If you've followed Covet du Jour since the first post back in February, it's obvious that I am a Mary McDonald admirer. Her office was inspiration for that inaugural post. I found a pair of side tables on Etsy that evoke the same joy in me as Ms. McDonald's desk.
Under the glass on Mary McDonald's Desk there is amazing fretwork detailing.
Living in a house of all boys, I am always on the lookout for decor that suits them (in moderation of course and confined to the boy's bedrooms and my husband's office.) Love this grouping of framed flags. Darling over a boys crib or bed, right?
Maybe whitewashed walls or a natural color seagrass wall covering? I also love this Thibaut wallpaper, available in a number of colorways. It's sort of reminds me of the kitschy cowboy wallpaper of the 1950's and 1960's. I would recommend a "non-coordinating" fabric to give the room a little more depth and personality. Mix some painted and stained furniture with classic and modern pieces and you've got a great little boy's room or kids bedroom for you beach house.
Liz Caan Interiors
Elizabeth Dinkel & Karyn Millet Photography
This Map Room, I found in Traditional Home, is great inspiration as well. I love the hand painted map on the wall by Brian Nelson. I reminds me of "The Map Room" post from Little Green Notebook.
"There are times when words seem empty and only actions seem great. Such a time has come, and in the Providence of God America will once more have an opportunity to show the world that she was born to save mankind." ~ Woodrow Wilson
With the unofficial start of Summer this weekend and my laundry list of CDJ's, I decided a fabulous vacation home is needed to house all my desired treasures. While that may not be a reality this summer, what's the harm in beginning to shop around for my imaginary seaside retreat? Below are some contenders for my colorful and casual haven.
That fantastic chinoiserie outdoor furniture (from a post a fews weeks ago) would certainly be a front runner for the patio. And once we are settled in, I will need moving announcements. I am sure Hampton Paper Designs can assist me. Don't forget to enter the Hampton Paper Design giveaway - click HERE.
Wishing you a sunny and safe weekend!
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." ~Marcus Tullius Cicero
I've always had a thing for flamingos. Maybe it started with Alice's croquette game or the ever popular plastic lawn ornaments of the 80's? In fact, my admiration is so deep I have a huge Audubon print of my pink feathered friend in my dining room (in a killer gold bamboo frame).
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Last week one of my favorite online magazines, Matchbook, posted a questionnaire on their Facebook page. That caused me to revisit a draft I started a few months ago - "an interview with myself" and revise. (No surprise my original draft was a bit verbose.)
I believe that there is a fine line between how much personal information should be divulged in a public blog. By nature, I am a very curious person. Therefore, I tend to ask too many questions and give away too much information. Thank goodness for the delete button!
For all of you CDJ daily readers - perhaps you may be interested to learn more about the gal that pens this blog... I would certainly love to learn more about each of you! I've always worn my heart on my sleeve so this was a breeze..
I apologize, but there seems to be some image issues. Just click on the image to enlarge.
“The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four S's: Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy and Serenity.” ~ Emily Post
Very few brands achieve what Ralph Lauren has - an iconic label that portrays a lifestyle of American luxury and casual elegance. Yesterday two of my favorites came together - Oprah and Ralph Lauren. Ms. Winfrey traveled to the designer's 17,000 acre ranch, Double RL, located outside of Telluride, CO for the interview. The majestic land, surrounded by white-capped mountains includes hand painted teepees, a cookhouse, guest cabins, barns, a pool, a saloon, horses, cattle and much more. The Lauren family is living the American Dream that is protrayed in the company's ads.
Oprah and Ralph Lauren in his vintage Jeep.
The entrance to the "Double RL Ranch", named after Ralph and his wife Ricky.
One of the teepees
Dining Table in the Cook House
Terrace outside the Cookhouse
Little Bear Cabin
Check out the amazing reflection of the mountains in the lake like pool.
My husband is blissfully unaware of the idea that is brewing in my head - I want to move into his office. In our bedroom I have the beautiful Hickory Chair desk pictured below in a creamy white finish. It's used as a vanity.
Contrary to what my husband believes, I do not have a single space to myself. (Yes I decide on all of our home decor but that's not the same thing.) In fact, I write this very blog from a big old comfortable leather chair in our family room. Having a dedicated space for all of my papers, laptop, projects, etc. would make life so much easier and organized.
My husbands response to this idea will likely be, "how much is it going to cost me and how much time is it going to take?" Well good news honey - I found a few inexpensive contenders. Plus I have 2 parsons chairs that will work nicely as desk chairs once I recover them. Additionally, we already completed two tasks -repainting the walls and buying a new rug - so we are half way there.