Friday, February 24, 2012


On this VERY snowy day in Michigan, I might

as well dream about something white….


Hurry Spring!!

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Intrigued as I am by windows, I ran across this wonderful Art Deco interior and could not resist remarking on the exceptional rich color used in the drapery treatments.  They compliment this superb window without complicating the view. 

Lush chocolate!


This, of course, is the famous Café Americain, the oldest Grand Café  in the Netherlands.  It was originally constructed in 1902 and is located inside the famous Amsterdam American Hotel.  Isn’t is fantastic!!!

Café Americain is famous for its Art Deco interior, with the large arches, original Tiffany lamps and glass stained details in high windows. The wall paintings show the story of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Don’t you just love it?

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Art Deco has always reminded me of  “old” Hollywood (or “early” Hollywood, depending on your vantage point).  Glamorous satin dresses, lavish cocktail parties, chrome, glass, wrought iron stairways, black and white tiled floors, Charlie Chaplin Rudolph Valentino, Cole Porter, Wall Street crash….oops, too much reality!

In my latest picture safari through the land of internet, I encountered some splendid examples of this classic influence which originated from the 1925 World’s Fair in Paris, France.

This custom designed rod by Blue Desert Interiors captures the atmosphere this Modernist response to the more elaborate Art Nouveau style.  In the first photo, note how the wrought iron design cleverly mimics the two flanking half-round consoles on both sides of this lovely window.

Infamous, for its exotic and opulent Art Deco décor is Harrods, London which I had the exciting privilege of strolling through and the distinct disadvantage of not being able to afford anything!


The photo of this superbly styled chair I could not resist in snagging to add to my collection.  The style, the color, the cording……..ahhhhhh! 

Il est  magnifique!

What design influences are your favorite????


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