Sunday, September 30, 2012

Polka Dots: On the Flip Side!

I am sorry for the lack of recent posts, it has been a challenging month on the home front and  I figure it is about time for our luck to change.

Whats left when life makes swiss cheese of the fabric of our lives? Flip it over...and embrace the Polka Dots! 

Rad Wallpaper + Gold Bookshelves = One Bad Display Case

Polka Dot Wallpaper + Prada + Circa Lighting = All Good!

Hush Little Baby Dont You Cry, Mama's Gonna Sing You A Lullaby...
Black +Gold+Pink= One Sleeping Styling Baby!

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

Splatter Paint Me Happy !

Source: via Taylor on Pinterest

Leopard Print and Polka Dots Can Co-Habitat!

If that doesnt make a girl happy, nothing will!

Cheers To turning it all around,


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Be Unique:JWV Fall Art Show September 26th-29th

Think you can't afford "original art" and are stuck with blah, blah mass-produced prints and knock off's? Think again! Judith Voglesonger started JWV Artists  just to be able to provide "us" with affordable, original artwork. Her super casual, personal approach to selling art and representing artists is what make's her business so unique.  By transforming her personal home into gallery space for the art shows, Judith provides an intimate space in which to build long-term relationships.

The best part, JWV Arttists Fall Show starts tomorrow, Wednesday September 26th and runs through Saturday September 29th! Dont miss this amazing opportunity to start building your art collection.

Click on her website at to learn more about the talented artists she represents.

Hope to see you there!



Friday, September 21, 2012

Where Am I Now: 416 Kingston Avenue!

In 2006, long time Dilworth residents, Kathy and Rob Wilder chose 416 Kingston Avenue as the perfect home to raise their growing family. This historic home, built in 1926, is located on the desirable "dead-end" section of Kingston Avenue. The "beautifully appointed home" boasts more than 6 coal-burning fireplaces, inlaid wood floors, original gas fixtures, brass fittings and incredibly high ceilings. The stately dining room has floor-to-ceiling landscape murals that are rumoured to have once been throughout the house.  Kathy, an interior designer, has beautifully furnished the enitire home, putting a fresh spin on traditional living. A must see,  416 Kingston Avenue is sure to be a crowd pleaser.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where Am I Now: The Detailed Home (Part 3)

What does this detailed metal basket chandelier from New York City's ABC Carpet & Home have in common with this years Dilworth Home Tour?


*ABC Carpet & Home Showroom

That's an easy one!  One of our favorite homes on this years tour boasts one even cooler. This amazing homeowner scored her's at local Merchant/Vendor Slate Interiors!

Get your own taste of high design at one of this years Dilworth Home Tour's most styling homes! Check out what other details are sure to please and stay tuned for where to go to see even more amazing details and architectural pleasures.

A bar in a nook? Why not! The perfect place for refreshing one's cocktail at an intimate dinner party.

Take time for yourself and dress up a corner in the family room with a fun lamp and a tray for your favorite magazines.

Want to display your favorite smaller objects, without having them look like clutter? Take the jackets off of your most cherished design books and stack them three books high.

Define understated elegance by adding trendy elements like the Greek Key to smaller details throughout the house.

Where on the Dilworth Home Tour am I now?



Monday, September 17, 2012

Dilworth Home Tour 2012: It's Party Time

It is the final stretch leading up to the 40th Anniversary of the Dilworth Home Tour. This Friday night is the start of the home tour and we have lots of fun events planned for our little neighborhood.


What: Free Wine Tasting

Where: The Wine Shop in Dilworth

When: Friday September 21st from 5pm - 9pm

Come and enjoy a free evening of wine tasting and celebration of the Dilworth Home Tour's 40th Anniversary. After you sample wines from all over the world,  enter the raffle to win a case of wine valued at $250. Don't forget to bring your Dilworth Home Tour ticket for admission.

Who: Roadkil

*local band 

Where: 1901 Dilworth Road East

When: Friday September 21st from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Head over to tour home 1901 Dilworth Road East  to listen to the jamming sounds of local band Roadkil. Have a beer and catch up with old friends, make new friends and see first hand what makes Dilworth such a fun place to live.

Hope to see you all this weekend at the Dilworth Home Tour 2012!



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shout out to the Quarterly and the Dilworth Home Tour 2012. . .

A Big Thank you to Beth Kiem  from Lucy and Company for giving the Dilworth Home Tour 2012 a Shout Out on her blog yesterday!   Oh and the article on Lucy & Company in the Dilworth Quarterly didn't disappoint! I think the lady like it. . .she really, really did!

Hey There . . .

I hope everyone local knows about the Dilworth Home Tour coming on September 21st and 22nd !  With our showroom located in the heart of Dilworth, we love to take a work break and check out the great designs and unique homes on the tour.  It's a fun time to stroll around and get inspired.

Get your tickets on line or stop by T. Reid and Company on East Boulevard, Paper Skyscraper and Dilworth Drug.

My friend Taylor Presson of has the fun job of reporting on all the homes this year on her blog.  Be sure to get your ticket.  One of my favorites, and the signature home  428 East Kingston Avenue is a must see, here's a preview from Sweet Home . . .

photo by Terry Loeb



I also want to extend a big thanks to Taylor for choosing Lucy and Company for her feature story in this issue of the Dilworth Quarterly !!!  I was most impressed by her gift of the written word.  Unlike my rambling and often use of poor grammar and spelling - she was quite eloquent !

Thanks Taylor !!

Fun, Funky & Fresh: Modern Design Reigns at Lucy & Company

By Taylor Presson

Lucy & Company, located in the heart of Dilworth, is nestled near the corner of Dilworth Road West and East Boulevard. The chocolate brown building, with its delicate cream-colored cursive lettering and black & white chevron front stoop is classic and eye- catching. Under dark skies, the showroom’s expansive windows are often softly lit to display the unique and colorful interiors designed by owner Beth Keim.

A long time resident of Plaza-Midwood, Beth followed her heart, clients and real estate investment instincts, and brought her magical showroom to Dilworth in 2006.

Named after Beth’s oldest daughter, Lucy & Company is a true family affair. Husband Keith is an accomplished artist and craftsman, and is often the talent behind Beth’s unique and customized designs. Lucy and youngest daughter Kate are a constant presence in the shop and provide daily inspiration for the light-hearted and whimsical interiors that have become Lucy & Company’s signature.
No stranger to historic homes (her own home dates back to the 1920’s), Beth knows how to make modern interior design shine within the architectural constraints of older homes. Her love of all things historic is evident just listening to her talk about “cold, hard plaster walls, high ceilings, and thick beautiful moldings.” Respecting the integrity of the home, she prefers to “add on” to existing design elements. She has a few favorite tricks (or as she refers to them), “happy surprises.” Some of these include adding molding and modern materials to ancient fireplaces to create the illusion of height by connecting dated picture molding to crown molding, as well as saving antique crystal chandeliers and hanging them in unexpected places.

Stop by the showroom, visit www.lucyandcompany.comor check out her blog at www.lucyandcompanyblog.comto see what Beth is up to now!

So get out and enjoy the hopefully cooler weather and spend some time roaming the Dilworth Homes.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lucite Hardware: A Clear Beauty

*our upstairs laundry room doors.

Celerie Kemble says that every room should have a touch of lucite and we know she can't be wrong. After spotting quite a bit of lucite hardware in her books, and just about everywhere, I became just a wee bit obsessed with its lux factor. I searched around on Pinterest the other day to share some pictures of my favorite ways to accent your abode with the timeless material. 



"Erin" Bar Cabinet with Lucite Hardware


Lucite and Metal hardware is perfection.


Source: via Evan on Pinterest

Just one more reason to drool on over to 1st Dibbs. A pair of Peter Hamburger for KNoll Wall Lamps USA 1960. Lucite Stems and Brass Hardware.

 In search of my very own piece of high style, I followed a lead in Domino Magazine and contacted Claudia at The Paris Apartment. Beside's being an expert Parisian shopper and boutique owner, Claudia's company The Paris Apartment offers custom lucite hardware to fit everyone's needs.  Completely inspired by the hardware I spotted in design magazine's everywhere, I asked her to custom make door pulls to dress up my humdrum laundry room doors.


Our new door pulls are so amazing, I almost forget what's behind them. . .



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Oh, Happy Day: Win a Room From Lucy & Company!!!

Holler. . . .It has been 10 years of hard work and dedication to design from Lucy & Company Owner and Principal Beth Keim. . . So let's help her get to her goal of 3,650 followers. . .The EXACT amount of days Beth has spent building, designing and mastering the art of  making all things lovely and beautiful. Well, she's been at it way longer than that, but you see what I am getting at!!! Beth's hard work is going to equal a free room for one of her loyal followers.

All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

If you have had a chance to read the current issue of Dilworth Quarterly, then you saw the story I wrote on Lucy & Company. If you havent and you are a local Dilworth resident, you should definitely check it out. The article is full of fun information on the fabulous Beth Keim, her ridiculously rad interior design business Lucy & Company and her always inspirational blog .

Good Luck!