10 December 2014

A Little This and That


Today I have a few things I want to share with you. 



First, the Winter Issue of Milieu is out and I really think this issue was put together with me in mind.  OK, OK, I wasn’t actually consulted, but if I was – this would be my dream issue.   First, there is story on Mimmi O’Connell, the Italian born designer who now makes London’s chic Eaton Square her home.  I’ve been in LOVE with Mimmi’s eclectic style for years and years and she was sweet enough to send me photographs of her apartment when I first started the blog.  In the Winter Issue, Milieu visits her gorgeous townhouse and the photographs are wonderful.   



This is just a small portion of her large reception room.   Just look at those Chinese chairs!  And those blue and white vases!  And the 18th century side tables.  I love the new linen from Claremont that covers her upholstered chairs and the unique way she handles the cushions.   She is such a stickler for symmetry.  

Mimmi is massively talented – she combines English interiors with furniture and interiors from the Far East in the most unique way.   She uses simple ticking stripes in different colorways, often in the same room, and mixes them with antique elm and rattan furniture from China and Japan.  Red and black are often her accent colors.  

   The photographs in Milieu are fabulous, as is the story.



Another fabulous story is this house by Shannon Bowers which is located on a wooded lakeside lot. It was completely renovated.  In this room – the focal point becomes the newly placed beautiful antique mantel.  I’m obsessed with the assortment of chairs here.    The house is all about texture mixed with white walls and linens and antique tables and chairs.   Bowers has such a great eye and it’s an education to study her projects and contemplate her choices.  I learn more from photographs of her work than I did in college.

There’s more -  including a spread on a house in New Orleans by my personal favorite Gerrie Bremermann.  There’s a mirror above a fireplace that is beyond gorgeous.  And the dining room, with its art filled walls, is my favorite room in the house.



On the Milieu web site – Pam Pierce invites us into her house to see how her family celebrates Christmas.  That tree!  I love it!!!! 



Pierce’s fireplace decorated for the holidays – all green and white.  No red, thank you very much.



Her dining room.  Those roses.  Love the plain corner tree.



I don’t think we’ve seen her staircase before?

  And, now for the big news:


Want to have a room in your house designed by Pamela Pierce?  Yes??  Me too!  Well, now – this is your chance.

To win a room designed by Pierce – all you have to do is subscribe to Milieu Magazine to enter the contest. 

The selected winner will send in the room’s layout and photos.  Pierce will redesign the room, suggest fabrics, furniture, wall colors, flooring, and other elements for you to purchase.  Note: site visits are excluded, as are purchases of suggested design elements. 

The contest runs until March 1, 2015 and the winner will be announced March 9.  Already a subscriber but you want to enter?  Just renew your subscription or give a gift subscription to increase your chances to win. 

To subscribe and enter the contest – click HERE.

To visit the Milieu web site go HERE.



Need some last minute gift ideas?…



My favorite pillows are from BViz – where Rebecca Vizard custom designs pillows using antique textiles, Fortuny fabrics, and all kinds of wonderful trims.  The design magazines are filled with interiors that have her pillows.   When shopping for Christmas gifts – be sure to take a look at BViz’s web site – they have all sorts of wonderful things besides pillows!


They have these darling stockings made from Suzani fabrics.



And there are stockings made from Fortuny fabrics.



They have these cute Fortuny ornament/packages.



Any my own dogs have these Fortuny collars and leashes.  They are fabulous!!!

Visit the BViz web site for last minute gift ideas HERE.



And finally – don’t forget that you have until this Saturday to enter the Vero Linens giveaway contest. 



Cote de Texas sponsor Vero Linens is hosting a contest where the winner will receive a full set of sheets – size and color of their choice. 

Also, any orders placed this week until next Thursday will receive a 20% discount off any purchase.  Use the word “Cote” to get the discount when checking out.

To enter the contest – just visit the Vero Linens web site and read one of their “How To Tips” – then leave a comment here telling me which How To tip you read.

That’s it! 

Go HERE to visit the Vero web site.

Go HERE to read all about the contest rules on the blog.