Friday, May 1, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Daybed

I have always loved this image of Lou Lou de la Falaise's home in Paris, and how luxurious her daybed looks in the living room.

This got me thinking about how I once knew a woman who lived such a luxurious life that she kept a daybed in every room of her 11,000 square foot home just in case she felt a nap coming on. I'm not sure how productive she was, but she was certainly well-rested! 

One of the things I love about using a daybed is that it's a way to get some more seating in your space without the expense of an upholstered sofa. Daybeds are often quite a bit less expensive than upholstered furniture, and give you the same if not more seating. 

You can use a daybed in your space whether your style is:


California Casual

Ojai Ranch House designed by Kathryn Ireland

Parisian Chic

Moody and Masculine

Classic French 

Sophisticated and Simple

Rustic Modern

Where I really love a daybed is on a terrace, veranda or patio...

Kathryn Ireland's home in France

Here are a few of my picks...from the economical to the extravagant...

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Reading List

Here's what is on my bedside table these days:

When Lisa Borgnes Giramonti who writes one of my favorite blogs A Bloomsbury Life recently released a book of interiors inspired by great works of literature, I knew I had to have it. Let me just say--it does not disappoint! I've been pouring through this book over and over again. 

I was hesitant to start this book since I don't work in corporate America, and I had heard that she doesn't write anything about entrepreneurial women.  One critic wrote something to the effect of, "She writes about how to be a woman working for people like Mark Zuckerberg, not how to be the next Mark Zuckerberg." I figured that at just around 200 pages, there might be some insight to glean, and it would be a relatively quick read. Sheryl Sandberg and I are exactly the same age, and I'm finding I can relate to much of what she writes about in the book. I don't have daughters, but you can bet that if I did...I would not only be reading this book, I'd be giving it to my daughters to read as well.

Liane Moriarty is one of favorite contemporary authors. She is laugh-out loud, "spit out your wine" hysterical. Having read most of her previous books, I was ready to dive into this one about murder at an exclusive primary school among "tiger mums". It's hilarious the similarities I find among my own circle to the mums she writes about in Sydney. Love her!

Planning a very fun family trip with some friends to Iceland and Scotland this summer so I'm trying to read up all I can on both countries. I love the DK guides; they are my absolute favorites! They don't offer one for Iceland so I found this one that Isight publishes. I'm one of those people who just must have pictures in her travel guides. How can you just read about the sights?? It baffles me! 

Do tell...what are you reading these days?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Favorites: Coffee Tables

The coffee table is an opportunity to have some fun in a room. It's often one of the last pieces I'll choose when designing a space so that I can let the rest of the room design dictate what the table will be. Is it a touch of the modern that the room needs? Does the table need to be visually "light"? Maybe there should be a pair of smaller tables so they can be moved easily for entertaining?  Here are a few of my favorite coffee tables these days...

Love this with its blend of contemporary lines and traditional finish. The reflection of the mirror will brighten up a space without feeling slick. Find it at Wisteria.

I've always loved a waterfall table. I'm leaning toward this in my own living room. It doesn't take up a lot of visual weight, and adds a bit of the contemporary in a more traditional space. Also from Wisteria. (Less expensive lucite version here)

Again a bold mix of contemporary lines, and the gilt and glamour of the gold leaf. I am quickly falling in love with this table. I love a greek key element, and this table from World's Away doesn't have the typical greek key which can sometime get to be a bit much, but just a nod in that direction. 

If you're looking for a bit of gilt and glam, but want the lines of a mid-century modern piece...this is your cocktail table. I am not a fan of those 50s kidney shape retro coffee tables, but I love how this one is a bit of a nod to that "atomic era" without being kitschy. From Crate and Barrel.

For all glitz and glamour, this one is a beauty with it's empire touches. Can't you just see it in Josephine Bonaparte's sitting room. I sure can, and maybe in my own living room, too. From Currey and Co.

Another glamour piece from Currey and Co. with its stately legs, and stone top. This would be so perfect in a monochromatic space of neutrals and creams. 

I've always love anything Saarinen designed! Truly one of my icons of mid-century design. This gorgeous tulip table from Design Within Reach would be the perfect contemporary accent to an eclectic space. 

A totally fun piece from Jonathon Adler! I would use this table in a totally over-the-top room with bright colours, and traditional lines. I see greek key patterns, and Jonathon Adler pillows on a cerulean blue sofa with this table. How Fun!! Great for a family room, or even a teenager's space.

A copy of a great mid-century Platner design at a fraction of the price. Absolutely love the versatility of this piece. It would, of course, be right at home in a completely modern room, but also bring a certain personality to wider range of design styles. From Worlds Away.

The Rubik table from Design Within Reach has always been one of my favorites! Sometimes you just need a little carrera marble in your life, and here's a great way to bring it into your room. CB2 has a much less expensive version that I'd use in a heartbeat, too.

One thing I love is modern and organic all in the same piece. This table from Teracea could go so many different directions...cabin in Sun Valley, modern LA bungalow, farmhouse in Vermont! Teracea is one of my favorite companies! Their pieces are handcrafted in Mexico, and I've used them in many projects. 

 They're not all modern  over at Teracea. They are one of the very best at traditional and beautifully handcrafted pieces as well. This gorgeous table measures in at 59" x 39" and would make a perfect statement piece in between two lush and deep sofas.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Obsession: Leopard

I'm not much of a cat person, but Leopard is definitely my thing! I'm a sucker for leopard *anything* whether it's for my house or my wardrobe. In fact, I really don't think a room is finished until it has a touch of leopard in it. It has to be done well, though...nothing worse than tacky leopard! And, it's important to remember that a little goes a very long way.  It's one of those situations where it's completely right or it's completely wrong! Here- a few examples where it's completely right! 

Love this leopard setee in an otherwise very muted room.

Leopard benches in a small eclectic bedroom.

Absolutely love this living room with the emerald sofa and robin's egg blue
 window treatments by Palmer Weiss.

A vibrant room by Miles Redd with elegant leopard chairs.

One of my all-time favorite bedrooms. An elegant space belonging to 
Hamish Bowles, contributing editor at Vogue Magazine.

Beautiful leopard benches in photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank's living room

This leopard dress peeking out from a classic trench with the pop of color from the coral scarf! Love!

I love it when paired with unexpected brights!

But, it's also fabulous on it's own or with neutrals 

And, there are always cases where more really is more!

1. Pair of Leopard Parsons Chairs from

2. La Femme leopard-print chiffon gown

3. Leopard Maillot

4. Leopard porcelain tray from One Kings Lane

5. Leopard cardigan (on major sale!)

6. Saint Laurent Espadrilles

7.  Kate Spade Dress

8. Pair of gilt leopard ottomans from

9. Leopard velvet pillow from arriana belle

10. Italian tole ice bucket (less expensive version from Emily McCarthy here)

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