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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Quiet Spaces

Wish you were here. All images our courtesy of More quiet spots? These posts are waiting: Cozy Rooms, Snooow!, Teeny Tiny Cottages, and Cottage Love


My Out of Africa

  “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills…” I was a teenager when I saw Out of Africa with my dear friend Erika. We both vowed to see Kenya someday because of this movie. Although our Kenya maybe only existed in the 1920’s, or only in Hollywood, but regardless–our Kenya was stunning. The movie is just breathtaking and still, after seeing it at least half a dozen times, I can not watch it past the point where Karen unpacks the books towards the end of the movie…if you’ve seen it then you know why. Alas, I have not been to Kenya, yet.  Will I ever go and if I make it there will it exist as it does in my mind’s eye? And then I went to Middleburg, Virginia. Middleburg is known for its fox and hound hunts, horses, vineyards, and rich people. Apparently, famous people use to come here back in the day too, like Clark Gable, because no one cared if you were a celebrity and you could just blend in–with …


Ralph Lauren Paint Colors

    To paint or not to paint, that is the question. Do you “own” it and paint the walls an inky denim blue a la Ralph Lauren… Or keep it neutral and light? Or go boldly…   Ralph Lauren donated to complete the transformation at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello’s estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. The dining room was repainted in Monticello Yellow which was designed to replicate the original colors in Jefferson’s dining room. How about his new restaurant in NYC?  I could live in it.  Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar.  Love the green with the gleaming wood and leather.   All images are courtesy of Ralph Lauren.  


2015 Pantone Color of the Year-Marsala

  The new trending color for 2015 is Marsala. Pantone Color of the Year 2015— You can click on that link and the nice people over at The Pantone Color Institute can tell you A LOT about “Marsala”.  I’ll just say that it is a reddish-brown, earthy, and kind of neutral color (it can go with a lot) and makes me think of chicken. Like this post?  Try these:  Red is My Muse…Or Decorating with RED,  Yellow the Happiest Color…Or Decorating with YELLOW,  Color of the Year-Radiant Orchid…Or Decorating with PURPLE Joy to You Everyone! Jen        


#Tweed This

  I thought I would start this week off with a bang and talk about Tweed.  I can just feel all the Facebook Shares as I typed that.  Pretty sure this post is going to go viral.  Tweed. I know, I’ll stop. I’m getting a little too crazy for a Monday. I should have done this one on a Friday, but that’s how I roll. Crazy.  Tweed. I’d like to insert here that my children hid a Whoopee Cushion on the couch and I just sat on it. Too bad they weren’t here to bask in their success. Back to Tweed.   Houston Interior Designers & Decorators Amanda Carol Interiors Toronto Photographers Aristea Rizakos   Winnetka Interior Designers & Decorators Bardes Interiors       Raleigh Photographers Adrianna Beech Tim Clarke Design Living Room by Calabasas Interior Designers & Decorators Jill Wolff Interior Design Toronto Photographers Peter A. Sellar – Architectural Photographer New York Interior Designers & Decorators James McAdam Design New York Interior Designers & Decorators Cezign Industrial Bedroom by Santa Monica Furniture & Accessories …

Jennifer Farlin

National Gallery of Art. Color Inspirations.

Yes.  I love The National Gallery of Art. I, also, love posing like the art.  Hard to tell which is Degas’ Little Dancer and which is me, isn’t it???  It’s a joyous thing to go mid-week with friends.  It was quiet, uncrowded, and none of the guards were asking me to remove my children from the sculptures. I get so excited and inspired about all the colors—and then I start building rooms in my head….         (Love this new blog I found Mix and Chic Interiors!  Check it out.)   OUTTAKES:


Orange You Glad You Are Reading This Post?

  When is a pumpkin not a pumpkin?   When you drop it; then it’s squash. What did one Jack-o-lantern say to the other?  Cut it out. I love a good pumpkin and I love the color orange. Recently we went to a pumpkin patch and I was reminded of this fact–over and over.   What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter?  Pumpkin Pi (3.14) The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use.  Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great color to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life.  (Courtesy of Beach Style Bathroom by Portland Architects & Building Designers Emerick Architects Kitchen by Weston Interior Designers & Decorators Katie Rosenfeld Design Bedroom by Johns Island Architects & …


Canopies, Red, Robots and Decorating Boys Bedrooms

New York Interior Designers & Decorators Tamara H Design   Today I went to the OBGYN for my annual exam with my 7 year old son.  It was a dream come true. sar·casm noun \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\ : the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny He’s home sick today.  There has been a total of 7 days of school.  He has been there for 4 1/2 of them.  Sigh. My little guy is actually good as gold when he is home sick.  Today he was my little buddy escorting me about town and a lovely companion.  Although while he waited for me in the nurses’s station during my exam he picked up all sorts of female medical terms that I would have preferred to avoided. So Home Goods was practically NEXT DOOR to the doctor’s office.  I mean I almost had to walk through it just to get back in the car.  Naturally, I dragged my semi-sick …


Displaying Kid’s Artwork

  OMG it’s Labor Day.  How did this happen??  Summer! Don’t Go!!!! And tomorrow is the first day of a new school for my boys.  And sports. And extracurricular clubs.  And homework.  And bedtimes.  And the often feared   S-C-H-E-D-U-L-E.  In short, many changes this way come, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It just feels like it. What is it about change that creates such anxiety? I read somewhere that our brains our wired to resist change–to follow familiar paths where we know there is no “danger”–something that goes back to our cave man days.  So when something new comes up, your brain fires up warnings, saying, “911!” Your glands respond by preparing you to fight, flee or freeze. Now you’re all charged up with adrenaline so you’re physically able to fight or flee if you need to. You are ready to deal with a life-threatening event.  Of course 999/100 times it’s not a life threatening event it’s just something “new”.  But your body doesn’t know that so your head still throbs and …

Ralph Lauren

I Dreamed A Dream Of Ralph Lauren

I was listening to Les Miserables last night while looking at a magazine spread of Ralph Lauren interiors. That is obviously what inspired the dream I had. I dreamed a dream of Ralph Lauren When hope was high And life worth living I dreamed that he would decorate my house I dreamed that he would be not expensive Then I was young and so naive So dreams were made and used and wasted There was no mortgage to be paid No song unsung No college tuition But the budget talk comes at night With my husband’s voice soft as thunder As they tear your hope apart And they turn your dream towards Target And still I dream he’ll come to me That I will live the years with velvet But there are dreams that cannot be And there are storms we cannot weather I had a dream my life would be So different from this budget I’m living So different now from what it seemed Now Ralph Lauren’s fee’s have killed The dream I dreamed …