There is a lesson here……

There is a lesson here……

Love her or not, Joan Rivers was a study in contrasts, including the last two homes she lived in. I would like to share photos of them both. First, a ...Continue reading...

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Helianthus, better known as sunflowers. Nothing makes me smile more quickly and longer than sunflowers. They have a joy about them that elicits from me wonder and an increasing certainty that nature gets it so magically right. They really don't ...Continue reading...

Inspiration in Black and White

Inspiration in Black and White

I love black and white…….old movies, black and white photography, the black and white in nature. There is something about it that is at once clean and crisp and always interesting. It is yin and yang, conflicting, opposites, at odds.  No matter if it is a portrait or a scenery, the black and white simplicity delivers the very essence of the captured moment. When I design, it is rare ...Continue reading...

Rose Gazebos

Rose Gazebos

  A gazebo is a small building, usually in a garden, with a good view. This word, gazebo, is surrounded by more mystery than an earnest etymologist would like. ...Continue reading...

Doe Run Estate

Doe Run Estate

In my last post I featured ideas for stone interiors, and by coincidence I happened upon this extraordinary estate farm. Most of you know my love for shingle style homes, but there is a part of me that carries a deep affection for ...Continue reading...

Decorating with Stone Inside the Home

Decorating with Stone Inside the Home

Although of a rustic texture, stone and rock can add dimension to decor from rustic to modern, cottage to contemporary and traditional decor. Stone brings ...Continue reading...

Chicago Home in an Enviable Neighborhood

Chicago Home in an Enviable Neighborhood

I know it is fun to look at "dream" homes that are often huge, over the top homes, especially when they have beautiful interiors. We can appreciate the architecture, the interior design even though most of us will never live in one like them. We enjoy the tours, and often come away inspired. Even these mega residences can offer ideas that we can transfer to our own homes, maybe on a smaller scale. And sometimes, ...Continue reading...

A Different Kind of Horsepower

A Different Kind of Horsepower

This certainly is not my usual kind of post, but I mentioned in yesterdays post that I would share with you the excitement of last weekend. KBJ and a friend had decided to allow themselves to experience a day of adrenaline rush that called for a certain level of guts and athleticism, or maybe just a bit of craziness. It involved a different kind of horsepower than the magnificent equine kind. Have you ever heard of Ariel Atom race cars? I hadn't either, but I know all about them now. Their ...Continue reading...

Such a Happy House…..

Such a Happy House…..

My regular readers know how it tickles me when I come across a fellow designer that was previously unknown to me, and whose work is such that I just have to dedicate a post to it. There are many designers that I have admired over the years and who have portfolio's that extend over decades, but I especially love it when I discover exciting younger designers. ...Continue reading...

Extravagant Tree Branches

Extravagant Tree Branches

Bringing in natural elements into home decor, adds not only interest, but texture, color and sometimes surprise. Birch trees are one of ...Continue reading...