Happy New Year!!

I can't believe it is time to say goodbye to 2012.  I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for popping by and for visiting over the course of this year, my first year of blogging.  Looking back -- I have learned so much from this blog, I have made some new blogging friends who have been most helpful and supportive.  I got a new job that I love, met some wonderful people and feel blessed to be working in a field that I am so passionate about.  Of course my year was also tinted with sadness, as life often is, with the passing of my beloved father-in-law, Sheldon, who will be remembered for his supreme intelligence, unwavering devotion to the truth and to his kindness.

I hope you all live a life worth celebrating this year.  Much happiness, good heath and success in the coming year.

My Favorite Fireplace Mantels

   While it is cold outside I thought I'd share some of my favorite fireplace mantles... I was asked to find some images of appealing mantles for a house that is under construction -- and my  favorites are always the most simple -- clean lines and painted brick.  Here is what really liked:

Love this fretwork fireplace. Even though there is a lot going on, the lines are clean and appealing.

My favorite fireplaces include painted brick.

Inspiration for a Pink and Grey Living Room

I am looking for some gray and pink inspiration today for someone who wants a pink and grey family room. Here are some photos for inspiration....   

Les Touches, Brunschwig & Fils

The fabulous Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

Windsor Smith

Via Lonny Magazine 


Thomas Britt is Fabulous

I am sure you have seen  Veronica Swanson Beard's  NYC apartment designed by Thomas Britt (published in September 2011 Harper's Bazaar). No words except: Fabulous. It warrants reposting.


Did you see this coming?

Pantone Chooses Emerald Green as the Color of 2013

Okay, adore green, but did you see this coming? Emerald would not have been high on the list of color choices for me for color of 2013, but here it is, and I have to say, I love green, but color of the year?  I guess that is why they are not paying me the big bucks as a color forecaster.

Pantone says "Emerald for Interiors
Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of color to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances."

So how about some green for your Walls a la Meg Braff:

Up a Tree, Bamboo Green, Meg Braff Designs

 Green on Cream,  Meg Braff Designs

Brighten your Pavilion, Jungle on White -- Meg Braff 
Ferns, Meg Braff

Meg Braff

Meg Braff
Tobi Fairley 

Frances Schultz’s “Bee Cottage” in East Hampton

Miles Redd's Green Kitchen

I am lusting after this lush green mohair settee

How about these babies for you laundry room?

Love malachite green

I fell into the Pinterest Rabbit Hole and came up with an image without a name...

Mr. Miles Redd

Same Pinterest Rabbit Hole, no name.  Love this Bar Cart with the Green Gin Bottle and the malachite green window treatments.

You can't go wrong with green De Gournay hand painted wallpaper 
Emily Clark

Trina Turk

Glossy Green Entryway, love the pearl-silver ceiling.  Pincus Residence in San Francisco via Chinoiserie Chic

Miles Redd 

Kelly Wearsler
Christina Murphy