current obsessions

I'm so obsessed with coral peonies right now. They are totally exquisite. Get some now because they won't be around for much longer.

I fell for the fabric the second I laid my eyes on it. It's called Soo Locks from Beacon Hill at the Robert Allen showroom. It's a wonderful watercolour landscape pattern with all of my most favourite colours. It was a big inspiration for a recent decorating project. Can't wait for you to see it...

charlotte moss: überdecorator

I spent a bunch of time with this book today, and boy am I happy I did. All this talk of undecorating and relaxed style and the rise of DIY was starting to get to me a bit. Sure, I've written before about sometimes getting decorating enui, but I always come back. Always. I find Charlotte Moss rooms positively intoxicating. I remember seeing this room below at the 2006 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse and just standing at the velvet rope staring while other visitors filed in and out around me. The room was large and was roped off so you weren't able to walk through it. So, I started scanning the space from the left and worked my way back and forth and across the space, trying to read every detail. Photos were not allowed. This new book of hers opens with extensive coverage of the room. Wonderful. 

Now, I know this is super wrong in the world of copyright, but I just have to share a couple of pages of the books that I very much enjoyed today. 

Charlotte Moss can decorate a room like few others -- she doesn't miss a trick. I LOVE the large wicker chest as coffee table, the classic slipcovered sofa in plain fabric, that delicate little floor lamp that's happy to play second fiddle to the mirror -- all are fantastic. But the moment that really gets me here is the interplay of texture, colour and pattern between the wallcovering, drapery, the green pillow and the leopard one. I just love this. This is decorating.

And then I came upon this space:

 You know how I adore this coral colour. I just DIE for it. Just look at how the drapery is bordered in it. And I have a thing for skirted tables lately -- this is a fine example. But the pièce the résistance is the little gem on the floor on the left side -- it's an exquisite little dog house ottoman. My girl would love that thing - so cozy and chic.

And look at the yumminess of this image.

Ms. Moss devotes a whole chapter to how she employs flowers and scent in her rooms. Bless her for including this in her book. See, I told you, she doesn't miss a trick.

All images from Charlotte Moss Decorates (Rizzoli, 2011) by Charlotte Moss with Mitchell Owens. Photos Pieter Estersohn, Eric Striffler (coral accented room), John Hall (flowers).


coral peonies tampa bay buccaneers butternut squash

Oh bloggersons, I've missed you so. So many factors have conspired to keep me away from you. But I'm happy to be back. Today's pressing topic is colour inspiration -- and a little reminder to keep your eyes peeled -- it is truly everywhere. 

One of the main colour stories weaving its way through my life this week was the gradual fading of some lovely peonies I bought at the end of last week. They began as a deep rich coral with yellow centres and faded, day by day, to the very palest shade of peach. Each day's colour prettier than the day before. These aren't mine but the colours are right.

And then today came this:

That's right, the NFL. It was vintage jersey day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and these beauties are pure mid-'70s south Florida decorator chic. Even the entire coaching staff was wearing this colour. I imagine a few groans and moans in the dressing room among the lads when they found out they'd have to wear these today. I think they are magnificent -- and look especially fab against the bright green of the turf. Wish I had better shots, but I'm up at the Tweed homestead this weekend, where the TV is strictly lo-def.

And then for dinner I sliced into one of these lovelies:

Butternut squash is certainly more orange and more saturated than the other shades, but still so pretty. Tonight I served it up mashed with cracked pepper - no brainer - but I'm planning to use the rest for a risotto.

These are such beautiful colours for interiors. I'm hoping to do a produce a story on them soon. But for now I'm just keeping my eyes open. Here are some examples of these floral-, vegetable- and Buccaneers-inspired shades used in harmony.

Amanda Nisbet

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald

House Beautiful

Kevin Sharkey for Martha

Me x 2 (styling). photos: Michael Graydon