Friday, July 31, 2009


Maybe it is because she lives in California. Deborah Sharpe has the most beautiful beach towels. Thick and absorbent, their generous size makes them the ultra luxury. Their wide border is a chic touch-- and the saturated colors are oh so summery. Call Deborah Sharpe Linens to order or customize, and make sure you look at her sumptuous bedding and bath towels with endless embroidery options.


Sea Life in navy

Sea Life in chocolate

Scrolls in turquoise

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


If you are always in search of floral prints, patterns and accessories, than Anthropologie is just the place for you. I always try to swing by the Rockefeller Center store when I get the chance. Their incredible window displays vary from store to store so you never know what kind of artful creations you will encounter.
I recently perused their website and came up with some madcap floral finds for fall. For those that want to bring nature inside, this is the perfect low maintenance indoor garden.

The crazy colors and pixelated flower pattern in the Dotswold wallpaper, are named after blooms found in the Cotswolds.

Gloria's Garden, a tufted wool rug, is almost to pretty to walk on. The British have understood the power of classic flower pattern for wallpaper and chintz for years, and this one is as good as the originals.

The Conservatory Chair is charming, embroidered with floral sprigs. The randomness of the flowers in the pattern gives it a look all its own.

If a European, more Kenzo sort of floral strikes your fancy, there is the Antwerp Chair.

Set your table with Verdant Acres dinnerware, a pattern I have been coveting all summer!

The Lorraine Headboard, and Anthropologie signature, is updated seasonally with an ikat floral print.

The Joyeux Garden Chandelier combines tole and blown glass for a charming fixture. And it's on sale!

Seed Packet Pillows with a black ground has a subtle sophistication.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Richard Keith Langham's design office could be in Atlanta, based on how many southerners have worked there. Lindsey Harper is one of them. She hails from Georgia, and spent eight years working for Keith in his New York city office, learning the trade and honing in on her sense of style. His use of color, stripes, textural mix and classic techniques rubbed off on Lindsey. Her fabulous New York lair was recently photographed by Quentin Bacon, capturing her love of zebra, sharp color combinations, glamour and artful arrangements. I also show the office she works in, which incorporates a desk with a table skirt, fun accessories, and inspiration galore. It just proves, it does not take a lot of room to live large.
To see more of Lindsey's work and check out her new table collection,check out LCH Interiors.

Photos by Quentin Bacon
Lindsey's fashion sense mirrors her interiors: bright, fun and classic. Here, she leans against a drop leaf table that pulls out easily to seat 4 at a dinner, and multi-functions as a desk.

China Seas wallpaper welcomes visitors with a graphic punch. A console is a great space saving idea for a narrow area, since it will hold a lamp, key tray and the mail.

Why should bookcases be basic and boring? Book storage is given an opulent dose with mirror-backed etageres. Covering a wall in mirror is an easy trick to open up a room, and arrange furniture so it is easy to live with and ulitized.

An oxblood Lamshop lacquer cocktail table mixes well with Muriel Brandolini throw pillows. A clean surface with a few statement pieces is all you need for a compelling tablescape.

The teal and red color scheme carries through with the accessories, while a punchy abstract painting adds an unexpected bright blast. Design details can elevate anything to give a grand feel, and Lindsey created beautiful lampshades to use throughout her space. What a difference it makes.

A zebra sits beside a stack of great vintage books, one of Lindsey's guilty pleasures. If you have that one animal you love, start collecting it and make it your own. Friends will love this--finding that critter for your birthday will lead them on a hunt to find just the right thing.

Her chocolate headboard is sophisticated and works in with the rest of the room. Solid fabric is a good choice, since the pattern around it will not overpower, and linens coordinate.

A memo board of invites, announcements, snaps with friends and inspiring photos will keep guests busy while they fix a drink.

Scalamandre's classic wallpaper, best known for lining the walls in Gino's Italian Restaurant, has leaping zebras moving across a red background. A classic New York tiled bath gets a lift from the red.

Dress up the bathroom for glamour in the everyday. Little details can do this: monogrammed tip towels, a julep cup of flowers, mouthwash in a decanter and a candle can transform a mundane space.

In her off- site office, an Antelope carpet keeps things high design . Good task lighting and a neutral palette are ideal for working with bright fabric samples and paint swatches.

Friday, July 24, 2009


If you are having house guests over and realize you never got throw pillows for your sofa, your walls are bare and there is nowhere to place a drink, you are in luck! Make your summer rental a home and hit the WS Home sale. You should do this before it is too late and your guests think you left your style behind in the big city. Save up to 60% now online and in stores at Williams Sonoma Home.Photos Courtesy of WS Home
The Crane print is $279.99 and you will be excited to hang it in the foyer of your "real" house come fall.

Can't go wrong with caning. I am surprised this rug is still available at $399 for a 5x8.

You still like coral, it's OK to admit it. $39.99 use indoors or out.

The Printed Scroll works well with the Coral for the same price.

Maybe you prefer embroidery. Drop anchor with this Anchor Chain pillow for $49.99, and wear your yellow Lilly to match.

Drinks all around. Hapao Trays will run you $49.00 for a small, $69.00 for a large, online only. Seasonless and always needed, trays are fail safe.

You have gotten too much sun if you have not gotten these yet--steal! Wedgood's classic Blue Willow pattern to serve dessert? $24.99 for 4. Done.

A Large Crisscross Hurricane for those warm summer nights. A bit of a stretch for $98.00, but it will take you into the fall.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Photo Courtesy of Accents of France

Lattice has a summery feel, often used on the walls in garden rooms, dining rooms and sun rooms. The pattern is everywhere right now, from china to fabric, and the graphic design is eye catching, simple and elegant.
Photo by Patrick Cline
The prolific designer/blogger of Rubie Green, Michelle Adams, recently came out with an organic cotton bedding collection that is as chic as can be. It does not have to look like a burlap sack to be green! The yellow Tillinghast duvet and Euros are shown above with the pink pattern, East Village.

Accents of France know their treillage, outfitting gardens and rooms with their custom work. Their new line of mirrors and urns are a great way to incorporate lattice without doing a whole room.

Philippe Le Manach has worked with many great decorators and does incredible installations.

Photo Courtesy of Aidan Gray
Great for dried branches, these aged metal urns from Aidan Gray have a worn in patina.

A Quadrille print for a casual vibe.

An overscale cane print from Carleton V.

Perhaps you prefer the softer side of lattice. This subtle Michael Devine print is a gentler version. Check his site for showrooms that stock his collection near you.

He also has a lattice fabric that is a strong statement with its thick, sweeping lines.

A new porcelain pattern from magnifique French designer Alberto Pinto through DeVine Corporation.

For the summer table, adorable mats from Home,James!.

Inlay boxes from Two's Company. Stack some on a pile of books for some insta-glamour.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Photos Courtesy of Garden House
Palm Beach is well-known for its heyday look-- snappy 1960's prints and sun soaked living, a la Lilly Pulitzer. A new shop in West Palm has great outdoor furniture that keeps the vibe alive. Garden House Decor, located at 437 Northwood Road is the place to go. Cheryl Maeder, a fine art & advertising photographer, decided to gather her vintage finds, and gives them new life with snappy colors and upholstery. Visit her website and stop by the next time you are on a buying trip in PB.

A sofa and chair in turquoise marine vinyl is trimmed with black patent leather for an indestructible surface. Spilled that Bloody Mary? No problem!

A painted aluminum loveseat in a red patent--- grrrrr.

A vintage metal lamp is kicked up a notch with a vivid green painted shade.

I want this chandelier! The pop of black against the white porcelain flowers is so sharp.

The high gloss bench is a steal.

Photo Courtesy of Target
The Pagoda Patio Umbrella from Target would work well with furniture and accessories from Garden House.

Photo Courtesy of World Market
Another bold printed option from World Market.