Well, I'm a joiner. Today -- in just the nic of time -- I decided to join the massive #Nateday (will hashtags start to creep out of Twitter and into other writing forums?) mob blogging event spearheaded by the Moggit Girls. It's not much of a challenge to sing the praises of someone so talented and famous and pretty as Nate Berkus. The challenge is in knowing so many people -- I think 77 at last count -- will be doing the exact same thing at the same time. Oh the pressure to be good and to be original -- I can barely stand it! I'm far too tired to be super super clever. This weekend has been work work work, prepping for a shoot on Tues. Body aches and stress level is up. So here's what I'm thinking -- a list: 10 Things I Have in Common with Nate Berkus.

1. We agree on the perfect formula for getting a home you love. 

It seems every designer has a book. But not all books are created equal. Nate's book is wonderful. It's not an ego-parade of beautiful rooms -- though there are plenty -- it's a guidebook and the friendly instructive text offers an excellent formula for getting rooms you love. I agree with every word and often recommend the book to those who need guidance and inspiration.

2. We both love a little bit of history.

I just adore the fact that he left the historic metal kitchen cabinets in his Chicago place intact and didn't feel the need to rip them out in favour of something shiny and new and showy. Nate and I both think sometimes old is good. And we also both love green, an interesting kitchen island and industrial chic.

3. We believe that a creamy room is a lovely thing.

I've been carrying this photo around for months as inspiration for my current project in Tweed. Love the creaminess. Love the centre table. Love the daybed. Love the giant seagrass carpet. Die for the ceiling height.

4. The character and heft of a limestone mantel cannot be denied.

I've been searching high and low for a mantel like this for the aforementioned Tweed project...want.

5. We like the cozy and chic idea of a daring dark den.

I'm planning to paint one room -- our small den (I like to call it the Snug) -- in a glossy dark colour. I was searching fan decks to find the right colour when the issue of ELLE Decor landed with this room on the cover. It's Farrow & Ball's Off Black. Hmmm, love it but still think I'll go for a deep blue instead. And just like Nate I'll hang plenty of pictures in the room to temper the darkness.

6. We both own a lovely leather Liberty animal footstool.

That little fella in the corner is from Liberty of London. The company is kind of famous for them. You can get pigs, hippos and many more animals. Hubs and I have had a vintage bulldog version since way before we had our live bulldog! He found it for less than $100 at an antique sale. They sell for $800! 

7. We believe that a simple striped carpet is almost always right.

Want. PS. also love the sawhorse-style desk base.

8. We believe in the importance of a layered vignette.

A manifestation of his lessons from Home Rules, Nate is a mix-master with so many eras, points of origin, styles and price points mingling to create a very personal story. 

9. He's a dog-lover...

Me too.

10. Kirsten Hollister.

Remember this issue of O At Home? Well, that's Kirsten Hollister. Through the miracle of the interwebs Kirsten found my blog here and e-mailed me to ask a question about a wallpaper. So, when I found her web site I clicked on the press section and flipped out when I saw this article. When the issue came out I was loving her place. I even tried to find the exact IKEA bench she was using for a banquette -- but sadly it had been discontinued. Anyhoo, how cool that she won this contest and how cool that she got in touch with me. We've been in touch a bit off and on. Kirsten recently got a dream job at Target (ok, when I read that back it makes me think of the Target lady on SNL -- it's not like that, I assure you). Congratulations Kirsten!

sources: 2, 4-9: ELLE Decor 

5 minute flowers

When you can arrange flowers in 5 minutes and they look like this, why would you ever spend more time? Actually, come to think of it, I bet these arrangements took less than one minute each. Why not treat yourself?

a few extra blooms floating in a bowl.

delicate favourites find a home in my white jug from the Côté Bastide store in Paris.take a sniff

sure the blooms are pretty and smell divine but feast your eyes on the colour of those leaves. Just perfect.

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.