Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Jackie Von Tobel’s fabric line, including these darling pillows. The dog is NOT for sale!!!
This week we have ANOTHER give away at the Skirted Roundtable HERE! Our guest is Jackie Von Tobel, artist, interior and fabric designer, and author. Jackie is also a blogger – which is where the four of us met. All of us started our blogs at about the same time, except for Linda who started HER blog ages and ages ago, Linda is the grandmother of design bloggers. For the past three years, Jackie has been very busy writing two huge reference books on window treatments and bedding HERE. She was gracious enough to offer her two books for the giveaway. The contest ends tomorrow night, so if you haven’t already entered, be sure to go to the Skirted Roundtable HERE and read the instructions.
While you are entering the contest, be sure to listen to the interview. Jackie is a fascinating woman, full of a joie de vie that most of us only dream about!!! She is highly inspiring and I think you will be very motivated after listening to all she has accomplished in her life. She’s an incredible person and the three of us were left a little exhausted after talking with her!!!
My favorite fabric from Jackie’s line is this one – Birds and Braches in Coffee. Jackie CLAIMS she designed this fabric with me in mind!! Sure, Jackie!!!!
Tomorrow is the last day to enter the giveaway – so hurry!!! Go HERE to listen to the interview and leave your contest comments there. Please do NOT leave your contest entry comments on this blog, Cote de Texas! All entries MUST be left on the Skirted Roundtable blog or you won’t be eligible!!!!
Jackie asked that I add this information about her collaboration with Minutes Matter:
If you heard my recent interview on The Skirted Roundtable or read some of my posts about design software you may be interested in learning more about how my designs are used in STUDIO graphic design software. My friend Merlin (yes, that is her real name) who is the official wizard over at Minutes Matter and I would like to cordially invited you to attend a FREE, 30 minute webinar sponsored by Minutes Matter Solutions on Thursday, March 4 at 1 PM Eastern. You’ll see Merlin use Studio, our graphic design program, to translate the fabulous draperies and valances from my book, The Design Directory of Window Treatments into elevation renderings filled with fabrics, colors, and textures. These complete designs can also be broken apart quickly and mixed and matched for an infinite variety of styles. Never be stumped again how to treat your client’s windows – watch how easy it is to drag and drop these beautifully illustrated images to create drawings that your clients will want show their friends. To register for this free event on March 4 at 1 PM EST , please click here:
for more information, please visit the Minute Matter website:
And finally, next week we have design photographer Michael J. Lee who is full of tips on how to get that perfect photograph of your house!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
While nothing is happening in our palazzo, I decided to do something in our appartment (where we actually live). Although the book shelf did not look too bad, I wanted to declutter it. Because I knew (what others could not see) that piled up pocket books were getting yellow behind more paperback piles. Travel guides were standing in two rows as well. There were books that I have read and will never read again. I only wanted to keep the books that I really liked - and maybe would read again.
So I started with the first cubicle and went book by book:
- garbage --> pink box
- give away to charity (or friends) --> white box
- check and think again
- keep --> back to shelf (after dust cleaning)
The only books I did not threw out were all my travel guides. Although there were lots of outdated Lonely Planet guides, I decided to keep them. Even the two from Cambodia, I kept them both. Maybe I am too sentimental. But aren't they documents of past times? My travel memories, including business cards of shops and restaurant.
Enough - here are my before and after pics:
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Traditional enfilades are not always fancy or large. The New Orleans “shotgun house” is such an example. Here, in the French Quarter, is a rare but charming shotgun house, so called because a bullet would travel from the front door out to the back.