Friday, December 30, 2011

"RED"'s classic
Oooh and it is sexy too!.....Since it is Christmas and all I figured we could do a bit on probably the most timeless color, that also, works so well with our holiday season......Red.......

"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick. "

These are just a few great Christmas dining table set ups. All three of these are simple but festive.  I think they show that you don't have to go over the top to decorate for the Holidays.  They are also inexpensive ways to give a fun party feel.  Now lets eat!

 And what do you think I thought when this piece of art was plopped down in front of my face.   I immediately knew it just had to go on the blog!  Joe's first cousin is truly the hostess with the mostess.  I mean isn't it beautiful and there is a delicious chocolate mousse inside that candy cane shot glass.  Oh the joys of Christmas.  This was definitely one of them.  And so was this next picture.......

This little nugget in red velvet is my new Niece, Maysa.  I think she enjoyed her Christmas day.  Hope you all did too...... 

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. "

I am sure many of you have seen this picture before but it is one of my favorite bathrooms.  I want that red tub and I am still trying to find out who makes that red and white wall paper.  If anyone knows please tell me!

Fun Red Spaces........
red walls, red pouf, red and yellow striped sofa, red and white geometric chair, wonderful red floor lamp, and not scared to do a red rug.  What a great space......

Note to self......Lily must have one of those chairs!  I wonder if it would hold me???

Who do you think is dining in that spectacular dining nook?  I want an invite.  

Really!  How cute are these little Santa's.  Such an easy, and somewhat healthy, Holiday treat.  Strawberry's and whip cream!  yummy.  I could eat one of them right now. 

Don't you just wish you could go red for at least a little while!  I have pretty much had the same hair do my whole life so to go red would just be wild!  I could not pull it off but I know many of you can.  Rihanna looks good in about any color.

"There is more, much more, to being a redhead than the color of one’s hair."
(G. Adam Stanislav, red-haired photographer)

Under my "Red" umbrella....hey hey hey

So how about this little girls room with the awesome Babushka dolls on the wall.  Everything about this room is so cute.  Especially those two little girls having a tea party. 

It has been the Christmas of Babushka's for us.  First I bought Lily these glasses while I was home in Charlotte over the holidays.  They are glass, NO PLASTIC, and they stack inside one another like traditional Babushka dolls do.  They are really sweet. 

Then we came across this Babushka Christmas tree ornament at Crate and Barrel........

And then someone gave us a Babushka Christmas card........this will be the Christmas of the Babushka ladies.....don't they just make you so happy

The color of the season is OPI's, "Big Apple Red"!  Man it has been a good one, even did my fingernails in it.  I am headed back for a touch up today.

"When in doubt wear red." --Bill Blass

 We had our tree up for a couple of days (well probably more like a few days, 3 maybe 4, who's counting) before we could find time to decorate.  So Jay and Lily decided they would start decorating without me, or the ornaments.  Here is how it all began......a camo hat, a storm trooper mask, I think that is a Spiderman mask, a Rudolph book (lily is obsessed with Rudolph), A Carolina Panthers Hat (We all Love Cam Newton) and a basket made by women in Africa......It looked amazing and I love to see that they are becoming so diverse, well rounded and into so many different cultures......Now I am thinking that I will get them to do it every year.....whatever, I still had to do it all my way in the end...... but they are becoming good little helpers....only broke 3 ornaments this year.......One more note to self, "Don't get attached to anything when you have a 3 and 5 year old"

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."


I don't think I will ever get tired of the old Skull and Cross Bone design.....and doesn't he look good in red......tough guy..........

What a statement this single red chair makes in the all white room.......the red Tolix chair is a classic

I just used this red Navy style chair for a client of mine's desk is sooooo cool.  It is made out of 111 recycled coca cola bottles!  I love the chair and the concept.   Lily and Jay might have to have this chair for their desk one day too.  You can find it right now at Design Within Reach

Groovy Reindeer.....are they tie-dyed or acid stained.....whatever they are I like it!

I could not pass up showing you Kelly Wearstler's mantle with her Lady Gaga this unbelievable or what!  She is probably the only person in the world who can totally pull off hanging Lady Gaga stockings.  Gotta love her, actually you have to love her and Gaga!

Isn't she fabulous......and I think she has a shop in Barney's now called the "Gaga's Workshop"....have not been there yet but we all must check it out next time we are in NYC. 

"A blond in a red dress can do without introductions - but not without a bodyguard."


If you don't know who Charley Harper is open your mind to a whole new world.  Really he has created such a magical graphic world for children and adults.  I buy his books and puzzles for the kids because his 1D, flat, illustration (meaning not 3D) is just plain magical.  And he is a magician at creating depth through color, overlapping shapes and size relationships.  Read his story and look at his lithographs.  He His composition's focus on Nature and Human Beings, so there is a learning aspect to his work.  The drawings are true to form but have a whimsical, sometimes comical aesthetic to them.  Every child needs to have some Charley Harper in his or her toy bin.  

“Everything you can imagine is real.”

Here is our christmas card picture for 2011.  We had a really fun photo shoot at Fort Moultrie, around the corner from the "Love Shack".  So I will be sharing many new photos of the kids. 

Oh and everyone have a "Happy New Year"

"I love Christmas. I really do love Christmas. I love being with my family and I love snow. I love the music and the lights and all of it." -- Christina Applegate


  1. Red wallpaper in the bathroom is Kathryn Ireland toile, also comes reversed as "storybook"....I've been obsessed with it (and the fabric version) since I saw it in a hotel about 8 yrs ago that I stayed in in Santa Barbara that she did the interiors of. It's a great print.
    - just another designer but further north....

  2. Thank you Sarah. I am looking for it now. I am so excited to know that it comes in a fabric to. And stay warm up there! Thanks again, Jenny

  3. Jenny---love your coverage of "red." I was wondering about your photo of the red umbrellas--where was that taken and what was the occasion? It is striking and beautiful(so are many of your other photos and design ideas).