Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The arched window provides such an attractive focal point in any room yet remains the most puzzling and difficult window to treat for light and privacy control. 

Personally, I usually take the simplest path and let the window speak for itself rather than detract from its charm by trying “too hard” to adorn it.


Simple traversing draperies…….


Accenting with wood shutters….

( by Hunter Douglas, of course!)


An airy Roman Shade…..

What are your favorite solutions???

Monday, January 30, 2012


Now…. who wouldn’t have beautiful dreams here……..

where I'd like to be!Château in Normandy, interior design by Charles Spada

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


This morning as I was perusing one of my

favorite web sites, Houzz, and I discovered

an article, “Cozy Elegance by the Lake”,

about one of my favorite local architects,

Visbeen Associates.  This “stunning lakeside

home”, to quote directly, included a

marvelous photo of a favorite door of

mine, the Dutch door, and using it in

such sweet application.

dutch door

“The girl's room are joined together with Dutch doors, which allows them to share the space and have privacy when needed.”


dutch door

The Dutch or split door can be traced back to the early 1600’s in the Netherlands and was mainly used (and is thought of today) as an exterior door.  The top half could be open for fresh air while the bottom half kept dust, leaves, and the occasional animal from wandering in.

dutch doorToday’s updated uses serve other purposes, both indoors and out.   As Wayne Visbeen so aptly showed us, children’s bedroom doors are a perfect practical use as well as nursery doors, laundry room doors…… and well……any door!

Now this is one Dutch idea that can avoid

the proverbial derogatory joke!

Friday, January 13, 2012


From just a small accent…..

tangerine orange

To a bold showing….

tangerine orange

Or a conservative compromise….

tangerine orange

From kitchen to bath….

Tangerine Orange

Tangerine Orange is going to create some fun in 


tangerine Orange

In many of our homes!!!

tangerine orange

and remember….


Hunter Douglas carries this marvelous color in

their product line also!!!


How would you use it…..

A subtle accent or a bold statement?

Monday, January 9, 2012


2012 Color of the Year:

Tangerine Tango


Known as Pantone 17-463 among members of the interior  design community (and simply “Tangie” to family and friends), tangerine tango is described by the color-matching company as “a vivacious, enticing hue,” “a provocative go-getter” that’s “a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way” and “a spirited reddish orange … Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive.”

Reprint courtesy  Re-Do it Design

A Home Decor, Interior Design and Color Trends Resource courtesy of http://www.MyHomeFaceLift.com

Here is the full Pantone color release for Interiors & Furnishings, and Pantone’s own color stories regarding all nine color palettes! I don’t normally quote content, but as the creators, I thought you might be interested in reading Pantone’s reflections about the creative process behind this year’s color trends, straight from the source. Everyone will have favorites, but I love “The Comics” for this group’s fearless and pure color bravado. Throughout this week, I’ll take a look at the color palettes individually, and hopefully contribute meaningful thoughts and impressions on making these diverse color groups work in your home, in 2012 and beyond…

“The nine palettes for 2012 are: Nonchalance, Subtleties, Resilience, Indigo Effects, and Transcending Time, Back to the Fuchsia, Reflections, Nouveau Neon and The Comics”.

Pantone Nonchalance Palette:


Suzani Nonchalance






The simplicity and casual ambiance in this palette, called Nonchalance, are easy to read and enjoy. The reassuring colors coax a feeling of tranquility and relaxation with no suggestion of anxiety in the surroundings. The comforting pastel pinks, ethereal blues and soft egret white wrap us in carefree baby blanket colors, harmoniously blending with the more mature taupe, gray and grape tones”.

Pantone Subtleties Palette



Subtleties are just that –

a close connectivity between the color families, sliding effortlessly into a seamless collection of hues that are either closely related or quietly complementary. The atmosphere they present is effortless and compatible: hazy coral, soft yellow green, faded rose, stonewashed blue and tinges of gray and green artfully set against a tasteful brown earthy red.

Pantone Resilience Palette


Pumpkin-Blush Resilience

Resilience represents a group of sturdy hues that work very well together. It speaks of hand-hewn objects of substance, sustenance and solidity in a range of natural, outdoor shades. There are nuances of the deepest browns, varietal mushroom tones, foliage green and greenish yellow. A dash of flamingo orange adds an exotic touch to this otherwise organic grouping.

Pantone Indigo Effects


Like the twilight colors of a descending night sky, Indigo Effects evokes a mood of broad expansiveness and depth – enveloping and protective, yet mysterious. The colors are variations on a blue theme – celestial and majestic blues, purpled and deep blue indigos – all deftly brushed with contrasting strokes of maroon, mauve and moody gray.

Pantone Transcending Time Color Palette


RoyalEggplant Sublties

Transcending Time is a palette that speaks of continuity – inspirations from the past, both style and color-wise, which continue well into the future – containing hues that heirlooms are made of, including elegant wine and plum, warm beige and wood tones, as well as classic rose. A touch of frosted almond adds a soft and subtle glimmer to the atmosphere.

Pantone Back To Fuchsia



Bold, daring and audacious, this is a group of tantalizing colors that makes no excuses for the attention it creates. Back to the Fuchsia celebrates the energy generated through the provocative melding of dancing reds, purples and pink, all highlighted by a variety of fuchsias. Jewel-toned peridot both accentuates and complements the hotter hues.

Pantone Reflections Palette

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Glossy finish and color are a magical coupling, fascinating the eye and riveting attention. Metallic or glassy surfaces undulate and move and twist and turn, taking colors to new dimensions. Included in this arresting palette, called Reflections, are tones and tints that spark the imagination: Turkish sea, blue moon, garnet, beluga, cloud dancer as well as the classic silver and gold.

Pantone Nouveau Neon



The colors of the Nouveau Neon palette are not the phosphorescent neon’s of yesterday. They are instead a collection of exuberant shades that bring a fresh new perspective to combinations. Asian-inspired bamboo yellow-green plays with orange Popsicle® and berry purples, while citrus colors toy with pink and raspberry. A flavorful butter-rum tan is the unexpected accompaniment to all of the vibrant colors in the palette.


Taken directly from Pantone’s press release, and Chicago unveiling of the Spring/Summer 2012 Color Trends Report.

Friday, January 6, 2012



The latest from Farrow & Ball:

(I just love this company!)


The hot colours for 2012 are…

Unexpected colour combinations and colour blocking are the key looks for 2012. Strong greys are accented with warm yellows and clean blues for a really modern, graphic look, while subdued blue-greys and delicate purples remain fresh when paired with brighter colours in dynamic combinations.
Pigeon®, Brassica, Railings and Babouche® are all rich, nostalgic shades with an underlying quiet intensity that makes them perfectly suited to decorating trends in 2012.

Discover further schemes using our 2012 colour picks

Discover further schemes using our 2012 colour picks

Pigeon® – casual yet functional
In small spaces, Pigeon® can create an intimate feel, while in larger areas it has an unparalleled softness. Pair with All White and add an accent of Incarnadine® for a modern, atmospheric look.

Discover further schemes using our 2012 colour picks

Brassica – ethereal yet relaxed
Keep this nostalgic colour fresh and exciting by combining with Stone Blue® on the ceiling or evoke modern elegance by accenting Brassica with Dove Tale on woodwork and Strong White® on floors.

Discover further schemes using our 2012 colour picks

Railings – dramatic yet easy to live with
Soft, velvety, charcoal tone Railings can make real impact when used on floors, or as a feature wall alongside simple underplayed shades like Skylight or Cabbage White®.

Discover further schemes using our 2012 colour picks

Babouche® – effervescent, positive and fun
Make a bold statement with high-shine Babouche® in Full Gloss on walls to add a sense of fun to interiors. Combine with Plummett® for a vintage feel or, for a really contemporary scheme, pair with Blackened® in colour blocks on walls and Pavilion Gray on woodwork.

Wonderful selections, don’t you think????


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