Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Rooms BH&G

I love looking at Christmas rooms on the 'net as I get ready to decorate my home.  I'm not an excessive decorator - just putting out a couple of collections that relate and natural wreaths for the outside doors.  My tree was done today by a young local decorator who hires out for the job.  He doesn't break ornaments.  Unfortunately, these days, I do. 

These photos are from a slide show by Better Homes & Gardens.  What do you think of these rooms?

1.  I like the simplicity of this.  There is one thing that bothers me. 
2. This tree is very Victorian which I admire and I crave that pillow with the bow tied case.  Not sure about the balance of the whole vignette. 
3.  Wow, what a gorgeous tree.  It does seem a bit top heavy.  Is it leaning in?  
4.  Love it!  The airy tree.  The upholstery fabric.  The rich chocolate walls complemented with creamy whites and tans. 
It's all with a sense of humor.  How one decorates is a very personal thing and as we say here in the mountains "To each his'n".
Christmas d├ęcor is what most of us are thinking or doing now but we have that special day of family and gratitude ahead.  My girls and I are eating out but I still have to bake a pan of cornbread stuffing for my daughter to take home. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cozy Cosy Gray Grey

In a Facebook post by House & Garden earlier this week they use the word "cosy" to describe a room.  Before I allowed myself to become bothered about what seemed a misspelling, I checked Google.  Sure enough, "cozy" is just the American spelling of the word.  With that, I was reminded that my favorite spelling of another word crosses over that same line.  The American spelling of the word that describes a foggy day or a charcoal shade is gray to Americans.  I prefer "grey" which is the English spelling. 

Spell either however you like.  Here are some rooms for which all four are good keywords.

We see a lot of rooms now with beds more undressed but I think the dust ruffle helps to warm the room.  I especially like the use of the creamy white and off-white fabrics against the darker walls. 
Often the ceiling in a beach house is blue, a shade of turquoise to emulate the reflection on water.  But the sea is sometimes gray as well.

This one is noted as located on Long Island.  Most likely The Hamptons.   
I'm not used to seeing formal draperies on the windows of beach houses but I can see that these would be great buffers from a storm.  I like the simplicity of the bedding.  No ruffle.  Appropriately exposing dust bunnies and ghosties, said Mrs. Muir.   
Since my little beagle has found and adopted the faux fur throw I usually bundle up in to watch TV, I've had to go shopping. 

I especially like this stack of warmers.
I gave up a knitted one like the white one to a design once.  I still wish I'd kept it.  I think I've settled my search on one I saw on QVC from Elen DeGeneres's line.  Am I the only one who thinks she's making a joke with the name of her line?  ED?     
Snuggle up.  Stay cozy. 



Monday, November 16, 2015

One of the big annual events for designers on this end of North Carolina is the Cashiers Designer Showhouse presented by the Cashiers Historical Society.  Designers from this area (including Atlanta) put on quite a show for the public to raise money for the historical society.  Here are a few shots from this year's project.

We love vaulted ceilings and natural wood here in the mountains.  A pine knot is a sought after commodity.  This dining area, though small, has great light from the multi-paned outside wall doors and windows.  Design by Ann Sherrill. 

A hallway repeats the vaulted ceiling.  We have abundant supplies of stone and good stone masons still practicing the art so a true mountain house should always feature stonework.  This area was decorated by Sally Johannsen. 

And...from one of my favorites, James Farmer III.  Just so traditional and comfortable.  Pass the cigars and brandy!!

It takes some driving on mountain roads to get there but Cashiers is worth a visit.  Lots of shops feature design/home related fare.  Boutiques feature unique and trendy fashions.  Although it is considered a high end atmosphere, there are even a couple of thrift shops.  If you don't get enough and you're up for another twenty or so miles of really mountain road, check out Highlands.