Monthly Archives: January 2014

“Designer Notebook”: Faux Bamboo Furniture!

One design element that I love to use is faux bamboo furniture.  I think the warmth and patina of these antique or vintage pieces layer well with new and antique furnishings.  It can be a wonderful element of a “collected … Continue reading

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“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Winter Gardens!

As a gardener, my favorite time of the garden at Chestnut Cottage is Spring!  But before those luscious peonies, delphiniums, and roses appear, there is the lovely winter garden.  I love the scriptural quality of a garden in winter, particularly … Continue reading

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“The Collected Library”: Books Reduced to Decor!

I am not a designer  swayed by “trends”, but there is one trend that I am glad to see go!  According to the Wall Street Journal’s Top Ten Interior Design Trends for 2014… “books reduced to décor” are OUT!  Thank … Continue reading

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Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year!

Why not consider a shade of orchid in your tabletop designs.  So many china manufactures have lovely shades of pink, purple, and orchid to provide a stunning tabletop.  And add a beautiful collection of these shades of flowers to your … Continue reading

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Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year!

Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women.  I had lunch during the holidays with a couple of great friends from the D.C. area.  Both were wearing this delightful … Continue reading

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