Monday, July 30, 2012

My Practically Free DIY Intaglios

First I should mention that I bought these intaglios from PlasterCraft 2++ years ago for $32. The stumbling block was trying to figure out how to frame them inexpensively (which was the original point) considering their thickness requires enough clearance. Then early this summer a neighbor who had sold his home put this frame out for the trash.
What immediately caught my eye was that the deep inset mat - perfect for accommodating an intaglio.
For the background I covered the board with a leftover ice blue Barbara Barry fabric that has a nice sheen and texture to it. To add a bit of depth, I painted the sides of the intaglios black. I prefer the ones I painted with both gold and black but those didn't work as well w/the silver inset of my free frame.

The final frame. I find both these photographs a bit disappointing as I think it looks so much better in person and it's not hung quite as high as it looks above the bar cart.

The bar cart in the room (former dining room which now has the new stairs to the lower level) that connects the living room to the family room and the kitchen off to the right.
I still have about 30 intaglios left - and a plan to convert the 6 blackboards I bought for $9 each into future frames with the traditional matting where just one or two intaglios are featured. Hopefully that won't take another 2+ years!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hamptons Designer Showhouse - Color Drenched

VT Interiors just did a wonderful post on the Hampton Designer Showhouse 2012 and it's drenched in happy, fresh color. Not wanting to duplicate Viera's post, I've chosen other shots but just couldn't resist this first one, the den by designer Kate Singer. What a gorgeous collection of blue abstracts and landscapes. For more, head here. (Images via Facebook, all photography by Eric Striffler)
Designer Lillian August, Great Room
Designer Robert Passal, Master Bedroom
Designer Greg Mckenzie, Lounge
Designer Libby Langdon, Fun Room

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More Eye Candy

Came across this fabulous bathroom by Raรบl Martins via a French website. That one line of black tile running up the wall makes all the difference. Here's some more of his work via the very chic publication Nuevo Estilo. (More images here.)

Hope you're having a great week. I'm easing back into the work routine after a very nice break from it all. Thanks to everyone for all the nice birthday wishes! Michele

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Eye Candy & A Vacation

Love the exterior of this home via High Street Market's post on crushed stone driveways. It's a bit grand but still approachable.
I'm on vacation this week through my birthday - back with more posts on July 25th. Hope you're having a great summer so far!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Haute Fabric's Tent Sale July 20th - 31st!

I just blogged about this event for Washingtonian Open House blog - check out the full story here. Haute Fabrics is one of my favorite sources for designer fabrics at great prices. The tent sale runs from July 20th - 31st, Monday through Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 1 to 4.

Haute Fabrics. 8393 W. Main St., Marshall, Virginia; 540-364-1221.

Friday, July 13, 2012

I'd Like a Sink Like This...

I'd like a marble sink like this. I'm assuming this is custom. Has anyone ever had one like this made for them? (From the home of designer Christina Murphy, New York Social Diary here, photography by Jeff Hirsch)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunny Yellow Entry

A bit of exterior eye candy from my recent trip home (Central New York.) Love this sunny yellow door paired with the light blue exterior. Terrific wood rail work too!

Speaking of yellow, the same day this lovely bridal party was having their pictures taken lakeside. Notice the yellow flowers, shoes and pocket chiefs.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Divine Dining Room

Why am I posting on Sunday afternoon, an unusual time for me? Gun shy - thunderstorms are forecast and I'm afraid we'll lose power again. I should me more optimistic... Hope you enjoy Lisa Martensen's serene and sophisticted dining room via DHome here. The stone table is by Michael Taylor.

Friday, July 6, 2012

D. Bryant Archie's Newest Textiles

Bryant Archie, one of my favorite people I've met while blogging, has a new Resort collection of 100% cotton and, of course, it's beautiful. Maybe you saw them mentioned in this month's Elle Decor? The throws and bedcovers are handmade in Guatemala and the pillows are sewn in NYC. (throw above is Qashqai) The strips are gorgeous color combinations and come with the braided border trim that I think is a signature feature of Bryant's work.
Coban blue pillow
Recently I bought this beautiful Usonian blanket in cognac/maple/night hand-woven of 100% baby alpaca in Peru. To say it's soft is an understatement!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

An Electrified July 4th!

The power is back on and I missed all the excitement. Lucky timing on my part. While my husband and kids were sweltering post-Derecho wind storm, I spent those 4 days up in Skaneateles, NY attending my 30th high school reunion (yeah Auburn High Class of '82)...
first at the Sherwood Inn and then here at this perfect spot on Otisco Lake.
Hope you have a Happy 4th of July!


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