Thursday, November 18, 2010

Curiosity Aflutter

Image: Lamp at Hotel Beauchamps, Paris (from my iPhone)

Last year I saw the lamp above while staying at Hotel Beauchamps in Paris. I have not been able to stop thinking about it since. I would love to figure out a way to replicate this lamp. Perhaps A. could make a wood and glass box, I can buy the butterfly and lamp parts. I love the simplicity and elegance of it.

Another project to add to my list...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fresh and Green...

I love everything about this piece of furniture designed by Oscar de la Renta and available through Century Furniture. I love its color - green which is another fav at Kelly + Horne - the greek key drawer pulls, the detail on the feet and what I am going to assume is a marble top. This piece is just fabulous, not to mention the styling of the image: so fresh!

I have a chest of drawers at home that is now whispering makeover...

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I know...this Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which was originally created in 1939 by the British government to help raise the morale of the people at the beginning of WWII, has been everywhere, but believe me when I say that this is the best mantra I can think of for myself today. Maybe it can come in handy for you too...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Time to...

... set those clocks back tonight (summer, I miss you so)!

... for Kelly + Horne to get it together and get cracking on this blog!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Check it out!

To some this may not be a big deal, but to me I think it is pretty awesome...When I opened up the October issue of Elle Decor I was psyched to see a picture of a bed (see above) that A., my husband, made! It was one of several that were made for Forty 1 North, a boutique hotel in Newport, RI. How cool is that!?!?

Something I have not mentioned before, but A. is a very talented custom cabinet and furniture maker who works for a small yet really interesting establishment in Philadelphia. He, his boss and coworkers spent a week up there installing the beds and other pieces they made for the hotel. The blurb in the magazine was about the hotel itself, but I am still very, very proud.

So it got me thinking of two things:
1. A.: Up for a road trip sometime soon, perhaps to a lovely coastal town? I know where we could stay (hint, hint).
2. A: Canopy beds are really lovely, especially these modern takes and would look really good in, let's just say, our bedroom (hint, hint).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Inspiration beading...Part II

Voila! Necklace complete.

Actually, I made it the same night as my last post, but have been trying to get A. to take pictures of me modeling it. However, our schedules have been so crazy lately that we have not had time for a proper photo shoot. So this picture I took with my iPhone. What you do not get to see (aside from my face) is a little tassel I made and added to the clasp. Very cute touch in my humble opinion.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Inspiration beading...

It has been quite some time since my last post...what a summer...

Lately all I can think about are accessories: from bags to shoes to - the latest fascination - jewelry and obi belts. Over the last several months yoga has become a very important practice to me and recently I have begun to meditate. Taking inspiration - emphasis on inspiration - from Malas which are a traditional prayer beads used in Buddhism and Hinduism, along with having read an article in the September issue of Martha Stewart Living on how to make your own tassels, and seeing a ad for Peace, Love and Juicy Couture (fragrance by you guessed it, Juicy Couture) where the bottle has been adorned with turquoise beads and bright pink tassels, I got inspired.

The tools: Embroidery thread, turquoise beads, spacer beads, beading thread and beading needles.

The project: Mala-inspired necklace

Finished result: to be continued...

Images at top (clockwise from top left): Sukura Designs, Juicy Couture, Juicy Couture, Martha Stewart
Image at bottom: my iPhone

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Color Me Kate...

I just adore the use of color that Kate Spade uses with abandon. From the ads (seen above) to the products to the stores (seen below). The brand has a playful happy approach to design and I love it. Just wanted to share a few pictures that make me happy as I start my weekend.

Happy weekend to you too!....

Monday, July 12, 2010

de Gorgeous de Gournay

I adore chinoiserie and for some reason I have not been able to stop thinking about deGournay handpainted wallpaper lately. No matter where I see it I just swoon, but these days I can't shake the Chinoiserie wallpaper in green. Here are just a few memorable images that I am sure you have seen before.

The question is, if I were to get my hands on such gorgeous wallpaper...where to hang it....

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Lush and Lovely...

I have returned from my vacation in New Hampshire well rested and wishing I had a green thumb. Look at these gorgeous dinner plate dahlias we saw at Spring Ledge Farm in New London, NH. They are so lush, full and lovely. They are one of my very favorite flowers. I told A. that when we finally own a house I would like to have a flower cutting garden. This will be a huge endeavor being that I have what I like to call a very brown thumb. A. on the other hand is very good in the garden and you would think that I would have picked up a thing or two from such luck. However, I am feeling so inspired right now that who knows, I just might turn it around. I assure you that if I do dinner plate dahlias will be some of the first flowers I plant.

Image: my iPhone

Saturday, June 26, 2010

MIA...and with good reason

I have been MIA the last couple of weeks and with good reason...I was in China. While there I had the opportunity to visit a very cool, historic water village known as Wuzhen. It is not far from Hangzhou and Shanghai. Within the village are four luxury hotels that occupy what used to be homes. They are so well hidden that you do not realize you are entering a hotel until you walk through a modest doorway into a grand lobby. It is really unbelievable. Before I even began traveling to China, this is how I pictured Chinese villages to look. They do not all look like this, believe me. Wuzhen is truly special.

Please forgive the quality of the pictures that I am sharing. They were taken with my iPhone. The above image is of the gate leading out of the hotel I stayed.

This former home is charming.

One of the waterways in Wuzhen where you are taxied by boat around the village.

A pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants. Love those caned light fixtures.

I love these hanging pendants that were in the hotel I stayed.

I just arrived back in the States last night, and believe or not, I am now departing for a long overdue vacation in New Hampshire. I cannot wait to get there. I may try to post while I am away, but I am not making any promises. I may be too busy doing a little R&R.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Feeling for the Flavor...Paper...

Flavor Paper started out as a wallpaper company based in Oregon back in the 1970's run by a hippie named Ted. It found new life in 2003 when Jon Sherman caught wind that this psychedelic wallpaper company was selling all of its equipment. So he hopped on a plane and viola: new life. The company somehow found home in New Orleans. Now its sleek new headquarters has moved to Brooklyn, NY while keeping a smaller studio in NOLA.

You have got to check out Flavor Paper's paper. Even the traditional at heart will find something to Penelope, one of the three dogs that hang out at the HQ or Sheba, the super cool wallpaper design seen below.

Peruse their website and you too will getting the feeling for the Flavor...

Images: Flavor Paper

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Attention Lilly Lovers!

To all you Lilly lovers out there! Come on, it's okay, you can say it (if): you love Lilly Pulitzer. It took me a long time to feel comfortable saying it, but now that it is out, I feel so much better. Anyway...back to important one week starts the Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2010 Warehouse Sale at the Valley Forge Convention Center.

Yes, I am schlepping down there, so hope to see you there...

Destination: Pantone Hotel

I work with Pantone colors on a daily basis, and I am always wondering why the TPX book has not been updated recently with new colors. For all you textile designers out there, I am sure you know what I am talking about. Well, I have news. I discovered today what they have been up to...they have been busy opening Pantone Hotel. Seriously.

The hotel is located in Brussels (very cool) and is made up of seven floors, each with their own distinctive color palette (also very cool). Check out the website to read more about it:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Inspiration really can come from anywhere...

As a designer I believe that it is important to keep your eyes open at all times for inspiration can pop up at anytime and from anything. However I really never imagined I would find it in a men's shirt ad in the back of American Way, American Airlines' magazine.

I love the kaleidoscope of colors in this tie. It is so cool and graphic. I am seeing a textile collection coming out of this.

Stay tuned...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

If only...

Tomorrow is the start of another work week. If only I could have one more day to hang out in bed like this lucky bird, a designer from Nate Berkus' interior design firm (sorry, I tore out the picture before getting her name), in an equally glamourous bed.

There is so much about this shot that I love:

yellow upholstery fabric + mirrored edging + crisp white linens = divine

have a good start to the week...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

One Year Anniversary...

Today marks the one year anniversary of not my wedding anniversary, but my traveling expedition to Pieces in Atlanta, GA. I know it must seem rather silly that I remember the actual date, but if you are familiar with this store and its proprietor, Lee Kleinhelter, I am sure you understand.

The store is impeccably edited and visually impactful. Ms. Kleinhelter takes pieces of furniture that could have been easily overlooked at a tag sale or something of the like, and transforms them into stunning pieces, hence the store's name, that are hard to pass up.

If you are ever in the city of Atlanta, you must stop by the store for you will be equally impressed. However, if you do not see yourself getting there anytime soon, check out her site,, which will give you a good idea of Ms. Kleinhelter's amazing sense of design.

If only I could go back and visit today or even soon. I guess I need to plan my next trip...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Back Painted Glass Walls....

The other week Little Green Notebook posted about mirrored walls, which I think if done right can look really glamourous. It can give a space a bit dazzle while also enlarging the space. The pictures posted were spot on.

I saw a thread between mirrored walls and back painted glass walls. You get the color and you get the shine. Above is a picture of a bather that Diamond Baratta designed which I tore out of a magazine ages ago. Elle Decor? House Beautiful? I have no idea anymore. This bathroom is grand in size and feels clean, fresh and glamourous all at the same time. When A. and I finally own a home I hope to somehow apply this look to a bathroom or powder room.

A.: FYI...see above...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Color Combo: Coral and Blue...

I know, I know...I am not the first person to post a picture of the ubiquitous Chiang Mai Dragon fabric from F. Schumacher, but once I procured my very own decorative pillows and yardage in the Aquamarine colorway, I cannot seem to stop gravitating toward interiors using shades of Coral/Orange paired with Blue/Turquoise/Aqua. I especially love the addition of white to the space as seen in the images below. The look is just so fresh, clean and happy.

These rooms make me think of warm weather which I hope gets here sometime soon...

Images (top to bottom): F. Schumacher, Tobi Fairley, Angie Hranowsky, Thibaut, Ashley Whitaker

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dear Michelle Nussbaumer...

I LOVE your pants.

Ever since I tore out the above image of Michelle Nussbaumer from a past issue of Elle Decor where she is wearing those whimsical pants, I have not been able to stop thinking about that pattern: malachite! I have been on a crazy hunt for that fabric which reminded me of the dynamite Tony Duquette who used the malachite pattern throughout his home as well as his clients' homes in everything from fabric to furniture to objets d'art.

In my hunt for a similar fabric I found this to die for Michael Kors "Malachite Hostess Skirt" which is way out of my price range. The malachite beading around the waist is just gorgeous and I love the length. I would host a fabulous party in that.

Roubini has just launched the Tony Duquette Rug Collection including his "Malachite" design while through Jim Thompson, a textile company, carries the Tony Duquette Collection which includes the "Malachite" design.

Lastly, I came across the malachite credenza above on 1stdibs which some lucky soul has scored. The door fronts are not real malachite, but it looks pretty good against the stark white of the body of credenza. So glamorous.

Images: Elle Decor,,, 1stdibs

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Talented Ms. Schaefer...

If you happen to live in the Philadelphia area there is only ONE week left to view the fantastic installation, In-Step, by the very talented contemporary artist Anne Schaefer at Tiger Strikes Asteroid located at 319A N. 11th Street, 4th Floor.

Really, if you have a chance you must go see it. It is a very visually impactful piece which takes up all four walls of one room in the gallery space. Anne was kind enough to answer some questions about the piece. Below I have included a panoramic view to entice you to go see it. Please click on the spread to see it larger. Enjoy!

K+H: I understand that the "In-Step" was dictated by the constraints of the physical space for the installation, but what was the inspiration for its composition?
A.S.: All of the compositional and pattern choices are based on how they will interact with the dimensions of the space and subsequently influence the way in which the viewer interacts and experiences the piece. So in that way, the physical constraints of the space are the inspiration. My goal is always to have multiple very specific and unique perceptual or sensory experiences going on in the same piece. The elements accumulate or meld in to each other to make for a total experience for the viewer.

K+H: What determines your use of color which is very bold and saturated
A.S.: The goal for the color is to have each work with another to create very particular optical effects. I am interested in overwhelming the viewer to some extent. I introduce less saturated colors like the robin's egg blue and light pink as well as the neutral tans to offset the intensity of the colors like the red, orange, yellow and teal. The color is really calculated to get multiple color interactions happening at once or at specific intervals. The idea of totally enclosing the viewer in a relatively small room seemed sort of aggressive to me and it felt to appropriate to have the color sync up with that idea.

K+H: Is this an ephemeral piece: once it is taken down that is the last of it aside from photo documentation?
A.S.: Yes, it will all vanish over the course of two days of painting. For the first time, I am working to have the piece documented in both photo and video. The initial documentation of the piece through photography seemed to miss the real experience of being in the room and I would like to attempt to capture that in a stronger way.

K+H: What is the average length of time that you spend on a piece and what is your process, if you are able to share?
A.S.: I had about a year of lead time for this piece and the preparatory drawings came immediately after knowing the date of the show. I sketch and do a lot of color swatching which serves as research for the piece. I also work on other pieces concurrently, especially works on paper that inevitably inform some of the color choices or pattern structure. I need to have more than one thing going on at a time in my studio. It enables me to take breaks from some ideas. I also make really crude and basic models of the specific spaces to see how things look, but despite this kind of preparation, it always changes during the installation process as the work becomes full scale. This can be both really exciting and totally terrifying because I have a finite amount of time to process and respond to these changes.

K+H: I am familiar with your work and I have seen it evolve. At what point did you want your work to become part of the interior architecture that it is/was installed in?
A.S.: I had been wanting to describe an experience or a get a perceptual effect in some of my previous work and finally became dissatisfied with the work being descriptive of an experience and wanted it to really be that experience. At this point it seemed natural to work on a larger scale. Now the imagery is fused with the architecture, dissolving the boundary between object and environment to create an immersive perceptual experience for the viewer. Additionally, I have always used repeat patterning and it seemed that I was carefully dividing up space in my paintings the same way one would organize imagery to fit in to repeat. Similarly, it seemed a natural extension of that process to divide up a physical space.

K+H: Do you see your work moving to the exterior of an architectural structure?
A.S.: Right now, there is something really important to me about the viewer's experience being one that is enclosed and controlled. This piece in particular really struck a cord with me in that way. The outside world is very intentionally absent from my work. I really strive to have the experience in the piece be its own world. I am not sure if that experience would be available if the work was outside, but never say never. It would certainly be an amazing opportunity to think in a new way.

Additional comments by Anne: I wanted to take advantage of the nearly square dimensions of the room and challenge myself to make the space feel smaller when the viewer is standing facing the main wall with the tiered squares. I feel that in this position, the back wall feels really close to the viewer's back. I also attempted to make the room feel much longer when you stand facing any of the striped walls. Also, through the patterning and the arrangement of the elements, I hope to influence the way the viewer moves through the space. The position of the door generally sends people to the left when they enter and they walk toward the main wall, they move from left to right as the squares step down from left to right and then push out into horizontal stripes.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Long Live Sister Parish...

At long last I FINALLY received the May issue of Vogue yesterday. It was the spread on Sarah Jessica Parker, a.k.a. Carrie Bradshaw, that I was looking forward to. However, it was the Nostalgia piece by Christopher Petkanas on page 108 that determined today's Kelly + Horne posting, "House Rules."

Mr. Petrkanas' reminisces about his time back in 1992 with the legendary American decorator Sister Parish to prepare for the very first book to be written about her work. Mr. Petrakanas does not mention the title of the book in the article, but I can only assume that it is the highly covetted book, Parish-Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design,that he is referring.

The article immediately made me think of the image above which I tore out of an old issue of House and Garden (miss you!) that I have been hanging on to. The fabric in the background is Chou Chou by Sister Parish Design. I just love, love, love it and the the look and feel of this image. I can see an entire room decorated around this image as inspiration. It is fabulous. It is crisp, clean, with graphic impact and utterly stylish.

You too can get a piece of the Sister Parish look: her granddaughter Susan Bartlett Crater and protégé Libby Cameron founded Sister Parish Design making her fabrics and wallpapers available to the public. Additionally, the two have published a book, Sister Parish Design: On Decorating.

Now I cannot stop thinking about that print...not only do I love the design I love the name...Chou Chou...

Images: Vogue (May 2010), House and Garden