Things I am loving Thursdays………

Happy Thursday!! Knee deep in house projects, as they have finally started the bathrooms…..yippee!! The sheetrock is nearly complete so its soon time to start the flooring and trim work/doors. I have waited a long long time to get to this stage and will be sure to have a little photo sesh in the next day or two and post some pictures of current progress. With spring here (hoping its coming, never can be sure given that we had snow overnight, and yes, you heard me right) we are hoping to really forge ahead with no more weather delays! As you know every Thursday I devote this post to ?talking about what I am loving or what I have discovered or what I am admiring this week. Always something fun to share……let me know what you think and of course if you have something you would like to share!





BLUE AND WHITE SERVING PIECES. Love blue and white, that’s certainly no secret. But was thrilled when I found these gorgeous blue and white ikat dishes at Target!! How beautiful will these be for outdoor entertaining? And if one breaks, I dont’ have to throw a fit…..its inexpensively replaceable. Though I have noticed Target changes their merchandise so often, so I typically buy an extra set of 4 for “backup” aka breakages. I think these are just fabulous looking! (You won’t believe how reasonable these were….a lot of look for a little money) Love a bargain!

TULIPIERES. Whats not to love, they add drama, a flowery element, height and a historical elegance to any room. I have an old one that I bought at a sale many years ago in white with touches of crackled blue that looks incredible with yellow or pink tulips. What better way to announce springs arrival than with a tulipiere overflowing with Springs “poster child” flower, the gorgeous tulip!
DOG PAINTINGS. I don’t know why but I have always had an affinity for beautiful oil paintings of dogs. There is something so old world, and elegant about them, the timeless traditional pictures that they are. William Secord ?Gallery in New York has the most fabulous gallery brimming with nothing but dog and animal paintings, that is their specialty. It is the only gallery of its kind..isnt’ that neat! If you want to see more click here.
PAMPERING YOUR PETS. On the subject of dogs, ?I have a golden retriever that is the biggest, sweetest mush around. So every now and then, I enjoy getting him something that I know as a person, I would enjoy being given. A beautiful new bed, such as the blue toile one shown below was ordered for Teddy…..and then I got around to looking at all the other goodies at The uncommon dog’s website and was totally entertained by what else they were offering….such adorable, fun things! Most are way too small or not suitable for such a big dog, but these things were too cute to not share. How adorable are these dog houses and those strollers…..what a riot! You can visit them here.

BELL JAR LANTERNS AND OTHER LANTERNS FOR KITCHEN ISLAND. Love the elegant old world look of old fashioned bell jar lanterns. I actually love lanterns in general and would put them in every room if I could. In thinking about lighting for my island kitchen, I definitely want something old world and beautiful…probably not going for a chandelier, so looking at bell jars and other lanterns..whats your opinion?

AMAZING MARBLE TILES. You by now, know and sympathize with?my obsession with them. Can’t help it….they are just so beautiful. I am in utter amazement that they can do this with stone!! Here are a bunch of incredible creations by New Ravenna and Ann Sacks, are these not like works of art? ?So here are a few goodies worth sharing with you…..which is your favorite?

ANYTHING FROM TOSS DESIGNS. Ever since I discovered this fun, exciting and vibrant chic line of totes, travel bags,tunics and other?small accessories I have been hooked! I make sure to start a new season with an updated something or other from Toss designs. Love their fresh prints! Be sure to stay tuned because I am going to be offering a giveaway very soon from this fabulous California based company. Below is a sampling of what they offer…check them out by going here.

WALLPAPER. Whats a post without it! But this week I am happy to report I have made some concrete decisions, granted it’s only for two small spaces, two powder rooms but I love the looks and how they both work with the marble flooring. The first one is ?moving for the small library powder room, I chose a Thibaut chinoiserie which has lots of darker, rich colors, and am having a custom floor done in golds and deep Burgundy’s. Enclosed a small swatch of the stone colors.
The second one is for a powder room off the kitchen, I wanted something elegant, timeless and not stuffy. The soft yellow and white paper is beautiful, traditional and happy while the soft gray in the paper gives it a very “current” feel, the white and pale gray honed basket weave marble look great with it!?Would love to know what you think.

COOL SERVING PIECES. I love entertaining though I must admit I am really rusty since we are not in our home yet. Really rusty. But in our old house, we entertained fairly often and outdoor entertaining is one of my favorite ways to have people over, its typically more casual, easier and certainly nothing beats eating outside on a perfect summer day. I love this dispenser that I just ordered…instead of holding 1 drink, its holds 3 different ones..isn’t that neat!?
OK, so those are my goodies for today. Some I am already enjoying, others on my wish list. Always good and fun to dream, wish and desire! Would love to know if there is something you are loving this week…..do tell and hope you have a splendid Thursday!

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Things I am loving Thursdays………

Happy Thursday!! Knee deep in house projects, as they have finally started the bathrooms…..yippee!! The sheetrock is nearly complete so its soon time to start the flooring and trim work/doors. I have waited a long long time to get to this stage and will be sure to have a little photo sesh in the next day or two and post some pictures of current progress. With spring here (hoping its coming, never can be sure given that we had snow overnight, and yes, you heard me right) we are hoping to really forge ahead with no more weather delays! As you know every Thursday I devote this post to  talking about what I am loving or what I have discovered or what I am admiring this week. Always something fun to share……let me know what you think and of course if you have something you would like to share!


BLUE AND WHITE SERVING PIECES. Love blue and white, that’s certainly no secret. But was thrilled when I found these gorgeous blue and white ikat dishes at Target!! How beautiful will these be for outdoor entertaining? And if one breaks, I dont’ have to throw a fit…..its inexpensively replaceable. Though I have noticed Target changes their merchandise so often, so I typically buy an extra set of 4 for “backup” aka breakages. I think these are just fabulous looking! (You won’t believe how reasonable these were….a lot of look for a little money) Love a bargain!

TULIPIERES. Whats not to love, they add drama, a flowery element, height and a historical elegance to any room. I have an old one that I bought at a sale many years ago in white with touches of crackled blue that looks incredible with yellow or pink tulips. What better way to announce springs arrival than with a tulipiere overflowing with Springs “poster child” flower, the gorgeous tulip!
DOG PAINTINGS. I don’t know why but I have always had an affinity for beautiful oil paintings of dogs. There is something so old world, and elegant about them, the timeless traditional pictures that they are. William Secord  Gallery in New York has the most fabulous gallery brimming with nothing but dog and animal paintings, that is their specialty. It is the only gallery of its kind..isnt’ that neat! If you want to see more click here.
PAMPERING YOUR PETS. On the subject of dogs,  I have a golden retriever that is the biggest, sweetest mush around. So every now and then, I enjoy getting him something that I know as a person, I would enjoy being given. A beautiful new bed, such as the blue toile one shown below was ordered for Teddy…..and then I got around to looking at all the other goodies at The uncommon dog’s website and was totally entertained by what else they were offering….such adorable, fun things! Most are way too small or not suitable for such a big dog, but these things were too cute to not share. How adorable are these dog houses and those strollers…..what a riot! You can visit them here.

BELL JAR LANTERNS AND OTHER LANTERNS FOR KITCHEN ISLAND. Love the elegant old world look of old fashioned bell jar lanterns. I actually love lanterns in general and would put them in every room if I could. In thinking about lighting for my island kitchen, I definitely want something old world and beautiful…probably not going for a chandelier, so looking at bell jars and other lanterns..whats your opinion?

AMAZING MARBLE TILES. You by now, know and sympathize with my obsession with them. Can’t help it….they are just so beautiful. I am in utter amazement that they can do this with stone!! Here are a bunch of incredible creations by New Ravenna and Ann Sacks, are these not like works of art?  So here are a few goodies worth sharing with you…..which is your favorite?

ANYTHING FROM TOSS DESIGNS. Ever since I discovered this fun, exciting and vibrant chic line of totes, travel bags,tunics and other small accessories I have been hooked! I make sure to start a new season with an updated something or other from Toss designs. Love their fresh prints! Be sure to stay tuned because I am going to be offering a giveaway very soon from this fabulous California based company. Below is a sampling of what they offer…check them out by going here.

WALLPAPER. Whats a post without it! But this week I am happy to report I have made some concrete decisions, granted it’s only for two small spaces, two powder rooms but I love the looks and how they both work with the marble flooring. The first one is  moving for the small library powder room, I chose a Thibaut chinoiserie which has lots of darker, rich colors, and am having a custom floor done in golds and deep Burgundy’s. Enclosed a small swatch of the stone colors.
The second one is for a powder room off the kitchen, I wanted something elegant, timeless and not stuffy. The soft yellow and white paper is beautiful, traditional and happy while the soft gray in the paper gives it a very “current” feel, the white and pale gray honed basket weave marble look great with it! Would love to know what you think.

COOL SERVING PIECES. I love entertaining though I must admit I am really rusty since we are not in our home yet. Really rusty. But in our old house, we entertained fairly often and outdoor entertaining is one of my favorite ways to have people over, its typically more casual, easier and certainly nothing beats eating outside on a perfect summer day. I love this dispenser that I just ordered…instead of holding 1 drink, its holds 3 different ones..isn’t that neat! 
OK, so those are my goodies for today. Some I am already enjoying, others on my wish list. Always good and fun to dream, wish and desire! Would love to know if there is something you are loving this week…..do tell and hope you have a splendid Thursday!

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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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