Wednesday, March 27, 2013


This month was not big for large pieces but I did find a few small treasures.

Wonderful Black and White Ashtray with Gold Accents
I seriously have a thing for vintage ashtrays and with this one being in one of my
 favorite color combinations, I had to get it.  They make the best jewelry and do-da holders.

Original Art!!
I literally pushed (ever so gently) two people out of the way to grab this one.  The frame it was in was falling apart so I grabbed a cheap one at Michaels.  I think she deserves better but for now, this will do.

Goddess Statue
Last but not least, a very random, kitschy item that I love.  Oh yes people, she's a candle but I swear we all thought she was an amber statue at first.  There is a message on the bottom that reads "to my goddess 1972"

Monday, March 25, 2013


Over the weekend I scored, not one but four, Cesca style armchairs for the shop.  I say "style" because I can not find any markings on the chairs.  I would not want to say they are original without proof but I do know they are vintage and were purchased in California years ago.  Here is a little history I took from the Knoll website regarding Marcel Breuer's iconic chair.  Knoll is still producing the chair today.

"Three years after designing his iconic Wassily Chair, which is believed to be the first bent tubular steel chair design, Marcel Breuer created the Cesca Chair (1928). Named in tribute to his daughter Francesca, the simple design pairs the industrial age aesthetic of tubular steel with caning and wood.  An original 1928 chair is included in MoMA’s permanent collection.  “It’s among the 10 most important chairs of the 20th century,” said Cara McCarty, associate curator, department of architecture and design at MoMA."

So what do you think?  Are you a fan?


cadeira cesca

chandelier and cesca chairs

Thursday, March 21, 2013


First, thank you all for your compliments and kind words regarding the dining room reveal.  It is always nice to get support from your fellow OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Decorator) friends.  

Today I stumbled across a wonderful interior design book from the past.  If you do not have House and Garden's Complete Guide to Interior Decorating (circa 1970), drop what you are doing right now and order if off of Amazon or eBay.  I am amazed at how relevant the design style is to today's en vogue looks.  The book features interiors from the 1960s and 70s.  My favorite passage from the book is entitled:

"The no-period room - a triumph of livability - is here to stay.  The interplay of old and new, simple and elegant, sentimental and practical, is the most provocative of all decorating ploys.  The no-period room refuses to be stereotyped; it reflects the range of tastes and imagination rather than a single design period or mood.  It recognizes the validity of placing a clear glass coffee table on an old needlepoint rug, of partnering a mixture of antiques and contemporary pictures, of covering a Louis XV chair in a bold houndstooth check. Wake up your house with this new, uninhibited harmony."

Wow!  Is it just me or is that hitting really close to home.

Here are a few of my favorite pics (taken from my phone, sorry) but don't worry, the book is over 300 pages so there is plenty of more eye-candy.

On another note to end the week, look at these great bar glasses I scored today for the shop.  They are by Culver, LTD and I'm loving them.  Tomorrow starts Flea Weekend so maybe I'll have more treasures to show you on Monday.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


OK you've been asking for it and here it is.  I really wish I could take better pictures but alas this is as good as it gets with me.

As a reminder, here is the concept board:

And here is my dining room today.  I am officially ready for a dinner party!:

Monday, March 18, 2013


I did a lot of hunting this past weekend and saw some amazing pieces.  Here is a quick recap in pictures:

One special purchase for myself......a signed and numbered art piece.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


I am constantly changing the look and feel of a space.  I can't help it.  I'm always learning and being inspired by other designers.  This constant evolution would drive some people crazy but not me.  I thrive on it and my family is completely accepting....thank goodness.  Over the past two weeks, I've shifted my living room and dining room to a more sophisticated, sexy palette and I'm loving it.  I've recently been obsessed with Italian design from the 60s and 70s along with current day designers like Ryan Korban so I guess the transformation is no surprise.  It really gained momentum when I found the black leather chairs and cheetah rugs.

If I can get some good shots of the dining room, I will be posting pics soon.  I'll admit I'm a little gun shy when it comes to showcasing my personal spaces.  I want to tweak and tweak until everything is just perfect which it never is in my eyes.

Here is my quick inspiration board:

In the meantime, here are some dining rooms that inspired this makeover:

rug placement

Founder of DwellStudio, Christiane Lemieux's dining/library

Christmas Inspiration:  Beautiful Table Setting in black and gold

pretty eclectic dining space #midcentury #glamour

eclectic dining room eclectic dining room

Monday, March 11, 2013


I am currently loving black, gold and blush.  I can't get enough of it for home and fashion.

How do you feel about it?


Wallpaper from Cuff Home

Colorblock tartine satchel

J.Crew Bag

Gilded Nightstand Bowls

Gilded Nightstand Bowls from Olive and Cocoa

Nate Berkus Gold Dipped Bowl at Target

Tom Ford's Santal Blush. Top notes: Indian spices, cumin, cinnamon, carrot seeds and fenugreek. Heart: jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose. Base: Australian sandalwood, cedar, benzoin, musk and oud.

Mila cap toe leather ballet flats

J.Crew Ballet Flats