Do you Portiere?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My favorite moment when decorating a room happens when the curtains go up.  Curtains in a great fabric can transform a space like nothing else  Suddenly the room feels taller, more opulent and cozy, too!  So if you can create this kind of magic by putting curtains at your windows, why not take a cue from the Victorians and use curtains to separate the spaces within your home?  These guys did and look how great it turned out!

 Southern Accents

This nook created by Barry Dixon creates the option of a more intimate dining area.  Brilliant!

The curtains and the raised platform in this bathroom define the soaking tub as "the" destination.


Portiere curtains are a practical and beautiful choice for kids sharing a bedroom or for dorm roommates.  

And they are a beautiful way to frame the view from one room to the next.

Jeffrey Bilhuber in House Beautiful

Traditional Home

Image via My Notting Hill

And in the bedroom, a portiere curtain provides softness and intimacy.

Reincarnation of Jeanne Lanvin's famous cornflower blue bedroom, with portiere curtains

Portiere for you?

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The Mother of All Pumpkin Posts and Handcrafted Jewelry Giveaway Link

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Check out these amazing pumpkin carvings.  They were done by a guy named Ray Villafane and were forwarded to me via email by my dad, the king of the forwarded chain email.  

Thanks Dad!  And in case you haven't already heard, Julie over at Monkey Grass Hill is doing a giveaway of one of her gorgeous hand-crafted jewelry pieces.  Go there and sign up!

Happy Halloween!

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Mirrors in the Kitchen

Monday, October 25, 2010

I love a great mirror and have a pretty diverse collection of them in my house.  Mirrors bring light, sparkle and a whole new dimension to a room.  And I love that mirrors are neutral -  a favorite mirror will probably work no matter how many times you change your decor.

I have used mirrors in the hallway, over the buffet in my dining room, over various mantels, behind the sofa and in my staircase.  I have future plans to create a gallery wall of mirrors in my dining room, which I think might be pretty cool.

But why not put a mirror in the kitchen?  

Okay,this option may not work for me - I'm a messy cook.

The designer of this tiny kitchen used mirrors on the backsplash to reflect light and help expand the space.

I like the antique finish on this mirror backsplash.  It's a little softer and probably more forgiving of  inevitable spatters.

Antiqued mirror insets on rustic cabinet doors.  I like it.

Who knew?

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Let's Go Shopping - For Chinoiserie on Ebay

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Are you enjoying the current resurgence of all things Chinoiserie?  I know I am and I think I caught it from my Mom.  She has used Asian-inspired accents throughout her home for years and these pieces look as current now as they did 20 years ago!  More good news.... great Chinoiserie pieces can be found in thrift stores, on craigslist and on ebay.  Mid-century pieces are usually bargain-priced and can be easily transformed with paint and/or fabric. 

Wanna see what I found on ebay?

One of a set of 4

Vintage barkcloth fabric from the 40's.  Has a modern feel, right?

Same with these vintage jars

and these brass lamps

White lamps?  Love 'em.  Jar Lamps?  Love 'em.  Double Jeopardy!

I know...

These chunky pagodas are bookends.  

If these were mine I would swap out the white shades for some black ones, then I would carry them around  my house for days deciding where they should go because I want them everywhere.

Gorgeous wallpaper that is no longer in production. How about lining the back of a cabinet with this?

These are vintage curtains and look to be in great condition - and who can say no to pink and green?

Was that as good for you as it was for me? 

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Saturday I took my daughter to see the Disney movie Secretariat.  If you have visited my blog in the past you may already know that I used to be big into horses.  I started riding when my Dad surprised me with riding lessons for my 11th birthday.  I was instantly hooked and spent the better part of my next 25 years in a barn. After the birth of my second child and juggling  being mom, wife, and business owner, something had to give - and it was the horses.  I made  my peace with it, and saved the most meaningful remnants of my riding days. I still have my saddle, my favorite bridle, some old horse show ribbons and all of my horse books.

The movie was wonderful and full of emotional moments for me.  Witnessing the birth of a foal is a life-changing experience.  Somehow they are so fragile and so strong at the same time - standing on long wobbly legs just hours after being born.

Young Secretariat

I found myself being nervous and excited before every racing scene, even though I already  knew the outcome.  The race scenes were a mix of emotions - both happy (for the appreciation and gratitude I felt for the years I got to spend bonding and caring for these incredible animals) and sad (I miss it).

Secretariat may not be movie of the year, but you'll the theater feeling good - and inspired! My only regret is that I forgot to bring tissue!

Hope your week is dreamy!

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How do you like your trim?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A few days ago I read this post over at Cote de Texas about updating your decor and Joni recommended painting your trim the same color as your walls for a more current look.  Hmmmmm....   I have always gone the classic route and painted my trim color some shade of white, because that's just what you're supposed to do!  It's classic, expected and so very safe - and I've always like the contrast of crisp white trim against a great  wall color. 

Meg Braff

Alex Papachristidis

Phillip Ferrara

But I must admit, there is something very appealing (and maybe scary)  about painting walls and trim the same color.  It creates an uninterrupted canvas for your furnishings, fabric and art - and all the cool kids are doing it!

Palmer Weiss

Miles Redd in Elle Decor

Miles Redd in Elle Decor

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Celerie Kemble

Suzanne Kasler

I'm not sure I have the courage to stroke a fully loaded brush of glossy blue paint over my white trim (my blood pressure just went up10 points thinking about it) but I have to admit, it looks great!

How do you like your trim?

Come to sign up for the Kayce Hughes giftcard giveaway?  It's right here!

Need some help pulling your style together?  The Green Room Interiors can make your home a beautiful place to be. Call Kim at 423.653.3186 or email

Kayce Hughes Store in Chattanooga and a Gift Card Giveaway!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a $50 gift card to the new Kayce Hughes store that is now open at Warehouse Row in downtown Chattanooga!  

Kayce's line of women's & children's clothing is classic and effortless - I'm sure you will love it as much as I do.  Have a quick look at what is waiting for you in the store...

Well, of course I'll tell you how to enter!  All you have to do is 1) leave a comment on this blog or send me an email (   2).  Sign up to like Kayce's Facebook page here:  Winner will be chosen by random drawing Monday, October 18, 2010.

If you are local or planning a trip to Chattanooga, please make it a point to stop by Kayce's Store located at:
1110 Market St.
Suite 104
Chattanooga, TN  37402
Open Mon. - Sat. 10-5
Visit her blog at

Good luck!!