Archive for November, 2010

I spent $20 and…

I spent $20 the other day and I walked away with this –

Not bad for one Jackson.  The chair will eventually sit in my bedroom; it’s patiently waiting for a re-upholstery job.  This one will be done by the professionals as I like the double welt and that’s over my head.  Here are some of the fabric choices I’m considering (our bedding will eventually be navy and white).

Navy and white houndstooth with a coral double welt.

Navy and white chinoroise pattern with orange welt.

Or this pattern in the gray and white colorway with navy welt.

These are all fabric samples that are going out to clients so I may pick something else entirely but it’s easy to see that some new fabric will make a big difference.  I’m leaning towards the houndstooth with a coral double welt.  I also think this chair is screaming for a black or charcoal linen seat to bring up the sophisticated look.

What do you think?

November 11, 2010 at 7:56 AM 15 comments

Decorator Showhouse Part 2

Well this more like “Decorator Showhouse ATTEMPT 2”.  I heard that my photos did not show up in yesterday’s post.  Sorry about that!  Since my I phone shots were nothing to write home about.  I thought I’d share with you the great ones that Cristin over at The Simplified Bee took of the showhouse.

Elle Decor Showhouse Gary Spain Living Room

Living room by Gary Spain

Elle Decor Showhouse Palmer Wiess Breakfast Area Kitchen

Breakfast nook by Palmer Weiss

Elle Decor Showhouse Palmer Wiess Kitchen stove backsplash tile

Kitchen by Palmer Weiss

Elle Decor Showhouse Steven Volpe Dining Room

Dining Room by Steven Volpe

elle decor showhouse Jay Jeffers Master Bedroom

Master bedroom by Jay Jeffers

Elle Decor Showhouse Jay Jeffers Master Bath

Master bath by Jay Jeffers

Elle Decor Showhouse Grant Gibson Tween Bedroom

Bedroom by Grant K. Gibson

Elle Decor Showhouse Suzanne Tucker Bedroom Twin Beds

Bedroom by Suzanne Tucker

Elle Decor Showhouse Erin Martin Media Family Room

Media and family room by Erin Martin

Elle Decor Showhouse Kendall Wilkinson Foyer Chandelier

Foyer by Kendall Wilkinson

Elle Decor Showhouse Will Wick Library Den

Library by Will Wick

The entire house had a very cohesive look this took a great amount of collaborating – bravo to all the designers for creating a spectacular home.

November 10, 2010 at 8:00 AM 8 comments

Elle Decor Decorator Showhouse

Yesterday, I gave a weekend recap.  However, I didn’t share my entire weekend with you.  On Friday night, I went with my friend Shannon to the Elle Decor Decorator Showhouse.  It was an awesome experience!  It felt like walking through the pages of a shelter magazine.  I’ve never been that close to a completely perfect house before.  Not to mention at the turn of each corner stood a designer I’ve looked up to forever.

Unfortunately, many of my I-phone pictures did not turn out and I should have been more snap happy but I was just so enamored by the big name designers that I lost sight of picture taking.  Not to worry though, there will be a 14 page spread in an upcoming issue of Elle Decor.

A professional photographer did take this shot of my friend Shannon and me:

Shannon looked awesome in white and black.  I wore a black dress from Max Mara and a satin jacket.

The photos that came out best on my I phone are from the bathroom and room by Suzanne Tucker.  Check out the tiling on this bathroom floor…

The tiled floor goes perfectly with this wallpaper –

The guest bath was adjoined to this amazing guest bedroom.  I fell in love with the twin bed frames….

This next picture did not come out as well but you can get a feel for the master bedroom by Jay Jeffers

I really loved this rope ball in the next photo…

And here is a perfect little scene with Serena and Lily furniture – one of my favorite places to shop!

Lastly, this isn’t the best photo – but there was a touch of snake skin in the bathroom, which I’ve blogged about before as a trend that I love.

It was a wonderful night and I had the opportunity to speak with Jay Jeffers, Grant K. Gibson and Palmer Weiss; they were all so nice.  I’m sorry my pictures didn’t come out but I look forward to sharing the professional Elle Decor shots when they hit newsstands.

November 9, 2010 at 8:26 AM 6 comments

Weekend Recap

I don’t often share photos of my weekends but this past Saturday night was so hilarious that I need to share. You can get a glimpse into how silly my family is…some call it silly, others perhaps crazy. However you see it, we sure have fun!

For my mom’s 65 birthday, she requested that we dress like old people. Here’s how we embraced the dress up challenge:

Bridget had the best costume – Floridian traveler sort of a look (she even had a handbag filled with medication and dentures) Graham and I went for the pulled up sweats tucked in shirt look and felt that a little blue hair really finished off my outfit!

Miles looked confused with his mismatched clothing.

Graham and I in 50 years.

The birthday girl decided to dress up as the “worst type of old person attire,” “the old person who dresses too young” – hot outfit mom!

Brittany went for the refined old lady with a beautiful shawl and plenty of pearls.

Joe went for the “senile” old man look with orthopedic shoes on the wrong feet.

Donald went as the old man still reliving his high school football days, complete with a massive gut and superman underwear.

Lucy went as the pervy old man trolling the retirement home for chicks.

We did also have some very serious work to do this weekend; we were artists. We strove to emulate the work of Andy Goldworthsy. I’d give all of us A for effort.

Not to worry, even with all of our hard artist work, we still found time for play –

It was a fantastic weekend and we’d like to thank dad for looking out for us on the weather front. It was supposed to rain on Saturday but instead it was nothing but sunshine for our art creations. Sunday it rained, however that provided time for a fire and games.

What a fantastic weekend!

November 8, 2010 at 7:58 AM 14 comments

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you’re feeling up for the good times awaiting you this weekend! I’m pumped for mine! Tonight, I get to get all dolled up and hit the town with a girlfriend. We’re headed to the opening gala of Elle Decor’s showhouse. I’m thrilled to see the work of Grant K. Gibson, Jay Jeffers, Elizabeth Martin, Erin Martin, Gary Spain, Surface Design, Inc, Suzanne Tucker, Steven Volpe, Palmer Weiss, Will Wick and Kendell Wilkinson.



Then on early Saturday morning, Graham and I will be heading over to Aptos to our beach house with the rest of my family. The house will be alive with chitter chatter, giggles and raucous behavior. It’s always great fun when we get together with my three siblings, their wives, adorable children and my mom. We’ll be celebrating the great 65 years my mom has had here on this Earth. It’s been quite a life. Even with the bumps in the road, she is the most grateful and appreciative person I know. She’s always ready to cease what life brings her way and she has had wonderful experiences as a result. This weekend, life brings her a house bursting at the seams with love for her.



November 5, 2010 at 8:04 AM 8 comments

Give the gift of a gift

The holiday season is quickly approaching. You know what that means…gift time. So why not give the gift of a gift?
My personal fave…
Paintings by Karen Appleton. I love them – they have the feel of Wayne Thiebaud (with a different subject matter).

November 4, 2010 at 7:02 AM 1 comment

Andy Goldsworthy

This coming weekend, Graham and I will be headed to our family beach house with the rest of my family to celebrate my mom’s 65th birthday. One of the very fun activities we’ll be engaged in is making art out of driftwood and rocks on the beach and let the water sweep it away, a la Andy Goldsworthy. So in preparation for the fun event, I thought I’d share the magnificent work of Andy Goldsworthy:

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As seen by his work, Andy creates site-specific sculptures. Most of his sculptures are not permanent – rather he photographs them and lets wind or the natural elements of the earth sweep his work away. He does also do some permanent installations, such as this –

The Neuberger Cairn (2001) at the Neuberger Museum of Art

He is a master at working with nature; we’ll see how us amateurs do on Saturday.

November 3, 2010 at 7:06 AM 4 comments

Family Room E-Design

I have been working on lots of projects but I’ve been terrible about sharing them.  So here is an e-design I put together for a wonderful family.  My client has exquisite taste, which is always fun for me to work with.  She wanted a classic, casual look for her family room with muted colors, so this is what I put together for her…

Calisto Sofa

Sofa custom made as an L shaped sectional and covered in a baja taupe cotton fabric –

For the accent chair, I suggested a wing chair in a rust colored Sunbrella fabric for easy clean up:

Thurston Wing Chair

I suggested an iron side table to go next to the accent chair –


For the rug, I suggested this striped muted dhurri rug:

For the coffee table, they knew that they wanted the Brickmaker’s Coffee Table, a fantastic choice –

Brickmaker's Table

For a floor lamp next to the L shaped sectional, I suggested the following tri-pod lamp:

Walnut Tripod Floor Lamp

For behind the sofa, I suggested going with this natural console table:


For more lighting, I suggested two of these gourd table lamps on either side of the console:

Double Gourd Lamp in Taupe Glazed Ceramic with Deep Patina Bronze Base & Pearl Dupioni Fabric Shade

For the window treatments, I suggested a natural bamboo roman shade:

designview 27 In. x 72 In. Natural Kiawah Roman Shade 0257281

For accent pillows, I suggested going with the grey and creme tones, like these:

Barbara Barry Poetical Linen Pillow Grey 22 sq - Kravet Couture

And I suggested a light gray for the walls with white trim

Benjamin Moore 2112-60 Cement Gray

There you have it, a room e-design in neutral colors of gray, brown and rust, that I was able to come in under budget.  Out of respect to my clients and the services they pay for, I can not list sources.  If you would like an e-design or in person design consultation, please e-mail me at

November 2, 2010 at 5:30 AM 11 comments

Just Stop…

…this house is way too beautiful, it is killing me. I just can’t take it – there’s not one iota that I would change. Honey, I’m in love….

Very soothing color palate and I love the clean lines yet homey feeling.

Interesting texture of those walls perfectly paired with the rattan tables

All the stripes – swooning…stripes are my weakness

Please!…check out the pearl inlay mirrors and I spy some faux bamboo – about to faint.

Why don’t you just throw in the cutest tufted ottoman? As if I’m not already having trouble keeping my composure…in comes the orange…

Check out the stripes on the risers…just stop – it’s all too good. Done deal…I’m moving! Please come to my new home in Seabrook, Washington, designed by Tim Clarke.

(Images Via Design Dump, which were via Coastal Living.

November 1, 2010 at 5:36 AM 4 comments

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