Archives for December 2010

Neither Frumpy nor Pedestrian

I am decidedly NOT a techie and am known to stubbornly resist change in this area.
I mean, what was wrong with the 8 Track, right?

An iPad? I just rolled my eyes.

However, after watching my friend, Lauren from Pure Style Home perform seeming miracles using her new iPad, I reconsidered (I’ll post another time about the app – Moodboard – that had me so giddy).  The very next day found me purchasing my shiny new iPad and inquiring about a fun cover.
Blank stare from Verizon guy.
I was led over to a small rack with black, black and black choices. Huh? I took black.

Perfectly functional and right for some, but just not for me.

But this could not be the end of the story. What was the problem? This is Apple right? Purveyors of Cool. So where was the iPad cover for ME? I need style, function, pizzaz. Honest to Pete! Could no one produce an iPad case with personality or a place to put a stylus?

MacBook Pro on my lap (“never” I remarked when asked if I wanted a PC all those years ago) I started my search for an iPad cover.

Eureka!
Happy Owl Studio!!!!!!

Ta da!

L*O*V*E
Meet The Clutch, one of 3 styles the folks at Happy Owl Studios created for the rest of us.

Swoon

A place for everything, and everything in its place. Ahhh.

To be fair, another friend, Rachel James from RJ Interiors, has a beautiful iPad case from Twelve South.

First glance, a vintage book. Quite lovely.
But alas, no place for that stylus. Sorry Rachel.

Hugs,

Roxanne


Music for the Eyes & NORAD’s Santa Tracker

Oh how I love to soak in everything Christmas – and like a child, wish it would not end.

Every photo here speaks Christmas clear as Silver Bells, but each in different keys.

Sit back and enjoy the music….

And at the end, look for the NORAD Santa Tracker link.

Southern Living

Toby Fairley’s Blog

Tobi Fairley’s blog

Veranda

Country Living

Party Resources Blog

Traditional Home

Party Resources

Ritz Carlton Chicago

Country Living

Party Resources

Country Living

Traditional Home

Traditional Home

House to Home blog

Country Living

MarthaStewart.com

Tobi Fairley’s blog

“Mommy’s tree”, as my children say.

When I reflect on why we have 2 trees; one I decorate exclusively  (all by myself – no, you cannot help – step away from Mommy’s tree)  and one the girls and my husband can decorate any way they like (the one that lives in our sunroom – the room we use the most but that is tucked away at the back of the house) – I can only conclude one thing:   I have control issues.

Our daughters’ tree – the one they decorate. If you look closely, you can see an ornament my 10 year old made with her preschool photo many years ago. This tree is full of those sentimental handmade ornaments. You know the ones; brought home crushed in the bottom of a backpack or carried oh-so-gently off the bus,  and sweet little faces beaming with pride. This tree, in all of its down-to-earth sentimental beauty, really is my favorite. Control issues aside.

And finally, my husband is a retired Navy pilot (Go Navy!) and is dedicated to all things military. It has become a tradition that he gather the girls around the computer on Christmas Eve, early in the day, and together they track Santa’s progress with NORAD’s Santa tracker.

The brave U.S. and Canadian military men and women at NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command, stand watch over Santa on Christmas Eve and over the rest of us 365 days a year. Read more about NORAD here.

And if you have the chance, take a moment to thank a member of our Armed Forces and say a prayer for those spending the holidays away from family.

Hope you enjoyed the eye music.

Merry Christmas!

Roxanne, proud Navy wife.

ABC Carpet & Home, Part II

More Eye Candy from ABC Carpet and Home

Sit back, relax and enjoy…

Ahhhhhh, tufting! One of my favorite design elements. And I love seeing it presented here  in muslin. My imagination is running wild!

Here is a perfect example of how fun and unexpected it is to pair modern with traditional. It really does work putting this chair with the contemporary metal and mirror table.

Cisco Brothers Chair

Ok, there are so many things I love about this Cisco Brothers chair!  Who would not want to curl up in this men’s suiting inspired pin striped upholstery? So soft and inviting. And the white contrasting welt & nickel nail heads! Again, mixing traditional and contemporary elements adds such interest.

And another important thing about Cisco Bros, they make 100% sustainable furniture.  I recently placed two Cisco Bros chairs in a client’s home and a few days later  she sent an email raving about not only how perfect they looked, but that they are so amazingly comfortable. (Thanks Sheila!)

Note the legs and stretchers on this Dwell Studio chest. It could live anywhere:  foyer, hall, bedroom….(excuse the poor picture quality)

The beautiful inlay of this chest stopped me in my tracks. Again, an argument could be made to place this treasure in any space. What about a small dining room? A guest room? A living room side table? A nursery?

I cannot get this cocktail table out of my head. I never did figure out the manufacturer (help anyone?), but I  L*O*V*E  it! Poor quality photo once again, but this thing is really stunning.

What about bedding, you say?  Feast your eyes…..

From Dwell Studio, the mix of pattern and color is really wonderful especially on this great upholstered bed.

This close up is a much better image of the vibrant colors and textures.

Pillow Love.  I want these bird pillows scattered around my sun room!  But, oh how they pull this ensemble together.

My daughters would like me to magically transport this bed to each of their rooms.

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And now for some FUNKY – and there was lots of that to be found….

How about this whimsical vanity?

Are ya ‘stumped’?  Yup, it’s a chair!

This bed!  Too bad it is dressed in these sloppy looking linens in an unflattering color. Imagine crisp white, or  steel blue….

Fun interpretation of the Ghost Chair.

Can you make this out?  A desk! fashioned out of a single mold – seat and all.  And below is the tag…

If you hurry, perhaps it is still there. Now if this is not a gift for the person who has everything….

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Lest you think I overlooked the ‘carpet’ part of ABC Carpet and Home.

and…

Gorgeous, sculptural rug. Not for the klutzy with that hi-lo stuff going on.

Can you tell how this rug undulates?

The famous ABC basement, right this way!  And and then you are greeted by this crazy space full of more rugs than one can imagine!

So many rugs, too few rooms.

And there you have it. I was able to capture only a fraction of what ABC has to offer and I cannot wait for an excuse to visit them again.

Fondly,

Roxanne

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ABC Carpet & Home AND Martha Stewart!

OMG! ABC Carpet & Home

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Martha Stewart Living Radio, Seriously?

Seriously! I could hardly believe the email. In fact, I didn’t. I was convinced it was from one of my friends doing their best to get one over on me. But then I looked a little more closely, and started to realize it might be REAL!

So I re-read the note:

And sure enough, Michael King (who is completely darling!) was serious and a date was set.  With an interview time of  3:00pm and the Amtrak scheduled to arrive Penn Station at 10:00am,  what to do with all those free hours in between?

ABC Carpet and Home, of course! I’d never been and in my mind it was this crazy, amazing, huge, overwhelming nirvana for anyone who loves home decor – And. It. is.

Take a look:

Yummy! Can’t you just see these amazing napkin rings from Canopy Designs on your table?

So unique! Also Canopy Designs.

And here I am with my darling friend, Martha (left), who only works a block away from ABC! What a treat to share a cup of tea (her) and organic smoothie (me)  with her in ABC Kitchen, creation of Jean-Georges Vongerichten. That smoothie… let me tell you! yuuummyyy!

Lovng this glass-legged table next to the vintage and very traditional mirror. ABC was full of an eclectic mix of  modern, vintage, contemporary, industrial, sleek, retro, hip, bohemian.

Beautiful mosaic pieces from Ercole Home.

Can you imagine? Amazing!

Abyss & Habidecor luxury European towels and rugs. (what would you do with these balls?)

Bokja Can you say ‘conversation starter’?

Oh, there are so many more photos I would like to share, so check back for ABC Part II.

And oh yes, the whole reason I was in New York, the Martha Stewart Living Radio interview on Sirius/XM.

Here I am with Living Today host,  Mario Bosquez in a pic taken just after we finished the interview (ok, so this is a totally vain thing to share, but please reference the photo of me with Martha above to see that this one is SO adding 10 lbs!).

Thank you Mario and producers, Michael King and Lauren Gould, for a great experience! When I asked for a few ‘before we go live’ pointers, Mario said to think of the LIVE interview where listeners could CALL IN with RANDOM QUESTIONS as ‘just a conversation’. I’m not sure that is exactly how I might describe it (grin), but his manner and style put me at ease and I had a great time.   Incidentally, Mario is working on a TexMex cookbook. So hey Mario, if you ever need a taste tester……

Hugs,  Roxanne

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What Does It Cost To Do A Room??

What Does It Cost To Do A Room?

My lovely friend, Lauren Liess at Pure Style Home, posted a blog about just this topic. She said it in a way that is so eloquent and open and friendly that I just have to share it with all of you. Take a moment to click here and enjoy her thoughts.

What is YOUR Style?

As designers we really, really want to give our clients rooms that take their breath away. Rooms that feel just right to them and that they cannot wait to share with friends and family. Doing this takes time and effort and energy and loads of communication and patience! It is what I love best about my job. I love the first few meetings with a new client where I get to discover what they love. Sometimes they know exactly what they want, and other times they don’t. But always, ALWAYS, every single client has a style. They may say they don’t, but they sure do. What a joy it is to help them discover just the look that makes their toes curl, that trips their trigger, that gets the juices flowing! Boy, oh boy do I love what I do!!!

So what is your style?

Are you traditional?

(photo from Traditional Home Magazine)

More Modern?

(photo from DTI, Modern Love)

OR

Or perhaps something in between?

(photo from decorpad.com)

If you want help fine-tuning your style, just let me know. I’d love to help! Contact me.

Stylishly Yours,  Roxanne