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In the Red…..


 As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more seeing RED! Color inspires an amazing visual and emotional experience. For me, I am simply a red girl. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate this fabulous scarlet hue…..

 

 

 

 

The toile pattern is an absolute classic; always beautiful in all of its incarnations. While pastoral and oriental themes are to die for, I love the nod to nature featuring birds and butterflies (another of my favorites!).

 

 

 

 

What a YUMMY chair! This would be fabulous tucked into the corner of a Living Room, a Foyer, or as host and hostess chairs in a Dining Room…..how glam! I would even sit on it while eating Green Eggs and Ham!

 

Throw pillows can add an inexpensive pop of personality! While they are at home on a sofa, chair, bed or bench, I love them in a more unexpected place, like a Dining Room chair; comfort, color and interest!

 

 

 

I am a sucker for Chinoiserie and anything red! Wouldn’t this be fabulous tucked in a Powder Room, Hallway or over a bureau?

 

 

The chandelier is a total statement piece. This would be a bold choice in a Dining Room, Bedroom or fantastic in a Bathroom.

 

 

What is more stately and elegant than Lalique crystal? While the iconic Lalique fish is delicate in stature, it packs a big punch!

 

The classic urn is an interior style icon. It is at home inside and out, filled with plants, firewood, towels, magazines and anything else you can imagine

 

 

Monkeys and elephants are amongst my favorites. They are so playful! Here they are paired in a beautiful, whimsical lamp, which would be perfect bedside, on an end-table or in a Foyer.

 

 

Picture frames provide the perfect backdrop to family moments, adding a pop of personality!

 

 

A pair of love birds would be adorable nestled on a book shelf, mantel, in a centerpiece or outdoors.

 

Speaking of the outdoors, while a garden bench is a welcome addition to……a garden, it’s also an adorable appointment in your home as well.

 

More scarlet hues, more inspirations, more home décor, more beautiful spaces…..  

  

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The Colors of Love…..


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more passionate colors! The month of February is devoted to the celebration of love as we honor St. Valentine. What better way to tell your personal design story than by speaking through the universal language of color?

Color has transformative powers. We react to color in a very personal way. We have our favorites. In fact I think we should all have a signature color palette. To me, one of the most memorable moments in cinematic history regarding personal style came by the way of Julia Roberts as Shelby in Steel Magnolias. She described her signature colors as “blush and bashful”. I lean towards lipstick red, raspberry pink and Kelly green. What colors are you drawn to?

My mission in my Interior Design business is to help my clients develop a personal style that reflects the way they live and tells the story of their lives. One very impactful way to tell that story is through our relationship to color. Why live a life of blah and boring beige when we can surround ourselves with beauty, intensity and inspiration?

In honor of Valentines Day I want to share with you my favorite shades of love…..

(I always use Benjamin Moore Paint, favoring the eggshell finish as a general rule)

 

Red is passionate love. It is the color most associated with excitement and energy and is a real attention grabber. It’s a sensual color that inspires enthusiasm, encourages confidence and action, and stimulates conversation (which is why it’s perfect in the Dining Room).

  • 1323 Currant Red
  • 2079-10 Candy Cane Red
  • 1330 My Valentine
  • 2086-10 Exotic Red
  • 1315 Poppy Red
  • 1308 Red Parrot

 

Purple is spiritual love. It is the perfect combination of red’s fiery stimulation and blue’s peaceful calm. Purple is associated with both royalty and mysticism. It is uplifting and can inspire creativity.

  • 1364 Vintage Claret
  • 1379 Eggplant
  • 2074-20 Summer Plum
  • 2068-40 California Lilac
  • 1391 Naples Sunset
  • 1397 Mighty Aphrodite

 

Pink is romantic love. It is the color of happiness; playful and sweet. Vibrant tones of pink have the passionate and sensual quality of red without the bold and aggressive nature, while brighter pinks are pure, fun and exciting like the carefree days of our youth.

  • 1345 Bermuda Breeze
  • 2077-20 Gypsy Pink
  • 1346 Island Sunset
  • 2083-40 Begonia
  • 2076-40 Raspberry Mousse

 

More color, more inspiration, more Interior Design, more personal style…………

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Bruce Willis has me seeing RED!


As the More is More Mom®, I am all about…..more movie matinees! I’m afraid it seems as though it has been about 100 years since we have been to the movies, which is a shame because we are a movie going people. Our first apartment was above a five screen movie theater in Chicago’s South Loop (right by the police station at 11th and State). It was nothing short of awesome!

Seriously, the last time we went to the show was over the summer where we saw The Other Guy’s (which was pretty funny), starring Will Ferrell and Mark Whalberg. For us though, that is just way too long in between movie going experiences. Here’s the dilemma; when you have teenagers, you must always be available for carpooling, dropping off and picking up at a moment’s notice. The big car needs to be gassed up and ready to go whether you’re transporting two kids, or six, to parts near and far. Always on high alert, you must be ready to open your home for one pal or a party, and be prepared to almost never go out again, as you certainly cannot leave teenagers unattended. Other parents tend not to like that very much and neither do we. In the meantime, life for Chuck and me can be pretty boring. We decided to satisfy our movie going addiction by sneaking in a Saturday matinee. 

What to see, what to see? Our Nick suggested Paranormal Activity II (no way) or Jack Ass 3-D (not a chance, though Steve-O did win my heart on Dancing with the Stars, and I do like Johnny Knoxville when I see him on Late Night TV interviews. I’m just not loving their whacky hi-jinks and I’m pretty sure most of them have lost some of their teeth, along with most of their brain cells). Chuck wanted to see Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps (we saw the original Wall Street the day it came out back in 1987), but he reasoned that it had been out so long it would likely be on DVD soon enough. We then debated over Social Network and RED, but I don’t care if Justin Timberlake brought Sexy Back, I’m all about Bruce Willis. Ultimately, there was no contest…RED it was.

 

Now you know what a sucker I am for nostalgia and RED had it in spades!

Bruce Willis portrays retired CIA operative, Frank Moses, who is having a difficult time adjusting to life as a civilian. It seems the only bright spot in his day is chatting on the telephone with his crush, Mary-Louise Parker (of Weeds), about his retirement checks. When out of nowhere, a huge group of assassins turn up in the middle of the night, and try to kill him. What could they have possibly been thinking? This is Bruce Willis we’re talking about here. He’s cooler than cool and no one rocks a weapon better. Bruce is at his charming, self-deprecating, wise talking, gun slinging, action hero best! Though I suppose I am a biased fan, I even liked Hudson Hawk, The Whole Nine Yards and most recently, Cop Out.     

It appears that someone is out to kill him, so he whisks off to Kansas City to pick up Mary-Louise Parker (which is a surprise to her, as they had never met before in person) for safe keeping. When she protests, he simply ties her up with Duck Tape and keeps moving. He is retired CIA after all.

Soon it becomes clear that Frank needs to get “the band” back together; all the other agents tagged RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous). Truly, how dangerous could Morgan Freeman (who will always be from the Electric Company to me) and Dame Helen Mirren really be?  Though I am going to call John Malkovich out as crazy, because he always plays crazy. Remember him as the bad guy in In The Line of Fire? For some reason, in RED, I felt that he was channeling a little Detective Wojciehowicz from Barney Miller, but I get easily distracted by such things.

Retired or not, I’ll give them that they sure did cover a lot of territory; Kansas City, New Orleans, NYC, Pensacola, Mobile, Langley, Chesapeake, Chicago. I don’t think Thelma and Louise logged as many miles! They strong armed, out smarted and Duck Taped their way across the country. At one point Mary-Louise Parker commented, “You can’t just go around Duck Taping everyone.” (Oh, but there are so many uses for Duck Tape, see my previous blogs:  https://moreismoremom.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/duck-tape-macgyver-and-a-visit-from-osha/ and https://moreismoremom.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/sticks-and-stones-may-break-my-bones-the-queen-of-duck-tape-strikes-again  )

With all of the former CIA operatives on board it was time to out smart the bad guys. Along the way they run into Ernest Borgnine (of Mc Hale’s Navy fame) and the ever charming Richard Dreyfus (“I-don’t-like-the-panties-hanging-on-the-rod!” Goodbye Girl). How fun is that?

The most fun about the whole RED experience is that the good guys prevail, in an entertaining and action packed adventure!

More matinees, more time with my honey, more popcorn and more Bruce Willis…..

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Fourth of July Celebration; Day One…Decorations


What’s more fun than more parties!?! There’s nothing more All American than commemorating Independence Day. I have an exciting week planned, and I can’t wait to share with you the details for a fantastic Fourth. Each and every day I will demonstrate my ideas for divine decorations and delectable dishes. Actually, we enjoyed a fabulous Father’s Day dinner last weekend. My family was kind enough to indulge me by celebrating the “Faux of July,” which made it possible to bring this to you today…….

We had so much fun with our Memorial Day celebration, and we could certainly have used the same patriotic elements again this go around, but I wanted to show you how you could mix it up a little bit.

I would have loved for us to dine al fresco, but Mother Nature has been so darn unpredictable (that’s not true, she’s very predictable….rain everyday.). We settled for cocktails and appetizers on the deck, which was perfectly pleasant…..and dry.

My love affair with fabric, texture and color lead me to start, as it usually does, with a table covering. For Memorial Day I used a fantastic quilt as a tablecloth. Today, I was inspired to use this very bold, red tablecloth with stripes made out of polka dots. Great attention to detail. Tablecloths are another of my collecting obsessions. This one is great because it is suitable for so many occasions; Valentines Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day and any other day you’re moved to entertain in a sea of red.

Layers just add dimension and interest, so I always use a placement over my tablecovering. Here I selected a dusty blue (with a nice little tone on tone stripe) in homage to the Red, White and Blue. I topped that with a silver leaf charger, with a hobnail trim (which is a subtle tie in to the dots, in the stripe, of my tablecloth), reminiscent of the sparkle of…..sparklers! I pulled out these great red, stoneware dinner plates. I like the raised scroll detail. As always, I am taken with the way a snappy dessert plate pulls the theme of a table setting together (kind of like a great necklace or bracelet). For years I have been collecting a mish mash of blue and white plates that I use for appetizers and desserts. My collection stands at about 50, and I’ve used them all together, and their color combination is what unifies them, not the pattern. It’s just sort of groovy and eclectic. Here I enlisted the aid of two different patterned Spode plates and they look great (I alternated the pattern at every other place setting).

I am morally opposed to paper products while entertaining, but this was an exception. My menu consists of two potentially, very messy food items; ribs and buttery corn on the cob. Having heart palpitations because the good linen napkins are going to be ruined is no way to go through dinner, so I picked up these sturdy, 2 ply paper napkins and gave each guest two. So much more relaxing for all concerned! Red handled flatware showed off quite nicely against the blue napkins and placemats. You know I am a Target junkie, and I found these cute acrylic tumblers for $1.99 a piece. They’re perfect with their rows of blue stars (stars and stripes forever…). Each glass held a patriotic pinwheel.

Alas, the centerpiece. A low arrangement was in order, as I wanted to be sure we could see each other across the table. I set out five, simple clear glass vases and tied a red, white and blue wired edged, plaid ribbon around each one, for a little slice of Americana. The stripes on the tablecloth are white, so I was determined to find something sweet like white daisies. I raced and ran from floral department to floral department when Amanda and I popped in for a visit to our favorite Costco. Disappointed because there were no white flowers, I was about to settle on red roses, which were really much to formal for the occasion, when my gal pointed out bouquets of gorgeous blue and white hydrangeas. She is so smart! We brought them home, trimmed the stems so they would form a luscious, full cluster. Lined up together, they were stunning. To complete the look, I placed red and blue tin stars amongst the vases, and for a little romantic candlelight, resurrected blue and white votive holders to coordinate with my Spode plates. The table was lovely!

For this party, my buffet was really just set up for appetizers, but I still wanted it to make a statement. Pattern and color always sets the tone, so I was excited to use this classic, flag, throw size, quilt as a topper (I’ve had it in my collection for so long, I don’t recall from whence it came. Target or Kohl’s would be a pretty safe bet.). My four appetizer offerings took center stage. Elevation always makes for a pleasing, and user friendly food display. A pewter, hob nail trim, pedestal cake plate stood proudly in the back. On either side (and slightly to the front) of the highest point, I wanted to present two additional, raised appetizers, without being so un-original and boring as to incorporate two more cake plates. How cute are these storage bins embellished with red and blue stars? They were open at the top, so I simply flipped them upside down, and voila….two tall, patriotic, colorful, pattern-ful stands. Flat on the table, lined up across from the tall, pedestal cake plate, is a slate cheese board (that my friend Mrs. Lilly found for me). It’s fantastic! People are forever curious about the flavors in beautiful gourmet cheeses. The slate cheese board offers a smart solution. With a piece of chalk, you can simply write down the sorts of cheeses you are serving. Genius!

As the More is More Mom®, I could never leave a quiet, empty space, so I am inclined to fill in every nook and cranny! In the center of the table, I resurrected the Liberty Bell that I used for Memorial Day, and next to that I placed a crystal bowl full of fresh blueberries! On one side of my Kitchen island, I displayed two tall arrangements of all American sun flowers. They are so happy! For nearly an eternity I have had these two tall galvanized cylinders which nest inside wicker, handled baskets. They remind me of a picnic, which is perfect for the 4th! I stuck two American flags in each for a dramatic backdrop. This may sound crazy, but I found this whimsical bicycle at my grocery store. Inspiration is all around us, we just have to be open to it…… I could easily have stuck potted plants at the base, and at the top, but I had so many beautiful flowers already. Instead, I filled one basket with limes and one with lemons for an Earthy, organic quality.

On the opposite side of the island, I wanted something lively to fill the space. I knew I needed some height to mimic the other end of the buffet. At my Memorial Day bash, this red, rustic urn took center stage filled with mums, but today, it was the perfect place to rest a large, red, white and blue beach ball (height, color and shape…..a three-for). To the left, I placed a crystal bowl full of cherries and to the right a big, crazy pig with a rooster on top that sported the colors of the day. I scattered white tea light candles around the buffet for a festive glow and we are ready to party!

I hope you will be inspired to get creative and set a beautiful table and buffet for your Independence Day party this coming weekend.

Tomorrow: Dinner Menu and recipes….guaranteed to be finger licking good!

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