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favorite floral fabrics

I noticed something very upsetting about my apartment today: it is severely lacking in the floral print department. I do have an excuse: I have three yards of an outrageous chinoiserie floral sitting in the corner of my guest room waiting for a purpose, so I don’t want to go out and pick anything else till I use that. That’s rational and prudent. But still, it doesn’t mean I don’t like to torture myself with the knowledge of all the other gorgeous prints out there.

And the world is on to me it seems. While I was researching this post, I came across an Etsy shop, Englishfabric, that sold vintage fabrics and mentally noted it. A few hours later, I got an email from the shop owner, offering to sell me some vintage fabric I posted about a long, long time ago. My “brand” appears to be the floral lady and I am completely fine with that.

So these are my favorites as of late. I limited the selection to larger scale florals and non-vine prints. Floral vines, while lovely, have less versatility because of their strong vertical orientation (they’re great for curtains, but tricky on pillows or furniture), but allover florals or bouquets can work in a variety of applications. #FloralScience

manor rose schumacherpink and brown floral duraleespring bling waverlyorangerie rose designers guildchinese flowers brunschwiggarden glories lee jofa

Resources: Manor Rose by Schumacher / Pink and Brown by Duralee at Decorators Best / Spring Bling by Waverly at Fabric.com / Orangerie Rose by Designers Guild / Chinese Flowers by Brunschwig and Fils / Garden Glories by Lee Jofa at Inside Fabric

yes to… blue and white

blue and white decorBecause of my schedule, we aren’t able to take a vacation this winter, a fact I am sorely lamenting. Going someplace warm, even for just a few days, makes the January/February doldrums so much more bearable. While New York hasn’t gotten the much-hyped blizzard of the century, it’s been damn cold and well, that’s enough!

In lieu of beaches, I’m making do with classic blue and white, hoping the palette will usher spring along. Certainly the weather, sensing my clump of empty blue-and-white vases, will warm up so that I can get some daffodils and tulips going. I’m pretty sure that’s how seasons works.

Yuyuan Garden Stool – Pier 1 / Shanghai Lotus Candle – Design Darling / Reese Salad Plates – Pottery Barn / Ceramic Drip Vase – Williams-Sonoma / Indigo Chevron Pillow – Furbish

reader redesign: studio sanctuary

reader redesign hague blue studioOccasionally I get emails requesting a decorating consult. I tried e-decorating for a bit before, but then I got a full-time job and stopped taking any clients. So now I’m trying a different tack this time: putting the decorating boards on the blog, so everyone can get some ideas, with the understanding these are not comprehensive decorating plans, just starting points.

So today’s reader redesign involves a Manhattan studio with about 270 square feet of living space. Sounds small, but isn’t that bad for the city. The budget is $6,000.


The only existing thing the reader wanted to keep is her rug. So using that as a starting point, I’d paint the walls Hague Blue for a cozy, unified room.

For the sleeping area, the reader already has a good headboard, so just I’d switch her bedding to something simpler, like Biscuit Home’s chartreuse duvet and shams. To free up space on her nightstands, I’d a install a pair of simple sconces. I’d also look for small chest of drawers on Craigslist to use as nightstands, just to maximize storage. The splurge item is a lovely armoire that’s not only statement-making, but super functional storage.

In the living area, a narrow console in shocking citron works well as an entry table, and can double as a small dining table when entertaining. Tuck a garden stool or two underneath it for extra seating. For the sofa, I chose a velvet that is close to the wall color to minimize its size. Look for a pair of small vintage tables to use in lieu of a coffee table, or bust the budget with this pair.


Total: $6,025

Interested in a redesign? Email me a few photos of your room, your budget, and a brief note about what you’re looking for in a room. Please include “reader redesign” in the subject of your email.

my pinky-pink entry

pink stripe entryI wasn’t terribly convinced by the stripes when I first painted them–they were feeling a little ho-hum and like I just discovered design blogs yesterday. Which is a completely irrational thought, let’s be honest.

Then I got around to painting my credenza (which has been red and then black in past lives), added a mirror, and bought a very fetching vintage lamp. Oh man, those things made all the difference. I still want to eventually wallpaper this space, but as an in-between design? I’m happy with it!

So now it’s firmly established that there is a pink thread woven throughout the apartment. Some people need their black; I need my pink.


feminine sconces


Josette Sconce – Shine by S.H.O

I have been lusting after romantic, girly sconces for months. It’s silly since I don’t have any immediate need for wall lighting and yet, here I am.

My favorites are the not-super-functional ones–sure they put off light, but they don’t provide meaningful light like a library sconce or swing arm lamp. These aren’t work horses; they’re just really pretty and lovely.

veronica sconce

Veronica Sconce – Matthew Studios

crystal floral sconce

Aerin Lynn Wall Light – Circa Lighting


French Orange Lucite Sconces – One Kings Lane

So if you’re working on a romantic powder room or a super glamorous entry design, consider these, won’t you?