Friday, March 30, 2012

Let There Be Light!

Let There Be Light! 

Glass chandeliers can be pieces of art in the right setting.
This piece is amazing with varying lengths and sizes of hand blown glass.
Below, ocean colored glass sconces are a perfect pop of in this modern entry

The Pear Chandelier from Ochre is one of my favorites. A timeless piece for any design style.  Everyone loves a little bling!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Island Fever

Island Fever

 Exotic floral prints and jungle inspired accents are everywhere this season! Perfect for Spring, tropical style makes everyone happy. Try adding a modern tropical wall covering to a bathroom or single wall to experiment with this island flair. Powder bath designed by Pal + Smith with  a vintage inspired palm wall covering by Cole and Son. 

Contemporary Tropical Dress by Dries Van Noten. Featured in Bazaar magazine March 2012
The Spring collection for this designer is fabulous. Check it out at


Charlotte Olympia Clutch

Lily Stool in a Cheetah faux fur by Pal + Smith
A great addition to a tropical theme!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

Spring is here and I love this piece. I recently acquired it for my personal art collection . Frida Kahlo has been very inspirational in my work. I have always gravitated towards her color palette and depth of subject matter. With a modern twist, Artists, Alex Getschen and Felix Meier collaborated on this photographic piece. It is an amazing theatrical recreation of Nickolas Muray's Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939.

Inspired by Frida, a bright Powder bath by Pal + Smith
Jungle leaves wall covering is punched with a bright orange vintage pendant and a crisp white vanity

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Black, White and a Little Color

Black, White and a Little Color

Love these antique cameos featured in Departures magazine. Photographed by Horacio Salinas. Get this ancient look in a new modern way with Christian Lacroix's fabric collection for Designers Guild. This collection has an old world flair layered with vibrant accents of pink, lime green and and electric blue, featured in luscious silks and plush velvets.  My favorite is this circus style silk stripe, Soly Sombra in fuchsia. It would make quite a statement in a black and white room as drapery or pillows.

Soly Sombra Silk Stripe by Christian Lacroix

Black and White Interiors by Pal + Smith with a splash of color.
Black and white drapery and pillow fabric by Christopher Farr, Cloth.
available at

Cameos, Manolo's and Fornasetti.
Get the look with Fornasetti wall coverings at
Photo by Eric Boman Blahnik by Boman 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

David Oliver's book Paint and Paper

David Oliver's book Paint and Paper
I love this book. It has great ideas for implementing inexpensive yet inspiring ideas for paint and wall applications. Modern to traditional, this is a good place to start.

In the spirit of creative wall applications, adding fabric to a bed niche is an inexpensive way to create drama. As seen in this colorful room, designed by David Kleinberg, featured in Architectural Digest June 2001. The matching duvet and crisp white surroundings add extra punch to a small space. Of course, Quadrille's toile de Jouy in lime green is a absolutely fabulous! 

This intimate space is accented by a bold Asian inspired print by Cole and Son on a single wall.
Pal + Smith's Muse chairs in a yummy olive velvet set the tone for this little seating area.
Photo featured in Holly Becker's book, Decorate. Photo by Joanna Copestick.

More Creative walls
 Featured in Living Etc, This colorful bespoke mural wall is a unique way to set off any space.

The ultimate pin up!
Instead of paper get this look by decorating a wall with your favorite things.
Living Etc. Magazine.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

White Walls

White Inspiration
Using white walls in a modern home can be colorful! The use of white walls acts as a canvas or a backdrop.  It allows you to be creative with art,wall coverings and finishes. My favorite white paint is Sherwin Williams Extra White. I use it on  every project. 
This image is an example of colorful wall coverings with white walls.
Wall coverings by
In this image we use warm textures in wood and splashy colors with white paint.
This image from Holly Becker's book Decorate illustrates bold colors on upholstered doors and seating on a white backdrop. Zesty yellow Louis XVI style chairs are the perfect punch to complete the room.
This book by Richard Powers is a great resource for modern interiors. The first three photos above were taken by Richard Powers.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Melissa's Wednesday Pin-up

Melissa's Wednesday Pin-up

Tassinari & Chatel
Fontenay Collection
Pal+Smith loves Lelievre! What a stunning collection of fabrics ranging from classic to contemporary. I had the privilege of viewing some of the archival fabrics from the Chateau de Versailles last week at Stark. Absolutely lovely and such a treat.

"Marely" from the archives of Tassinari & Chatel.
A gorgeous fabric depicting a oval wreath. this fabric was created for the bed chamber of Louis XVI at the Chateau de Versailles.

Looms of Tassinari & Chatel still used today to weave the fabrics for the Chateau de Versailles.
What amazing history!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Photograph by Christian Duvernois from the Trianon: le domaine prive de MARIE-ANTOINETTE book.
Antoinette Sofa by Pal+Smith in fabric by Romo.

In the spirit of Louis.
 I recently came across the article "Sleepless in Manhattan" featured in Elle Decor while researching a project. Designer, Robert Couturier seamlessly portrays French style in a modern and historically inspiring way. The use of  French furniture ranging from Louis XIV to Art Deco and layers of bold  rich color are stunning. A must read article for anyone interested in French style with an eclectic twist!