Favorite Black and White Wallpapers

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I decided a while back that I wanted to re-wallpaper this wall in my dressing room with something black and white:

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It’s part of my overhaul of that room. (I think I finally found the dresser but more on that later.)

So I’ve narrowed it down to my top five. As you look at them, see if you can guess which one I ultimately chose.

First, Nuvolette (Cole & Son) …..

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Next, Queen of Spain (Schumacher)…..

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Then, Zebra Palm (Schumacher)…..

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Then, Feather Fan (Cole & Son)…..

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And last but not least, Malachite (Cole & Son)…..

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So can you guess which one I picked? One hint: I actually chose the last one for a client. I’m hoping they’ll go with it for their powder room because when I tried out a sample in there, it looked ike this…..

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I mean come on, it doesn’t get better than this!

As for me, I’m going with…..

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Queen of Spain! I’m so excited, I can hardly contain myself. The reveal may be a while between the ordering, travels and holidays but stay tuned. It’s going to be a good one!

(All photos as linked except 1 & 2 by FTRB.)

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Fall Books: Markham Roberts, New York Mid-Century and Haute Couture Ateliers.

I have three wonderful new books to tell you about today, covering three of my favorite topics: interior design, New York and haute couture.

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Decorating: the Way I see It by Markham Roberts, Principal Photography by Nelson Hancock

Markham Roberts, who trained with Mark Hampton, has decorated some of the chicest interiors of our time so his first book is long overdue.

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He has been bringing his sophisticated style to a diverse range of homes for over two decades and Decorating: The Way I See It takes a look at 40 of them.

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They range from city apartments to ski retreats to Southern houses and are filled with pattern, color, custom designs and beautiful works of art.

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Each are distinct but all have in common an elegant and timeless air. In addition to the 350+ photographs, Decorating: The Way I See It guides the reader through Roberts’ design process making a visually stunning book highly informative as well.

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New York Mid-Century, 1945–1965 by Annie Cohen-Solal, Paul Goldberger and Robert Gottlieb

New York, New York. You already know it is my favorite city in the entire world. I love everything about it so New York Mid-Century, 1945–1965, which tells the story of how it came to be the capital of art, architecture, design and the performing arts, is my favorite read of the moment. It will be yours too if you have an interest in the history of American arts.

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Best-selling author Annie Cohen-Solal writes about the critics and artists (Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, Kline, Frankenthaler, Johns, Rauschenberg, Judd, Lichtenstein, Warhol…..) and the places they gathered.

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Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger guides us through Modernist landmarks such as the Seagram Building, the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair, the Guggenheim Museum and the TWA Terminal at Idlewild Airport as well as shops, offices, and apartments. He also touches on furnishings, advertisements and photography.

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Lastly, Robert Gottlieb, former editor of The New Yorker and current dance critic of The New York Observer, takes us to Broadway and off-Broadway for musicals and dramas, to the jazz clubs of Harlem, to dance studios, to the ballet and to cabarets and nightclubs.

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This fascinating history is illustrated with over 450 paintings, photographs, plans and ephemera from public and private collections, galleries and artists’ archives.

For more details and links to all purchasing options, please see this page.

 

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Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion by Hélène Farnault, Photographs by Alexis Lecomte

In many ways, haute couture remains a mysterious world even in this day and age. So for anyone interested in the artistry of fashion, Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion is a real treat.

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It is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of couture where a small group of artisans (lace makers, weavers, textile designers, jewelers, embroiderers, and more) use ancient techniques and expertise to realize the dream-like creations of the couture houses. All of the greats are here: Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent…..

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Close-up photographs were specially commissioned for the book and takes readers from sketchbook designs to the runway and make Haute Couture Ateliers one you will want to browse again and again.

For more details and links to all purchasing options, please see this page.

*Review copies were provided by Vendome Press.

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FTRB on HLN Project Home

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It’s time! My segment for HLN’s Project Home is live!

In a nutshell, we made over an entry/hall area and the centerpiece was this mirror which got a little DIY action.

It aired in two parts over the past two weeks but for you, my dear readers, here is the entire piece. (Keep in mind it’s my first tv appearance so there’s definitely room for improvement!)

What happened to my hair at the end??? I don’t remember a tornado blowing through the apartment! Anyway….. if you’re interested in more details about the DIY project itself, there is a slideshow here.

Happy Monday and happy fall, everyone! I just love this time of year! #pumpkinspicedeverything

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Lately (Things You May Not Have Known About Me + Some Randomness)

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Hi, friends, it’s been a while and that’s because the past few weeks have been a whirlwind. Here’s some of where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.

First, I was on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Mongolia. (Did that throw you for a loop?) I’m nothing if not complex. Ha! I’m most definitely a city person and I admit I’m partial to the finer things in life but I’ve also always had an Indiana Jones/Marco Polo/adventurer side that likes to explore remote corners of the world every now and then. I think it’s partly genetics (my entire family seems to have this gene) and partly the books I read as a child, all about faraway places. Whatever the reason, my curiosity has taken me to the likes of Timbuktu, the Himalayas, the Okavango Delta, Angkor Wat……. and now, Mongolia.

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I got to live out my fantasies of living in a real yurt (their construction is genius!), seeing Karakorum (Genghis Khan’s capital), boating on Lake Khovsgol, seeing how real nomads live and riding camels in the Gobi Desert. We traveled over 1,000 miles in a Russian van on unpaved roads, flew in tiny planes and rode horses. We petted reindeer (so soft!), picnicked in a gorge, saw 80 million year-old dinosaur bones in the very spot where they were found(!), soaked in hot springs, tasted camel milk cheese and fermented mare’s milk, and climbed a 1,000 ft. sand dune. As you do. (That’s me lying at the top of the dunes, watching the sun come up over the Gobi. Unreal.)

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And everywhere we went, the Land of Blue Skies lived up to its name. I’ve never seen such wide open skies and so many stars at night. I think that’s what I’ll remember most. There are more photos on Instagram if you’re interested (@FromTheRightBank).

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Then almost as soon as I got home it was the Live the Life You Want weekend with Oprah! (Did that throw you for another loop?) I don’t really talk about spirituality here but it’s an important part of my life and I credit Oprah with starting me on this path. I’m not running off to an ashram or anything but I’m striving to learn things like how to be more present, to live my purpose and to deal (graciously) with whatever life throws at me. You know, the usge. FROM THE RIGHT BANK | www.fromtherightbank.com  There was so much wisdom shared during the weekend and I’m only just starting to digest it all.

I also have a lot of new reading inspired by Oprah and my trip…..

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One of my dearest friends who is also really into this type of thing flew into town for the event and we had quite the few days leading up to the weekend. After schlepping around Mongolia in my trekking clothes and generally roughing it (it’s all relative), it was nice to get dressed, put on some makeup and paint the town.

I generally like to take out-of-town visitors to tried and true places and One Eared Stag is my favorite Atlanta restaurant…..

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Afternoon tea at the St. Regis usually doesn’t disappoint either…..

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And we took in some art at Whitespace Gallery. It’s my favorite gallery setting in the city, especially the garden…..

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I bet you’re thinking Now you sound more like yourself……  There was a lot more gallivanting but you get the idea.

So, it’s been a crazy, full and wonderful few weeks, to say the least. I’m exhausted but grateful and happy to be home so I can catch up and get myself together for the fall. It’s my favorite season of the year, hands down. Now if we can just get the weather to cooperate…..

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Making Happiness Happen + $100 HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway

So last week, I told you about HomeGoods’ Happiness Happens campaign. Today I want to tell you a little about how I took part.

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When HomeGoods provided me with a gift card and challenged me to make happiness happen for someone in the community, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to team up with a local organization called Project Live Proud (PLP). I first learned about PLP when I met its founder Nyota Brooks a couple of years ago. It is an interior design charity in Atlanta that acquires furniture and household items and installs interiors for families overcoming poverty and/or homelessness. By providing design that transforms homes, PLP raises standards of living and helps to break the cycle of poverty.

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PLP just started working with a family headed by a single mom who had recently moved into a one-bedroom apartment with her two sons. Together we will be making over the home through this fall so I used the gift card to pick up some things to help us get started. Multi-functional pieces are important when you are working with small spaces and budgets so I was thrilled to find this ottoman that serves as storage, coffee table, bench or even a chair…..

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The design is so clever. The entire top lifts up or you can just lift half to form a chair back. I also love the pretty blue and tufting. We also got some beautiful new bedding which will be the jumping off point for the design of the boys’ bedroom. (Think teals and taupes.) I delivered these items to the lovely client earlier this week and she was so appreciative and excited about our plans. I’d say we successfully made Happiness Happen!

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I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the makeover and in the meantime, HomeGoods is giving one of you a $100 gift card to make happiness happen in your community. To enter, just leave a comment letting us know what you would do with the card if you won. I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

I’ll be traveling for the next couple of weeks so I’ll leave this giveaway open until August 31st. A winner will be drawn and announced here on September 1st.

***The giveaway is now closed and the winner is….. Kristen (Submitted on 2014/08/17 at 7:44 am). Please email me your mailing address using the contact form at the top of the blog. Thanks and congratulations!***

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