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Tuesday, August 31, 2010


I used the same zinc top table on a job in Atlantic City, but in a breakfast nook. It can crank up to bar height.

The stainless steel cabinets add just the right effect with the antiques.
Just a splash of color.

I am searching for the right look for my living room. Yes, today I start doing a little for myself. Remember..... I am on vacation. I came across this classically decorated condo belonging to Los Angeles antique dealer Lee Stranton. Loving his style, I searched his web site and came up with these perfectly decorated rooms. He uses antiques in a nontraditional setting, creating a eclectic look. The mix is perfect , magical, may be a bit formal for me but worth sharing.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bus Man's Holiday

I know I have been M.I.A. this last week, but I truly had a work, personal,everything, overload, cotton brain situation. Every two seconds I would lose something, then by the time I found it my brain was off to something else. I was spinning, whirling,rotating, reeling, and not getting much done. I needed to get off this ride and settle down..... Besides knowing I have A_ _ I try and take on too much, when this happens it is hard to focus. I want to get everything done but accomplishing nothing. Sooooooo I did what everyone should try, I put myself on "vacation" this week. Not a true go somewhere one, but a get caught up kind. My answering machine states I am on vacation until after the 6th. It's a good week for this as most customers are getting kids back to school, or catching the last bit of summer fun. I am not deserting anyone, they have my cell phone if emergency arrives. Today I will spend in my studio finishing up customer plans, bids and correspondence and a commission painting. Tomorrow I will work on my new web page finish it and figure how to promote it. Wednesday Thursday, Friday, it's my house- painting- up dating- cleaning out- and pairing down. THAT'S A PLAN, I am feeling better already.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Designs at Target

All the items in this line are under $25.00. I am hoping there are lots of storage options in the blk. /wht. butterflies.

Great for jewelry, desk drawers, hair accessories, sewing notions, junk drawers, etc. etc. I would be neater if I had these.
I am thinking I to use these in my closet, also for samples in the studio.
If I had notebooks like this I will write very neatly, never scratch out or rip pages.( I hate Christine her notebooks could be published. )

My inspiration box.

This serving tray $12.99
Small sq. flatware tray $1.99 Yes $1.99.
Every year my neighbors and I do a pumpkin festival, it's my favorite party to decorate for. This year I am changing it to an apple theme. Salad plates $1.99 each

Want to do a kitchen around this print.

I am excited- On September 5th, Target introduces a new line of home decor products from John Derian. Designer /artist John Derian is known for his artisan decoupage techniques. He has two boutiques in NYC, and his products are sold in select stores across the country. Now we can afford his whimsical natured inspired designs at Target. I love the affordability of the home entertainment pieces. I always set a pretty table, but hate to repeat my look. At these prices I can have a different theme each time. I also think my studio needs uplifting, ( remember when I was going to totally redecorate my studio, never happened yet) the black and cream storage pieces might just do the trick.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Embarrassment "It's A Good Thing"

Years ago B.C. and I were at a rather attractive couples house for what I thought was a meal. When the hostess passed me another hor'dourve I said, " O, no more for me, I won't have room for dinner" . Dead silence in the room, everyone turns and looks. I am so sorry said the hostess, did you think we were having dinner? I could feel B.C.'s laughing eyes on me and I wanted to hide under my chair. B.C. said later - no pots on the stove should have been your first clue. Well any way yesterday I made a blunder right up there , maybe number two in my life. It goes like this.
B.C. and I were in Home Depot picking up a few supplies for our contractor. Finished shopping B.C. decides to use the self checkout line. If you know B.C. you realize his patients are slim and none. After the two 12' long vinyl j channels that were dancing all over would not scan he calls Chief (was that his real name?) over to help him. Problem handled he now tries to scan the second item , nothing. Maybe slamming it helps or moving it faster. Chief had to come back. Then it was the eight items he did not want to scan separately, again chief was back. This went on and on and on. Finally I crawled out of the store. At our next stop I waited in the car and as soon as B.C. walked away I called Michael. OK I said I have great material for you on Dad. Michael does a great routine about B.C. at drive thru fast food restaurants and how he orders, "I'll have a burger and fries, that's a burger with a coke, did you get the burger." When he checks out and receives sixteen burgers, it's always the idiot server. There is also another version on automated phone services. The louder you yell, the better they understand. It is not that we are being mean to B.C. , it is just good to see a family laugh together , and some of these stories are really funny. So any way, I continue to tell Michael all the details probably embellishing a bit and laughing as I talked. He did say huh a few times and I was confused, you know the comedy act you do about Dad, "huh", I just kept talking, and laughing. When I finished the voice on the other line said "are you done now" It was B.C. I had called him not Michael. OMG, OMG what do I do *!#$* I am crimson red, sweating dying, gasping for air. I did not want him to ever walk out of the store, never to face him again. I called Michael who just laughed and said, you are so stupid. Christine called and had to leave her exercise class she was laughing so hard. Then, there he was bigger than life at the car door. I am so sorry, sooooooooo sorry, it was just in fun we were only joking. I then realized why I married him, that he could laugh off my sometimes silly antics, and not make me feel like such a fool. It endeared him to me. I read a article in Martha Stewart's Living Sept. Embracing Embarrassment :This uncomfortable emotion might even make you a better person, it actually improves others opinions of us. It triggers acceptance, and approval on the part of the onlooker. The instinctive care we take to avoid embarrassment makes us more considerate and polite, more respectful. I sure was nicer to Bill last night, and I felt a little closer. So I am going to realize how useful embarrassment is and shake it off with a laugh or shrug. I think at the next family dinner the joke will be on me.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Fishy News

I saw this blog on Dwellers Without Decorators. I was amused, because with a son who is a marine Biologist I have often cared for up to four tanks in his room. The cost almost equalled that of his sister having a horse. The care is definitely equal. I can remember fretting when the fish got sick, starting sick tanks ( this meant buying new tanks, pumps, heaters, stones, filters, etc., etc.. When He was away at college the responsibility was all mine. Weekly water changes, cleanings, feeding. Then he went to the Caymans to live. When he left for Costa Rica I found a home for the fish and emptied the tank. I felt relieved free, than I visited a customer, and in her kitchen was the most beautiful tank I have ever seen. Of course her tank had automatic valves to change and filter the water through a tank in her basement. But I could mimic that I thought. Then a visit to a fellow decorators for drinks- another magnificent tank. But again they had a service come every other week to care for it. I can fit it in I thought. I WANT A TANK NOW!!!!!!! Might have to give up the blog.

Six Figure Fish Tanks

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Op Art Trend Alert

Here we have a walnut dresser, classic design, very beautiful.

Here we have a walnut dresser that has been Micheleized. ( yes I still have it )
Super impossible chair
I am loving this paper, just afraid B.C. might not sleep.
Wall Paper Brunschwig&Fils
I could have used this clock in 1969.
Retro ball alarm clock Present time
Ring espresso by French bull
Cotton fabric Marimekko
Needlepoint Links footstool by Jonathan Adler.
Flip Flap day bed by Dune
Mod Dot wastebasket

Woll dress by Marni
Pierced Bardot lamp by Kenneth Wingard
Kaleidoscope silk by Pollack
Coach handbags

I am a usually little wary of new trends that I remember wearing, doing, or having. But since I think, (besides Barbie's Dream House) that this Mod feel was my first introduction to the world of design, I am excited. In 1968 or around there I moved into a bigger bedroom when my sister got married. My Mother allowed me to express my creativity or I just wore her down! I painted BIG pink and blue flowers all around the room ( over her very pretty cream wallpaper). I then painted the back of a beautiful walnut dresser with the same daisy to use as a room divider, CRAZY ! A year later I changed rooms again. This time I was loving hot pink and orange. The chestnut woodwork and doors was now high gloss hot pink. One accent wall in a very marimekko orange and pink flowers. My friends thought I was so cool. Years later I remember my Mom painstakingly restoring her woodwork. But just maybe this is why I paint walls today and have a design business. Thanks Mom,
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