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.
March 27, 2015: Hola darlings! A few weeks ago I would not have believed the more than foot of frozen snow in my back and front yards would now be gone. But it is! We had a week of way above-normal temperatures and day after day of clear blue skies and sunshine. It was wonderful. But now it's cold again -- the high today will be 29 F. Sigh. I am itching to get out and start cleaning up the yard -- there is a whole winter's worth of nut shells to be raked up for one thing :) The scenes in the header were taken while the thaw was in progress -- you can see the mess left behind of a season's worth of feeding the birds and squirrels. But I wouldn't change it for anything -- well, maybe a million dollars, but I don't think that is going to happen. Spring - come soon - PLEASE. Take care, everyone! Jan