James Merrell

mantel style

I know it's summer, but lately I've been thinking about pretty mantel arrangements. Here are some recent loves. BTW, the shot with the leather wing chair is one of my fave rooms of all time (in my heart of decorating hearts I'm not a very girly girl). It's by Shawn Henderson and there's a chance I might meet him in a couple of weeks in NYC. Fingers crossed! 


sources: 1. james merrell. 2. ron marvin. 3. shawn henderson. 4. me. 5. martha for kb homes. 6. laura resen for thomas o'brien. 7. sophie conran for portmeirion. 8. paul c for me.

purple picks

Perfectly pretty purple. Bought my first ever purple item of clothing in London in March and since then am loving it. Makes me wonder: Purple, where've you been all my life? Here are some pretty things that have been catching my eye since. 

Above, my scarf from UniQlo. love it with green or navy.

Below, ladies at Ascot 2009

princess eugenie at ascot. the telegraph referred to these as clashing colours. the telegraph is dumb. purple and green are natural companions.

photo: james merrell

parisian apt. photo: thibault jeanson

a vanity paint job at Selfridges. my photo.

vanessa bruno's apt. via this is glamorous.

via decor8 flickr.

These are all pretty happy things, but did you know that these colours were part of the Victorian stages of mouring? The complex system was popularized when Queen Victoria mourned the death of her dear love Prince Albert. Americans adopted the system as well. The stages, deep/heavy mourning, full-mourning and light/half-mourning dictated what a woman wore, who she saw and even the colours used to print her calling card. Read more about it here. In light mourning, a woman could begin to add violet, mauve and lavender accents to her black clothing. Then in the final stages, her wardrobe would consist of light greys and lavenders.

I am thinking of this today because a friend's father has passed away. I'm so sad for him.