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 1, 2014
Snowing - again! We had two days of "warm" temperatures (up near 40 F) that melted some snow and caused havoc on the sidewalks because the temperature dropped well below freezing each night. Icy walk to the bus stop for those days, let me tell you! Only thing worse than a sleet/ice storm (which we got) is the thaw/freeze cycle. Once the air warms and the sun is up high enough to melt the night's ice, everything is fine. But when I'm walking, it is at 7:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and ICY both ways. Damn! Everyone is complaining about potholes in the roads (I don't because I don't drive). Slow down and save your cars, and save a pedestrian or two, also! We lost one friend to an inattentive driver who ran her down as she was - legally - crossing the street in a crosswalk with the walk sign, as he made a left hand turn. Not looking for pedestrians, of course. Who the hell knows what he was looking at -- the traffic to the side, but not what was right under his nose! I wish he had been given prison time, but he was not. He took a life, and he got away with it because the murder weapon was a motor vehicle. So, when you jump into your car inside your garage and speed away, impatient because someone 60 years old is going a little slower, remember those of us who WALK -- and get killed by drivers like you.