Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wicker Furniture

We are experiencing a winter wonderland here on the east coast this week.  We have had a very mild winter and just a couple of days ago, I was beginning to believe that spring was just around the corner.  And then the snow came.

However, that has not dampened my visions of spring......I've been thinking a lot lately about sunporches, verandas, wicker furniture, painted and glazed furniture, colorful fabrics, cotton rugs, beadboard, springtime colors and summer breezes.  So, I hope you will bear with me while I ponder and plan.

Yes, plan!  I have been working on the interior design of a client's newly constructed weekend getaway and that also explains why my vision has gone so far past winter that I have barely noticed the mounds of snow everywhere and icicles hanging from our eaves!

Over the next while, I will be sharing some of my finds with you and am starting with wicker!


Images 1 - 4 Maine Cottage Furniture
Image 5 Traditional Home

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fabulous French Country

Who can get enough of Charles Faudree's charming decor......he is a true master of french country!  So masterful with his placement of objects.......each of his rooms has a lot to enjoy as your eye scans the picture as a whole, but it never looks cluttered to me.  Perhaps because every object is so well chosen, collectible and part of a collection........every item is appreciated and his color sense never fails!

The rooms below are from different homes he has decorated over his career.


Love this room!

The other side of the twin beds


One of his very elegant rooms!

One of his more minimal looks!

So cosy and inviting

What a great mix!

What charm!

Charles' beloved dogs on pillows
showing his fabric collection

All images via Traditional Home

Conservatory Living

We don't see many conservatories in this part of the world, but I have always loved them.

They seem to be a way of life in other parts of the world though, especially England.   And they are used in many ways, as you will see below.

Family room

Family room




Living room

Plants and pets!

All images via Vale Garden Houses

Friday, February 24, 2012

Loving the Art of Georgia Fiennes

This British artist loves animals and loves combining both, she has come up with a unique and colorful perspective.

I first saw her work at Brabourne Farm a while back, and had to check out her's irresistible!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

All images via Georgia Fiennes Art

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gathering Around

I love this look with four chairs around a cocktail table.  I see it everywhere now and it's just a nice informal arrangement where the chairs are close enough to one another for easy conversation, yet far enough apart that you aren't in anyone's personal space.

What do you think?

Images 1, 3 & 4 Traditional Home
Image 2 House Beautiful, Image 5 Country Living

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Genghis Khan at The Plaza

Speaking of the Westminster Dog Show, Martha Stewart showed her chow-chow, Genghis Khan, who took Best of Breed!

While in the city for the show, they (yes, they!) stayed at none other than The Plaza!  And not only did Genghis Khan get to enjoy the beautiful surroundings once enjoyed by Eloise, he also managed to dine in the magnificent dining room!

And served water in a silver bowl!  Nothing is out of bounds when it comes to treating Genghis like the royalty he is!

Genghis Khan at the Plaza

"A drink, my dear?"

"I'm ready for walkies!"

"That was a lot of hard work - I'm exhausted!"
His black tongue is normal for a chow.

All images via Daily Mail

Magnificent Malachy

Here is the winner of the latest Westminster Dog Show held this week in New York city.....along with a whole bevy of beauties who also participated.

Malachy is a 4 year old Pekingese who can now retire and loll about to his heart's desire!


Magnificent Malachy
Primped poodle

Banana Joe, an affenpinscher

Bulldog mani?  Or would this be a pedi?

A Newfoundland

Cool Caleb, the bulldog

Who could not love this doll?

Ibizan Hounds

Neopolitan Mastiff seems to be saying,
"Are we nearly done?"

Old English Sheepdog
"Am I next?"

"Is there anyone out there?" says the Komondorok

Poodle perfection
Look at those manicured nails!

I adore this face!

All images via Daily Mail