Category Archives: Decor

Mirror, mirror

Was anyone else as smitten by Veranda’s Jan/Feb 2016 cover as I was? That stunning mirrored china cabinet instantly grabbed my attention, as did the owner’s shared love of blue.


I have a couple of Ikea pieces that, while functional, certainly don’t win any design awards. I’ve already changed out the hardware, but the mirrored cabinet got me to thinking. Could I paint it silver-leaf and get a similar effect? Maybe even do a little gold-leaf mercury-glass effect?

LiveLoveDIY has a great post on how she transformed a standard wooden vanity into a beautiful silver piece. Her result is gorgeous!


I also like how DIY & Crafts combined flat grey paint with silver leaf for the details.


So…when the weather warms up, looks like I’ll be experimenting with silver paint and silver leaf on my china cabinet & dresser. I’ll let you know how it goes!



Shades of Blue

Prior to our move to Tokyo, I was really into robin’s egg blue. I’ve found that, upon our return, I’m more into deep peacock and aquas. (Here’s our living room pictured below.) I was initially worried that the shades would clash with my blue & white porcelain, but they seem to complement each other.


These colors especially pop when set against the red vintage chairs we found on Meguro Dori last fall. (Being showcased here by the ever-elegant Marty.)


Blue and White

Just a few pictures from the archives for The Pink Pagoda’s Blue & White Bash


Chinoiserie Kitty



macaroons paella2 living room entrance napkins notecard centerpiece picnic

Mod Podge & Posters

When we visited the Pompeii exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science last fall, we purchased a poster that replicated one of the many gorgeous frescoes found among Pompeii’s ruins. I thought for months about how to go about framing it, wanting something that honored the fact that the original had been excavated and wasn’t in perfect form.

Yesterday, inspiration struck. We carefully tore the edges of the poster and divided it into six squares. We then Mod Podged it onto inexpensive canvases from Michael’s. I just love the result!


Thanksgiving 2012

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for simplicity. After a year of traveling and moving, I am so grateful that we decided to make this holiday all about relaxing. I’m only making a few favorite dishes with the rest being cooked by our local Whole Foods. The table is even set simplistically.


This year, we have no plans to go anywhere nor to have any visitors. Thursday is strictly a day of good food, good wine, and (hopefully) some decent football. I am all the more grateful for my home and my tiny family since I haven’t seen much of either this fall.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Linen in Winter

If there were such as thing as fashion confession, I’d be due a visit. I’ve known since I was a child that proper ladies didn’t wear linen after Labor Day (or possibly after the first day of fall in very warm climates), but that was before I fell in love with this fabric.

It started with my husband’s Irish linen shirts from Brooks Brothers that I got him last year for his birthday. They looked so cool and crisp when he wore them. Feeling envious, I bought one for myself from the clearance rack in September. It has grown softer with every washing and actually keeps me warm in chilly weather without the heaviness of a sweater.



Then, during our move, we splurged on Restoration Hardware’s stonewashed Belgian linen sheets, duvet cover, and shams – our first such purchase since our wedding ten years ago. I had all intentions of changing them out once the weather got cooler, but again…with every washing they get softer and feel even better on chilly nights. Plus I love their relaxed, cozy look.



So…perhaps I’ll just have to live with my faux pas with the small reassurance that, once you know the rules, you can break a few 😉

A Lesson in Curtains

I am one of the first to confess the many decorating sins I have committed, but perhaps none were worse than my early attempts at hanging curtains. Not knowing anything about lengths, widths, or options for hanging, I purchased cheap curtains barely wide enough to stretch meagerly across the width of the window. I hung my curtain rod JUST above the window frame, making the windows and ceilings appear to be lower than they were. Perhaps worst of all, I purchased standard curtain lengths (84 inches) without paying any attention whatsoever to the height of my ceiling, resulting in horrific “high-waters.” Being somewhat of a spend-thrift, however, I learned to live with my mistakes until we moved in July. THIS time, I vowed, I would get it right.

For the windows in the bedroom and living room, I still purchased the curtains from a housewares mega-store, but I was careful to get the nicest I could afford in luxurious fabrics. I paid close attention to the lengths, this time buying 102 inch curtains for our 10-foot high ceilings and we (meaning my husband) hung the rods just an inch shy of the ceiling. While the widths weren’t quite what I wanted, buying four panels instead of two gave me the ample “draping” effect I wanted. Also having four panels allows me to open the curtains as either two on each side…

two panels

…or as three sections with two panels in the middle.

three panels

Some blogs and books I read recommend sewing or pinning the panels together, but I rather like the variety this gives me.

For the curtains in the living room, having sheers plus opaque panels allows me to bunch the sheers together so that it appears there is more material.

living room

(For an excellent tutorial in curtains, visit Fred Gonsowski Garden Home blog and his post The Right Way to Hang Curtains and Drapes.)

Oddly the one room where we splurged on curtains was in the office – the most industrial of our rooms. I loved how Restoration Hardware’s open weave linen (in “Fog”) has a relaxed, refined look. For a little extra decadence, I decided to buy these in 120-inch lengths to allow for “puddling” on the floor. I love the result!


Be forewarned, however. Your furry friends may find these extra inches of material irresistible, whether using them as a dramatic backdrop while lounging…


…or as camo netting while awaiting the perfect opportunity to ambush a passing ankle.