Decorator Frances Elkins (1888-1953), the younger sister of renowned Chicago architect David Adler, was known for her progressive taste and brilliant use of color. W. W. Norton & Company published a retrospective of her three-decade career, Frances Elkins: Interior Design by Stephen M. Salny.
Thank goodness for Fridays! Thank goodness for fresh-cut flowers, too! One of my fondest memories of my grandmother is helping her cut and arrange the gorgeous gladiolas she cultivated for years.
I wish a product like the Easy Arranger had been around when I was trying to cram those long stems into vases! We love Annabelle Noel Designs’ Easy Arranger because it makes floral arrangement easy, fun and beautiful. The flexible, bendable grid allows flowers room to breathe and can be stretched and bent to fit whatever design you are creating.
This week we’re giving you the chance to win one 5-inch Easy Arranger and a set of Dangles attachable gems in champagne color. All you have to do is answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, March 22. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. This Week’s Question
It’s taken a few days—scratch that. It’s taken many, many, many days and countless hours of toiling through pages and pages of instructions that don’t make sense to assemble the new cabinetry in my sister’s basement. I think my brother-in-law is ready to strangle me. I don’t blame him.
Yes, there’s still a tiny bit more work to be done: the kick boards need to be put in place, and obviously there’s a door missing. But considering that this thing came in 800 different pieces, I think my brother-in-law deserves a beer even though he wouldn’t drink it.
TOTALLY against the BYU honor code. Maybe I’ll buy him a huge Sprite.
From Gather and Nest
Easter is just arround the corner and many of you are probably looking for a way to decorate your home that doesn’t involve bunnies and eggs. Check out these sunny tablescapes:
In honor of St. Patrick’s day, we’re profiling Irish designer, Sinead Kelly.
In addition to doing interior design, Kelly consults on color, space planning, lighting plans and furniture sourcing. She’s published articles in the Sunday Independent, her work has been featured in Irish Homes magazine and she has appeared as a guest on several of Ireland’s top radio shows.
She was invited to design the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Ideal Homes Exhibition Showhouses. As Dulux Ireland‘s 2010 Color Consultant, she stays busy coaching others, but she still has time to take on her own projects, ranging from small flats to big-time restaurants. Her “elegant modern” style can be seen in homes and businesses all over Ireland and the UK. Read on to see some of her work.
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The blog world is aflutter this week with French inspirations, bold color and unconventional seating. Check out my favorite finds:
From Jackie Von Tobel Home
We’re continuing to look at talented female designers in honor of Women’s History Month. Annette Tatum is a textile designer, author of The Well-Dressed Home and the incredible decorating blog by the same name. We caught up with her to learn about her influences, favorite places to shop and the best design advice she ever received.
Annette Tatum at home
I’m so glad it’s Friday. If I had a neon TGIF sign, I’d hang it on my cube wall.
This will make you glad it’s Friday, too: You could win a $25 gift certificate from Grandin Road. We love their home decor, especially their spring-inspired goodies like these sweet little birds. Check out this slide show to see more of their chic accessories.
To enter for a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, March 15. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win.
This Week’s Question
Yesterday was Christmas at my sister’s house, at least, that was my initial impression when I drove over to see how the carpet installation in her basement was working out and one of her twin nine-year-old boys HUGGED me. There was actual physical contact, and it wasn’t a shove or a punch or a kick in the groin.
Because, I mean, that’s how we are as a family. There is an occasional, brief hug here and there, but usually we just bump shoulders or forcibly push someone off of their feet to say hello. We’re safe that way. Because physical affection can be awkward. How long do you linger on a hug until the other person is like, MAYBE YOU NEED THERAPY. We’re always walking that fine line, you know. And yesterday when Joshua hugged me at the door, that line said, “Aunt Heather, I’ll risk it. THE CARPET IS AWESOME.”
Indeed, the carpet is awesome: