design to the letter . . . continued

i s   f o r  K A S L E R
has easily been one of my favorite designers from the first time I saw her work years ago. 
She has been in every high end design publication from 
House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda and Architectural Digest ...just to name a few.  

She has designed beautiful products lines from

 as well as 

 and carpet.

Her office is beyond enviable...

Her books are a must for any design library,

her body of work is impressive and her interiors continue to inspire. 

"A room should be collected not decorated"~Suzanne Kasler

In my very first post, which was all about what inspires
 me as a designer and artist, I of course added her in the mix. 

Suzanne Kasler is the epitomy of
 classic ... sophisticated ... timeless.


images via: pinterest



Persia is my favorite and I especially love it as a paper. 
Comes in such great color options as well.
Here are a few more that are really great.
Beautiful . . . 

Quadrille is know for colorful, fun prints from their collections such as 
China Seas, Alan Campbell and Sun Cloth.
Many of these prints have been used in rooms of some of
the biggest tastemakers we know.

pattern: ARBRE De MATISSE 
Tory Burch's home

Patricia Herrera's home seen in Harper's Bazaar

pattern: DEAUVILLE
 Aerin Lauder's kitchen

I also love the Quadrille showroom here in Chicago.
The showroom manager is so nice and helpful and the space is cozy and always inviting.

Can't wait to stop in and see the new line in person.

Quadrille is to the trade only so feel 
free to contact me!


images via pinterest


color stories

B L A C K  W I N D O W S

dark countertops + plank wood cabinets + dark window frames

Black windows make such a statement,
yet, in a perfectly subtle way. 

They really add in creating a beautiful backdrop to an interesting interior.
A strong window becomes part of the architecture which is always 
a good place to start.

 Another wonderful element of a black window, they recede, bringing the outdoors in.
The only thing better than a fantastic room is a fantastic room - with a view.

To me that's design perfection... 
clean and crisp and just plain cool.



friday flowers

S p r i n g   i s   h e r e   t o d a y !

I imagine I speak for all Chicagoans in saying...please stay!

With the hint of spring in the air I wanted to bring some of it into my office. It's been a VERY long, cold winter. Earlier this week I stopped in Jayson Home and Garden for some inspiration and picked up a few things. 
I spotted this amethyst. Is just so pretty and I'm already inspired by its color. 
I love a little touch of purple. And this delicate topiary, called  (angel vine), reminds me of the little spring buds that will start to show up soon.

I think I'll go back a get a few more, the more spring & angels the better.

An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man 
by strengthening the power of vision. 
-St Thomas Aquinas
Have a great weekend!



friday flowers. . .

 and a peak at my new foyer. 
It looks very much like my old one as 
I used the same mirror, table and lamps.  
 I'm also sticking with my black and white ribbons this season and my old favorites
 white hydrangeas.
 One change is what is relfected. From one angle, 
I'm able to see down the hall which has built-in bookshelves and the start of a gallery wall... 
(which still needs work). 
 From the other you can see one of my paintings -- a large 48 x 48. 
(which I'm also still working on!)

Hope you are all enjoying this holiday season.
And I promise to start blogging more too!

Happy Friday!



color stories

o  x  b  l  o  o  d

the color of the season . . .

Oxblood is that deep, almost brown red. You see it everywhere in fashion now and yes, it's definitely in vogue.  While it may be the "it" color of the season,  I see it as timeless ... think of those classic men's oxford shoes.
I'm using it this fall as a pop of color, like the chair in the first photo or even the towels seen in the Architectural Digest spread of Tiffany & Co. designer's Lambertson and Truex's bathroom.
Even easier... pick up some flowers like these amazing "oxblood" peonies and bring the color of the season indoors.


photos via: pinterest


Friday Flowers

s i m p l e

glass vase, same flower, one color

I just moved to a new apartment last weekend...
really longing for a bit of simplicity.

These are perfect!