Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Accent Pieces: It's the little things that matter...

 Hey there friends. I hope you're staying warm and cozy because it's freezing here in NYC!

Today I thought I'd remind you that when decorating (& in life) it's the little things that make everything special.  Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's second famous dictum "God is in the details" is profound to me... but be careful not to over-do it. Too many details can be distracting. That's why I love Van der Rohe's first idiom "Less is more".  That may seem contradictory to some, but it's to remind us not to clutter when adding details and Edit! Edit! Edit!

Keeping that in mind, here are a few items that can make a room special.

Boxes look great and can store jewelry, photos, or all your remotes.

Above boxes all From Belle and June

Throws on a freezing day like today can keep you cozy, but also visually warm up a room.  Cotton or cashmere are my favs. 

Faux fur throws by West Elm

Wall mirrors. They can be grand over-scaled on the floor just leaning against the wall or a cluster of small mirrors hanging like art.  They add light and ambiance to any room.

Bowls add color and are also practical. I like to keep fruit in a beautiful bowl or tray on the dining table. Sometimes I just add petals or large hydrangea heads. How about you?

Baskets add texture, and practicality.  I keep magazines, books and the NY Times in my floor baskets.


I can't say enough about pillows. You can change the look of an entire room by changing pillows or just the case.   Plus, my dog thinks all the pillows are her beds.  So she's got ...like-- 20 beds. What a life...

Monday, August 27, 2018


F  L O W E R    P O W E R

This did it for me. I saw this William Sonoma photo and I don't know if it's because summer is almost over and I'm soaking in all of the color and flowers I can, but all of a sudden I'm into florals! 

I try to keep fresh flowers around the house, but that's pretty much the extent of my floral fixation. Then I started looking around and found floral wall covering.  And, kinda fell in love! 

Now I just have to find a wall. Maybe my headboard wall in the bedroom? Maybe my foyer? I'll keep you posted!

There are a few ways to achieve this look aside from wallpaper. Peel-off temp paper, hire a muralist, stencils. I may just dip my toe in and paper a large piece of foam core and put up panels.  

Credit: Spring Mural by Mary Moser RA (2nd photo from the bottom), wallpaper by FifthandFoster.com, Scalamandre wall covering, Pinterest for photos, and for stencils try: royaldesignstudio.com  and stencilsinc.com and cuttingedgestencils.com

Monday, July 16, 2018

I'm feeling blue...

Hello friends!

I've been absent from the blog lately, but no matter how busy I get, you know I will always come back when I have a great photo to share.

I was laying on the beach down the shore and the color of the ocean against the bright sun looked (and felt) like heaven.

So I thought I'd bring heaven back to NYC.   Inspired by the colors on the beach I decided to (once again) paint my living room mirror.  This time I chose this fantastic blue color that reminded me of the ocean-- crisp and cool yet somehow warm and comforting. I think it looks really amazing with the sun-yellow forsythia.

.... and heavenly.

 So soothing.  Just perfect. Here are a few other versions of that color you might enjoy.

The Jersey Shore (always my inspiration)

Photos: Me,  Proven winners, 1st Dibbs, Pinterest

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