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    POM POMS

    You wouldn’t think there would be any commonality among design, fashion and a dog’s tail.  Pardon?  My beloved pup had surgery on her tail recently and her gorgeous, fluffy appendage turned into something of a pom pom.  Sad? Yes. Adorable? Absolutely.  It reminded me of how delightful pom poms are.  It’s something about a shape so perfectly simple encased in fluff.  Whether it’s a detail on shoes, trim on drapes or something more unexpected – pom poms just make me happy.   The indefatigable Iris Apfel gets it. (L) Rebecca de Ravenel wearing her celebrated Les Bonbons earrings;  (C) a fanciful canopy by Olive Juice Interior Design;  (R) happy yellow Billy Button flowers c/o…

  • The Floors Beneath our Feet

    Like a painter preps his canvas, a good designer attends to the bones of a room before honing in on its decorative elements.  We make strategic shifts in proportion, tone, and detail, both subtle and grandiose, when thoughtfully designing a space.  A beautiful wood floor is one such essential element that has the power to really make our rooms sing.  We’re always told to “look up” or “look forward”, as a kind of mantra to mindfulness, happiness and all things good.  Well, I say “look down” because there’s beauty and inspiration to be had at your feet!         Our design studio becomes a laboratory for deep diving, where…

  • Branded

      There is one question I receive more than any other from prospective clients, writers, editors, vendors and the public-at-large.  “What’s Your Style?”  Simple enough I suppose.  After all, most designers and novice decorators have a catch phrase … “edited elegance”, “shabby chic”, “retro glam”, etcetera.  The funny thing is that despite having worked as an interior designer for fifteen years and having my own firm for five, I’ve never been able to provide a nice neat answer to that all-important question.  I guess I found it difficult to sum up all of my professional passions and aspirations into a few choice words.  And perhaps subconsciously I realized that I…

  • Singin’ the Blues

    I was recently asked by a publisher what I thought the prevailing design trend for 2010 would be.  My answer was immediate and definitive – seen here in the quote I sent her:   RICH SHADES OF BLUE! Prussian, Midnight, Cerulean & Turquoise. Everyone is looking to get a lot of "bang for their buck" these days and that applies to color as well.  Deep, intoxicating colors like those mentioned above bring a sense of richness to a room when applied to walls (with paint, paper or fabric).  Moreover, these shades of blue are überhip – perfect for the young, the bold and the stylish among us.    Lo and…

  • The Gold Standard

    I'm a gold girl.  Bronze, silver, not even platinum gives me the rush that gold does.  It’s warm and sexy and adds a little magic to any material.  I love gold fabric, furniture, lighting  and especially jewelry and hardware.  I would plate everything in gold if I could.  Now for you nay-sayers who think gold is a finish that belongs in the 80s, take a look at the images below and get ready to swoon.     A few of my current favorite gold fabrics.       A glamorous gold face in Vogue Nippon.       At the Washington Design Center's spring 2007 design house I painted the…