Author Archives: 2011

The Smoke Chair

My husband has never been a fan of distressed furniture. Why pay extra for something that we will do for free ourselves? It’s a safe bet that he wouldn’t embrace this chair… but I have. It’s called the Smoke Chair and it is part of a small series by designer Maarten Baas. The series includes […]

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Coat Racks

Like many of you, we entertain larger numbers of people than normal during the holidays. In our house that means multiple episodes of empting the front closet to accommodate guests’ coats. It’s a yearly discussion: do we lug our coats upstairs and hide them in our bedroom to make way for company or to we […]

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Cocktails!

The holiday season, that is, the party season, is upon us. I don’t know what possessed me to look into the origins of the cocktail but I got curious and started googling. I hope what I learned brings a smile to you too.In 1806, The Balance and Columbian Repository was asked the question, “What is […]

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Copper Considerations

Ever thought about having a copper sink? They are beautiful, timeless, and versatile in their styling. The use of copper predates historical records by millions of years! And did you know that copper is antimicrobial? If you’re considering a copper sink, keep the following in mind: Look for a copper sink that is certified to […]

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Mardi Gras and Football

We love to blog about color and it’s uses and we recently came across a color article appropriate to football season. And best of all it talks about my home town, New Orleans! Many of you I’m sure are aware of Mardi Gras’ color palette of purple (symbolizing justice), green (symbolizing faith) and gold ( […]

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Cozy Furniture for Cold Weather

Perhaps I’m a little too aware of the changing seasons, but I’ve recently noticed some furry furniture and I have to admit that it looks warm and cozy. The fur? Sheepskin. I’ve always equated sheepskin covers with car seats…and not my car seats to be clear! But check out some of these photos of available […]

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En Plein Air

I love how calling a technique by its French name sounds so sophisticated! En plein air painting means, literally, “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors. Of course artists have long enjoyed painting outside, but in the mid-nineteenth century working in natural light became a focus for Impressionistic painters. In […]

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Bay View Victorian Cottages

It’s a lucky side effect of being in the design business that leads me to seek out interesting neighborhoods when on vacation. And boy did I find a great one in Petoskey, Michigan while at my cousin’s wedding. Petoskey is a charming resort town on Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. There is an area […]

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The First White House Redecorating Adventure

We all know that one of the first things we want to do when we move into a new home is make it our own. Dolley Madison was no exception. When she and her husband, James Madison, moved into the White House in 1809 the house was 9 years old and had rooms with no […]

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