Serenely Chic

I am pretty much obsessed with this Cape Town, South Africa home. It is designed by Serena Crawford, who has the magical ability to create graceful, natural, and superbly chic interiors. Her rooms flow with great natural energy, and the design feels fresh and timeless in the most ideal juxtaposition.

Design by Serena Crawford

Cape Town Home by and via Serena Crawford 11

As if I needed a reason to love this entry #ThePottedBoxwood

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I love checkerboard floors.

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Another glimpse of the front. Potted boxwood and white on white shutters.

Cape Town Home by and via Serena Crawford

Comfortable without looking lazy (‘ya know what I mean).

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This kitchen may be the best I have seen. Seriously. The blue & white, the contrast of wood and white, the collected design, and the warmth of the texture is all flawless.

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Framed Chinoiserie panels and beautiful fabrics in this white bedroom.

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I really adore all the orchids together. Idea that I may have to steal.

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A Chicly Collected Home

I am not quite sure how I missed this house. I subscribe to all the “glossy pages” as I once heard a very amusing woman refer to magazines. Can you blame her? Who doesn’t love a good gloss?! Anyway, I came across the beautiful and vast Ferncliff estate that once belonged to the Astor family. It has since been renovated, restored, and re-imagined by Robert Duffy, with the help of designer Richard McGeehan, into a home that leaves no stone unturned.

I adore Duffy’s requirements for a home- lots of blue, chinoiserie wallpaper, and a dark room with the window seat. I just so happen to agree with all of the above. You can see the passion for collected interiors. It is evident that upon every turn of the corner there is an immediate intrigue about what you may find. So many beautiful antiques you will be sure to enjoy.


All images of Robert Duffy’s home in the Hudson River Valley is designed with help from Richard McGeehan. Photos are from Elle Decor.

Robert Duffy Ferncliff Estate via Elle Decor

Beautiful entry and landscape. Lush and green.

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I mean…. These are the types of dining rooms I live for. Chinoiserie and blue and white.

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I love the chic simplicity of this kitchen.

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Look at this room. Layered Persian rugs that Duffy collects are scattered throughout the entire home.  Robert Duffy Ferncliff Estate via Elle Decor. 7

Such an interesting hallway. The exposed brick and dark navy wallpaper are stunning backdrops for artwork.

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Well, you know I love this. When it comes to landscaping, all you need is green and gravel.

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So many books and rugs. Duffy’s home embodies layers with the most chicly collected ambience.

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So many great pieces in one room. That bed is very similar to one owned by my great grandmother.  My only edit (if I was lucky enough to call this my bedroom) would be to make the linens all white on the bed. I just would want to focus all my attention on those fanciful walls!

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Such a tremendously beautiful estate.





Chinoiserie Panels

I could literally chinoiserie all day. I think I could have a home completely wrapped in gracie or degournay and never ever tire of it. Since I am just a single girl living in a townhouse, it doesn’t make any sense nor is it very budget friendly for my lifestyle. BUT, I was beginning to grow weary of the lack of it in my life. So, I am getting a little creative. My wheels have been turning. Many people frame their favorite chinoiserie paper, that way they can take it from house to house and never lose their investment. I am not about to even invest in gracie or degournay (I am waiting for a generous husband to come along for that ;).

I did a little online digging. I don’t quite know the quality, but I purchased two chinoiserie panels from Houzz. I plan to frame them in a beautiful gold frame and give it a go! You’ll have to see later where they end up. I could see them everywhere from the bedroom, dining room, or living room. I think we all could use a little chinoiserie today. Hope you find some great inspiration below! Remember: a little chinoiserie is better than none at all!

Houzz Chinoiserie Panel

pinked framed chinoiserie panels by Nick Olsen via Domino

I love the bamboo style frame! Bedroom by Nick Olsen via Domino

Chinoiserrie panels

Beautiful soft pink chinoiserie panels via pinterest.

  framed Chinoiserie paper via Bliss at Home

I love how well chinoiserie can mix with all styles (modern or traditional). Via Bliss at Home

Framed chinoiserie panel via Domino

A really great room (although those pillows are a little blinding) and a beautiful chinoiserie panel via Domino

fabulous framed shades of green wallpaper via Apartment Therapy

How can you not adore these beautiful panels that fit perfectly in the molding. Love the shades of green. Via Apartment Therapy

Entry by Summer Thorton via House Beautiful

Beautiful entry of blue and white by Summer Thorton via House Beautiful.

 Chinoiserie panels up the staircase by Mark D Sikes

Mark D. Sikes can do no wrong, especially in this California entry. Chinoiserie panels lead up the staircase.

Chinoiserie panels by the bed via Elements of Style

A lovely grey chinoiserie bedside panel via Erin Gates of Elements of Style.

I really just adore how fun this is via chinoiserie chic

I mean- is this room not fabulous?! Chintz and Chinoiserie. I just want a martini and some muled slippers. via Chinoiserie ChicChinoiserie panels by Laura Tutun interiors

A great neutral palette of panels by Laura Tutun Interiorschinoiserie panel in a living room via House Beautiful

I love green in my chinoiserie. This is really brilliant behind the bar cart. via House Beautiful 

Chinoiserie panel framed in a living room by Suzanne Rheinstein

A gorgeously collected formal living area by Suzanne Rhenstein.

Chinoiserie panel by Anthony Hall via AD May June 1972 via the art of the room

What a work of art. Chinoiserie panel in a space by Anthony Hall in the May/June 1992 AD via The Art of the Room.

framed chinoiserie wallpaper by Sara Tuttle

Clean dining area with a chinoiserie punch of color by Sara Tuttle.

Chinoisereiel panels at a rosewood hote

Jaw-droppingly beautiful. via Rosewood Hotels

Absolutely gorgeous framed chinoiserie paper by Michael S Smith via AD

I am obsessed with this living space by Michael S. Smith via AD.

A dining room of framed chinoiserie panels via Rodd Richesin design

A great alternative to wallpapering a dining room by Todd Richesin Design.

Glorious Gloria

I watched and fell in love with Anderson Cooper’s documentary of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. I was mesmerized by her grand life and her artistic talent. Like with most everything I observe, I was even more fascinated by her surroundings. Her ability to collect, curate, and add to her environment with a tasteful, yet an apparent overabundance of enchanting objects. I find people that have a “more is more” approach are especially fascinating. While some may be repulsed by too many objects in a room, I love the decadence of it all. Some things may have a rich history, while others were purchased just for the mere fact that they were beautiful.

Being minimal may be a breath of fresh air and it also shows restraint. But like with diets, love, and good shoes— who really has fun holding back?!

Here is a collection of images I found of Gloria’s apartments (past and present..or maybe all in the same?). All I know is that they are glorious.

Corner of Gloria Vanderbilts home via Dwell Studio

A corner of Gloria’s home. So much to observe, from the large paintings, to the screen, to the collections. Via Dwell Studio

Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper relaxing with her family in her NYC apartment, she is wearing a sailor collar and tie by Adolfo *** Local Caption *** Gloria Vanderbilt;

A more preppy take on pastels, gingham, bold checks, and lettuce ware. Via W Magazine

Glorida Vanderbilts dining room with chinese screens via New York Magazine

Hand-painted Chinese chinoiserie screens make up this intimate dining area. Via New York Magazine

Gloria Vanderbilts bedroom via New York magazine

Darker hues and detailed patterns take over this nook in her bedroom via New York Magazine.

Gloria Vanderbilts foyer in the 70s via Vogue

Her apartment foyer adorned in the seventies. Patchwork and fur are the name of the game. Via Vogue

Gloria Vanderbilt posing in her NY apartment for Bloomcraft. AD May/June 1974

Another shot of that living room with a different cover on the sofa. I personally like the large check better! Via Vogue

Gloria Vanderbuilt in her living room via Vogue

Look at that green dress! Her surroundings are just as fabulous, colorful, and collected.

Gloria Vanerbilts apartment via New York Magazine

A great glimpse of just how exquisite and ornate her home really is. Via New York Magazine

Gloria Vanderbuilt living room via The NYT

Such a wonderful collection that seamlessly blends together. Art, pattern, and beautiful objects. Via The New York Times

Glorida Vanderbily pirched in manhattan via Vogue

Why not live glamorously and with a little bit of pattern panache. Via Vogue


Iron Horse

So, I officially found a new place to live! It is funny how a new place makes you want almost all new furniture. On my list of “musts” includes a new sofa, armchairs, table top, curtains, light fixtures, skirted bedside tables…..and importantly, a new bed. My current headboard is great for a guest room, but not for the bedroom I have designed in my head. I am really really conflicted on whether I want an upholstered headboard or simply take another route. I am seriously tempted by heading in the direction of iron.

Now, I am open to any and all opinions about iron headboards. Seriously, please comment and guide me in this big decision! I honestly never thought I would even look twice at an iron headboard, but more and more images have recently drawn me into the idea. I think iron adds a dimension of texture and contrast to fluffy white bedding (yes, sheets really should be white…). Here are just a few of the images that have inspired me to get into the heavy metal.

Iron bed with lots of light via Veranda

Lots of light and iron. Via Veranda

Gorgeous white iron bedroom

Sweet neutrality and iron details. I like the mix of upholstery and iron.

Green and white bedroom via Elle Decor

My favorite palette of blues and greens. Via Elle Decor

Iron bed with fireplace

A spacious and wonderfully appointed master bedroom with lots of iron detail. Via AD

Green chinoiserie bedroom via Elle Decor

One of my favorite bedrooms. Bold and beautiful. Via Ele DecorIron and upholstered bedroom via Elle Decor

Suzanne Rheinstein double beds. A classic and timeless appointed bedroom. Via Elle Decor

Miles Red iron bed in chinoiserie room

Chinoiserie all day. Miles Redd is the master. Always.

Ikea iron bed via Elle Decor

So apparently this is an Ikea bed. Yes, you heard me right. I need to find this asap! Via Elle Decor

Iron Bedroom via AD

Simple sophistication. Everything a bedroom should be. Casually comfortable and chic. Via AD

Michael S Smith Iron Bed display

Sleek iron, wood, and neutral linens against a detailed mural wall.

Michael S Smith Iron bedroom

Michael S. Smith does an excellent job with iron beds. Really, he gets the aesthetic so well. I love how the iron mixes so beautifully with the upholstery.

Michael S Smith Iron bedroom with canopy

A serene setting that is plush and traditionally designed.

Miles Red Iron Bed

Oh hello Mr. Redd. He also knows how to do a perfect iron bedroom in wonderfully wallpapered rooms. Via Elle Decor