From the category archives:


Wallpaper For A Tiny Space

November 5, 2014


As you walk down our long hallway about halfway down the space opens up (see floor plan here) into a small antechamber – the bathroom and master bedroom are off this odd little space.   I love it when there are little moments of surprise in an apartment – and I think this space is perfect for a fantastical, over the top wallpaper.  The suprise would be that you can’t see the space until you’re right on it – so to have it be something green and lush in an otherwise long, narrow, dim Upper West Side hallway makes me happy.  Right now I’m really into the idea of having the space be almost bower-like with some sort of leafy/green wallpaper – and wallpapering the ceiling too.  So if you’re standing in this spot it feels like you’re in some beautiful green garden.  This Cole and Sons wallpaper is a current frontrunner – I have a sample up right now – however the colors are much more muted – almost pastel – than in the image above.   I also like the floral wallpapers at the bottom – I imagine the space would be a little bit like an English garden.  Given that we’re due another polar vortex this winter, I’d take a little English Garden! [click to continue…]


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I was searching for shoe storage for the long narrow hallway and came across these J-Me Shoe Racks in a house by Dehn Bloom Design.  What do we think? Hot or not? I keep waffling.  I like that they are narrow but wonder how functional they would actually be in a real house full of morning rushes and puppies.

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Here’s what keeps coming up for the dining room: books, books, books and high gloss blue paint.  All links in my Pinterest.


We have a radiator in a corner just like this – minus the amazing woodwork, but I would LOVE to paint the dingy pipe yellow.  In fact, I really like the yellow/high gloss blue.  We have yellow curtains already so that’s done!







And then books beyond books, with a dining table in front.



Dark blue walls with books AND the dining table — all in one image!



Love this bookcase wrapping around the corner.


This is an oldie but a goodie – from World of Interiors John Robshaw house, I think.





This dining room from Vt Wonen in the Netherlands caught my eye – the dark floors, the farm-housey table and the leather chairs (oh, and the vase with peonies and the bookcase). I found these similar chairs at CB2 but am on the hunt for the originals, too.  Anyone seen something similar?  PS: Originally seen over at The Kitchn (which I subscribe to daily)~





Spotted: Red cabinets!




One of my all time favorite kitchens is this one designed by my friend Faith. She detailed every step of the renovation on The Kitchn and I love where she ended up (and that she shared so much of the process – it is so easy to share beautiful pictures on the internet, but Faith really broke down how they got to this beauty).  So many thoughtful details taken care of (like the dish storage and the dishwasher being so close together! ).  I also am obsessed with her cabinets from SemiHandmade which are designed to go on Ikea cabinets.  As we try to buy a place of our own, I can only hope we’ll have a chance to make a kitchen as tailored to our needs and family.  Keep sending the good real estate mojo our way – we should know in a few days about our bid. 


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Someone asked where this amazing couch was from and I tracked it down from French brand Caravane  – it is still available and is the Divan Pacha.

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I’d love to find a paisley print, maybe like the one, to slip cover it with…


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These photos of Karen Gilliam and Sara Van Beckum’s house caught my eye; blue velvet, lots of books and pops of red and bleeding hearts in vases in the bedroom.  Photos by Lincoln Barbour; found via Domaine Home.  PS if those amazing bookshelves look familiar, it’s because the designer, Jessica Helgerson, also designed these.

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To say we hibernated this weekend is to put it mildly (exhibit A: the dishes).   Given how much time I spent either napping or reading, it’s no real surprise I have cozy bedrooms on the mind.  Stephanie sent me a link to the one up top (camo pillows!) found on SF Girl By Bay and I can’t get the gingham sheets below, from Serena and Lily, out of my mind.  PS I loved the comments on my post about what you’re reading and watching.  Lots of books on the “to read” pile, starting with this one (Thanks, Helen  – who was a finalist in the VT Storytelling Competition this weekend!)

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It’s 9pm and I have an adorable four and a half year old bed-time resister on my hands tonight. Tim and I have traded off the unruly one and even as I type this I hear Alex and Tim chattering in the bedroom: talking about injustices at school (they changed a rule about bringing “home” toys to school), about elves (we’re reading the book The Hidden Folk right now) and about Wolverine, naturally.  I love this extra time with Alex (I read him the entire Hidden Folk book tonight and we talked all about the magic that exists in the world) but it also exhausts me after a long day at work.  I guess it’s a constant balancing act, of appreciating the  moment and surviving it, too.

So my time is short, before I dive back into the lullaby singing.  This Paris studio apartment seems like the kind of dreamy bolt hole every mother wishes she could open a door in her house and find magically waiting, along with a babysitter and a great book or bottle of wine or box of chocolates.  I’m not sure I could live there every day of the week (it packs a visual punch, to be sure).  But, I’d like to visit, all by my lonesome, for a few hours, wouldn’t you?  NB: I remember my mom locking herself in the bathroom to read when I was little (like 10 years old).  I love Lindsay’s comment about using the bathroom as an escape hatch!


However, I wouldn’t mind taking this kitchen back to NYC. So organized.


Where I’d curl up with wine, chocolate and books.  PS I love how the bookshelves are backlit. Very cool and atmospheric.

Found on Desire to Inspire via The Village (a russian site that is very intriguing).



Scouting: Gallery Walls

March 4, 2013

Some gallery walls by photographer Kristofer Johnsson; I particularly like the grid that combines different sizes frames to make one large rectangle. Lots more of Johnsson’s work via Desire to Inspire.


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Green Plates

January 24, 2012

Green plates have been catching my eye lately….

1. Photo by Caroline Earber and 2. found via Nothing is New


Kettle’s Yard

December 12, 2011

I just got lost in the virtual house tour of the gallery/museum Kettle’s Yard.

This was my favorite detail:

One of the founding principles of Kettle’s Yard is the significance of natural objects as tokens of the Divine perceptible in everyday life. In 1958 Jim arranged these near-spherical pebbles in a spiral resembling a mandala, the Buddhist ritual figure that serves as an object of contemplation and representation of the universe.
Throughout his life Jim collected shells, pebbles, bones and other natural objects. This was no casual activity. As he wrote, ‘we find a perfect pebble once in a generation and once in a continent … Perfection in nature varies for each person – it is something created between the thing experienced and the person experiencing. Yet I know when I meet perfection immediately. I will discard 10,000 pebbles in my search for one whose outward shape exactly balances my idea of what a pebble is, and I do not believe that this discarding is arbitrary – we all know by some unwritten law what is a well-shaped egg.’

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