Monday, August 26, 2013

Moving to Tumblr

My dear blog Dolls, I want to thank you so much for all your love and support over the past couple of years. I am not giving up my blog but with much prodding from some very wise people I am moving it all to tumblr. I hope you will come with me on this journey as I grow and evolve my brand and business. I hope to continue to inspire you and share with you all the things that make luxury a lifestyle and not a price tag. Once again I Thank You from the bottom of my heart and hope you will come along with me on this new endeavor!

You can follow me on Tumblr here!

The Duchess xoxo

A big Thank You to Jesa Townsend of Jesa Townsend photography for the beautiful pic. Check her out here!

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Sometimes you stumble upon a photo of a room that just makes you gasp with surprise and awe. I found this dreamy little space on Pinterest, and tried to follow the link to get the whole story and insight into whomever lives here but it did not pan out. I imagine a very chic and artistic French woman ( or me ) lives here. I imagine that amazing spiral staircase leads to a stunning and feminine bedroom complete with a glam dressing filled with couture clothing and lots of sparkly jewels. I imagine she throws the most decadent and amazing dinner parties with other artists, designers and poets. Yes, I know I have a very vivid imagination and I think the real story of the person who lives here would probably be so much more interesting but for now a girl can dream can't she?

If you know anything about this photo or loft living space please leave me a comment!

The Duchess xoxo

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Twin Beds

Good Morning Dolls!

In the next couple of weeks I will be having guests and you know what that means...... it's time to zhush up the guest rooms! The guest room that really needs the most zhushing is the smaller one with the twin beds. I  always love the idea and look of the twin beds because it's an opportunity for balance and symmetry and fun design. This room has had many looks over the years and when my niece moved in with us a few years back I painted the focal wall black, white and fuchsia stripes, which still remain. There is no time to repaint that wall so I will just have to work from that palette. I will post the finished result but in the mean time here are some rooms that I am taking inspiration from.

The Duchess xoxo 

All Photos Via Pinterest

Monday, August 19, 2013

Greek Key

Whether you call it greek key or fret this pattern is everywhere in interiors right now. This design consists of  squares and other shapes connected at right angles. I find it especially splashy as a floor pattern or banding on pillows and draperies. The versatility of this pattern allows you to add it to any room or style of decor. Here are a few ways to apply it to your own home.

Have a beautiful day Dolls!
The Duchess xoxo

All photos via Pinterest

Friday, August 16, 2013

New and Exciting

With all the new and exciting things happening right now I can hardly contain myself. New fabric and wallpaper line, the color collection, design projects with some of my FAVE clients and coming next week my new website. How lucky can one girl get? I am busy in the studio today tying up loose ends  and preparing for the new website launch. I can't tell you just how excited I am to share all of this with you!! 

Have an amazing weekend and be prepared for excitement next week!!

The Duchess xoxo

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thought for Thursday

Yes! Quality over quantity......I couldn't agree more!

Happy Thursday Dolls it's almost Friday!!
The Duchess xoxo

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Navy Sofa

I'm not sure why but my obsession for blue sofas is not waining. Ever since I purchased my beautiful Jonathan Louis sofa I seem to be seeing blue sofas everywhere, navy in particular. Last week I did a post about styling the sofa with different colors, textures and styles of pillows if you remember I used a navy sofa for the background. I decided that if I am obsessing over the navy sofa then so are some of you. Navy can work as a rich neutral and is such a great backdrop for so many colors. Some of my personal FAVES are hot pink, turquoise and chartreuse.  Here are 4 great choices ( priced high to low) that will appeal to all styles and all budgets.

Enjoy Dolls!

The Duchess xoxo

 Jonathan Adler $3695.00
 HD Buttercup $1695.00
 Z Gallerie $1299.00

Urban Outfitters $749.00