Monday, January 30, 2012

Using Outdoor Lights Inside?

If I hadn't already found the sconces for my bathroom renovation, I would definitely consider these. Love the styling. (Double Box Chrome Light, recently carried by Lamps Plus but now I can't find them)
This outdoor flush mount Vaxcel Robie light is on it's way to my house now where it may end up as a hall light after adding a bit of gold rub n-buff. Have you ever used outdoor lights inside ?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Beadboard Sheets Become Chevron Paneling

Designer Janelle Steinberg of the blog Maison Classique transformed a plain, builder-grade powder room by designing an innovative use of beadboard paneling. Placed on an angle to create a chevron pattern, it changes the entire look of the space. Makes you think about beadboard paneling in a whole new way. Love it!!!
In progress - vertical stiles provide a finished look to the seams of the chevron pattern.
Janelle also posted a very detailed schematic plan for the transformation. You can check it out here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

From the Stacks: Real and Personal

Some designers say they don't have a signature look but often they do. In this case, designer Michelle Nussbaumer proved the opposite and created a design, not with her signature look, but one that reflects the homeowners beautifully. When this story was published in Jan/Feb 2006, homeowner and then DHome Editor Christine Allison penned the story herself and captured it best with these remarks, "Thus, on the face of it, it might have seemed incongruous, even daft, that we would have turned for guidance to Michelle Nussbaumer...Nussbaumer is as theatrical as we are not...But the truth was, we were due for a little glamour. And Nussbaumer figured us out in our first meeting."

This home is one of my all time favorites. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Entry Hall
Photography by Stephen Karlisch. First two images from Michelle Nussbaumer's site as they were so much better than my scanned versions.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dining Library: One of the Best

This is one of the most beautiful dining libraries I've ever seen. I love the contrast of light and dark, formality and informality and the scale of the space. Pretty much perfection. This image comes from an incredible blog called Beautiful Libraries with a very accurate tagline, The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World. The blog mentions this library is in Mel Gibson's Connecticut mansion which was for sale back in 2009. If you love libraries, this blog will be a joy to visit.

Hope you have a great weekend. I'm thankful to have woken up this morning to a voice mail from my husband that he got to his hotel near Utica NY at 3:30 am after driving through some serious ice and snow that started in Binghampton. D - love, love, love you. He's there to celebrate his Mom's 80th birthday. Happy Birthday Pat!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DIY-AF: My Small Mirror Project

I purchased this mirror at a yard sale a while back. Although I liked the shape, it looked like a mass-produced piece from the 60's and the gold was definitely skewing cheap amd gaudy. It stayed temporarily in my dining room until I found a new location for it in a corner of my living room, where it opened up and brightened a corner.
I painted out part of the mirror with a sample can of Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray, sanding off some of the finish on the appliques. It's so nice to AF (and finish!) my small DIY project. Next project - get the right sized harp for that lamp...
WINNERS from Giveaway: DecoGirl and Brian you are the winners of the passes to the Design Center of Northern VA but I don't have your contact info. Please email me at mynottinghill -at- so I can give you the details. Thanks! Michele

Monday, January 16, 2012

Eye Candy: Color Block It

Color blocking on the headboard and chairs in the Buenos Aires home of Maria Noel. Just a little bit adds a lot energy. Very chic. Originally featured in Domino June 2006, photography by Max Kim-Bee, via the fabulous blog English Muse.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Designer Sample Sale & Unique Give Away

The Design Center of Northern Virginia is a new independent trade-only design showroom in Herndon, VA and they will be holding a sample sale:
- Open to designers Jan 16th-27th, and to the

- General public Jan 30th-Feb 3rd.

Trade only items will be offered at 10% less than designer’s net price.

Currently on the showroom floor they have sofas/chairs/case goods by Vanguard, Hickory Chair, Nichols and Stone, John Richards, lighting by Ralph Lauren/Visual Comfort and Currey & Co, plus one-off pieces and accessories.

Now for the Giveaway: Passes to attend the Trade-Only sale taking place first from January 16th - 27th will be given to 2 commenters on this post. This is a chance to attend the earlier trade-only sale prior to it being open to the general public.

For a chance to win all you need to do is leave a comment by Monday Jan 15th 9 pm EST, keeping in mind that to receive the pass if you are one of the winners you will need to be able to go to the showroom located at 585 Grove St. Suite 130 Herndon, VA.

ps. - don't forget to leave contact info if you don't have a blog or check back Monday night to see who the winners are.

I already see things I'd like to have! Hope you have a great weekend. Michele

WINNERS from Giveaway: DecoGirl and Brian you are the winners of the passes to the Design Center of Northern VA but I don't have your contact info. Please email me at mynottinghill -at- so I can give you the details. Thanks! Michele

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Couldn't Take My Eyes Off...

When I first saw this room of the late Mimi Weddell I couldn't take my eyes off of it. You could make the argument this it is both living with, and decorating with, books. And, her eye for color is amazing. (image from Casa Vogue 2005, photography by Tim Walker via Identical Eye here.)
It reminded me that I received a wonderful book for Christmas, Decorating with Books. While the rooms featured aren't as riotous as Mimi's, they're inspiring and interesting and, more importantly, most were images I hadn't seen.

Have you ever seen a mantel like this before?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Thank You Matchbook Magazine!

Thank you to Matchbook Magazine for including me in their January 2012 issue with my thoughts on the one beauty product I can't live without, pg. 41. (I almost chose an anti-wrinkle cream but refrained.) The January issue is their 12th as they head towards their one year anniversary in February. Congratulations on a wonderful years' worth of issues!!
One of my favorite Matchbook decor stories was of Kate and Andy Spades's home in the November issue. If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to.

Friday, January 6, 2012

From the Stacks: Quiet Ambience

Nov 2003 Traditional Home - The first two images are from the home of British designer Emily Todhunter and the conservatory is from the home of Jeremy Hackett. They stood out to me as designs that create a quiet, calming atmosphere.
Photography above by Colleen Duffley, image below by Francis Hammond.
Hope you have a great weekend - calming or otherwise, depending on your preference!

p.s. - thanks for all the lovely comments about my son's acceptance into MassArt

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Host Site for 2012 DC Design House Chosen & Eye Candy

The host site for the 2012 DC Design House was announced yesterday and it's a stately Colonial located at 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW in Spring Valley. You can view the current listing here. This looks like it's going to be a great one! (Thank you Mathew for giving me the heads up!)
Jura Koncius of The Washington Post tweeted that the Bare Bones tour is scheduled for Feb 25th. I'm sorry to miss it although my consolation is that I'm going to be in St. John Virgin Islands. It's been really cold here today...
For a little eye candy: Something about the finish on these end tables and their slightly askew placement makes this room for me. Design by Jillian Pritchard Cook from Veranda here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

He Got In!!!

2007 (8th grade)

Ryan: My art teacher wants me to put a face on my figure project but I don't want to. Mine is a wizard and I think it looks better without a face.

Me: What will happen if you don't?

Ryan: She said she'd mark me down on the scoring rubric and give me a C.

Me: Are you ok with that?
Dec 24, 2011 - (Senior Year) The letter he's been waiting for arrived. YES, he'd been accepted to his #1 choice, Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, to study for a BFA in Film. And, he was given a merit scholarship based solely on his own accomplishments. We are so happy for him!!

- The wizard doesn't have a face.
- Ryan is still an artist.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Crisp & Colorful

Last week I finished reading Asa Larsson's most recent novel translated into English, which then got me searching around the internet for some of the Swedish cultural references in the book. This led to finding designer Marie Olsson Nylander's home, originally featured in the Swedish magazine Residence. It turns out this creative, colorful home was covered by numerous blogs last January but I'm only just finding it now. Wish I knew the name of the photographer - isn't this first image with the edge of the green pot in the foreground genius?

I think interior design in 2012 is going to feature alot more color. What do you think?


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