Saturday, June 29, 2013

Mario Buatta in Southampton


I've been dying to share the latest Mario Buatta update on the Southampton home of Hilary and Wilbur Ross that I mentioned to you earlier this month.

I've already shared the Ross' New York apartment and their Florida guest house, Wind Song you can feast your eyes on their summer estate in Southampton.

The images speak for themselves............another Buatta masterpiece.


Blue ceiling, pink chinoiserie walls, green accents

Grandchildren's playroom.

Topiary Promenade with sheep.

Architectural Digest

Friday, June 28, 2013

Royal Baby Nursery Designs

For those of you who may be interested in the upcoming birth of the new royal baby, there has been lots of discussion about what the nursery will be like.

Here are a few ideas I came upon recently.

The first image by Goy Goodfellow Ltd. depicts what a classic palace nursery might look like.

I like the large windows, wall murals, large armoire, rocking horse and tent...........I would remove the piano (!) (a piano in the nursery?).......replace the crib with something more traditional, remove the large table and 4 chairs in the corner and replace them with a comfy settee.  The nursing chair and the child's table and would be more traditional, as well............similar to the nursing chair, ottoman and child's table and chairs in my own Pink Nursery Moodboard from back in March.

Classic Nursery Style
Goy Goodfellow Ltd.

Image 2 by Christopher Chanond is the same room with the 3 large windows, as above.

I like the air balloon lights for a child's room, but not necessarily for a palace nursery.  The balloon chair would work as a nursing chair, but perhaps not the most comfortable.  And a nursing chair really should have an ottoman, don't you think?  And the rocking horse would work.

While these ideas are simply what a royal nursery might look like, I really can't imagine Kate and William with such contemporary chairs, wooden coffee table and glass play castle.......

I'm not sure what the large item on the left armoire?

Contemporary Nursery Style
Christopher Chanond

The following sketches by Oliver Burns Interiors are very interesting and look more regal for a palace nursery..........very traditional, English country ideas and much more suitable for a British royal nursery.

In image 1, I like the large, gorgeous chandelier, the fireplace and mirror, the Beatrix Potter art, the canopied crib and light sconces, the area rug under the crib, the striped wall inserts, the toile wallpaper and the rich, detailed architectural details.

The rocking horse is a must in royal nurseries and that tradition goes way back.

In image 2 looking on from the other side of the room, you can see the nursing corner with comfortable chairs, ottoman, reading light and a plush toy on the floor........perfect for a new mother and baby!

Image 3 shows the nursing corner face on and shows a rogues gallery of family photos to personalize the room.......a perfect royal nursery in soft, pastel colors for a serene environment!

Oliver Burns Designs

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Americana Summer Style

How to spend the long weekend in July..............

Relax on the porch!


Snuggle with your best friend!

Relax some more!

Nibble again.

Have a chat with your best friend.

Have a cool drink!

Set up the buffet table!

Eat (a little) cake!

Have a swim!

Relax again!

Take time to smell the flowers!

Sleep tight!

Barclay Butera, Pottery Barn, BHG, Pinterest, Martha Stewart

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Draped Tables

No, these draped tables are not your typical fabric draped tables...........they are made of wicker, wood and fiberglass and I've been noticing them frequently in decorating magazines lately.

I've really taken to them and am loving the whole trend.........I saw a dark green wicker draped dining table somewhere, some time ago (!) and now I can't find the image (but I will - eventually!) and I will add it to this post when I do............anyway, when I first saw that table I fell in love with it and now they seem to be trending everywhere!

What do you think of them?  


Daniel Romualdez
Architectural Digest

Anne Pyne
Alberto Bazzani fibreglass draped table
Bunny Williams

1st Dibs

One Kings Lane

Kelly Wearstler

1st Dibs

Tim Clarke


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ralph Lauren Roomsets

While browsing the net recently, I happened upon the site of interior design company based in East Sussex, UK.

Turns out Peter Banks does 'roomsets' for Ralph Lauren and it didn't take me long to fall in love with his warm, cosy, inviting English interiors.

The first two images below are among the first of many unforgettable images I saw in New York city on my last visit.  Yes, it was a 'roomset' at Ralph Lauren's Madison Avenue store and by the time I got to the top floor and walked into this room, I felt like I had been transported to the south of France.......and I was in love! How could I not be?  Can you imagine walking into a room like this and not 'feeling' the ambience...........oh yes, I felt it all a bolt of lightning!  It certainly perked me up and really gave me a whole new awareness of 'interior design' was an impeccably designed room......that is, I could have moved right in and felt at home immediately!

Hope you enjoy and as always, I appreciate your visits and look forward to your feedback!

Have a great day!

Above images Ralph Lauren, Madison Avenue, New York 2010

Ralph Lauren - Watch Hill 
I absolutely love this summery, coastal look!

A Ralph Lauren cottage it!

Isn't this English interior dreamy?

Above 3 images, Peter Banks of McOwen and Banks for Ralph Lauren
English Mansion Roomsets

Peter Banks for Ralph Lauren
Country House Roomsets

Peter Banks for Ralph Lauren
North Atlantic Roomsets