Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Easter Bunny is on his Way..........

I can hardly believe Easter is next week!

I guess it's time to check out the latest Easter decorating tips.  

These ideas below by Dylan Lauren (Ralph's daughter) and owner of Dylan's Candy stores across the United States are simple and colorful and look like they would be easy to replicate.  And with twin babies now, I'm sure Dylan had them in mind when co-ordinating her ideas.

Nevertheless, these are ideas anyone could incorporate........lots of tulips, daffodils, chocolate bunnies and foil covered easter eggs.  A few spring branches off of one of our trees would look nice in a vase, as she has done behind her.

Also, the royal icing cookies that are shown throughout below look simple to make and I've included a link to a 'royal icing cookie' video below.  The royal icing cookies caught my eye at Christmas when they began appearing everywhere.  I had to find out how to make them and they appear to be very simple.  Enjoy the video.

And I hope you try the dessert recipe looks delicious.

Have fun!

All of the above One Kings Lane

Desdemvanata Blog



Go here to watch a quick tutorial on how to decorate cookies with royal icing.  Once you see it, you might want to try it yourself - if you haven't already, that is.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Moody Blue

What was once known as 'navy blue' is now sometimes referred to as 'indigo blue' and the newest neutral.......

I seem to be seeing it everywhere and I must say, it makes quite a statement.

Whether you use a lot of it or just a touch here and there - in your home, fashion, food or accessories, it's an attention getter.


Ralph Lauren



What a stunning kitchen!

Ralph Lauren

Loving this blue and gold!

West Elm


One Kings Lane

Florence Broadhurst

New England Home



Indigo Quilt
Vintage Blessings



Monday, March 14, 2016

Vintage Trunk Decor

Hi Everyone,

How is everyone today?  I had a very busy and unexpected weekend with a family medical emergency, so I had to rush out of town on Saturday morning and arrived home last night.

Things have settled down for now, but our family dynamics are changing rapidly with aging siblings.  Life can change in a minute so we must appreciate the good times and enjoy every minute.

I saw this Louis Vuitton suitcase with flowers on Instagram this morning and it set me off searching for trunk decor.

Last Monday's moodboard didn't appear to be too popular (according to my stats), so I'll change Mondays to other ideas (for now at least)!

Have a fab day!!

Louis Vuitton gift to it's best customers during the early 1900s
Town & Country

Louis Vuitton Bar

Steamer Trunk Bar

Steamer Trunk Bar

A Chivas and Trunk Bar

A Waterford Crystal Bar

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware


Vintage trunk bookcase

Vintage trunk chest

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Room of Her Own

Love this small space office with her books, flowers, pastel colors and comfortable chair........

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday - The Former Home of Annie Selke - Part 1

Good morning, Everyone!

Hope you are all having a great week!  

I'm running a little late with my post this morning, but I love this house and have had some of the images tucked away since I found them in Country Living magazine in 2004!  A lot has changed since then and Annie Selke no longer lives here, but her story continues.

First of all, I'll give you a bit of Annie's backstory.  If you are familiar with the retail shops Pine Cone Hill, Dash and Albert, Annie Selke Luxe and Fresh American, you already know that Annie Selke is the founder of all of these companies.

Back in 1992, Annie (who happens to be a graduate of Miss Porter's school in Connecticut) began designing textiles at her dining room table.   While a student at Miss Porter's, where all the bedrooms were decorated with Colefax & Fowler wallpaper, she became entranced with the floral designs.....and still loves them to this day.

In 1994, she founded the company Pine Cone Hill which, at that time, sold very traditional bedding designs - gingham sheets, traditional quilts and that sort of thing.  Loved the look and when you see her house below, you'll see how classic the look was and would still look beautiful today.

She eventually established Dash and Albert (rugs), Potluck Studios (pottery), Luxe (linens) and Fresh American and parlayed the businesses into a $50,000,000 annual business (and this info is from an article in 2010).  Sometime during this period, she and her husband were out driving one day when they came upon this 9 bedroom, shingle style Victorian home for sale.  And it was love at first sight for Annie.  She couldn't wait to get her hands on it and turn it into the home she had always dreamed of.

So, she went to work decorating her new home with a beautiful mix of old and new, her own linen designs and antiques from her favorite Brimfield Antiques.

Next Thursday, I will continue the story of Annie Selke.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this beautiful home and the updates she made over the years until she sold it after her divorce.

$25.00 side table from Brimfield Antiques
Country Living 2004

Kitchen dining

Master bedroom with Pine Cone Hill's 
Annette Quilt and striped linens
Colefax & Fowler  Fuschia wallpaper

Master bedroom sitting nook

Master bedroom updated with new furniture and linens 2008
Annie Selke bed, carpet and linens
Colefax & Fowler Fuschia wallpaper

Sweet Pea Colefax & Fowler wallpaper
Guest Room

Third floor guest room (formerly maid's quarters)
Pine Cone Hill quilt and linens
Polar Bear lamp Brimfield Antiques
Painted furniture

Living room 2004
Farrow & Ball stripe wallpaper

Same living room 2008
Farrow & Ball stripe wallpaper in a green colorway

Other end of living room 2008

Dining room 2004

Dining room 2004

Dining room 2008
Rectangular table with a demilune added to each end

Annie's collection of pink dishes 

Bath 2008