Tuesday, July 31, 2007

West Elm Circle Cutout Chair

I am very impressed with this new chair from West Elm. What a great affordable accent or dining chair for the budget conscious shopper! What are your thoughts?

Sunday, July 29, 2007

All Mapped Out

Maps have been used as wall decor for as long as, well, as long as there have been maps. I got to thinking about the different ways maps have been displayed after reading a post on Pigtown Design in early July about maps. Here are some great examples of creative displays:

A map of 16th century Paris, Plan de Turgot, on a screen by Jansen, ca. 1950 in the home of Phillips "Pete" Hathaway, former head of French and Continental furniture at Sotheby's. House and Garden September 2006

Antique maps on display shelves in the home of designer Lori Weitzner. Metropolitan Home November 2006

I love the 1943 Miami Beach plat maps that designer T. Keller Donovan found for his South Beach weekend home. House Beautiful December 2006

A map of the Great Lakes was created by Francis Whitehead with platinum glaze on ceramic tile for the home of Mary Jane Jacob (former chief curator at the museums of contemporary art in both Chicago , MCA and Los Angeles, MOCA) and Russell Lewis ( Chief historian of the Chicago History Museum). Metropolitan Home September 2006

Globes are maps "in the round", and vintage globes are quite collectible. These globes are displayed on custom built shelving in the home of John and Janet Jay. Metropolitan Home October 2006

This vintage U.S. map and vintage globes make a great combination in the L.A. home of Christine and Craig Gillespie. Elle Decor October 2006

I love all three of these pretty rooms which have been decorated with vintage maps. Left: Beach House in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard by Paula Perlini, House Beautiful July 2007. Middle: Florida beach house by Phoebe Howard, House Beautiful September 2006. Right: Guest Room in the home of J. Crew president Jeff Pfeiffle, decorated by himself. What talent! House & Garden December 2006

Saturday, July 28, 2007


Have any of you have seen the movie "Twister" starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as tornado chasing scientists? Well, there's this part in the movie where trucks and peices of houses and cows start falling out of the sky as they are approaching a catagory 5 twister (actually I'm not sure what the catagory was, but you get the idea). Helen Hunt yells: "WE HAVE DEBRIS!" as Bill Paxton swerves their truck to avoid all the boulder-sized junk falling on the road.

Well, my house is in a state of "storm before the calm", and I have been thinking about this movie alot lately:

It goes on, but I can't bear to show you any more. I think I'm about to go out of my flippin' mind.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Brilliant Ideas!

Lighting plays such an important role in any room, as we all can attest! You've got your ambient, your task, and your accent lighting, all important it is true. But what I can't get enough of are those light fixtures that make a room come alive, like the Harry Winston jewelry that completes a red carpet gown.

Here are some rooms that just wouldn't be the same without the brilliant light fixtures chosen and created by some very clever people:

A Circa 1920 boat shaped chandelier in the Living Room of fashion designer Jennifer Nicholson (daughter of Jack). Now she really understands the red carpet jewelry metaphor!

House and Garden August 2006

These fixtures were made by Jose Esteves from antique spoons, ladles, and forks, shown in his country home in Perche France. Available through Interieurs, NYC. Beautiful aren't they?

House and Garden February 2007

I think we all remember this beautiful creation by Alessandra Branca for the Hampton Showhouse. It commands attention.

House and Garden October 2005

And one of my design crushes, Michael Smith used a large scale chinoiserie lantern from Soane, a London shop making this room much more interesting.

House Beautiful October 2006

These fixtures were made from crab pots oufitted with lanterns by owner Larry Winn for his Seattle home. I am so impressed with this idea and the effect is fantastic.

Metropolitan Home November 2006

Marjorie Skouras created this one of a kind black coral chandelier for her own Master Bedroom. I have been seeing alot of her work lately and you can see why! Gorg!

Metropolitan Home June 2007

It's not so much the fixtures themselves in this room, (although they are indeed stunning) but the wonderful placement that made me look twice and keep looking. William T. Georgis is the designer. Lights are French opaline glass pendants from John Salibello Antiques, NYC

House and Garden July 2003

Designer Kim Alexandruik found this stunner at Bourgeois Boheme, L.A.

House and Garden 2007

A trio of vintage Bagues lanterns create a graceful ensemble in designer Lisa Jackson's dining room. Elle Decor May 2006

This amazing chandlier was created by Baccarat for it's Paris headquarters building. Interior design by Philippe Starck. House and Garden April 2004

Swarovski crystal chandelier by Tord Boontje in the Dining Room of Nadji Swarovski. Stunning.

Elle Decor September 2006

Jill Dupre designed this unique and wonderful chandelier for her New Orleans home. The scale is fabulous!

Metropolitan Home April 2006

These light fixtures add so much drama and really take center stage in these captivating rooms. I think a round of applause is in order.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It's All About ME!

OK, I have been tagged a few times in the last couple of days ( More Ways to Waste Time, Toast and Tables). So I think I had better respond! Here are those 8 things that you are all dying to know about moi:

1) I lived in Baton Rouge for my first year of design school (LSU) and loved it! This is where I developed my addiction to beignets. We would go to New Orleans whenever possible, and Cafe du Monde was always a must.

2) I can't let my husband drive if I am in the car. It is way too stressful for both of us. We have concluded that I have major "control issues".

3) I still love the movie "The Sound of Music" and sing every song along with the movie. My kids leave the room during my "Climb Every Mountain" rendition. Not sure why.

4) House is my favorite TV show. I love how Dr. House never hesitates to say out loud what we are all thinking. I am also fascinated by the way the English are so much better at American accents than Americans are at English accents. (ex. Brad Pitt in "Troy" OMG the horror!)

5)I cannot tolerate caffeine. I feel like I am going to crawl out of my skin after a half cup of Chai Tea, let alone coffee. On the upside, I probably save about $1000.00 per year in Starbuck's latte's, which I can spend on stuff for my house! (OK, I confess, I love a decaf carmel frappucinno every now and then.)

6)I cannot fall asleep without reading first. Now I get sleepy whenever I read. The Pavlov's dog thing. It doesn't stop me from being an avid reader however! I am now reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ( The true story of an ordinary man who accomplishes the extraordinary feat of building schools for the children of Pakistan. I highly recommend it!), and Florence Broadhurst by Helen O'Neill ( Courtney fron Style Court has started a book group, and this is the first selection.)

7)My husband and I shared the same bedroom in college, but didn't actually meet until years later. He moved into the same bedroom in the same house right after I had graduated. We ended up meeting on New Year's Eve on a blind date about five or six years later. Kismet!

8)I can't help it. My favorite dessert is Pineapple Upsidedown Cake made with Bisquick. It has to have the maraschino cherries or it just isn't right. My Mom made it for us alot when I was growing up and I still love it! Total comfort food.

OK...I say that I am good for at least a year now. So here's the deal: Players list 8 facts/habits about themselves. At the end of the post, players then tag 8 people by posting their names and making sure they know they've been tagged by leaving comment at the tagee's blog. I am tagging:
Girl Meets Glamour
Rang Decor
Today's Creative Blog
Cote de Texas
Gypsy Purple
Small Space Style
Palazzo To Do
(Cafe du Monde Photo courtesy of Jason Perlow, jason@egullet.org)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

My First Little Kitchen

I have been debating back and forth about this post this week. These pictures are of the kitchen in my first little house with one bathroom and very little square footage. We were so excited to be buying our first house and had very little money to remodel. We did alot of the work ourselves and used very affordable materials. My addiction to garage sales and flea markets is very well represented here! Well, life, finances and tastes have changed. It has been a long time since our daughters have fit into one bathroom, so we have not lived here for a long time , but I will always have the fondest of memories in my first little kitchen :

Breakfast nook

All new cabinetry: open shelving and glass doors opened it up.

I loved my old Wedgewood stove and my big splurge, a custom hood.

(I was visiting the blog of Heather at Splaneyo, and it turns out that we have cloned kitchens! )

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Enchanted - Tyler Hall

I just got a postcard in the mail with Tyler Hall's new fabric "Enchanted" in chocolate and had to go check out their website to see more. I found the same pattern shown on this sofa in red:

The picture here shows the scale of the fabric much better. I love it! Here are the other colorways:

Aqua, chocolate and pink

This is Siddhartha in Nutmeg, Dill and Blue Spice.

Maurita in Red Sun, Deep Sea and Terra

Tyler Hall also has beautiful wallpapers. This is "Gallery Gardens" in Coral.

The fabrics shown are all in a Linen Cotton blend, but there are many others to check out! Definitely worth the visit!