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Autumn Hues- Gray

Gray – stone, elephant, dove, Dior, asphalt, slate, silver, steel, cement, anthracite, smoke, pearl, dust, driftwood, putty, charcoal.  All these words are used to describe one of my favorite colors.  It can be moody and calming.  Grays are another way to go neutral depending on what you pair with them.  Below are some of my favorite fall gray rooms.

A room designed by Mary McDonald for the Greystone Estate show house.

Thom Felicia designed the above bedroom.

Silver Gracie wallpaper in a dining room by Andrew Raquet.

Both rooms above are in Monique Lhuilier’s  home featured in Elle Decor.

Jeffrey Bilhuber goes all grey with wall upholstery, painted floors, and upholstered sofa.

Pops of gray:

The above room by Todd Romano works with tans, caramels,a nd ivories with a nice pop of deep charcoal grey on two club chairs.

Room by Jeffrey Bilhuber

Gray paint selections ( as seen in House Beautiful):

1.  Benjamin Moore Horizon

2.  Farrow and Ball Pavilion Grey

3.  Benjamin Moore Stone Harbor

4.  Modern Masters Platinum- this paint actually has some metallic in it so it glistens ever so slightly at night.

5.  Farrow and Ball Down Pipe

6.  Fine Paints of Europe Silhouette Gray

Gray Wall coverings:

1.  F. Schumacher Zimba Silver 5003300

2.  Osborne and Little Wilde Carnation W5554

3.  Osborne and Little Trifid W5556

4.  F. Schumacher Imperial Trellis in Charcoal 5003361

Gray Fabrics:

1.  Vanderhurd Grand Prisme in french grey/ cream

2.  Vanderhurd hand woven fabric fez in desert- how fabulous would this tough fabric be on a headboard or sofa?

3.  F. Schumacher Cloisonne Velvet in platinum by Celerie Kemble

4.  Lee Jofa flannel 2009138_11

5.  Lee Jofa SC10026_1611

6.  Thom Felicia for Kravet 30779.516

7.  C & C Milano

Gray Accessories:

1. Leontine Linens Addison and Grace Bed Linens


2.  Throw pillow with spots in charcoal by Michael Devine

3.  Moroccan Pouf in silver through Pieces Inc.


4.  Alexa Chair in cerused oak through Tonic Home


5.  Custom x-bench through Jonathan Adler


6. D Porthault bed linens Tigre on Gray




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One King’s Lane Sale

One King’s Lane is featuring sales from Stark today! I turn to stark when I need a special fabric, wall covering, or carpet. They are a high quality vendor with gorgeous merchandise. Don’t miss the sale….

Fabrics designed by Oscar De La Renta, Missoni, Old World Weavers, Fonthill, and more. Whether you’re looking to re-cover a pillow, the sofa, or create brand-new ceiling-to-floor drapes to add drama and height to a room, you’ll find the fabric of your dreams here! Come get inspired by a sensational selection of cottons, silks, damasks, jacquards, multidimensional modern blends, traditional toiles and more, sold in two-yard increments for all your do-it-yourself projects!

Paint: 57 beautiful shades of Colours by David Oliver—an exciting, eco-friendly new paint line created for Stark by David Oliver, design director of London’s noted Paint & Paper Library Each is available in your choice of Velvet Emulsion, Porcelain Shell and Lacquer Gloss finish.

Wall Coverings: Traditional and contemporary, solid and patterned, in a range of textures, colors and finishes.

Sisal Carpets: Flat-woven from tough natural fibers like sisal and seagrass, these rugs are a perfect choice if you’re looking for elegant, low-maintenance floor covering for almost any room in your home. More durable than many synthetic carpets, these flatweave rugs are inherently stain-resistant, static-free, and require less vacuuming than both wool and synthetic fiber rugs. Stark offers an assortment, in chic textures from diamond-check to herringbone to chic neutrals. We use sisal all the time. It helps make a more formal room approachable and when used wall to wall can make your small soace feel bigger. Layer carpets on top for a relaxed feel.

The sale starts at 11 am today: http://www.onekingslane.com/Events.aspx

Happy Shopping!



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You can’t judge a book….but you can judge a house!

We have been taught not to judge a book by its cover… (“I Married Adventure” by Ola Johnson is an example to that rule) but buyers know within 8 seconds if they are interested in a house by it’s exterior. I am surrounded by beautiful town houses in the west village and I fantasize about the interiors of all of them. When I spy a particularly dashing door, large potted boxwoods, or bursting flower boxes I am sent into overdrive. If they are focusing on the details of the exterior just imagine what the interior must look like!! Let your imaginations run wild with all the beautiful images below. These are my favorite doors of the West Village.

Wooden Doors: There is something so warm and homey about these distressed wooden doors. Without a fresh coat of paint to hide their history their beautiful flaws are on display. The stain is worn where hands have pushed and pulled over the years.

Simple federal style details

Federal style details

Greek Revival style ionic columns flank the door

This is an example of the carved floral detail that is found on several doors in the west village.

The above two images are of new wooden doors with the carved floral details. Give them a hundred years and they will look just like the door above.

Painted Doors: A fresh coat of red or blue high gloss paint on the front door gives your visitor an unexpected treat.

The above lacquered red doors sing out on a cloudy day. It is a burst of happiness with shiny brass kick plates. Like a solider’s coat with brass buttons and black shoes.

Greek Revival style Ionic columns flank the door. The soft french blue door and red brick keep the overall feeling Federal.

This home exemplifies the transition between the Federal style ( windows) and the Greek Revival style (Ionic columns flank the door). The black painted door looks sharpe against the red brick.

Stylish greek revival details. I love the carved scallop detail above the door- very unique.

Styled to The Nines:

Late Grrek Revival style with disengaged Doric columns

Glossy black doors, glossy black planters, and spiral topiaries give this house a very sophisticated air.

Window Boxes:

I love the soft limestone color of this house with the black iron grills, windows, and flower boxes. The green boxwoods and ivy, and the red poinsettias really stand out. Just as sharp as the below look from Christian Dior Spring- Summer 2010

The soft wooden color of the flower boxes works well with the faded red brick. these cabbages are huge!



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