Things I am loving Thursdays and house updates!!

Happy Thursday! I didn’t post yesterday, its been a very hectic week and I will have weeks where I may have to skip a day here and there, so please don’t be surprised (or mad at me) where you don’t see a new post for a day or two but in general I do try to post every day except Saturday. I definitely over committed myself this week to a number of things, on top of having a lot going on over at the house so needless to say this is a week that I am happy is ending tomorrow!



On Thursdays I try to include house updates, since they are coming pretty fast and furious now so we will start with that……they have started the rest of the stair install and its coming out quite incredible. We are all in awe of the work of art that it is! A seamless sculpture of floating wood…..then the bathrooms are in full swing and seeing my visions coming to life is quite exhilarating! I am loving each and every one and can honestly say each one was so worth the sleepless nights, arguments, extra glass of wine,that extra cookie (or two), those handfuls of chips and yes even that candy bar I snuck (out of “nerves” that needed to be worked out) Yep, all worth it!! So here are the pictures……….

The wood paneling is well under way, here are the casings just getting installed around the windows
First half of very labor intensive staircase installation
It almost looks like a gorgeous sculpture
The “woodworking shop”
Beams for breakfast room that have been getting distressed and “antiqued” before finishing
Calacutta gold just arrived for shower floors
Wood floors for hallways just got installed
They are doing a wonderful job for upstairs hallway
At long last….my floors!!
I love the scalloped detail….

Breakfast room continues….
And?continues……….

At long last after 7 long laborious hours……the second half is installed….
Magnifique!

The full staircase just about in…you can almost see the full sweep

Beams almost fully “antiqued” imagined aged to look 100 years in just a few days!

Sons bath…isn’t the “plaid” neat?

Other sons bath, love the border

From an upstairs angle

My bathroom getting grouted, its wet so looks dark but the grout is actually a very pale gray

So that’s the update for now…much more to come!!

ANTIQUE URNS. I love looking for beautiful things and never tire of it even if its not for me! I especially love anything and everything having to do with the home, decor and tabletop. Love old urns too. I was at an antique store in the area ?and spotted two gorgeous stone urns and snatched them up and ran them over to my local nursery where I selected a beautiful arrangement of spring flowers and had them filled. These were not going to me but instead was a group gift for a dear friend from myself and a few friends (lucky her but she deserved them). ?She was needless to say overjoyed when they were delivered! ?A slice of Versailles was born! I was so excited with how they turned out…I had to share! Here are a few pictures of them in progress as they were being created! (they stand about 4 feet tall and about 2 feet wide)

GORGEOUS FLATWARE FROM VIETRI. I love beautiful flatware. For everyday I have a pretty stainless set I bought from Horchow years ago and then I have my set of sterling and then I like to buy a set that can be used as backup or for summer entertaining. I LOVE this set by Vietri, called ? the real problem would be deciding on which color/finish to choose! I think I would go for the tortoise much as I love love love the green! How beautiful is this set? Whats your favorite color?

SERIOUSLY HEART PALPITATION INDUCING CHINA. This isn’t the?overly formal stuff but boy, is it pretty!! I found all this at a site I have been frequenting,and if I had to choose today..I would be hard pressed! Of course if you love flatware, chances are you love china too! I have a few sets of Limoges which I love and started collecting china until we moved. I hope to start again but there are so so so many other things I will have to make priority that it will probably have to be awhile. In the meantime I can satisfy my hunger for beautiful china by ogling them online..here are some recent faves………
Love this delicate polka dot gold and scalloped edged plate from France

Love this equestrian themed china!!

How great is this pitcher?

And this Charlotte Moss set of bamboo inspired china on a wicker charger?
I like this charger (it shows the two choices of monograms)
Elegant in pink, Limoges!
And this “afternoon tea party” service just about set me over the edge

BEAUTIFUL WALL TO WALL. As I am starting to look for pretty wall to wall carpeting, I have seen and found some very nice selections. I want classic looking carpet that won’t look trendy nor do I want it to look dated, so here are a few that I think are quite elegant and timeless. What do you think. These are all by Schumachers latest line. The last few are contenders for my boys’ rooms….masculine but understated.

GREAT BATH PRODUCTS. Love Lady Primrose. Have used this line for years now. Love the body cream, the body powder and the bath crystals. Their crystal decanters are so luxurious and fabulous looking and are wonderful items to display in the bath. Really fine bath products that smell heavenly! I just love this line…..click here to check out the line. They make things in a wide range of prices and sizes including great gift boxes and now even make things for little kids! I highly recommend the line! Here is an idea of what they have……

PRETTY STATIONARY. I love wrapping gifts. What can I say, well except during Christmas when I tend to get a bit frazzled and feel like an I love Lucy episode at an assembly factory line gone bad…..lol, where I can’t wrap fast enough and things just aren’t looking quite how I like them to look,etc…but in general I take a lot of pride in how I wrap my gifts and always like to add my little extra touches, and those who know me know this well. So I discovered this little company who offered this pretty trellis gift wrap paper. I am a trellis nut. I love trellis fabric,carpet,trellis anything….so fell in love with the trellis gift wrap! I also love the lemon gift wrap, so fresh and crisp….perfect for summer gifts. Click here to visit Retta le Ritz.

SWANK LIGHTING AND SEEING THE WINNING LAMPS IN THEIR NEW HOME! As you all remember, Swank lighting was incredibly generous to offer a pair of amazing lamps as a giveaway and one of my lucky readers, Valerie was the recipient of the gorgeous pair below. She was so excited and had custom lampshades made, the end result is nothing short of perfection! She found the perfect place for them in her bedroom and was kind enough to send me a bunch of pictures…right out of a photo shoot, here they are! You must check out the exquisite offerings for one of a kind Murano glass hand blown lamps at Swank lighting, I guarantee you will love what you see! Below are a few examples of their increidble lamps! Click here to visit their site and see more….their selection is nothing short of incredible.

MACKENZIE CHILDS BEVERAGE SERVER. I think one or two pieces of Mackenzie Childs is more than enough but I must say that I thought that this beverage dispenser was really neat. I thought for summer outdoor entertaining it could be a lot of fun.?
COOKING SCHOOL IN FRANCE. OK, now this granted, is something that needs to be put on a back burner for awhile, a very far away back burner, but its on my list and I do plan on accomplishing this one day! How much fun would it be to not only go to cooking school but to go to cooking school in the mother of cooking countries, France? What a dream come true it would be and is for many who sign up to go to the On Rue Tatin cooking School ?in the Norman town of Louviers. To boot its only an hour from Paris and its in a restored 15th century former convent. There is a wide range of courses to select ?from??ranging from 1 day course to a full 5 day program. The program is run and overseen by Susan Herrman Lommis who is a world renowned food expert and an award winning author of nine books.. Where do I sign up? How enticing do these pictures make it look? I think gathering a small group of great friends and going over would be the trip of a lifetime and then finishing it off wtih a few days in Paris would the crowning touch. Click here for more information and she has her own blog!

FUN DOG ITEMS. Always thinking about cute little doggie things. Teddy has been quite patient throughout this whole house ordeal, its been traumatic for him too. So I am going to treat him to a new bed and new dishes when we move. There are so many great companies catering to our canine friends, one is ?”Unleashed life”, who makes adorable very decor friendly bowls and now beds. They are clever because they make a wide range of styles that will fit well into very modern homes all the way to super traditional ones. Click here to visit them. Here are a few of their very interior design friendly bowls and beds……

So that’s what I am loving this Thursday….lots of fun goodies! Hope you have a wonderful day….and would love to know if there is something you are loving that you want to share! Until tomorrow……….

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Things I am loving Thursdays and house updates!!

Happy Thursday! I didn’t post yesterday, its been a very hectic week and I will have weeks where I may have to skip a day here and there, so please don’t be surprised (or mad at me) where you don’t see a new post for a day or two but in general I do try to post every day except Saturday. I definitely over committed myself this week to a number of things, on top of having a lot going on over at the house so needless to say this is a week that I am happy is ending tomorrow!

On Thursdays I try to include house updates, since they are coming pretty fast and furious now so we will start with that……they have started the rest of the stair install and its coming out quite incredible. We are all in awe of the work of art that it is! A seamless sculpture of floating wood…..then the bathrooms are in full swing and seeing my visions coming to life is quite exhilarating! I am loving each and every one and can honestly say each one was so worth the sleepless nights, arguments, extra glass of wine,that extra cookie (or two), those handfuls of chips and yes even that candy bar I snuck (out of “nerves” that needed to be worked out) Yep, all worth it!! So here are the pictures……….

The wood paneling is well under way, here are the casings just getting installed around the windows
First half of very labor intensive staircase installation
It almost looks like a gorgeous sculpture
The “woodworking shop”
Beams for breakfast room that have been getting distressed and “antiqued” before finishing
Calacutta gold just arrived for shower floors
Wood floors for hallways just got installed
They are doing a wonderful job for upstairs hallway
At long last….my floors!!
I love the scalloped detail….

Breakfast room continues….
And continues……….

At long last after 7 long laborious hours……the second half is installed….
Magnifique!

The full staircase just about in…you can almost see the full sweep

Beams almost fully “antiqued” imagined aged to look 100 years in just a few days!

Sons bath…isn’t the “plaid” neat?

Other sons bath, love the border

From an upstairs angle

My bathroom getting grouted, its wet so looks dark but the grout is actually a very pale gray

So that’s the update for now…much more to come!!

ANTIQUE URNS. I love looking for beautiful things and never tire of it even if its not for me! I especially love anything and everything having to do with the home, decor and tabletop. Love old urns too. I was at an antique store in the area  and spotted two gorgeous stone urns and snatched them up and ran them over to my local nursery where I selected a beautiful arrangement of spring flowers and had them filled. These were not going to me but instead was a group gift for a dear friend from myself and a few friends (lucky her but she deserved them).  She was needless to say overjoyed when they were delivered!  A slice of Versailles was born! I was so excited with how they turned out…I had to share! Here are a few pictures of them in progress as they were being created! (they stand about 4 feet tall and about 2 feet wide)

GORGEOUS FLATWARE FROM VIETRI. I love beautiful flatware. For everyday I have a pretty stainless set I bought from Horchow years ago and then I have my set of sterling and then I like to buy a set that can be used as backup or for summer entertaining. I LOVE this set by Vietri, called   the real problem would be deciding on which color/finish to choose! I think I would go for the tortoise much as I love love love the green! How beautiful is this set? Whats your favorite color?

SERIOUSLY HEART PALPITATION INDUCING CHINA. This isn’t the overly formal stuff but boy, is it pretty!! I found all this at a site I have been frequenting,and if I had to choose today..I would be hard pressed! Of course if you love flatware, chances are you love china too! I have a few sets of Limoges which I love and started collecting china until we moved. I hope to start again but there are so so so many other things I will have to make priority that it will probably have to be awhile. In the meantime I can satisfy my hunger for beautiful china by ogling them online..here are some recent faves………
Love this delicate polka dot gold and scalloped edged plate from France

Love this equestrian themed china!!

How great is this pitcher?

And this Charlotte Moss set of bamboo inspired china on a wicker charger?
I like this charger (it shows the two choices of monograms)
Elegant in pink, Limoges!
And this “afternoon tea party” service just about set me over the edge

BEAUTIFUL WALL TO WALL. As I am starting to look for pretty wall to wall carpeting, I have seen and found some very nice selections. I want classic looking carpet that won’t look trendy nor do I want it to look dated, so here are a few that I think are quite elegant and timeless. What do you think. These are all by Schumachers latest line. The last few are contenders for my boys’ rooms….masculine but understated.

GREAT BATH PRODUCTS. Love Lady Primrose. Have used this line for years now. Love the body cream, the body powder and the bath crystals. Their crystal decanters are so luxurious and fabulous looking and are wonderful items to display in the bath. Really fine bath products that smell heavenly! I just love this line…..click here to check out the line. They make things in a wide range of prices and sizes including great gift boxes and now even make things for little kids! I highly recommend the line! Here is an idea of what they have……

PRETTY STATIONARY. I love wrapping gifts. What can I say, well except during Christmas when I tend to get a bit frazzled and feel like an I love Lucy episode at an assembly factory line gone bad…..lol, where I can’t wrap fast enough and things just aren’t looking quite how I like them to look,etc…but in general I take a lot of pride in how I wrap my gifts and always like to add my little extra touches, and those who know me know this well. So I discovered this little company who offered this pretty trellis gift wrap paper. I am a trellis nut. I love trellis fabric,carpet,trellis anything….so fell in love with the trellis gift wrap! I also love the lemon gift wrap, so fresh and crisp….perfect for summer gifts. Click here to visit Retta le Ritz.

SWANK LIGHTING AND SEEING THE WINNING LAMPS IN THEIR NEW HOME! As you all remember, Swank lighting was incredibly generous to offer a pair of amazing lamps as a giveaway and one of my lucky readers, Valerie was the recipient of the gorgeous pair below. She was so excited and had custom lampshades made, the end result is nothing short of perfection! She found the perfect place for them in her bedroom and was kind enough to send me a bunch of pictures…right out of a photo shoot, here they are! You must check out the exquisite offerings for one of a kind Murano glass hand blown lamps at Swank lighting, I guarantee you will love what you see! Below are a few examples of their increidble lamps! Click here to visit their site and see more….their selection is nothing short of incredible.

MACKENZIE CHILDS BEVERAGE SERVER. I think one or two pieces of Mackenzie Childs is more than enough but I must say that I thought that this beverage dispenser was really neat. I thought for summer outdoor entertaining it could be a lot of fun. 
COOKING SCHOOL IN FRANCE. OK, now this granted, is something that needs to be put on a back burner for awhile, a very far away back burner, but its on my list and I do plan on accomplishing this one day! How much fun would it be to not only go to cooking school but to go to cooking school in the mother of cooking countries, France? What a dream come true it would be and is for many who sign up to go to the On Rue Tatin cooking School  in the Norman town of Louviers. To boot its only an hour from Paris and its in a restored 15th century former convent. There is a wide range of courses to select  from  ranging from 1 day course to a full 5 day program. The program is run and overseen by Susan Herrman Lommis who is a world renowned food expert and an award winning author of nine books.. Where do I sign up? How enticing do these pictures make it look? I think gathering a small group of great friends and going over would be the trip of a lifetime and then finishing it off wtih a few days in Paris would the crowning touch. Click here for more information and she has her own blog!

FUN DOG ITEMS. Always thinking about cute little doggie things. Teddy has been quite patient throughout this whole house ordeal, its been traumatic for him too. So I am going to treat him to a new bed and new dishes when we move. There are so many great companies catering to our canine friends, one is  “Unleashed life”, who makes adorable very decor friendly bowls and now beds. They are clever because they make a wide range of styles that will fit well into very modern homes all the way to super traditional ones. Click here to visit them. Here are a few of their very interior design friendly bowls and beds……

So that’s what I am loving this Thursday….lots of fun goodies! Hope you have a wonderful day….and would love to know if there is something you are loving that you want to share! Until tomorrow……….

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Showhouse Sunday….and you’re invited!!

A reminder of the fabulous giveaway I am offering……?Swank Lighting,?who has the most beautiful hand blown Murano lamps?has generously donated this most gorgeous pair of Murano lamps!! The drawing will be ?Friday, March 11th?

To be eligible, you have to be a follower or subscriber….that’s it! Be sure to visit their site, they truly have some exquisite and very unique lighting…how incredible are these!!!

Visit Swank lighting at www.swanklighting.com….their things are fabulous!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting. ?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. ?The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles. ?The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00

Happy Sunday! Today we are trying to head to the Frick museum to see the Rembrandt exhibition on view. Today is my “cultural crash course day” and I am so looking forward to feeding my senses! Nothing like beautiful art to subtly remind you of how much you have yet to learn….so its always a humbling but visually stunning experience! ?Sundays on my blog however, mean pure relaxation, no pressure whatsoever……stay in bed, pour yourself another cup of coffee, don’t be too quick to get up and change out of your pj’s, sit back and relax while taking in a beautiful house tour with me! Sundays are all about relaxing and doing exactly as you please. I do hope whatever you are doing is wonderful and tranquil……we all deserve one day!?





First we arrive to this fabulous and captivating stone and slate roofed manor home…though its brand new, its been decorated and built with old world touches that make it look and feel like its been around a ?long time. The interiors are purposefully subdued and ?understated …but certainly very elegant at the same time The lushness of the grounds enhances beautifully the desired effect and is so pleasing with the exterior of the house.



Moving along…to this spectacular French home designed by world renowned architect, Robert A.M. Stern, located right in the heart of the gorgeous idyllic East Hampton estate section. Fabulous sprawling spaces are carefully decorated with a formal yet cohesive palette throughout. A formal french garden has been created to give it an old world feel and it is hard to detect that this is in fact a new home….Magnificent grounds complete with tennis court, pavilion and pool make this the ultimate beach house to get away to! (Interiors by Jean Paul Baja)

?And last we go high in the sky to this fabulous apartment on Central Park west….fabulously cohesive and elegant palette is consistent throughout this majestic apartment with views out of this world, check out the dramatic windows in the master bedroom with the wall of bookcases, love it! The ceiling detail and fireplace in the master…so luxurious. (Interior design by Katie Leede and Company)

You know I always love to know if you have a favorite! If you just had to move into one…which would be your choice? ?For me, its just too hard to choose as there are rooms within each home that I think are spectacular, but seeing the lush interiors, ?green grass, and those spectacular NYC views was a treat indeed.
Have an enchanting day!
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Showhouse Sunday….and you’re invited!!

A reminder of the fabulous giveaway I am offering…… Swank Lightingwho has the most beautiful hand blown Murano lamps has generously donated this most gorgeous pair of Murano lamps!! The drawing will be  Friday, March 11th 
To be eligible, you have to be a follower or subscriber….that’s it! Be sure to visit their site, they truly have some exquisite and very unique lighting…how incredible are these!!!
Visit Swank lighting at www.swanklighting.com….their things are fabulous!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting.  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.  The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles.  The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00

Happy Sunday! Today we are trying to head to the Frick museum to see the Rembrandt exhibition on view. Today is my “cultural crash course day” and I am so looking forward to feeding my senses! Nothing like beautiful art to subtly remind you of how much you have yet to learn….so its always a humbling but visually stunning experience!  Sundays on my blog however, mean pure relaxation, no pressure whatsoever……stay in bed, pour yourself another cup of coffee, don’t be too quick to get up and change out of your pj’s, sit back and relax while taking in a beautiful house tour with me! Sundays are all about relaxing and doing exactly as you please. I do hope whatever you are doing is wonderful and tranquil……we all deserve one day! 


First we arrive to this fabulous and captivating stone and slate roofed manor home…though its brand new, its been decorated and built with old world touches that make it look and feel like its been around a  long time. The interiors are purposefully subdued and  understated …but certainly very elegant at the same time The lushness of the grounds enhances beautifully the desired effect and is so pleasing with the exterior of the house.

Moving along…to this spectacular French home designed by world renowned architect, Robert A.M. Stern, located right in the heart of the gorgeous idyllic East Hampton estate section. Fabulous sprawling spaces are carefully decorated with a formal yet cohesive palette throughout. A formal french garden has been created to give it an old world feel and it is hard to detect that this is in fact a new home….Magnificent grounds complete with tennis court, pavilion and pool make this the ultimate beach house to get away to! (Interiors by Jean Paul Baja)

 And last we go high in the sky to this fabulous apartment on Central Park west….fabulously cohesive and elegant palette is consistent throughout this majestic apartment with views out of this world, check out the dramatic windows in the master bedroom with the wall of bookcases, love it! The ceiling detail and fireplace in the master…so luxurious. (Interior design by Katie Leede and Company)

You know I always love to know if you have a favorite! If you just had to move into one…which would be your choice?  For me, its just too hard to choose as there are rooms within each home that I think are spectacular, but seeing the lush interiors,  green grass, and those spectacular NYC views was a treat indeed.
Have an enchanting day!
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Climbing the walls with wallpaper…..

MAJOR GIVEAWAY!

Just in case you don’t know yet….Swank Lighting has generously donated these two absolutely stunning hand blown Murano glass lamps…..they are just too pretty for words! Anyway, you just need to be a follower or subscriber to be eligible to win! Visit them at www.swanklighting.com….their things are just exquisite. Drawing is on Friday, March 11th.

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting. ?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. ?The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles. ?The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00

So…whats your thoughts on using wallpaper? I know all you savvy decor divas (and kings) have an opinion. ?Do you like them or love them? Do you think the use of wallpaper follows any kind of trend or do you think its being used as often as ever? ?Is it “in” one year and passe the next? Do you think its used as often in today’s ever changing design world as it once was? Oh well…..trend or no trend, I personally love wallpaper!

?I happen to love the?life a great wallpaper pattern can bring to a room…I plan on using a lot of wallpaper in the new house so have been looking at them a great deal..the choices are overwhelming but thankfully I am pretty tuned into what I am looking for both color and style wise.There are so many styles, colors, patterns…and I love the finished look having a wallpaper gives a room. So here are some great example ?of rooms that have received the magic touch of wallpaper..let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite? Color? Style? This time I numbered them to make it easy for you to tell me which is your favorite…..as you know I tend to go a little nuts with the pictures! Too many pretty things not to post! Tell me your fave…….



1.This pretty daybed gets swathed ?in yellow fabrics and wallpaper
2.Pretty gold toned dining room gets a tone on tone stripe
3.Love this and the colors are so beautiful..Paul Montgomery
4.Gorgeous very pale aqua in a silk wallpaper gives this fabulous serene room just the right amount of soft color to create this picture perfect sitting room, photography by Emily Gilbert
5. Beautiful soft pink and white cherry blossom paper adds a beautiful touch to this elegant bath
6.Pretty blue and white, you can never have enough!
7.Fabulous chinoiserie mural painted by Paul Montgomery, love the colors..
8.Stunning antiqued paneling from Paul Montgomery
9.Beautiful white sunlit bath gets a delicate soft colored blue paper with silver leaf
10.Love the wallpapered closet doors..so genius by S. R. Grambrel
11.This pretty girls room gets a soft toned beige and off white patterned paper to add dimension to a soft feeling room..very delicate by H.Taylor
12.?Stunning master bath uses a fabulous rich pale green and gold geometric paper to enhance the timeless elegance of this gorgeous bath, Hannah Taylor architect
13.Do you like when you see the fabric to match the paper? Not sure if I care for it
14.Love the colors here, look how beautifully this wallpaper with its soft grays and cream warmed up this simple white vanity, James Michael Howard
15.Beautiful rich golds grace this elegant jewel of a powder room by Mary Ann Smiley
16.Gorgeous rich blue subtle mottled effect paper adds just enough color and texture to complete this pretty dining room, Decorpad
17.Gold leaf over this blocked green paper is interesting
18.Love the fresh colors here…..love that little blue painted table
19.Pretty bedroom in coordinating papers and fabrics
20.Alexandra Rae chose this pretty pale mint green patterned paper to enhance the soft monochromatic white bathroom, looks beautiful against the white marble and rich dark floors
21. Pretty aqua paper coordinates with cheery and fresh looking fabrics
22. Gorgeous soft shades add an elegant and understated feel to this cozy sitting area
23.Love it even in a laundry room..and this one could not be more fitting
24.Cozy and cheery breakfast room gets a crisp green and white plaid
25.Pretty color of pale aqua is used for this pretty beach house dining room
26.Boy, if I had this chinoiserie in my laundry room, they would never get me out…I might look for excuses to do the laundry! By Draza Stamenich
27.Beautiful soft muted blues and golds looks very elegant
28. Gorgeous robins egg blue Chinoiserie graces this beautiful room
29.Ravi design company chose to keep this soft toned monochromatic bedroom light and airy by adding a simple but elegant scalloped paper in beige..pretty!
30.Paper knows no bounds…as is seen in this elegant bathroom
31.Subtle stripes are a nice choice if you want something very soft for a bedroom
32.I like how this paper works so well with the feeling of this bathroom
33.Fun whimsical tent wallpaper is used for this pretty bathroom
34.Lovely colors of pale blue gray add a pretty look to this small bathroom
35.I would love this paper an feeling for a coastal or beach home…the colors are so pretty
36.Beautiful bedroom in soft colors..notice how they even painted the door to match!
37. Old world wallpaper graces this elegant hallway
38.This is pretty much the ultimate, hand painted De Gournay chinoiserie paper/panels
39.Stunning bright pop of green chinoiserie adds life to a simple, elegant dining room

40. Love this elegant green and gold wallpaper used in this beautiful bathroom
41. Beautiful creamy bathroom gets a delicate beige and white cherry blossomed designed wallpaper to add subtle color and pattern to a monochromatic bathroom
42. Gorgeous colors here and love the old world feel with the gold birds accented with the interesting Oriental inspired woodworking below the chair rail…beautiful!

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Climbing the walls with wallpaper…..

MAJOR GIVEAWAY!
Just in case you don’t know yet….Swank Lighting has generously donated these two absolutely stunning hand blown Murano glass lamps…..they are just too pretty for words! Anyway, you just need to be a follower or subscriber to be eligible to win! Visit them at www.swanklighting.com….their things are just exquisite. Drawing is on Friday, March 11th.

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting.  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.  The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles.  The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00

So…whats your thoughts on using wallpaper? I know all you savvy decor divas (and kings) have an opinion.  Do you like them or love them? Do you think the use of wallpaper follows any kind of trend or do you think its being used as often as ever?  Is it “in” one year and passe the next? Do you think its used as often in today’s ever changing design world as it once was? Oh well…..trend or no trend, I personally love wallpaper!

 I happen to love the life a great wallpaper pattern can bring to a room…I plan on using a lot of wallpaper in the new house so have been looking at them a great deal..the choices are overwhelming but thankfully I am pretty tuned into what I am looking for both color and style wise.There are so many styles, colors, patterns…and I love the finished look having a wallpaper gives a room. So here are some great example  of rooms that have received the magic touch of wallpaper..let me know what you think! Do you have a favorite? Color? Style? This time I numbered them to make it easy for you to tell me which is your favorite…..as you know I tend to go a little nuts with the pictures! Too many pretty things not to post! Tell me your fave…….

1.This pretty daybed gets swathed  in yellow fabrics and wallpaper
2.Pretty gold toned dining room gets a tone on tone stripe
3.Love this and the colors are so beautiful..Paul Montgomery
4.Gorgeous very pale aqua in a silk wallpaper gives this fabulous serene room just the right amount of soft color to create this picture perfect sitting room, photography by Emily Gilbert
5. Beautiful soft pink and white cherry blossom paper adds a beautiful touch to this elegant bath
6.Pretty blue and white, you can never have enough!
7.Fabulous chinoiserie mural painted by Paul Montgomery, love the colors..
8.Stunning antiqued paneling from Paul Montgomery
9.Beautiful white sunlit bath gets a delicate soft colored blue paper with silver leaf
10.Love the wallpapered closet doors..so genius by S. R. Grambrel
11.This pretty girls room gets a soft toned beige and off white patterned paper to add dimension to a soft feeling room..very delicate by H.Taylor
12. Stunning master bath uses a fabulous rich pale green and gold geometric paper to enhance the timeless elegance of this gorgeous bath, Hannah Taylor architect
13.Do you like when you see the fabric to match the paper? Not sure if I care for it
14.Love the colors here, look how beautifully this wallpaper with its soft grays and cream warmed up this simple white vanity, James Michael Howard
15.Beautiful rich golds grace this elegant jewel of a powder room by Mary Ann Smiley
16.Gorgeous rich blue subtle mottled effect paper adds just enough color and texture to complete this pretty dining room, Decorpad
17.Gold leaf over this blocked green paper is interesting
18.Love the fresh colors here…..love that little blue painted table
19.Pretty bedroom in coordinating papers and fabrics
20.Alexandra Rae chose this pretty pale mint green patterned paper to enhance the soft monochromatic white bathroom, looks beautiful against the white marble and rich dark floors
21. Pretty aqua paper coordinates with cheery and fresh looking fabrics
22. Gorgeous soft shades add an elegant and understated feel to this cozy sitting area
23.Love it even in a laundry room..and this one could not be more fitting
24.Cozy and cheery breakfast room gets a crisp green and white plaid
25.Pretty color of pale aqua is used for this pretty beach house dining room
26.Boy, if I had this chinoiserie in my laundry room, they would never get me out…I might look for excuses to do the laundry! By Draza Stamenich
27.Beautiful soft muted blues and golds looks very elegant
28. Gorgeous robins egg blue Chinoiserie graces this beautiful room
29.Ravi design company chose to keep this soft toned monochromatic bedroom light and airy by adding a simple but elegant scalloped paper in beige..pretty!
30.Paper knows no bounds…as is seen in this elegant bathroom
31.Subtle stripes are a nice choice if you want something very soft for a bedroom
32.I like how this paper works so well with the feeling of this bathroom
33.Fun whimsical tent wallpaper is used for this pretty bathroom
34.Lovely colors of pale blue gray add a pretty look to this small bathroom
35.I would love this paper an feeling for a coastal or beach home…the colors are so pretty
36.Beautiful bedroom in soft colors..notice how they even painted the door to match!
37. Old world wallpaper graces this elegant hallway
38.This is pretty much the ultimate, hand painted De Gournay chinoiserie paper/panels
39.Stunning bright pop of green chinoiserie adds life to a simple, elegant dining room

40. Love this elegant green and gold wallpaper used in this beautiful bathroom
41. Beautiful creamy bathroom gets a delicate beige and white cherry blossomed designed wallpaper to add subtle color and pattern to a monochromatic bathroom
42. Gorgeous colors here and love the old world feel with the gold birds accented with the interesting Oriental inspired woodworking below the chair rail…beautiful!

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Things I am loving Thursdays………

Happy Thursday. Before I get started on all the wonderful things I am loving this week,, for those of you who didn’t come by yesterday, I am having the most marvelous giveaway! How amazing are these lamps…..the giveaway is next Friday, March 11th and will be selected using Random.org. If you are a follower or subscriber you are automatically enrolled to win!

Be sure to visit them..they have the most beautiful things!

www.swanklighting.com

Thank you Swank lighting!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting. ?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. ?The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles. ?The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00



OK onto things I am loving this Thursday………(besides those gorgeous lamps up there)



MARBLE. I have not made it a secret how obsessed I am with white marble. It adds instant panache to any room, kitchen or bath. Nothing is as luxurious and gorgeously timeless as white?marble in my humble opinion. My personal favorite is Calacutta Gold, which has both the gray and the pale gold veining running through its white slab. Then there are about six different Calacutta gold varieties…does the decision making ever get easy? So below are a few examples..how beautiful are they? They each have their own personality for sure… Do you like the heavier or darker veining more than the lighter? Do you like it with more gold or less? Love to know what all you experts think!

LIGHTING. I have been looking at a lot of lighting lately as well. Right now we are just trying to make decisions on the absolute essentials, some sconces for the bathrooms, the hallways, and the exterior lighting. I have found some beautiful things….here are some of my top picks this week, too many gorgeous things to narrow it down..have a favorite?

SOME OUTDOOR LIGHTING

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SCONCES AND LANTERNS FOR HALLWAYS AND KITCHEN LIGHTING

MAGAZINES.My definite cheap thrill of the week, Southern Accents. My absolute favorite magazine, which I know many of you coveted as well. Sadly, it ?is no more so I greatly enjoy with new fervor going through my old issues and have actually been buying more online. Ironically many things I love now can be found in issues, 10 and 12 years ago! Goes to prove that classic interiors never ever go out of style. I just bought a lot of 22 issues….and am having a field day, ripping things out fast and furious…the papers are flying! To me, there is just nothing that compares to the consistent fabulous elegant traditional interiors that graced Southern Accents every issue…its sorely missed. This was my cheapest thrill yet all week!



WALLPAPER AND PAINT. As I start to seriously scour the showrooms for wallpaper and paint inspirations my wish list continues to grow. I found more wonderful wallpaper and really like the new paint colors by Stark. I spoke with the showroom manager who just painted several rooms in her house with Stark paint and she said she could not believe how beautifully it went on with just a single coat, that there was virtually no smell and it went on so much easier than another brand that shall remain nameless but one well know quite well. Some of their colors are just gorgeous. So here are my weekly wallpaper inspirations and a few of the paint colors i really like.?

This is going to the library powder room, am having a custom floor of a gold marble with brown and rust accents to match….when I get sample will post, its going to be tres jolie!

I just thought this is so pretty for a ladies bathroom…very soft powdery pale gray/blue/green

This is a classic from Stark, also great for a dressing area or ladies bathroom

BLACK ISLANDS. OK, if you have been coming here for any length of time you know by now that I have a “thing” for black cabinetry. So I have been obsessing over just the right black with just the right shine, etc….thankfully there are oodles and oodles of online inspiration and forget about the massive mounting towering collection of magazines and books that is taking over my side of the bed….all in the pursuit of good design! So here are a few “black inspirations”, its easy to see why I am so drawn to it right? So elegant and old world……

MARBLE TILES. I have been very busy planning out the bathrooms….and finally am somewhat breathing a sigh of relief having picked out most of what we are doing. I have spoken often of how much I love New Ravenna’s line, they truly in my humble opinion produce some of the most spectacular marble flooring I have ever seen..the sky is the limit, I am amazed by what they can do. I am going with more subdued looks in both color and pattern compared to what they are capable of doing….but they are scrumptious nonetheless. Take a look…..

My bathroom tile
A gorgeous border

Thinking of this as a border

Love this..what a work of art!
BLUE AND WHITE. Love blue and white and nothing beats walking into a crisp room done in all navy and white. I want to have a room solely in blue and white, so am thinking a guest room. Here are some inspirations…Mom and Dad hope you approve! I know they will because my very talented mother has a spectacular blue and white guest room herself that is exquisite, will have to include a picture here one day…its that pretty. Don’t you agree…there is something so elegantly understated and classic about a room done in navy and white.

CHIPPENDALE MIRROR. What is more stately and regal looking than a Chippendale mirror The one pictured happens to be an antique, but I would like to buy one,new or old and have it in the main hallway off the foyer under a beautiful chest. That way its in a highly visible place for all to see….they are beautiful and so elegant.
AN AMAZING MOVIE. Who doesn’t like a great captivating, sit on the edge of your seats movie? Well, look no more..if you have even a tiny little droplet of interest in art, you will be completely taken with this documentary that is based upon the story of eccentric Dr.Alfred Barnes and his astonishing billion dollar art collection known to be the most valuable in the entire world, that he acquired at a time when the art he was collecting?was not coveted as it was today. He was a true visionary in every sense.This story reveals the outrageous and stomach turning events on how the highest political, social and cultural establishments worked in a tangled greedy corrupt web to take it away and call their own. I promise you this is one amazing story…I have seen it four times and counting. Its THAT good. Netflix now carries it….anything that made me immediately look up when the next demonstration was in Philadelphia to see if I could be a part of it, you know it has to be powerful ( Case in point….I have never participated in a demonstration in my life, ?but would make an exception for this)
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Well, folks that’s about it for today. Gives me enough to smile about. Hope you have an enchanting day…and do share if any thing here struck a chord with you or if there is something that you’re particularly excited about this week!



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Things I am loving Thursdays………

Happy Thursday. Before I get started on all the wonderful things I am loving this week,, for those of you who didn’t come by yesterday, I am having the most marvelous giveaway! How amazing are these lamps…..the giveaway is next Friday, March 11th and will be selected using Random.org. If you are a follower or subscriber you are automatically enrolled to win!
Be sure to visit them..they have the most beautiful things!
www.swanklighting.com
Thank you Swank lighting!

Hand blown glass lamps from Murano Italy, made exclusively for Swank Lighting.  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.  The glass is hand blown and loaded with 24kt gold flake with vertical ribs and controlled bubbles.  The hardware is top quality solid brass. They retail for $2700.00


OK onto things I am loving this Thursday………(besides those gorgeous lamps up there)


MARBLE. I have not made it a secret how obsessed I am with white marble. It adds instant panache to any room, kitchen or bath. Nothing is as luxurious and gorgeously timeless as white marble in my humble opinion. My personal favorite is Calacutta Gold, which has both the gray and the pale gold veining running through its white slab. Then there are about six different Calacutta gold varieties…does the decision making ever get easy? So below are a few examples..how beautiful are they? They each have their own personality for sure… Do you like the heavier or darker veining more than the lighter? Do you like it with more gold or less? Love to know what all you experts think!

LIGHTING. I have been looking at a lot of lighting lately as well. Right now we are just trying to make decisions on the absolute essentials, some sconces for the bathrooms, the hallways, and the exterior lighting. I have found some beautiful things….here are some of my top picks this week, too many gorgeous things to narrow it down..have a favorite?

SOME OUTDOOR LIGHTING

.


SCONCES AND LANTERNS FOR HALLWAYS AND KITCHEN LIGHTING

MAGAZINES.My definite cheap thrill of the week, Southern Accents. My absolute favorite magazine, which I know many of you coveted as well. Sadly, it  is no more so I greatly enjoy with new fervor going through my old issues and have actually been buying more online. Ironically many things I love now can be found in issues, 10 and 12 years ago! Goes to prove that classic interiors never ever go out of style. I just bought a lot of 22 issues….and am having a field day, ripping things out fast and furious…the papers are flying! To me, there is just nothing that compares to the consistent fabulous elegant traditional interiors that graced Southern Accents every issue…its sorely missed. This was my cheapest thrill yet all week!


WALLPAPER AND PAINT. As I start to seriously scour the showrooms for wallpaper and paint inspirations my wish list continues to grow. I found more wonderful wallpaper and really like the new paint colors by Stark. I spoke with the showroom manager who just painted several rooms in her house with Stark paint and she said she could not believe how beautifully it went on with just a single coat, that there was virtually no smell and it went on so much easier than another brand that shall remain nameless but one well know quite well. Some of their colors are just gorgeous. So here are my weekly wallpaper inspirations and a few of the paint colors i really like. 

This is going to the library powder room, am having a custom floor of a gold marble with brown and rust accents to match….when I get sample will post, its going to be tres jolie!

I just thought this is so pretty for a ladies bathroom…very soft powdery pale gray/blue/green

This is a classic from Stark, also great for a dressing area or ladies bathroom

BLACK ISLANDS. OK, if you have been coming here for any length of time you know by now that I have a “thing” for black cabinetry. So I have been obsessing over just the right black with just the right shine, etc….thankfully there are oodles and oodles of online inspiration and forget about the massive mounting towering collection of magazines and books that is taking over my side of the bed….all in the pursuit of good design! So here are a few “black inspirations”, its easy to see why I am so drawn to it right? So elegant and old world……

MARBLE TILES. I have been very busy planning out the bathrooms….and finally am somewhat breathing a sigh of relief having picked out most of what we are doing. I have spoken often of how much I love New Ravenna’s line, they truly in my humble opinion produce some of the most spectacular marble flooring I have ever seen..the sky is the limit, I am amazed by what they can do. I am going with more subdued looks in both color and pattern compared to what they are capable of doing….but they are scrumptious nonetheless. Take a look…..

My bathroom tile
A gorgeous border

Thinking of this as a border

Love this..what a work of art!
BLUE AND WHITE. Love blue and white and nothing beats walking into a crisp room done in all navy and white. I want to have a room solely in blue and white, so am thinking a guest room. Here are some inspirations…Mom and Dad hope you approve! I know they will because my very talented mother has a spectacular blue and white guest room herself that is exquisite, will have to include a picture here one day…its that pretty. Don’t you agree…there is something so elegantly understated and classic about a room done in navy and white.

CHIPPENDALE MIRROR. What is more stately and regal looking than a Chippendale mirror The one pictured happens to be an antique, but I would like to buy one,new or old and have it in the main hallway off the foyer under a beautiful chest. That way its in a highly visible place for all to see….they are beautiful and so elegant.
AN AMAZING MOVIE. Who doesn’t like a great captivating, sit on the edge of your seats movie? Well, look no more..if you have even a tiny little droplet of interest in art, you will be completely taken with this documentary that is based upon the story of eccentric Dr.Alfred Barnes and his astonishing billion dollar art collection known to be the most valuable in the entire world, that he acquired at a time when the art he was collecting was not coveted as it was today. He was a true visionary in every sense.This story reveals the outrageous and stomach turning events on how the highest political, social and cultural establishments worked in a tangled greedy corrupt web to take it away and call their own. I promise you this is one amazing story…I have seen it four times and counting. Its THAT good. Netflix now carries it….anything that made me immediately look up when the next demonstration was in Philadelphia to see if I could be a part of it, you know it has to be powerful ( Case in point….I have never participated in a demonstration in my life,  but would make an exception for this)
 
Well, folks that’s about it for today. Gives me enough to smile about. Hope you have an enchanting day…and do share if any thing here struck a chord with you or if there is something that you’re particularly excited about this week!


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