Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Finca Vigia

Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway's home for 21 years in Cuba from 1939-1960, will be receiving almost $900,000 in building supplies from a U.S. foundation to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Hemingway's papers, books, and other items, which were all left behind in Cuba when Hemingway fled the country in 1960 after U.S. and Cuban diplomatic relations deteriorated.  

Another interesting tidbit is that TV home improvement guru Bob Vila (remember him from his This Old House Days?!), who happens to be Cuban-American and fluent in Spanish (who knew?), will oversee the whole shebang. 
Now, that's an interesting story! Don't you agree? 

I love this photograph of Papa. He was a big feline lover. Years ago I visited Hemingway's home in Bimini, Bahamas, where felines freely roamed the property and were said to be the direct descendants of Hemingway's personal pet felines. 
Fact or fiction, who knows? But I love believing it is.

Until next time...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Cville Design House 2015 Photos

 Yay, here are my official Cville Design House 2015 Pix. Official meaning I paid someone to take these so that you, dear readers, did not have to tolerate my dark and out of focus prints.

Yours truly hiked herself up a 20' ladder to steam these linen window treatments 
(and actually lived to blog about it).

Love the little Jockey painting by Helen Hilliard! (So much so that I bought it!)
How do you like my dress form lamp? Nifty, huh?

The lovely bar was compliments of the Richmond Ethan Allen.
Every year they generously lend me items for my space.

 Sadly my collection of magnifying glasses
are no longer for aesthetic pleasures only... 
Oh, for the days of 20/20 vision. 
Is it me or has the oatmeal raisin recipe on the Quaker Oats box gotten smaller?

"I cannot live without books," Thomas Jefferson
Oh, how right you are Tom!

 Don't you just love these old leather bound books? 
It makes reading so much more lovely.
I'm currently rereading Shakespeare. Oh, summer reading fun...

More of Helen Hilliard's lovely paintings...

Artwork and books, one never has enough of either!

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CVille Design House Before/After

Here's a little tease from my 2015 Cville Design House space. 
The professional photos will follow shortly, but until then...


And after...

Here's a shot of the salon wall featuring Helen Hilliard's beautiful artwork...
(The paintings look crooked in this photo, but they're not!)

LOVE these paintings! Let me know which one is your favorite!

Until next time...

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Fun Read!

When I was a student studying architecture, I was introduced to Frank Lloyd Wright's work as the main school of thought for my studies (when you study architecture, whatever university you're enrolled in will teach to a well-known architect's particular style.). My college's school of thought was Wright's.

Therefore I was delighted when I recently came across T.C. Boyle's book The Women, which is based on the women in Frank Lloyd Wright's life. I met T.C. Boyle several years ago when I worked as a Community Relations Manager for Barnes & Noble in Denver. Boyle was friendly and kind (not all authors are). Anyway, here's a look at some of Wright's well-known work and the cover of Boyle's novel. Happy reading!

Frank Lloyd Wright

Cheney House in Oak Park, Illinois

Falling Water in Bear Run, Pennsylvania

The Guggenheim Art Museum, New York

If you've never visited a building of Wright's, do so and
 allow yourself to be wowed by an architectural genius.

Until next time...

Cville Design House 2015

Oh, dear readers, I have been neglecting my posting! But it is only because I have been working diligently on a book (more on that in a later post).

Today I would like to share some photos of the 2015 Cville Design House benefiting Shelter for Help in Emergency. This is my fourth year participating in the fundraiser.

This year yours truly was assigned the living room and the entry way. I know, I know! I'll try to live up to your expectations! Here are some photos of the house and my space.

The house is in Earlysville and has a French Country feel. 
Okay, so the yard was obviously photoshopped since it wasn't yet landscaped at the time of the photo. 

This is the 20' window in the living room! 
And today I had my window treatments installed.
But you must visit me at the Design House to see them!

This is the entryway directly opposite the 20' window.

The room is not very large, so I'll be using it as an intimate salon.

This is the lovely stairway that leads to a bridge that overlooks the living room.

I decided to design the space with a retro 1930's French feel, hence the club chairs.
Here is my design board.

The settee is by Paula Deen and very comfy.

Love this chair! It is very comfortable! 
Thanks to Grand Home Furnishings in Cville for lending 
me the chair and the settee. Every year Grand is extremely
 generous with lending me items for the Design House. 
I couldn't do the house without them!

This is the Soho chair from Ethan Allen.
The Richmond Ethan Allen store has been very generous in lending me items.
You  also get a peak at my rug in this photo that was
lent to me by Frank S. Eways Oriental Rugs.
That's all for now!

For more information on the 2015 Cville Design House 

Until next time...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Take a Seat

This post is dedicated to my client, Ann, who shared a humorous story with me about a friend asking if Ann sat down to get dressed.

At age 25 I would have laughed at this suggestion. At 50, I say, "Who doesn't sit down to get dressed? How many times do you have to fall on your face in the morning just putting on your pants?"

I know, a tad personal, but what other designer would admit this to you? Right, that's why you have me.

So yesterday, I very cleverly moved a beautiful antique chair into my walk-in closet. Why had this simple solution never occurred to me before? I had the chair in my bedroom where it appeared lost in the vastness and prior to that in the bathroom where it was always in the way. Finally, in my not-too-large closet it was like Goldilocks's porridge, just right.

While sitting on my chair, I can now reach my sock drawer, my shoes lined up on the floor, and my trousers hanging from the rod. Life just works out beautifully sometimes, doesn't it?

Have a look at some nifty chairs to add beauty and convenience to your life...

A nice, straight back Regency chair to get you started...

Here's a chair similar to mine...

Very sweet and will fit in a tight space...

Here's one with an Asian influence
(you can find this type at the Oyster House Antiques store
in Charlottesville on the downtown mall)...

A little farmhouse chair...

A seat with some curve to it...

Another perfectly good small scale chair...

You get the idea. We're not talking big, expensive upholstered chairs. Just a simple place to perch while attending to one's daily needs. You can pick up any of these chairs at an antique mall or used furniture store. If the slip-seat needs a fresh fabric, it's an inexpensive fix you can do yourself.

Let me know what you think! Until next time...

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pantone's Color of the Year 2015

Every year forecasters in color industries predict what is known as "the color of the year." Pantone, a global authority on color for interior design, fashion, and beauty, has just announced it's trendsetting color for 2015...

 Pantone's Marsala Color of the Year 2015

Marsala is very dramatic in velvety fabrics...

The jewel tone is the star in this lovely floral arrangements
 and complements a brunette's coloring...

The cream colored trim and ceiling 
tones down the richness of the red hue...

So what say you, yay or nay to Marsala for color of the year?
 Can you see yourself using the color in your home this year? Let me know!

Until next time...