December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


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! :)