It is Spring Break in our neck of the woods and I’m taking some time off from my regular blog schedule. However, I couldn’t help but share with you a lovely room designed by Miles Redd, a room I am smitten with at the moment. It is an old library Redd turned into a home office for his mother, Sue. I love the fresh emerald green on the walls mixed with the prettiest chintz of the table cloth. Blue and white chinoiserie lamps and layered office supplies create a chic and comfortable room. I’d be happy to work in this library!

The following  excerpts are from House Beautiful and explain some of Redd’s design choices for this space. The beautiful photography is by Peter Murdock.

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Happy First Day of Spring! I thought and thought about spring for months now, right after Christmas to be exact and finally it’s here. Technically at least. We started off spring break last Friday, which means students are away and hubby and I have the campus all to ourselves. I just love how calm everything feels and that I get to chose my favorite seats in cafés. We have a few fun trips planned to Chicago and Galena – House Beautiful recommends this little town for all our antiquing needs – so yaay!

In the meantime, I got inspired over the weekend by the beauty of Nantucket cottages. Clad in cedar shakes and shingles that weather so beautifully in the salty air, the contrast with the crisp white window trims is made even prettier by some of the most amazing window boxes one can ever see. What better way to celebrate spring?


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Happy St.Patrick’s Day! May your day be filled with laughter and tons of good luck! For this Friday’s post I have a special home to share with you. It is a Grecian getaway on the island of Patmos that is stunning in its simplicity. Pure shapes and old structures were imbued with new life by a thoughtful owner. Don’t you just love it when that happens?

A Paris fashion executive purchased a 17th-century stable in shambles after falling in love with Patmos and hired Greek architect Lilia Melissa to restore it to its original beauty. A skilled team of local craftsmen have transformed the ruins into a beautiful island getaway. The materials used throughout are simple – lime washed walls, barn-wood floors and poured concrete countertops in the kitchen create a no-fuss atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with furniture finds from all over the world: local antique iron beds serve as sofas in the living room, tables and chairs were found or built by island carpenters. Treasures collected over give the rooms an exotic traveler’s feel – Portuguese bedspreads, Anatolian carpets, an antique drop-leaf colonial table and a Romanian kilim purchased in New York – all work beautifully to create a sophisticated and collected home.


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One of my many new year’s resolutions is to travel more. As a creative (and human!), I owe it to myself to live fresh and exotic experiences and traveling is one of the best ways to get all that creativity flowing. I have recently come across beautiful places located in modern-day Uzbekistan that are lesser known but so worth the trouble of discovering. The three jewel cities along the Silk Road (the ancient trade route that connected the Orient with the Mediterranean Sea) Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are famous for their exquisite weaves, carpets and fabrics, but also for their outstanding architecture. I must confess that the Orient is unknown to me. I’ve travelled all around Europe and South America but never to Asia. Istanbul is as far east as I got so Uzbekistan is definitely on my list.

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Hello, friends! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I cannot believe we’re half way through March and still snowed in here in Illinois. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the work of one of my design idols, Tom Scheerer. I had some down time this weekend so I paged through his book – Tom Scheerer Decorates, beautifully written by Mimi Read and realized that some design crushes may come and go but not this one!

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For the last thirty years or so, interior designer Tom Scheerer has slowly but surely placed himself among the greatest decorators of our time. His trademark approach to decorating is so thoughtful yet fun, place and time appropriate, and incredibly cheerful. Trained as an architect at The Cooper’s Union School of Architecture, Scheerer realized that his true passion lies in decorating, first week on the job. He went on to decorate a showhouse space and the rest is history.

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