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I'm packing away my personal museum of vintage treasures. Romantic silver. Old French Letters. A Beautifully Crafted Medal. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at A Place to Dream
OK. I know. You know. Everyone knows. I have have this itch that I just can't seem to scratch. I'm moving...again. This time it's out of necessity. I need to spend less money and have a better location. By US standards, my new place is a teeny-tiny 550 SF. But,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at A Place to Dream
A hauntingly beautiful, time-worn house. Gdansk, Poland. Images: Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at A Place to Dream
Asymmetry. Muted greys, oranges and yellows. The lovely, warty melons embody the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which is a very poetic approach to finding subtle beauty in the imperfection of objects. It is an appreciation of beauty found in the simple and common. It is the beauty of the patina... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at A Place to Dream
I love this time of year when the trees begin to change into vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red. When the weather cools, I yearn to spend more time in the kitchen cooking delicious and nourishing meals for friends and family. This room is so inviting. I love the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at A Place to Dream
Whether it's stiffly starched or worn and wrinkled; I love linen. Take 15 minutes to watch this remarkable film. It reminds us that linen is a living material and comes from the earth. As a city dweller, I sometimes need to be reminded of that connection. BE LINEN MOVIE from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2011 at A Place to Dream
This very simple room makes an incredibly bold statement. The greens snap against the white walls and dark furniture. The combination reminds me of a delicious Greek salad on a white plate. So fresh and crisp! Lost my my credits...very talented people made this photo. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2011 at A Place to Dream
Somewhere along the Danish coastline. Just a few more steps and you're on the beach. Close your eyes and feel the cool breeze caressing your skin. I'm there...where are you? Image from Campagnes Decoration Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at A Place to Dream
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at A Place to Dream
I've been an admirer of Darryl Carter since his book, "The New Traditionalist," was published in 2008. His cool, classic style mixes white and pale neutrals with bold dark browns and blacks. Photo below has the coolest rustic table! Lots of white - some Swedish influence there? For balance he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at A Place to Dream
Happy May Day! Lily of the Valley,or Muguet des Bois, is the birth flower for the month of May. The French tradition of giving Lily of the Valley on May Day comes from the legend that on May 1st, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a Lily of the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at A Place to Dream
I have been away for awhile, but brought you some flowers from a beautiful English-inspired garden in France. No mowing involved. Just breathe in the fresh green scent of the grass... and the delicate scent of the blue iris. Sit a while, and compose your thoughts under the great pine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2011 at A Place to Dream
I buy my eggs from a local farmer whose hens enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Yes, they're out and about every day - even in winter! They are hardy souls! The ladies lay their eggs in straw filled nests and their eggs are gathered daily by hand. The soft brown... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at A Place to Dream
"In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us." Virginia Wolf - A Room of One's Own ***** The painters have been vigorously painting for the past two weeks. Finally, they've finished their work and I can begin to unpack the boxes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at A Place to Dream
I've finally moved into my new (old) apartment and it is wonderful! My building was built in the early 1920's and was - at one time - a very elegant address. With it's 3,000 square foot apartments (two on each floor), the building was once home to the titans of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2011 at A Place to Dream
The move is scheduled for Friday...three days away. Did someone slip a potion into my tea when I decided to move in February? That must be one in their right mind would move in February! We are in the midst of a blizzard! I plead temporary insanity! And, as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at A Place to Dream
Part of the joy of visiting the small hardware store in my neighborhood is the discount bookstore located just next door which has a really wonderful interior design and arts section. As fate would have it, yesterday I had run out of packing supplies, and...after my purchase of two fat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at A Place to Dream
I'm so glad you liked it! I hope you're feeling better soon!
French Country design has emerged from the scenic villages of the south of France to become one of the most popular styles of interior design around the world. The look is casual and inviting...its charm lies in the rustic feel of the furniture and accessories and the easy, cheerful combination... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at A Place to Dream
I love the textures, colors and moods of these rooms wrapped in linen... Gentle greys... Romantic vintage linen... Tailored... Modern toile... Chic Rustique... Barely there in the bath... Indigo blues... Linen and stone...pure Provence... Faded floral charm... My bliss is vintage linen. What is your bliss? Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2011 at A Place to Dream
Miriam Ellner is a designer working in the unique field of Verre Eglomisé which is the process of gilding precious metals on the reverse side of glass, etching in a design and setting it off with color. Miriam's Moorish-inspired wall brings a silvery winter luster to the room below. This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at A Place to Dream
One of the interior design books I turn to frequently, especially during a move, is Meditations on Design by John Wheatman. Let me share the opening paragraph to the book: "Home is shelter from the world: the hearth that warms you, the roof that keeps out the rain, the table... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at A Place to Dream
I had a very restless week. I am a worrier, and I've been worrying about things I cannot control, which made for some sleepless nights this week. I slept for 10 hours straight last night so I'm feeling better now. ***** One of my favorite things to do is design... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at A Place to Dream
It was a little over a month ago... My oldest son was visiting from Stockholm and I had been chatting up the idea of moving into a smaller space when I came across a listing for a 1,400 square foot apartment a beautiful vintage building ...for a very reasonable... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at A Place to Dream
It continues to be exceptionally cold this week...and is January after all. ***** I had to share this video of kittens in the snow. They are so adorable! And they live in France, oh la la! ***** Stay warm friends. And try something new today. Be adventurous! ~ Jo Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at A Place to Dream