Thursday, January 31, 2013

NYC Window Shopping

I was in NYC for a few days and covered a lot of ground. I thought a good way to share some of what I saw would be through window shopping, a near perfect past time, big on inspiration and low on cost. My first stop was ABC Home and Carpet on Broadway at 19th St.

ABC Home is styling heaven. They do such an amazing job starting with the display windows. They are great at mixing new and vintage.

Love the crisp white with the berry red rug. 
Even the sale signs are fun and creative.

Then it was on to Bloomingdales and Louis Vuitton where the windows are imaginative and chic.

Betty Boop and Lancome make a charming, whimsical marketing team.

The Chinese year of the snake makes an appearance in this Bloomingdale window.
More creativity and energy from LV. 

Bloomingdale's windows on Third Ave all belong to Scalamandre and their new line of dinner ware.
The dinnerware is made by Lenox, sold by Bloomindales and features fabric patterns from Scalamandre. The first pattern is a Chinoiserie toile in brown.
So Beautiful.
Next is the striking Stravagante pattern. 
More of the toile. 
The iconic zebras make a stunning table setting. 

The charming stemmed floral pattern, Bouvier.  
The soft and lovely Love Birds. 
The entry to the Scalamandre showroom on Third Ave and the display windows on either side. 
Later that day... the windows of Bergdorf

Love the yellow, the mix and the arrangement of it all.
Bright and beautiful on a cold winter night.

The next day I was in Soho. The windows are from a print/graphic design shop.
That's all for now.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Versailles In The Snow

There is a beautiful winter scene today at the always beautiful Estate of Versailles.

Chateau de Versailles

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Winter Tale

2012 was quite the year.
My interior design business came back. Thank you very much.
I had several wonderful, creative and profitable design projects.  And that's the way it should be.

My dad had three hospital stays, two for knee surgeries and one for... let's just say parts are wearing out.  He's much better now.
My daughter had scary but in the end very successful back surgery. A long recovery time but she is better than ever now.

Travel was limited but I did visit a friend in Charlotte NC. I was charmed by Charlotte and other nearby towns. It was also great to see an old friend. Someone I have know since my days in Sarasota Fl. We had many adventures back then, some of  were rather outrageous...
2012 brought more involvement in Design Speak. Design in St Louis benefits greatly from this amazing group of people.

Bring on 2013. I am so ready.
Ring in the love of truth and right.
Ring out the feud of rich and poor.
Ring out the old, ring in the new.
by way of B Midler