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I have been obsessed with this color combination lately and of course I now seem to see it everywhere. I love the vibrant combination of pale Tiffany blue and either red or coral. It makes me think of the Mediterranean cost line, the terracotta pots full of geraniums and the blue of the Mediterranean Sea. It definitely has that resort feel.

The great thing about this color combination is that you can really decide how vibrant you want the contrast to be by selecting a lower intensity red or by simple limiting the ratio of red to blue in the room.

Metropolitan Home

Metropolitan Home

This is my personal favorite. I just love the red chandelier and the Pear artwork is so cool. The powder blue walls are the perfect color compliment to the strong red focal points.



I really like this kitchen because the blue is so vibrant on its own that small splashes of red are all that is needed. Also note the black chandelier. Humm I guess I just love the non-traditional chandeliers.


Traditional Home

This is a great bedroom application. The blue is soft and subtle and just small splashes of coral on the lamp shades keep this room really calm while still using these dynamic colors.



Okay so for real this is my absolute favorite. This living room is so warm and inviting because they used lots of different reds and then added splashes of blue on the couch and in the artwork for a pleasing punch!

I feel like such a design dork when I talk like this, oh well! I’m curious as to what color combos you are seeing over and over out there?


I can’t help myself, really. I keep coming across wonderful French inspired items that I just have to share. I don’t care if Toile is considered ‘over’ because I still love its classic nature inspired themes.

And boy if you want Toile then Pierre Deux is the place for you. I am especially tempted by this lovely tote. The neutral tone on tone is perfect since one of my least favorite things about tote bags is that they inevitably do not go with everything. This one really would go with everything in my closet.


Remember my obsession with antique chairs. Well I have this dream of a breakfast room table that has mismatched upholstered chairs around it. These two would be perfect candidates. Now I just need a settee…..


Okay really my taste is not always this formal or traditional. Honestly I like these things mixed in with modern color schemes or other furnishings. I found the most beautiful Baroque mirror at the Neiman Marcus website. This thing has got enough ump to hold its own on a seriously brightly colored wall,  say in a powder room?


I love furnishings with a sense of history. I especially love reupholstered antique furniture. I dream of a set of Louis IV dining chairs reupholstered with bright fuchsia and zebra print. So of course I am addicted to the before & afters on Design Sponge. I don’t have the room to do any of my own furniture renovation projects so I must live vicariously and dream of scouring antique shops and thrift stores for that perfect piece to reinvent.

Design Sponge recently featured Chairloom, a company that specializes in just such renovation of old treasures. I have inherited one really cool piece that is very much like the wing back chair shown below. I love the playfulness of this pattern, although for my own piece I want something a bit more classic and contemporary like wide navy and ivory stripes.



I am currently looking for a job in the Atlanta or Savannah areas of Georgia so I have been researching all of the great shops and design centers. I found one located in the ADAC that had some truly beautiful antiques.It also has a really cool name Bjork Antikt. I love the Norwegian clock below. It looks like something out of Dr. Seuss. I also have to pause whenever something is described as Norweigen since I have a fondness for a certain NC family with viking roots. The chairs, well, they kind of speak for themselves. I love the print and the seriously comfortable looking shape.


Bjork Antikt


Bjork Antikt

So recently I have been on a French kick. It started with reading A Tale of Two Cities and now I’ve moved on to Madame Bovary. I search wine shops for great Bordeaux wines, which is hard to find in a small town, and I’m dreaming of a home in the French country or a Paris apartment.

Until that dream comes true I am satisfying the need for lovely french interiors by scouring the internet.

For that trip into the city I found a quaint hotel called Chateaubriand. The rooms make me feel like I’ve been transported in time.



I also found another beautiful blog that I now must follow. had some of the most beautiful images of a Paris apartment. I am so ready to move in. There is just something about the details in the moldings and of course the signature parquet floors that gives these rooms the elegance of royalty. I love how these beautiful furnishings manage to seem casual and off hand. I would die to have killer windows like the ones below.





I was doing some research for a job and ran across these images on the Anne Selke website. They are bright and uplifting. They also kind of remind me of the ‘madcap’ florals of Lilly Pultzer clothing.

optyvlscmv_321_lgkfdbjiteqt_298_lgjkiowwiiny_299_lgpqmyndusnx_300_lgI especially love the touches of metalics and glass to offset some of these dramatic patterns. They all seem like they belong in an over the top southern mansion. I would love to have even just a few of these pillows to brighten up my bedroom.

I loved the images of the home featured in Architectural Digest April Issue. Thad Hayes and Stelle Architects created a truly tranquil and lovely space. The sun really washes over these rooms in the most beautiful way.  The exterior living space is just as tranquil and well tailored as the interiors.  Who in fact would even know that the bustling city was so close while in this home.


Photography by Scott Frances


Photography by Scott Frances


Photography by Scott Frances

So I’m up a little earlier this morning than usual and it is cloudy and rainy. I’m dreaming of a warm sunny room like the ones I found here at Pottery Barn. I know Pottery Barn may not be the most inventive post, but their rooms do always make me wistful and dream of a cozy, casual and always well lit home.





In a recent issue of Traditional Home I was drawn to the elegance of the home of Loi Thai. As someone who tends to be attracted to bright rich color, like a raccoon to shiny things, it was so wonderful and strange to me that a home with so little color could be so intriguing.

Photographs by Erik Johnson

Photographs by Erik Johnson

I do love how the only really vibrant color is introduced through books. Even the accessories are muted tones and soft golds.

Photographs by Erik Johnson

Photographs by Erik Johnson

It is the subtlety that is so beautiful. I feel like I need to look at each item closely and take my time in this room. It inspires quiet time and thoughtfulness. This kind of simplicity in color creates that same since of peace that I was talking about in a previous post, creating Zen at home.

Loi Thai is clearly a talented designer and it is really cool that he furnished many of these items out of his own antique store in Bethesda, Maryland. Funny enough the name of his shop is Tone on Tone. It seems that he really nows how to live by that design principal. Best of all once I discovered his shop online I was thrilled to brows the beautiful and clean website full of beautiful and intresting pieces.

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone

I mentioned in a recent post that I have worked in decorative plumbing. I also worked with lighting, which is something I really love. Lighting design is so often done incorrectly or overlooked entirely.

I don’t care to discuss lighting design exactly, just share some of those items that I absolutely fell in love with! Schonbek is one of those lines. I am not crazy about crystal chandeliers generally, but they have managed to use crystal in some new and utterly modern ways, in lamps particularly.


Rock crystal is so cool and gives this piece a unique look. It helps that I love the red lampshade.


This is such a cool twist on modern glamor. I really see this as the perfect touch in a boudoir reading nook.


I just love the shapes on the stem of this lamp along with the crystal base. This one really holds its own and a beautiful focal point. The green and black shade is really dramatic.

I found these on the website, but visit for all of their other great pieces and to find a dealer.

There is something about black and white images. It gives any image the real sense that it is a mere memory and quiets any additional noise that color can create. I am always moved by how it can seem to really distill the true content and composition of a subject.

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Isn’t it also great to take the stark and man made subjects above and juxtapose that with the subject of nature and her free forms.

photo by Elle - Desoto Falls, GA

photo by Elle - Desoto Falls, GA

photo by Elle - Jenny Lake,WY

photo by Elle - Jenny Lake,WY

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