Tuesday, January 21, 2014


An antique grain sack, vintage leather, and crystal beads create a unique and special focal point 
Katherine and I are enjoying a "stuck inside" snow day while we are staying at a friend's beach cottage impatiently awaiting the move to our new home. Beach cottage in a blizzard. Hmmmm..... So I took out a few of my favorite decorating books, including a favorite by Charlotte Moss, and I see pillows, pillows every where. 

Original details such as patches make the piece a true collector's item

 A special pillow is like the jewelry on a well dressed woman. In fact, one of my favorite pillows in Ms. Moss's book is made from a cashmere cable knit sweater, and another is fashioned from a fur wrap. Just like the beautiful touches on a fashionable woman's outfit, the right pillow can bring the perfect focal point to any room,  giving a room confidence and style. This creation which I made recently for a client is going to add a type of "modern barn" or Brooklyn loft feel to a living room. 

Antique French Floral fabrics and antique French ticking stripes
Many designers combine Toiles, stripes, florals and checks or other patterns in a room. Here is a collection of pillows from The Lily Home which includes antique French Rococo fabrics in a bright and feminine color palette, combined with antique French ticking stripe fabric and vintage black leather. The more subdued hues of the antique European homespun and the caramel antique French Art Deco fabric on the large pillow in the back, plus the small hints of turquoise, help to calm the red and ground the collection.

A striking set of accents for any room
The two smallest rectangular pillows I created from an incredibly rare, museum quality piece of French floral fabric from the mid to late 1800s. It would have been used in a French lady's boudoir or possibly as delicate curtains. Bringing a rare treasure like this into your home is a way to make your home stand out as unique and stylish, much the way a designer bag or a special piece of jewelry does for a fashionable woman. I have just as much fun dressing up my rooms as I do getting dressed for a special occasion.

I hope you find a little fashion preview for your own room soon! Until then, enjoy the snow (or whatever wonderful weather you are having)!

Monday, January 13, 2014


Sometimes, my special friend and I take a drive through the countryside, and get a little lost on purpose, just so I can find beautiful places to share with YOU. So, you will please forgive me because I cannot (again) remember the name of the pretty little seaside village in Connecticut where these pictures were taken. I'm hoping one of you wonderful readers will clue me in.

 There are times when I feel a little like a "voyeur" standing at the edge of a lawn just to show you someone's front door. But this time, a charming New England woman who was walking her dog saw me and said, "Isn't it wonderful? It was built in 1772" or 1778, or something along those lines. Anyway, the homeowner is lovingly restoring it. I hope he leaves the patina on the front door. I've always said you cannot recreate that original patina in a reproduction.

Which leads me to a bit of my own news... Well, I hope. If you have been reading this little blog for a few months, you know I said a ways back that I had some exciting news. I am hoping and trying to buy my own little very modest, very original home. This will be big news if it happens because it will be the culmination of a busy, tumultuous, exciting and trying time in the lives of my children and myself. 
So please keep your fingers (and toes, and any other digits) crossed for us that this works...

Okay don't get excited.... THIS is not it. I just loved the look of this home on the Connecticut shoreline, and I am hoping someday to recreate this look, on a much, much smaller scale in my new home that I don't yet own. (I like to think of it as mine. It has very happy vibes.)

The Ocean House
Isn't this absolutely grand? Can't you just see a lovely wedding on the veranda? 

So, that is my trip to Connecticut in a nutshell. My wonderful "friend" drove me all over just to take pretty photos. And soon, I hope to start showing you photos of my own place, and my own personal journey. It has been a very long road, with a lot of rough patches, but the long and difficult journeys are the ones that make us appreciate life so much more, and along the way, we learn that what really makes a home isn't the house at all.... it's the people inside.

Remember... keep your fingers (and toes) crossed please.
Till next time,