Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Celerie Kemble's Playa Grande Beach Club

Celerie Kemble's new family oriented resort in the Dominican Republic is a must see.

It is designed with a great deal of charm, fun, color and casual flair that accommodates people of all ages.  Some of the clubhouse rooms, guest bungalows, family quarters and gathering spots are shown below.

To see more of this whimsical getaway, go here.

Could this possibly be any more inviting?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Carolyne Roehm's Tables and Flowers

Who does more beautiful table settings and floral arrangements than Carolyne Roehm?

I loved her table setting in Aspen where she used broccoli, kale and parsley for her table setting, and added a bunch of green apples to match her gorgeous green dishes and glassware.  Just beautiful.

 I think this conservatory is actually at Weatherstone, but is a perfect example of decorating with greens - ferns and topiaries in this case.

 This table setting is in Aspen where most of her fresh ingredients are picked up at the grocery store.  Beautiful!

And then I happened upon her beautiful tulip arrangements and reminder that it's time to plant our fall bulbs.  The lavender and green caught my eye!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Moodboard Monday - Lavender and Celery

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend.

I had a busy and fun weekend working on Christmas projects.

I always enjoy the moodboards in magazines, don't you?  I picked this lavender and green board at random from Veranda and thought it might be fun to find this color combination in every day rooms, art, jewellery, fashion and nature.

We all know green is serene (easy to remember), is easy on the eyes and abundant in nature, but what does lavender represent?   Gentility, refinement and elegance and the feeling of something special.  Purple represents royalty, but lavender is the color of femininity.......a grown up pink so to speak.  And both colors are refreshing and relaxing.  Did you know that people waiting to appear on tv wait in 'Green Rooms' because it helps them to relax?  Or that a lot of hospital rooms are painted green for the very same reason?  In any case, this color combo obviously is designed to help us feel calm and very special.

I hope you enjoy and perhaps find some inspiration in the images below.......

Have a great day!


Ashley Whittaker

Ashley Whittaker

Betty Lou Phillips

Anna Weatherly

Oscar Heyman

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Malcolm Liepke

Martha Walter

Friday, October 23, 2015

Timeless Design

Two more timeless bedrooms - this time from the late, great Greg Jordan............still look fabulous to me!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

TBT - A Romantic Retreat

I'm thinking I may start a regular post on Throwback Thursday (TBT).

About 20 years ago, I started my 'tearout' phase where I would tearout of my own magazines anything that 'caught my attention', such as the romantic bedroom shown below.  I figure I have enough material to keep me going for awhile.  Who knows, I may even have Fallback Friday - and they could be wordless or very wordy.......depending on how my week is going.

I hope you enjoy these pleasures from the past.........if nothing else, they will be fun to look at.

This particular room was the fourth floor of a Manhattan townhouse decorated by Judy Mashburn of Laura Ashley with Laura Ashley's 'Winter Lily' fabrics.

It's as timeless today as it was then in 1994.  Simply stunning.

I just noticed the 'table for two' at the foot of the bed which Mashburn imagined 'as the perfect spot for sharing an intimate en suite supper with someone special'.  How perfect!

I went to Judy Mashburn's site to get these two clearer pictures.

Coordinating ensuite bath.