House and Life

House and Life

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Country Cottage

I don't know what it is about the near end of Winter (thank heavens) that makes me think of country cottages. Perhaps its the breezy air and thoughts of opening the doors out to a wonderful covered terrace. My garden at the new house in non-existant. It's basically an empty lot. But I have plans. This Country House featured on Martha Stewart Living is owned by Angus Wilkie.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Have A Love ly Day

Image Courtesy of House Beautiful

Monday, February 9, 2009

Upon Further Inspection

Katie Lee Joel's bathroom decorated by Nate Berkus is just so gorgeous and so well appointed in a simple, no nonsense sort of way. Pale blue walls paired with gold and silver accents and a pitch perfect basketweave tile. Yum! And it goes to show you that you don't have to stick with just ONE finish. That is a trap that all of us at one time or another seem to fall into. The cabinet maker in our house couldn't believe I was pairing brass with nickle and a little bronze too. Its allowed and its great. I adore the sconces, anyone recognize? Not sure I do. I love the glitzy chandelier too and the silk ( I think) simple roman shade behind the perfect floating tub.

Images from Brown Button- a fabulous blog from Down Under if you haven't discovered yet. A prayer too for Australia.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

All That Glitters

Katie Lee Joel's town house in New York City is chalked full of details that I just love. But in particular, I love this gilded vestibule between her closet and bathroom. The area is just under 200sq.ft. with 14 karat gold applied to the walls for a most romantic effect. I think its best in small doses, but spectacular when done right. Nate Berkus had a hand in the interior design, which I'm not surprised. Love the basket weave marble on the floor just beyond, mainly because that it was I put down in my second floor bath and I couldn't be happier (FYI, hides EVERYTHING).

Anyhow, after some research on gold foiled walls and ceilings, its not as bad as you would think to apply and there are faux karat versions (as in you don't have to marry Billy Joel to afford it). Here is a link