Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Michelle Nussbaumer / Ceylon et Cie in Dallas

One of my favorite designers would have to be
Michelle Nussbaumer.  You could even call her the queen of ikat as she embodies the boho-jetset-mixed media style I adore!  

Here she is rocking a Missoni Caftan in Portofino Italy

Here she is with Mary McDonald (her "soul sister") travelling in India

Her work at the Greystone Mansion

A emerald green and coral tablescape by Michelle

Every year I make my way to her store Ceylon Et Cie on Dragon Street in Dallas to gawk at all the insanely gorgeous items from around the world.  If you are looking for the exquisite, extraordinary, charming, alarming or just about any other adjective, you will find it here. 

I came across these pictures on her facebook page and thought I would share it with you.  It is a peek inside her office.  


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Got a mess? Call Neat Method!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting the two gorgeous ladies 
Catherine and Raelynn of Neat Method DC.

Professional organizers, they are ready and willing to clean up that messy closet, kids room, garage, storage room, basement, office or kitchen pantry you are dreading and they do it looking stylish with a smile on their face!  
Gotta love that.  

For these girls the Container Store is nirvana and your hoarding habits are thrilling.  They look forward to dealing with clutter in all of its excess and won't divulge your shopaholic tendencies.  Shhh....

If you are moving in or out and overwhelmed, call these girls.  Then fix yourself a cocktail, sit back and relax while they do all your dirty work.  

Here are a few photos of their handiwork....

craft closet craft closet

unorganized jewelry  organize jewelry

unorganized shoes  shoe closet

Visit the Neat Method DC website to learn more 

You can thank me later!
Until next time,

Pine Garlands and Our Holiday Traditions

It's December and time to decorate for the holidays!
Here are a few traditions from our family....

Real pine garlands are an easy, festive way to bring the holidays home.  I use them everywhere! They are inexpensive and smell fantastic.  You can make them yourself or buy them already intertwined.  I opt for the ready made kind to save time.  

In our foyer a Venetian mirror is draped with a simple pine garland and a colorful stocking is hung from the top.  

The ornaments are very sentimental - my children and I go to Dallas,TX every Christmas to the original Neiman Marcus store to see Santa and they are allowed to choose one ornament.  So far we have six and they are all attached to the garland in the picture.  It has become a tradition!  

A clay Christmas wreath made by my daughter is also on the table top.   

Another photo shows a dining room vignette where I added festive bows, topiarys and a paper reindeer my daughter Gabrielle handmade many years ago.   I love keeping the children's Christmas artwork and unpacking it every year to decorate and they love to say "Oh, I remember making that!" 

In the breakfast room a pine garland is draped across the top of a bookcase.  Another tradition we have is making paper snowflakes.  

Using simple copier paper the kids cut out the designs and I tape them to the bookcase.  It has become a tradition and the children are always excited to participate!  

What are some of your holiday traditions?  

Until next time,

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Furniture at the Philippine Embassy

Last night I was invited to the Philippine Embassy here in DC for a presentation of Philippine furniture manufacturers.  

Part of the proceeds from purchases went to the typhoon relief fund and I happily scooped up a few of these faux-bois tables/stools that come in many different finishes and are very well priced! 

Here are a few other pieces that caught my eye...

Petrified Slab Side Table, Top Polish, Black/White

Frizzante Table Lamp, Mirror Polished Stainless Steel

Brivo Freeform Console Table, Silver Leaf

Crazycut Side Table, Mirror Polished Stainless Steel

Kissing Butterflies Dining Table, LG

Chamcha Wood Dining Table, 2 Slabs Joined, SS Legs

Frizzante Floor Lamp, Mirror Polished Stainless Steel

Log Cocktail Table, Roman Stone

Pebble Coffee Table, Copper Patina

Let us know if any of these versatile pieces catch your eye and we can order them for you!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

KW on a budget...

Love Kelly Wearstler?  

I's hard not to....with her southern sweetness and 
off -the-hook chic way of dressing and decorating...not to mention the fact that she is gorgeous and has a trophy husband who owns the coolest hotels in the coolest places...uh yeah.  We are just a little jealous.

Well, here's a way to get her fabulous wall-arty look pictured below for not much dough.

Her wallpaper collection will have you looking Kelly-fied in no time and we all know wallpaper is the easiest way to get a big bang for your small sized budget.   

Groundworks CHANNELS PAPER LAKE/BEIGE GWP-3302.316 - Lee Jofa New - New York, NY, GWP-3302.316,Lee Jofa,Blue,Up The Bolt,Kelly Wearstler,Contemporary,USA,Yes,Groundworks,Kelly Wearstler Wallpaper Collection,CHANNELS PAPER LAKE/BEIGE

Here it is installed....

Of course to save even more money you could give your toddler a paintbrush but we can't promise you'll like the outcome ;)


PS: it also comes in tableware....

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Punta Cana

Recently I made a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic....Here is what I saw!

Loved the architecture....

Loved the 5 pool(s)....there was even a pool on the rooftop!

 This charming restaurant rests on stilts over the ocean and the breeze was so relaxing...

The island is lush with vegetation and surrounded by pristine beaches which are postcard worthy....some even have pinkish sand from the abundant red coral living off shore.

Hope you enjoyed this little trip now 
that winter is almost here!

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