Sunday, May 31, 2009

Another Gorgeous Day on the West Coast

What a beautiful day! There is something more beautiful about Sundays that are sunny. I think maybe the Sundays as a child and smelling Sunday casserole and putting on our prettiest things for church. Whatever it is , it makes for a perfect day. Here is our West Coast. If you don't live here I don't know how you cope.

Happy Sunday,


Another quote by Coco

"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future."

Coco Chanel

Well .... any thoughts on that?

Friday, May 29, 2009

In the interest of laughing at oneself, here is a witty hit from Oscar Wilde....

Lady Bracknell: "Are your parents living?"

Jack: "I have lost both my parents."

Lady Bracknell: " To lose one parent, Mr. Worthingon, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."

From "The Importance Of Being Ernest"

Design Quote for Friday (couldn't decide so I've posted both)

Have you ever stopped to think what fun this business of living can be? If you haven't, and if you are one of those who insist upon believing that life is humdrum, grim and boring, then I'm afraid this department is not for you. For I don't believe any such thing. I know that we can all free ourselves and live our lives fully, zestfully and joyfully!

Dorothy Draper

I'll always put in one controversial item, it makes people talk.

Dorothy Draper

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Design Quote for Thursday

Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.

Dorothy Draper

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shades of White

Layered whites really show off the drama of shades.
Can you use too much white? I don't think so. The aqua table glass is so pretty against the white.

I know I have posted this in the past but I think it really fits this category.

I actually love this floor. I think I would put a great anchoring rug on it tho. This really showcases making the most of natural light.

This scale really took me by surprise. I totally love it.

How do I love thee white room? Let me count the ways!

Design Quote for Wednesday

It is usually a mistake to impose an individual's taste on a room that has its Conversely, to put very fine pieces of furniture in a room that is without architectural distinction is as absurd as wearing a tiara with a bathing suit.

Nancy Lancaster

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Designer Quote for Tuesday

Everyone carries his own inch-rule of taste and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
Henry Brooke Adams

Monday, May 25, 2009

Design Quote for Monday

If I find that something I am doing is becoming a trend, I run from it like the plague. Billy Baldwin

.....and a few more vintage lovlies

Shirley has been my fav for many years. I love her in this color.
This dress too exquisite for words.

I love how simple and amazing. Vogue

also from Vogue. How lovely

Sweet and boy there was a whole lot of smoking going on. This man looks a little like Frank to me. I love how what ever they are up to, it looks like an "event."

Some Mondays call for a little sparkle......

Some of my pressed GlassChanel

Now this is sparkle. A curtain on a canopy made of mirrors. Wow it must look amazing with candle light.

Clever use of mirrors This is definite sparkle.

Ah yes the mirror I dream of. Venetian with mind altering sparkle!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Design Quote for Friday

Photo Tom Palumbo
The first rule of decoration is that you can break almost all the other rules. Billy Baldwin

Well another Week End

It's been so beautiful here in my home town. Like Summer! I'm feeling a little vintage might be in order today. There is always that beautiful, graceful, civilized and sophistication in the vintage photos and illustrated ads of the past. One of my favorite Illustrators was Joe De Mers. He captured something true about these paintings. There is more than a pretty face to them.

Looking joyful and stylish. Quinessential vintage elegance

Joe De Mers

Love this 1970 ad

Tom Palumbo photo. I love this beach and want to transport there immediately.

Joe De Mers amazing work. Love the colors here. Funny I sleep in a rose just like that one.

More Joe De Mers. He makes sitting cross legged even look elegant!

Love this one. All the violet and lavender

Wow the eyes. What a talent for detail he had.

Would liked to have read this whole article he illustrated.

Design Quote for Thursday

Vogue July 1957
Flair is a keen natural sense of discernment, a natural talent or ability that cannot be taught. One has it or not. Robert Kime, Architectural Digest

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Design Quote for Wednesday

A person with a real flair is a gambler at heart. Billy Baldwin

Some Beauties By Beloved Dorothy Draper.

Many would agree " America's Most Fabulous Decorator"
A must have book on great style!

One of her classic lamps. She loved to use her wallpaper and fabric designs on everything.

In her day, Dorothy was the prima donna of the decorating business – her name was synonymous with decorating. She gave decorating advice in her regular column for Good Housekeeping Magazine, designed fabric lines for Schumacher, furniture for Ficks Reed, Heritage and, other than her hotel and restaurant decors, she also designed theaters, department stores, commercial establishments, private corporate offices, the interiors of jet planes (Convair & TWA) , automobiles (she did a “line” for Packard and Chrysler in the 1950’s – including a pink polka dot truck!) – even packaging for the cosmetics firm of Dorothy Gray – on top of her residential designs for the houses and apartments of prominent and very wealthy society figures. She also designed her very own exclusive fabrics for her clients – such as her Romance & Rhododendrons and Fudge Apron which she used at the Greenbrier. Much of her work survives to this day, in the lobbies of apartment buildings, hotels (The Carlyle in New York and Hampshire House until recently) and of course, the legendary Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, specifically in The Victorian

This is such a great retro drawing from a time when every woman's home making value was based on her ability to entertain. Yikes the pressure!!

I love this screen showcasing more of her wallpaper designs. The yellow is bright, pretty and unusually not abrasive.

I love this brilliant design of chandelier. It looks draped in fabric being just bare. So many possibilities with this piece.

These chairs whisper, "French Poodle", but the textures and dimension of this textile are really engaging.

So pretty!

Empire with a whole new look

I saw similar pieces a few weeks ago in an upscale furniture gallery. Timeless.

I love her favorite color palette and their names!

What classic vintage design. Gosh I love this.

The small ottoman is beautiful.

This is so typical of the grand feel of her most treasured rooms.

Heeerrrs Dorothy!