Posted on July 21, 2017

7 Favorite French Inspired Rooms

Design & Décor

If you’ve been following for awhile, you know I am enamored with all things French – interiors, architecture, art, history, food, and the beautiful language.  How could I not include the fashion houses?  With the recent tragedy, France has been in my thoughts more than usual.  French design has been an enormous inspiration to me and a large percentage of my clients love the influence as well, whether it be a gilded mirror, country/rustic, opulent, eclectic, 


Posted on January 9, 2015

Bon Weekend: Weekend Style, Plus a Delightful Cocktail

Lifestyle & Musings/ Recipes & Cocktails

I hope you had a wonderful week!  The temperatures here are freezing!  I’m not a fan of cold weather to say the least.  I walk within 10 feet of a door or window and I can instantly feel cold; not that I can actually feel the cold, I mentally feel cold by being near.  Sometimes I wonder why I am living in the Midwest where the winters are ridiculously cold.  If you live in a place where it’s cold, I hope you’re staying warm too.
The inspiration for the fashion post is – warm and chic.  Typically for me, this includes a cup of Starbucks to keep my hands warm and my body internally.
I only wear faux fur and have found some great pieces the past couple of years.  The quality has gotten better as well as the styles to choose from.  I have no idea if the ones pictured below are faux but have found some I love at Revolve and Shopbop.
Posted on January 8, 2015

Je Suis Charlie

Lifestyle & Musings
My husband woke me yesterday morning with the tragic news of the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo in the heart of Paris.  I am shocked and saddened.  My heart aches and my prayers are with the people of Paris and those affected by this tragic event.  There are no words.  None.  I cannot write a post as if nothing happened.
Posted on January 6, 2015

Design Inspiration: Black & White

Design & Décor/ Fashion
I’m enamored with interiors comprised from two simple colors – black and white.  This timeless color palette instantly creates interiors that are dramatic and classic, understated and chic, and often used by iconic designers such as Dorothy Draper, Miles Redd and Mary McDonald.  By incorporating patterns, pops of color and other elements, visual texture is created which keeps the design from becoming too stark.
I love the color combination layered with various patterns using the color combo… and Helmut Lang’s print of YSL’s Le Smoking is just as classic.
Posted on January 5, 2015

Fashion Inspiration: Parisian Chic

Fashion/ Lifestyle & Musings
I hope your 2015 is off to a great start! Did you have a good new year? I enjoyed having time off with my family to celebrate the holidays. 2014 was wonderful but I love the idea of a fresh start and setting new goals.
It was no surprise to me that I was gifted this book – How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits.  Have you heard of it?  It’s a book meant to be entertaining rather than teach to you how to be French al a Coco Chanel and Catherine Deneuve.  Although not a new topic, it’s a cute book and light read by model Margaret de Maigret and that delves into the lives of four stylish friends who give you lifestyle and fashion tips of French women, places to dine and explore whilst in Paris, along with some beautiful photographs.
While we’re on the topic of the French and fashion.  I’ve compiled some photos that encapsulate Parisian Chic.  Parisians are known for that je ne sais quoi.  Almost always dressed in neutral colors, sleek and sexy, with one element that gives the wow factor.
Posted on January 1, 2015

New Year, New Beginnings

Lifestyle & Musings
Hello, I hope you had an impossibly merry Christmas and New Year!  As we enter 2015 with new goals and a fresh start that each new year brings, I reflect fondly on 2014 with  memories of happiness that was spent with loved ones.
Here’s to magical new beginnings filled with adventure, prosperity, love, and happiness.  Wishing you all the best in 2015.
x, B
Posted on December 24, 2014

The Night Before Christmas…

Lifestyle & Musings
A quick hello and sending the warmest holiday wishes… I hope you’re surrounded by love and laughter.
Thank you for your friendship throughout the year.
Un Joyeux Noël à tous,
Posted on December 12, 2014

Bon Weekend

Lifestyle & Musings
Bonjour mes amis!  I hope you had a lovely week.  I’m wrapping up my final project for the semester and ready to begin the holiday season in full swing beginning this afternoon.
Do you have a fun weekend planned?  We have plans with friends to see Christmas displays and lights, a romantic dinner for two, and time for repose…
Holiday Cocktail


1 part chilled chardonnay


2 parts chilled cran-apple juice


1 part chilled sparkling water


Apple slice and mint sprig for garnish
Mix wine, juice, and water in a pitcher or punch bowl. Pour over ice and garnish with apple slice and a sprig of fresh mint 
Tip: freeze some of the Noel Spritzer in a mold to use for the ice in your punch bowl).
Wishing you a beautiful December weekend!
Photo here, recipe here
Posted on December 11, 2014

Design Inspiration: Scandinavian Christmas Charm

Design & Décor
This charming 1920’s Scandinavian home with its dark red exterior has the appearance of Christmas all year.  On the inside, one is greeted with an enchanted winter wonderland of Christmas past in traditional Scandinavian style, the homeowner’s native.  The decor includes tin hearts, a magnificent gingerbread house with glittering white frosting and splendid windows, evergreen trees and candlelight.
A warm white-on-white palette with hits of natural greenery.
A charming gingerbread house stays on display all through the winter.
The green on white theme complements the natural pine floors.
The antique corner cupboard was inherited from the homeowner’s grandfather.
For a romantic touch, a moss-covered wreath lit with faux candles hangs over the coffee table.
A beautiful nativity scene is nestled between two wooden bell towers.
A hand-made Christmas ornament fashioned from an antique tart tin adorns the Christmas tree.
A tiered candelabra on a table is decked with traditional Scandinavian tin hearts, angels and coloured candles.
An antique French armoire with touches of beautiful decorations from Sweden.
I love the trailing houseplants growing up and over the window, creating a garland effect.
Outdoors, a layered exterior vignette is arranged with candlelit outdoor lanterns, evergreens and ornaments strung on bare branches, all on a backdrop of freshly fallen snow.
Posted on December 10, 2014

Holiday Soirées: Glamorous Hair


Chic and glamorous hair for those elegant holiday soirées and romantic dinners for two.  Always fond of timeless hairstyles, especially fond of the chignon du cou,” meaning nape of the neck and referring to a large, smooth twist, roll, or knot of hair, worn at the nape of the neck while neatly pulled together, messy, styled centrally or to one side… especially would love if accompanied with jewels. Reminding me of Grace Kelly, polished Parisian ladies, and pretty ballerinas.
Partial Up do
Glamour Waves
Fancy Ponytail
Rope Braid Up do
Rose Chignon
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