Fetching Friday: Distinctive Style and Taste

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday shines the spotlight on distinctive style and taste.











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Studio Peregalli – Architectural Digest


Miles Redd – Veranda

Mark D. Sikes – Veranda

Shrimp Malacca with Rice photo by Paul-Costello

Julia Reed – Southern Living Magazine- Photo by Paul Costello


Bunny Williams – Photo by Reid Rolls


Tara Shaw -Photography by Peter Vitale

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

I hope you have enjoyed today’s A Most Fetching Friday featuring the distinctive style and taste of an impressive array of designs and designers.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Isn’t That The Idea? Fearless and Fabulous Color

Reflecting back on 2013 and looking forward to things to come in 2014 takes center stage for a whole lot of people at this time of year.

Once I weed through the resolution staples- lose weight, get organized, get healthy- I get down to the business of business that is decorating.

With decorating comes hours of sourcing, viewing and discovering interiors.

Commercial complexes, residential homes, restaurants, lounges, chain and luxury hotels- I’ve never met an interior I didn’t appreciate.

The common denominator of design swoon and decorative admiration becomes more clear with each and every image.

Fearless and fabulous color excites the eye, races the heart and commands attention.

Isn’t that the idea?


If we insist on beauty and style and in our homes, why not factor that in when we select places and spaces to celebrate a special occasion?

Society CafeWynn Las Vegas- photo by Barbara Kraft

Color is at the core of detail.

Color excites, enhances and engages diners, travelers and celebrators.  I

t is a measured ingredient, sometimes in appropriate hit you over the head excess, sometimes in take you by surprise I didn’t realize I like that color discovery.

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My personal measure of fearless and fabulous color done right is when the balancing act of hue, tone and saturation come together to engage the eye in real time without sensory intrusion, but makes it’s biggest impact in memorable afterthought.

That’s a color your world impression, and isn’t that the idea?

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Dave the Builder and I had the pleasure of staying at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas for our 25th anniversary.

The celebration and importance of the milestone could not have been better framed for a more memorable experience than by the impressive design and decor attributes richly bathed in color.


The vision, creation and execution of  these memorable and notable interiors begin with Roger Thomas, Executive Vice President of Design for Wynn Design and Development.

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There is absolutely nothing common about the design and decor details of the common areas.

I do like and appreciate the tone down of color in the guest rooms.

At home or on the holiday road, decompressing and relaxing is so much easier when a space is done in a tasteful, tranquil palette.


In the case of Wynn and Encore, the serene Californicated neutrality reserved for the guest rooms is a well thought out color application.

SLS South Beach

Switching gears and geographical locations to further the point is the fabulous guest rooms of the SLS Hotel South Beach.

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Architect and designer Philippe Starck brilliantly succeeds in pairing quintessential South Beach elegance with French influences that fascinate the eye and relaxes the soul.

Let me ask you this:

How long did  it take to draw your eye straight to the pink accent pillow?

There are times when just a blush touch of color is all it takes.

Stark (no pun intended) white with a fearless hint or fabulous from floor to ceiling saturation – fearless and fabulous color has the will and the power to influence, inspire and impress.

Isn’t that the idea?

Design Duos: CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Collection

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CB2. All opinions are 100% mine.

CB2 has partnered with  the dynamic husband -and-wife designing duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz on their latest collection, CB2 and Novogratz Collection, debuting May 2nd.  Unique originality is never a boring calling card, and quality home furnishings inspired by affordable sophistication, bold colors, warm woods, and a vacation home in Brazil is brilliant! CB2 recognizes the spirit of sophistication and fun in home furnishings and decor. Robert and Cortney have a guided eye to whimsical, the vintage, the modern, and the color that puts the stamp of approval on fun, funky, and fresh home furnishings.

Outdoor spaces have quickly become extensions of the life lived within our homes. Whimsical in theory, neutral in palette, and classically fun- the Luli Lamp will pair perfectly to any outdoor space decor. It doesn’t monkey around with its stylish statement.

Bright and bold color injects essential life of the party looks to a space. From small indoor pops to grand outdoor statements, color makes its welcomed personality known in the CB2 and Novogratz Collection. Hot color mixed into warm wood, a wide range of items and price points, and a design nod to vintage love from a thoroughly modern designing couple makes for one desirable collection.

I’m a big fan of husband-and-wife designing teams. Just ask Dave the Builder. The couple that designs and decorates together deserves a beautiful vacation home in Brazil!

Remember me mentioning this collection puts an emphasis on style and fun? You and 3 of your friends could win the trip of a lifetime by entering the CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Sweepstakes. On lucky person will win a one week stay at the vacation home of CB2 collaborators Bob and Cortney Novogratz in beautiful Trancoso, Brazil! Ten other lucky winners will receive a CB2 giftcard worth $100 along with a personally signed copy of the book “Home by Novogratz”. How’s that for style and fun! The CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Sweepstakes runs from May 2nd through June 3rd.

CB2 invites you to follow their social media channels for more updates on the CB2 and Novogratz Brasil  Sweepstakes trip of a lifetime. Follow them on Twitter @CB2Tweets, Pinterest CB2, and CB2 on Facebook.


Wiser Words In The Key Of Style

I like how one word can be associated with many different areas.

Life, fashion, interior design, business, music, and writing all assign a sense of style however, I like to focus on the style of home.

I’m not simply referring to decorating and dinner party ideas, the construction, or architecture of a house.

The decor, personality, hospitality within, graciousness, and how we as hosts handle a less than comfortable situation measures the style of home.


Designers, actors, shop owners, one blogger, one musician and two chefs reveal their sense of style through meaningful words.


“The oldest form of theater is the dinner table.”

– Michael J. Fox,  actor & author

Elle Decor

“I learned that passion about objects and furnishings makes for fearless decorators—and that if you are comfortable in your home, everyone else will be too.  That sense of authenticity is what gives a home its soul.”

Courtnay Daniels Haden, interior designer


“Turn off cell phones!”

Joan Michaels, interior designer

“A room should start a conversation before people actually start exchanging words.”

– Barry Dixon, interior designer

Food and Wine

“Make a home-cooked meal, even if it’s just a bowl of chili and a salad with garlic bread. There’s nothing better than simple and delicious.”

Lisa Fine, textile designer

“In case of an entertaining crisis, take a deep breath and ask, ‘What would Auntie Mame do?’ If a guest accidentally breaks something, regardless of value, simply say, ‘Thank you. I’ve been looking for a reason to replace that old thing.'”

Bryan Batt, actor/shop owner



“When I was in Italy one summer, our hosts served cashews and potato chips in crystal bowls while we sipped Prosecco.  It was a revelation: right-out-of-the-bag snacks become sophisticated when they’re served in a gorgeous dish.”

Stephanie Ballard

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“Handwritten thank-you notes after being entertained are a must.”

Grant K. Gibson, interior designer

Apartment Therapy

“You can never have too many white plates, platters, and bowls.”

Cheryl Katz, interior designer

“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.”

Ina Garten, celebrity chef and author

“In life as in design, it is not perfection you should be after. There’s beauty in the faded and worn, the well loved, and the sentimental…After all, life has seams. Your home should be like a loosely woven fabric of desires, memories, practical, notions, and even compromises.”

Celerie Kemble, interior designer


Architectural Digest

“When you’re building a room, you’re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home.”

Rose Tarlow, interior designer


“You should have a picture of yourself as a kid in your home so that you remember where you came from.”

John Mayer, musician


Digital Food Network

“Kitchens should be designed around what’s truly important—fun, food, and life.”

 Daniel Boulud, chef/restaurateur


“There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future.”

Charlotte Moss, interior designer

Mark Hampton

Architectural Digest – Photo by Carlos Domenech

“Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room.”

Mark Hampton, interior designer


Wise words, a good sense of taste and humor, and impeccable manners are strong anchors in the game of style.

Love your style!


A West Coast Treat, A Turquoise Chair, A Designer’s Tips, And One Sensational Tenor: A Dallas, Texas Vacation

Do you trip report?  I like to keep the fun and memories of a memories of a getaway alive with a trip report.

Long before Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, I was reduced to archaic methods of recording and reporting trip buffoonery.

A 35mm camera, a honking huge video camera, and a written trip report got the job done.

I definitely don’t miss the the video camera, kinda still like the pics from my 35mm camera, and will keep on keeping on with the trip reports.

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After running across pictures from our trip to Dallas last year, listening to one of my favorite singers on Spotify, and getting a big old Texas kick out of the new Dallas on TNT,  I’ve got memories from last year’s Dallas trip on my mind.

American Airlines Center

Our son called from the Great White North to inform us he was coming home for a visit.

We will now be three for the trip over to Dallas to see the performer I refer to as  “the voice”  in concert at American Airlines Center.


The son quickly informed the mother he would be sitting this one out- the concert, not the trip.

In spite of how health conscious and diet minded he is, he had his taste buds set for a west coast treat recently new to Texas.

More on that later.


“The Voice” is the incomparable Josh Groban.


On our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Las Vegas,  I had the pleasure of being introduced to the beautiful song “February Song” by Josh Groban.


Chill bumps!

When he announced he would be touring in 2011, I kept my eye out for the dates.

I zeroed in on a Dallas, Texas vacation, waited for the tickets to go on sale, and starting planning the trip.


The concert was fantastic!

The pictures not so much, but you get the general idea.

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I discovered a love of turquoise and cowhide while we were in Dallas.

When in Rome and Dallas, as they say.

While watching Good Morning Texas, I learned Vern Yip of HGTV’s Design Star and Bang For Your Buck was in Dallas on a promotional tour.

Our schedule was not permitting me to attend, but my ever handy notebook and pen got an early morning workout.

I sipped strong Texas coffee, paid close attention, and jotted down his home decor advice, suggestions, and tips.


From my notes :

Design don’t: do not buy things in sets.

Trend: vintage salvage.

Hot colors of summer 2011 will be turquoise and honeysuckle.

Curtain lengths should hit the floor.

Hang pictures at eye level.

Good interior design and home decor information.

California based In-N-Out Burger was the reason for our son’s excitement about our Dallas trip.

Yes, they are that good!

One of our favorite Saturday night Vegas traditions was seeing the show Mama Mia at Mandalay Bay, followed by a gourmet dinner fit for a dancing queen and her man at In-N-Out Burger.

Our trip to Dallas satisfied our son’s In-N-Out Burger craving, marked seeing Josh Groban live in concert off my bucket list, and gave Dave the Builder the opportunity to brush up on his tour guide skills.

Load ’em up!

I’m ready to hit the holiday road to the Big D again.



Discovering Interior Design and Interior Decorating Similarities

My late night SS (sourcing and surfing) sessions go well with an excellent cup of coffee and great music.

Feeding my love of the music of The Eagles, and realizing just how good their album Hotel California really is set the tone and the mood for an extended evening of discovering interior design and interior decorating similarities.

This was no wasted time.

 Wasted Time.

The Eagles.

Get it?

Editing and refreshing design options is necessary to stay current with accessory and accent selections.

Color and accessory choices may shift, but the foundation of our tastes tend to stay solid.

Not all design and decorating moodboards are created equal, nor immediately put into project action.

I distinctly remember an episode of a since canceled reality television show that featured the architecture and interior design process.

When the couple, who were deep into the interior design process, met with interior designers, architects and contractors, they produced a large look book full of images, articles and clippings detailing the furnishings, accents and accessories of preference.

This was way before the days of Pinterest, folks.

Working on the moodboard for our master bedroom remodel afforded me the opportunity to discover the gorgeous interior design work of Linda McDougald from Linda McDougald Design and Postcards from Paris.

The private South Carolina residence at The Cliffs at Keowee Springs is breathtakingly beautiful, as is the magnificent and impeccable interior design work of Linda McDougald.

Photography by Rachael Boling Photography.

The master bedroom images immediately captured my attention.

I noted the similarities in color, furnishings and accessory choices between her design and my selections and choices in my master bedroom moodboard.

The upholstered headboard with nailheads and the mirrored nightstands especially reflect my tastes.

Lake Residence

Master Bedroom

Architectural elements and spot antique pieces complement the contemporary spacing.

The make no mistake strength of a soft color palette is this; it envelopes the space in a subtle yet strong whisper, that when paired with optimum furnishings, accessories, and accents, becomes a decorative roar.

Lake Residence

Lake Residence

Empire Chandelier

Empire Chandelier

This kitchen knocks my socks off!

From the exposed brick ceiling, pewter and Carrara marble countertops and dual toned stainless steel French Lacanche range to the custom designed cabinetry crafted by Jose’ Florez, no culinary or decorative detail has been overlooked or left undone.

Linda McDougald Designs

Features such as the pot filler and antique iron fire back lend charm, unique form and elegance to the function at hand.

Lake Residence

I like a good surprise, but I love a great surprise!

Linda McDougald’s design work is no Johnny-come-lately or new kid in town ( I could not resist).

Between the coffee, the tunes and the gorgeous images, it turned out to be a very good sourcing and surfing session.

You never know what you’ll find on the internet!

Love your style!