The Inspired Home: Interiors of Deep Beauty

.. .. by Karen Lehrman Bloch foreward by Donna Karan order by country: (us) ~ (fr) ~(uk) ~ (de) ~ (ca) ~ (it) ~ (es)  You might also like:  .. by Karen Lehrman Bloch I felt safe, far more at peace than I had in months.   As I stood on the wooden deck of the […]

Flower Power

No design element, no matter how extravagant, can rival a simple vase of fresh flowers.      image via Art et Décoration Magazine see our new site:

Design Daily – The X factor

The X factor:  That intangible “something” that makes a person, place or thing special or intriguing. In design, restraint is often the most essential element in achieving the drama and intrigue we seek. A bare wall, an uncluttered tabletop —a stage for light and shadow to play out their dramatic roles.  linen & lavender see our new site:

Principles of Feng Shui

“To enhance your ability to move forward, move twenty-seven objects in your home which have not been moved in the last year.”  —Louis Sagar Zona Home by Louis Sagar ..  As I contemplate doing this, I realize that even with the renovation going on, there are still items I place in a specific position and there are […]

One can never have too many…

…at least that’s what it says in my book.   😉 linen & lavender see our new site: Céramiques, Pichon You might also like: Postcards are intriguing to me because people are confined to such a limited space for their message. Much like when you know very little of another’s language and are reduced to […]


Clodagh “A space cannot be truly beautiful unless it functions in harmony with who we are.  It’s about pleasure:  discovering what pleases us, creating an environment that will celebrate those qualities and sustain us.”  –Clodagh Your Home, Your Sanctuary (us) ~ (fr) ~ (uk) ~ (ca) ~ (de) ~ (it)~ (es) Total Design  (us) ~ (fr) ~ (uk) ~ (ca) ~ (de) ~ (it)~ (es) linen & lavender see our new site:

The art of shaving

(1) Shaving bowl, designed to rest in the palm of your hand… Made from genuine horn exclusively for Classic Shaving  by a small family-owned business in France. (2) After JamesXVI (check out his blog here), commented on the bathroom vanity (above) featured in Friday’s post , I immediately imagined various male grooming accoutrement added to the display- I […]

Design Daily – Feng Shui Your Life

Feng Shui Your Life by Jayme Barrett Photography by Jonn Coolidge Foreword by Mary Steenburgen “By infusing your environment with vibrant energy and symbols of beauty, love, success and bounty, your space becomes a living, breathing manifestation of the life you want to live:  a blueprint for your destiny.”  excerpt, page 8 To order this […]

Design Daily – a shot of drama

This is a favorite combination of mine:  comfortable rustic decor with an unexpected shot of decadent crystal.  Like a woman who wears a pair of fabulous diamond earrings with a white T-shirt and jeans.  Confident, understated style. Côté Sud, Juin-Juillet 2007 linen & lavender see our new site: You might also like… The Grays […]

“Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Venise Linen/Cotton Vence Flax Vence Brisbane Fjord Vermont Libeco Home Stores Although the holiday decor in the above photos may appear to indicate something to the contrary, I want you to know I did manage to get the very most out of the last days of summer just as I vowed I would. But now it’s mid-October and […]

Paris is mad!

English:  Post Card French:  Carte Postale Spanish:  Tarjeta Postal Italian:  Cartolina Today I ran across some old postcards I purchased several years ago.  I don’t have an extensive collection, but as I thumbed through them, I was thinking how interesting it is that we human beings like to collect things.  From the bizarre to the […]

Wind and Water

.. Feng Shui –Literally translated as “wind and water”– is perhaps most easily explained as Chinese Geomancy or the “Art of Placement.”  Feng Shui predates Confucianism and Taoism and has been practiced for over three thousand years.  The I Ching (“Book of Changes”) defines the practice as a guide to acting with integrity, respecting the earth and […]

linen & lavender

see our new site: If you are like me,  you can pick up a home magazine  or design book, thumb through it quickly  (without even opening up the pages entirely)  and know if there’s something in it you’ll love. Within mere seconds I can tell whether it’s worth taking home to delve into further. […]