Monday, January 30, 2012

Chevron Wainscoting

My head is still spinning... DIY chevron wainscoting created from stock beadboard.  Janelle Steinberg from Maison Classique is responsible for this brilliant design!  I hope she does not mind if  I borrow this idea for a ceiling.

Simply smashing!!! To view all the details click here.


“If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.” 
~Woody Allen

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Colors of Pheromones

Bugs never looked so beautiful.

Speaking of color, check out Toujours Magazine's Color Issue.


"They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods."  ~Edith Wharton

Friday, January 27, 2012

Casual Friday: Fabric Fondness

Selecting fabric is one of my favorite pastimes.  Hue, texture, design, material ...the possibilities are infinite.  If I had to devote my life to one particular inanimate object, the choice would be simple: fabric!  One might classify my affinity for textiles as a disorder (one being my husband).  Here are some I'm currently coveting.


Follow me on Pintrest to see more. 


"Great blends of pattern, like great dishes, must be carefully tasted. And constant tasting is what teaches a cook how to taste." ~ Billy Baldwin

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Z Gallerie

Below you will find a smattering of CDJ's, all from Z Gallerie.  My two favorite are the mirror and the elephant jewelry dish.  


"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
Edgar Degas

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rebecca Ray Pillow

One more CDJ for the day...

This "Harness Pillow" by Rebecca Ray is available in pewter and tan.  The perfect touch of equestrian chic to any decor!


"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."  ~Winston Churchill

Veranda Unveils: The House of Windsor

Have you taken the tour of Veranda's "House of Windsor"?  

Click here to see all the splendor! 


"I like to create libraries where men with names like Howard, Bing and Spencer sat in cashmere sweaters and contemplated the 13th hole on the Bel Air golf course. I am drawn to a simple but elegant time when the women were so legendary that surnames weren't necessary.... Slim, Babe, Coco..."  ~Windsor Smith

La Maison d'Hermes

Koto Bolofo, the South African born and British raised photographer, was granted unprecedented access to the iconic house of Hermes.  The documentation of his seven years ensconced in the elusive world of Hermes birthed La Masionan eleven volume collection.  From silk to leather to equine Bolofo chronicles every facet of the historic brand.  This anthology has moved to the top of my CDJ list.


It is impossible to overdo luxury  ~French Proverb 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Perfect Summer Home Kitchens

Each of these S.R. Gambrel kitchens use every fixture, material, appliance, tile, marble, range hood, color (the list goes on and on) perfectly!  Either would work marvelously in my Summer home.  (Please note my tone is sarcastic.)  

For another view of this kitchen click here.


“The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February” ~Joseph Wood Krutch

Monday, January 23, 2012

The New South

I am not a hoarder, per se.  I prefer to categorize myself as a collector.  Editing is a talent of mine, but I find it difficult to part with inspiring images.  Hence the growing library of shelter magazines weighing down my bookshelves.  

Once our decision to move to Richmond was final, I purchased a subscription to Richmond Magazine.  R Home is the lifestyle extension of the previously mentioned.  The March/April 2009 issue of R Home features the tranquil haven of interior designer Jenny Andrews.  After 3 years I still love the fresh take on the traditional space.  

These are pictures I took with my iPhone from the actual magazine:


"It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness."
~Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, January 22, 2012


How wonderful it was to vacate our lives for the past week.  Returning to reality is harder than expected, possibly due to the gloomy freezing weather welcoming us home.  

First order of business - find fabric to reupholster two chairs in my living room.  Here is a handy guide I came across to help determine the amount of fabric necessary for the job.


"No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one."  ~Elbert Hubbard

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I'm Off... Turks and Caicos!


"Too much work, and no vacation,
Deserves at least a small libation.
So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses,
Work's the curse of the drinking classes."

~Oscar Wilde

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Just for Fun

Here is an imaginary living room design board I quickly put together.  This is what I do to pass the time when there is nothing on TV but football.

Additionally, I would add antiqued mirror paneling to the ceiling, similar to this wall


"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
~Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gaga for Green

I am green with envy... (pardon the pun.)

My boys' bed room has a Kelly green campaign chest, but I would like to add another hit of emerald green somewhere. One of these pillows may be the perfect touch.

I am off to enjoy another color - turquoise.  That is the turquoise waters of Turks and Caicos.  See you when I return. Happy weekend! 


"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."  ~Claude Monet
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