This Week’s Quote


Happy Monday! ivy

Posted in Quotes | Tagged | Leave a comment

Inspired by Men’s Style





Barbara Heath & Tim Green  120417_092


Have you been following  The New York Times coverage of  Paris Men’s Fashion Week ?  I have, much to my delight.  Talk about eye candy, tweeds, color, modern and classic looks, and the shoes.  (It doesn’t hurt that the  models are great looking.)

Men’s fashion could be easily incorporated into home décor.   I love the look of a  beautiful club chair upholstered in tweed, soft leather, velvets, fabulous covered walls, trophies and vintage team photos.  What do you think of building on men’s style for your next decorating project?  Follow here for more eye candy and designs inspired by men’s style.


Images: /Ralph Lauren via Radford Furnishings /Passions Define/ Ralph Lauren/ Barbara Heath and Tim Green via Splendid Sass/Veranda Magazine


Posted in antiques, Decorating, Design, designer fabrics, entertaining, Fashion Style | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Week’s Quote

photo (116)

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost




Posted in Decorating | Tagged | Comments Off

Give Spring A Boost


Image: Courtesy of Villeroy-Boch

Spring will be here in the next few months. I cannot wait until I see the tulips peeking out of the ground sometime in mid-April. Until then, a stop to the florist is the next best thing. Inspired by the idea of giving Spring a boost at home, these fresh, herbal and floral tabletop designs by Villeroy & Boch,  transform the table into a year-round garden.

OB-spring table

Pine Cone Hill: Fabric, Villeroy & Boch:  Vase, Glassware, Plates

Thanks for stopping by.ivy


Posted in Color, Decorating, gardening | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Style Library: Fabric and Wallpaper

Love the look of a gallery wall?  I do, too. When I saw Sanderson’s wallpaper at Style Library, I had to share it. Getting a gallery wall could be as easy as hanging wallpaper. Inspired by nature, it has botanically drawn organic forms of corals shells, birds, and feathers.  Applied in a corridor or small bathroom, paired with a trellis print would make a great pairing.

Rome fabric by Zoffany also caught my eye.  Scenes from famous classic landmarks in Rome are beautifully printed with cityscape and historic details making it sophisticated, yet approachable.  It’s also a bit masculine and a great alternative to a toile print.

romeRome fabric is printed in taupe/indigo, charcoal,  charcoal/linen, olive, red,  and chalk/linen. Wallpaper is also available.   Check out Style Library for more selections.

Find me on the design happy blog.




Posted in Decorating | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

Lilly Pulitzer for Target


Last week Target announced the next must-have design partner at the Four Seasons Restaurant Pool Room in New York.  Think resort chic just in time for Spring, Lilly Pulitzer for Target. Lilly Pulitzer’s wonderful color and pattern mix is chic, Palm Beach style. The new collaboration is sure be a big hit.


Starring a modern interpretation of the American resort wear brand’s exuberant prints and patterns, the limited-edition collection features 15 exclusive prints, which are original works of art, created by Lilly Pulitzer artists specifically for this modern collaboration.

“The Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection marks a new chapter for our brand, and we’re excited to give Lilly fans everywhere, including those who have loved the brand for years and those who will get to know it for the first time through this collaboration, a chance to experience this incredibly chic lifestyle collection.”– Jane Schoenborn, vice president, creative communications, Lilly Pulitzer.


Prints are fashioned into napkins, placemats and plates and fun multi-color glass wear.

Available exclusively at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada and on beginning April 19, the 250-piece collection includes apparel, accessories and shoes for women and girls, as well as home accents, outdoor entertaining accessories, beach gear, travel essentials and more.


Essentials for a fun day at the pool or beach.



A selection of scarfs with mini pom poms, tassels and fringe.

 Images: Courtesy of

Your ticket to sunshine will soon be here, mark your calendar. Thanks for stopping by.ivy

Posted in Color, Decorating, entertaining, Fashion Style | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

This Week’s Quote

OB-mirror quote

Posted in Decorating | Tagged | Comments Off

Fashion: Ten Winter Must Have


We adopted a rescue pet, a sweet  Shih-Tzu mix, Wookie, over the Thanksgiving holiday.  We like to take long morning walks.  Lately, I’m finding it harder to walk her with the cold temperature.  It’s time to get serious and get warmer outerwear.  These are some of my winter must have.  Wookie is a furball.  I think she needs some cute outerwear, too.  Have any shop recommendations for Wookie?

photo (109)


1.UGG Bailey Aviator Women’s Chestnut Hat 2.Madeleine Thompson Cashmere wrap 3.J.Crew Cashmere infinity scarf   4. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit 5. Down Puffer Coat 6. Ray-Ban Folding Aviator 7. Over the Knee Sock  8.Origins Ginger Hand Lotion  9. Cashmere Blend Touch Tech Knit Gloves 10. Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot

Image: Source




Posted in Fashion, Fashion Style | Comments Off

On My Radar: Damask

HEWN Showroom

I’m happy to be feeling better after battling the flu during Christmas.  Happy to be back and getting excited for the New Year.  As I research fabrics for projects, I came across some Damask textiles.   It’s a go to fabric for traditional style and old world charm interiors.  I think it’s worth taking a closer look at the many choices in Damask for fabrics and wallpapers.  Damask is classic and rich looking and comes in silks, soft velvets, linen and cotton.   Large scale or small scale, as a focal point or accent, Damask is on my radar.


Walls wrapped in silk Damask add luxury and warmth: World of Interiors: KK Auchincloss’ Paris apartment, November 2012

Serena and Lilly

Serena and Lilly updates the look in fresh colors. Perfect for a teen room.


Designer Palmer Weiss adds trim to Damask window treatments for contrast and modern touch.


Alessandra Branca adds worldly elegance and sophistication with her fabric collection for Schumacher.


Have you explored Thibaut wallpaper and textiles?  They have the most comfortable furniture, too.  I sampled a great selection of their furniture in their showroom at High Point.

Simply put, Damask is timeless. Would you consider it for upholstery and wall treatments?  Thanks for stopping by.






Posted in Decorating, designer fabrics | Comments Off

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Wishing you success in 2015!

Motivational Posters
Posted in Decorating | Tagged | Comments Off