Saturday, February 28, 2015

Florida Dreaming

With two very active kids, this winter has taken its toll on me. I am so over it!!! Our mini vacay to Florida last week was a welcome and rejuvenating retreat, but now all I'm doing is daydreaming about moving there. In fact, I have my whole home already designed for said move.

This was the cover to our hotel guest book and instantly I knew where I had seen it over 9 years ago. Yes, I can remember crazy ass design elements from homes, museums, hotels, etc., but ask me a simple question and I'm brain dead. In fact, my son Charlie helps me on a day to day basis. He remembered our room number, our flight number, and the airport we were flying to. Can you believe he had to step in for me, when the person checking us in asked me where we were going!?! Uh...I don't know. It's like I'm his mentally disabled daughter. He's always shocked at how forgetful I am...I can't help that my head is in the clouds. Okay, okay...I digress. 

The Bonnet House in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is where the image was taken from. We went there for a wedding 9 or was it 10 years ago. It was amazing and has imprinted its artistic charm into my memory.


A visual wonderland in every nook and cranny (do people still use that expression or am I a dork?).

That door!

Every ceiling had a fresco or bright bold color...LOVE!

In my design world, every bookshelf should be painted. 

And can I have one of these when I grow up? I'd fill it with birds and butterflies...fa, la, la, la. These were just a few images of The Bonnet House I sourced from Pinterest. They are my inspiration for a daydream beach home in Florida. 

And the point of my story...enjoy the clouds! 

~ Danielle 

ps...thanks Steve and Marisa for having us. Your wedding was gorgeous!'s a link to my beach house board on Pinterest where you'll find every image source:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Ab Fab Fabric Source

These are just a few of my favorite fabrics from They carry a wide selection of textiles and trim to suit anyone's taste. Go check them out!

~ Danielle 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Shall We Dine

Up next...

My dining room.

Above is the view from the entry. My builder talked me into rounded arches. I really like how they make the space feel cozier.

Yes, I have a bunch of paper party balls and a dragon lantern in lieu of a chandelier and I love it. But, here's what I plan on getting eventually...

The chandelier is from Lambert et Fils and I'm totally smitten...more smitten than the balls, if you can believe it.

Just another view. The white walls will be painted this in the spring...

It's Dollar Bill Green by Benjamin Moore. 

My Craigslist console with my ever expanding art gallery wall. I collect most art from antique stores and flea markets, but my favorite pieces are by my son Charlie. I adore his work. 

Table set for Christmas. Do you see what's missing above? I forgot to add forks, which I didn't notice until we all sat down. 

Although, one person was allowed to have a fork, two to be precise. Heehee. Forgetting something is so typical for me, usually it's napkins for some odd reason. 

That's all folks. I'll share changes as they occur. 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Entry Update

My entry has been commandeered by two wee train engineers. And I got a new jute rug. 

In other news this serpent fabric is no longer available for my bench. So my dear friends who suffer from ophidiophobia can feel at ease. 

This one was the runner up...a better option to hide dirty engineer hand prints. Managing a train depot is a messy job. 

~ Danielle 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Art Deco on CL

Here's just a petite sampling of Art Deco pieces currently for sale...

I am madly in love with the desk above. I see it in a deep velvety green office with loads of builtin bookshelves and oil paintings.

Perfect for a dressing table.

Perfect lamp for the desk above.

Again I adore the mirror above, although the dude in the mirror is another story. 

Slipper chair perfection above.

Anyone need an entry armoire?

I think the peice above needs a new round mirror made for it. It's super sculptural and would add a lot of interest to a large entry.

The wood on this bookshelf is!?!

Okay, maybe not petite sampling, but great examples. I think this era single handedly deforested tigerwood, which is just a name for several varieties of tropical trees in Africa and South America...kinda sad really.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Art Deco Love

For awhile now I've been coveting everything Art Deco. I think it all started around 5 years ago when I went to my cousin Amy's wedding in Erie Pennslyvania. Amy had her ceremony in an old Lutheran church my father's family used to attend, which was beautiful in its own right. But it was the reception location that blew my mind. It was over the top in only the way Art Deco decor could be. The Warner Theater, commissioned by the Warner Bros., was built in 1929 in the height of the Art Deco period. It is a true visual marvel with amazing attention to detail that we don't see anymore. It is where my parents went to see movies for 25 cents...can you believe that? They thought nothing of the ornate decor, it was just a movie theatre to them. But now they know it's so much more than just a theatre, it's a magical example of a bygone era.

I went there twice for Amy's wedding and my other cousin Julie's wedding and do you think I took one single photo!?! Nope not one, but the place has left it's enchanting spell on me. 

~ Danielle 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014


Come on in...

To our entry...

In the coming weeks I plan on sharing my home, one room at a time. 

I love the openness of our entry room above. The chandy and table were both Craigslist finds and the bench a trash day score. It's a tad wobbly, but I love it. I plan on having a cushion made for it in this print...

As for art between the sconces...maybe something from my father's photo archive. I'll share when I find something. 

Here's a close up of our chandelier and medallion...

Up next...the dining room. Thanks for stopping by!