Designing a Nursery


Lilly Bunn Interiors via The Zhush

I want to say first off that I am not designing a nursery in case you went there.  Those days are over, and they were wonderful.  I love looking at nurseries and children's rooms.  Those rooms can be designed with less restraint, and they're often so much fun and appealing.  There's a feature in The Washington Post called House Calls.  In one article recently, decorators Lorin Jones and Janet Bertin help an Alexandria couple design a nursery.  They incorporated my pink pagoda prints as you can see below.   See the feature here.  I love the clean look they've put together and the way they've spread pink around the room with the lighting, art and fabric.

via HGTV

Architectural Digest

Kendall Wilkinson

This is a photo a customer and designer emailed me of the nursery she designed for her daughter.  She purchased the prints above the crib from The Pink Pagoda.  I was thrilled to get this incredible photo.  I absolutely love what she did here.

If I had to go back in time and do my nursery again using one of the above, I don't know how I'd ever decide.  I've included so many different styles here, and I would be thrilled with any number of them.  What about you?  Which one do you prefer?  


Blue and White Monday


I want to be in the above space right this minute sipping coffe and perusing blogland on my iPad.  It's by Dallas designer Susan Palma whose Pinterest boards I stalk frequently.  Below is a bedroom she designed that made the cover of D Home.  I think it may be my favorite bedroom ever.  

Here is a much better image.  Oh my goodness, it's just so perfect.

Another blue and white bedroom I love by Mark Hampton.

And another by Jeffrey Bilhuber via Elle Decor.

This, and the next two images, are beautiful Carolyne Roehm blue and white from A Passion for Interiors.

And a lovely blue and white tabletop via Casa Decorada


Crazy for Red and Pink -- Reader Suggestions


I have a love/hate thing about Valentine's Day.  I'm mad for the color combination of red and pink, so I adore seeing all of the color.  I love chocolate, cookies, flowers and Valentine's cards.  What I don't like is it's so soon after my daughter's birthday (today).  Which is so soon after my husband's birthday.  Which is on the same day as New Year's Eve and right after Christmas which is right after Thanksgiving.  I think you understand.  However, the upcoming Valentine's Day gives me an excuse to look at and share pretty pictures of red and pink.

Ann Getty via Chinoiserie Chic

via Lonny

Do you remember this amazing dress that Natalie Portman wore to the Golden Globes?  Was that last year?  I can't remember, but it was my favorite.

I love the color blocking here.  And adding the bits of green is fantastic.

Did you think this was a book?  It's a Kate Spade clutch -- cute right?

From the Gap.  Adorable.

These colors are absolutely amazing.  The dahlias aren't bad either.

Beth, over at Chinoiserie Chic, obviously likes pink and red, too.

Last Friday, I asked for help choosing a slowcooker and received such helpful suggestions.  This Friday, I'd love some fashion advice.  My high school daughter has this dress (so happy she also loves pink and red), and will wear it next month for a party.  She's tall and will only wear very low heels or flats.  I don't like black shoes with this dress.  Thoughts?

YAY!!  It's Friday!


New (to me) Katie Rosenfeld


I'm a huge Katie Rosenfeld fan.  Her use of color is amazing.  She has such a fresh, clean look, while not being at all minimal.  She may be one of the very few designers that could design my entire house without a word of input from me and I'd love everything.  I've featured her work many times.  I started to link to past posts, but there were too many.  I checked her portfolio yesterday, and saw some new (to me) photos that I know you'll love.

To see much more gorgeousness, go to the Katie Rosenfeld site, here.  I've only included photos I haven't seen before.  So, what do you think?  Do you have a favorite?  


Blue and White Monday


Happy Monday!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  Today I'm sharing rooms with blue and white by Rinfret, Ltd.   Cindy Rinfret is the principal design of Rinfret Ltd. and is known for her "classic Greenwich style."  I loved looking through their portfolio, and was happy to find all this beautiful blue and white.

Dana Gibson Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker

I asked for advice about slow cookers last week here, and got lots of helpful suggestions.  I also got an email from a reader suggesting I look at Consumer Reports which was a great idea.  I did, and their top suggestion is the Hamilton Beach Set and Forget.  The All Clad model I was looking at got good reviews and I heard good things from readers.  However, the reviews online are negative.  I keep reading that people have problems early on.  I have to hurry and decide before winter's over.  Thank you so much to everyone who left information for me about this!  While I'm on this subject, I'd love to ask if you have a favorite slow cooker recipe book or website with great slow cooker recipes?  Please share!



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