Foyer fabulosity Part II

Good morning……hope all is well. I must say I am not making much of an effort to get to Target as I am not hearing such great things about this highly touted Calypso line, so when I get there,I get there, but it sounds underwhelming at best. Anyone like it out there? I am going to be taking some pictures at the house today, bathrooms are moving along fast and furious so there with will plenty of bathroom pics, and beams are being chopped and antiqued which is kind of fascinating to watch so will get that too. Stairs is being installed and I must say its coming along beautifully, everyone on the site is amazed at the staircase, its like a work of art, they are amazed at the curve and the workmanship. I will share picture updates tomorrow.?



As promised earlier, here is part II of my foyer fabulosity post. Foyers make the first and hopefully a lasting statement about the feeling and personality of your home. Whether your look is casually rustic, charmingly coastal, minimalist modern or elegantly traditional, the accessories, pieces of furniture, lighting and flooring you choose in your foyer sets the tone for what is to come. You can choose to keep it low key and minimalist or go all out for a serious wow factor. It is an easy room to infuse your own personality or taste into….so have fun with it. Here is a continuation of more glorious foyers, each with its own distinct personality and style…….each very beautiful. What is your style? Do you have any tried and true tips that you like to infuse into a foyer? Do you have a favorite here?



Small hints of black such as the railing, lantern and beautiful door against all the stone are timeless elegance at its finest
This is farmhouse fresh! William Waldron
Scott Snyder chose blues and whites to accent the soft neutral tones in this Hamptons home
Beautiful soft green glazed walls with rich paneling offer an old world feel to this foyer, Bacco
KA Design group designed this dramatic foyer in this sleek Manhattan apartment
Simple and elegant, James Michael Howard
Stunning formal foyer featuring marble floors and elegant Corinthian columns makes a ?fabulously grand statement in this foyer
A beautiful old Persian rug and a pretty antique secretary were all that was needed for this lovely understated foyer, Rick Gary
Robert Stern designed this beautiful and dramatic foyer
Even the smallest foyer can be pretty! Done in soft gray by Sara Richardson
Mariette Himes Gomez chose soft creamy walls and simple warm woods for this elegant foyer
Love the checkerboard floors in this home….the touches of soft yellow are perfect!
A pretty covered table flanked by two French chairs with with those gorgeous floors makes for a stunning foyer, Southern Accents
Love how the outside is carried in with natural elements like the stone walls and the liberal use of woods, beautiful! John O’Hagan
Rinfret designed this gorgeous beautiful foyer, complete with gorgeous blue and white jars
Stephen Knollenberg used carriage doors for front doors and black accents for this charming foyer
Love the patterned floors, the leopard carpet runner and that black door..so much impact! Howards Store
Lauren Rubenstein chose a very bold floor and complimented it with an equally bold wall, therefore its best to scale down with the furnishings
Understated elegance at this stunning lake house foyer, Robert Stern
I love the aged colors here, they feel awash in a soft patina and its very soothing, Bill Ingram
Elegant space by Gwen Driscoll, always like seeing a large collection of prints or art on a tall wall
Amy Morris used a beautiful velvet settee and a pair of beautiful urn stands in this elegant and pared down foyer….love the addition of the tall orchids and oil painting grouping
Grand foyer in the most elegant way possible…stunning hand painted walls complete this glorious space..now this is a foyer!?Grady Cooley
Sometimes as seen in this NYC apt. if you have an important piece of art..that’s enough to create the wow factor as seen in this foyer
Gorgeous glazed creamy walls don’t need much! Rose Anne De Pampelonne
There is something about a wall chock full of pictures and art that really warms up a home, Mark Maresca
I like the casual but elegant feel of this Nantucket foyer, Nancy Serafini
Michael Dale painted this foyer pale green and filled it with many interesting art objects
Isabelle Higgins painted this foyer a color to resemble a sunset…beautiful
Suzanne Kasler used blue and white beautifully as a contrast to the warm rich woods in this large scaled sunlit foyer
Renea Abbot goes on the wild side for this small foyers stairhall with the zebra runner
Love this foyer/hallway…mixing the old with the new, perfect!
James Huniford kept the furnishings minimal and light to keep the focus on the dramatic floors….love the light of this foyer
Gorgeous symmetry works so well in this beautiful space with the antique Persian rug, Timothy Corrigan design
Joe Nahem and Tom Fox for ?this beach house foyer, had the ?interesting chandelier and two over sized pieces of art become the focal points in this dramatic two story foyer
Gorgeous door and rich warm green walls are the perfect backdrop to this small center table and large dramatic flower arrangement
David Jiminez went bold with this geometric wallpaper and bright yellow garden stools
The late Greg Jordan kept this foyer simple and classic in keeping with the gorgeous architecture
Grand entry hall with orange and warm wood accents ala Mary Mcdonald
Rich, gorgeous floors and metallic chinoiserie grace this regal look foyer, Rinfret
Regal and grand foyer in limestone and marble needs little furniture…love the doors!
Suzanne Kasler chose to give this foyer a pop of color with the turquoise glass collection
Grand limestone foyer with fabulously dramatic staircase are all this foyer needs
Pretty tones of brown and cream look so warm in this pretty apartments foyer, Decorpad
Sumptuous elegant foyer in creamy tones with black accents..perfection, Robert Stern
Beautifully and elegantly country foyer with?rich warm woods…Beverly Ellsley
Dramatic floors and dark walls create a formal and elegant feel to this foyer, Paris Luxe
Interesting floor and lots of reflective pieces create a dramatic foyer for this Texas home
Gorgeous dark, rich colors are beautifully understated in this elegant space, Rinfret
Doesn’t get any more elegant than this, fabulous wood paneled foyer is simply exquisite, Timothy Corrigan
Less is more…M.Elle designed this lovely small foyer with a beautiful table and a few interesting accessories to give some warmth but not overpower the space
?Michael S Smith gave this foyer an interesting eclectic mix of objects and seating
This amazing foyer features a front to back to take full advantage of the ocean that beckons
When there are great architectural qualities in a home, sometimes the simplest decorating application is the most appropriate, Timothy Corrigan
Persimmon accents brighten up this lively and elegant foyer, Suzanne Kasler
Front to back foyers are my personal favorite, particularly if they have an incredible view to take advantage of as they do here…so elegant
This certainly has the wow factor! Love the soft muted black used here…..
Sherill Canet designed this elegant understated foyer, love the grouping of prints on the wall..really creates an interesting space and “cozies” it up!
Love the light, the colors, the elegance….?perfection! Southern Accents
So….you know I love to know what you think and if you have a favorite! What do you think is a winning combination when decorating a foyer? Do tell……. Hope you have an enchanting day!

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Foyer fabulosity Part II

Good morning……hope all is well. I must say I am not making much of an effort to get to Target as I am not hearing such great things about this highly touted Calypso line, so when I get there,I get there, but it sounds underwhelming at best. Anyone like it out there? I am going to be taking some pictures at the house today, bathrooms are moving along fast and furious so there with will plenty of bathroom pics, and beams are being chopped and antiqued which is kind of fascinating to watch so will get that too. Stairs is being installed and I must say its coming along beautifully, everyone on the site is amazed at the staircase, its like a work of art, they are amazed at the curve and the workmanship. I will share picture updates tomorrow. 

As promised earlier, here is part II of my foyer fabulosity post. Foyers make the first and hopefully a lasting statement about the feeling and personality of your home. Whether your look is casually rustic, charmingly coastal, minimalist modern or elegantly traditional, the accessories, pieces of furniture, lighting and flooring you choose in your foyer sets the tone for what is to come. You can choose to keep it low key and minimalist or go all out for a serious wow factor. It is an easy room to infuse your own personality or taste into….so have fun with it. Here is a continuation of more glorious foyers, each with its own distinct personality and style…….each very beautiful. What is your style? Do you have any tried and true tips that you like to infuse into a foyer? Do you have a favorite here?

Small hints of black such as the railing, lantern and beautiful door against all the stone are timeless elegance at its finest
This is farmhouse fresh! William Waldron
Scott Snyder chose blues and whites to accent the soft neutral tones in this Hamptons home
Beautiful soft green glazed walls with rich paneling offer an old world feel to this foyer, Bacco
KA Design group designed this dramatic foyer in this sleek Manhattan apartment
Simple and elegant, James Michael Howard
Stunning formal foyer featuring marble floors and elegant Corinthian columns makes a  fabulously grand statement in this foyer
A beautiful old Persian rug and a pretty antique secretary were all that was needed for this lovely understated foyer, Rick Gary
Robert Stern designed this beautiful and dramatic foyer
Even the smallest foyer can be pretty! Done in soft gray by Sara Richardson
Mariette Himes Gomez chose soft creamy walls and simple warm woods for this elegant foyer
Love the checkerboard floors in this home….the touches of soft yellow are perfect!
A pretty covered table flanked by two French chairs with with those gorgeous floors makes for a stunning foyer, Southern Accents
Love how the outside is carried in with natural elements like the stone walls and the liberal use of woods, beautiful! John O’Hagan
Rinfret designed this gorgeous beautiful foyer, complete with gorgeous blue and white jars
Stephen Knollenberg used carriage doors for front doors and black accents for this charming foyer
Love the patterned floors, the leopard carpet runner and that black door..so much impact! Howards Store
Lauren Rubenstein chose a very bold floor and complimented it with an equally bold wall, therefore its best to scale down with the furnishings
Understated elegance at this stunning lake house foyer, Robert Stern
I love the aged colors here, they feel awash in a soft patina and its very soothing, Bill Ingram
Elegant space by Gwen Driscoll, always like seeing a large collection of prints or art on a tall wall
Amy Morris used a beautiful velvet settee and a pair of beautiful urn stands in this elegant and pared down foyer….love the addition of the tall orchids and oil painting grouping
Grand foyer in the most elegant way possible…stunning hand painted walls complete this glorious space..now this is a foyer! Grady Cooley
Sometimes as seen in this NYC apt. if you have an important piece of art..that’s enough to create the wow factor as seen in this foyer
Gorgeous glazed creamy walls don’t need much! Rose Anne De Pampelonne
There is something about a wall chock full of pictures and art that really warms up a home, Mark Maresca
I like the casual but elegant feel of this Nantucket foyer, Nancy Serafini
Michael Dale painted this foyer pale green and filled it with many interesting art objects
Isabelle Higgins painted this foyer a color to resemble a sunset…beautiful
Suzanne Kasler used blue and white beautifully as a contrast to the warm rich woods in this large scaled sunlit foyer
Renea Abbot goes on the wild side for this small foyers stairhall with the zebra runner
Love this foyer/hallway…mixing the old with the new, perfect!
James Huniford kept the furnishings minimal and light to keep the focus on the dramatic floors….love the light of this foyer
Gorgeous symmetry works so well in this beautiful space with the antique Persian rug, Timothy Corrigan design
Joe Nahem and Tom Fox for  this beach house foyer, had the  interesting chandelier and two over sized pieces of art become the focal points in this dramatic two story foyer
Gorgeous door and rich warm green walls are the perfect backdrop to this small center table and large dramatic flower arrangement
David Jiminez went bold with this geometric wallpaper and bright yellow garden stools
The late Greg Jordan kept this foyer simple and classic in keeping with the gorgeous architecture
Grand entry hall with orange and warm wood accents ala Mary Mcdonald
Rich, gorgeous floors and metallic chinoiserie grace this regal look foyer, Rinfret
Regal and grand foyer in limestone and marble needs little furniture…love the doors!
Suzanne Kasler chose to give this foyer a pop of color with the turquoise glass collection
Grand limestone foyer with fabulously dramatic staircase are all this foyer needs
Pretty tones of brown and cream look so warm in this pretty apartments foyer, Decorpad
Sumptuous elegant foyer in creamy tones with black accents..perfection, Robert Stern
Beautifully and elegantly country foyer with rich warm woods…Beverly Ellsley
Dramatic floors and dark walls create a formal and elegant feel to this foyer, Paris Luxe
Interesting floor and lots of reflective pieces create a dramatic foyer for this Texas home
Gorgeous dark, rich colors are beautifully understated in this elegant space, Rinfret
Doesn’t get any more elegant than this, fabulous wood paneled foyer is simply exquisite, Timothy Corrigan
Less is more…M.Elle designed this lovely small foyer with a beautiful table and a few interesting accessories to give some warmth but not overpower the space
 Michael S Smith gave this foyer an interesting eclectic mix of objects and seating
This amazing foyer features a front to back to take full advantage of the ocean that beckons
When there are great architectural qualities in a home, sometimes the simplest decorating application is the most appropriate, Timothy Corrigan
Persimmon accents brighten up this lively and elegant foyer, Suzanne Kasler
Front to back foyers are my personal favorite, particularly if they have an incredible view to take advantage of as they do here…so elegant
This certainly has the wow factor! Love the soft muted black used here…..
Sherill Canet designed this elegant understated foyer, love the grouping of prints on the wall..really creates an interesting space and “cozies” it up!
Love the light, the colors, the elegance…. perfection! Southern Accents
So….you know I love to know what you think and if you have a favorite! What do you think is a winning combination when decorating a foyer? Do tell……. Hope you have an enchanting day!

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Foyer fabulosity Part I and a Stylish Blogger Award!

I start this day with a prayer for Japan and for the recovery and restoration process to be swift and successful and for the people to remain strong and determined. May God light their way…..
I was extremely grateful to receive the Stylish blogger award by not one but two absolutely amazing blogger friends whose blogs are two of my top favorites! Thank you so much Amy and Luciane!! I am honored and grateful for the recognition. Please visit them at their blogs (both incredibly great)
Click here

Click here
One part of accepting this award is passing it on….so here is my list of ?blogs I feel deserve special recognition and a shout out for doing an awesome job! They are each worth visiting as there is always beautiful eye candy and interesting tidbits of information (Click on blog to visit) And thanks for what you do!
Good morning……..I preface ?this by saying this is going to be part I of a two part post. I have a large collection of foyers and dont’ want any of them feeling left out so today is part I! ?(Part II will follow one day next week) Foyers are one of my favorite rooms in the house. They are the first to give you an impression and hopefully a lasting one. Think about the first time you visit someones house or apartment, your very first opinion or take on that respective home is based upon the minute the front door opens………
Do you see a bland space that underwhelms you or an interesting space with beautiful flooring, lighting, maybe a beautiful chest or console with a lamp or interesting objects of art. Maybe there is a painting, mirror or collection of books perched atop a table. The foyer is your first chance to wow someone coming into your home. It can set and should set the tone for what is to come. Because it is typically small or smaller than other rooms in the home, it is often a “doable” room to complete and unlike a living or dining room, you don’t have to wait until you can afford to get everything you need. So here are some foyers that I think have successfully created that WOW factor and get you at “hello”.
Hendrix/Allardyce designed this fabulous and very grand foyer using antiques and allowing the gorgeous tall iron doors to create drama and elegance
I love this beautiful and quietly dignified foyer complete with center table, ample seating and lots of natural sunlight…the architectural elements add a lot of visual interest
Gorgeous breathtaking foyer with dramatic black and white marble floors, gorgeous architectural elements is all you need, Cullman and Kravis
Ashley?Whittaker created this beautiful and stately space, love the floors, the blue and white and the stair runner…they all work fabulously together
Scott Snyder chose gorgeous inlaid wood floors to create a wow factor for this elegant Park Avenue apartments foyer…very opulent
A stately home went simple and classic in their foyer, understated and elegant
Thomas Pheasant designed this understated, classic traditional foyer in Paris
Vibrant metalized wallpaper is sometimes all you need for the wow factor
An all time favorite, very French looking, the paneled door, flooring and iron balustrade make it!
Love this elegant old world feeling foyer, Mary Evelyn McKee
Darly Henault used a dramatic inlaid stone floor for extra punch in this traditional foyer
This has a neat, sleek and elegant vibe. The stone walls add a lot of interest as does the dark framed door….nicely done.
Alexa Hampton designed this spectacular New Orleans foyer complete with columns, intricate marble flooring and a fabulous iron door, keeping the furnishings simple and understated
Kay Douglass designed this European influenced foyer with Belgian stone floors and a rustic center table, love the floor and the beautiful antique lamp
J Randall Powers created this symmetrical foyer with a pair of chests, mirrors and stools
Jan Showers designed this glamorous old Hollywood feeling foyer
Ned Marshall kept this dramatic space sparse and simple…the dark dramatic floors take center stage, he went with a silver striped paper and played off the color in accessorizing it?
This surely has the wow factor, the gorgeous bright chinoiserie panels and zebra covered benches add much drama to this foyer, Maison 21
Barbara Westbrook used rich warm woods to decorate this pretty and casually elegant foyer
Wow talk about drama! HGTV dream house chose to paint the walls and molding aqua with gold accents….dramatic and lively
The less is more principle is at work here, and very effectively..quietly elegant and sophisticated foyer, Nathan Egan
William Hodkins designed this grand space, keeping it monochromatic
Pretty monochromatic wallpaper sets the cool elegant tone for this neutral foyer..beautifully done by Thornton Designs
Black and white checkerboard floors always make a statement, House Beautiful
Michael Berman kept things simple and streamlined in this transitional feeling foyer
Elegant tropical feeling to this large, grand scaled foyer complete with fireplace, House Beautiful
Sometimes just a few very dramatic objects is all that is needed as shown here, Decorpad
Jonathan Adler kept this all white foyer simple and used purposeful pops of color for drama on the chair, and black console table

So you know I love to know if you have a favorite. What are your favorite touches in a foyer? Some things I love are over sized mirrors, tall branches in a blue and white jar or some other?pretty container, a few books or picture frames adds a warm touch. Flooring and lighting of course are very important and set the tone for all the decorating elements that follow. Have an enchanting day!

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Foyer fabulosity Part I and a Stylish Blogger Award!

I start this day with a prayer for Japan and for the recovery and restoration process to be swift and successful and for the people to remain strong and determined. May God light their way…..
I was extremely grateful to receive the Stylish blogger award by not one but two absolutely amazing blogger friends whose blogs are two of my top favorites! Thank you so much Amy and Luciane!! I am honored and grateful for the recognition. Please visit them at their blogs (both incredibly great)
Click here

Click here
One part of accepting this award is passing it on….so here is my list of  blogs I feel deserve special recognition and a shout out for doing an awesome job! They are each worth visiting as there is always beautiful eye candy and interesting tidbits of information (Click on blog to visit) And thanks for what you do!
Good morning……..I preface  this by saying this is going to be part I of a two part post. I have a large collection of foyers and dont’ want any of them feeling left out so today is part I!  (Part II will follow one day next week) Foyers are one of my favorite rooms in the house. They are the first to give you an impression and hopefully a lasting one. Think about the first time you visit someones house or apartment, your very first opinion or take on that respective home is based upon the minute the front door opens………
Do you see a bland space that underwhelms you or an interesting space with beautiful flooring, lighting, maybe a beautiful chest or console with a lamp or interesting objects of art. Maybe there is a painting, mirror or collection of books perched atop a table. The foyer is your first chance to wow someone coming into your home. It can set and should set the tone for what is to come. Because it is typically small or smaller than other rooms in the home, it is often a “doable” room to complete and unlike a living or dining room, you don’t have to wait until you can afford to get everything you need. So here are some foyers that I think have successfully created that WOW factor and get you at “hello”.
Hendrix/Allardyce designed this fabulous and very grand foyer using antiques and allowing the gorgeous tall iron doors to create drama and elegance
I love this beautiful and quietly dignified foyer complete with center table, ample seating and lots of natural sunlight…the architectural elements add a lot of visual interest
Gorgeous breathtaking foyer with dramatic black and white marble floors, gorgeous architectural elements is all you need, Cullman and Kravis
Ashley Whittaker created this beautiful and stately space, love the floors, the blue and white and the stair runner…they all work fabulously together
Scott Snyder chose gorgeous inlaid wood floors to create a wow factor for this elegant Park Avenue apartments foyer…very opulent
A stately home went simple and classic in their foyer, understated and elegant
Thomas Pheasant designed this understated, classic traditional foyer in Paris
Vibrant metalized wallpaper is sometimes all you need for the wow factor
An all time favorite, very French looking, the paneled door, flooring and iron balustrade make it!
Love this elegant old world feeling foyer, Mary Evelyn McKee
Darly Henault used a dramatic inlaid stone floor for extra punch in this traditional foyer
This has a neat, sleek and elegant vibe. The stone walls add a lot of interest as does the dark framed door….nicely done.
Alexa Hampton designed this spectacular New Orleans foyer complete with columns, intricate marble flooring and a fabulous iron door, keeping the furnishings simple and understated
Kay Douglass designed this European influenced foyer with Belgian stone floors and a rustic center table, love the floor and the beautiful antique lamp
J Randall Powers created this symmetrical foyer with a pair of chests, mirrors and stools
Jan Showers designed this glamorous old Hollywood feeling foyer
Ned Marshall kept this dramatic space sparse and simple…the dark dramatic floors take center stage, he went with a silver striped paper and played off the color in accessorizing it 
This surely has the wow factor, the gorgeous bright chinoiserie panels and zebra covered benches add much drama to this foyer, Maison 21
Barbara Westbrook used rich warm woods to decorate this pretty and casually elegant foyer
Wow talk about drama! HGTV dream house chose to paint the walls and molding aqua with gold accents….dramatic and lively
The less is more principle is at work here, and very effectively..quietly elegant and sophisticated foyer, Nathan Egan
William Hodkins designed this grand space, keeping it monochromatic
Pretty monochromatic wallpaper sets the cool elegant tone for this neutral foyer..beautifully done by Thornton Designs
Black and white checkerboard floors always make a statement, House Beautiful
Michael Berman kept things simple and streamlined in this transitional feeling foyer
Elegant tropical feeling to this large, grand scaled foyer complete with fireplace, House Beautiful
Sometimes just a few very dramatic objects is all that is needed as shown here, Decorpad
Jonathan Adler kept this all white foyer simple and used purposeful pops of color for drama on the chair, and black console table

So you know I love to know if you have a favorite. What are your favorite touches in a foyer? Some things I love are over sized mirrors, tall branches in a blue and white jar or some other pretty container, a few books or picture frames adds a warm touch. Flooring and lighting of course are very important and set the tone for all the decorating elements that follow. Have an enchanting day!

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Chinoiserie, sconces, marble floors….oh my!












“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort”
-Franklin Roosevelt?



Starting in Feb. I am going to be doing monthly giveaways! In Feb. I will be giving away 2 fabulous needlepoint floral pillows (same private label company that sells to Pierre Deux) Subscribe/follow me so you have a chance to win! More details to follow………...


Good morning, hope your day is fabulous…today in NY they are calling for more snow…fun. I am personally way over winter at this point and its just begun. I am a summer/spring/fall girl at heart, anything but winter! ? Anyway, as my decisions start to come together, one which I am very excited about working on is my dining room. We have a beautiful wall of mahogany french doors that leads to the back terrace,a beautiful fireplace wall where a marble Louis XVI mantle will be placed and lots of sconces throughout. Its a large gracious dining room, about 21×29. I have decided to go with a chinoiserie paper and am looking at Gracie, Paul Montgemory and DeGournay. I am looking to have the paper made in a pale blue/green field with touches of beige’s,golds,greens and a spotting of red.?


A few patterns I love are below. ……the ones shown are all from Gracie Papers. I went to their design studio about eight months ago and it was such an incredible treat…the really have such amazing things. ?Check out their magnificent array of reproduction and antique chinoiserie panels…truly exquisite. (www.graciestudio.com)

Then we move on to lighting….I love the sconces from Decorative Source in Greenwich, CT. I bought a lot of lighting for my old house from them and their things are timeless and elegant. I am going ?to order a bunch of sconces, as we need so many and I love the lighting achieved with sconces and lamps (prefer minimal use of high hats/overhead lighting except for task lighting like in the kitchen,bathroom,etc….)….LOVE their line of lighting! Check out their lighting and accessories, they import from Europe and China and really have exquisite things….www.decorativecrafts.com

Moving on……I am in the throws of also selecting the flooring for our foyer and hallway which runs the entire width of the house and front to back. I have decided on the traditional limestone with dots placed on the diagonal. I am going for a french limestone which is very quiet almost no movement and very subdued. In my old house ?I had it with the classic black (it is shown in my original post) but I am considering this time around going with the limestone with a gold/taupe colored marble/stone. It happens to be gorgeous and very french indeed. My husband is not as keen on it however and something tells me we will end up going the black dot route. Nevertheless here are a few pictures I have collected over the years, I only list where I got them if I happen to know but many of these pictures I have had in my online album way before I knew I was going to start an online blog (otherwise I do like to give credit where it is due) Let me know if you have a favorite!?


This was out of Connecticut homes and gardens and looks a lot like my previous floor?

Love the classic checkerboard but my husband is not a fan

?we
A fabulous foyer from a Maurice Fatio house from the Douglas Newby?website……?this is so stunning and an example of the limestone with the taupe colored marble as opposed to the black

Same floor by the staircase as the Maurice Fatio house above

Another very similar floor, this one I took a picture of a showhouse in Boston

From Paris Ceramics, this rondele design is very similar to one we will use in our foyer

Another option

The classic..it is certainly quite beautiful!

Very pretty the way it was boxed out here in this foyer

Wish I could remember where I got this picture…would love to see the rest of this stunning home!

This was an ad out of a fashion magazine, and again I was drawn to the gold/taupe colored marble with the limestone…its monochromatic yet so elegant and a little different

So that concludes my post today, hope you all have a fabulous day. Talk to you tomorrow!


Chinoiserie, sconces, marble floors….oh my!












“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort”
-Franklin Roosevelt 



Starting in Feb. I am going to be doing monthly giveaways! In Feb. I will be giving away 2 fabulous needlepoint floral pillows (same private label company that sells to Pierre Deux) Subscribe/follow me so you have a chance to win! More details to follow………...


Good morning, hope your day is fabulous…today in NY they are calling for more snow…fun. I am personally way over winter at this point and its just begun. I am a summer/spring/fall girl at heart, anything but winter!   Anyway, as my decisions start to come together, one which I am very excited about working on is my dining room. We have a beautiful wall of mahogany french doors that leads to the back terrace,a beautiful fireplace wall where a marble Louis XVI mantle will be placed and lots of sconces throughout. Its a large gracious dining room, about 21×29. I have decided to go with a chinoiserie paper and am looking at Gracie, Paul Montgemory and DeGournay. I am looking to have the paper made in a pale blue/green field with touches of beige’s,golds,greens and a spotting of red. 


A few patterns I love are below. ……the ones shown are all from Gracie Papers. I went to their design studio about eight months ago and it was such an incredible treat…the really have such amazing things.  Check out their magnificent array of reproduction and antique chinoiserie panels…truly exquisite. (www.graciestudio.com)

Then we move on to lighting….I love the sconces from Decorative Source in Greenwich, CT. I bought a lot of lighting for my old house from them and their things are timeless and elegant. I am going  to order a bunch of sconces, as we need so many and I love the lighting achieved with sconces and lamps (prefer minimal use of high hats/overhead lighting except for task lighting like in the kitchen,bathroom,etc….)….LOVE their line of lighting! Check out their lighting and accessories, they import from Europe and China and really have exquisite things….www.decorativecrafts.com

Moving on……I am in the throws of also selecting the flooring for our foyer and hallway which runs the entire width of the house and front to back. I have decided on the traditional limestone with dots placed on the diagonal. I am going for a french limestone which is very quiet almost no movement and very subdued. In my old house  I had it with the classic black (it is shown in my original post) but I am considering this time around going with the limestone with a gold/taupe colored marble/stone. It happens to be gorgeous and very french indeed. My husband is not as keen on it however and something tells me we will end up going the black dot route. Nevertheless here are a few pictures I have collected over the years, I only list where I got them if I happen to know but many of these pictures I have had in my online album way before I knew I was going to start an online blog (otherwise I do like to give credit where it is due) Let me know if you have a favorite! 


This was out of Connecticut homes and gardens and looks a lot like my previous floor 

Love the classic checkerboard but my husband is not a fan

 we
A fabulous foyer from a Maurice Fatio house from the Douglas Newby website…… this is so stunning and an example of the limestone with the taupe colored marble as opposed to the black

Same floor by the staircase as the Maurice Fatio house above

Another very similar floor, this one I took a picture of a showhouse in Boston

From Paris Ceramics, this rondele design is very similar to one we will use in our foyer

Another option

The classic..it is certainly quite beautiful!

Very pretty the way it was boxed out here in this foyer

Wish I could remember where I got this picture…would love to see the rest of this stunning home!

This was an ad out of a fashion magazine, and again I was drawn to the gold/taupe colored marble with the limestone…its monochromatic yet so elegant and a little different

So that concludes my post today, hope you all have a fabulous day. Talk to you tomorrow!


It’s all in the details…….floors, marble slabs and iron stair rails



Good Morning……
I am going to start with a daily quote since I find them ?inspiring, so today’s quote is:

He is happiest who finds peace in his home
-Goethe


If you like my blog…please subscribe and leave me a comment and tell me what you want to see! I am new to this but loving every minute!








There is so much truth to that.. no matter how much I enjoy whatever I might be doing outside of my home ( a great party, a Broadway show, a terrific trip, a girls luncheon,etc…) nothing beats coming home to the comfort and tranquility of “ones nest”. So onto the subject on homes, the stage we are ?just now getting to is definitely ?the start of the really fun and exciting stage…the long awaited finishing stage for the new house. Kind of like the frosting on the cake, the finish line at the end of a marathon, the last stroke of a brush on a beautiful painting. ?We have however, so many decisions to make that many nights I toss and turn all night long dreaming (and sometimes having nightmares) ?agonizing over decisions needing to be made. Right now we are deciding on railings for both of our main staircases, our main staircase is a ?very long elongated oval that goes three stories so its quite dramatic. The back stair is again a three story stair but more traditional and not as dramatic. I have kept a bunch in a file I that I have ?liked …so here are some of the ones I love and now the decision time is nearing….any thoughts? (The one above is attractive and the flooring is exactly what we are doing in the foyer, as well as the stone cladding on the wall)

Then we move on to flooring…oh the flooring. This could cause me to easily age 20 years…and God knows I have the extra “love handles” to prove the stress that floors can create, I love something to blame those binges on ice cream or other forbidden goodies on! ?For the living and dining we have decided on one of my favorites, Versailles Parquet, but as when you choose a “white paint” there are thousands of white paints! So is the case with the floors….again I have enclosed a few contenders, let me know if you like one over the others.




??we move on?






?So I started slab shopping…..oh boy, another headache! I would never buy slabs anywhere but in person, and for that I love ABC’s selection, they are expensive no doubt but they really have a superb bar none selection of stones that you can’t always find and they are always the premium ones. There website, which is a great source, if not just to take a look at all the various marbles that most people don’t even know exist is ?http://abcworldwidestone.com/…… today I went looking ?and was overwhelmed with how many Calacuttas there are! ?I am nearly positive I am going with a Calacutta for the ktichen and butler pantry.



I went to several places locally and looked online just to “reeducate myself” and I needed it! ?Its been 8 years since I have done this and the selections and choices have increased dramatically along with the prices! These are some of what I have seen….. there is Calacutta Gold and Calacutta Gold “extra” which seems to have a little more gold running through it, though I like the gray/black veining because A. it looks old and very European and B. it will highlight the black accents in my kitchen (the range and the island) welcome to your thoughts! They also showed me Imperial Danby, below is a picture of what it looks like. It is less money but I still like the Calcutta better. And then of course there is the 2 inch which is really decadent for a counter top and the inch and a quarter which is more standard to decide between. So here are a few of the various shadings of the newer lots of Calacuttas….I am going out again today so will continue to keep you posted. Decisions, decisions….





It’s all in the details…….floors, marble slabs and iron stair rails



Good Morning……
I am going to start with a daily quote since I find them  inspiring, so today’s quote is:

He is happiest who finds peace in his home
-Goethe


If you like my blog…please subscribe and leave me a comment and tell me what you want to see! I am new to this but loving every minute!








There is so much truth to that.. no matter how much I enjoy whatever I might be doing outside of my home ( a great party, a Broadway show, a terrific trip, a girls luncheon,etc…) nothing beats coming home to the comfort and tranquility of “ones nest”. So onto the subject on homes, the stage we are  just now getting to is definitely  the start of the really fun and exciting stage…the long awaited finishing stage for the new house. Kind of like the frosting on the cake, the finish line at the end of a marathon, the last stroke of a brush on a beautiful painting.  We have however, so many decisions to make that many nights I toss and turn all night long dreaming (and sometimes having nightmares)  agonizing over decisions needing to be made. Right now we are deciding on railings for both of our main staircases, our main staircase is a  very long elongated oval that goes three stories so its quite dramatic. The back stair is again a three story stair but more traditional and not as dramatic. I have kept a bunch in a file I that I have  liked …so here are some of the ones I love and now the decision time is nearing….any thoughts? (The one above is attractive and the flooring is exactly what we are doing in the foyer, as well as the stone cladding on the wall)

Then we move on to flooring…oh the flooring. This could cause me to easily age 20 years…and God knows I have the extra “love handles” to prove the stress that floors can create, I love something to blame those binges on ice cream or other forbidden goodies on!  For the living and dining we have decided on one of my favorites, Versailles Parquet, but as when you choose a “white paint” there are thousands of white paints! So is the case with the floors….again I have enclosed a few contenders, let me know if you like one over the others.




  we move on 






 So I started slab shopping…..oh boy, another headache! I would never buy slabs anywhere but in person, and for that I love ABC’s selection, they are expensive no doubt but they really have a superb bar none selection of stones that you can’t always find and they are always the premium ones. There website, which is a great source, if not just to take a look at all the various marbles that most people don’t even know exist is  http://abcworldwidestone.com/…… today I went looking  and was overwhelmed with how many Calacuttas there are!  I am nearly positive I am going with a Calacutta for the ktichen and butler pantry.



I went to several places locally and looked online just to “reeducate myself” and I needed it!  Its been 8 years since I have done this and the selections and choices have increased dramatically along with the prices! These are some of what I have seen….. there is Calacutta Gold and Calacutta Gold “extra” which seems to have a little more gold running through it, though I like the gray/black veining because A. it looks old and very European and B. it will highlight the black accents in my kitchen (the range and the island) welcome to your thoughts! They also showed me Imperial Danby, below is a picture of what it looks like. It is less money but I still like the Calcutta better. And then of course there is the 2 inch which is really decadent for a counter top and the inch and a quarter which is more standard to decide between. So here are a few of the various shadings of the newer lots of Calacuttas….I am going out again today so will continue to keep you posted. Decisions, decisions….