January 5, 2015

'DECORATING THE WAY I SEE IT' by Markham Roberts

Our second book review and give away is the outstanding decorative coffee table book on the life's work of renown designer Markham Roberts
 Known for his ability to work within any design vernacular, Markham Roberts brings a fresh approach to both traditional and contemporary styles
 It is the true art of the blend with varying styles in furniture, textiles in layered patterns and color in rich and bold combinations
 His work can be found around the world where he is often viewed as the very definition of chic
 Influences from across oceans combine in crafting a true global influence

 Orange happens to be my favored color for bold accents and Mr. Roberts seemingly agrees as you will notice repeated use of this palette.
This is a book to read and re-read as his richly textured designs reveal their individual nuances. This is easily my favorite design book in years!
Mr. Roberts crafted the book as a design process, layer by layer revealing the basics; floor plan, furniture layout, color palette, textile selections, with the incorporation of objects and art.
The book next leads the reader through a discussion on architecture, landscaping and gardens, showing the importance of the interrelationship between the interiors and the exterior. A man and principal I strongly eschew.
Finally he pulls all the pieces together using his own country house in the Hudson Valley
 You will be WOWED by this richly detailed book; learn from a master while enjoying Mr. Roberts personality and wit.
To win a copy you must be a follower of this blog and leave a comment. It will be difficult to part with this treasure chest of design empowerment.

So here I am in Atlanta with 2 weeks of shopping ahead of me and Day 1 was a winner. Seems as though my focus is natural wood, well for today it was. 

 These set my heart on fire. Would anyone have guessed that these are vintage draft horse mud shoes? No? Well I was baffled and intrigued. Apparently in regions where horses are working in a muddy/bog area these shoes prevent sinking
As a collection they make quite the statement, happily!
Often times you will see these trunks balancing on three legs. What to do when a leg breaks? GENIUS! But that is Lisa for you
A brilliant vignette, don't you think?!
The first two items already have a home with two interior clients but my trailer remains very empty

To win this wonderful book, simply be a subscriber and leave a comment

The winner of the Gardens of the Garden State is Debbie Freitag. Get in touch with your details!

January 2, 2015

'GARDENS OF THE GARDEN STATE' Book Review and Give Away

Isn't January the perfect month for reading books? And it's the perfect time for me to provide reviews for five garden and interior design books I have been holding back on. If you have been with me for awhile, you will know that once I write a review I love to give the books away.
So let's begin with a garden book and dream of flowers and their garden homes in the coldest season.
Monacelli Press takes us away with Gardens of the Garden State, by Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry with stunning photographs by Gemma Ingalls.
 The most densely populated state in the nation is aptly named 'the garden state', for a reason. It's temperate climate makes it possible to grow a wide range of plants along with a series of complex topography
 The terrain ranges from glacier swept endpoints, mountains, rolling hills, coastal plains and flat basins. I would personally love for these glacier boulders to reside in my flat Illinois garden.

 The authors selected 28 private and public gardens and began an 18 month odyssey documenting the beauty found
View formal gardens of merit to wildlife gardens to a lighthouse garden near Cape May
 The diversity of interest will captivate you and take you away, to dream and plan.
 Visit the largest public Iris garden in the country
 Most intriguing to me are the peaks into private gardens and photographers Emma and Andrew Ingalls capture them at their best, expressing the designers particular point of view
For further reviews and a guaranteed delivery see this lovely tome HERE
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December 28, 2014

Fireplace mantle post Christmas

How does one go from this

To this? Ok, this is an exaggeration, however once the Christmas decor comes down all feels naked. Maybe it is time for a change. Instead of putting everything back, take a fresh look at this important focal point with new eyes
 Trolling around my Pinterest boards I found many examples, let's take a look.....

Personally I favor an asymmetrical style, it looks natural in appearance. Leave the symmetry for a formal room

The possibilities are truly endless but as in all manner of design within your home, a personal touch is favored. This prime real estate can house your collections, favored art, in essence YOU

Mirrors are a standard tradition, the frames can be interesting, and they expand your space. If utilizing mirrors keep in mind what they reflect. Have you ever seen a mirror that reflects the ceiling, maybe a ceiling fan?

Here we go, a ceilings reflection

This is the idea
And this.
How to avoid? Hang the mirror slightly cocked; flush with the wall at the bottom of the frame, leaning forward at the top
 Naturally when your room possesses both an interestingly detailed ceiling and a stunning light fixture they can be doubly enhanced with a mirrors reflection.

 An obvious spot for a favored piece of art
 Or a collection
 The simplicity, in an otherwise 'busy' room adds prominence to the artwork; all alone and with a dark background lends a 'look at me' environ
 A stunning piece of art can carry the entire mantle
 Or not......

 A symmetrical display with foliage.
 Your florals need not be complex, the simplicity of just greens does not distract from the other elements while interjecting movement and texture
Florals need not be a tremendous amount of work as great faux's these days can provide the effect without a constant change of fresh

 Look around your room and pull styles, objects and existing colors to the mantle

 Simple, and reflective of it's artistic environment with a great sense of movement
 A favored clients fireplace is being remodeled tomorrow. This image is the inspiration. Cannot wait to share the before and after
How about over scaled art?!
I would kill for this!! From the home and book of Atlanta designer, Nancy Braithwaite
Have this book available in my shop, a new favorite!
 Find any inspiration? I hope so. This image and those below are from my pinterest board called VIGNETTE. This is another spot for ideas, these and many other vignette's can provide inspiration for your mantle

Wishing you warmth, happiness and good health in 2015!
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