Category Archives: Inspiration


image Henri Matisse‘s Odalisque in Red Trousers from Musée de l’Orangerie

Domino book of Lili Diallo apt

My youngest sister (straight from her freshman year of as a film student) is visiting with us this week – and this afternoon we started to discuss her plans for rearranging her old room – she had an idea of making a dividing screen with bright patterns ala matisse and pulled up the painting on my computer above to illustrate her idea – while opened up my domino book to what I thought she wanted. Amazing how the same ideas keep coming around :)


Last night i watched Lying 2006 on netflix instant play ; I recommend it if you are longing for a stylish country weekend and your taste runs occasionally toward the indie ( warning : it is a bit like an extended music video with no music.) The film follows the happenings on a weekend in upstate NY (it was shot in Pine Plains and Millerton NY) when three guests slowly realize their host played by Chloe Sevigny is a pathological liar. I once had the experience of being friends with a serial liar for a year and I remember how shocking it was to realize that the slightly fantastical world I thought she inhabited was mostly fiction.

The dialogue at certain points is excruciatingly bare (there was no script) but it added to what I think was the intended uneasy mood of the film. I suspect this film isn’t about dialogue – it is more is about the space in between and the tension of being on a weekend excursion with people you realize you don’t actually know. The production design and the flow-y stylish costumes that the actors wear along with their stilted conversations drive home the haunting mood. One aspect I found incredibly lovely in this film is the way they used real time and real light to highlight moments – the sunsets, sunrises, tree shadows, dusk, dark evening, blindingly bright mid afternoon sun are all evocatively celebrated.

That said I loved the spotless house most of all – Below are some shots.

A shot of the first dinner – do you notice the stylish white dansk pot on the waxed farmhouse table ? The whole meal I wondered about whether the characters would have carried the table and chairs outside themselves for this meal as they are obviously not outside furniture. This is also one of the only times they show the red metal roofs

The front porch and the way the low retaining wall frames the wide gravel path

Another shot this time from the morning you can see how the gardening is minimal and slightly wild.

Side view from the front porch

I love the way the porch foundation extends to frame the flattened lawn – notice the way the wall turns into steps to the right?

These are the steps show here from the other side (see how they meet the natural hill?)

A bedroom with closets that make small window seats.

Kitchen with a window seat breakfast nook in the window bay to the right

The living room – with french doors on both sides this room connects the two wings of the house. (I love the modern fireplace here)

The connecting wing from the exterior

The wide steps that meet the french doors in the connecting wing

have a great weekend everyone!

Alice In Wonderland Meets Decorating

images from Vogue

images from Vouge Sharp family apartment


image via weekend host

image via Trixie’s table

image via simply seleta

via shelter

via shelter

via la dolcevita

via Kristomatic

image via highstmarket

via habitually chic

via frolic

via – fine little love

via decorology


image via bottom of the ironing basket



image from ebay

image from lonny

images from Domino

Image from Anthropologie

Continuing the theme:

top row (right to left): Two Tier Rectangular Coffee Table- Gold Leaf or Nickel , Chinese Porcelain Blue and White Ginger Jar Vase 18″H , Bear Opener ,
second row: Vintage French Square Side Chair , 2×3 Large Ditsy Printed Rug , Nautical Stripe Pillow ,Cornishware , UO Tea Rose Duvet Cover

top row (right to left): Easy-As-Pie Dish , Atom Art Bowl, Red , Indigo Fabric ,Napa Chair , Island Time Juice Glass, Flora ,
second row: Cygnus Hook , Atelier Chesterfield , Clarence House Mergellina ,

top row (right to left): Mantadia Rug , Tropical Flock Chair , Aligre Cabinet ,
second row: Scalamandre CHINA ROSE , Batik , SIGNE Rug , SVEJE Rug .

top row (right to left): painting by my sister , Twin cabinet , Horta Water Glass ,
second row : Fleur De Lys Glasses , Blue and White Design Rice Bowl , Potted Olive Topiary , Anokhi Aqua & Pink Primrose Round Tablecloth; 90″D ,
third row: Anokhi Blue, Violet & White Cotton Tablecloth; 60×90 , crewel fabric , Aster Stripe Dishtowel , My own photo – Easter flowers from my bf :)

top row (right to left): Quilt Amanda Blue , Round Tablecloth Fantasia Blue,
Second Row: Napkin Francesca Orange, Aster Stripe Dishtowel , Napkin Amanda Blue

Emmas Garden Floral Porcelain Blue , Portrero -55 Navy , Classic Blue , Lee Cobalt Swavelle/Millcreek , Canopy Blue

Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s apartment

I did a post on fuschia awhile back and I included this shot. This loft has been in the back of my head as inspiration – I love the unexpected bold color of the love-seats matched with the very subdued color scheme in the background (white walls, ebonized floor, bare windows, pale art, sculptural furniture).

I even love the large sculptural horse –   My sister and I joke about making fiberglass life size animals and hiding them as little follies in corners of the garden – my wacky side would love to have a full sized white polar bear sculpture in the middle of our Catskill lawn.

Funny when I realized that its Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s (from real housewives of nyc) apartment! Apparently she is also doing a makeover of her apt on youtube .Here is the before and then phase2. Kelly comes off very bizarre in RH-NYC but I think in her Youtube video tours she is kind of endearing. Below is the embedded video tour from Bravo.