Friday, August 6, 2010

Affordable Suzanne Kasler Style





Many of you are already aware of the fact that award-winning designer Suzanne Kasler has designed a line for Ballard Designs. For those of you who do not get the catalog, or were out of the loop, check it out. 

Here is a small sampling:



Vintage Inspired Mirror #4
$99




Dressage Bucket
$29






Chappelle Mirror
$129





Industrial Pendant
$149




Burlap Wrapped Vase
$49






Set of 5 Atelier Antler
$249




Linen Tablecloth offered in 3 sizes and 5 colors
$159-$249




"Inspired Interiors" is 224 pages of gorgeous photos and decorating ideas. And for the Ballard Design customer, Ms. Kasler has graciously autographed her book. What a terrific gift.
$50.00


This latest Ballard catalog and their online shopping site , is one of their best yet. 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Geranium Gin





What a pretty drink. The bottle is an attractive design and would look good on any bar. 
Has anyone out there tried it?





Monday, August 2, 2010

Love Train





I did a posting in May concerning a big fat blue mess I had made...





I was having a rough time of it and broke one of my own rules: "You can love something dearly, but can't always have it." In other words, I forced a color that I loved, but was all wrong for MY house. It was awful, and no amount of fabric or artwork helped the situation. 
Influenced by a few late night Jane Austen movies (Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice)...











I hastily painted a fabulous blue, thinking "I want it, and this will make me happy."
Ugghhhhh..... Oh, by the way...did I tell you that I DO NOT live in an 18th century English country house?!
Thank goodness it was my house and not a client's.
Fast forward to 3 months ago: I found this wonderful grasscloth...





I've just put it up and I love it. It is warm and inviting in a very tall room. Vaulted ceiling rooms can be cold and difficult to decorate. 
I'm just putting the room back together now. I need an end table, lampshade, and definitely need to edit the space, but I'm positive that this time I am on the right train, headed in the right direction.
The pictures below were taken at 6am. (notice the exhausted dogs) with the O'Jays blaring in the background...

















If you had been there that morning you might have caught me doing a little celebration dance, but I think I'll let the Soul Train Line Dancers sum up how I feel...






Happy Week!

P.S.
I'd wear just about every outfit in this video...including the guy's!