Thursday, October 23, 2014

A tribute to a great designer in Blu e Bianco

I was sad to hear of the passing of iconic designer 
Oscar de la Renta.
Most people thing of him as a fashion designer,

But he was a man of many talents and the fashion and 
interior design world were greatly changed by his contributions.

One thing that showed up in both his interior design and fashion 
 designs was his love for the use of blue and white combinations. 

His years in the Dominican Republic certainly offered him 
many wonderful shades of blue for inspiration. 

This is a design for Century furniture.

In my travels around the design blog world I have come to 
understand and appreciate the great love for blue and white.

So in memory of Oscar, I want to share with you some of 
my favorite blu e bianco rooms! 

I bet this is a bedroom on a beautiful island!

Perfect spot for entertaining!

Lovely and comfortable.

This powder room appears bigger with the use of 
the large scale wallpaper and the washed blue vanity.

Doesn't this collection of plates POP on the green wall.

What a focal point this grouping of blue and white
makes on this entrance table.

A classic blue and white check warms up this keeping room.

If a little is good, more is better. Love the red sea coral!

Did you ever think of blue and white for Christmas?

Why not? 

In tribute to Oscar de la Renta, here are the words of 
Sarah Jessica Parker

a loving tribute from 


More blue and white can be found on my Pinterest page

source: Hadley Court, Vogue, Hollywood Reporter, Pinterest

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cashiers Decorator Show House 2014

NO you did not miss the announcement of a Blog Break, 
because I didn't know I was taking one! 

Things just got a little chaotic starting in August. 
I left you hanging with the first part of our 
trip to Greece and Turkey. 
But I wanted to jump back into blogging 
with something that was about Interior Design
Some of you have asked about my travels and 
I do promise I will share some more post soon.

Near the end of August, The Touring Gals 
and I hit the road to Cashiers for their Decorator Show house.

This home had the most inviting porches. This was one
of the wonderful seating areas on the front. 

This window box is just one example of the beautiful
flowers inside and out.

This fabulous picture makes you smile as you 
come in the front door! Love the bright colors!

To your left was the dining room which had a very 
eclectic flair. Have you notice how the light 
fixtures these days are like works of art?

The living room was a wonderful gathering place 
to entertain family and friends. 

I would love to have a room devoted to 
flower arranging. My husband would love it too. He gets tired 
of unstopping the disposal after I have used the 
kitchen sink! This one was actually 
part of a mud room/pantry.

The kitchen in the show house was small, but 
had great finishes in the ceiling, cabinets and stone.

The focal point of the living room was the towering
stone fireplace. 

I loved the drapery panels in the living room. I am 
going to use this double banding  on a 
clients treatment very soon.

As you start to the right, back to the master bedroom,
you come to the office retreat. I love the use 
of the white trim with the paneling and the antelope rug. 

The study has the original pickwick paneling.

What a pretty traditional bedroom using a solid upholstered
headboard and the pattern linen for the draperies 
and bedding.

This picture of the bathroom vanity area 
does not begin to show off the fabulous lighting!

Even the four legged family member has a residence
on the master bedroom porch.

Upstairs is a study nook that would also be a 
good reading spot for Mother!

A lovely old fashion guest room. This reminded me
of my daughter's room when she was young.
She doesn't like pink to this day!

Wallpaper is back and isn't it lovely in this powder room.

This was framed upstairs. It is something
we all need to remember as we start 
a new day.

We exited from the living room off  to
this beautiful blue and white outdoor room! 

Here is a side view showing how the outdoor dining area
connects to.... 

... the porch  and wraps 
around to the kitchen door.

Hope you have enjoyed your tour of the
2014 Cashiers Decorator Show house. 
Hopefully now that the craziness of 
September is over, I will be able to 
find more blogging time! 

*September may be over, but football continues 
because Jake's team is # 1 and heading to the 
playoffs! So proud of this little guy!

Source: Lizzy, Debbie Jacobs Designs