day to be eligible for my tabletop giveaway (winner to be announced tomorrow). Click here to visit that post, you must comment on that post to be eligible!

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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Transitional trends…tres chic!

 Transitional living is bigger than ever.This is further evidenced by what I saw at both the Paris Maison&Objet show and the NY gift fair.  What is it and what does it look like? It is a blending of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes and materials to create a soft, elegant, sophisticated but simple style. There tends to be minimal use of color on the main pieces of furniture, typically you will see a neutral palette and sometime it is punctuated by a pop of color, lets say on a pillow, a lamp, a piece of art, an interesting rug or maybe an upholstered ottoman. The key elements in a fabulous transitional room are:

Accessories– minimal use of them, and the accessories that are used are simple and understated, an example might be a potted orchid, a neat pile of coffee table books, a large decorative box, a grouping of black and white photos in highly polished silver frames. It is not cluttered.
Fabrics– often you see cottons, linens, velvets, ticking, leathers, suede’s and occasionally a chenille or corduroy type fabric. Natural fabrics are very big right now.
Furniture– Again you see the clean lines, either straight or rounded. Lack of ornamentation and a purposeful simplicity to the design. The scale is ample but not intimidating. On occasion you might see a very funky piece in an otherwise understated room.

So lets take a look at what transitional living looks like today. Though its not the style my own home will be furnished in, I have an immense appreciation for this style when its done right and if I were to ever a buy  second home, a Manhattan pied a terre or a beach home, this is the style I think I might choose with a slight twist of adding a few more traditional touches. Barbara Barry made this look very popular and her excellent taste level continues to set new trends. It is very clean, inviting, crisp and fresh. Would love to know what you think….do you have a favorite?

Love this dining room that is indoors/outdoors by Frank Pontero, great colors
An elegant master suite by Suzanne Kassler where there is a hint of pale pink/lavender

Another understated dining room by Suzanne Kassler, again minimal use of color

As seen in Traditional magazine, this light and airy living room is made modern with some interesting pops of color
These “sofas” are suspended by hanging rods…..so interesting, love the colors by Brad Ford
This pretty and inviting room by Deborah Lipner gets a little punch from the zebra rug…I happen to think it looks great
An attractive dining area by Anne Marie Barton, always like banquette seating at a table

Pretty mudroom, love the door color and how the risers match…interesting wallpaper makes it looks whimsical and interesting by Brad Ford

The only color here is on the two pretty chairs flanking the fireplace…its a soft and inviting space

This looks like it could be the ultimate bachelor pad, handsome and dark…love the velvet sofa, very masculine space
I very much like the warmth of this room by Anne Marie Barton

Vibrant colors on the pillows and from the orchid make this room come alive
Pretty space done in pale greens by Anne Marie Barton, love the rustic beams

A minimalist feeling apt. is made warm by using lots of wood with very simple lines in the furniture,  done by Victoria Hagan….notice no window treatments! Like the addition of the books, makes it inviting and personal, like a room you could linger in
Interesting settee/sofa make this simple room interesting..like the symmetry used here (Elle Decor)

This space with black floors and all white furniture makes for a dramatic room (Metropolitan Home) Love how the sunlight and outdoors are a big part of this room

Rich tones of gray and charcoals with a pop of zebra on the pillows…very chic (Elle Decor)

This pretty townhouse has a traditional mantle but a funky twist with the furnishings

Here the pop of pattern and color is strictly on the pillows and frame of chairs, by Victoria Hagan

A pretty pale gray suede chaise  perched right in front of the fireplace (Elle Decor)

Pale silvery blues make this pretty living room shimmer and sparkle…I like the tufted ottoman

Beautiful creamy white room with just a hint of color….love this space

Soft monochromatic beige’s make this a soothing palette

Same house…beautiful soft creamy palette..love it!

Dressing area

Rich warm woods make for a cozy and inviting feel for such a large, grand room

Nothing like an all white bedroom (Arch Digest)

High in the sky, simple but with a view like that….do you need more? (Arch Digest)

Beautiful deck with comfy looking lounges, its just missing a exotic tropical drink (Arch Digest)

Pretty caramel colored bedroom is very soothing

Love this light blue palette against the white and the dark wood of the chair
Very handsome bedroom in grays and whites (Barbara Barry)

Pretty room, the sofa is a modern take on a traditional frame (Barbara Barry)

Pretty cozy dining nook. always loved a love seat or sofa as part of a dining arrangement (Phoebe Howard)

Pretty and elegant dining space in pale green and cream (Phoebe Howard)

Beautiful corner seating area…love the colors, they are so soft

Silver and gray toned guest suite, fresh and crisp (Phoebe Howard)

Rich browns are very elegant (Phoebe Howard)

This beautiful apartment blends the neutrals well with just a hint of color (Phoebe Howard)

This soft colored room gets just a subtle punch from the geometric carpet

Love this room, its classically modern, the only texture is from the rug and beautiful oversized velvet pillow, very nicely done (Phoebe Howard)

I normally don’t like a room without a rug or carpet, in this attractive room it works, but I would personally have added a simple rug

Love creamy bedrooms….this is awfully pretty

The texture and color comes from the pillow grouping and the chair

Dark brown and white can look very crisp and modern

Pretty and warm twin beds in a modern guest suite
I like the feeling in this room, though its done in a transitional style, notice they still kept the crown mouldings and traditional fireplace…by Victoria Hagan
Very attractive and serene feeling dining room is quite dramatic thanks to the very high ceilings and light against dark contrast used so effectively here, by Victoria Hagan
Love to hear from you……don’t forget I am going to be doing my very first giveaway in a few weeks….be sure to follow me or subscribe to be eligible. Have a wonderful day.


Photobucket

Transitional trends…tres chic!

?Transitional living is bigger than ever.This is further evidenced by what I saw at both the Paris Maison&Objet show and the NY gift fair. ?What is it and what does it look like? It is a blending of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes and materials to create a soft, elegant, sophisticated but simple style. There tends to be minimal use of color on the main pieces of furniture, typically you will see a neutral palette and sometime it is punctuated by a pop of color, lets say on a pillow, a lamp, a piece of art, an interesting rug or maybe an upholstered ottoman. The key elements in a fabulous transitional room are:




Accessories– minimal use of them, and the accessories that are used are simple and understated, an example might be a potted orchid, a neat pile of coffee table books, a large decorative box, a grouping of black and white photos in highly polished silver frames. It is not cluttered.


Fabrics– often you see cottons, linens, velvets, ticking, leathers, suede’s and occasionally a chenille or corduroy type fabric. Natural fabrics are very big right now.


Furniture– Again you see the clean lines, either straight or rounded. Lack of ornamentation and a purposeful simplicity to the design. The scale is ample but not intimidating. On occasion you might see a very funky piece in an otherwise understated room.



So lets take a look at what transitional living looks like today. Though its not the style my own home will be furnished in, I have an immense appreciation for this style when its done right and if I were to ever a buy ?second home, a Manhattan pied a terre or a beach home, this is the style I think I might choose with a slight twist of adding a few more traditional touches. Barbara Barry made this look very popular and her excellent taste level continues to set new trends. It is very clean, inviting, crisp and fresh. Would love to know what you think….do you have a favorite?



Love this dining room that is indoors/outdoors by Frank Pontero, great colors
An elegant master suite by Suzanne Kassler where there is a hint of pale pink/lavender

Another understated dining room by Suzanne Kassler, again minimal use of color

As seen in Traditional magazine, this light and airy living room is made modern with some interesting pops of color
These “sofas” are suspended by hanging rods…..so interesting, love the colors by Brad Ford
This pretty and inviting room by Deborah Lipner gets a little punch from the zebra rug…I happen to think it looks great
An attractive dining area by Anne Marie Barton, always like banquette seating at a table

Pretty mudroom, love the door color and how the risers match…interesting wallpaper makes it looks whimsical and interesting by Brad Ford

The only color here is on the two pretty chairs flanking the fireplace…its a soft and inviting space

This looks like it could be the ultimate bachelor pad, handsome and dark…love the velvet sofa, very masculine space
I very much like the warmth of this room by Anne Marie Barton

Vibrant colors on the pillows and from the orchid make this room come alive
Pretty space done in pale greens by Anne Marie Barton, love the rustic beams

A minimalist feeling apt. is made warm by using lots of wood with very simple lines in the furniture, ?done by Victoria Hagan….notice no window treatments! Like the addition of the books, makes it inviting and personal, like a room you could linger in
Interesting settee/sofa make this simple room interesting..like the symmetry used here (Elle Decor)

This space with black floors and all white furniture makes for a dramatic room (Metropolitan Home) Love how the sunlight and outdoors are a big part of this room

Rich tones of gray and charcoals with a pop of zebra on the pillows…very chic (Elle Decor)

This pretty townhouse has a traditional mantle but a funky twist with the furnishings

Here the pop of pattern and color is strictly on the pillows and frame of chairs, by Victoria Hagan

A pretty pale gray suede chaise ?perched right in front of the fireplace (Elle Decor)

Pale silvery blues make this pretty living room shimmer and sparkle…I like the tufted ottoman

Beautiful creamy white room with just a hint of color….love this space

Soft monochromatic beige’s make this a soothing palette

Same house…beautiful soft creamy palette..love it!

Dressing area

Rich warm woods make for a cozy and inviting feel for such a large, grand room

Nothing like an all white bedroom (Arch Digest)

High in the sky, simple but with a view like that….do you need more? (Arch Digest)

Beautiful deck with comfy looking lounges, its just missing a exotic tropical drink (Arch Digest)

Pretty caramel colored bedroom is very soothing

Love this light blue palette against the white and the dark wood of the chair
Very handsome bedroom in grays and whites (Barbara Barry)

Pretty room, the sofa is a modern take on a traditional frame (Barbara Barry)

Pretty cozy dining nook. always loved a love seat or sofa as part of a dining arrangement (Phoebe Howard)

Pretty and elegant dining space in pale green and cream (Phoebe Howard)

Beautiful corner seating area…love the colors, they are so soft

Silver and gray toned guest suite, fresh and crisp (Phoebe Howard)

Rich browns are very elegant (Phoebe Howard)

This beautiful apartment blends the neutrals well with just a hint of color (Phoebe Howard)

This soft colored room gets just a subtle punch from the geometric carpet

Love this room, its classically modern, the only texture is from the rug and beautiful oversized velvet pillow, very nicely done (Phoebe Howard)

I normally don’t like a room without a rug or carpet, in this attractive room it works, but I would personally have added a simple rug

Love creamy bedrooms….this is awfully pretty

The texture and color comes from the pillow grouping and the chair

Dark brown and white can look very crisp and modern

Pretty and warm twin beds in a modern guest suite
I like the feeling in this room, though its done in a transitional style, notice they still kept the crown mouldings and traditional fireplace…by Victoria Hagan
Very attractive and serene feeling dining room is quite dramatic thanks to the very high ceilings and light against dark contrast used so effectively here, by Victoria Hagan
Love to hear from you……don’t forget I am going to be doing my very first giveaway in a few weeks….be sure to follow me or subscribe to be eligible. Have a wonderful day.



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