Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring for this!

I came across Aswoon while looking through the Interior Design Magazine website and this screen, called Peacock, caught my eye. I just had to look further.
I went to to find all of these room dividers designed by Susan Woods. I just find them irresistible. I would love to use these somewhere. They're art!Susan Woods designs many other great pieces, including some gorgeous bent wood items. Here's just a sampling. Go check it out now!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Grand Island Mansion

This last weekend I was in a wedding at the most charming location, The Grand Island Mansion. Situated in the delta area a little ways outside of Sacramento.

It is one of the largest private estates in Northern California and perfect for weddings. They have lovely grounds with a Gazebo for outdoor weddings and a grand ballroom for indoor ceremonies. There is plenty of space among the 58 room for the bridal party to get ready for the big event.
Two dining rooms accommodate quite a crowd. The smaller is cozy with a fireplace and rich drapery framing the windows. The larger dining room is has a beautiful gallery of arches in classic Italian style that open to the spacious window wall overlooking a courtyard. The happy couple can retreat to the bridal suite while out of town guest or bridal party can stay in many of the other themed rooms. From lounging in the Hemingway bar to working out in the gym or watching a film in the theater, the overnight guests will be quite content. This venue is definitely worth checking out sometime!

Photos by Rebecca Ward

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Fun Fabrics

In flipping through magazines, I noticed the add by Duralee fabrics introducing Thomaspaul prints. It was so yummy and spring like I had to share. Look at these bold patterns! (including the wallpaper)

These photos also sing of spring!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Hardware Style

I recently picked up this book called Hardware Style by Marthe Le Van. I almost passed it up thinking that I wasn't really interested in different styles of doorknobs and drawer pulls.

I decided to flip through it before passing it up and realized that it was a treasure trove of creativity. There were fabulous ideas of using everyday items to look like fabulous decor items around the house. I'm not big on the country crafty homemade style but this was not at all like that yet fairly simple home project that would look great in a contemporary house.

If you come across this book, snatch it up! You'll be inspired!