Monday, August 15, 2011

Posh Pink Girl's Room

This room was completed for the Kips Bay Show House by Zoya Bograd, a New York designer of very posh children's rooms.

This room is called 'Dorothy' in reference to the The Wizard of Oz and is a complete fantasy room....if you look closer at the details in the embroidered pillows and the hooked rug, you will see the characters from that story.  I love the idea of the pleathered headboard and settee (easy to clean).  The embroidered bed linens are an exquisite touch and the dog bed is the ultimate detail!

Kips Bay is an annual charity fundraiser where a house is chosen in New York city and each room is designed by a different designer.  Zoya B. has participated in many of these fundraisers and this is her room from last year's show.

To see more of her work and her showroom, go to

Don't forget to click on each picture to see greater detail.



All images via Zoya Bograd

Friday, August 12, 2011

Slipcover Sass

What a wonderful way to freshen your furniture and your interiors.......with slipcovers.  You know the old saying, "A change is as good as a rest"!  It's true! 

Nothing perks me up more than a change in our interiors......I stick with the basics, but continually change the look of our rooms with fabulous fabrics.

The change can be seasonal, for a special event or just to give your eyes something new to other words, a rest!  Right now, I am in the process of making new slips for two living room armchairs and six dining chairs...........the effect will give both rooms a fresh outcome!

Look at some of these ideas and let your mind wander about the possibilities.  And remember, slipcovers aren't just for chairs and sofas as you can see below........headboards, footboards, lamp shades, tables and yes, dog beds, can benefit too!

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

BEFORE photo of red striped chair

AFTER of same red striped chair

Note how Katrin Cargill accentuated the gilded carving at the top of the chair with ruffles.  As for the cushion on the chair, she dressed up a solid color pillow by adding a colorful sleeve tied with velvet ribbon!


Image 1 Lee Jofa, Image 2 Diamond Baratta
Images 3 - 9 Katrin Cargill via Country Home

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Suite Dreams are Made of This

Image 1 Barry Dixon, Image 2 BHG Images 3 & 6 Pinterest
Image 4 Coastal Living, Image 5 Cottage Living
Image 7 Homes & Gardens, Image 8 Elle Decor

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Fairest One of All.................?

Image 1 Katrin Cargill, Images 2 & 6 Charles Faudree
Image 3 Mark Hampton, Image 4 Charlotte Moss
Image 5 Unknown, Image 7 Nancy Lancaster
Image 8 Unknown

Monday, August 08, 2011

Oh, Mario.............!

Anyone who has ever had the faintest interest in interior design has to have come across the work of American designer Mario Buatta.......known as the 'Prince of Chintz'!

He has the ability to take any space and turn it into an English country setting.  He is the first to admit, though, that his rooms "do not appear overnight from a department store showroom"......nor should they.  He is a firm believer in collaborating with his clients so there are never any surprises.  The final results of his rooms evolve with a great mix of antique and new furniture, his wonderful mix of fabrics - chintz, stripes, ginghams and his beautiful background colors that bring his rooms together.  I also love that he appreciates 'collections' and displays them appropriately....his personal dog art collection is a delight!

I have chosen his floral, feminine rooms to post here, but this designer knows no bounds......his masculine rooms and his gender neutral rooms are to die for.  His interiors are such classics! 

The following rooms are samplings from some of the many different homes he has designed.

Hope you enjoy his look as much as I do.......

This is the first Mario Buatta room I ever saw and I have been
hooked ever since.
Kips Bay Show House
House Beautiful cover back in the 80s and I still have it!

All photos via Architectural Digest
Last photo from House Beautiful

Friday, August 05, 2011

Bodacious Barkitecture

It's a dog's world!!

Paris Hilton's $325,000 dog house, dog pool and dog lounges

Rachel Hunter's dog house

Rachel Hunter's dog house interior


French country



House of Coco

Two story

Swiss chalet for a mountain dog?

Australian beach huts for dogs!

Image 1 Unknown, Images 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8 The Coolist
Image 4 Planbreddesign, Image 5 David Zentz Photography
Images 9 & 10 Unknown, Image 11 Abbeville
Image 12 Dogspoilingmadeeasy, Image 13 Unknown
Image 14 Hotfrog