Thursday, April 20, 2017

STYLE: Pauline and The Pink Door

 The Baroness Pauline de Rothschild

So, my very kind friend, Ted Glasgow, the super talented interior designer- sent this image to me recently.  It reminded me of how I've always been inspired in my imagination by this icon of style, Pauline de Rothschild . 

Ted works with The Pink Door in Greensboro, NC and is a decorator who is aware of past designers such as Otto Zenke, and later, The Zenkes.

Check out this amazing video of The Pink Door here !  I first discovered this chic emporium years ago while visiting my parents in Winston-Salem.

Our friend, the writer Mitch Owens, is working on a book about the Baroness, and just told me that the new very high style book on Thomas Britt that he's working on is now in the captions on images stage, so you know I just cannot wait for that one to come out!

I imagine that the Baroness would approve of Tom's new book.  I forgot to mention in my previous post, on Carleton Varney, that he'd made a point of reminding the HSN viewers of the importance of fantasy in our lives and in our homes, while selling very beautiful sheets and bedding.  I couldn't agree more!  "Mr. Color" promotes the use of bold palettes and has an international point of view.  He also has a new book out,  "Decorating On The Waterfront" Click here to view/order.  Enjoy!  DF *****

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TIMELESS, Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney
What fun and excitement too, to have famous Carleton as a friend and an inspiration!  An iconic figure in the interior design world, he's written over 30 books- and has appeared on HSN (television) as well as fathering three sons, and running the oldest design firm in America, Dorothy Draper, Inc.  (and prestigious) - a true man in full!  

Speaking of Home Shopping Network, I just this morning purchased some of the famous CV sheets, in the "Versailles" pattern- inspired by D. Porthault!  Click here to read more on fabulous and inspiring Carleton Varney!

Carleton Varney

Carleton on HSN

Carleton Varney

Carleton's Palm Beach residence 

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney

Carleton Varney "Growing Wild"

Carleton Varney

Carleton at MP Interiors (Naples, Florida)
You can also find Carleton by the yard at MP Interiors, in the Miromar Design Center, tel (239) 498-9074 or

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Monday, April 17, 2017

GRANT GIBSON, Fresh for Spring

via Grant Gibson, Quadrille fabrics

OK, so I LOVE this look Grant Gibson pulled together for a young family- he had the Quadrille fabrics laminated for durability and wash ability-very smart!  See his Instagram too!

Check out more of his stylish work here !  DF *****

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MOOD BOARD: April 04.12.17

Bowood House

Limoges tray, L'Objet


Thomas Britt (Veranda)

Young Huh (Kips Bay Showhouse)

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

KINDEL: Dorothy Draper Collection

I'm very excited that the firm MP Interiors, just north of tony Naples, Fla. - is now representing  Kindel - including the fabulous Dorothy Draper collection! 

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the line.  Please visit us soon to see them in person!
DF *****

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

ENLIGHTENED: Images for a Rainy Day

Thomas Britt, via Veranda

via Nan and Thomas Kempner

Follow Nan Kempner on Instagram here !  See her NYT obituary here ! Her legend of style and taste lives on!

via my phone, Highlands, NC

Kevin McNamara

Jeffrey Bilhuber

DeGournay, via House Beautiful

Mrs. Henry Parish, II

Loi Thai, via Tone on Tone

Leta Austin Foster

Bethany O'Neil

While I've posted some of these before, I thought it might be fun to find favorite images to brighten up a gloomy morning- the charm of floral motifs in decorating, combined with a love of chinoiserie and granny smith apple green are recurring themes of mine!  Enjoy!  DF *****

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A MOMENT, The Nostalgia of Tradition

(c) DFID
More Spring cleaning prompted this post on how my Naples, Fla. apartment takes me back to a time when technology was less invasive in our personal lives.  Perhaps these images (via I-phone) demonstrate my point?

(c) DFID

I don't think my flat screen television could get any smaller- !

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

ROOMS: Classical Glamour

The Greenbrier

One of my earliest and most powerful influences from an early age, has been classical décor, and all that implies.  Today, I promote the same classic look that I was exposed to from childhood and beyond, into my youth.

Dean Farris Interior Design

George Baker Houses, NYC

William "Billy" Baldwin

Thomas B. Britt

DFID, Charleston

Chateau de Castille


Todd Alexander Romano

  1. the attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing or special:
    "the glamour of Monte Carlo" ·
    "the glamour days of Old Hollywood"

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

GREENERY: Pantone 2017

Pantone Color of the Year 2017

I was recently asked to post about this color- "greenery" the Pantone color of the year for 2017.  I've ALWAYS loved this ultra chic shade of bright lime green!

via internet

Even in small doses, such as this modernist bench in greenery velvet!  Parish-Hadley was known to use this color for elegant glazed walls...

via internet

I did notice that Mario Buatta had used it for a chain cover in the Charleston dining room of socialite and author, Patricia Altschul- see more of this story on  The Glam Pad !!!  You can also read a great story about the color - by Patricia Sheridan - here !!  Enjoy, DF *****

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Monday, March 27, 2017

PORTIERE: Victorian Coziness and Elegance

So, this weekend, Billy went out of town for a charity event, and I had a bit of time to think about some Spring cleaning and re-arranging- I decided to remove the overlay of cognac gauffraged cotton velvet (an old bed coverlet!) from my one draped table, to show off the nice bright colors of the silk plaid table skirt- and one thing led to another...

I decided to see how a portiere would look in the small opening between my tiny foyer and the living-dining room...something I had wanted to do for quite some time.

Here it is! - tied back-, a fun bit of D.I.Y. that I enjoyed working on this weekend- and here are some other images of portiere that I found online - as well as some more of my own creation- this creates a remarkably cozy feeling, particularly at night- and I recall my Mother's decorator, Jonathan Arbuthnot using portiere when he first decorated her house in North Carolina, they were so elegant in ivory moiré cotton with gorgeous gadrooned silk tie backs in avocado!  Rich!

Above, this is how it looked before the tie back- and I liked it this way also- as it reminded me of an old villa or castello somewhere in Italy or Spain- and I already had the hardware from a previous project on the east coast of Florida!  (see similar in below images)

One can see how not tied back gives a completely different feeling and look- check out these tied back versions below, including my own!


Above, you can see where I also played with using a mirror where before I was using some boating pictures I had from a previous (waterfront) apartment.  Here's a few more, hope these inspire you to create your own cozy Victorian revival!  DF *****



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