Monthly Archives: May 2012

Prickly Pear Cactus –

The yellow of this flower is so vivd and light – at the same time.   Again, the stone colors “ground” it and make it moodier —  Think beautiful yellow walls with gray, earthy sofas and maybe a soft green window treatment. 

Inspiration for living environments to soothe and invigorate our lives is all around us….

Brilliant Color

This cactus was blooming in Tucson when I was there a few days ago to visit my son – who is at University of Arizona. I don’t know the name of it but it was gorgeous against the dust and dirt of the hillside. The deep magenta was so crisp and electric without jarring the senses. I like decorating with color this way — I can just envision walls painted a soft taupe-y gray with a deep magenta velvet sofa and maybe a chair is a brilliant green silk. 

Montauk Bound ….

The sun has finally come out and I’m heading to the East End to spend the weekend in Montauk. I’m looking forward to looking at any new shops that may be opening in all of the Hamptons as we make our way east. And of course I’m always looking for new restaurants and deciding which ones will be our favorites for the season.

I also can’t wait to see if the deer have left anything in my gardens – it seems my  “rhodies” have become unexpected topiaries!!

Here is a picture of me and my cousin at Dureya’s from last year so we can get in the mood for beaches, clambakes and flip flops!

My Fascination with Color

Two things have become overwhelmingly obvious to me — I LOVE color and mixing different color combinations.

While putting together my new website and taking a trip to the Bronx Botanical Garden and looking at my own garden (some of it quite full of weeds) its so obvious that color and different combinations of color can have a profound effect on me and my mood.  When I design rooms I like to evoke different moods. Vibrant, Bold, Soft, Soothing, Neutral, Exciting etc.  anything but boring and bland.

Nature has those same feelings — The deep dark red of this peony and the saffron yellow of its center are an unusual combination.  This Hellbore has a soft gray green with a dash of acid green in  the center which keeps it from getting boring.