Thursday
Apr232009

presidential setting

The Ultimate Place Setting. Forgive me, yes, I am a Canadian and yes, have already done one Obama post, but I couldn't resist this. Let's just for a moment enjoy the skill and artistry of this unbelievable place setting -- eat your hearts out Liz and Phil -- your house staff has some competition on this side of the pond! And I must say that I agree whole-heartedly with the restrained elegance of a white plate with just a soupçon of gold trim. See some more gorgeous examples below -- then dust yours off and serve your over easy, homefries and thick cut bacon on them alongside a mimosa in a crystal flute this weekend. Celebrate -- why not?

Photo by Callie Shell/Aurora for Time from Time magazine's retrospective of Obama's first 100 days in office (wow, has it already been 100 days?)

Royal Crown Derby Royal Gold

Royal Doulton Royal Gold (like the plates -- don't like the cup shape)

Raynaud Marie Antoinette -- gorgeous!

Haviland Tambour -- lovely rim design -- again, straight sided teacup not my cup of tea.

Sunday
Apr192009

leafy greens

I love with this fabric lately. It's called Fig Leaf and it's by designer Peter Dunham. I picked up a memo sample at the Y & Co showroom in Toronto a while ago and have been carrying it around imagining rooms around it ever since.

And here are a couple of rooms that feature it:

a bathroom by Peter Dunham...

...and a beach cottage by Tom Scheerer -- this room I truly adore -- all it's missing is me, a sunburn and a gin and tonic!

Saturday
Apr182009

hall decor

Love this recipe to rev up a boring narrow hallway. 

bold striped wallpaper + beautiful decorative door casings + rich dark glossy painted doors + pretty sconces (carpet optional).

This pic is from Hotel des Grands Hommes in Paris, which I visited in September.