Bring a Little Marble Into Your Life

It's Monday again and it's raining.  That's what my kids would call a double whammy.  Although the rain beats against my window and the lightning flashes with thunder rumbling close behind, it's warm and cozy inside my office.  I love to sit at my desk and think and write on gloomy days.  This morning, I am thinking about marble.   The gorgeous stone has been used in elegant interiors since practically the dawn of time.  It has always signified wealth and for good reason as it is an expensive material. The ancient Greeks revered it not only for its beauty but because it was easy to sculpt.  Isn't it amazing how a block of stone can be transformed into something that almost seems alive?

I love the beauty of the veining patterns and the colors in marble.  There are many many beautiful marbles and they come in a variety of shades.  Honed or polished, in the hands of a good designer, it can make an interior look like a million bucks. Calcutta Gold marble is one of my favorites:

Kitchen counters, backsplashes and vessel sinks are just a few places to use it:

virtu usa

virtu usa

Lighting is another great place to use marble. This lamp by Arteriors is one of my favorite marble pieces:



Another great way to add some elegance to your home is by using a marble accent table.  This one is particularly gorgeous with its tray style top:


Marble can be heavy in addition to costly so another fun way to bring some of its pattern into a space is with faux marble.  This flatware is a great example:

Or perhaps a blue marble vase?



If you are a DIYer, try painting a faux marble top out of plywood to create a stunning "marble" table.  Click on the photo to see how to do it!

apartment therapy

apartment therapy

Happy Monday!

Book Report- A Must Read!

Well, happy Friday, design rompers!  Another week has flown by and here we are again.  I have written about my love of design books (obsession is more like it) in an earlier post and from time to time like to share some of my favorites with you.  Yesterday, I came home with a new book and I was so fascinated by it that I actually woke up at about 2:30am and started reading it again!  I guess you could say that I took a nap in between chapters between 11pm and 2:30am. Needless to say, I will be a wreck today. But I will also be inspired! 

The book is called Parish-Hadley Tree of Life -An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm. Not only are the photos of the extraordinary work done by this firm over the years gorgeous, but the stories written in the first person by the designers who worked there are fascinating.  An astonishing number of top designers began their careers under the tutelage of the late Mrs Sister Parrish and Albert Hadley: Bunny Williams, William Hodgins, David Easton, Hariette Himes Gomez, Thom Filicia, Michael Whaley, David Kleinberg, Joanne de Guardiola, just to name a few.  There has never been another firm that was such fertile ground for interior design and there probably never again will be.  The book is a glimpse into what made it so special.  Even if you aren't into design, its a great case study on how to build a really successful team.  

In addition to learning about how all of these amazing designers got their start and what it was like to work for Mrs Parish and Albert Hadley, so many of the rooms that were done by this firm are still fabulous today.  They are timeless and tasteful.  Here is a taste of what you will find between the covers of this book:

I can't wait to finish reading it tonight.  It's that good.

Have a great weekend!

Why Do I Do What I Do?

This morning's post is going to have to be a quick one.  We are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane (or Tropical Storm) Hermine today here in South Carolina and I am about to begin my 90 minute trek to Charleston.  I wanted to share a quick post that I saw on Instagram from Southern Living magazine with a quote by the late, great Albert Hadley, whom I had the privilege  of meeting when I was involved in one of the charities he began  in Southport CT called "Rooms With A View".  

"Decorating is not about making stage sets, it's not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it's really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul." — Albert Hadley

He summed it up perfectly.  That is why I love doing what I do. I hope you all have a restful, safe weekend.


Happy Friday!