Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tis the season

Pink Wallpaper via Sanity Fair

I am off today to the coast to celebrate a wedding and an engagement, yes 2 parties in 1 night, fun times ahead! 
Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you are able to do something or be with someone you love. 

Tastemaker's Tag Sale

Don't let the weekend get away without checking out One King's Lane Tastemaker's Tag Sale. The featured designers today are Elisabeth Weinstock and Michael Polenske and their treasures for sale are unique not to be missed!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Rooms from la la Land

This week I have seen some of the cutest babies and stylish pregnant ladies in town. When you are not expecting it always seems as if the rest of the world is. My 3 babies are growing up fast with the oldest starting kindergarten, middle almost 4, and the baby turned 1 in June.
I have lovingly planned each of their rooms with eager anticipation of their arrival. Each room is very different, capable of carrying them into the next stage of their lives and seemingly fits their personalities. Although with my oldest, a girl we are now on her 3rd room, 3rd paint color! In her new room she participated in the decorating process even helping me paint the antique tole chandelier hanging over her bed which is one of my favorite touches.  

This adorable nursery belongs to Charlottean Laura Vinroot Poole's daughter Fifi as featured in Domino magazine. It is a vintage meets contemporary nursery featuring a metal bamboo chandelier, Dick and Jane posters combined with a Jonathan Adler table and modern crib.


Here is Fifi's room a few years later shown in Charlotte Magazine's Home and Garden with a big girl bed and a few feminine touches added. Fifi is so stylish she has a beautiful Mexican Otomi on her bed too!

House of Turquoise featured this chic nursery by Lucas Studios for the Stately Homes by the Sea show house in New Jersey. I just can't get enough of these images, very sophisticated yet peaceful and serene for baby.

House of Turquoise

Tamar Mogendorff

One of my favorite vendors for whimsical accessories is New York artist Tamar Mogendorff. She just posted that she is working on the "Unideer" which is extremely exciting! I can't decide if I would like one for myself or my daughter, doesn't every gal love a unicorn at some point in their life? All of her lovelies are hand stitched from linen, mohair wool, vintage fabrics, pashminas and incorporate vintage buttons, beads, threads and ribbons.

I have a client who has Tamar Mogendorff's white swan in her nursery and it adds a unique, fantastical touch.

In my son's room I incorporated the deer and it sweetly looks over him.

There are wonderful fish and bird cages that would dazzle any baby or child.


To see the rest of Tamar Mogendorff's collectibles visit her website
Available through designers.

La La Land

I have a collection of children's rooms I love from Susanna Salk's, Rooms for Children, LonnyLiving Etc. and other misc. resources I hope you find inspiration in these if you are looking. Happy Friday! 

Images courtesy of Rooms for Children, Lonny Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Living Etc. and House Beautiful

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Simple Settings

What's for dinner? The question that lingers throughout the day around my house. This evening we are having company over so I am heading to the Farmer's Market for some fresh vegetables and fruit for a yummy summer supper. I do like company always a fabulous reason to set the table and it actually might be nice enough this evening to dine outside!
On my menu...
 cucumber salad with tomatoes, red onions and dill
corn on the cob
grilled chicken
peach cobbler

This video recipe for cucumber salad from chef Tamara Reynolds on Daily Candy is helpful and easy!

                              Perfect Picnic Recipes from Tamara Reynolds All Cities - DailyCandy

Lovely Settings

Photos courtesy of Living Etc, Caitlin Creer, Elle Decor, Chinoiserie Chic and Martha Stewart

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Dog Days of of Summer

With heat averaging daily around 98 degrees and make-up melting off of my face there seems to be no end to this heat wave. Only the fashion magazines with images of beautiful frocks for fall can give me some temporary relief to this madness! 
Here are some other chic ways to beat the heat... 

Images courtesy of Living Etc, Foto Search, Martha Stewart, Real Simple and New England Home via High Street Market

Friday, July 23, 2010

Oh Happy Day

"Why Limit Happy to an Hour?"

In honor of this scorching 100 degree Friday I am excited to announce the release of my friend Mary Phillip's book "Why Limit Happy to an Hour?" One can certainly agree to this statement and also wonder why Happy Hour on a day like this relegated to after 5:00?
Mary Phillips is the artist and CEO of Mary Phillips Designs a line of gifts, stationary, designs and apparel known for its "sassy lady" and witty quotes with "a whole lot of attitude."
"Why Limit Happy to an Hour?" is a collection of all the most popular quotes in addition to some new ones.
Phillips started the company with a Sumi ink pen kit and a little inspiration in 99 and sold her collection to local retailers in Raleigh, NC. Now her brand is sold across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Congratulations Mary!
A few words for your Friday...

"When life gives you lemons add vodka"

"Chaos...Panic...Disorder...My job is done here"

"If you obey all the rules you'll miss all the fun"


Mary Phillips book signing

Book available at Amazon, other products at through

Happy Friday

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart, Angelo Home, Real Simple, The Nest

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Glass From the Past

Glass for All Occasions

Eddie Ross and his fantastic Mimosa Bar

Summer entertaining and decorating can be easy and chic with old glass bottles, plates and serving pieces produced in the late 1800's through the mid 1900's. These treasures can be found at flea markets, yard sales, second hand shops or in my case my great grandmother's garage.  
Design extraordinaire Eddie Ross is the master of the flea market and dressing the table for events. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold... if you are entertaining and looking for a little inspiration check out his blog for ideas!

Eddie Ross

A strawberry fields summer lunch with vintage jadeite serving pieces.

Country Living

Milk candy dish.

Martha Stewart Living

Olive Oil Jar perfect for fresh cut flowers form the garden.

Pepper Design Blog

Turquoise glass bottles adorn a lemon fresh table.


An old Bordeaux wine bottle, beautiful with age.

Images courtesy of Martha Stewart Living
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