18 February, 2013

"Am I . . . "

Helen Mirren, from Vogue
(photography by Mikael Jannson)


I know with complete and utter certainty were someone to awaken me in the middle of the night . . . from a stone, silent sleep . . . and ask me my favourite colour . . . I would say deep olive green.  Or maybe purple.  But, as I look around my office these days at the textile samples littering the work tables, or take a cursory glance of my 'things that inspire me' page on Pinterest . . . I seemed to be enveloped in this amazing clear, pure blue.  Everywhere I look I seem to be seeing it . . . and completely inspired by it.

Oddly, after a quick search through earlier projects in my portfolio - I seem to be seeing some of the same hues.  Maybe my passions for certain colours just ebb and return like the tides . . .

So . . .  am I blue again . . .

Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey (photography by Ian Derry)

SMW Design, East Hampton Residence 

from HERE.

SMW Design, Berkeley Project.

Portrait of a Young Girl by Walter Ernest Webster
(from here.) 

SMW Design, East Hampton Residence 

from HERE
Keira Knightly, from Atonement

from HERE. 

SMW Design, Atherton Residence

Textile from Suzanne Tucker Home

SMW Design, Berkeley Project

Basking in blue,

12 February, 2013

"Spoiler Alert . . . "


I usually post these delightful little re-caps over on my facebook page . . . but, I thought I'd share over here today . . . just to keep things lively.

Firstly, if you haven't watched last week's episode of Downton Abbey - proceed at your own peril.  

Secondly, no.  I didn't create this.  Trust me.  But, it delights me beyond measure, thus the sharing.

Enjoy . . . 


sourced from here.

11 February, 2013

"About the House . . . "

the freshly dressed bar in my drawing room . . . 


Yes - it HAS been a busy year around these parts!  And thank you for your continuing patience whilst these little missives become a bit fewer and farther between.  But, never fear.  I'm here.  And keeping my office moving along.  And preparing for a great year of business and travel.

I don't know about the rest of you . . . but, when life seems to be at its most hectic - my house tends to suffer a bit.  The empty show box by the closet door doesn't proceed with any great speed to the recycling bin.  And the stack of incoming mail tends to loiter longer than usual on the counter in the kitchen.  And at some point, stepping over that last little box of holiday ornaments (waiting to go to the garage) becomes so much second-nature, one doesn't even see it anymore.

So . . . this weekend . . . I kinda took the bull by the horns (and the shoe boxes by their lids) and spent two solid days giving my little home the love and attention that it has been lacking from me for the last little while.

So I thought I'd share a few details from my weekend's entertainment . . .

books and accessories on the console in my drawing room . . . 

a rarely seen glimpse into my teeny, tiny kitchen.  and
the poster from the Royal Shakespeare production of "Henvy V" from about
15 years ago.  it remains one of the most amazing night of theatre in my life.

and my oft referred to collection of watchbands and wrist silliness. 
If you're looking for more images of the house . . . you can pre-order Ronda Carman's new book Designers at Home - which is being published in April.  My home, along with the homes of 49 other designers, is being featured in this marvelous new book.

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