Wednesday, July 30, 2008

John Robshaw Fabrics

I've noticed a lot of these handcrafted textiles from John Robshaw in home design magazines lately.

These fabrics have beautiful colors and an ecclectic world-traveler feel. The Robshaw website describes each textile as a story, a drawing of an adventure in a far–off place–from Yogakarta to Rajasthan, Bolivia to Vietnam.


Ready made curtain panels

Pichhwai Pillows

photo courtsey of Domino

Amanda Peet has a similar Pichhwai pillow in her daughter's bedroom paired with Elizabeth Allen pillowcases.

photo courtsey of Domino

John Robshaw handpainted 'Sunbird' perches in Thom Filica's living room nook.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Charcoal Dining Room

photo from House Beautiful

Love this look for a separate formal dining room. The rich charcoal walls with same trim are gorgeous. Gilded frame display over buffet and gilden mirror are nice contrast agains the dark grey.

The casual french farmhouse chandelier and natural fiber rug keep the room from becoming too stuffy for today's modern lifestyle.

I'd ditch the fabric table covering to go for a more youthful feel. The white fabric makes the room feel less liveable to me. I don't like museum rooms.

Without the white table cloth this room may need some white accents, perhaps iron stone on the table to keep from going too dark. Good lighting, a lamp on the buffet or sconces would help.

I can't really get a good view of this art. But I'd go with modern sketches, to balance the antiques and deliver a more youthful modern ecclectic vibe.

Friday, July 18, 2008


photo courtesy of Nate Berkus

Ahh, a room by my favorite designer Nate Berkus. I'd love for darling Nate to show up on my door stop with plans to decorate my entire home. His portfolio leans towards the formal but he his tailored collected design style can easily translate to casual family spaces as seen through many of his Oprah makeovers.
I particularly like how Nate makes rooms personal by injecting mementos in an honorable way, framing to making art or displaying in an interesting way rather than letting those precious items languish in a drawer or attic. It gives the home a soul and appeals to my desire to make a house a home.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gas Lanterns

Our new gas lanterns from Bevolo in New Orleans arrived today....they are stunning.