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New Traditional Interior Design by Courtney Giles

This weekend I caught up on reading some of my favorite shelter magazines. There was one house tour featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle that caught my eye. Atlanta-based Interior Designer, Courtney Giles transformed the historic 1911 four bedroom house for a young couple. Sticking with a neutral palette for the most part, Giles’ design blends traditional elements with fresh , modern accents – it’s what I refer to as new traditional interior design. The result is inviting, elegant and current.

greek key window treatment - atlanta homesformal living room by Courtney Giles black paneled pocket door - atlanta homes

Love this black and white paneled pocket door, brass elements and chinoiserie wallpaper!

formal dining room with round table - Courtney Gilesnew traditional family room by Courtney Gilesgourmet kitchen with orange barstoolschinoiserie wallpaper in bathroom

The chinoiserie wallpaper in the powder room is dramatic and bold, but a fun choice for this small space.

serene bedroom design by Courtney Gilesmirrored fret door to closetboutique style closet design

The curved window-seat bench in the boutique style walk-in closet is my fave!

elegant bathroom by Courtney Giles

For more images and information about this home, visit Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle.

Happy decorating,


*Photo credit: Emily Followill via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle

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Read full story By on January 27, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, chinoiserie, Closets, dining rooms, family rooms, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, mantels, tables, traditional, Uncategorized, wallpaper, window treatments

Tom Scheerer Decorates – The Book

It’s creating a huge buzz and there’s good reason for it. Tom Scheerer Decorates, due out in September is the long-waited and first book of interior designer, Tom Scheerer’s work. His classic and as he puts it, “no nonsene” approach to design, is reminiscent of design icons such as Albert Hadley, David Hicks and Billy Baldwin. From Manhattan apartments to Bahamian seaside cottages, the book showcases Scheerer’s exquisite, confident and always perfectly balanced creations. They all contain a seamless blend of classical design elements with crisp, modern touches. All are inviting, livable and feel natural. Scheerer makes decorating look effortless, which we all know is far from the truth.  Many of the images featured in the book have already caused a pinning frenzy and you’ll see why.

Tom Scheerer Decorates - the book

His sophistication is extreme, but it is accessible, relaxed, and a touch “under-baked,” as Scheerer says, because he thinks the smartest rooms are always a little underdecorated.” –  Mimi Read, author of Tom Scheerer Decorates

Tom Scheerer Decorates - eclectic living roomTom Scheerer Decorates - family roomTom Scheerer Decorates - blue bedroomTom Scheerer - girls bathroom with wallpaperTom Scheerer - pink drapery and white cane chairTom-Scheerer-Decorates // entry with mural wallpaperTom Scheerer Decorates - orange dining  roomTom Scheerer - red shutters - living roomTom Scheerer - Decorating TipsTom Scheerer Decorates - island bedroomTom Scheerer Decorates - kitchen with Cuban tilesNobilis faux-bois wallpaper and painted dresser - bedroom by Tom Scheerer

Tom Scheerer Decorates - bedroomTom Scheerer Decorates - patio with blue umbrella

Amazing, right? I know you’d adore the entire book too. It’s an absolute must have for all decorating enthusiasts.

*Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese via Tom Scheerer Decorates (The Vendome Press)

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Read full story By on August 25, 2013 in Bathroom, Bedroom, book, book review, curated look, foyers, interior design, Interiors, kitchens, Living Room, mantels, textiles, wallpaper

Sneak Peek :: Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House 2013

cobblestone driveway with fountain - Woodside California

One of the last great estates on the San Francisco Peninsula is the home of the 2013 Peninsula Volunteers Inc. Decorator Show House. Located in Woodside, California just south of San Francisco, the 11,000 square foot 1930’s Monterey Colonial features 20 beautifully decorated designer rooms and is situated on a 21-acre estate with breathtaking vistas of the hillside.  This is the first designer home event on the Peninsula in a decade, so it’s quite special for us that live nearby.

Charcoal grey front door - Woodside Decorator Show House

Here’s a sneak peek at just some of the spaces decorated:


Foyer - Woodside Decorator Show House

Foyer designed by Mary Linn Coldiron of Coldiron Interiors

Living Room - Woodside Decorator Show House

Living Room – Warren Sheets of Warren Sheets Design, Inc.

Dining Room - Woodside Decorator Show House

Dining Room designed by Blair Morgan of Morgan Design Group

chinoiserie fabric - window treatment

Library (drapery detail) designed by Emily Taylor of Emily Taylor Interiors

Woodside Decorator Show House - Master Bedroommarble mosaic shower // Woodside Decorator Show House // MJM Interior Design

Master Bedroom & Lady’s Master Bath designed by Johnny Moallempour of MJM Interior Design

shagreen desk & lucite chair // bedroom

Mother-in-Law Suite designed by Christine Sheldon of Christine Sheldon Design

live plant wall - Woodside Decorator Show House

Sunroom designed by Sabrina Alfin of Sabrina Alfin Interiors

Lilly Pulitzer Card Room by Scot Meacham Wood

Card Room designed by Scot Meacham Wood of SMW Design

Guest Bedroom - Woodside Decorator Show House

Traveler’s Bedroom designed by Melodie Rubin of House of Ruby Interior Design

lavender vanity and ikat chair - Woodside Decorator Show House

Dressing Room & Bath designed by Jana Meewes Fung of Julianne Quelle Interior Design

I love blogging pillow // Teen Girl's Room // Woodside Decorator Show House

Girl’s Bedroom designed by Teresa “Teri” Pollard of Designworks Morgan Hill

The Decorator Show House benefits the Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., a pioneer in senior services and the first volunteer organization to receive a HUD grant to develop and build low income senior housing in the United States. For more than 65 years, Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging in South San Mateo County, allowing them to pursue long and useful lives.

Each year Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. delivers over $5 million in services, including over $150,000 hot meals to seniors and the homebound, and impacts over 4,500 households through its programs: Meals on Wheels, Little House, The Roselyn G. Morris Activity Center; Rosener House Adult Day Services; and, through Peninsula Volunteers Properties, Inc., provides 82% of the affordable senior housing in Menlo Park at Crane Place and Partridge/Kennedy Apartments.

Open May 4th through May 24th, visit Peninsula Volunteers Inc. for more information and tickets.

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s worth the trip!



*photo credit: Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee


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Read full story By on May 3, 2013 in antiques, Bathroom, Bedroom, Garden, Girl, home accessories, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, lighting, Living Room, living rooms, mantels, textiles, Uncategorized, window treatments

Sneak Peek :: San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2013

In the last few months, twenty-seven leading West Coast interior design firms have transformed 2800 Pacific Avenue  into the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Known as “Herbst Manor,” the iconic 8,000+ square foot Georgian mansion is located atop San Francisco’s coveted Pacific Heights at the corner of Divisadero and Pacific. The elegant home features sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. Truly spectacular in and of itself.

Herbst Manor Showcase House 2013

Herbst Manor was built in 1899 by Ernest Coxhead, the architect for San Francisco’s Holy Innocents Episcopal Church as well as several other homes in Pacific Heights.  The estate has had four owners over the past 114 years, but was originally built in for Sarah Spooner, an avid art collector from Philadelphia. Spooner filled the home with her art collections which in most part was bequeathed to the San Francisco’s deYoung Museum following her death in 1914.  The home was purchased in 1906 – just before the great earthquake – by Herman Shainwald, a co-founder of Buckbee Thorne & Co., one of the primary real estate companies in the Bay Area.  In 1914, John MacGregor, president of Union Iron Works, purchased the home.  MacGregor was active citizen, serving on the Board of Supervisors and the Parks Commision and supporting the San Francisco Symphony and Boy Scouts. Abraham Gruhn and his wife Lee Herbst Gruhn, avid art collectors and supports of the deYoung, purchased the house in 1967.  Today, the home is owned by the Gruhn’s nephew and his wife, Mark and Karen Montoya.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase Entrance

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the 24 spaces which have been decorated for the 2013 Showcase …
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Foyer(Grand Entry & Staircase designed by Alex Ray – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Living Room
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Dining Room
(Dining Room designed by Heather Hilliard- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase The Salon
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Kitchen
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Patio Garden
(Garden Courtyard designed by Davis Dalbok- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Master Bedroom
(Master Bedroom designed by Phillip Silver – above)
SF Decorator Showcase Bath with live plant wall
(Master Bath designed by Kevin Hackett and Jessica Weigley- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Sitting Room
(Master Sitting Room designed by Zoe Hsu – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Teen Bedroom
(map ceiling detail in Teen Bedroom designed by Vernon Applegate and Gioi Tran – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Teen Closet
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Office
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Playroom
(“Danger Zone” Playroom designed by Martha Angus and Eche Martinez – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Her Office
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Man's Room
(The Atelier designed by Antonio Martins – above)
Water Closet with Kelly Wearstler Fabric
(Water Closet designed by Kelley Flynn- above )
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Bubble Bath
(Soaking Bath designed by Emilie Munroe and Willem Racke – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Terrace Sculpture
(Bespoke Sculpture Scape designed by Katharine Webster MLA – above)
San Francisco Decorator Showcase Penthouse Retreat
(Penthouse Retreat designed by Karen Villanueva – above)
Stunning designs, don’t you think? Be sure to drop back by these next few weeks, as I will be focusing more on these spaces.
This year’s Showcase runs from April 27 – May 27 on Tuesdays through Sundays and will also be open on Monday, Memorial Day.  Tickets are $30 for general admission; $25 for seniors and are available at the door or online at
*photo credit: Cristin Priest, Simplified Bee
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Read full story By on April 24, 2013 in Bathroom, Bedroom, bedrooms, Garden, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, mantels, maps, office/study, Playroom, teen rooms, Uncategorized, wallpaper