Monday, November 23, 2009

Fall Table Decor

Here are just a few ideas for table decor for the fall! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Storage design at it's best

Image not displayed, click to see.Sleek cocktail table by German designer Kevin Krumnikl's low table, Library, provides storage spaces for printed materials of various sizes.

Image not displayed, click to see.Rotterdam-based designer Reinier de Jong introduces a storage solution to accommodate our ever-changing needs: REK is an expandable bookcase that grows with your collection and is always full, regardless of the quantity of books and objects it holds.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall is in the air!

Wow! I've been away for a week and the Northeast has already had it's first nor'easter!
But, on the bright side, this is my favorite time of year. Leaves are changing; the air is crisp; sweaters & boots are coming out of the closet again. And the colors are glorious! This week I'll be decorating the outside of my home- not just for Halloween, but for Fall.
Mums of all colors will line the walk to my front door where visitors will be greeted by pumpkins and fall leaves on my stoop. A wreath of brilliant fall florals and fruits will adorn my door, giving a taste of the fall decor that lies inside! Stepping inside, the banister will be draped with fall vines and ceramic pumpkins will be scattered throughout the kitchen. Pillows on my sofa will echo the fall motif. Throw blankets in burgundy and burnt orange plaid will dress the ottoman and a soft chenille blanket will drape the back of the love seat. Put the fireplace on and we're all set for a comfy, cozy night.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Decorating Tip: Table-scape for Fall Decor

When setting a table for a the holidays (or any occasion), make sure you have a centerpiece! Centerpieces can be as simple as a single cut flower in a thin vase....line up 3 or 5 of these down a runner and some votive candles and you have now created some ambiance as well.
This picture of a Fall Table was a little more involved- I created this room at the Marketplace in Philadelphia, in the Robert Allen Showroom, for a fund-raising design event last year. Using a pumpkin from the craft store, I cut off the top and filled it with all types of fall florals, leaves and berries. Then I surrounded it with tulle and votive candles (pumpkin spice), leaf salad plates and accent plates.
Table-scapes can be fun- let your creativity and imagination do the work!
Happy creating! ~Julie

It's been a while....but I'm back with a new idea!

So, life has taken me away from posting for a bit, but I'm back!!
And, I thought some advice on decorating tips might be interesting to you, so I am going to begin posting monthly tips beginning now! Hope you enjoy them! And, please, send me an email with your ideas for tips and I'll add them to the list!
Thanks for sharing.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Color is all around us, everyday, every minute. To find out what color makes you feel good, and yes, colors do have an effect on your psyche, tune in to your attitude when you're in a new space. When you're around red, what do you feel? Blue? Yellow? Did you hate that restaurant because of the food or the surroundings and how it made you feel?

How about learning from nature? What's your favorite time of year (if you're in an area that experiences the changing seasons) Winter, Fall, Spring or Summer....which is your favorite time of year? WHY? Think about it....and what colors go with that season? Maybe that's your favorite color!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Take a moment...

Saw my extended family last night at a birthday party- it's amazing how fast time has slipped by without seeing everyone. Makes you wonder how that can happen...and how we let it happen. Why not take a moment to let those you don't see often know you're thinking of them. It only takes a few minutes and what's that compared to months or years that may slip by us? Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's a wonderful feeling!

I'm a people-pleaser. Guilty. And today I thought about how I help others-mostly in my business, designing homes/businesses. I know I'm going to sound selfish to say this, but I truly love helping others accomplish their dreams because I get such a feeling of satisfaction seeing my client's faces light up and say "ooo" and "ahhh" at the whole outcome. And it's a wonderful feeling! And I'm so lucky to have client's who feel so comfortable with me that they put their trust in my abilities as their designer to create their space for them. What else can I ask for?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Today is my Mom's birthday...

So, to honor my Mom on her very special day I thought I'd share a poem with you. She's 78 today and is going strong! We're taking her out for a birthday lunch at her favorite restaurant....Happy birthday Mom!

A Mother's Love

A Mother's love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendid miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God's tender guiding hand.
--- Anonymous

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


A t t i t u d e

There once was a woman who woke up one morning,
looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'

So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.

'H-M-M,' she said,

'I think I'll part my hair down the middle tod ay.'

So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going
to wear my hair in a pony tail.'
So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed
that there wasn't a single hair on her head.
'YAY!' she exclaimed.

'I don't have to fix my hair today!'

Attitude is everything.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

tromp l'oeil

In the city of Portland, Oregon, I saw this beautiful display of art made to 'fool your eye' into thinking the statues, the curved brick walls, the window arches are really 3-D. Amazing talent...all painted on a plain, flat building side.


"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated" ~Confucius

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nature's Beauty

from my trip to Hawaii-
A gorgeous example of nature's beauty-just look at the details in that flower and those colors!
The twisting roots on this Umbrella Tree just caught my eye....

First Posting!

On this very rainy day today, I find myself sitting at my computer creating a new blog and attempting to get it right! I hope what inspires me may also inspire you! Enjoy!

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The Dom, Germany

The Dom, Germany
love the architectural details of this massive structure.