Yellow… a lot or just a little

January 10, 2013



Craving a little warmth on this barren January day?


There is always… yellow.



via National Geographic


In its pure clean form, yellow can be overpowering on walls and tricky to work with. But when designers get it right, it can sing.


I love it on the walls of this dining room at  Monticello, balanced by other strong elements (heavy white trim and dark wood furniture and doors). You can read about how this paint color, Ralph Lauren’s ‘Monticello Yellow’, was chosen here:



via Elle Decor


And the designer, Mary Douglas Drysdale, is brilliant at the use of strong yellow on a large scale.



via casart



via the french tangerine


Personally, I love it in very small doses and, like other saturated shades, it can actually be just as powerful used this way.

Take a look.


via houzz



via decor 8



via the style files


via Elle Decor 



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I hope that warmed you up– a lot, or just a little!

Happy New Year  !





Maryland Eastern Shore (Part 2)

September 26, 2011



Moving further east across the Maryland Eastern Shore to the Atlantic … another little slice of paradise–  the home of my twin sister, Janet.




Janet lives on the water … a western view across the bay with killer sunsets.



She is remarkably talented at just about everything– decorating, photography, food, entertaining, gardening, and…gutting + filleting a fish on the dock in under 10 seconds.



She has a lovely gallery showcasing the spoils of her husband’s deep sea fishing exploits…blue marlin, white marlin… big game fish



Gorgeous summer slipcovers  (designed and sewn by Janet)



Fish and fowl…



A beautiful collection of  bronze wildlife sculptures by William Turner … blue heron



Maryland blue crab (my favorite)





LOVE her powder room… totally relevant Ralph Lauren wallpaper (extraordinary nautical detail) with trim in Benjamin Moore Maritime White



And a photo of her beloved dogs Molly and Hector at the bow.


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More Eastern Shore love….next post will be a little ode to Chestertown, Maryland.




Real Sot-Weed Factor territory.