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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nap Time: Inspiring Bed

Today I had the luxury of taking a nap. I would be a very happy girl if I did this everyday but instead of dwelling on that I will enjoy the fact it happened!  I'm feeling a little Bo-ho Chic today so in my dreams I was slumbering in this beauty.  Would this bed give you pleasant dreams? 

Image via Elle Decor

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sneak Peek: What's in Store...

Chelsea House's Fall 2010 collection is jaw-droppingly gorgeous.  The company introduced this amazing lacquer finish (in an ohh so amazing color palate).  We will be getting some great pieces in the shop this fall but just wanted to share my excitement with you.  Do you like? 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Trend I'm Loving: Mexican Embroidery (aka Otomi)

I've loved this fabric for as long as I've known about it...I first remember seeing it years ago while honeymooning in Mexico. 

At the hotel spa and bar I was served drinks on these lovely coasters.  I became a bit obsessed and had to have some of my own.  (I hadn't noticed them in the states then but they probably existed somewhere).  Fortunately, the concierge at the hotel was nice enough to track them down for me - they were from an interior design store in town and I quickly went for a visit.  I swooped up bunches and a pretty large fabric piece that I still haven't made into anything yet.  I always thought I'd frame it but now I'm thinking pillows.  My only regret...not buying everything in the shop!

What I didn't imagine then (and what I'm totally in love with now) is the increasing use of this fabric as coverlets in the bedroom. 
This color is so amazing and adds a nice touch of funk to an otherwise classic room.

If you are completely committed you could upholster a headboard.

The pillow idea.

I'm completely smitten over this kids room.  I was in the midst of doing this post when I noticed Andrika over at Nursery Notations had just covered the same topic.  Pop over there for some more inspiration - it's where I found this image.  Such a happy room for the littlest member of the family. 

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sweet Dreams are Made of These...

Sweet baby Cole loves his plaid baby blanket from Gramercy. 

He clearly likes his mom and dad's custom bedding from Gramercy, as well. 

His own digs aren't so bad either. I just love his sweet, subtle nautical themed-nursery.  Remember Cissy's inspiration board before baby Cole was with us?  This is an example of custom crib bedding we do at the shop.  The crib skirt and ties are Hable Construction "sea stripe."

Of course some pretty art always provides peaceful surroundings...Here's a closer look at the sweet munchkin.

I think in his mama's arms; however, is his favorite place to be!

All of these images were so beautifully captured by Shelli Allen Photography.  Shelli is the one who took baby Betts' pictures posted here.  She's incredibly talented and has a great blog that you should be sure to visit with lots of cute babes, tots and kiddos!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chinoiserie is Always Chic

I can not get this wallpaper out of my head since I found it on Style Files by Caitlin Wilson Design.  She has one of the best round-ups of chic chinoiserie wallpaper images that I've come across so I urge you to hop over and check it out for yourself! 

Remember these?
Incorporating guest towels, napkins or pillows with a monogram like this is a perfect addition to one of these wallpapers.

Speaking of Chinoiserie, I came across a great post on Style Court (Courtney always keeps me enlightened!) on the subject.  She had a link to this post about the history of European Chinoiserie that I found most interesting. 

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

You Said It!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."
                                                                                               - Mark Twain

I just came across this quote and it hit me in the gut.  Words I needed to hear. Words we can probably all stand hearing sometimes. 

Is there something you are putting off? 

Image via Coastal Living

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tablescapes of Note

I've been noticing an increase in blogs about cooking and of course amazing kitchens.  I thought why not take a twist of that theme and show a few of my favorite tablescapes of late.  That's my favorite part of getting ready for a dinner party!  I wish I could get a better look at this tablecloth - I love the mix of patterns, colors and textures in this setting. 

One of my all time favorite settings - of course the view and that chandelier don't have anything to do with it!

How lovely is this story? 

I clearly have a thing for purples, pinks and turquoise right now.

A cute and colorful setting ideal for a brunch gathering.

Well, given the egg decor this may be more appropriate for a brunch.

Kind of makes me want to go buy a farm so I can have a place to entertain.  Magical with the sun setting in the distance.

I'm feeling inspired to host a dinner party now...how about you?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Megan Mullally's Chic Hollywood Pad

I recently wrote about my love of Powder Rooms and shared a few of my favorite.  I just came across this one and the wallpaper had me swooning.  The rest of the house isn't too shabby either - a few highlights:

A great entrance to a home that exudes personality but restrained sophistication.

I love the matching rugs in this living space.

A peaceful garden and pool but what you can't beat is this view....

I'd be happy living in a tent on this property if this is what I woke up to in the mornings!

For more pictures and details see the article in Elle Decor here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Daydreaming...Dreamy Daybeds

Something about adding a canopy to a daybed just makes my heart flutter...

Go crazy with patterns and colors - I start to get short of breath.

Seriously, can you even get over the detail in this.  So wish I had a crisper image.

My new favorite nursery....That is one seriously cool space.

And while I am clearly a fan of the squared off canopies - I appreciate the softer, more romantic side of this space.  Ahhh, I think I need to lie down. 

Images via: Katie Ridder, Blue Hydrangea, Angie Hranowsky, InStyle (Martin Lawrence-Bullard), House of Turquoise (Luca Studios), Things That Inspire (Daniel DeSantis)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Honeybee Trunk Show (TODAY) at Gramercy!

End of Summer Trunk Show
TODAY, Tuesday, August 17th at the Shop

10 - 6

Come by for great savings on many pieces and check out the new line for fall
(not yet available on the website)

If you can't make it to the shop be sure to check out the sale on-line:

A few items on sale that look pretty tempting to me....

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Obsession: Cement Tiles

I've had a passion for tile for as long as I can remember.  I love all types but have been particularly drawn to cement tile over the past several years.  Then, one evening in LA, my love turned to lust and then obsession.  The defining moment - dinner at Bouchon in Beverly Hills (side note: you must go if you live in or visit the area - so amazing).  As I walked into the entry on the ground floor I was taken aback by the floor tile.  Floods of memories and emotions from travels and such came over me...I couldn't get enough.  I had to take a picture of the floor as I declared to my dinner companions that I must have something like this in my home one day....
It is not the best picture as I was taking it with my phone and may have enjoyed a few glasses of champagne.  But really, isn't it just beautiful?

After that I calmed down a little but as I was checking out the sneak peak of the Coastal Living Beach House (drool) I saw this image:
Sparks went off in my brain (it happens sometimes) - wait - that's sort of like the tile from Bouchon.  And, this is going to be used in the Master Bath - brilliant!  I started to wonder where one goes about finding such tile (new with the old look).   After a fitful search that I can't quite explain (really, I'm not renovating a home anytime soon) I came across Grenada Tiles.  Can you even imagine my surprise when one of the first pictures on the site was of by beloved Bouchon?
The source was discovered.  Be still my beating heart.  The site also has great gallery images of some historic installations like the two below:

Because I want want this post to have some brains to its beauty - a brief history of cement tiles (a.k.a. encaustic tiles, Cuban tiles, Moroccan Tiles, etc.)
The Echo collection revitalizes an art form that developed in France in the mid-1800's and quickly spread around the world. Unlike ceramic tiles, which are usually glazed and fired, decorative cement tiles are made by first pouring a mixture of cement and color pigment into separate compartments in a metal mold (a sort of oversized cookie cutter). This first color layer is 1/8" thick. Next we add concrete and press the tile under 3,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. This upside down cake is left to cure, creating a remarkably strong and lustrous tile. - Grenada Tiles

A couple of great shots of cement tile in artist's homes include Gaudi's above and Miro's below.

While I yearn for my cement tile to be on the floor - you can't ignore the beauty of the material when placed on the walls, especially in kitchens like these two by Tom Scheerer.

This might be my new dream kitchen.  I bet I would become a great chef if I was surrounded by such beauty.  Check it out up close:

And, a few parting images....
Yes, I also want a rustic, wood table in my kitchen sitting on top of my cement tile.  Hhhmmm...perhaps one day!
So, am I the only one or do these pictures make you want to go tile something?

Image 1 via Apartment TherapyImage 2 via me;  Image 3 via Coastal LivingImage 4,5,6,7 via Granada TilesImage 8 via TravelpodImage 9 via Topsy Turvey StyleImage 10,11 via Tom ScheererImage 12, 13 via Apartment Therapy;  Image 14, 15 via Elle Decor


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