Thursday, November 29, 2012

If You Like This Blog, You May Love My Other One!

While I will always love designing and sharing my wonderful finds with followers and new visitors on this blog, I have also started a new endeavor called "Women's Work" where I'm profiling/interviewing all sorts of women about their jobs and transcribing the interviews.

If you're like me and ever find yourself running out of intriguing reading material while you're eating lunch or commuting (not by car!), or you simply like to learn the minute details of other people's lives and jobs, you'll love reading Women's Work.

As the catalog of interviews builds, I intend for it to function as a resource for career-changers or anyone interested in learning about different fields.

Recent interviewees include a high-profile celebrity reporter, a health and wellness journalist, a young entrepreneur with an award-winning editing service, and a licensed nutritionist with a national diet company.  I'm always looking for engaging, enthusiastic people to interview so please give me a heads up if you or someone you know may be interested.

Thanks in advance for heading over to Women's Work and becoming a follower!

Monday, November 26, 2012


So, it's been a while but I just came across one of the best posts about DIY projects ever.  Buzzfeed compiled 31 projects ranging from fashion to home decor that look so easy, just about anyone could find one that fits their skill level or lack thereof.

A few special favorites:

Necklace holder

Framed Chalkboards (Could also make into corkboards relatively easily)

Braided Hex Nut Bracelet

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Traditional Inspiration

One gift of my former work at upscale residential firms in NYC and Chicago is the appreciation of traditional design.  My education at New York School of Interior Design also extolled this sort of work and gave me the historical background to understand the evolution of design through history.  For example, the room below owes much of its design to the French Louis XIV/Louis XV style.  You don't find rooms like this often anymore, at least not in 99% of the homes you'll see, because people tend to find them stuffy and pretentious.  Honestly I couldn't see myself living in this room either, but I love the pure concept of it as a base of inspiration for something more updated.  If I'm not going to be asked to execute one exactly like this, at least I can look and admire.

Guest room from Ronald A. Grimaldi's apartment, Grand Flourishes, as it appeared in the April issue of House & Garden, 1999:

Guest Room in Rose Cumming "Sussex" Chintz

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Cute Little Textile Shop

I love these adorable patterned items a friend shared a link to on Facebook.  They're by a Chile-based textile designer who writes,

Karen BarbĂ© Textileria is her own brand of handcrafted textiles and accessories inspired by traditional crafts, folklore, textiles and crafting. All products are made in small runs.

Loving the colors and mix of patterns on this bag and pillow.



And I also love these other sweet potholders and pillows - might need to research more cross-stitch items!  I think updated handicrafts like this are the next wave.



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trompe L'Oeuil Isn't Just Child's Play!

"Sunny Day Skiing", Bill Braun

I came across this super-cool trompe l'oeuil artist out west in Colorado this winter and had to share his work.

His name is Bill Braun and he works in paint on canvas - but you would never know from just looking at his work, because it appears to be completely convincing paper collage.  His work would be at home in a child's room, vacation home - be it beach- or snow-situated - or really anwhere people like color and whimsical subjects.  It is certainly a conversation starter!

"Water Hazard", Bill Braun

You can view and purchase his work through

"Full Moon", Bill Braun

Friday, February 17, 2012

Pinterest Post

A Bedroom from my "Favorite Places & Spaces" Board on Pinterest
Well, I've done it.  I began pinning on Pinterest and can see what everyone's getting so obsessed over.  I have friends who pin recipes, craft ideas, and all sorts of other things but I'm finding it a great resource to pin photos from vendors and designers that inspire me.

I'm amazed by the scope and rabbit-hole feeling I get when I see how many directions I could go on the site.  There are so many other pinners and topics to follow, it's a visual explosion.

I've divided my home decor pins into two boards: "For the Home", which will contain images of individual items I love, and "Favorite Places & Spaces", which has overall room views or vignettes.

Go on over, and if you like what you see, follow me!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Resource Focus: MadeGoods Accessories

I've posted before about MadeGoods, a handmade mirror, lighting, and accessories source I love.  I recently used one of their unique mirrors in a project and it is just as unique and delicate in real life as it appears in photos.  Here's the one I used:

MadeGoods Adem Mirror
I was reminded of their more recent addition of a wide accessory line when I came across these bookends in Real Simple.  I have loved shagreen ever since I became well acquainted with it while working for Robert Couturier.  Shagreen is stingray skin, although people often confuse it with shark skin.  We frequently used it for accessories like boxes, trays, even wastebaskets.  We worked with a marvelous NYC studio who made custom pieces for us.  These handmade, yet in-stock, MadeGoods faux shagreen pieces are a wonderful option as well with beautiful, subtle colors and functional designs.

Made Goods Worton Bookends
Here are some other charming faux shagreen accessories.

Trays are always useful - to be set on an ottoman, to display photos or glassware, to add texture, and to use when entertaining.
Made Goods Set of 3 Trays
A candle sconce adds interest to a wall without requiring an electrical location.
Made Goods Darren Faux Shagreen Candle Sconce
And you can never have too many pretty little boxes - for jewelry, keys, or just decoration.

MadeGoods Cooper Set of 2 Boxes

MadeGoods Anna Box
Go on over to MadeGoods for more of their gorgeous items - and if you want to purchase any, drop me a line!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Italians Know What They're Doing

Sometimes I get contacted by a vendor whose work is so stunning I simply have to share.

For example, look at this Italian custom furniture company, Rho Furniture.  They don't have much of a web presence, but they sent me some tearsheets of their gorgeous work and it's just amazing.

The family company was started in 1881 and specializes in all wood furniture including custom dining/conference tables and boiserie/paneling.  They employ 24 skilled craftsmen using the highest level of production techniques.

Have fun drooling over these elaborate pieces, and as always, contact me if you are interested in ordering or researching any for yourself.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Furniture I love: CR Currin

I'm unsure how I initially came across the CR Currin furniture line, but the owners aptly describe it as "jewelry for the home."  The sinuous, curved lines give it a sensuous, refined feeling with real personality.  Check out some of these unique pieces that would each make a room special without going over the top.  As an added bonus, the line is produced in the US and every piece is custom.


French King Bed shown in black linen
 While I love their styling of this dramatic bed, I would equally love it upholstered in a pale wool sateen with whitewashed trim.  Its bold yet simple lines would enhance countless fabrications.

Carved Post Bed shown in "chateau" finish
Their Carved Post Bed, with its Art Nouveau swirly carved posts, is a gem that would fit equally in a ski chalet or the most sophisticated urban highrise.  Great lines and proportion, and I love the negative space created by the bowed in headboard against the bowed out posts.

Window Pane Mirror
I love the aqueous, shimmering quality of this mirror.  It would be wonderful in a dining room or occasional space where you just wanted to create a mirrored effect without requiring the precision of true mirror for practical purposes.  So unique.

Oval Extension Table
 This darling table keeps it light with an open pedestal base while the top is dressed up by a gilt rim.  Love the rich finish and subtle sparkle of that gilding.

Oval Extension Table with Legs
Same top, different base - this table is gussied up with more pronounced silver leaf on the apron and legs.  The leafing gives it more of a contemporary twist in my opinion, but it could work into transitional or traditional rooms if paired with the right components.  Given the intense look of the tapered legs, I see this with very soft, perhaps upholstered and skirted, chairs whose legs wouldn't compete with the table's.