Wednesday, June 30, 2010

{a giveaway}

It’s time for another giveaway! It’s nice to have a chance to say thank you to all of you who pop by and read my posts, I really appreciate all the support from my lovely blog-world friends! This giveaway is in collaboration with the fabulous CSN Stores {there are 200+ stores!}, where you can find tons and tons of decor-related products: everything from a bathroom vanity, to DwellStudio bedding, to an original Eames chair! Be sure to hop over and check them out!

One lucky reader will be the winner of a $50 Gift Certificate to any one of their online stores.

Here are a few examples of lovely items that I came across:

{From left to right} Zodax 2 piece white lacquered box set - $79, Inhabit pillow - $60, Black Finials - $24-$36 each, Thomas Paul lacquered box - $36, DwellStudio Chinoiserie Placemats (set of 4) - $24, Twinkle Living pillow - $50, Graham & Brown Mackintosh Rose Wallpaper - $40 per roll, Peanut bowl - $35, Graham & Brown Darcy Pearl Wallpaper $60 per roll {I’m personally lusting over the lovely white lacquered box set, I think I may just have to indulge!}

Here’s how to enter:

1. Become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment on this post to let me know. If you are already a follower, simply leave a comment!

For additional entries you can do any of the following {optional}:

2. Post about this giveaway on your sidebar.

3. Subscribe to my blog via email {using the subscribe via email box on the sidebar}.

Do all three and you can enter 3 times!! {please leave a separate comment for each of the above as they will each count for an entry!}

The contest is open to readers with US or Canadian addresses only and will close on Friday July 9th 2010 at midnight. A winner will be chosen using, so be sure to check back to see if it’s you, so you can send me your email address and arrange to receive the prize.
Bonne chance!

Monday, June 28, 2010

{have you heard? domino archives available online}

Have you heard the news?? I learned today through La Dolce Vita and Shelterpop that the beloved magazine Domino will soon have all of its articles available online! The magazine will have a new home online over at, as they have been granted access to the entire archive.

They already have a number of Domino stories up on their site, and will be adding more and more in the weeks and months to come. Here's a screen shot of a few of the articles listed so far, check out the current articles posted here, and if you’re anything like me, then keep checking back for more!!

Of course, I still wish this magazine would come back and have all new content; it’s been 1 year and four months since the magazine was laid to rest. But to have access to all of the passed content will be pretty fabulous. Bloggers rejoice!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

{designer profile: dorothy draper}

From the 1930’s to the 1960’s, Dorothy Draper was America's most famous decorator, and was the first to ‘professionalize’ the interior design industry by establishing the first interior design company in the United States in 1923. The more I read about this woman, the more I am fascinated by her. Even if you aren’t sure, there is no doubt you have encountered some of her designs!

Her unique trademarks were oversized architectural details in mantle pieces and moldings, black and white checkered floors, mixed with bold colors and patterns. She used vibrant, “splashy” colors in never-before-seen combinations, such as aubergine and pink with a “splash” of chartreuse and a touch of turquoise. I think Draper continues to influence the designers of today, such as Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler.

Greenbrier resort in West Virginia via

The Quitandinah Palace & Resort in Brazil via

This woman did it all: she had a regular column for Good Housekeeping Magazine, designed fabric lines for Schumacher, and in addition to her hotel and restaurant decors, she designed theaters, department stores, the interiors of jet planes, and automobiles (she did a “line” for Packard and Chrysler in the 1950’s – including a pink polka dot truck)!

The restaurant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York was nicknamed ‘The Dorotheum.' Via

Words of wisdom from Ms. Draper herself: “It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.”

The lobby in The Hampshire House via

“Your home is the backdrop of your life, whether it is a palace or a one-room apartment, it should honestly be your own - an expression of your personality. So many people stick timidly to often uninspired conventional ideas, or follow some expert’s methods slavishly. Either way they are more or less living in someone else’s house.”

In 1939, Dorothy became a household name through her book, ‘Decorating is Fun!’ and more recently Carleton Varney wrote ‘In the Pink: Dorothy Draper, America's Most Fabulous Decorator’, which showcases 200 never-before-published photographs of her work.

Now you don't have to constantly scour ebay to find Dorothy Draper can find her pieces at Kindel's Dorothy Draper Collection instead! The collection is a collaboration with Carleton Varney, the president and owner of Dorothy Draper & Co., and the pieces include reproductions and inspirations from Draper’s design work. Here are a few of my favorite items:

And of course, the ever-popular Espana Bunching Chest, I want one…or maybe two!
Remember spotting it in the first SATC movie in the Vogue office? Yummy.

Or even more recently in Melissa Warner’s stunning bedroom featured in the May issue of House Beautiful:

Well, it's apparent Dorothy's legacy lives on! You can read more about this amazing woman at

Thursday, June 24, 2010

{i heart architectural prints}

I’ve always been drawn to architectural renderings; not only are the drawings themselves beautiful, but the buildings they showcase are as well! What I love is the traditional feel they bring to a space, and the symmetry in these etchings really appeals to me.

Since the Renaissance, architects have been regarded as artists. In 18th century England {when architecture was thought to be an essential part of a gentleman's education}, limited edition prints were considered coveted artistic collectibles.

Here are a couple of examples of these etchings used in spaces designed by Sarah Richardson {visit her source for these prints here}:

Toronto art dealer Elizabeth Legge has prints dating from the 16th century to the 1800’s. She noted the recent resurgence of interest in these pieces, as her store was commissioned to provide 224 prints to the newly decorated St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco.

These prints are something like wine, the older they get, the better they are! I actually find the subtle stains and marks on many of these renditions appealing, a sort of testament of their authenticity. Here are a couple of examples from Elizabeth Legge Fine Antique Prints and Engraving {$450-$750}:

I saved my fav space for last, here’s a room I swoon over... those mirrored frames add such a glam touch!

I found mirrored frames from Chapters to display architectural prints in my own home. I hope to own original prints one day when my art budget will allow for it! For now, inexpensive copies of originals have helped me 'get the look for less.'

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

{5 fabulous coffee table books}

Lately I am just loving over-the-top coffee table arrangements incorporating books… and I mean lots of books! This might be influenced by my love for books in general; I adore being surrounded by them. Karl Lagerfeld seems to agree with me, here’s an interesting quote from the Chanel front-man himself:

In my opinion, books go beyond reading pleasure as they can also add personality and interest to a design scheme. There are probably so many pictures floating around that are great examples of coffee table displays using books, here are a few that I swoon over:

via Lonny

via Lonny

via domino

I love this Lucite coffee table … and check out the stacks of magazines below, oh how I would love to peer through that collection!

via Lonny

via Lonny

Did you see the coffee table display in Carrie and Big’s new apartment in SATC2? I’ve never noticed anything like it, I love how there are books lying flat combined with books standing up, what an interesting arrangement!

I then came across a similar display via domino:

Interior design books are one of my weaknesses. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I am hanging out in the decor section of a bookstore! On that note, I thought I would include my 5 must-have coffee table books that would be a perfect start in creating the looks above. Not only are these books pretty on the outside, but they are chalk-full of goodness on the inside as well!

1. With the magazine gone, domino – the book of decorating, will have to continue to fill the void. A definite must-have full of inspiration and how-to advice! {bookshelf image via Housewears}

2. I love Kelly Wearstler’s Modern Glamour: it’s over the top and dramatic in true Kelly Wearstler form. Speaking of books, here’s a reading room featured in Modern Glamour, complete with books perched nicely on the coffee table, and a few extras stacked on the wine-cellar inspired bookcase:

3. Hue: Kelly does it again with this recent publication dedicated to the possibilities of color in interior design and decorating. I don’t know about you, but I am loving the different hues of Hue’s front cover! {coffee table image via Lonny}

4. Ahhh, Chanel. Doesn’t the spine of this book say it all? And who doesn’t want to learn more about one of the most glamorous and stylish women in history?

5. Style and Substance: The Best of Elle Decor offers a unique, closer look at hundreds of beautiful rooms the magazine has published in the passed 20 years.
So there you have it! My 5 favorite coffee table books, and my favorite ways to display them. Did I miss any of your favorites? Any must-haves that I should be popping over to Amazon for ASAP??

PS. Thank you to my good friends Laura and Kim, you inspired this post!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

{what’s your style in one picture? a challenge}

What’s the one picture that sums up your design style?? Tough question, isn’t it? Well, that’s the question Ally of From the Right Bank has posed to us! This is the third challenge she has set up, and I am excited to participate for the first time! This is a real toughy because I feel like my style is ever-changing, ever-evolving... so I picked a room that speaks to my style right now.

This is a master bedroom designed by Sarah Richardson, and I think it is perfectly tailored and glam:

All the details close-up:

Here are some of the reasons why this room appeals to me:

- Grey has been my favorite for a while now! I love the calm and serene palette, with little touches of blue. I could really unwind here!
- Love the one wall of bold wallpaper, I have been wanting to do this in my own space for some time.
- The buttons on all the perfect little pillows add sparkle to the room. Love the combination of grey and white striped silk pillows with the dupioni silk blue lumbar pillows.
- The cowhide ottoman adds a nice punch.
- I die for the white piping against the grey fabric on the Garfield chairs.
- Do I need to point out the white chandelier?? I think not! Love how the milk glass gourd lamp speaks to the chandelier above.

All in all, I LOVE this space. Thank you Ally for this challenge! Be sure to hop over to add your own picture and check out some of the lovely rooms posted by everyone else!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

{office space: 5 delicious desks}

High-gloss white lacquered desks have long been a favorite of mine. They really give a clean and simple look with just the right amount of glam. I am also drawn to desks with a polished nickel-plated sawhorse base. Basically…to me, shiny = good when it comes to office desks! I’ve rounded up my 5 favorite desks, including examples of rooms utilizing each style.

1. The Jett Desk from Z Gallerie - Designed with clean lines, nickel plated pulls and a functional angled shelf to store magazines and books, this desk tops my wishlist right now!

via Lonny

A desk with similar styling:

2. The Parsons Desk from West Elm – This desk will always be a sleek, chic table with beautiful straight lines.

Jen of MadeByGirl used this pretty lacquered piece in her lovely home office. I love that she placed two of these desks facing each other; it really makes for an appealing layout. You can get all the details of her space by clicking here.

Another table inspired by the shape of the Parsons desk:

3. The Mason Glass Top Desk from Williams Sonoma Home - I love the classic design of a basic sawhorse desk combined with a light and airy glass top.

4. The Channing Desk from Jonathan Adler – Love the lucite knobs on this piece. The name: a reference to Bette Davis's character, Margo Channing, in All About Eve.

5. The Mason Wood Top Desk from Williams Sonoma Home – A perfect combination of a bright white top with shiny nickel-plated trestle bases!

Aren’t these all lovely? What would I want my own home office to include, you ask?? Well, many elements would be inspired by the photos above! Here’s a look at my ‘dream’ office:

1. Side chair – Jonathan Adler, 2. Octagonal mirror – One Kings Lane, 3. Jett desk – Z Gallerie, 4. Lamp – Z Gallerie, 5. Lacquered boxes – Plantation Design, 6. Books – Gabriella Sarlo, 7. Desk chair – Z Gallerie

I’ll be keeping these photos tucked away in my inspiration folder ready for the day I can start a home office makeover! What would your dream home office must-have list include?

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