Tuesday, January 31, 2017


DFID 2017
Here's where I turned the new smaller ikat rug, and I like the "chock a block" look- notice I changed the table skirt to a gauffraged brown velvet- ( a Williams-Sonoma online find).  I like the way the strong ikat breaks the boring banality of this shoebox of a room- with its low ceiling, and lack of millwork.  I was also excited to see my rug choice (Feizy.com) on page 45 of the September issue of House Beautiful!

DFID 2017
Looking back towards the small dining area- living with the existing beige carpet for now...that Trowbridge sailboat is covering the little "pass-through" -

DFID 2017
Some day when I have a nice LARGE bedroom, I'll put this small settee at the foot of the bed- until then it's creating a second seating group in the living room!  The porcelain bust creates another focal point, and is by Theodore and Alexander. DF *****

Friday, January 27, 2017

COLOR: Michelle My Belle

Michelle Nussbaumer
I like the fullness and the richness of this image- DF *****

Monday, January 23, 2017

RUSSIAN STYLE: Kirill Istomin

Kirill Istomin

I was mightily INSPIRED ~ by my friend Andrea of The Glam Pad, posting about this Russian decorator- who had been associated with Parish-Hadley at some point.  Click here to read more!  DF *****

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FRAGRANCE: Frederic Malle

via Alexis Bittar
I get a lot of interesting ladies coming in, and today I met Nancy, who was trailing this divine fragrance- "portrait of a lady" by Dominique Ropion for Frederic Malle ... I followed her out to ask her what she was wearing- and she was delighted to share her secret with me.  Enchantee' ! DF *****

Monday, January 16, 2017


DFID 2017
I always enjoy the holidays- but I like even more the chance to clean up house after all the spruce needles have dropped, all the gifts lavishly unwrapped., and all the dishes and serving pieces used and now needing to be put away again. 

The charming painting (above) was given to me by William (Billy), after we cleaned out his storage unit- and I really do love it and enjoy living with it.  His mother, Ann, did it in 1965 !

DFID 2017

I decided to order another ikat rug- to replace the old damask pattern one that was previously in the "dining area" - (shown above) - and after all this cleaning and dusting, I made a nice dinner for the two of us, from a recipe I found on the Domestic Daddy blog- a pot roast recipe.  Dessert was vanilla ice cream with pineapple, fresh mint, and a Pepperidge Farm cookie.  It was great to have a whole weekend to relax, and work on my apartment.  Stay tuned for more!  DF *****

Friday, January 6, 2017

LINDEN HILL, Dodo and Tory on the Main Line

1543 Monk Road, Gladwyne, PA
Here's another beauty, offered by Sotheby's - click here to read more...once the home of Campbell's soup heiress Dodo Hamilton, and later designer Tory Burch and family- price is now reduced- I adore the Prussian blue shutters, the landscape, and the provenance!  Enjoy!  DF

"Linden Hill"

Dorrance "Dodo" Hamilton - has also been known to restore old cottages from the 20's and 30's in Naples and on Boca Grande- and one can read more about her fabulous life here !

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

JACKIE, a film to see

Recently, during the holidays, I caught the new film with Natalie Portman portraying Jacqueline Kennedy.  It was fantastic!  Director Pablo Larrain caught the mood of the 1960's~ and Natalie Portman became Jackie.  While the subject may seem a bit sad, it is really an insight into Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley too- as they were also assassinated.  See the film and judge for yourself.  Brava to Miss Portman!


Read my previous post here about Jackie and her use of Rigaud candles in the White House.  DF

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

JANUARY: Interior Design Inspirations 2017

Albert Hadley in Naples, via House Beautiful

DFID, using a vintage Michael Greer steel table, Naples

Todd Romano, Naples, via House Beautiful

DFID, Naples, with vintage Albert Hadley low table

Andrew Racquet, Lyford Cay, via Veranda

DFID, Naples, Brunschwig and Fils pillows, Walfab raffia headboard

Bethany O'Neil, Naples

Thomas Britt, via Veranda

DFID, Bonita Beach, FL Kravet fabric on sofa, ikat pillow, Pottery Barn

William McLure, Birmingham, AL via Instagram

Happy 2017 ! Enjoy these interior images I've curated just for you!  DF *****