Showing posts with label library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label library. Show all posts

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Room of Her Own

What a great room for a woman's walls, a comfy sofa in a well lit reading corner, a nice-sized table for paperwork, crafts or sewing, pretty gingham and striped fabrics, a co-ordinating lamp shade, lots of extra seating to invite your friends in and finally, a soothing color scheme of green, pink and white.

The table under the window could easily be used as a desk to hold a computer and provide more work space, to hold an easel to paint or create, or perhaps even a small dining space.

But, then, it depends on how you look at things - sometimes a 'retreat' is just 'work' and used strictly for relaxation (like last week's room).  Or, do you prefer a multi-purpose room tucked away for your use only?

This room works either way.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

A Room of Her Own - Friederike Kemp Biggs

Love this small library where the lady of the house has surrounded herself with all the things she loves - books, her blue and white ceramics collection, reading lamps, family photos, baby blue walls, comfy seating and small tables for tea.........a perfect little getaway in her own home!

Have a great weekend!

Frederieke Kemp Biggs

(To see more of this home, go here.)

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Southern Charm

Hi there!

Another beautiful sunny day here in Charlottetown.........maybe I'll get three walks in today with our little dog, Ruby.......she's always ready for another adventure around town.

But first, I must share this southern mansion with you.  It was featured on the decorating show "Southern Charm" last year in the U.S., but unfortunately we don't get that show.  I have only heard about it.  Thank heavens Architectural Digest had the good sense to publish the article - how else would we get to see such spectacular homes if not for the plethora of design magazines out there?

You know there are some interior designers whose work is so spectacular it actually makes my heart palpitate.  Mario Buatta does it to me every time.  His designs never fail to get my heart pounding. While I love everything he does, it seems to me it's his bedrooms that are so outstanding.

This Charleston home he designed for Patricia Altschul is perfection throughout.......from the entrance hall to the kitchen.  Not a thing I would change if I were to move in there tomorrow!

However, my personal favorite rooms in this house are the two bedrooms and the master bathroom with the toilet in the chinoiserie cabinet......leave it to Mario to come up with that detail!

Absolute perfection, as always!


To start with, the exterior of this house is soft pink with green shutters.  My favorite color combination!

Patricia Altschul

Mario had this floor hand painted over the original wood floor.  Notice the silhouettes up the stairwell.

Entrance hall with another hand painted floor.

Double living room with Mario's signature chintz fabrics, beautiful colors and English country coziness.

Wall murals and round table - the best.

I even love that the kitchen floor was left in a rustic state.....
Smoochie and Monty oversee the work in the kitchen.

Sitting/morning room with dog art.

How inviting is this cherry red library?

Masterpiece - what more can I say?

And another masterpiece - Patricia's master bedroom.

And finally, the piece de resistance - the master bathroom complete with large screen tv, soaking tub, easy chairs, painted floor and dressing table - with the toilet concealed in the chinoiserie cabinet.

Architectural Digest

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Hamptons Home and Gardens of Charlotte Moss

Good morning, Everyone!

It's looking like it's going to be another beautiful day here on the Island.........the sun is shining and I am anxious to get out into our backyard and start on the springtime garden much to do!

But, I wanted to share the Hampton's home and garden of Charlotte Moss, probably my favorite designer of all...........she is such an interesting lady with seemingly limitless talent and energy.

I received her book about collage art for my birthday in February and I've been making some collages since then.........I, too, have been a magazine fiend since I was a teenager, so I have more than my share of source material..........

When I came upon her Hampton's gardens in the latest issue of Veranda, I thought you might like to see them and her home there.

She certainly knows how to live a full life, as she has a number of homes, has published numerous books, is famous for her impeccable taste and interior designs, travels frequently and is self-publishing a book on the gardens of France, is very involved with charitable fundraisers, has her own fabric and furniture line and still has time to socialize, entertain, make collages and indulge in her real passion - gardening!

I know she has household help and assistants for her many projects, but she amazes me with her energy!


Her reading corner overlooking her garden!  She has time to read, too?

Screened porch

Sleeping porch.


Guest room over the garage.

A small view of her selection of floral vessels

Charlotte's potting room - her favorite room in the house where she does all her own floral arrangements!

Images 1, 2 Hamptons Magazine, Image 3 - 5 Elle Decor
Images 6 - 11 Hampton Magazine, Image 12 Pinterest
Images 13 - 16 Veranda

Friday, December 09, 2011

A Charlotte Moss Christmas!

These images are of Charlotte's private brownstone townhouse in New York.  There's no big tree in view, but it could be there out of view, or perhaps no tree at all, as the family spends Christmas at their winter home in Aspen.

Looks perfect!


Charlotte's front door decorated
with fresh and fragrant citrus fruit and evergreens



Sitting room - love this blue!

Living room - 3 mantels so far!

Dining room  - another mantel!

Dining room

Dining room

Charlotte's bedroom

View of bedroom from opposite angle -
we're up to 5 mantels now!

All photos via Veranda