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Friday find: Quilts from Darjeeling Cotton

Friday find: Quilts from Darjeeling Cotton

Posted by on Aug 19, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 0 comments

One of the things keeping me busy this summer was an amazing vacation in Virginia where the boys enjoyed all sorts of traditional ‘boy’ activities such as crabbing, fishing, building sandcastles, foraging for bugs (of which there were plenty) and the like. Meanwhile, the girls, took advantage of being officially in the South and escaped to the...

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Five Nursery Design Tips for First-Time Moms

Five Nursery Design Tips for First-Time Moms

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Tips | 3 comments

Ten days ago, I became an aunt again. (Hurray! Welcome to the world, baby R!) Of course, any new baby in the family is an excuse to think about nurseries, so this seems an appropriate time to share my own experience on the nursery design front. While looking for inspiration for our own two kids’ rooms over the years, I have realized that very few of...

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Top 10 neutral interiors

Top 10 neutral interiors

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in All-time favorites, Color palette, Decorating, Design | 4 comments

I am a huge fan of neutral interiors. Huge. Those people who say beige is boring can’t have seen it done right. To me, nothing is more soothing and elegant than a beautifully balanced scheme with whites, grays, taupes, chocolates and charcoals. So this post is both a defense and a celebration of neutral interiors. Here (in no particular order) are my...

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Planning the white-and-wood kitchen

Planning the white-and-wood kitchen

Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Decorating, Design, My house | 1 comment

I’ve been busy sourcing fixtures and fittings for the kitchen renovation. As a reminder, we’re looking for a kitchen that combines matte white cabinets, white quartz countertops, and warm-wood flooring and shelving. This Bulthaup kitchen has been my inspiration for cabinets: And these two stunning kitchens from Houzz show the type of wood...

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Bathroom inspiration

Bathroom inspiration

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Personal | 3 comments

Our renovation is moving ahead slowly. We still haven’t appointed the contractor, but plans are completed and we have the permit. That means we’re also at the stage of choosing fixtures and fittings – at last. In addition to the kitchen, we’re also hoping to put in a new master bath and renovate the family bathroom. For the master, I...

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Book review: Kelly Hoppen Interiors

Book review: Kelly Hoppen Interiors

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Designers | 3 comments

I first became a fan of designer Kelly Hoppen’s inimitable style when I visited her store in South Kensington, London. I had just graduated and was living in a poky rental in Islington with vivid pink walls and unsalubrious neighbors. Her store seemed like a refuge of tasteful calm. Kelly Hoppen is sometimes referred to as the queen of taupe. But her...

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Not too-girly nursery schemes

Not too-girly nursery schemes

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Decorating, Design | 1 comment

A friend who is expecting a baby girl this summer asked for some tips on converting her guest room into a nursery. As her first child was a boy, she was looking forward to choosing more girly furnishings, but didn’t want to go over-the-top as the room still had to function as a guest room. I was all too happy to help (aka window shop) and came up with...

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Interview with Niche Interiors

Interview with Niche Interiors

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Designers | 3 comments

Today, I’m speaking with Jennifer from Niche Interiors, an up and coming interior design firm in San Francisco. What I like about Jennifer and her team’s work is the fact it’s so accessible, and yet inventive and unique. It’s great inspiration for anyone wanting to give their home a more polished, pulled-together look: Jennifer...

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