Friday, November 11, 2011

Ikea's Billy bookcase

In my home office I needed a little more shelving. I went with Ikea's Billy bookcase for $40.00.
I wallpapered the back of the bookcase with Christopher Norman's Bambu Treillage.
I'm thrilled with the results.
Chinoserie inspired bookcase: Two's Company
Kelly Wearstler Treillage wallcovering: Schumacher

Here's to a wonderful weekend. What's on your weekend agenda?  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

When a Friend Decorates

This week's When A Friend Decorates is the home of a friend with great style!

I love the zebra print bench in the foyer, functional and chic. The tray keeps the family's shoes organized and in one spot.
I like how she used eight inch wood blocks to spell out her son's name. The space can handle the size and the wood chunks look quite boyish. Great touch!       
The red and cream plaid wool carpeting existed in the room prior to her son's birth. By keeping the rug and working the wenge (dark wood) furniture into the space she pulled off a timeless, handsome room.    
 Such a stylish ceiling fan and light for this little guy!
A partial view of the seating area in the master bedroom. A soothing spot for husband and wife to unwind after a busy day.     
Her little girl's bedroom is so sweet.    
All of the furniture in the daughter's bedroom was my friend's from her city days. She painted the furniture white and placed it in her daughter's space. Resourceful and sentimental.    
I LOVE pom pom trim and find it especially wonderful in a little girl's space. The floor to ceiling window treatments are beautiful.  
The savvy homeowner ordered additional trim when pulling together her daugther's bedroom so that she could use fabric glue to attach it to the lampshade.
Isn't it inspirational and fun to see how people pull together spaces? This former NYC fashion buyer really knows a thing or two about creating stylish spaces that are functional, clutter free and appealing.   

If you have a space that would be great for a When A Friend Decorates post, e-mail your images to me at

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

When A Friend Decorates

This week's When A Friend Decorates features party planner extraordinaire Kate from Party Resources. Whether Kate is planning a party, pulling together an ensemble or decorating her bedroom, she has a sophisticated sense of classic style with a hint of modern day lady.   

I was immediately drawn to the symmetry and lack of clutter in Kate's bedroom. The mongrams, the foo dogs lamps, the pop of color on the bed and the black and white image makes for a wonderful place to unwind before calling it a day.
The lamps are fabulous and add visual interest to the space. Love how she adds beauty to her bedside tables in the form of flowers.   
I'm a huge fan of mixing a little animal print into every space. Phyton plus tray equals perfection. Don't you think orchids add sophistication to a room?    
Thank you to Kate of Party Resources for sharing her lovely space. 

If you have a space that would be great for a When A Friend Decorates post, e-mail your images to me at

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Power outage lights

I live in a community where if you sneeze the power goes out, so it was no surprise that we lost power on Saturday with the 8 to 10 inches of snow we received...yes, in October, just outside NYC.

Thought this would be a good time to share one of my "tools" for keeping a home. I have power outage lights in every bedroom,every living space and the foyer in my home. When the power goes out these lights turn on automatically and become flashlights for me to get around the house safely. Highly recommend!

Google power outage lights and select from the various ones offered. They aren't attractive, so I plug them into less conspicuous areas...behind sofas and chairs, in the kitchen behind the Keurig coffee maker, behind the dresser in my foyer and other out of sight spaces.

What tip can you share that helps to keep your home running smoothly?