Friday, March 23, 2012

American Shingle Style

Love this gray American shingle-style house.....the American flag is so perfect.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Name This House


Shouldn't every great home have a name? What would you name this one? I'm thinking of naming my own house, which was built in 1923 in the Greek Revival style, "Bee Cottage." I believe I will have a little plaque made and install it on the brick wall next to my back door. Source: Repinnned from Pinterest/Paloma Conteras.

Navy and White Is Just So Right

More summer
Yes, I'm fascinated with stripes and classic lines. How could you ever look bedraggled during the hot summer months in an outfit like this? Okay, the southern style veranda doesn't hurt.....

Show Your Stripes

Striped Perfection
I want a green and white striped skirt just like this. It seems perfect to me for summer days and nights. This skirt design is a great example of something done simply and well. No frills, no bells and whistles, nothing to gum up the works. Just a great material, a great design in a great colorway.

My Next House

One of my all-time favorite facades
This is one of my all-time favorite houses....a small, sweet classic. I love the greenery over the pediment entry, the columns, the perfect green shutters and the beautiful roof line. Then there's the broad walk leading to the front door, floor-to-ceiling windows and the expanse of a lush green lawn. I'd take this over some grand manse any day. Source: Traditional Home

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Long & Winding Road to Design Project Publication

I received another email recently from Jacqueline Terrebonne, the design projects editor at Architectural Digest. She advised that a design project by my client Joy Tribout is still being considered for publication and reminded me that it is a very, very long process. Don't we know it! At the end of the day (or year!) when they finally look at Joy's work alongside the competition, I believe she will have a better than average chance of making it in the magazine. Just look at this beautiful example of Joy's talent for creating a mood. Does it get any better?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A Grand Entrance

There's no more important room in a home than the entry hall. After all, this is where you make your first impression on guests. These days I'm gravitating to traditional statements  in my own foyer, like these new pieces from Jonathan Charles for spring market. Talk about some great basics. What more do you need?