"What can I put on my dining room table?" You could put a centerpiece or vase, but why not create something creative, and  interesting. A vignette of sorts. Recently I did just that at Proud Brook Farm and created a whimsical Spring arrangement. First I started with three round exquisite beaded place mats and topped them  with a white porcelain tiered cake plate with a bunny base. Then atop we added a small silk arrangement, an ivory and  black painted rabbit, a small adorable feathered peep, and  glass marbles.  Next I added two large metal  gold leaf palm leaves and  filled them with  more glass marbles.  I added one more bunny , a pair of tall, classic, painted  glass candlesticks with pillar candles and voila!  The beauty of this? By changing out some of  the individual items, like cake plate, bunnies, flowers, and marbles,  and keeping the key building blocks ( the place mats, leaves, and candlesticks),  I can make this work for any season. Say,  for instance, pumpkins and witches for Halloween, pilgrims, fruit, and acorns for Thanksgiving, and glass ornaments, present,  and elves for Christmas. 

Go Big or Go Home

Recently I completed a condominium  for a couple who relocated from a large townhouse in Bradford Woods to a smaller, beautiful condominium in Fox Chapel. Their dilemma presented itself as they stated, "It just doesn't feel right". We got to work...sorting, rearranging, purchasing, relocating, rejecting, and ordering. I had my own "to do" and "to shop for" lists and I in turn gave them the same type of lists. We would meet almost weekly and kept building upon the previous weeks. One of the standout lessons in this particular design project was to make an impact with large, over the top accessories. I located a 60" x 40" oil painting for the area above their over sized sideboard. We proceeded to accessorize it with a large wrought iron wine opener accompanied by a wooden cheese board with a bell glass top. Both were procured by my newly savvy clients. You could see them really working  and thinking through their purchases. We finished the table top with a very, very, large, beautiful crystal decanter.This project unfolded piece by piece in a mostly lovely manner and  culminated with a family dinner party last Saturday evening. "It was a success" she beamed "and they loved everything" Their house is NOW their home. 

Photo Shoot at Proud Brook Farm

The interior photo shoot at Proud Brook Farm tonight went very well. The weather and Allie, Kathleen’s horse cooperated. Its fun to go back and take photos of completed projects and the photographer was VERY patient with all of my demands and tweaks. One can see how a home should flow from room to room and each having it’s own personality. All rooms sharing a similar palate but changing every so slightly by using  just one two or three colors. The eye should move softly to each space and not be interrupted by a glaring color change.