HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

It is hard to believe, here it is the 4th of July! My gosh, where is this year going? We don’t have any special plans this year for the holiday, and quite frankly, that is just fine. I am finding that I prefer to stay close to home, having a little barbeque with family. In years past, we could easily be found down at the Dana Point Harbor, boating and enjoying a day on the water until the sun set and then watching the firework display from the barge that is anchored just outside Doheny State Beach, but those days are over and quite honestly, I am more than fine with that. It was loads of fun when my, now grown children, were younger, but over the years, the harbor has gotten more and more crowded and once you are there, you are definitely committed to staying there the entire day. This means you better get there early and be prepared to get home after midnight…..the traffic is abominable!! Anywho, whatever your plans may be, I wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th! Red, White and Blue….be inspired……

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Happy 4th of July

All Images via Pinterest.

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SINGING THE BLUES

I’m Singing The Blues, not in a sad way, but in an inspiring way. Blue is HOT, HOT, HOT, right now…..in Home Decor and Fashion. I wouldn’t say it is a trendy color, but a classic color that works wonderfully with so many other colors. I love it with Emerald GreenBright Orange. Shocking Pink, Bright Yellow, and Black, to name just a few. Of course, the color Blue, along with Red and White is particularly symbolic this time of year with the 4th of July happening in just a matter of days. Wow, it’s so hard to believe how fast this year is flying by. Nevertheless, I love the color blue no matter what the occasion and thought it would be fun to share some of my blue home decor, fashion and art that I find inspiring which I have curated from Polyvore. Enjoy my Rhapsody In Blue……

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If you’re interested to learn more about the items seen here, visit Polyvore.

Visions to Inspire, Designs to Enrich

Have a Lovely Day

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16 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE BLUE

A Little Bit About the Color Blue

Did you know that blue is the overwhelming favorite color? Well it is! Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color blue is considered the least “gender specific” color and has an equal appeal to both men and women. It is the color of the ocean and the sky and it is perceived as a constant in our lives. It is the color of the spirit and it invokes rest and can also cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Here are 16 beautiful ways that blue has been used in these interior spaces…..inspiring ways, for sure…..

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Interior Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Photographer: Roger Davies

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Contemporary Porch by Juan Montoya Design. Photography: Björn Wallender.

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Contemporary Living Room. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Contemporary Kitchen. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Traditional Kitchen. Designer: Mark Gillette. Photography: Luke White.

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Beach Living Room, Harbor Island, Bahamas. Designer: Alessandra Branca. Photography: William Waldron.

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Modern Dining Room. Designer: D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. Photography: Thomas Loof.

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Traditional Kitchen in the Home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s California home. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Dining Room in Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s home.

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Traditional Office/Library in home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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Traditional Living Room in the home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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A traditional dining room from Designer CarolEgan Interiors. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Contemporary Bathroom by Designer: Cesare Rovatti. Photographer: Oberto Gili.

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Traditional Master Bedroom of Brooke Sheilds. Designer: David Flint Wood. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Bedroom in Beverly Hills, California. Designer: Michael S. Smith. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Traditional Dining Room in South Africa. Designer: David Kleinberg Design Associates. Photography: Eric Piasecki.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

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SOUTHERN CHARM HOUSE TOUR

I must admit, I am a big fan of Bravo TV…..it’s my little guilty pleasure. I’ve long indulged in the Real Housewives franchise, enjoying the Housewives of Orange County, New York and Beverly Hills, but my latest fave, is Southern Charm. I didn’t see last season, but I had no problem getting to know the cast of characters and I quickly gathered a list of favorites. Of course, the Jacksonville, Florida born Patricia Altschul, is very much at the top of my list. I love her….”the resident madcap grande dame”…..famous for her no-nonsense advice, wicked tongue and, a definite appreciation for a high quality cocktail. I’m just a bit envious of her butler who does a fabulous job of whipping up whatever cocktail one might fancy. I’m particularly fond of the time she “rang him for her dressing cocktail”. I mean, honestly my dears, doesn’t everyone need one of these? Anywhoooo, Architectural Digest did a fabulous article about her home in Charleston, South Carolina, which she commissioned the iconic interior designer, Mario Buatta to help her renovate. Let’s take the tour……

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Exterior shot of the antebellum landmark built in the early 1850s, the Isaac Mikell house.

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The lovely Patricia Altschul who commissioned Mario Buatta to help renovate the house.

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Visions To Inspire. Designs to Enrich.

Happy Monday and Have a Wonderful Week.

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COLOR CRUSH ~~ BLUSH

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This pretty, whisper soft shade of pink can be found in many variations, from the dew-kissed petals of a pale pink peony to the almost iridescent shades on a seashell. It is a fresh, innocent color that is pretty without being too cutesy and it is an unexpected neutral that I am definitely crushing on.

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Pretty Blush Paint Colors

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Loving the pretty blush variations naturally found in these sea urchins, nautilus and pretty pinky toned shells.

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ROOM INSPIRATION

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A pretty bedroom by interior designer, Suzanne Kasler.

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Via Polyvore

Images via Pinterest.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ~ JULIE ROOTES

Julie Rootes ~~ Some design fans may recognize her signature style from the elegant powder room she did at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. This fashion maven-turned-interior designer, likes incorporating vibrant pops of color, bold prints and custom details into each of her projects. Julie, a Texas native, also brings a southern charm to her California interiors, by creating a unique blend of modern and traditional elements that are durable and eye catching, the holy grail when it comes to family-proofing a beautifully designed space. To find out more about the fashion savvy design icon, read the Q&A here at California Home & Design.

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Powder room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

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A unique brass wall mounted shelf feature in the Powder Room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

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Pretty drapery details. Always love a tassel.

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And bolster pillow fringe trim detals. :)

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Modern mixes with traditional elements.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE. DESIGNS TO ENRICH.

Have a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

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PHILHARMONIC HOUSE OF DESIGN

It’s that time of year when interior designers come together to pull out all the stops and share with the public, their many creative talents. I always look forward to seeing what each of the many talented designers have done to their respective rooms, and, of course, this giving them the opportunity to really showcase some fabulous textiles, antiques, artwork and furniture as well as the talents of the artisans that have worked with them. This year’s house, which opened on May 5th and will run through May 31st, is located in the exclusive community of Shady Canyon in Orange County, California. The 2015 House of Design is a 15,000 square foot Provençal style-estate. The home, built as a destination retreat for a growing family, has eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a $45,000 French La Cornue stove, one of two private tennis courts in Shady Canyon, a solar powered pool and countless other amenities. If you are able to visit one of the nation’s most prestigious showcase homes, it benefits the Philharmonic Society and its Youth Music Education Programs.

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GRAND PARLOR

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Interior Design, Frank Pitman, CID, Allied ASID, frankpitmandesigns.com

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A look at the Great Room, interior designer, Wendy Ann Miller, Allied ASID from the Kitchen, interior designer, Anne Figueroa, Allied ASID.

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A gallery wall in the Great Room. I like the clever way they hung the photos, creating a layered look.

THE DINING RETREAT

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 While not visible in this image, the rooms’ ceiling is an oval coffer which was embellished with a detailed plaster-like design of an era’s past, with a nod to the Moroccan designs so popular today. Painstakingly silver-leafed and gold-gilded, the ceiling created a rich, warm ambiance within the room. Interior Design, Beverly Stadler, ASID, CID.

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POWDER ROOM

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Ceiling detail upon entering the Powder Room.

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Beautiful Ventian Plaster detail on walls of Powder Room and antique gilded wall sconces.

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A view to the outside. Shady Canyon maintains the Old California look.

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Artwork found in the Tennis Court Gallery which was created using a 3-D Printer. Interior Designer, John Arnold Garcia, Inc., ASID, NCIDQ.

LADIES LOUNGE

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Interior Designer, Kelly Ferm, Inc., Allied ASID.

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VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

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MAKING AN IMPRESSION WITH MONOGRAMS

The Monogram, by definition is a motif made by overlapping or combining the initials of an individual or a company, or kingdom.¹ The definition alone doesn’t begin to capture the essence of the monogram. This basic form of personal expression has remained a social constant throughout the Western world for nearly 3,000 years. A monogram is a connection. It has linked a ruler to his people, a brand to its customers, a bride to a groom, one generation of a family to another. Monograms connect us to another time and place, to loved ones past and present, and to what we might find essential in our own lives.²  Fast forward to the 21st-century and we have technology to thank for making monogramming affordable and accessible to almost everyone. You no longer need to be an artisan to monogram. While aspirational tendencies still influence people’s desire, today, monogramming is a personal creative expression and often, has little to do with social position or wealth. Adding a personal touch is a much-loved design tool, with monogrammed accessories and furnishings being seen more and more as a stylish design trend.²  LET’S GO SHOPPING………

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1. Calf-leather Mon Monogram wallets, organizers, totes and travel accessories by Louis Vuitton.

2. Mrs. Monogram PVC-foam yoga mats. $27 each.

3. Frange Cocktail Napkins ($120) by Julia B. juliab.com

4. Mark & Graham Copper Tray ($175)

5. Handmade to order decoupage wastepaper baskets. Marye-Kelley.

6. Addison + Grace linens from Leontine Linens.

Other Sources: (1) Wikipedia and; (2) Beekman 1802.com.

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A BEAUTIFUL THING ~~ THURSTON REED

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It’s a beautiful thing, boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they fall in love and the rest is history, but that’s only part of the story. Londoner Nicholas Reed and American-born Sarah Thurston “believe that antiques aren’t the only objects with soul” and as such, find inspiration in centuries old history of British architecture and interiors which are translated for our modern lives. From his London-born heritage and her globally-honed design eye, along with bolts and bolts of luxurious fabrics, a brand was developed and the aptly named Thurston Reed decorative pillow company launched in January of 2015.

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It’s A Beautiful Thing

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HOME TOUR ~ AT HOME WITH ACTRESS TIFFANI THIESSAN

Lonny magazine recently featured actress Tiffani Thiessans’ Los Angeles residence, a 1920s compound on just under an acre that was originally the home to Jack Warner, founder of Warner Bros. Studios. To learn more about her home and the story behind the revamp, see the Lonny article written by Melissa Goldstein and photographed by Jessica Sample here.

Brick Lined Entry at Tiffany Thiessan

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Backyard Chicken Coop

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Guest Bedroom and I am loving the grasscloth wallpaper.

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Closet at Tiffany Thiessan

Master Bath at Tiffany Thiessan

Daughter Bdrm at Tiffany Thiessan

Study space at Tiffany Thiessan

Sunroom at Tiffany Thiessan

In the yard at Tiffany Thiessan

Visions to Inspire. Designs to Enrich.

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