Springtime in Paris

I think I need a swing in my house.

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And for my house to be in Paris.

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Have a lovely weekend!


Speech Fails

I know it’s St Paddy’s Day and I should post something related to that, but I found this


and my head exploded….

There are no words to express how happy this image makes me.



I am a big fan of a little tension in décor; I think the best rooms have a bit of the unexpected in them.
I also think it is this element of surprise that keeps a room from looking dated.

I like the idea of suspending a pretty-yet-industrial pendant over a feminine, traditional chaise in a floral print to create a spot for putting your feet up and enjoying a good book. Play with scale– the large pendant will keep things from getting overly cutesy– as well with a mix of styles. Layer a bright, modern flat-weave rug under the chaise and add a chunky brass table (for your cup of tea or glass of wine!) and you have a perfect, girly nook that looks crisp and contemporary, rather than frilly .






(Rug, cube & chaise from here.)

Tip: this look works because the woven metal of the pendant shade echoes the shape of the trellis print in the dhurrie rug and the lime of the rug ties in with the same colour in the floral. Easy, right?

And the Winner Is….

….Palette #1!

Thanks for all your input, Interweb. I liked both palettes, but thought for sure that the homeowner would choose #2, so I was (at first) surprised to see she’d chosen Palette #1. Now I think I know why– Palette #2 involved a lot more pattern and that can be a bit scary.

I think it will look fantastic and I can’t wait to see the finished room! We will have to wait a few weeks for that, however, as the furniture is not on deck to be recovered until early October.

I have spent a few days making the cushion covers. What do you think?

I trimmed one of the large ones with a lovely little silk ruffle from France, but once I got it on there, I decided I might actually prefer the cushions without it.

I will let the homeowner decide– it is just as easy to add it to one pillow as it is to take it off the other, depending on her preference. Below, you can see the cushion on the left with the trim.

I am particularly thrilled with the crewel-work; the fabric is such a spare, modern take on a classic fabric that it keeps the scheme from being too fussy or stuffy.