Category: Furniture & Accessories

Wallpapering the Butler’s Pantry

I want to let you in on a little secret. Earlier this year, I gave myself a deadline of June 30 (first half of 2015) to finish up the major decorating projects in this house. By major, I mean things like painting, wallpapering, key pieces of furniture, lighting, etc. I kept this to myself because […]

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A New Sofa For the Living Room

Good morning, friends, happy February and happy Groundhog Day! First things first, thank you so much for your comments and emails in response to my last post. It’s not always the easiest thing to share online so I really appreciate hearing from you and for your support. As I mentioned in that post, as a part […]

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Current Favorite Chandeliers and Pendants

Finding the perfect lighting has been one of the hardest things to get right in my house. Lighting is such an important component in a room; it can make or break a room entirely in many cases. Well, I’ve certainly taken my own sweet time with it (like years!) but I feel like I’m finally crossing the […]

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Favorite Black and White Wallpapers

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

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Palm Madness + House of Hackney

I guess it all began with my wanting to put some sort of leaf (probably palm) pattern wallpaper in the laundry room. I was trying to decide on a pattern when I saw the Brazilliance installed in a showroom and was convinced that was the one.  Then I went off to London for spring break […]

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Bookshelf Roundup

I’ve always been drawn to rooms with bookshelves as a predominant feature. I always say you can tell a lot about homeowners from their bookshelves – their tastes, interests, personality….. that’s what makes them so interesting (i.e., brings out my nosy side). Here are some great ones….. A room with walls and built-ins painted the same […]

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I’m So Glad I Looked at a Million Wall Sconces…..

I removed the wall sconces above the fireplace in the family room when we moved into our house a year ago. They weren’t horrible but they just weren’t “me.” (I started typing “us” but let’s get real.) I had intended to replace them with the Circa two-arm sconces but there was that little part of […]

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I May Have Finally Found a Dining Room Light. For Real This Time.

The first time I saw this Jean de Merry light was when I had lunch at BG Restaurant in Bergdorf Goodman in New York several years ago. They are all flush mounted in the restaurant but it usually hangs from a chain: I was reminded of it more recently when I saw this room in […]

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Reader’s Question: Saarinen Tulip Table & Chairs + a Q&A

I get questions from readers from time to time about various design issues. Normally they’re quickly answered but sometimes they’re a little more involved like a question I got recently from Kelley. I thought the discussion might be interesting for you as well so (with Kelley’s permission) I’m posting her question and my answer here. […]

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What To Do With Bay Windows

I’ve always loved bay windows and consider myself lucky to to have a couple in our new house. One is in the living room and I kind of like them in their current bare state but I think they would also look great with big, full, white silk drapes. The other one is in the […]

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De Gournay Dreams

De Gournay. The name says it all. Hand painted wallpaper that is the ultimate in luxury. It’s one of those things that I always imagined I would have in my “grown up” house. So as we get ready to move into a decidedly more grown up house (knock on wood), I find myself wondering if […]

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