A Vintage Touch


Interior Designer and Owner of a European Antiques Shop, Lisa Luby Ryan's home is filled with Vintage Charm. Her Dallas home is French, Belgian and Seaside inspired and is filled with elegant and inviting furnishings in a pale palette. For the holidays, it is decorated with silver, champagne, green and golds in the most beautiful and sophisticated garlands and trimmings.
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This home was featured in Veranda Magazines 2008 Holiday Issue, and will forever be embedded in my mind. Not just because of my love for green, ok well mostly because of my love for green, but in addition, is how tasteful the overwhelming decor comes together so naturally.
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Over sized table arrangements, fresh flowers on the Christmas Tree, overflowing garland on the staircase, even a stag with his own little wreath is all so beautifully festive and very tasteful.
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Christmas Tree Decorator Billy Milner created a masterpiece with this vintage tree that includes copper tubing as garland, fresh flowers in jars and vintage glass ornaments. Unfortunately no mention of the floral designer who brilliantly co-ordinated this green and white palette.
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You can visit Lisa Luby Ryan's Website Vintage Linen to see more beautiful products and for the article featured, click here.
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Happy Decorating!

They are having a SALE !

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Yup! Sophie Dahy is having a sale. Silk floral Arrangements for the Holidays or Forever ! Known for beautiful life like and natural arrangments, Sophie Dahy's stunning collection of one of a kind pieces won't last long at this price. (Discount shown at checkout) I just had to share this amazing offer with you!
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Happy Shopping !

Inspiring Objects

I am thrilled when I stumble across an interior that offers a pleasant surprise around every corner. Some are more subtle than others, but always something beautiful and exciting to take in. I invite you to experience it here, in this Manhattan townhouse designed by Steven Gambrel. Start with this recurring theme of circles and squares that is carried throughout in panelling, lighting & art.



The textures that fill this town create incredible depth, as if you are just sinking into a room. From Wall coverings, (which look like sea grass) flooring, draperies, and seating fabric the selection is superb. The ceiling above is in orange lacquer, and is reflective. This lounge chair below with ottoman covered in Missoni (inspired) fabric is a visual delight.
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As you would expect from a well thought design, the bedroom is neutral in colour, soft and calming. The rug is perfect for bare feet, big and small ones. Not included in this gallery are the images of children's rooms, but you can view them here. Below is a luxurious bathroom, with glass tile, cabinetry that carries the circle and square theme and gorgeous granite counter and flooring, I have seen this granite many times in showrooms, but have never seen it so beautifully as in this application.
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All photos from S.R Gambrel Portfolio

The Calm Space: Keeping It Simple for the Holidays

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Over at the Calm Space today with my plan for Keeping it Simple for the Holidays. Hope you'll stop by for a read.
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The first snowfall



I am finally ready to start thinking about Christmas. I don't like to start too early because I'll tire of it before it gets here. This weekend I am off to look for a couple of decorations to add to my small collection.. While browsing for inspiration I completely side tracked with these images, that I know my readers who love white will adore. That's you Charlie ! They are absolutely beautiful because they remind me of that first snow fall, you hope will arrive just before Christmas. I have truly come to appreciate the beauty of layering white over the past year. Various tones, with different textures, finishes and fabrics can create a very warm and inviting space.
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And for those readers who would die without colour, I have added a touch of Ice Blue. This one is for your Erin!
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I'll be posting on some of my favorite Holiday Decorating articles next week.
Have a fabulous weekend!
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All images from Country Living

And the Winner is....

Kathy at Creative Home Expressions !
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Kathy Passarette is an Interior Designer from Long Island New York. In addition to Interior design, she offers home staging and colour consultations. Her blog, Creative Home Expressions, is filled with design inspiration, updates on recent projects, tablescapes and so much more. She is incredibly generous, and is always hosting giveaways on her blog. I am thrilled to see that she is the recipient of this wonderful gift! Kathy's choice for the Sophie Dahy Giveaway, the Red Amaryllis in a mercury Vase! It will be a wonderful addition to her Holiday Decor this season.
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Congratulations Kathy!
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The Art of Glass


If you have ever been fortunate enough to wander the streets of Venezia aimlessly, you'll understand how easy it is to fall in love with all things from blown glass. Rows and rows of little glass shops, with everything from vessels to pendants. Rich in colour and depth and with a captivating reflective nature. Each piece unique, and made by hand, there will certainly be one (or many) that call to you. The art of glass blowing actually dates back to as early as 50 B.C. and over the years the technique has spread around the world.
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The artist's work featured here is Sam Stang. Mr Stang is the owner of a wonderful glass boutique called Augusta Glass Studio (in Augusta Missouri) His work is brilliant, and he uses colour and shape in the most beautiful pairings. He uses traditional European glass blowing techniques and often requires a team of 2 or 3 to complete a piece. It's worth a visit to his website, especially if you are in the Augusta area. He is having a sale on the first 2 weekends of December, AND there will be a Demo... Ahhh.. just like they do in Murano.
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The complicated process in which colour is added in these striking patterns is called Murrine. It makes for a very exciting piece of art that is one of a kind and will be cherished for years.
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Hand blown Glass objects are to be treasured and handed down for future generations to admire. The limitless colour options, striking patterns, and incredible shape will add a sophisticated element of design to any interior.

All photos taken from the Sam Stang Augusta Glass Studio.

Just a couple of days left on our incredible Sophie Dahy Giveaway, so please take the time to enter to win the Silk Floral Arrangement of your choice.

Up to $300 Value ! Click here for details !

Giveaway Inspiration: Holiday Tables

I couldn't resist doing a post on some Elegant Holiday Table Settings. Especially Since there are still 5 days left in our incredible Sophie Dahy Giveaway. If you have yet to enter, browse today's post for inspiration and then head on over to the giveaway post, to find the perfect arrangement for your Holiday Table. You get to pick the arrangement you want to win !
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What a lovely Soft Pink Christmas table setting. Pink Gerbera Daisies and Tulips look so refreshing on this Bright Holiday Table.
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Blue is this year's hottest accessory colour. Peacock, turqoise, Cobalt. Have a little fun mixing them with punches of orange or yello, OR keep it classic with white.
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This picture stole my hear because it has a wonderful wood burning fireplace, a rustic wood table top, and flowers set in a pitcher.
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There is no such thing as floral overkill, at least not with white. Definitely a plated dinner here. These large arrangements make for a very formal and elegant evening. I hope you have been inspired.
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Good luck with our Giveaway, and Happy Browsing!

Photo Credits: Country Living, The knot & Elizabeth Anne Designs

Swedish Beach


There is a lot to be said for a home that encompasses relaxed elegance. The truth is, it's not easy to pull off. There is a risk of looking far too comfortable with overpriced and out of place appointments. You have seen it before. There are plenty of tips and tricks for adding quick fixes to a room, to create a relaxed and elegant look. Pay no attention to them, it can't be done with new curtains, silk pillows and a Saarinen table. Learn from those who do it right!
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Mary Clark is the owner of the home above, she also owns a furniture store with Jessica Hawkins. Together they thoughtfully decorated Mary (and her husband's) Alabama Home with simplicity, luxury, and comfort. Their love of furnishings old and new, vintage and modern is evident everywhere, and the mix couldn't be more magical in this Mountainside home that takes inspiration from a a beach house and all Swedish design.
The subtle details make all the difference in the world ! Ebony stained floors, a ceiling and mouldings that are painted out in charcoal gray, and a room blessed with plenty of natural light, fill the space with ambience that cannot be found in an object.
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Rich fabrics to contrast neutrals makes a wonderful statement, Above it's silky blue velvet, so inviting set on Vintage swedish chairs. The Saarinen table and Zebra rug are playful choices , that add to the feeling of facility. The crystal chandelier in all it's sophistication, absorbs light, and is not so weighted in this formal dining room.
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Slipcovers everywhere create ease of living. Natural and organic linens cover dining chairs, sofas & bedding. Creamy whites always look clean and crisp, and inviting. Also notice the lack of window converings. There are no floor to ceiling panels, or anything that allows for shade. But outside every window, there is greenery, that adds rich colours and depth to each room.
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Beautiful Flooring ! Concrete with oak inlay set on an angle for an incredible effect. White cabinetry and subway tiles that extend over cabinets is very clever, and doesn't compete with the dramatic floor. The light fixture in this kitchen is FABULOUS! This armillary style lighting balances all the steel elements in this room, and is so interesting. The scale and intricacy, beautiful circular rings make it an admirable work of art. It's a wonderful contribution to this very simplified Kitchen.
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Photo and story Credits as follows:
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Veranda November/December 2007
Interior by Mary Clark with Jennifer Hawkins
Architectural Renovation by Bil Ingram
Photography by Chris Little
Original Story by Linda E Clopton.

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