Thursday, September 27, 2012


Be Grateful

Sometimes we need a little reminder:-)


All images are from Pinterest.  Please see the other beautiful flowers on my Pinterest board "Love Flowers"

Sunday, September 23, 2012



Merry Christmas to ME!!  I am so excited!  Last week I had a visit from Alex from the Pacific Design Center Quadrille (Los Angeles).  He showed me sooo many awesome fabrics from Quadrille.  Quadrille includes China Seas, Alan Campbell and Home Couture.  I invited two other designer friends to meet Alex and see the lines.  I think they thought I was crazy oohing and aaaahing and touching every fabric.  They don't only have amazing fabrics, they have gorgeous wallpaper too!  Did I mention they have outdoor fabrics?  Oh, and that they can custom print on several of their gorgeous linens and silks.  And if you want, you can have custom colors!  Hurray!! 

Even if you don't recognize the name, I am sure you have seen the many fun and colorful fabrics.  I opened my September 2012 issue of House Beautiful and saw this yummy bed.  Ok, anything with turquoise makes my heart go pitter-patter:) 

The bed is made from the Suzani collection.  Fab!  Below are the other color ways it comes in.  All happy colors.

I have used several fabrics- and the Bangalore Paisley wallpaper- in my own bedroom.  The corner chair is upholstered in Trilby and the long pillow on my bed is Jacks II.

Designer Palmer Weiss had custom colors made for this Bangalore Paisley wallpaper and fabric.  Love!
Designer: Palmer Weiss
My daughter's room has two bolster pillows covered in the Ginza Blue Jungle fabric.  The three Euros and the skirt on her trundle bed are made from the Java Java fabric in new blue on white.  Lastly, her coral pillows are covered in Cross Check in new shrimp on tint.  Don't you just love those color names?

Ginza Blue Jungle

Java Java
Cross Check
I designed this bed with coordinating pillow in the Pina fabric.  The color way is Dark Turquoise on Tint.  This room was designed for a girl, but the fabric could be used in a master bedroom.  It is sophisticated and traditional with a happy twist on top!

These darling chairs are covered in the Saya Gata fabric- Orange Lines on Tint.  I don't know who designed this dining space, but it is from the Quadrille website.  I would love to eat in there every day!  (If anyone knows who the designer is, let me know!  I would love to give them credit.)

Saya Gata

This is the new Brighton wallpaper.  Love, love, love!!  The orange color is to die for.

The bathroom below was featured in House Beautiful December 2011.  Robert Couturier did such a beautiful job!  The colors are so fun and fresh!

Traditional Home featured this red chair with the Java Java fabric in April 2011.  I would love to find some hideous old chairs, paint them in red (or blue or green) and use the coordinating Java Java to cover them.  If I wan't so bad at doing anything DIY, I might try it! (Now ask me to fix a kitchen faucet, and I am your gal!)

This pillow in Potalla is gorgeous!  The colors are so soothing in the Multi Blues color way.  This is a perfect inspiration fabric.  It is one I would use to design a house or room around.  You could also just buy a pillow like this from the Etsy store Elegant Touch!

Etsy store Elegant Touch

This fabulous Chinoiserie inspired bathroom is wallpapered in another version of Potalla.  It is called Potalla Background.  The walls bring the entire bathroom to life.  (Again, don't know the designer to credit!  Help:))

House Beautiful

As you can see, I can go on and on sharing inspirational photos.  The bottom line is when I want a happy space, these are the first fabrics I go to.  I hope the pictures made you happy!  I wish I could tell you what my favorite fabric is or what my favorite wallpaper is, but my answers change every day!! Go to the Quadrille Editorial pages and check out all of THEIR inspiration!!  

Have a great week!


Sunday, September 16, 2012


Amanda Nisbet

I was so excited to open my mail and find this beautiful book by interior designer, Amanda Nisbet called Dazzling Design.  I always read Tobi Fairley's blog and in April she told readers to pre-order the book on  Of course I obeyed.  The book has all the gorgeous photos that I had hoped for, as well as information about Amanda as a person, which I thought was fantastic.  I am not a friend of hers, but after reading the book, I think we would be!  OK, I know, we would have to meet first:-) 

Yes, her interiors have colors that are bright and fabulous, but the thing I really love about her work is that she gives each space heart and soul by adding vintage furniture, art and lighting balanced by new pieces.  As people, we are who we are as a result of our past. We change and evolve.  We keep pieces of our past and memories with us and we also let some go to make way for the new things that make us happy.  In my own home, I have rugs I purchased on trips, lamps from my childhood along side a new silver side table.  Amanda balances rooms so well using this formula.

I hope you purchase her book!  If not, take a peek at my friend, Jennifer's blog, The Pink Pagoda.  She has a few snap shots from the book:-)  You should also visit Amanda Nisbet's website.  You will see some of her design projects, read where she has been published --and be sure to check out her bio.

Dazzling Design on Amazon

Amanda Nisbet

Which rooms do you like?  I have always loved the girl's room with the pink and white curtains and the silver pouffe!  Hope you had a great weekend!!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012


The Pink Pagoda

Anyone who knows me, knows I love a couple of things- elephants, colors (especially green and blue) and chinoiserie!  One of my favorite blogs to read is The Pink Pagoda by Jennifer Beshears. 

As you can tell by the name, she loves chinoiserie and is not afraid of colors! She has a great eye and every post she does, she shares wonderful photos of rooms and places I would die to have!  She has an amazing shop on Etsy.  Yes, I know I have mentioned it many times, but I just love it!  I was even bugging her about Christmas stationary this week. Yes, I need some gorgeous pink and green for my thank you notes.  Note, the pink- not red!!  

Here is my framed Pink Pagoda elephant below:

She also has many items for sale on Zazzle.  In fact, I was looking at her Zazzle items when my daughter and her girlfriends ran into the room last Friday.  They all want her fabulous phone cases for Christmas.  I know.  I am confused too.  Christmas isn't for a little while yet, but it is never too early to think about presents when you are 10 and 12!  You should have heard one sweet friend saying, "Oh Mrs. DiPaolo, you are like a second mom to me!  I love you so much that you would just WANT to buy me something that cute, right?"  OK, I do adore her but I could tell she was playing me!  Anyhow, they also wanted me to buy pillows for them too.  Did I mention the darling pillows she makes? Yes, I bought one of those last week too.  Can't wait to see it.

These are prints from her Etsy shop, The Pink Pagoda:

My adorable Christmas thank you notes!

Other note cards I have purchased.  The boys loved the dragons when I mailed them to camp this past summer.

My valentine cards:

Lovely, generous Jennifer did a post on me and my work this week.  I wanted to share it with you.  It started because I wanted to share a great elephant print of hers that I had framed.  It is the one above.  She has adorable prints that look amazing in a house of color:-)  She asked for some more photos and before I knew it I was practically blogging to her.  I haven't met her in person, but I feel like she has been a friend for years.  Anyhow, take a look at her generous words.


Interior Designer Kathleen DiPaolo's House Tour

Kathleen is one of my sweetest, friendliest, most encouraging customers.  She's also an amazing interior designer based in California.  She's purchased prints and stationery.  I've gotten to know her through Etsy, blogging, (she has an incredible blog called Pacific Family Homes) and through Pinterest.  She sent me a customer photo a week or so ago, and I asked her to send me any other photos she had on hand and convenient.  I told her I wanted to use the customer photo in a feature of her work.  What she did was send these fantastic photos of her house and provide a narrative.  I am so grateful, and excited to share her gorgeous, colorful Chinoiserie filled house!  Enjoy!

This is my living room. I have a vintage bamboo lamps on the right and left. The one on the left was in my living room as a child:-) The other is an Etsy purchase- vintage 60s made in Italy. I wish you could see the gigantic coffee table with my china man in the center. Very cute guy!  The elephant pillows (short lumbars on the sofa) and the yellow tiger pillows were from a trip to Thailand where I visited the Jim Thompson stores and outlets. I collect impressionist paintings and am always searching the consignments stores and Etsy for some finds. I just add them to the walls!  The mantel is a beam from a Wisconsin barn.

Make sure you take the jump to her website here to read the entire post!  Also, you MUST follow her blog and her pins on Pinterest!  She is awesome!