Rooms with a View Continued

I love how this year’s Rooms with a View designers really embraced and interpreted the theme of Americanism: Timely and Timeless Design. Carey Karlan, of Last Detail Interior Design, envisioned a family game room representing “the best of American energy, competitiveness and optimism.”
Rooms with a View
With updated American classics such as the oversized Windsor chairs, modern painted floorcloth by Heidi Holzer and Saarinen table, Carey played with the scale to give a sense of childlike pleasure for the entire family.…

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Rooms with a View 2012 Part 2

Part of the fun of Rooms with a View is discovering the story behind the spaces, especially when they have personal resonance. As Helen Koch said of business partner John Murphy, both below, “John was thrilled to learn he had been chosen for Rooms with a View but even more so when he heard the theme was ‘Design on a Shoestring.’
Rooms with a View 2012John is a hunter gatherer at heart and has trouble passing up a yard sale, fleamarket or antique mart, so he was excited to recently acquire a barrel game table set from a childhood friend in Barrington, RI whose parents had sold their house and were downsizing.…

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Fun Design Finds for the Younger Set

Due to some technical difficulties, my post planned for today didn’t come together, so instead I thought I would share a few fun finds I’ve had in my files from when I visited ICFF last May. Today, focussing on designs for children, are three exhibitors I thought had offerings worth noting.…

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Ashley Whittaker Does Pretty Perfectly in House Beautiful

September is House Beautiful‘s fall color issue and I was thrilled to see the cover features a spectacular project in nearby Greenwich, CT by designer Ashley Whittaker .
Ashley Whittaker project on the cover of the September House Beautiful
In a beautiful new house designed by Judith Larson with stunning architectural details, Whittaker shows that pretty can be sophisticated and modern with a serene refreshing palette of blues and greens.…

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House Beautiful Mick De Giulio Kitchen of the Year

Mick De Giulio has been designing kitchens for over 40 years and his wealth of experience shows in his Kitchen of the Year. As De Giulio says, “I may call myself a kitchen designer, but what I really do is orchestrate and conduct the dreaming process.” And there are so many dream-worthy ideas to be gleaned from this space.…

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Getting Your Game On

Well Irene has turned out to be one of the nastiest visitors I’ve had in quite a while. Not only did she flood our town and rip down our trees but she’s left us powerless and in our case without water as well!!…

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Country Charm in the Garden

On our way to visit Dominique Browning for our BEHIND THE Q weekend, Dr. Pat and I first stopped in to visit a longtime friend of hers, Andrew Grossman at his lovely home in Seekonk, MA. Although Pat had sung his praises as a landscape designer extraordinaire, little did I know the treat I was in for.…

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Six for Spring

Please join me today over at Party Resources. Many of you readers already know Kate and her mother Dixie’s fabulous events firm. Since 1981, they have been producing elegant affairs from New England to Colorado. Their incredible attention to detail and beauty is also evident in Kate’s blog where she invited me to participate in her Six for Spring series.…

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Bag the Bag!!

Our Royal Wedding Contest continues this week. Enter by Friday for a chance to win this fabulous Joanna Lhuillier bag, whose work I profiled last week.
In case you missed it, the contest is to furnish Kate and Williams new home with pieces chosen from the brands at von Hemert Interiors, the store who inspired our game with their incredible upcoming Royal Wedding event.…

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Lego Love

My daughter is lego obsessed. And I couldn’t be happier. What a wonderful creative outlet for kids. With all her Christmas checks, she ordered the Harry Potter Diagon Alley set. She anxiously awaited the package, tracking it online every day and has been working on it diligently since the minute it was delivered.…

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