Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Clock is Ticking...Show House Countdown!

I am soooo excited about the special delivery we got today!
The cool chandelier that we ordered for the dining room of the
 Bellarmine Show House is even better than I expected.

A glimpse of the layout...There are a few surprises still to come.

I wanted to share with you the concept board in-progress.
This dining room is going to be a blend of timeless and trendy with lots of fun thrown in.
Nothing too precious and definitely user friendly for ALL ages!

With opening day on September 8th, we have a little over a month to put it all together.
I'll keep you posted as we approach the deadline.  Wish us luck!



Friday, July 27, 2012

FRIDAYfinds! - The Written Note

When was the last time you received a handwritten note in the mail?
Yes, I know it is practically extinct but not yet...

I've always been a fanatic for beautiful stationery 
It's such a civilized detail that says so much about who you are.
And there is nothing like opening an envelope that feels good in your hand.
Quality paper and a well-written note makes a statement that you care.
So I decided to share a few of my favorites with you
in hopes that it might inspire you to find your OWN stationery style. 

Crane gold shell notecard
  I love Crane stationary.  My wedding invitations were Crane.  
So were both of my childrens' birth announcements.
And I was not surprised that I was drawn to this conch shell notecard by Crane.
I think I'll adopt it for my dream Cottage by the Sea!  Great color, too.

Kate Spade vibrant green flat card
Isn't this the cutest?  The peacock is absolutely adorable in red 
and the Kelly green liner is the perfect complement.

Bernard Maisner easel and canvas note cards
I'm in love with these hand painted pieces!
Good choice if you like to mix it up to match your mood.

Smythson Bunting card
In the spirit of the Summer Olympics, why not show your loyalty to all things British
with this sophisticated note card the bears the host country's flag.

I plan to follow my own advice and send out a personal note to a good friend this week.
So who will be the lucky recipient of  your mailing?

Here's to SNAIL MAIL!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Small Spaces... Great Places

They offer the greatest opportunity for major impact in a home.
Rather than shying away, I embrace the challenge.
Maybe it's the limited size.  Maybe it's the intimate nature of a small space.
And maybe it's because when you're in a small space that has been well designed,
 it wraps around you like a warm blanket.

J. Waddell Interiors
All glitter and glam, this elegant little powder room I designed for a client 
is the height of luxury.  The shell pink paper casts a flattering glow, while the
crystal chandelier and metallic ceiling add to the shimmer. 

J. Waddell Interiors
There's nothing timid about this small space!
This Show House study, exposed on two sides, was located in the center of the apartment.
My challenge was to create a cozy retreat in spite of its open location.
Paneling set the mood instantly while comfortable upholstery invited you in.
I custom designed the iron and glass desk to keep the scale in check.
My favorite find....the antique blue mercury glass butler's ball by the striped chair.

J. Waddell Interiors
You can't get a smaller space than a closet!  
Instead of housing clothes, I designed it to work as an office by day and entertainment area by night.
Everything is exposed but looks great.  
File drawers marry happily with the flat screen tv and martini bar below it.
And on the other side of this tiny room...

J. Waddell Interiors
I designed a custom Murphy Bed for the unexpected guest that rings the doorbell.  




Friday, July 20, 2012

FRIDAYfinds! - Virtual Design

Have you heard of it?  
It's the hottest on-line design tool I've discovered!
Not just for the pros, 
this cool site allows you to create "Mood Boards" using the Olio library 
or by uploading your own images. 
It's a virtual cut and paste for interior design junkies and I'm crazy about it.

Here's my first stab at it.
Remember the pieces from my Seaside Cottage posts?
 A bit rough around the edges,  but you get the idea...notice the flying lamp on the left?
A little glitch on my part...
Though I have lots to learn, I can see that this is going to be a fantastic visual aid.

My pick of a few Olio boards that are distinctive and fun
 Jewel Tones by lfeliciano5

 Awakening by pinecone

 .....dinner...!!! by konstandina

yellow room by estefien
Explore the site for yourself and start creating!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Seaside cottage of my dreams - Part Three

As I design my fantasy "Dream Cottage",
I'm reminded of the references to life by the sea in a bygone era.
The cupola on this house is a familiar architectural feature of seaside homes everywhere
but in the past, they served a very important purpose...
As beacons to sailors at sea, these "roof lanterns" guided them safely to shore, much like lighthouses.

So many ways to incorporate the beauty of the sea inside my dream cottage, as well.
While on the beach, I playfully assembled this shell pattern...

What a surprise when I discovered this new Duralee pattern, Ginori.  
Not only is the pattern similar to mine, but the color is called "Sand"!
Perfect for upholstery in the cottage, don't you think?

Hooker Fretwork Bed
This fantastic bed reminds me of bubbles in the surf.  
Great choice for the bedroom.

I envision a wall color somewhere between blue and green to play up the water theme.
Sherwin Williams Tidewater #6477 would be beautiful.
Imagine this ethereal color popping through the headboard.

Hooker Seven Seas Antique mirror table

Awesome flanking the bed!
Could they have once been in Poseidon's undersea grotto?

Currey Peabody Lamp
Reminiscent of a sea captain's chart lamp, 
two of these on the night stands would be ideal for late night reading.


Friday, July 13, 2012

FRIDAYfinds! - An Old Friend

Amanda Nisbet design on blog.pantone.com

Sometimes the best finds are those you've seen before. 
What a surprise when I found an old friend and fellow designer, 
Amanda Nisbet  
on the Pantone color blog.
We were in an Interior Design Business Forum together in New York for almost 6 years 
and her business has exploded since then.  
With a line of lighting, fabrics and more, she is on the forefront of new design trends.

What's really interesting is that she was featured on the Pantone site for her designs using the
Pantone color of the year - Tangerine Tango- which I posted on my FRIDAYfinds recently!
It's a small world, indeed...
Check it out.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Seaside Cottage of my dreams...Part two

Once in Naples, my hunt for the "cottage of my dreams" was short and sweet.  
When my eyes fell on this gem by the sea, I felt like I was home!
Tucked in a Palm-lined lane, it was everything I had imagined - bright, happy and supremely liveable.
Having seen it first hand, I'm now inspired to furnish the rest of this great retreat.

Last week I showed you how I would create an updated casual look for the living room.
Moving into the dining area...
My Seahorse table is a must-have!  
And the glass top seems to float in space.
The perfect blend of elegance and  practicality.
Sarried Etruscan Dining Table

Love the lines of these side chairs 
and the pendant light!
This dining group is eclectic and unexpected.
Just the way I like it!
Hooker Addison side chair
Currey Fenchurch chandelier

I need a little R and R after all this designing!  Notice the shells?  I can't turn it off...
See you next time for Part Three!