Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
The trim collection at Haute is truly unbelievable. The wide Greek Key trim is $10 a yard, the narrow $7 a yard. The quality is extremely high. I purchased the wide yellow/grey and the narrow blue/grey.
Haute is housed in a house on Main Street with each room dedicated to different types and colors of fabric. Need a neutral?
Here's a small peek at the extensive collection of toile from top name firms. I didn't recognize all the brand names but noticed that many of the fabrics were printed in England.
Here's a pretty Brunschwig & Fils print.
I purchased this Greek Key cut velvet for $20 a yard. Love it!
This braided trim was only $9 a yard and I've sewn it onto the dark brown curtains in my office. My office redecoration is almost finished - hoping to do a post on that soon.
Haute is located in Marshall, VA, just off exit #28 on 66 West. It would be a great trip to combine a visit to Haute with Matthews House and Garden in Upperville, VA and then to the shops in Middleburg. Just keep in mind Haute's website still has the old Middleburg address and the site only showcases a small fraction of the selection.
(This is my personal recommendation and I do not receive any form of compensation for this endorsement - I'm just a fabric nut!)
Friday, December 25, 2009
Another Christmas has come and gone, leaving me renewed in my belief that the goodness in the world is immensely greater than the bad. I hope this Christmas & Holiday season finds you surrounded by love, comfort and contentment. Thank you so much for sharing 2009 with me here at My Notting Hill. Peace be with you. With best regards, Michele
(Christmas Tree, near the entrance to the Key Bridge, Georgetown)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I think the arched panelled mirror to the side of the fireplace in this room is brilliant. Love all the pattern in the pillows and ottoman.
Here is a dining room and living room from one of her client's home. To see more from this beautiful home, go here.
Gwen uses the term appointments in reference to accessories - I rather like that. Here is a french buffet in her sunroom that she recently edited.
Finally, I'd like to point out that Gwen posted an entire week about the color green. I have never seen a more definitive exploration of that color - it is something not to be missed! 2010 is looking to be a great year for design blogs.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I'm cheating a bit because I posted the above picture back in July - but this could be one of my all time favorite rooms. Maria Killam of Colour Me Happy recently did a post on when accent walls work and I think this brown grasscloth accent wall is perfection in this room. I was introduced to South African designer John Jacob Zwiegelaar via Porchlight Interiors and often visit their site to see what's new. The following are more gorgeous images of his work. (all images via John Jacob Interiors)
Sunday, December 20, 2009
One hour later we've cleared this down hill section and rounded the corner...
another hour later to meet up with our neighbors who came down the other side...
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
(image from It's Complicated Facebook page, photographer unknown)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Love the classic, elegant feel of this room above paired with the comfortable, lived-in look of the furniture. The large bust on the tall boy really sets the tone of this room.
I think this is a well done kitchen with the dark wood cabinets contrasted with all the white painted windows. My favorite is the dark wood finish of the far countertop. Hope you're having a great week and it's not too crazy w/all the Holiday preparations.
All images via Carriage Properties
Monday, December 14, 2009
This is a small furniture re-do but one that's been on my list for 2 years. I know that because I was picking up my son from 8th grade and spotted this 60's veneer table near his school and, much to his protest, asked him to pick up and toss it in the trunk. Between Naps on the Porch & Metamorphosis Monday gets all the credit for motivating me to finally finish this!
I sanded down the finish and polished up the brass bits that are on the legs - just above the second shelf and at the foot. I skipped priming the table as I wanted to avoid the fumes. Using a small sponge brush I was able to paint the table with 2 coats using a $7 sample pot of Farrow & Ball Down Pipe in a flat finish. (I may go back later and use wipe-on polyurethane) The gold edging was done with a tube of artist's acrylic.
Here it is all finished. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. Be sure to check out more before and after projects at Between Naps on the Porch.
Changing a table can feel satisfying but imagine how satisfying it would feel to play a part in helping to change the lives of girls in a small village in Laos...
In the spirit of the Holiday season, we are asking for your help today on behalf of these children. The donations collected through Pencils of Promise Blog Day 12.14.09 will go towards building safe, legitimate dormitory housing for girls to have access to further education. Currently, some parents are unwilling to send their children to school because of the danger of the huts currently in use. This new dormitory will house about 200 young Laotian girls.
Several bloggers are coming together today in a collaborative effort spearheaded by Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita, in order to make a difference for a very deserving charity. Pencils of Promise is a wonderful 501(c)(3) organization based in New York, that partners with local communities and organizations to build schools in developing nations for some of the world’s most impoverished and undereducated children. (To watch a brief, informative You Tube video about Pencils of Promise - click here.)
Last December, the Pencils of Promise team visited a small village in Laos and by July 2009, they had built a new school for the village children who started attending classes on September 1st. This month, Pencils of Promise will be opening their third school and they hope to open the doors to education for more children in 2010.
We are in the midst of the giving season and hope that you will consider making a donation to this worthy cause today. Every little bit helps and together, we can make a difference!
TO DONATE - Click here.If you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.