Five Things For The Weekend

Happy Friday!  It has been a busy week. On the home front, my son found his first apartment in NYC.  We are getting ready for his move. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the weekend.

Looking for a weekend tote, I was immediately struck by the botanical print in this delicious handbag.  The silhouette is from Tory Burch’s runway show.  It resembles a garden basket.   A garden tote with clusters of flowers to bring the garden with me.  Love it!

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Heirloom Tomato Salad.  Sweet and flavorful from the local farmers market.

There is a garden with 3 ft. tall delphiniums near town.  They are a favorite in the garden.  Hopefully, my florist will have a few stems I could bring home to enjoy.


A little me time with champagne and bath bubbles please.installing this button right away!Bubble Baths should be an everyday occurrence.

Do something fun for yourself this weekend!


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Bungalow 5: Shades of Blue

Blue is the color of the sky and sea.  It is a universal favorite for men and women.  If you are looking to add shades of blue to your décor, take a  closer look at Bungalow 5′s lighting and furniture for a touch of blue.


“The hallmark of a Bungalow 5 piece is that it always feels comfortably familiar yet strikingly fresh.”Bungalow 5

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Traditional Style: Shake It Up With Lucite

Lucite and acrylic furnishings make a great mix in a traditional space.  Incorporating accessories is a good place to start.  It can be as simple as adding a lucite tray to your coffee table or lucite bookends to your bookshelf.  One thing is certain, a little lucite will shake things up.  These lucite and acrylic pieces caught my eye.

Hudson’s Valley Alpine collection:  The geometric frame and brass accents make a stunning combination.



Lucite bookends.  Place a favorite statuette on the base to change your display.


Wisteria - Accessories - Shop by Category - Office & Storage - Acrylic Bookends

The armless Z-shaped acrylic chair is sleek and modern.

Wisteria - Furniture - Shop by Category - Chairs - Zany Z Chair

A vintage trunk gets an instant update with Lucite chairs.
vintage trunk vanity // trunk dresser, large mirror, lucite chairs, ghost chairs, bar cart, liquor, old trunk, tassel
Colorful toile and Lucite bar give a dining room a touch of traditional chic.

Pink, tangerine, Chinoisserie, lucite bar cart - cheers!


Acrylic counter stools keep this all white kitchen elegantly simple.

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Designer Ashley Whittaker adds an acrylic coffee table to open up the seating area.
Design Crush :: New York Apartment by Designer Ashley Whittaker

“Just one piece of clear acrylic furniture will shake up any room in any style.”  — House Beautiful Magazine.

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Happy June


Have a great Monday!


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Memorial Day Weekend

It is about Honor, Pride and Respect because they deserve nothing less.  Thank you to our military and their families.

Following my country heart.



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Apartment Shopping In NYC

Happy Friday!  It is an exciting time at home.  I’m helping my son find his first apartment.   We went apartment shopping in NYC.   The views are amazing, but they do come at a price.


The amenities are impressive, some include an indoor lap pool, 24 hour gym, movie theater, lounges with pool table and fireplace surrounded by more beautiful views of Manhattan.   What we want most is a great location and  24 hour doorman service.  The doorman comes in handy for safety and receiving packages, since he’ll be working long hours.


I was happy for him.  What’s next?  Organizing and shopping for furniture. Watch out the college graduates are taking over NYC.   Happy Weekend.


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Outdoor Pillows and Trim

Looking for outdoor pillows?  Blue and white is my favorite outdoor color combination for pillows.   Pretty outdoor trim on pillows add a decorative detail.   Royal Pineapple Air Blue Outdoor Pillow

Beautiful outdoor fabrics  offer  UV protection for weather durability.  I enjoy blue and white, but there are a range of patterns and colors to create the ultimate outdoor décor.

outdoor trim part of new collection. Kravet Soleil - Indoor/Outdoor

Serena and Lily, FrontGate, Kravet: trim, Soleil – Indoor/Outdoor


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What to Wear: Sundress for Graduation Day

The time has come to attend graduation ceremonies with family and friends.  We are happy and proud of my son, Brian.  He will graduate Babson College this weekend.  Tory Burch will be the  keynote speaker.   The forecast may be raining and humid.  Sundresses are perfect for the occasion.  They will help to stay cool and pretty during  graduation day.

SUNDRESSES "Sun dresses" by ivy-deleon-design on Polyvore


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Mr. & Mrs. – Our First Home

Wedding season is here.  It is an exciting time for the couple and their family and friends.  Marriage is all about give and take.  When it comes to decorating their first home, couples have a difficult time.  Combining taste in style should not be stressful.    Follow these simple tips when decorating your first home together.

1.  Bring into your home what you love.  Donate items  you no longer need.

2.  Mix it up.  Invest in antique furniture pieces that you can build on, not disposable furniture.  I’ve owned the same sofa for 18 years.  It has lived in three homes,  reupholstered once and still looks fabulous.

3.  Follow the 30/30/40 rule to decorate your home.  30% hers, 30% his, 40% ours.   Your first place should be a reflection of you both.  Make decisions on new purchases together balancing feminine and masculine décor.   If he wants that old leather chair, offer him a new leather chair with good bones in his favorite brown leather.

4.  Hire a professional to help you implement your design. A good designer saves you time and money.   Integrating balance, proportion, light, color, and texture to your room  is important to creating a space that feels good.   A designer will also introduce you to  “trade only” quality products.  Your project will be complete and your marriage will be healthier for it.



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Mansion in May Designer Showhouse Sneak Peek

Earlier this month I took a field trip to Blairsden for the Mansion in May Designer Showhouse in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ.  This year’s signature fundraiser for the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center will raise funds for an expanded pediatric intensive care unit and new autism center at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital, in Morristown Medical Center.  The show is open through May 31st.

Amid the beautiful countryside landscape of Blairsden, I met a group of bloggers for a champagne lunch and tour.  Comfortable shoes are a must to tour the 52 beautifully designed interior and exterior spaces by top designers  James Rixner, Scott Salvator, Barbara Ostrom and more.


Mansion in May Designer Showhouse

The mansion was built between 1898-1903 by C. Ledyard Blair, New York financier, who founded Blair & Co. investment bank with his father and grandfather, John Isley Blair–a self-made millionaire and philanthropist.  The original Architects are Carrere and Hastings.  If the names sound familiar, it is because they also designed the New York Public Library and the Fricke building in New York City .

James Rixner gives the Grand Salon a modern and elegant design suitable to entertain the most formal occasions.  The breath taking Baccarat chandeliers are the jewels of the room.


James Rixner, Designer


Grand Salon – Before Photo: Wing Wong

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Colombo Mobili, Beacon Hill Fabrics


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Paolo Pantaloni – Colombo Mobili


Barbara Ostrom


Mrs. Blair’s Drawing Room – Before Photo: Wing Wong


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Bentley Home

Ostrom injected cheerful color and modern art to the Drawing Room.  The traditional classic pieces and symmetry are balanced  with contemporary ones and a touch of whimsy, such as in the painted blue and white ginger jars and monkey that adorn arch of the bookcase.


Bentley Home – ottoman

Osborne & Little, Andrew Tedesco Studios


James Yarosh, Designer

 Yarosh‘s Atrium had great bones.  Beautiful molded details and rich upholstered walls and furniture in Clarence House-Hill Brown Fabrics .  Although the room has no window, the ceiling illuminates the space .  I love the combination of dark green upholstery and bright green on the walls.

Atrium Before – Photo:Wing Wong


 The Blairsden is open through May 31.  Hours 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. everyday in May.  There is offsite parking only.  Free parking and free shuttle to and from Blairsden is provided.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door and online at  Bring a friend for a full day of design to benefit Goryeb Children’s Hospital.



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