Saturday, September 29, 2012

NYC Fashion Inspires Table Setting

Let's set the table for a chic Bridal Party picnic!

The Satorialist

Our inspiration was seen in
Lincoln Center during 
Fashion Week, 
this September.

Wearing a strapless two piece suit by Andrea Marques.

Yardage for the table cloth....

Vogue Fabrics $5.99 yd

1 1/2"  Coral - Fushia grosgrain ribbon

Add a triple row of ribbon down the center of the cloth 
- set 3"apart from each other.
(I may adjust this to two rows if I can source a wider ribbon.)

Like the belt on our fashionista above! 

Pier One Grass Green Hemstitch Cotton
$4.95 napkin   $5.95 mat

Place settings should be stainless or silver, 
mixed patterns if you have them!

3" dia faux leather flower pin
Forever 21
Make this pin into a napkin ring.  
Possibly take the time to rub the petals with a bit of pewter/silver wax 
to better match the bracelet in the inspiration photo.

Or use a pewter/silver ribbon/stretchy band to attach the flower to, and then tie around the napkin.

16 oz Bambeco Flute
100% recycled glass  $15

Frosted Glass Dinner Plate
$21    maybe we can rent these! 
The glass is for beer or water.

Tall and lean like our gal.

Dinner plate for, well, dinner!

Note: the frosted rims of her eye glasses.

Faceted Glass Tumbler from Dwell
For Wine or Water, adding a bit of sparkle like the diamond stud earrings on our inspiration.


7" square white glass planter       via
Pot the moss and pansy as the feature elements 
and use small wisps of the mondo grass as detail. 

 I like using a series of arrangements in odd numbers 5, 7, 9 
(depending on the length of your table).  
Scatter them along the center line of ribbon so that you can see the ribbons here and there.

Black Mondo Grass & Scotch Moss

Black Pansy                via

Square Frosted Glass Votives

Thank you to my fabric research assistant Tricia Tadie at Tree Top Designs on Etsy.

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Place I Know.... In Duxbury, Mass

My first visit to Massachusetts USA 

and I find a bit of "Heaven on Earth".




          Barrier Dune Landscape  (plantings in the foreground)                                               DesignInMyView


Least Terns Feeding at Dusk                                                             DesignInMyView

Atlantic Coast Reflected Sunset                                                                                DesignInMyView

Looking West                                                     DesignInMyView

"Earthing"                                                           DesignInMyView

I left my heart (on the beach) in Duxbury, Mass this weekend!
(that rock was too big to carry home)

To my Duxbury co-newbie Tammy, we may have set a record for taste testing 4 lobster rolls in 4 days.  

Thank you (that's a BIG thank you) to my Hostesses Sue and Wendy for the cozy bed, morning coffee and the all day conversations. 
 (aka, the vagina monologues)

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Living Room ReStyle

Making purchases, 
and then making room for them, 
always creates an inspiring ReStyle moment!

A giant bottle found in Newport Beach, CA at The Find Consignments.

I would be at this shop everyday 
1) if it were closer to me  
2) if I had more friends/clients to shop for (send me your wish lists!)

Painted surf board - found on Craigslist.  (there is a great post here needing to be written) 

The morning light made everything "old" look 
a bit new and inspiring too.


The deer antlers are usually saved for Fall and Winter display, 
but this year found them out all Summer too.  They "play" so well with the driftwood!


A growing collection of rock, shell and coral hearts.

A palm frond "bowl".  Previously, it stood on end next to the fireplace.



OUI on the mantle.... we are in "a place of yes"!   

(quote credit: Bethenny Frankel - I've been a fan since she was on NY Housewives)

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Dishes Disposable and Reusable

Inspired by, but not limited to, Picnicware.....

Designer Virginia Sin creates plates from porcelain and 
recycled paper from her Brooklyn, NY studio. 

To create this series, Virginia Sin shredded actual paper plates, (which were also previously used to mold the plates) and then combined the paper pulp with porcelain slip to create her own unique batch of environmentally sound "paperclay", which requires only one firing, as opposed to several with traditional clay. The porcelain paper plates have a wonderful delicate feel to them and, according to Virginia, are actually as light and thin as actual paper plates. 

Each plate is one-of-a-kind, individually slab-rolled & handmade. Miicro-wave and dishwasher safe. Available in matte white & glossy white. three sizes 5.5", 8" and 12" dia. starting at $39, and available in matte or glossy.

buy here via

via Virginia Sin

Scottish ceramics designer, Rebecca Wilson, has created handmade paper cups resembling classic Wedgewood china. 

Hand-built from cast sheets of handmade paper, using stained dyed paper and embossed relief details in white.  
Made from sustainable materials and fully recyclable.

 She calls them, "Finest Picnicware".  

buy HERE          $29 for 12   (saucers not included)

Happy picnic styl'n!     Linda   :-)

My thanks to Marianne Rohrlich of The New York Times and her "Registry" column (August 19, 2012), for the items featured in this post.

Monday, September 17, 2012

What's This? Round Two

Remember this game? 

We last played in April (here) with 4 players (one was "Muse").  Two players each had one correct answer - not bad - this is not as easy as it looks.

As before, the prize is a self congratulatory pat on the back - Or report how you do in comments, and your success will be noticed and applauded by others!

Here's our game:
First a detail - then before you scroll down, wager your idea as to what it is (I trust you).



"Surfer's changing station"
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point CA



Garden Hose guide
Manzanita, OR




Japanese Lacquer "Box"
collected in Japan 1940/50's 



Bamboo Bicycle Seat
found in Newport Beach, CA

Bonus details of this bamboo bicycle.....



Find inspiration for color and texture....... in details of items that you pass by everyday.

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

P.S.  Ann-Marie of 10 Rooms suggested I make "What's This" a weekly post....
how's nearly quarterly?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Wisteria and Cobblestones

Evening in Molyvos on Lesvos, Greece

photo from HERE

Thank you to Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home and her blog list of favorites which includes Stylish Serendipity, I was able to "find" this photo!

Now, how do I make a print (all legal eagle) suitable for framing?  


One so big that my framer will collect hundreds of dollars. 

Or a small, 11"x14"ish, size I could hang in my closet and imagine
 I walk stroll this street every evening.
(or that I have/will one time)

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Interior Design Inspired By Paris Street Fashion

A Ladies Office
Inspired by this Parisian Fashionista

via The Satorialist

1970's Venini Polyhedral Amber Glass Chandelier
Fill the ceiling with light 11"h x 38"dia
via 1st Dibs
listed by dealer  Craig Van Den Brulle NY, NY

Desk Chair

satin brocade fabric via

The fabric above on either of these chairs.  
I want you to thrift around for this or go to your upholstery shop and ask to shop their catalogs for a new ready to upholster chair.
If you choose the short skirt have the legs gilded!


Beckett Desk via Serena & Lilly

Over the desk, or on the biggest wall....
"Lake Cachuma" by obviously important artist Channing Peake (1910-1989)
found on One Kings Lane offered by Maienza - Wilson Design  $58,000 reduced to $27,799
If this museum quality painting is in your budget - Do Not Purchase from OKL (their no return policy is in effect for this painting) - Please contact the team at Maienza - Wilson and SEE it in person. please.

Then celebrate your good fortune when you have it hanging in your home - I'll bring the champagne and cocktails for the viewing partay!

May I also suggest cocktails for a "copy this painting" partay for one - when you get the paints out and create your own version.  No, it won't be the same - just affordable, and decorative.

Our Inspiration

Plush area rug
If this 4'x6' is too small for your space get a few and have them seemed together - if your budget allows and you like a bit more detail have a binding added.
"Shazaam"  $56     via Home Depot

Billowy Drapes
Whether you have a window or not.

In this....                                                                        Like this....
nylon & cotton organza  via


Consider an embroidery blanket stitch detail along the edges of the drapery panels.  Adding a slight "boho" dressed down detail, like she has chosen with her bracelets.

This red is taken from our inspiration's lip color.

Desk Decor

Lady Di votive from glassybaby

This photo is seriously way too small to feature.  Shame on Dwell Studio for not providing better quality photos...I almost didn't use their product in this post.

A brass sculpture measures 15"L x 10"W x9"L they call,"Tubular Burst".  They know it's worth the trouble, click on the "via" link above.

Extra open storage....just the bench.

found on Craigslist  new white lacquer from Room & Board
asking $200, let's start at $75 not to go over $100 - be strong!

And pile it on.........


.....and under......
floor pillows
citrine velvet from Dwell Studio

Paint colors:      walls, a white to match our inspirations hair
                                 ceiling, same white as walls or grey it down a bit like the other "whites" 
                                                   in the background of the inspiration photo                            

Looking up at your chandelier.

Of course, there are still elements that could be added!  
But this is a very good start.  
Where would you take this design?

Cheers!  Linda   :-)
see my post also inspired by Paris fashion HERE



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