May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More on the Chartreuse Apartment!

I just fell so in love with this space -- a mere 640 square feet -- featured in the July/August 2012 print edition of House Beautiful on Big Style in Small Spaces.  The magazine was just packed with great ideas on how to be efficient and utilize every square inch of space in small rooms/houses/apartments.

The spaces ran the gamut from mostly white to mostly neutrals to saturated with color, and every decorating style, from shabby chic to Euro sleek.  I will keep this magazine in my inspiration stash for years to come.

Back to the chartreuse apartment!  It is owned (?) by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic.  Brockschmidt is part of New York City design firm Brockschmidt and Coleman

Now, to the scans!

Look at that gallery wall!  It is cleverly arranged over a wall with closet space -- do you see the closet door knobs?  And notice the lining to the matching-wall-colored drapes at the window -- pale blue.  Soooo lovely!  Hey, what can I say, I'm a sucker for classical design :)

In this photo, you can see how tall the walls are -- I scoured the article to see if the actual height was mentioned but all I could find was reference to the apartment being carved out of a "loft building."  When Brockschmidt and Dragisic purchased the apartment, there was a wall separating this space from the space you'll see in the next photo. They very smartly took the wall down to open up the room and provide its sense of massive volume and grandeur.  The rest is just damn good decorating.  A New York loft space -- who'd have thunk it!  It would look at home in a 14th century mansion lining the canals of Venice or the cozy spaces of an mid 19th-century Regency town-home in Bath or Brighton.

  Where formerly separated by a wall, the dining/library and living room spaces are now open to each other. The harpsichord was custom-made for the space!  This view is from the bedroom loft space above, accessed by an open staircase against the far wall on the right (out of photo range).  When entertaining, the owners use the stairs as buffet space.

This photo shows part of the open staircase (look ma, no railing!) that leads to the loft bedroom and private space above.  The entire space is turned into a library and another gallery wall.  The opening, right, is to the galley kitchen.  Pocket doors can close off the space. 

House Beautiful supplied a list of resources for the issue. I copied the particulars for this space below if you're interested:

Pages 82 to 89: Designer: Brockschmidt & Coleman; 212-608-5065;

Entry hall: Wallpaper, Adena Pin Rings in custom color; wallpaper trim, Greek Key Border in Gold—Adelphi Paper Hangings (T); Ceiling trim; floor trim; door paint—Benjamin Moore (M); Floor finish, blend of Ebony and Jacobean—Minwax (M); Ceiling fixture, Alabaster Sculptured Dish—Urban Archaeology (R);

Living room: Wall paint, Mustard Olive; trim paint —Benjamin Moore (M); Dining chair fabric, Lanka Reversible in Lagoon by Old World Weavers; sofa fabric, Lanka Reversible in Pollen by Old World Weavers—Stark Carpet (T); Desk chair fabric, Brocatelle Le Griffon in Sulphur—Claremont (T); Harpsichord chair fabric, Madeline Stripe in Sunflower—Stroheim & Romann (T); Window armchair fabric, Putti in Loden—Rogers & Goffigon (T); 203-532-8068. Sofa, custom by designer; sofa fabrication—Second Life Interiors (M); 212-254-5699. Assorted pillow fabrics on sofa—Erin Wilson Quilts (M); Ikat pillow fabric—Bergamo (T); Yellow silk pillow on sofa, Bang Na in Cat’s Eye—Jim Thompson (T); Curtain fabric, Dogwood White Linen, dyed to match the walls—Hines & Co. (T); 212-754-5880. Fabric dyeing—Dye-Namix (T); Chandelier sleeve fabric, Mogador Taffeta in Turquoise—Brunschwig & Fils (T); Area rug, antique Bessarabian carpet—Richard Afkari Rugs on Stone (R,T); Carpet, wall-to-wall Hemp Grass—Beauvais Carpets (T); Coffee table by Mrs. MacDougall—Hinson & Co. (T); 914-881-1470. Decorative painting on harpsichord—Osmundo Studio (M);

Bedroom: Wall paint, Mustard Olive—Benjamin Moore (M); Coverlet fabric; fabric panels behind bed, Blue 4 by Muriel Brandolini—Holland & Sherry (T); Valance fabric, Mayflower in Ivory—Pindler & Pindler (T); Bed linens, Italian Hotel Satin Stitch in Black—Restoration Hardware (R); Wall lamps, Boston Hi-Lo Wall Lamp—Circa Lighting (R); Custom black shades—Just Shades (R); Bedside table, Martini (color discontinued)—West Elm (R);

Bath: Wallcovering, Blue 4 by Muriel Brandolini—Holland & Sherry (T); Trim around sconces, Rumba Tassel Fringe— Houl├Ęs (T); Sink, Caxton—Kohler (M); Faucet, Ashbury 8" Widespread—Restoration Hardware (R); Countertop stone, Nero Marquina marble. Sconces, Rectangular Wall Light—Vaughan (T);

Kitchen: Custom cabinet diamond motif and trim paint—DK Interiors (M); 718-281-1415. Tile backsplash, Rittenhouse subway tile—Daltile (M);

Yeah, a lot to take in!


  1. OMG! This room is AMAZING! I love everything about it! The gallery, the furniture, the color scheme. OH mY! and that die for. And the rug and huge windows. *melt.

    Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by my place. :)

    1. Oh I know! If I ever inherit a big pile of money (not likely but one can dream), I would move to New York city and a space like this! I am madly in love with Manhattan. We visited in 2005 and 2009, nearly a week each time, and I want to go back again before I'm too old to put on all the miles walking because Manhattan especially is made for pedestrians! There is just something about that city that moves me, something about seeing the lady in pink fuzzy slippers and her housecoat feeding the pigeons in the tiny triangular park by the subway station across from the Julliard School of Music. I don't remember if the street was Amsterdam Avenue or Broadway, but I turned around and all of a sudden, there it was, and there she was. It's the most magical place I have ever seen -- although to be fair, I haven't been to Paris yet, and an 8-hour layover in 2002 in London doesn't really qualify, although we managed to see an amazing amount of things during that time. Dream, dream, dream! In the meantime, the ambiance of Brockschmidt and Dragisic's New York loft space is the vision against which I hold my own space. Hmmmm, that thought is too depressing!

  2. oooo lala! I love the colors! Amazing's so inspiring! :)