Archive for June, 2010



Ya-HOT Show.

I’m stuck on yachts this week. Not that I’m a boating junkie, but I have been cruising on the water since I was a wee lass. =)  My guy and I are planning a trip to Europe this Fall and would love to stop over in Monaco. Anyone have any good itineraries for me? If I can swing it, I would be there during the end of September for the Monaco Yacht Show. Or shall I say, I HAVE to be there! Check out the website for this grand event! Wow wow WOW! Hot hot HOT!

The parking lot of Med moored yachts at the 2009 show.

The parking lot of Med moored yachts at the 2009 show.

Casino Royale.

The marinas in Washington Channel are booming with mega yachts. On our way out of Gangplank Marina, we cruised on our 39′ Rinker past this AMAZING 16o’ Christiansen yacht called Casino Royale.  A collaboration between builder Christensen and owner/aficionado John Staluppi, the Casino Royale is an example of some of the world’s quickest and most impressive yachts afloat. It is the largest and most spacious Millennium Edition yacht to date, as evidenced by her sheer beauty from the water in our “dinghy” below the decks. After reading up on this private vessel, I learned that the interiors were designed by interior design firm Carol Williamson & Associates. In the photo slide show on Casino Royale’s own personal website, it’s evident that he 007 theme is celebrated throughout, from Bond girl silhouettes in etched glass panels that clad the spiral staircase to Vesper Lynd look-alike statues watching over the main saloon and aft entrance. All stone on board (and lots of it!) was precision designed and executed by stone master Jeff Homchick.

Casino Royale Yacht in all of her massive beauty!

Casino Royale Yacht in all of her massive beauty!

And not to forget about The Fighting Irish, a 144′ beauty also tied up against the long docks of the Washington Channel. I had the opportunity to share the restaurant deck with the owner during a late Sunday dinner last month at Cantina Marina (love that place after a long day on the water and they allow dogs!). Amy Halffman designed the interiors (which I have not seen) and it’s also a visual treat for any city dweller eager to get a glimpse of life beyond the Delaware beaches – to a life of luxury on the water, in the world’s most discreet bays and among the rich and famous. Anchor’s away!

The Fighting Irish luxury vessel!

The Fighting Irish luxury vessel!

Happy Child.

My sister took her family of four to the beach recently and as expected, her two-year old toddler was in heaven with the ocean and the sand. She’s such a happy and joyous being. And this smiling photo of her in her polka dot red hat and ruffled black swim suit just makes my day.

A Personal Wedding Gift that Keeps Giving.

I just purchased this tray as a wedding gift for a friend of mine. She’s having a beach wedding and loves pale blues and aquas. Saks has a few different background patterns with your choice of 8 colors for the monogram. I selected the lime green on the turquoise (as shown). It’s a perfect solution for indoor and outdoor entertaining – it’s galvanized and fit for wine glasses, plates or hors d’oeuvres. Just say I Do!

MacBeth Collection Personalized Ava Tray, $78 | Saks.com

MacBeth Collection Personalized Ava Tray, $78 | Saks.com

Crowning Moments.

There comes a time in our lives when crown moulding is like icing on the cake. Depending on your homes architecture and the look you strive to achieve within the confines of your abode, decorative trim just makes it all that much better looking. I lived in a 1940’s Cape in Arlington and LOVED the trim in my dining room, kitchen, bath, and sun room. With all intentions to carry it throughout the rest of the house, this busy girl just never got around to it. I now live in a gorgeous 1900’s Victorian in the District with deep and wide decorative trim around windows and doorways. Although crown moulding seems like  a logical choice in the main living spaces, I think it’s too much with the eclectic decor of which I adore. For you DIY’s who have an open weekend and a nearby Home Depot or Lowe’s, This Old House gives you a hand with a step by step plan to install crown molding, including selecting materials, installation, cutting miters, coping a joint, milling custom molding, and more… cause almost every cake could use a little icing.

Steps to Installing Crown Moulding

Steps to Installing Crown Moulding

The Ten: Consoles.

Every design magazine offers their top ten favorites in categories from napkin rings to outdoor chaise lounges. It’s about time DCDesignCoop got in on the action too. I find so many incredible products for my clients and save them to my numerous design folders for future reference. This week I was looking into a console for a foyer and came across some pieces that I would love to use. Be it a catchall in the entry, a simple desk to pull up to or a server for your next party, here they are… in no specific order cause I love them all!

I love the beachy and laid back vibe of this natural resin wrapped Parsons Table | West Elm

I love the laid back vibe and warmth of this natural resin wrapped Parsons Table | West Elm

A study in balance, this console is an attention getter | HabitatUK

A study in balance, contrast and angles, this console is an attention getter | HabitatUK

The Chinese Turquoise console sea glass color reminds me of the beach! | RedEgg

The Chinese Turquoise console sea glass color reminds me of a casual beach cottage! | RedEgg

Regal, petite and the color of Hermes, this Ming console is devine in a small entryway | MG+BW.

Regal, petite and the color of Hermes, this Ming console is devine in a small entryway | MG+BW.

Simplicity in hi gloss white, the Oslo console really works anywhere. | Sitcom

Simplicity in hi gloss white, the versitile Oslo console really works anywhere. | Sitcom

A gilded metal frame and antiqued eglomise top on the Larson console takes me to 1940's Paris.  | Julian Chichster

A gilded metal frame and antiqued eglomise top on the Larson console takes me to 1940's Paris. | Julian Chichster

The silver lacquer finish and nickel accents of this hardwood Console table brings pizazz and motion to a hallway. | Neiman Marcus

The silver lacquer finish and nickel accents of this hardwood Console table brings pizazz and motion to a hallway. | Neiman Marcus

The Barbarella console is fully exposed with a graphite veneer top on oak on a steel base.  |  Blu Dot

The Barbarella console is fully exposed with a graphite veneer top on oak on a steel base. | Blu Dot

Hand built and hand finished, the rich honey wood, deep trim, and antique brass hardware lasts for generations. | Bellacor

Hand built and hand finished, the rich honey wood, deep trim, and antique brass hardware lasts for generations. | Bellacor

I have it in a cocktail table and love it in a Console, the acrylic/lucite Waterfall console really is a classic. | PlexiCraft

I have it in a cocktail table and love it in a Console, the acrylic/lucite Waterfall console really is a classic. | PlexiCraft

To Market to Market to Buy a…

A trip to the South of France, Monaco and hopefully a hop over to see my friends Matt and Julie in Tiblisi is in the works. I had visited France once before and found I needed a bigger and more chic travel tote. This French market bag from Maison de Kristine is a no brainer as a tote for the local farmers market and even as a travel hand bag to stash any souvenirs, sunglasses, camera, and Pashmina scarf. I could also put it to good use at the Washington Design Center when carrying samples and swatches. I’m ordering it tomorrow. Gotta feed my hand bag addiction! =)


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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