Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tribute to Joe Nye

I was so sad to learn that Joe Nye died last week via The Peak of Chic.  I have never discussed who helped us decorate our house and now it is bittersweet to say that it was Joe Nye.  He was so talented and so enthusiastic about Interior Design.  We clicked immediately when we met and it felt like he was a long lost friend.  He was thrilled to work with my fiance's father on several pieces of our furniture and loved to hear stories about designers he had collaborated with in the past, mainly Sister Parish and Albert Hadley... Joe was a huge fan of Sister Parish.   

He knew that we were really excited about being part of the decorating process and he was happy to have us involved.  One time he took us to the Pacific Design Center and we spent the day pulling hundreds of was such a fun, yet overwhelming experience.  

These pictures are of our living room when it was first installed.  It has evolved over the last few years but I wanted to show the first pictures I took since they are 100%  Joe Nye original designs.

I love thinking about all his little rules and everything he taught me, always use welts, always paint the ceiling, always use trim, never use white paint, always cream or off white and to paint the wood on our bergere chairs white/cream because that is what the french would do...and I don't do matchy, matchy...just makes me smile:)

His passion for design and his attention to detail was you can see in some of my favorite things around the house that Joe designed...

I have chintz curtains in my dining room because of Joe!

I loved the idea of this octagon ottoman and the nail-head trim was the icing on the cake!

We used to walk around the house saying "LOVE" in Joe's voice because he would always respond to emails of pictures we sent for inspiration with just "love!" and would also say it when we were was so adorable. Joe would accommodate our work schedule and meet us after hours, often on Friday nights, he would come by and I would set out wine and cheese and he would tell us how he "just loved it how we did this."  That was how he liked to work, as friends more than clients.

I feel that showing only my terribly unprofessional photos would not do him justice so, here is a collection of some of my favorite rooms designed by Joe Nye.

All of his designs are so elegant and timeless while still being warm and relaxed.

 Joe also taught us how to use stripes on a wall to add interest.  Our hallways are painted in farrow and ball paint and he had the painter use a sheer glossy coat giving the look of stripes, like the picture above in his own home.

Thank you for decorating our home and being our friend. 

Love!  We will miss you!

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Images via House Beautiful, Joe Nye's website and Joe's book, Flair.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Travel Tuesday - Sugar Beach in St Lucia

 Sugar Beach in St Lucia is a Viceroy Hotel.  It was formerly Jalousie Plantation and has just undergone a $100M renovation.  Take a look, looks like paradise found to me!

 All images via Sugar Beach.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Crystal Candelabra

I never ever, ever, would have thought that I would like a crystal candelabra until I saw this image! 

 If anyone knows the original source of this photo, I would love to see more images!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Travel Tuesday - Hay Adams Hotel

I posted about the Hay Adams hotel before here.  When I was doing the first post about our trip to DC, I couldn't find where I put all my pictures and I just found them!  I had to share them because this is definitely one of my favorite hotel rooms that I have ever stayed in!  I love the details and all the decor is right up my alley and 100% my taste.  I would take this as my bedroom or living room any day!  It was such a treat to stay here and be upgraded to this amazing suite.  Here are some of the pictures I took and check out their website here.

(this photo is from the Hay Adams website)

The Hay Adams is a fabulous hotel.  Breakfast was delicious, the service was great and just a few steps from the front of the hotel pictured above and you are in the perfect spot for a photo op with the White House in the background.  Perfect location!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Framed Arrowheads

We have a large collection of framed arrowheads that my fiance's father painstakingly glued to linen and put in frames.  We have been trying to figure out where to put them for awhile and I think I found the perfect spot.  When I have the time and desire, I might re-frame them but for now, I think they make our powder room look much better than the blank walls that were there are some before and after photos...

Looks better for now, right?  I have at least 10 more, so should I go crazy and cover up all the walls or is that arrowhead overload??

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Blue and Green Powder Room

I am sure that you have seen these photos floating around of a powder room and lounge area, designed by Shelley Johnstone.  I am loving the mix of blue and green with seagrass, lucite, gold and tiger fabric.

I am discovering a deep love that I have for the combo of blue and green....just check out my blog header:)

Check out the details of this space in the Veranda feature here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Travel Tuesday - Southern Ocean Lodge

If we ever get around to panning a trip this year...Australia is on top of our list.  I would love to stay at Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.  Take a look at this amazing hotel!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Travel Tuesday - Dolphin Island

I think I found heaven!  Dolphin Island is a boutique, luxury hotel located on a private island in Fiji. Take a look at these images and try and tell me that this doesn't look like heaven!


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