Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fall Mantel Inspiration

I am beyond honored to be joining the following fabulous bloggers in presenting our ideas for this year's "Fall Mantel Inspiration".  Please visit all of these bloggers below and don't forget to also see these talented women on Instagram with links at the end of this post!


I really had to put my design thinking cap on for this one!
I have two mantels in my home, so I thought it only fitting to decorate both in different styles.
My family room mantel sports a large television much to my chagrin, 
but that being said, there is still no reason not to make it pretty!

Because I love mixing old and new with a touch of nature my first mantel which is centered an old transferware container and hydrangeas from my front yard.




Vases are from Amy Karyn  in Hopewell, NJ.

I love pulling out this old flea market brown transferware piece and using it as a flower pot.
Hydrangeas fit nicely with enough water to keep them vibrant until 
I allow them to become a dried arrangement. 
I even like the rough pumpkins with a bit of character!

My Bedroom mantel also has a television and because it's used rather infrequently,
I decided to cover it up with a great piece of art from katestephensonphotography.com.
I chose a warm brown and dusky tone Horse that definitely called for muted pumpkins.


I used faux pumpkins this time and painted them with plaster colored chalk paint.
I again used hydrangeas from my garden 
and dried flower stalks from Bountiful Gardens in Chester, NJ.
I left the old clock which I use as a quirky accessory on the hearth 
and played with plaster and brown tones!

Again and old vintage aged brass pumpkin thrown in the mix just because!
Something about mixing old with new that feel I always need to do,.


I took old grade school books of my now adult girls and folded the covers back exposing the spine, only two paper backs had their covers entirely removed. 
I happen to have a bag of thick ribbons that I have collected over the years and as luck would have it one matched the art quite well.

However, I still felt I needed and organic object so I threw an old antler next to the pumpkins that I had painted gold some time ago.  
The vases are actually Pottery Barn which I found last Fall season, they had me at "Hello"!





Night time view... sans hearth clock..

Now go see what those other fabulous bloggers have created on their mantels,
and be sure to check out the Instagram posts as well !








Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Bulletin - Johnson Hartig

I love opening the mailbox and seeing that big beautiful bulletin!  I am talking about F. Schumacher's
"The Bulletin".   It is full of fascinating articles on design plus fabulous must haves and of course fabric.
This Bulletin featured Johnson Hartig, the Founder and Creative Director for LIBERTINE. Libertine is  a clothing brand out of Los Angeles that uses amazing pattern and color choice. Let's talk about not being afraid to use bold color!  Not only does Johnson love color in the clothing line but he loves it in his home as well. Just look at the unabashed use of color that is strewn throughout  his home! You too may be craving a little color pop of your own after seeing these images!


You too can get "The Bulletin"
right HERE!
All images from the Schumacher's Bulletin.





Want to learn more about Johnson Hartig?
Then go HERE!





Sunday, July 28, 2019

Everything But Kitchen Sink... In PINK?

YES, I know it's been quite a while since I blogged. I do have an excuse! I broke a finger in my right hand so typing was put on hold until the last couple of weeks!  However, it did give me time to think about design, art and so many things I neglected over the Summer due to this traumatic injury.  
This injury has allowed me to spend more time with my youngest daughter Brooke. She truly and literally became my right hand. She helped me with projects and helped keep me organized,I am very lucky to have her.
Brooke has very feminine taste and informed that she would love a pink kitchen if she ever gets her dream apartment in the "West Village". At first I was like, WHAT? A "pink" kitchen!
Then it occurred to me if she loves pink then a pink kitchen she shall have.  I decided to come up with some palatable pink kitchen images and ideas and if she does get her wish one day, I might actually be a bit jealous!  If you could have any color kitchen for a day what would it be?

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Below all Farrow & Ball!




Okay if you're afraid of pink cabinets and pink backsplash , maybe pink flooring?

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Alright maybe just blush counter stools will do it?

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