Thursday, May 31, 2012

Easy Kitchen And Bath Ideas

Vamp TV! Well really WWL-TV in New Orleans who invited me back to talk about kitchen and baths.
So I gathered up some great merchandise from our local Stein Mart, who always has a great selection of home decor accessories, and headed to the television studio.

Watch Sally Ann Rogers and Valorie Hart on WWL-TV

Here's a round up of some images to inspire you to make some quick and easy changes in your kitchen and/or bath.

Add a  lamp in the bathroom (John Saladino)

Hang some art in the bathroom (via Apartment Therapy)

Put art in the bathroom,  and a little table or stool to stack things on, and get a new shower curtain too

Art work and fresh towels are an easy update - get some new scented candles too

Think outside the box

Add art work,  a small stool or table, fresh towels, candles, containers

Add a lamp in the bathroom (Brooke Giannetti)

Add art work and a little stool

A lamp on the bathroom counter is so nice - Get a new soap dispenser and soap dish too

Art work, lamp on counter, and outside the box placement of the mirror

Watch Valorie Hart talking about kitchens with Sally Ann Rogers on WWL-TV

To refresh the kitchen add an oversize clock, fresh linens, and a new piece of kitchen equipment - Stein Mart has some cute letters to display - I spy a letter hanging on the wall

Clean the kitchen! Add a lamp on the counter, art work, a new rug, utensil holders, and fresh linens

I really love a big clock in the kitchen

Get some new accessories at Stein Mart for your kitchen and bath

Need I say more?

It's all here - art work, plates on the wall, lamp on the counter, fresh linens, a new rug...You can do this!

Thank you Stein Mart!
5300 Tchoupitoulas,  New Orleans 
It's really a friendly local store that's been at this location for 24 years!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

You Can Have A Show House Entry Hall

We all love to go to show houses and house tours. It's fun to see spaces designed with bigger budgets than ours. Rather than feel that you have to win the lottery to achieve such splendor, think about ideas you can take away and adapt to your lifestyle and budget.

I'll get  you there! photo courtesy Nicole Gibbons of  So Haute

The show house that gets the most media attention, top designers, and thousands of visitors is in New York, and it is The Kips Bay Show House. 

Bryant Keller Kips Bay 2012 - photo courtesy Nicole Gibbons  of So Haute

This year the entry hall done by Bryant Keller has gotten a lot of attention. Filled with color, impact, and charm, the expensive designer space is the stuff made of dreams.

Not to worry! I did an Ideabook over at Houzz listing 20 or so items that can help you take away affordable ideas for your very own entry hall. So go on over and check it out, and let us know if you get Zebby with it.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Over Propped File #1

A recent post generated some interest about we style addicts over propping and over styling our homes that in turn create make believe lifestyles. Um, I think it's called decorating. Bloggers get bashed even more for actually posting pictures of their over propped life style. As I said before, boo hoo.

Anyway, remember when this started in Domino? The cute ironic deer head that launched a taxidermy and antler craze?

The deer head as seen in Domino Magazine a million innocent decor light years ago

Stop reading now if you are prone to get queasy. Here's a round up from the NY Times that clearly illustrates a cautionary tale for the over propped lifestyle.

I hate a collection of house plants

I think I am ready to give up the ironic deer head as cute chic decor.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday By The Sea, Nautical Chic

So here we are again, another year gone by, at another unofficial start to Summer. It's time to revive a series called Sunday By The Sea.

Shall we go yachting?

Welcome aboard!  Nautical Chic designed by Kirsten Kelli

A statement state room

Are you feeling a tad peckish? Who wouldn't want to dine on board this yacht?

Fabulous sitting room - So many H's so little time! And the inlaid Moroccan table - wowza!

Time to eat again! This time topside

A living room on board that is bigger and nicer than those in most homes!

No dinky "head" on this boat!

Another space, perhaps the media room?

And this book looks pretty fabulous, Sand Sea Sky, The Beaches of Sagaponack, written and photographed by Tria Giovan.

Sand Sea Sky by Tria Giovan

What's a Sagaponack? It's a place in the Hamptons on the eastern end of Long Island, New York.
I spent many years celebrating the first unofficial days of Summer in the Hamptons, and I believe that the sand, sea, and sky there are among the prettiest in the world.

Among the prettiest int he world - from Sand Sea Sky

If your are in the Hamptons this summer, check out the book signing.

Saturday, June 30, 5 to 8pm, the East Hampton location of the Clic Bookstore & Gallery will celebrate the publication of photographer Tria Giovan’s book Sea Sand Sky: The Beaches of Sagaponack with a book signing and accompanying display of selected works.

A longtime resident of Sag Harbor, Giovan felt drawn to the serenity discovered within the protected bounds of the ocean front of nearby Sagaponack. In the production of Sea Sand Sky, Giovan spent over a decade observing the daily and hourly shifts in tides, wind, sand, and sky along its 3-mile strip of private and protected beach.

Tria Giovan on her beloved beach

The images produced from the study reveal a precarious and delicate environment subject to constant upheaval and rejuvenation. As she observes: “these photographs of this vulnerable landscape invite a thoughtful concern about the environmental preservation of special places that engage our capacity for wonder.”

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Southern Living Is #1 Again!

The new magazines are in. Southern Living is smokin' hot!

Two designing sisters from Dallas Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons have a wonderful feature of a traditional home they gave an update to.

What's not to love? It's all great! The black stripe rug, the black chairs, the Louis Phillipe mirror, the brass lamps, the wallpaper - This is a perfect example of an updated traditional room

What a great room - LOVE the mix of pattern but you had me at the leather wrapped coffee table

Those girls know how to style and set a table! Love the orange dishes and that two color monogram is to die for
There are so many great ideas to takeaway. I really love the Phillip Jeffries wallpaper in the dining room. Decorators Best sells to everyone, and you can get Phillip Jeffries there. The only thing is there is an 8 roll minimum that PJ requires, and even with the discounted prices at Decorators Best that comes to a $708. purchase. Maybe a couple of us could split the order to get two accent walls out of the deal.

Philip Jeffries wallpaper has texture that looks like the wall is studde4d with nailheads - FAB!

On the meh list: Elle Decor, Traditional Home (their salute to the British to coincide with the Olympics had such promise), Architectural Digest, and House Beautiful. But please go out and buy them all! Even on the ones on the meh list have something to offer! 

But don't miss this months issue of Southern Living - there are a ton of great articles packed into the always modest looking issue.

Kirsten Kelli

And check out the web site of Kirsten Kelli the hot Dallas design firm featured in Southern Living June 2012.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Shop Keepers Homes 6 - Neil Alan Peyroux

I haven't done a Shop Keepers Homes feature in awhile, so I am excited to do one now on the home of Neil Alan Peyroux. I think you will really enjoy it!

Peyroux's Customs Curtains is a post Katrina baby. Native New Orleanian Neil Peyroux opened his shop right after Katrina, filling a need for the great demand for home furnishings to all who were rebuilding. Six years later it is well established as a great place to go for custom curtains.

Neil Alan Peyroux
This month his own home is featured in New Orleans Magazine (story by Bonnie Warren, photos by Cheryl Gerber). Peyroux's home is filled with color, beautiful fabrics, tasteful furnishings, and vibrant art work.
Neil Peyroux featured in New Orleans Magazine
Born in New Orleans, Neil’s creative roots run deep. His great-grandparents were well-known Italian opera singers who came to New Orleans to perform in the early 1900s, stayed, and opened the beloved Turci’s Italian Gardens. His family operated the restaurant for 57 years, and his uncle Earl Peyroux had a television cooking show and several hit cookbooks. His cousin is notable blues and jazz songstress Madeleine Peyroux. All this left Neil with a passion for people and an unquenchable entrepreneurial spirit.

Neil loves color - The stripe silk drapes in the living room are fantastic - He chose all the textiles, and his friend Curtis Herring did the interior design chores
After successful stints in tourism and restaurant ownership, Neil followed his passion for creativity, textiles, color, and pattern and began a small solo curtain business. Within six months he had six full-time seamstresses working for him, along with a plum position as the exclusive production authority for a nationally-known group of curtain boutiques.

The downstairs features a comfortable den. “It’s the favorite place for
Wolfie and Sigmund, my dachshunds.” It also adjoins the patio and raised deck facing the
pool. I love the over size photo of Peyroux’s grandfather, who was an attorney and a member of the New Orleans Police
The swimming pool -  “Once a pecan grove, many of the trees still remain in the area, although I
have been told that a number came down during Hurricane Katrina,” says Neil, “The land was part of the Alfred Bonnabel plantation that exists a block away.”  photo by Neil Peyroux

The back porch - I love the Trina Turk fabric! - photo by Neil Peyroux
After Hurricane Katrina, Neil founded Peyroux’s Custom Curtains while in exile in Lafayette. He followed up with a New Orleans showroom a few months later — helping renew his hometown with meticulously custom-made curtains and window treatments for homes across the region.

Herring (Peyroux's designing friend) designed a completely new kitchen across the back of the house adding luxurious
Calcutta Gold marble for the counter top and backsplash. “I hand-selected the marble searching for the slabs with the most gold veins,” he says. 

Another view of that gorgeous marble in the kitchen - photo by Neil Peyroux
The dining room - Love the oversize lantern

The three bedrooms in the house showcase the talent of Peyroux’s workroom that made the
bedspreads, pillows and curtains. “I like the bold patterns and rich colors,” Peyroux says. “I
wanted fabric that was handsome, masculine and durable.”  I spy a Julie Neill light fixture
Another bedroom with beautiful custom textiles from Neil Peyroux

Peyroux has a line of ready-made curtains called Neil Peyroux HOME.
You can get it this line at JULIE NEILL DESIGNS, 3908 Magazine Street in New Orleans, and at great treasure trove of a consignment shop called LE BOULEVARD MARKETPLACE, 3815 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie.

I recently picked up a couple of gorgeous pair of navy blue silk panels, and had Neil customize them with Greek Key trim I got from M&J Trimming in New York,

His HOME line of beautiful textiles features fabrics from some of the top names in home decor including Robert Allen, Kravet, Beacon Hill, and B. Berger, along with trim and passementerie from Samuel & Sons.

From neutral linen and silk taffeta to colorful prints and modern geometrics, the curtains in the HOME line are made on-site with the same attention to detail as our custom orders. HOME curtains, however, feature a simpler silhouette, butterfly or box pleats, and standard hem lengths of 96, 108, and 120”. Neil also purchases larger quantities of our HOME fabrics, passing along our savings to his customers.

In addition to ready-made curtains, the HOME line includes plump, down-filled pillows stitched from coordinating fabrics — perfect for unifying the design elements in a room.

You can get beautiful Greek Key pillows like these from Neil Peyroux

Stop by and visit Neil Peyroux in his workroom, and tell him The Vamp sends you!

504 234 9668

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