The Grays Have It

I’ve found that just the word “gray” can put some people off from using it in their decor. This may be because the word gray (grey) has long been associated with looking sick, tired or just plain old. It is also an adjective we use to describe a dismal day or something that is faded, […]

Less stuff, more life

Recently, I pared down to the bare essentials wardrobe-wise resulting in a deposit of four very large bags to a local church. This resulted in so much free space in my closet that I made the rather radical conclusion that I no longer needed the chest of drawers in my room. Now, in its stead, I have nothing more than a simple table holding a lovely hydrangea […]

about a chair

Have you ever noticed that a solitary chair seems to have a personality all its own?   This one is regally posing for his portrait. He doesn’t need props to feel comfortable. No side table with flowers to feel complete, not a single pillow. He is stoic and confident all by himself. It doesn’t bother […]

Chateau Domingue

The warm and inviting kitchen of Ruth Gay, proprietor of Chateau Domingue, an import company specializing in reclaimed architectural elements and grand scale antiques sourced throughout Europe. Her own house was designed from top-to-bottom by the incomparable Pamela Pierce who was given carte blanche –free to select from the array of stunning building materials and […]

Thinking Outside the Box

l&l at home—FOR A TRANQUIL, ORGANIZED LIVING ENVIRONMENT, I recommend going “outside the box” and literally transferring items to bottles and other glass storage containers rather than leaving them in the loud and unattractive packaging most things come in. When we began doing this at our house, we found it to be more than simply […]

Breathing Room

These images have been in my design file for quite some time and each time I run across them I find them as fresh and appealing as ever. Every comfort is accounted for, yet restraint is evident in the unadorned plaster walls and the modest number of purely decorative items throughout. The owner/designer is Jenny […]

Heart of the Home

In my own design work and a common theme you will notice throughout l&l is that I gravitate towards neutral color schemes and rooms that often have unadorned walls—save for beautiful light fixtures or the beauty of the stone or plaster finish. I prefer very subtle pattern (if any), opting for tone-on-tone more often than […]

…And the livin’ is easy

One of my favorite summer-time recipes I make is by Giada De Laurentis:  Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Salmon, Lemon and Basil. It is light and healthy, but very satisfying, as well—perfect for lunch or a late summer evening. ——I’ve added my own personal twist to her original, so be on the look-out for my notes in […]

Negative space…

…for a positive experience. It’s the simple concept in design of editing.  Leaving room for living.  Allowing space for inspiration and expression. It’s the bare tabletop beckoning me——inviting my ideas.     image:  Côté Sud, edited by L for www.linenlavenderlife.com