Saturday, April 30, 2016

SWEET HOME CHARLOTTE: Bananas for Banana & Palm Leaf Prints

The design diva's from Laurel & Wolf  asked me to give my two cents and a Trend Forecast for Banana Leaf & Palm Prints. . .Uhmm, YES Please!! 

My home designs almost always start with a neutral color palette because I am so ADD that I need to be able to switch things up on the fly. Some new curtains, new pillows and a few accessories and viola a whole new space. This summer I am digging adding a whole new vibe to my sunroom and kitchen style with some over the top Banana Print accessories.

I am 100% my sunroom would be even more divine with a pillow refresh and some more 70's goodness with a few Banana Print Pillows. I am over the top dying for these Palm Beach Pillows from Furbish Studio.


How about these killer outdoor poufs from Etsy shop Square Fox Designs. For under a $100, they are a steal! Any takers on a white washed screened in porch, some fresh outdoor white curtains and a few of these for some extra seating and design goodness.

Image & Source: Makeup By Tiffany

Make a traditional bedroom fun and fresh with fun pillows like the one's used in this room by Makeup By Tiffany

Design Credit & Image: Not 100% but would LOVE to know!!! 

Be BOLD with Palm Print Wallpaper like this designer! A statement wall like this is all a glamour girl needs. Well that and the Hermes blanket!


Hello, best scene ever from the cult classic Troop Beverly Hills. The Beverly Hills Hotel, home to the iconic use of Banana Leaf & Palm Prints.For the record, that's about my idea of camping as well.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Moments of clarity always come to me when I am the least likely to be open to it. Last September 10th, on my way to West Point for the last of many funerals, and after delayed flights and a car rental experience from hell, I found myself stuck on the Major Deegan Expressway at rush hour. Starving and exhausted, I looked up from a dead standstill to see a billboard sign hidden in the dark sky, one word in bold type, GRATTITUDE. Misspelled (like every word I spell) with an extra T and a backwards E, I couldn't help but smile at the irony. 

Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and kindness.

How is it that such a simple word with such a clear definition, can be so hard to practice in my own life. Yet, there it was, my lesson for the day, staring me down from above, so that I couldn't possibly miss it. GRATITUDE. I was grateful that day, to be going to my Great Aunts Skippy's funeral, on of all days 9/11, thankful for her life and her lessons that she left to all that loved her. Practice gratitude everyday, even in the dark and in traffic, and you will find happiness. It's not complicated at all. 

As if my Great Aunt Skip would have had it any other way, her funeral was a clear celebration of life, we laughed we smiled, we shared only the good times. Afterwards, we jumped in our cars, drove up and down the Hudson River Parkway and celebrated on the water with great food and wine and basked in the sun light.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Meet Client Glam, she's is blond, beautiful, young, fun and lives on her own. Not tied down by a resident second half, she wants it all.  Her adorable apartment in Elizabeth is in need of a brand new luxe overhaul. To make the project even more fun, I called in my favorite designer and partner Lizanne Shaver to bring in some super fresh ideas.

Not a stranger to this blog, Lizanne's previous house was featured here in May of 2012.  After reviewing some pics of her to die for space, I knew she was the right one for the job, and I was lucky enough to score her as my Design Assistant for client Glam's luxe space.

Check out Lizanne's Living Room at her previous residence!

The plan is to finish up what her previous designer started and get the walls painted. Her previous designer installed beautiful lavender grass cloth panels in the family room. We painted the walls in the main living room, hallway and floorboards Benjamin Moore's Gunmetal. The ceilings in the mid-century apartment are fairly low, so we painted the ceiling and all of the trim Benjamin Moore's Silver Lake.  We actually used the (light gray) Silver Lake in place of traditional white. 

The Living Room in Mid Construction

With the basics in place, (ALWAYS PAINT FIRST) we turned out attention to the creating the perfect boudoir for the woman who has it all. The previous designer had installed the main wall with a charcoal grass cloth that we are definitely keeping, so tying the color scheme's together became our challenge. Lizanne and I originally came up with this plan:

We ended up going a different direction with the room, which is the part of the creative process that I love! I do love this crazy sick wallpaper from Candace Olsen. We are wallpapering the closet and creating a little nook, so we looked at a million wallpapers.

A no go, but I still love.

Back to the drawing board Lizanne and I went, and by that I mean we made a bee line to Karen Saks to do some some serious homework. After several hours and a few cups of coffee we came up with this little luxurious gem of a fabric plan. 

Check out the fabulous fabrics we picked!!

Design board number two was a major hit!  The plan is to paint the walls a metallic silver with a little warmth in it. We decided to use the crushed velvet from JF Fabrics on the Euro Shams. Through out the house we replaced traditional white with  light gray, so why not do the same on the bedding. I like the pin tucked version from West Elm. Staying in the room are the existing mirrored bedside tables and purple glass lamps. Front and center in the new room will be a new upholstered headboard, we are looking for one with a shelter arm that will give the bed the built in feel she loves.  Thrown at the end of the bed, a over the top luxe faux fur blanket of course!

One major point of interest will be the Kelly Wearstler Channels print in Periwinkle and Oat. We plan to use the fabric on the roman shades that will define the corner pair of mid century windows. Also in the works is using the same pattern but in wallpaper in the closet. We took off the doors and are creating a fun little niche for hiding an ottoman and floating shelves.

Stay tuned for more updates and fun progress as this project pulls itself together!