Thursday, August 30, 2012



I love green.  It makes me happy.  It gives me energy and as a child I always said it was my favorite color.  I loved to play soccer in green Dolphin shorts!  Remember those things!?  That was not a good look.  Anyhow, greens all go together.  Look outside your window and see all of the shades in the trees, plants, grasses and flowers.  Don't they look harmonious?

In fact, green is all over my house.  I have a photo of my living room below.  I remember selecting the paint called Jalapeño pepper.  Doesn't it make you want to party?  My mom hates it, but I still love it.  I have yet to throw a party, but I could...See how many shades of green you can find?  Like Where's Waldo!

These shoes rock!  I used to be obsessed with shoes (when I didn't have to pay for them myself! Ha!)  Now, I admire them from afar.  These are from the Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2012 line.

Of course, I couldn't live without a green elephant!  I now want this.  This is from the fabulous Etsy store, The Pink Pagoda.

This is fun inspiration by Anders Gramer, a European photographer who does so much for Elle and Elle Decor.

We can always gaze at Martha Stewart's Jadite collection.  It is so impactful when tons of pieces are stacked like this.  I also like the sink.  Fab!

Even a Kindergarten class can be inspirational!

This is a DIY job from City Dwelling blog.  I mean, if I had tried that you would have seen green paint all over the place- the floor, the amazing wallpaper- you get the idea!

How peaceful, how balanced!  This is from a little girl's room in Los Angeles designed by Mary McDonald.
The ginger jars and the pillow are great.  The shine, the color saturation- amazing.  It is a design by Nicholas Haslam.
 Can't forget our limes bursting with color!  I see a little Jalapeño pepper in this!

Ahh, Gumps.  Yes, simple, classic gold and green earrings.  Who wouldn't look stunning in these?  I could wear my little black dress with black heels and a little make up.  I can see it!
I have had the same Kitchen Aid mixer since I got married in 1994.  It is a forest green.  (I told you I have like green a long time!) I could update it with this though.  OK, or the turquoise one.  I think either would be cleaner than the one I have.  How do you clean all the nooks and crannies?

Last, the stair runner.  This is from a British magazine called Good Homes. If I had stairs in my house, this is what I would do.  I would energetically race up those stairs every day:-)

Hope you enjoyed your green inspiration!  Don't forget to look out your window and take it all in!!


Monday, August 27, 2012


Desert Update

Hope you had a great weekend!  The weather was just perfect and I even went swimming in the waves for a couple of hours. Warm water and fun surf!  

Here is a little update on the first desert project.  I was able to get 90% of the furniture in there during the HVAC outage (117 degrees!).  I wish I was kidding.  The contractor has a few more things to finish including a giant NanaWall in the great room which will bring in 10' x 20'+ of open light facing the backyard, the pool, golf course and mountains.

This is the project the first time I saw it.  Below is the entrance with the curved ceiling.  I had them take out the curve and the dividing plaster beam and put in sleek dark stained beams.

Second visit:

 Beams in:

Here is the after.  Well, how about the almost-after.  I hate when things aren't completely done, but we have most furniture, lighting and a partially completed fireplace.  We lost the fourth pendant on the right during installation, which I re-ordered.  We played open-the-trash for a couple of hours, but never found it!  The pendant lights will be lowered down.  You can kind of get the vibe even though there is a wall of black plastic, no TV and terrible pictures:-)

Here is the office with the zinc desk and vintage globes.

 This is a little set up in the master bath with soap, cotton balls and Q-tips.

I love how much the dining room has changed.  The top is a before picture.  Do you see the circular wood?  The ceiling looked like a 3 tiered wedding cake.  I had them fill the ceiling in so that it was all one level.  The room is oddly shaped so this took the focus off of the shape and onto the dining.

I love the lights, the mirror and the chairs.  The window treatments which you can hardly see bring the whole space together!

This is one of the secondary bedrooms.  The side tables are metal with blue stone tops.  The cubes at the end of the bed offer toy storage.

This is another secondary bedroom.  I wish you could feel the velvet bed and see the pretty chrome nail-heads.

This was a blank niche in the hallway among three secondary bedrooms.  I am so glad I didn't put in a wall of cabinets!  This bench opens the hallway up and by adding in the grass cloth and velvet cushion, you really do want to take a break here.
 Another secondary bedroom

Yes, the mirror is waiting to be centered:-)

 The master.  I wish I could show it all to you.  This is probably the least finished space!

A reading area looking out toward the back
In front of the fireplace.  The blank wall is waiting for a giant leaning mirror and the fireplace is being Venetian plastered this week.

A random niche across the downstairs bar was turned into a lounge.  The sofa fits perfectly and I love the wallpaper.  Can you see the silver glow?  The brass sconces are very cool too.

This is the media room before:

Now, here are stairs to the media room.  I adore the pretty hand painted tiles on the risers!

The sectional for cozy TV viewing

 No TV yet!
No railing either.  Ha!  Notice the caution tape.  That was put there for my benefit.  I almost fell down:)

That's about it for now!  I will get you real pictures for the grand finale.  It should be another few weeks.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

HGTV: ChildStyle with Rebecca Woolf

 HGTV: ChildStyle with Rebecca Woolf

I have been working hard this summer.  Did I go to Maine on vacation with my family?  No.  Did I go on a camping trip with my family?  No.  (Well, I have to admit that I really wasn't too fired up about camping!!)  I have finally finished up on the first desert project.  Yes!  I will share photos soon.  BUT, what I would like to update you on is the filming of my daughter's room by the awesome HGTV team led by Rebecca Woolf!

She is great because her name is Rebecca.  That is my middle name and Posy's (my daughter's) middle name.  OK, that is really not why she is great, but it helps.  Ha!  Rebecca has a fabulous blog called Girls Gone Child.  In fact, Disney's named her the most influential mom blogger in 2012.  HGTV hired her to tour stylish children's spaces- one of which is Posy's room.  Such an honor!  The new HGTV series is called ChildStyle with Rebecca Woolf.  The episode should come out in November, but I will share some pictures from the "making of..."  The crew was there from 9-5pm and they were ALL awesome. Funny, fun and did I mention funny?

Here are a few pictures of Posy's room:

The entrance

This is a picture of Rebecca.  As I said, "Mi Casa Es Su Casa!"  My house is your house.  As you can see, everyone was able to feel comfortable enough to rummage through the fridge!

Rebecca and crew

Crew's crew-stuff!  Cameras, booms, etc.  (The etc. is because I have no idea what else was there!  I know no tech speak!)

More funny crew.  We took several shots of greeting Rebecca at the front door.  I never knew how many "takes" it took to get everything right!

 We thought it would be fun to get a shot where they pretended to work instead of eat:-)

Here is the real dining room before the invasion of the crew!

Here is Posy "posing" in her room.  She was desperate to go to the beach and didn't want me to take any photos.

I will give you the heads up when the episode is finished.  I hope you like it!!