Sunday, August 18, 2013

In LOVING Memory of My Cleo

This past Tuesday, August 13, 2013, we had to say goodbye to my Cleo. If you ever stop by this blog you may realize that I do not really talk about personal things here. However, in this case I would like to share. 

I found my Cleo outside of the Philadelphia Museum on Art (where I worked at the time) on a rainy St. Patrick's Day morning in 2000. I did not know much about dogs at the time, but over the past 13-1/2 years she taught me so much.

She taught me the meaning of what unconditional love and friendship truly is. She taught me that no matter what the stresses of the day bring, she would be there to comfort me -- to not sweat the small stuff. She taught me that the bond between owner and dog runs deep. For us, it truly did.

From the day I found her I wanted nothing more than to give her the best life and a good home. With that came responsibility and I was happy every day to provide for her, to walk and feed her, to love and care for her. She was the very best girl in the world. 

We now feel a hole in our family. I cry often and want to reach out and hug her. As I mourn I think of all of the fond memories I have of Cleo over the years and will hold on to them. Although she is no longer with me physically, I feel her spirit.

Cleo, my B, I love you always.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th

Wishing you a Happy 4th and hope that you can enjoy a very long weekend.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Not just for wearing...

I love the sea glass beaded accessory below that was shown in an issue of Southern Living a few issues ago. They may be hard to see, but they are there on the coffee table. What a great way to add a bit of texture, accessorize and add a bit of a coastal feel to your decor. Every once and a while I see this little detail show up in shelter magazines and each time I think "love that!" and where can I find these?

Image: Southern Living

The search is over...Resource: Bliss Home and Design. Available in small, medium and large and in various shades of aqua to teal sea glass. If sea glass does not fit your decor, there are other options available as well.

Image: Bliss Home and Design

Image: Bliss Home and Design

Image: Bliss Home and Design

It's all in the details.

Monday, June 24, 2013

See the thread?

I know, I has been a while. Some things were going on at home, but I do not want to bore you with. What I can say is that things are looking good and it involves my dog, Cleo. She is on the mend and we are thrilled. 

To recalibrate I thought I would connect this post to the last post highlighting Oscar de la Renta's Shibori gown by sharing this wallpaper that I am totally obsessed with. OBSESSED: Elitis' Geisha. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. It looks like Arashi, a shibori technique which I love. Shibori is a traditional Japanese dye resist technique that involves binding, pleating, stitching, etc. Arashi is a form of Shibori where fabric is wrapped and twisted around a pole and then submerged in dye. Only the areas of fabric that are exposed to the dye take on the color while the other areas remain the original color of the fabric (usually white or natural). It looks like water and is so beautiful. 

image: Elitis

Here it is in situ by Molly Luetkemeyer of M. Design Interiors

image: M. Design

I am dying to use it somewhere, but I am thinking more along the lines of the indigo color. I think it would be awesome in a powder room or a walk-in closet. A swatch of it has a prominent place on the bulletin board in my studio.

image: Elitis

 I see a future for the two of us. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pink Swirl...

Just what I am feeling today...marbleized dessert plates and Oscar De La Renta's Blossom Shibori Silk Organza Strip Embroidered Gown. Gorgeous.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Looking fab for less...

It is finally getting warmer and I think, no, I hope, that it will stay that way. Time for dresses - short, mid-length and of course, maxi. There is something so feminine and sophisticated about a maxi length dress in spring and summer. So glam. 

The dress on the left is from Rachel Pally at $233, but the one on the right is on sale at J.Crew at $70. Not hard to decide.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dear Marcie...

You are the bag I covet. When I see you being walked on the streets of NYC I cannot help but turn to look. It was love at first sight. I remember it well. It was in Penn Station two years ago. You were in black that day and I started to follow, but then realized your owner was going in a different direction than I need to go. I have since decided you look great in Tan, and I think we could walk miles together. Your size - medium - would work well with my 5'3" frame. Your single handle would hang nicely from my shoulder. I think you would look great with my new J.Crew "Nolita" (denim) Jacket and my Mariana by Golc "Sybil" heels

image: Chloe Marcie Medium Hobo - Neiman Marcus

I so wish you were in my budget. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spot on...

I cannot stop thinking about spotted patterns.  I am kind of obsessed. I would not consider myself a polka dot kind of person, but spots and polka dots are totally different. Right? About a month ago I started giving myself some projects - upholstering, roman shades, etc. - some I have shared, some I still need to. I feel like I need a little spotted something in my home.

LOVE Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches...kind of animal, kind of not. It now comes in aqua, pink and green. They are making my decision that much harder.

Always a fan of Quadrille China Seas patterns...Rio is right up there and love the zebra printed pillow (in green!)

Kelly Wearstler's Confetti for Lee Jofa - so great. Looks great on this tufted wing chair

image: Spruce

Then there is Thibault's Tanzania wallpaper. I am under strict instructions at home not to wallpaper since we are in a temporary living situation, but this would be so cute somewhere.

Lastly, John Robshaw's Bindi for Duralee. It is upholstery weight. Looks really great in person. 

images: Chairloom, Duralee

I just need to come up with the project and then decide which pattern. They are ALL so good!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Long Live Lilly

As you may have already read, Lilly Pulitzer passed away this past Sunday, April 7th. Although she lead a privileged life, she possessed an entrepreneurial spirit which started with a juice stand where wearing simple sheath dresses made up in wild printed fabrics and turned into the lifestyle brand it is today. 

I have to admit that I am a Lilly Lover. I love the fun color and prints; the overall message of the brand which were Lilly's direct words: "Life is a party. Dress like it." Words to live by.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Little DIY...

The other week I mentioned that I had some DIY projects that I wanted to get to. are a few done so far...

via my iPhone

I had had making roman shades to replace the mini blinds in our house on my "to do/project list" for some time, but when I started researching all the supplies that one needed and knowing that A. was not up for drilling anymore holes into what we just recently painted, I was kind of at a loss. 

I was reading Little Green Notebook one day and...Alas! There is a tutorial on making a roman shade using a mini blind mechanism. GENIUS! I thought: I have mini blinds (much to my chagrin)! I have extra fabric lying around (I am in the textile biz after all)! I can use a sewing machine (not great, but enough to get by)! I am totally doing this!

Okay, so I did have to go out and get a couple of things to follow through with the project. I wanted the shade to be lined and rather than gluing the shade to the mini blind mechanism as Jenny at LGN did, I wanted to velcro it, so I had to buy some velcro, plus the rings to sew on the back.

I did a basic tan linen shade (see above) and I did not add trim to the shade. I am still debating on if and what that would be, but I think as it is now is totally fine. A bonus to having added velcro to the shade so in case I do decide to add trim I can easily pull it down and affix the trim. I followed the directions over on LGN, which were very easy to follow creating a soft roman shade. 

I made the one for the bathroom first to see how it went and it turned out pretty well so I moved on to the bedroom.  Fabric selected: white linen for both rooms (did you see my post about loving white?). 

 via my iPhone

There's our cat Luca hanging out with the finished products (and the loveseat I dream of recovering, but is WAY down on the list). For these two I added dowels which really help the folds of the shades when pulling them up. 

First I pillowcased the fabrics and when the fabrics were still inside out I glued the dowel to the fabric (per the instruction of another tutorial I found). You are only to use fabric glue in a few spots. Overall it worked out okay, but there are some spots where the dowel popped from the fabric. The next shades I make, which will be for the living room, I may add casings to the lining for the dowels. That will add more time to the project so I am really debating about that.

 via my iPhone

A shot of the back of the shade showing a wood slat that cords get tied to so the shade can move up and and down. I sewed it to the shade through the eyes on the slat. I then glued each end to the shades' side seams to give more structure.

via my iPhone

Another shot showing how the fabrics look once pillowcased, turned right side out with a folder seam at the bottom for a finished look. 

I am still deciding on whether to add trim to the shades in the bedroom. I love the simplicity of the white, but do feel they may need a little extra something.

Oh, sorry that some of the pix are not so hot, but hopefully you get the gist. Pretty easy projects and it feels so great to say that I made them!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Good morning...

via my iPhone

Good morning...This is how I decided to start my work day: Tulips, (Strong) Coffee and an Almond Croissant. Very civilized. It is going to be a great day! I hope it is for you as well.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Serenity in the Hamptons...

As I was meandering around on the computer this morning I stumbled upon this adorable home in the Hamptons that belongs to Sue Devitt, makeup artist/entrepreneur- sorry, she does not appear to have her own site, but her makeup is sold at Barneys and various other places - on Cottages & Gardens.

She painted the brick exterior of her 1940s home white. I would totally do the same thing. Freshens it up and makes in more cottagey feeling.

She converted her garage into a home office. From the outside it looks darling. I could get a lot of work done out there.

Love the white upholstered furniture with the more primitive feeling pieces. Those large windows make it feel so open and airy.

A bathroom that leads out to the garden? How divine? Love the marble tiles ins the shower and the long linen drapes.

Great cabinetry in the kitchen. I love the combination of dark countertops and wood floors with white cabinets. Nice contrast, yet, it still feels so open and bright.

all images: Cottage & Garden

The pièce de résistance: this AMAZING meditation room.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's a wrap...

I have been on this DIY kick lately. My weekends have been filled with little projects which I do plan on sharing. Just finished some roman shades for the bedroom and will move on to the living room next. Simultaneously I have been working on a stool for my studio. One hint: it in involves mohair. I will share that once it is complete. The painting process is taking the longest for each coat needs to cure and I only have the weekends to work on my projects.

Moving on...

LOVE the look of fabric wrapped furniture. It added another textural dimension to a piece and it is a nice change up to painting it which is usually my first thought. 

These little cubes by Liz O'Brien are gems...easy to move around and love the agate pattern she has affixed to them. Little jewelry for any room. Check out her site because she also has coffee tables and mirrors using the fabrics. Gorge!

This little waterfall table by Johnson3 is fabulous. Love the print and again, a great piece that can move about the room. I picture a really great cocktail on this. 

Of course the piece I want to attempt to cover with fabric is not a cute little table with simple lines. No. I seem to think that I can fabric wrap my dresser which right now is in a glossy black and I am OVER it. I am slowly working on our bedroom - A. has not picked up on it yet - by softening it up with various shades of whites and creams with some blues.

Thinking of covering it sort of like the one above, but definitely more in the line of the one below which wrapped in raffia. Totally loving this.

I have looked around the internet for raffia fabric and have found some possibilities, but not totally sure. If anyone knows of a great resource please share. Also, if anyone has any tips on how to fabric wrap furniture, especially a dresser, I would love to hear them. I know this is sort of a daunting task, but I am game!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Having Fun with Flowers...

Finally...spring! Although if you live in the Northeast like I do you would not know it. It is so cold! However, last night I brought a little bit of spring into my home.

via my iPhone

I have been wanting to take a floral design class for some time now, but before I enroll in one I decided to take a one evening course held at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. The class was titled Floral Fun Visit England so all of the flowers we used are what you would typically find in an English garden - it is all about color and texture. Each student got their own bucket filled with flowers: Delphinium, Tulips, Dianthus, Snapdragons, Iris, Bells of Ireland and Daffodils. We also had a selection of greens to choose from: salal, ferns, and bear grass. According to the instructor you should chose Salal or Fern, but not both, for an arrangement. I am not sure why, but I opted for the Salal. I love a hanging Fern, but I tend not to like it my floral arrangements. I also offered my Daffodils to another class member for I wanted to stay focused on the pinks, whites and purples that were in the other flowers I got in my bucket. The picture below is the finished product at the class - the container was also provided (would have selected something else, but that is okay) - while the picture above shows it in its home environment.

via my iPhone

It was really interesting to see how everyone's arrangements looked so different from one another and yet we all used the same flowers. Some people went really tall, some people grouped like flowers with like to give a focal point, some people went symmetrical (wish I took pictures!). Me, I have been an admirer of the work of Saipua, a Brooklyn-based florist, for some time - their work has been all over the blogosphere, so you may be familiar - so my arrangement is definitely inspired by their work. I went asymmetrical by extending the Salal on the left side and swept up the height (a little) with the Bells of Ireland on the right.

I love the asymmetry of the arrangement above which is just one example of many GORGEOUS arrangements that Saipua creates. I realize that mine does not look like this, but again, I was inspired. As a textile designer I love to paint flowers and I love the idea of creating arrangements for it is about color, texture and composition. Somehow I would love to marry the two.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Totally Tortoise

I have a confession...I downloaded a few of the episodes of Millionaire Decorators the week I took off from work between Christmas and New Year's. I was curious. 

 via Bravo TV episode 1 I saw these faux tortoise shell tables (above) from Hollyhock and I fell in love. I have always had a thing for tortoise shell. So much so that when I had my first apartment way back when I had painted the facade of my dresser drawers in a faux tortoise shell effect. I wish I had pictures of that dresser...

A. is a furniture and cabinetmaker so when I saw the above tables I thought that he could make the forms and then I could faux paint them in a similar tortoise effect. Then I saw the table below...LOVE!!! 

The table is made by Alpha Workshops and is simpler in form than the ones above and I love the pattern. Not only that, I respect and appreciate the work that Alpha Workshops does which is to provide jobs decorative arts to those that are HIV-positive. Please visit their website to learn more and to see more of their beautiful work. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wondrous White

I had planned to blog about something else today, but as I was wandering through my usual blog roll I stumbled upon these wondrous beauties over on Stylebeat. Designed by Codor Design, a design duo based in Seattle, these two mirrors are just a sampling of their assortment. Although I love color, I am in love with white. There is something so pure and beautiful about white. Whether it is a beautiful linen, an object d'art, white jeans (just ordered a new pair by the way), you name it, white is beautiful.

via Codor Design

via Codor Design

When I saw these mirrors I could not help but to think of the Chanel 2009 Spring Summer Couture Show with all of those GORGEOUS white paper cutouts which took my breath away. I imaging it was much more spectacular to be there in person.

via various boards on Pinterest

via various boards on Pinterest

via various boards on Pinterest

I adore BHLDN's precious porcelain flowers below which look to be a small nod to the Chanel show as their own. They would make beautiful napkin rings, an embellishment to a belt, turn in to a broach, whatever, the ideas are endless.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

hello again...

via Hello 

Hello there! It has been a while for sure. I am resurfacing after a crazy few months at work. Spring is just around the corner and I have a list of DIYs to do starting this weekend. 

Before I go there, isn't this sweatshirt so cute? It is from Hello Apparel  which I first spotted over at Moth Design. I would prefer it more so if it were a sweater (hint hint), but really, I am 
getting tired of wearing sweaters and ready to bring out the Spring wardrobe. How about you? I have been eyeing some things to add in...more to share later on those.

Meanwhile, I must dash to begin my busy weekend of projects (which I intend to share later), breaking in our NEW washing machine (long story), making some homemade pizza (would you believe that mastering the art of pizza making is one of my goals for 2013?), and heading to the Philadelphia Flower Show (tomorrow is the last day!) which I am super excited to go to. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Just because...

via Smart Create Women

Yes, it has been a very long while. I have been ruminating for quite some time on where I want this blog to go, where I want to go and I the rumination still continues. However, I came across this picture on Smart Creative Women (Monica Lee has great energy) and I just had to share...just because! I love the colors and the patterned dress. Love, love, love! They also look like they are having fun, yes? I would if I were being showered by pink petals. Have a great day!