Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Today I am featuring a profile on my talented younger brother, Josh. He is a gifted graphic/web designer and photographer. He has a great gift for finding and capturing beauty in out of the way places.

Kona, Hawaii

Where were you born? Motor City

Rural Georgia

St. George Island, FL

What was your least favorite subject in school?
English – I could never quite grasp sentence structure.

Savannah, GA

Rosemary Beach, FL

Are you married? Any children?
I’m married to a wonderful wife, and we have no kiddies at the moment, but talk to me again in a year or two.

Watersound, Florida

What's is your greatest challenge?
Staying creative in a busy, demanding and sometimes monotonous environment.

Rosemary Beach, Fl

Kona, Hawaii

What/who would be your dream commission/client?
Anyone who knows what they are looking for and trusts me to do what they hired me to do.

Kona, Hawaii

If you could only shop at 1 place, where would it be?


Your favorite color:

Florida Panhandle

Your dream travel destination?
Bora-Bora – One of those little huts over the Ocean with the glass bottom floor.

Florida Panhandle

Josh is one of those people who has a special aptitude for anything mechanical or technical, but, amazingly, has a very artistic side as well. He has taught everyone in the family what little we know about computers and I often have to call him for technical assistance! Did I mention he's very patient? In recent years, he has increasingly developed his love and gift for photography (no pun intended!) He has had his work published, even on the cover of school textbooks! Besides his photography, he has created an amazing portfolio of digital graphics work as well. Josh and his wife, Leigh Anne, reside in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

Monday, July 28, 2008


The very last of the Queen's birthday tables at Osbourne. James Roberts - 1861

The Queen's birthday table in 1854 by James Roberts

The Queen's birthday table in the Horn Room at Osbourne - 1849 by J. Nash

Queen Victoria was a very privileged woman, to put it mildly. These were in the days before excess was looked down upon or royalty felt pressure to appear fiscally responsible (not that the royals have taken to living in bungalows now or anything....) Not only was she Sovereign of the British Empire at the height of it's wealth and power, but she had a very doting husband and happy family as well. Prince Albert, her Consort, used to put a great deal of thought into creating a room with a "birthday table" for her each year. Here are some renderings by two different artists of her birthday tables for the years 1849, 1854 and 1861. Being an artist, I am amazed by the amount of detail captured so beautifully in these watercolors. How would you like a "birthday table" and what would you hope to find there? Part 2
(from "Victoria and Albert - A Family Life at Osbourne House")

Friday, July 25, 2008


I just wanted to send a huge "Thank YOU" to Victoria Smith of hip superblog SF Girl By Bay for featuring my silhouette collage card (above) in her Mod Montage.


A perfect and stylish option for getting around - a pink Vespa. Right up my alley and perfect for Florida. Especially when it's not raining! Here's to a carefree Summer weekend! Hope you all have a relaxing respite and I'll see you back here on Monday!

(photo courtesy of " Essentially Lilly")

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


The signature yellow-orange shade used for Aqua di Parma's packaging really bakes my cake!

I am a bit short of time this week, so I am throwing together a few favorite photos from my files, some without labels, unfortunately. If anyone else happens to know their origins and wants to enlighten me, I'd be very grateful! Thanks!!

Gracie wallpaper - if money were no object, I'd have this in my foyer!

Gorgeous ranunculus, peonies and roses

Light-drenched Euro loft - Marie Claire Maison (via Alkemie) LOVE the sofa! (Only someone French would have the guts to do this)

A cheery, girly European loft Marie Claire Maison (via Alkemie)

One of my favorite paintings by Matisse

A favorite vintage chair - origin unknown

Rug designed by Paul Smith for The Rug Company

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


I just want to thank artist Sunny Goode for the kind mention on her blog yesterday! Sunny is an artist and decorative painter who started Sunny's Goodtime Paints. Her beautiful work was featured this month in Domino. Check out her website and blog here.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Moonlit Taj pillow cover

Saffron Marigold is a luxury, handmade linen company that prides itself in hand workmanship, fair trade practices and traditional style.

Pink Paisley Tablecloth

Each piece of linen is painstakingly hand printed from wooden blocks that are created by hand in a labor-intensive carving process.

Wedding Day Tab Top Curtain Panel

The beautiful Emerald Mandala letter holder features two pockets to hold your mail.

Anisha Ghosh is the talented artist and designer behind the company Saffron Marigold and designs all the linens offered on their website. Although not a designer by education (she has a Masters degree in Human Resources), she surrendered to her love for Indian textiles and decided to pursue it as her vocation. After traveling extensively through out India researching various traditional handcrafted textiles, and building relationships with several artisans, she launched Saffron Marigold in 2005. They carry a wide selection of linens that includes bedspreads, duvet covers, tablecloths, cushion covers and accessories. Their pieces add a touch of Bohemian sophistication to the home.
In Saffron Marigold, she wanted to mirror the philosophy behind the slow clothes movement wherein textiles are created with an eye to safeguarding traditional crafts and the human impact of production rather than mechanized mass production. Saffron Marigold was born out of a desire to provide the discerning customer a choice to own bedding and linens that have a story to tell. Pieces that have been created by human hands, and that somehow have imprinted upon their fibers generations of skill, culture, and tradition. Anisha said that all the handcrafted linens sold on Saffron Marigold have sound karma, meaning that, while Saffron Marigold is a for profit small business, they are fully committed to arts and crafts revival and Fair Trade as a means to safeguard traditional crafts, create employment, and promote economic self-sufficiency. Which, anyway you cut it, always makes me feel much better about buying, knowing that it's also benefiting the people who make it. Check out their website here.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Silhouette of Bernie, a Chicago dweller


Henry's handsome profile

If dogs are a man's best friend, then why aren't there more dog portraits hanging on our walls? Here are a couple of commissions finished recently for my client, Michelle, in Chicago. They are custom silhouettes of her adorable canine friends, Bernie and Henry. They were done on 12 x 12 x 2 inch aquabord in complimentary colors to hang as a pair. Besides silhouettes, I also paint dog portraits. If you are interested in immortalizing one of your furry friends, or giving a unique, un-boring kind of gift, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Thanks for the 2 great blog mentions this week! Courtney Barnes of StyleCourt

and Becca of My Soul Shines. Thank you both so much!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I just want to wish a very happy birthday to my grandmother, Lula Harwell (or, as she is known to many,"Lulu") This Glamour Gal turns 89 years old today and I feel very blessed to have had her in my life for so long. She has raised four children, has 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and has been married for almost 67 years!! No small feat any way you cut it!!

I can remember coming over to her house when I was little - she was always very patient and would allow me to rummage through her jewelry box and try on her exotic long necklaces and clip earrings. I would play the organ at headache-inducing volume levels, complete with the bossa nova beat in the background and pull out the "Monkeys in a Barrel" game and scatter it all over the floor.

"Miss Lulu", as my grandpa calls her, should have worked for the fruit growers association. I can never remember a time when I saw her that she did not offer me a pear, grapefruit, apple, orange, tangerine, cherries, berries, banana, figs or kiwi. Heck, she even carries fruit when she travels!! A former English teacher, she is a voracious reader and a spelling editor for my grandfather and his newspaper columns and books. She is known for her love of roses and gardening, which I, and several members of the family, have inherited. She could spend hours at a plant nursery and has taught me the names of many different tree and plant species. Rarely could you leave her home without a hand-gathered bouquet from her garden (at times inhabited by a spider or some tiny insects, much to my chagrin). She is a gracious and hospitable woman who has always made everyone feel welcome in her home with her love of cooking, entertaining and laughter. She has had some bouts with cancer and ill health over the years, but manages to keep up with her daily walking and gardening still. As we like to say, "She takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'!" Happy Birthday, Grandma, and thank you for all you have invested in the lives of your family, friends and strangers - you are very loved!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Look what I spotted on Etsy - I don't really sew much.....well, actually almost NEVER, but if I was into it, I'd love this moss pincushion. Very clever, don't you think? Check it out here!

Monday, July 14, 2008


Artist, designer and entrepreneur Sunny Goode

Sunny's stylish monograms are made with a flat finish, so they have the look of something painted on the wall rather than a slick decal. They feature a water-based adhesive, for simple and easy removal. A very practical and economical alternative to a custom decorative paint job.

Sunny's beautiful work was featured this month in Domino in the sunny, pastel home of Richmond, VA art dealer Katie Ukrop. Look at the wonderful floor she stenciled!
(Click for larger image)

Sunny's charming shop in Richmond, VA

A couple of years ago I read about Sunny Goode, a talented artist and painter based in Richmond, Virginia - a pretty stylish town. I was immediately entranced by her beautiful colors, stylish stencils and motivating photos. Sunny started Sunny's Good Time Paints in 2001 and now has a shop, a website, and materials available in select shops nationwide. She has authored two how-to books chock-full of inventive design ideas; "Paint Can!" and "Paint Can Children's Rooms". My memory was jogged when I saw her work featured in the August issue of Domino, so I decided to visit her website again and see what was new.

Let's face it, for the most part, faux painting has already experienced it's heyday and much of it now is associated with bad memories of pseudo-Tuscan washes and poorly-executed sponge jobs. I should know - I have seen more than a few people cringe when I tell them that, besides being an artist, I also do decorative (and even a little faux) painting. People used to have the same reaction to the word "wallpaper" being used!! However, wallpaper is now quite in vogue again and I am convinced that Sunny Goode could single-handedly bring about a similar revival for faux finishing.
I promise her style does NOT even remotely resemble an Olive Garden interior. She manages to elevate the much-maligned wash or stencil to a level of distinct style. Her concoctions are a far cry from anything boring or tired. Her website is overflowing with eye candy, helpful tips, tutorials, great rooms and tons of inspiration. Not just for walls either! I think her floor designs and stencils are equally exciting. Sunny's Goodtime Paint colors are outstanding and a refreshing departure from the generic, boring shades and combos that are often associated with decorative and faux painting. All of her products are water-based which is an added, earth-friendly bonus that won't leave you gasping from fumes. You can order the supplies straight from the website, or find a local stockist near you. She offers glazes, color washes, stencils, supplies, removable monograms and her books. I guarantee that a visit to her website will inspire you and have you wondering whether perhaps you should get the Palm Beach Pink and pair it with a Cappuccino accent or try something even more daring? Trust me, you will want to put on some gloves, choose a stencil and get workin' on your own masterpiece - pronto!!

(All photos courtesy of Sunny's Goodtime Paints website.)

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Garden Conservatory
Most of us are familiar Perrier as the delightfully effervescent beverage, but now there's more to Source Perrier than just mineral water. There is a line of distinctive home furnishings which includes, art, mirrors, rugs, window panels, furniture and accessories created by designer Anita Tiburzi. I first spotted Source Perrier several years ago at a Pierre Deux shop, but now there's a website where you can peruse their expansive collection in gorgeous room settings at your leisure (above and below) and order online.

Allegra Drawing Room

Mayfair Drawing Room

Swedish Dining

Palm Court Bedchamber

Perrier Carriers - what a great accessory for entertaining!

Napoleon Celadon Chair - an unusual and beautiful shade for the classic Chiavari chair.

Dashwood Bullseye Mirror - a classic accent that would look perfect hanging above the piece below.......

Bergman Bureau - a very nice version of a classic Gustavian bureau. I think it could pass for a real antique!

Foxglove Lamp - to me, this accent lamp has a touch of granny-chic that could be the perfect touch of "character" for your room.

Ribbon Candy Carpet - I think this cheery rug would be ideal in a beach cottage or sunny little bungalow.

The Captiva Tonna Ceresvina Chairs - With beautiful handstitched needlepoint shells on the back and gorgeous blue leather for a practical seat covering, these Louis XVI style chairs are a very stylish seating option.

Regency Bamboo Canterbury - With her love of all things Chinoiserie, I could imagine these appealing to Jennifer Dwyer of Peak of Chic!
(all the above tremendously appealing photos are courtesy of the Source Perrier website)