The elegance and ease of e-design projects………

Good morning! How was your weekend? Half of mine was spent thinking I was getting sick (and feeling it). Thankfully it appears its not more than a cold….phew! The other half was spent in one of my favorite kitchen stores…Sur La Table and then dinner with friends (more on that later).  One thing  I have started doing more of in the last six months is e-design work. I have really enjoyed it because its allows me to get back to designing (which I LOVE) and help people (sometimes halfway across the country) without either of us ever leaving our computer screens! Really gets my creative juices flowing!  It is a highly efficient way of “getting the job done”.

This is a part of my business  I am planning to grow this year (one of many goals) and as I am finishing up two jobs, I will decide the next course of action. It’s such a great way to get the design services you might want/ need for a fraction of the cost and definitely is a huge time saver. So you get the elegant look you are after, its far easier and much less expensive..it’s a win/win! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you (with their permission of course) a few finished products.

 
 
This first project is for a young couple in California. They are just married two years, bought their first home in California and wanted  a fresh feeling, comfortable sophisticated living room. She loved the idea of incorporating the blue and white (gotta love her) to add some elegance and tradition, he wanted it to feel light and airy, not stuffy and they both love green. They liked the idea of a  lantern instead of a chandelier, and preferred lighter woods over dark heavy woods. So after a few back and forths, here’s is what I came up. They loved it all and this entire room is now officially in the works. I want to illustrate how even when on a budget, you can adopt the high/low approach. The most expensive things here were the rug and console. They were willing to spend money on a few principle pieces, but we got the sofa, chairs and coffee table on sale. 
 
The pillows I found at Pier One, that gorgeous velvet pillow was under 15.00!!!!! The blue and whites and blue and white lamps are from my store and the crystal lamps were found at Overstock. The wife, who is a photographer is going to do a gallery wall for art, and I suggested getting unpainted frames all the same size and painting them the same green as the pillows for an extra pop and they love the idea. A little creative thinking goes a long long way! I love the feeling of this room, fresh, light and airy, a touch of blue and white, pops of the green….it has all the ingredients that made up their perfect recipe!
 

 
 
This second project was for a dark green sofa and pillows. It was for a small existing office/library, very small but cozy. I helped her select this sofa and fabric and then she wanted to add needlepoint pillows to incorporate the other rich tones of the room/home. So we came up with 3 combinations and she is leaning towards one. She thought it would be fun for me to ask your opinions so here’s where you get to weigh in. Which would be your choice, 1, 2 or 3? Do tell! The only other things in this small room are a mahogany desk and dark brown leather chair. There is an antique carpet that is all jewel tones and a small window with a pleated roman shade in a dark tan. She wanted and loved the idea of adding a leopard pillow (or two) so each features that…….take a look!
 

 
 
This last one is a project in the works…..we are starting with a small entry foyer. An empty nester, she decided to go very light and airy in her new home.  She already has an off white berber rug on hardwood floors.. Its a small townhouse, and she wants a welcoming smaller scaled console with a mirror and she loves blue and white. (I think I need to make this a prerequisite for anyone who hires me for e–design, lol). So here are the three picks, she is leaning towards one and I am torn between two…how about you?

 
I would love to hear your feedback on which you like. I have to say I had loads of fun working on these projects, and the icing on the cake is when you come up with something that the client really loves! If you are interested in e-design contact me here for details.Thanks for stopping by and wishing all of you a fabulous day!

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The elegance and ease of e-design projects………

Good morning! How was your weekend? Half of mine was spent thinking I was getting sick (and feeling it). Thankfully it appears its not more than a cold….phew! The other half was spent in one of my favorite kitchen stores…Sur La Table and then dinner with friends (more on that later).? One thing? I have started doing more of in the last six months is e-design work. I have really enjoyed it because its allows me to get back to designing (which I LOVE) and help people (sometimes halfway across the country) without either of us ever leaving our computer screens! Really gets my creative juices flowing!? It is a highly efficient way of “getting the job done”.

This is a part of my business? I am planning to grow this year (one of many goals) and as I am finishing up two jobs, I will decide the next course of action. It’s such a great way to get the design services you might want/ need for a fraction of the cost and definitely is a huge time saver. So you get the elegant look you are after, its far easier and much less expensive..it’s a win/win! In the meantime, I wanted to share with you (with their permission of course) a few finished products.

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This first project is for a young couple in California. They are just married two years, bought their first home in California and wanted? a fresh feeling, comfortable sophisticated living room. She loved the idea of incorporating the blue and white (gotta love her) to add some elegance and tradition, he wanted it to feel light and airy, not stuffy and they both love green. They liked the idea of a? lantern instead of a chandelier, and preferred lighter woods over dark heavy woods. So after a few back and forths, here’s is what I came up. They loved it all and this entire room is now officially in the works. I want to illustrate how even when on a budget, you can adopt the high/low approach. The most expensive things here were the rug and console. They were willing to spend money on a few principle pieces, but we got the sofa, chairs and coffee table on sale.?

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The pillows I found at Pier One, that gorgeous velvet pillow was under 15.00!!!!! The blue and whites and blue and white lamps are from my store and the crystal lamps were found at Overstock. The wife, who is a photographer is going to do a gallery wall for art, and I suggested getting unpainted frames all the same size and painting them the same green as the pillows for an extra pop and they love the idea. A little creative thinking goes a long long way! I love the feeling of this room, fresh, light and airy, a touch of blue and white, pops of the green….it has all the ingredients that made up their perfect recipe!

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This second project was for a dark green sofa and pillows. It was for a small existing office/library, very small but cozy. I helped her select this sofa and fabric and then she wanted to add needlepoint pillows to incorporate the other rich tones of the room/home. So we came up with 3 combinations and she is leaning towards one. She thought it would be fun for me to ask your opinions so here’s where you get to weigh in. Which would be your choice, 1, 2 or 3? Do tell! The only other things in this small room are a mahogany desk and dark brown leather chair. There is an antique carpet that is all jewel tones and a small window with a pleated roman shade in a dark tan. She wanted and loved the idea of adding a leopard pillow (or two) so each features that…….take a look!

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This last one is a project in the works…..we are starting with a small entry foyer. An empty nester, she decided to go very light and airy in her new home.? She already has an off white berber rug on hardwood floors.. Its a small townhouse, and she wants a welcoming smaller scaled console with a mirror and she loves blue and white. (I think I need to make this a prerequisite for anyone who hires me for e–design, lol). So here are the three picks, she is leaning towards one and I am torn between two…how about you?

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I would love to hear your feedback on which you like. I have to say I had loads of fun working on these projects, and the icing on the cake is when you come up with something that the client really loves! If you are interested in e-design contact me here for details.Thanks for stopping by and wishing all of you a fabulous day!



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Sundays Random musings and a mini house update!

Hi there! Hope your weekend is going well. Ours has been a busy one, busier truth be told than I would have liked. I had visions of me staying in my pjs all weekend long, just chilling. So did not happen. We had people working all over the place yesterday, then we went into the city for a birthday party last night and today my darling husband has invited our friends over, whose house we go to every single year for the Superbowl. Now I totally understand his not wanting to leave our house, having just moved, I feel the same way but having to suddenly prepare a Superbowl spread kind of caught me off guard as I have been so busy all week so engrossed in unpacking and settling in. 

He also invited two of our other friends over (brothers) so we will be a total of nine. I decided I am doing an appetizer party, who needs dinner when you can have a bevy of wonderful, delectable tapas type foods? Anyone else with me on this?  So I am preparing some things and buying others,  my three favorites are my pesto/feta dip served with warmed crostinis, my empenadas and my baked brie, then I am buying sliders, pigs in a blanket, a Parmesan artichoke dip, am doing a big tray of Italian cheeses and sausages with breads, and another dish with guacamole, humus and salsa and tortillas. Then finally I am picking up a tray of sushi from a nearby Japanese restaurant that is excellent. With luck, there will be some leftovers for Monday! The idea being if I serve enough it is sure to yield a nice arrangement of leftovers.

One of my best friends stopped over the other day and gave me the most beautiful miniature (about 2 feet tall) white azalea plant and knowing me well, had it planted in a gorgeous blue and white container. It looks amazing no matter where I put it! It looks so pretty on the console in my family room, proof that blue and white really does work anywhere! She also generously gave me a beautiful coffee table book,Versailles, which has so many incredible images, recommended for anyone in love with France like I am.  I had to share a few pictures. So what about you? Are you excited about the Superbowl or are you like me, and its all about the food? Would love to hear what you are up to! 



If you are thinking at this point “gee how many pictures is she going to take of the same thing” I got it out of my system, not to worry…when I love something I get a little carried away!
And another one of my oldest and dearest friends stopped by with this beautiful little Wedgewood bud vase. So delicate and sweet. Can’t wait to add a pretty rose to it.
And finally we uncovered just the tower part of the floors (after being so sick of seeing them covered for the last 6 months)!! So nice to see the floors again!

Here’s the newest iron chandelier for breakfast room, we are putting it up hopefully tomorrow or Tues. Fingers crossed it looks great!

Remember the vanity I was unsure about for powder room, well we found a new home for it..and I love it here.
Looks a little bare, but wtih lighting, sconces and accessories, its perfect. 

Well, I am off to the market to beat the pre Superbowl frenzy fighting for food like its the Apocalypse or something. Wishing you a fun day whatever you might be doing! Go Giants! (I had to say it)

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Sundays Random musings and a mini house update!

Hi there! Hope your weekend is going well. Ours has been a busy one, busier truth be told than I would have liked. I had visions of me staying in my pjs all weekend long, just chilling. So did not happen. We had people working all over the place yesterday, then we went into the city for a birthday party last night and today my darling husband has invited our friends over, whose house we go to every single year for the Superbowl. Now I totally understand his not wanting to leave our house, having just moved, I feel the same way but having to suddenly prepare a Superbowl spread kind of caught me off guard as I have been so busy all week so engrossed in unpacking and settling in.?



He also invited two of our other friends over (brothers) so we will be a total of nine. I decided I am doing an appetizer party, who needs dinner when you can have a bevy of wonderful, delectable tapas type foods? Anyone else with me on this? ?So I am preparing some things and buying others, ?my three favorites are my pesto/feta dip served with warmed crostinis, my empenadas and my baked brie, then I am buying sliders, pigs in a blanket, a Parmesan artichoke dip, am doing a big tray of Italian cheeses and sausages with breads, and another dish with guacamole, humus and salsa and tortillas. Then finally I am picking up a tray of sushi from a nearby Japanese restaurant that is excellent. With luck, there will be some leftovers for Monday! The idea being if I serve enough it is sure to yield a nice arrangement of leftovers.



One of my best friends stopped over the other day and gave me the most beautiful miniature (about 2 feet tall) white azalea plant and knowing me well, had it planted in a gorgeous blue and white container. It looks amazing no matter where I put it! It looks so pretty on the console in my family room, proof that blue and white really does work anywhere!?She also generously gave me a beautiful coffee table book,Versailles, which has so many incredible images, recommended for anyone in love with France like I am.??I had to share a few pictures. So what about you? Are you excited about the Superbowl or are you like me, and its all about the food? Would love to hear what you are up to!?





If you are thinking at this point “gee how many pictures is she going to take of the same thing” I got it out of my system, not to worry…when I love something I get a little carried away!
And another one of my oldest and dearest friends stopped by with?this beautiful little Wedgewood bud vase. So delicate and sweet. Can’t wait to add a pretty rose to it.
And finally we uncovered just the tower part of the floors (after being so sick of seeing them covered for the last 6 months)!! So nice to see the floors again!

Here’s the newest iron chandelier for breakfast room, we are putting it up hopefully tomorrow or Tues. Fingers crossed it looks great!

Remember the vanity I was unsure about for powder room, well we found a new home for it..and I love it here.
Looks a little bare, but wtih lighting, sconces and accessories, its perfect.?

Well, I am off to the market to beat the pre Superbowl frenzy fighting for food like its the Apocalypse or something. Wishing you a fun day whatever you might be doing! Go Giants! (I had to say it)

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White marble in all its wonderous white glory!

Reminder just 3 days until we have a winner of these gorgeous Murano handblown glass lamps from Swank lighting! The drawing is Friday, March 11th.To be eligible all you need to do is be a subscriber or follower…that’s it!Be sure to visit them to check out their incredible assortment of Murano lamps, they have the most beautiful things….www.swanklighting.com. Thanks Swank!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting.These lamps are  These lamps are designed after a popular, classic Barovier & Toso lamp from the 1940’s.  They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket. They retail for $2700.00


OK I will admit it….I am a bit obsessed with white marble. Carerra, Calacutta, Thasos,Bianco Venata….. I am on a first name basis with each and every one.  Is there any room that isn’t beautifully enhanced and transformed with the use of mans oldest material…I think not. It is timeless, elegant, fresh and adds a certain amount of light to a room. I have been getting myself knee deep in marble lately, between choosing bathrooms and now looking at slabs for my countertops in the kitchen and all the bathrooms. (just starting the slab looking)

So today I honor my good friend, white marble in all its glory and all the magnificent ways it graces our homes.  Used in countless bathrooms, kitchens and throughout other areas of the home, white marble is the ultimate in luxury, beauty and understated elegance. Some of the skeptics say it is not practical….personally I do not agree, in Europe its used everywhere!
 I lived with it for almost 8 years in my old kitchen and can say that with the exception of a few things that you have to be aware of (not putting lemon or red wine directly on it) and using common sense as you would with any surface, it proved to be very practical, durable and more than anything so beautiful. Every time I walked into my kitchen, it gave me such an incredible feeling…..I never tired to being in my kitchen and the white marble played a big part in that. Sealing marble is key and it is recommended you do this once a year, which I was pretty vigilant about. So here is the white marble parade……and if this doesn’t make you a white marble convert, I would venture to say nothing will… I personally am and a big one at that! Let me know if you have a favorite……….

This is what I would call a “statement floor”…its the Coco Chanel suite..of course!
David Powell designed this huge block of marble used as a vanity..makes quite a statement!
This beautiful bathroom chose to put a marble divider instead of your usual wall and the effect is fabulous….love mixing the creamy tones on wood with white marble as well
Gast architects designed this gorgeous classic white kitchen topped off with rich white marble
A white marble mosaic bathroom, clean and crisp
Ritz Carlton’s bathroom bathed in white Carerra marble…super luxurious!
Love this space, the mixing of white marble and black is always nothing less than stunning, Tria Giovan designed this fabulous kitchen
Thom Felicia designed this sumptuous white Carerra marble bath….
Artistic Designs for living designed this sumptuous master bath, using the white carerra on the floor as a mosaic design for above the chair rail…how gorgeous!
This is a gorgeous white marble pedestal sink with white marble floors
Ultra luxurious bathroom at Hotel Le Meurice in Paris…not too bad!
Dramatic black and white geometric floor makes this a eye catching hallway
No its not wallpaper! Its marble..how fabulous is this? New Ravenna of course…..
Bathroom by Larry Laslo, just a simple gray border is all that is needed to complete this luxurious bathroom
Elegant all white bathroom in all its white marble glory, Decorpad
Simple large subways in white marble adorn this handsome traditional bathroom
This gorgeous white marbled bathroom used a black console and black shades for a little drama
Beautiful clean white marble counter tops in this pretty all white kitchen
Thornton Designs used thick white marble for this pretty kitchen
Love these over sized Calacutta gold marble subways…so old world and stunning!
Fabulous white Carerra bathroom and Venetian plaster walls, via Amy Howard
Love the gray veining on this marble countertop on this pretty little hutch
Decesare Design group designed this beautiful cream and white marble bathroom
A creamy white marble bathroom looks so pretty with all the tone on tone accents
This is not my personal favorite, it is a “striped” marble, with gray striping on white marble
A white marble fireplace looks great in any room!
This sky high bathroom is swathed in white Calacutta marble
A vintage feeling bathroom gets a white thassos marble mosaic floor
Love white marble in a black and white kitchen, its timeless
Wow this is the ultimate…a solid white marble tub..wow!
White marble dressed up this beautiful, sleek laundry room…love the folding table!
Love the pattern of the brown mosaic inlay on a white marble floor


Every color looks splendid with white marble..the gold and tan tones here are no exception

Calacutta gold on the floors and countertop in this pretty bathroom
What do you think about the mix of porcelain and marble?
Classic, a white and gray accented basket weave…..beautiful
This bathroom used large slabs of white marble to create a seamless feel
A white marble mantle..whats not to love?
Stunning bath, love the cream and white together…beautiful!
The white marble always looks fabulous on a dark base
The Mark Hotel uses white marble slaps floor to ceiling with an interesting “striped” floor
A classic of white marble with black dots
Love this floor..white marble with a brown marble waterjet pattern/border,Arch Digest
This stunning bathroom gets decked out in large slabs of white marble..the mirrored vanities give it a little extra sparkle
I have a thing for herringbone….doing one of my sons bathrooms in this pattern but with a border…love how it looks so old fashioned, private home
Another timeless kitchen..the white marble is the perfect choice for this look
The white marble on top of the dark vanity is so eye catching and rich looking
Over sized large subways in Carerra bring out the gunmetal color of the vanities here, Elle Decor
White marble bathroom with lots of pretty nickel accents gets accented with black dots, a classic
Love this picture..the white marble is so elegant and love that sink…I would be doing dishes all day…much to my husbands delight!
Simple and classic, gorgeous all white basketweave marble floor
Beautiful thick marble slabs grace this stunner of a kitchen island!
Another beautiful view…..
Phoebe Howard designed this pretty little powder room using white marble on the floors, countertop and white subway on the walls

So are a white marble fan? I think I am even more obsessed now than before (if that’s possible) Think there is no denying the beauty and understated elegance it adds to any room….hope you enjoy your day! 3 more days until the giveaway!!

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White marble in all its wonderous white glory!


Reminder just?3 days?until we have a winner of these gorgeous Murano handblown glass lamps from?Swank lighting! The drawing is?Friday, March 11th.To be eligible all you need to do is be a subscriber or follower…that’s it!Be sure to visit them to check out their incredible assortment of Murano lamps, they have the most beautiful things….www.swanklighting.com. Thanks Swank!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting.These lamps are ?These lamps are designed after a popular, classic Barovier & Toso lamp from the 1940’s. ?They stand 24 inches tall to the top of the socket. They retail for $2700.00






OK I will admit it….I am a bit obsessed with white marble. Carerra, Calacutta, Thasos,Bianco Venata….. I am on a first name basis with each and every one. ?Is there any room that isn’t beautifully enhanced and transformed with the use of mans oldest material…I think not. It is timeless, elegant, fresh and adds a certain amount of light to a room. I have been getting myself knee deep in marble lately, between choosing bathrooms and now looking at slabs for my countertops in the kitchen and all the bathrooms. (just starting the slab looking)

So today I honor my good friend, white marble in all its glory and all the magnificent ways it graces our homes. ?Used in countless bathrooms, kitchens and throughout other areas of the home, white marble is the ultimate in luxury, beauty and understated elegance.?Some of the skeptics say it is not practical….personally I do not agree, in Europe its used everywhere!
?I lived with it for almost 8 years in my old kitchen and can say that with the exception of a few things that you have to be aware of (not putting lemon or red wine directly on it) and using common sense as you would with any surface, it proved to be very practical, durable and more than anything so beautiful. Every time I walked into my kitchen, it gave me such an incredible feeling…..I never tired to being in my kitchen and the white marble played a big part in that. Sealing marble is key and it is recommended you do this once a year, which I was pretty vigilant about. So here is the white marble parade……and if this doesn’t make you a white marble convert, I would venture to say nothing will… I personally am and a big one at that! Let me know if you have a favorite……….

This is what I would call a “statement floor”…its the Coco Chanel suite..of course!
David Powell designed this huge block of marble used as a vanity..makes quite a statement!
This beautiful bathroom chose to put a marble divider instead of your usual wall and the effect is fabulous….love mixing the creamy tones on wood with white marble as well
Gast architects designed this gorgeous classic white kitchen topped off with rich white marble
A white marble mosaic bathroom, clean and crisp
Ritz Carlton’s bathroom bathed in white Carerra marble…super luxurious!
Love this space, the mixing of white marble and black is always nothing less than stunning, Tria Giovan designed this fabulous kitchen
Thom Felicia designed this sumptuous white Carerra marble bath….
Artistic Designs for living designed this sumptuous master bath, using the white carerra on the floor as a mosaic design for above the chair rail…how gorgeous!
This is a gorgeous white marble pedestal sink with white marble floors
Ultra luxurious bathroom at Hotel Le Meurice in Paris…not too bad!
Dramatic black and white geometric floor makes this a eye catching hallway
No its not wallpaper! Its marble..how fabulous is this? New Ravenna of course…..
Bathroom by Larry Laslo, just a simple gray border is all that is needed to complete this luxurious bathroom
Elegant all white bathroom in all its white marble glory, Decorpad
Simple large subways in white marble adorn this handsome traditional bathroom
This gorgeous white marbled bathroom used a black console and black shades for a little drama
Beautiful clean white marble counter tops in this pretty all white kitchen
Thornton Designs used thick white marble for this pretty kitchen
Love these over sized Calacutta gold marble subways…so old world and stunning!
Fabulous white Carerra bathroom and Venetian plaster walls, via Amy Howard
Love the gray veining on this marble countertop on this pretty little hutch
Decesare Design group designed this beautiful cream and white marble bathroom
A creamy white marble bathroom looks so pretty with all the tone on tone accents
This is not my personal favorite, it is a “striped” marble, with gray striping on white marble
A white marble fireplace looks great in any room!
This sky high bathroom is swathed in white Calacutta marble
A vintage feeling bathroom gets a white thassos marble mosaic floor
Love white marble in a black and white kitchen, its timeless
Wow this is the ultimate…a solid white marble tub..wow!
White marble dressed up this beautiful, sleek laundry room…love the folding table!
Love the pattern of the brown mosaic inlay on a white marble floor


Every color looks splendid with white marble..the gold and tan tones here are no exception

Calacutta gold on the floors and countertop in this pretty bathroom
What do you think about the mix of porcelain and marble?
Classic, a white and gray accented basket weave…..beautiful
This bathroom used large slabs of white marble to create a seamless feel
A white marble mantle..whats not to love?
Stunning bath, love the cream and white together…beautiful!
The white marble always looks fabulous on a dark base
The Mark Hotel uses white marble slaps floor to ceiling with an interesting “striped” floor
A classic of white marble with black dots
Love this floor..white marble with a brown marble waterjet pattern/border,Arch Digest
This stunning bathroom gets decked out in large slabs of white marble..the mirrored vanities give it a little extra sparkle
I have a thing for herringbone….doing one of my sons bathrooms in this pattern but with a border…love how it looks so old fashioned, private home
Another timeless kitchen..the white marble is the perfect choice for this look
The white marble on top of the dark vanity is so eye catching and rich looking
Over sized large subways in Carerra bring out the gunmetal color of the vanities here, Elle Decor
White marble bathroom with lots of pretty nickel accents gets accented with black dots, a classic
Love this picture..the white marble is so elegant and love that sink…I would be doing dishes all day…much to my husbands delight!
Simple and classic, gorgeous all white basketweave marble floor
Beautiful thick marble slabs grace this stunner of a kitchen island!
Another beautiful view…..
Phoebe Howard designed this pretty little powder room using white marble on the floors, countertop and white subway on the walls

So are a white marble fan? I think I am even more obsessed now than before (if that’s possible) Think there is no denying the beauty and understated elegance it adds to any room….hope you enjoy your day! 3 more days until the giveaway!!

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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

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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


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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….