As Fresh as the Mist

Just a quick design fix today.  A beautiful mix of updated colours and vintage finds fill this Florida residence designed by Peters & Mbiango Interiors.  White and silver are the back drop to dark stained antique furnishings, and traditional chinese blue and white porcelain.  The property is set on the water, and the setting is a fresh as the water's mist..    

A Point of Blue


If there is one thing this interior tells me for sure about Scott Sanders, it is that he isn't afraid of commitment.  This New Jersey home is filled with a beautifully composed blue and brown spectrum.  A lover of blue himself, and partnering with a client who has the same affection for the colour, this classic interior was born.  From Wedgewood, to sky blue, dark chocolate to light cocoa, a wonderful series of this traditional pairing furnishes this delightful residence.

This wall of artwork, is yet another example of Sanders' unwavering commitment.  "..we hung them in that seemingly random way--salon-style--has the feeling of those wonderful English country houses where they'd buy some great oil painting and put it up wherever it fit. Oils would have been crazy-expensive and a bit overwhelming, so my best friend suggested we take a trip to Maine, where you can find inexpensive 19th-century charcoal drawings and prints. We bought 90 pieces, reframed and rematted them, and started hanging."   House Beautiful

Sanders worked for Ralph Lauren, on Madison for years, where he admits Blue was more than just a colour, it was a lifestyle. Above ist he Ralph Lauren Chilton Sofa.  

Scalamandré's O'Marra wallpaper generously warms the walls of this inviting dining room.    The mix of cobalt blue glass and Chinese porcelain on the table setting and in the cabinet below, create a vibrant appeal to this setting.

The element of surprise? One spectacular room without blue.  Even the greatest lovers of bold colour, need a break and so the family room is in fact, blue-less.  Natural shades of khaki, with rich wood tones and golden honey accents envelop the family room.   

A diversion from bold in the bedroom.  Instead, the retreat is filled with soft silver blue that evokes calm and composure.  Creamy fabrics and dark stained furniture are crisp and undeniably classic, just another perfect point of blue.

Photo Credits and story info::  House Beautiful

It's Electric

Interior Photography by Evan Joseph

When Balenciaga presented their Fall 2010 Ready to Wear Line up, I was invigorated.   The colours were electric, and the fit was fun and relaxed yet still quite structured.. The five outfits selected here are some of my favorites from this brilliant collection by Nicolas Ghesquière.  For someone who loves colour as much as I do, I set out to find how these vivid combinations would fare in an interior setting, and was pleasantly surprised to find these beautiful rooms awaiting discovery. 
 Interior Photography by Michael Partenio
 Interior by Pheobe Howard
 Interior by Billy Baldwin (Via AD)
Interior by Frank Roop

Photo Credits:  All Fashion Images from,

The Colour of Luxe

When it comes to infusing bold colour into a space, it's best to take a lesson or two from those who have mastered it.  This apartment is located in the spa inspired Miraval Residence  in NYC, and was decorated by architect and designer Campion Platt.  The walls and wood furnishings in the main living area are light and natural, even zen like in their simplicity.  When paired with the bold colour and textures of the sofa, club chairs, window bench and pillows, luxury and style are instantly injected into this space.

In the study, darker wood is used for a rich and warm feel, and is perfectly accented by layers of citrus orange.  A velvety sofa, a glass lamp, and leather chair, create depth in varying shades and textures.

And naturally , whether you are starting the day or putting it to rest, a perfect peaceful retreat in luxurious white.  Accented only by green in the artwork and in simple floral arrangements.. A wonderful use of space in this bedroom includes a work desk that over looks a city view, and full sized curved sofa to lounge on. 

All photos taken from Campion Platt Portfolio, which includes and extensive gallery of many of there other projects.

Glossed Over

When it comes paint finish, I think most of us will agree, the number one finish choice is eggshell. So you can imagine my joy to see this home designed by Alliscon Caccoma, where she used an abundance of glossy paints to polish walls and celiings.  In this bright and spacious home, the gloss finish reflects all nautral light and takes your eyes, straight through to the outdoors.  The ceilings in picture below look like an endless outdoor sky, because of the depth they reflect.

Who could resist featuring this interesting piece of furniture

I am not sure who styled this photo, but the tulips dripping off this marble countertop are gorgeous..  The bright pink, purple flowers and turquoise vaise with branches unite all the inspiring colours throughout this home.

Avoiding a typical blue ceiling, here in the sunroom, she used a high gloss yellow that gives this room a great feeling of height and warmth.

This soft blue gloss paint in the bedroom feels crisp and polished, it compliments beautifully the textures of the headboard and chaise below.  Paired with this pale orange, it's a refreshing space to wake up to.

Allison Caccoma's website is filled with more images of this home, and it was also featured in House Beautiful..  All Images from House Beautiful.

The Calm Space: A History of It's Own

I am so excited that this month’s theme is journey, because it is completely in line with my latest design fascination. It seems every time I flip the page of a magazine, or browse a design photo gallery, my eyes are instantly drawn to the beautiful antique piece so delicately displayed. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a credenza, or chest of drawers, a vintage iron bed or a light fixture, I can’t help but.....more

I am over at The Calm Space today sharing a little article about the romance and mystery of antiques.

A Quirky Collection

This fabulous home belongs to antique shop owner  Kay O'Toole.  15 years of dreaming and sketching, and finally an elegant home,  for all the fabulous pieces she has collected over the years.   The full story is in the March 2010 issue of Veranda Magazine.   Interestingly, her home is built behind her shop, Kay O'Tooles  Antiques and Eccentricities, and is a quick retreat for afternoon lattes. 

The home was built on a narrow lot, and is essentially one room in depth. The architects, Murphy Mears created a home that is flooded with beautiful natural light. 

The quirky collection of antiques gathered by Kay O'Toole is uniquely displayed with much restraint.  This layout isn't for everyone, but one thing is certain, the pieces she carefully selected to display in her home are exquisite.  From light fixtures, to busts, sculptures, vases. gilded mirrors and settees, each is to be admired and enjoyed.


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