I've got a thing for English Country. While I'm not "chintzy" per se (I'm sometimes frugal but not chintzy, har!) I think if you look at my overall approach to decorating Maison Newton, you'll see that English Country influence expressed here and there.
I've ooohed and aaahed over Mario Buatta's interiors ever since the 1970's when I was living in apartments, and I've never stopped.
This month's edition of Ruby Lane's online magazine has a feature article on Mr. Buatta, not very long, that you may enjoy reading.
I love this bedroom. This is a Mario Buatta room. The classic design principles incorporated into this room designed years ago by Buatta are incorporated and used in countless bedrooms today, right down to the glittery "chandy." The photo is from a 2009 article in The Examiner.
February 3, 2015: Hola darlings! I am SOOOO happy -- I officially retired on January 30, 2015. I am a FREE WOMAN! If you are retired, you probably know this feeling of being completely liberated to do the things that you WANT to do instead of the things that you HAVE to do in order to keep a roof over your head, clothes on your back, and food on the table. I am so thankful to be in this position -- retired three years earlier than I thought would happen. Now I actually have energy to do some of those projects around Maison Newton! We got socked with a snow storm over the weekend and Lake Michigan piled on some lake effect snow for good measure -- 11.5" official but I have 3 and 4 foot tall drifts! Well, I am not complaining too loudly because we've had way below average snow-fall this winter; more snow is coming later today - I heard starting around 3 p.m. and making rush hour traffic a mess! I hope Mother Nature doesn't decide that February, March and April are "make up for that" months! The new collage contrasts the conditions outside and the warm and cozy inside of Maison Newton. This house is definitely growing on me :) Take care, everyone! Jan