Interior Design

A Dog’s Life

Pup Portraits

Knowing how much I love my fur babies, it became that people starting to give me art prints of dogs as gifts.  This then prompting me to start collecting them myself.  Whenever I was on vacation in a new place I would look for an interesting print to add to my collection.  It got to a point where I had enough to create a wall gallery.  That wall gallery started in my home office in Lambertville, N.J. and eventually made its way to my office in Louisville, Colorado.  Now that I live in a small historic home in McKinney, Texas; I have yet to find a wall big enough to house my collection.  I always referred to this collection as my happy place.  But, of course, the faces of my Molly and Gracie provide a happy place that stays with me wherever I go. If you need a happy place, maybe for a kid’s room, home office or she shed…these are some of my favorite artists, here to inspire you.

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  1. Judy Henn: Lambertville, N.J.; judyhenn.com
  2. HM Design Studios, Haylee McFarland: McKinney, TX; hmdesignstudios.com
  3. Stephen Huneck: St. Johnsbury, VT.; http://www.dogmt.com
  4. Leslee Ortega: McKinney, TX; etsy.com/shop/LesleeOrtegaArt
  5. Marc Tetro, Atlanta, GA; marctetro.com
  6. Ed Hofer: Western North Carolina; http://www.hofer-studios.com
Interior Design

My Latest Spark

Anthropologie Unearths a New Line of Home Decor

Anthropologie has long been known for its eclectic line of ready-to-wear women’s apparel that combines vintage design with modern elements.  I have been a devoted fan ever since I first stepped into their Rittenhouse Square location in Philadelphia.  The building itself is a marvel with a history of its own. According to the Preservation Alliance, it was built right before the turn of the 20th century by Sarah Drexel Fell. She lived in the mansion, along with her husband Alexander Van Rensselaer, for about three decades. After they passed, the building was used by the Pennsylvania Athletic Club rowing association, and for the last few decades it has housed Urban Outfitters and then Anthropologie. The building was designed by Peabody and Sterns in the Beaux Arts style, and is still awe-inspiring after 120 years.

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The combination of the merchandise and the beautiful architecture of this building made shopping here feel like a trip to wonderland.  Needless to say, I am very excited about their greatly expanded furniture line.  The have always carried home décor and furnishings, but the assortment featured signature pieces versus a full line.  I love the hand craftsmanship, and the global and historical influences.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces along with some background as to their origins:

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Suzani Four Poster Bed

I would feel like a princess sleeping in this bed.  Four poster beds date back to the 14th century where they were a symbol of wealth and taste.

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Jimena Terai Folding Chair

I love the exotic and well-traveled feel of this Peacock print.  While Peacocks and their beautiful feathers have been a current design trend, they date back to ancient times. The Peacock motif has played an important role in defining cultures across several countries like India, Far East Asia, Ancient Persia, Greece and Rome.

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Targua Optical Inlay Side Table

Ancient Egyptian craftsmen utilized inlaid bone to decorate furniture.  The technique contains a natural luster that brings about an instant luxury to any room.

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Buffalo Check Elowen Armchair

A true modern update to the check or plaid that originated at the Woolrich Woolen Mills in the late 1800s.  I love the black and white take on what is traditionally black and red.

Share some of your favorite picks from this new Fall collection.  For more information go to www.anthropologie.com.