Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Three Cheers!

image via Pottery Barn

Three cheers for lucky LondonHIM. He came home with an extra large clawfoot tub from a 1920's home being renovated via his company. The best part - FREE. That's right free of charge. It was going in the dumpster. Now we can use the much smaller clawfoot we already have for the tiny hall bathroom. So now we'll have 2 clawfoot tubs in our beloved bungalow.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Out of the Park!

I'd like to introduce your to our 250 pound income stimulus check! After 2 strikes in the vintage range quest, I think we hit this one out of the park. Fingers crossed it gets here in one piece.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Green: a'la Scarlett

Photography by Gridley + Graves for House Beautiful April 2008

Living room of his own 1820's cottage, designer Eric Lysdahl creates a memorable tableau of surprises. The green palette for one, is unexpected. The fantastic klismos inspired wing backs flanking the fireplace are his own design. Classic George Smith English arm sofa sports a striking green and gold stripe.

Now let's talk about those green velvet curtains. "A tongue-in-cheek ode to Scarlett O'Hara" describes Lysdahl. We all remember her ripping the curtains from the wall for fabric for a dress.

A closer view of the sofa and curtains. Witty and elegant at the same time this gorgeous green room is definitely one to remember!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Taking Recommendations

The Culprit: Lexmark X4580

The Crime: Being Completely Unreliable

Around New Years we purchased a new Lexmark all-in-one with flatbed scanner and wi-fi. We have replaced it once already and still it continues to be a problem. It will work for a while- then go on the fritz. Having me reload the software again just to get it to work for a day or two.

This week I had a series of "Green" posts lined up and ready to go. So the scanner just won't cooperate. At all.

So anybody have a scanner/printer combination they love. One that will do the job. 'Cause if I see "Cannot retrieve application list" one more time I'm going to scream

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


We interrupt Green week for an important announcement. In one word I am - Smitten.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Green with Envy

This striking New Jersey home was decorated by the design team of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta. The homeowners were returning to the states after living abroad in both Europe and Asia. With widely varied tastes and an eclectic collection of English and Chinese pieces, color became the key to pull it all together.

One of the above 19th century chaises was found in London, the other the designers had copied. I wonder which is which.

An antique Chinese wedding bed and pagoda lantern in the sunroom.

Photography by Jason Schmidt for House & Garden Oct. 2002

From the amazing light fixtures to the unique carpet choices the home radiates charm, warmth, a special energy and elegance.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Green Week

Happy Monday! Good news we made a fabric selection for the small slipper chairs. Remember this fabric quest for the sold out "Pippa". We looked high and low and received much help and suggestions (thank you all!)but alas, that journey led - no where. We can still get it from the original shop and when we decide we have hundreds and hundreds to spare to buy a bolt we will get one and make slip covers with it. Until that red letter day, the above fabric will work wonderfully and was a STEAL at Calico Corners! Only 11.99 a yard on a special buy in this colorway only.
Carlton Chairs by Lee Jofa

So in honor of our new fabric choice, my posts this week will have a Green theme.

Friday, May 2, 2008

We shall see.

Thanks for your votes on the vintage green stove vrs. the new commercial style stainless range debate. I made an offer early yesterday on the green stove. So far with no response. We shall have to wait and see.

Strangely enough LondonHIM's former Chambers model A stove (from his last home) was offered to us later yesterday afternoon. It looks just like the one above. This could be even better with our kitchen choices of the white carrera and the white cabinets not to mention the white farmhouse sink.

What a small world it is!