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Style Me Pretty….

With most of the major design decisions done around here, I am slowly but surely working on art and accessories.  If we get some good light over the weekend I’ll share a few new additions, my new living room art is being picked up from the artist today and I’ve had a professional arrange orchids in my big clam shell for the foyer.  Plus, the new pair of lamps for our family room sofa table came in….

What I am lacking is the knick knacks and accessories that make the house feel “done.”  Here are some inspiration images.

Coffee Table Styling Ideas via Maddie G Designsvia

Coffee Table Styling Ideas from Maddie G Designs BlogTiffany Eastman Interiors

Andi Hatch Photography 2012Meg Galligan.  Photography by  Andi Hatch

Coffee Table Styling Via Maddie G Designs Blogvia 

See anything you like?

Happy Weekend!

Digging Green….

Green Animal Print Bedroom Via Maddie G DesignsTom Leighton/Homes & Gardens, via

Melanie TurnerMelanie Turner

Melanie Turner Green Imperial Trellis SchumacherMelanie Turner

Landsmeer Ultramarine by robert allen Fabric, Robert Allen

I mentioned the other day that I want to use some green in my office (wallpaper).  I’ve never been a huge fan of the color for my own spaces.  However, I find these days that I am really drawn to it.

See anything you like? 

Pink and Gold Friday….

It was a crazy week around here (when isn’t it?).  First week back to school and kids took a while to adjust back to Central time.  My husband was out of town.  My nanny was out of town.  Work has been busy….and the kids have wanted lots of mommy time.  But it’s Friday and all is good.  Here are some pretty inspiration images in one of my favorite color combinations at the moment, pink/champagne and gold.

Jonathan Adler Pink and GoldJonathan Adler

Pink and Gold Roomsource?

Amanda NisbetAmanda Nisbet

Better Homes and Gardens Pink and GoldBetter Homes & Gardens

Friday, so happy to see you today.

Happy Weekend!

Just Because….

Schumacher Wallpaper available through Maddie G DesignsSchumacher

Schumacher Chenonceau wallpaper available through Maddie G DesignsShazalynn Calvin-Winfrey

Faux Bois and Green Dining Room via Maddie G Designs via, anyone know source?

Dan Caruthers via Maddie G DesignsDan Carithers

I am drawn to these warmer, earthy slightly more traditional spaces today.  Not sure why.  Just because, I guess.

Happy Wednesday.

Beach Living….

Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth there but we were out of town for a week for Spring Break and while I had good intentions of blogging from vacation….I was just too tired to do it.  We spent a week in Newport Beach, CA and I am telling you when it isn’t foggy….I don’t know how there could be a better place to be.  So, beautiful! 

While there we managed to do three days at Disneyland and one at Lego Land which left for two days to explore Newport, Balboa Island, etc.  I have tons of photos (mainly of the kids and their Pop-Pop who joined us for a few days of Disney fun) but haven’t even thought about downloading them from my phone.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some photos of a Beach Bungalow (I am pretty sure it is in Balboa) designed by Krista Ewart (all images photographed by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful.)

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These images make me wish I had a little beach-side cottage.

The color and casual vibe is speaking to me!

Happy Monday.

Fun for the little guy…..

I stumbled across the cutest little boys’ room on Dering Hall.

Nickey Kehoe Boys RoomDesigner Nickey Kehoe, Photographed by Amy Neunsinger

The paper, the yellow bed….the cute, yet boyish linens.

And the Letter….

Red Marquee Letter from Urban Outfitters

via Urban Outfitters

Hazards of a wire running down your kids’ wall aside.

Does it get any cuter?

Playing with fabric….

Our guest room needs finishing.  Major pieces are done….like the window treatments, the headboard/bedskirt and the cutest navy and white silk ginham chair.  But the bedding, lamps and accessories are lacking.  Recently, I had fun playing with textiles. 

Maddie G Designs Guest Room Fabric Swatches

The back fabric is on the roman shades and a pillow already (Brunschwig & Fils).  The others are contenders for various and sundry additions to the room…..

If I could spend every (working) minute playing with textiles….

I’d be in heaven.

Marbled Wallpaper…..

Pinterest sucks time.  A pin of the below wallpaper led me down a rabbit hole the other night while the kids were sleeping and hubby was at a work dinner.

Large Marbled Wallpaper

I haven’t seen the paper in person….but I was intrigued when I saw it.  It is readily available retail and much more affordable than I would have initially thought.  (Go to this site to find a local dealer.)  When I saw it, I initially thought of the below vignette from Designer, Ben Dhong.

Ben Dhong House Beaultiful

Photography by Lisa Romerein

It is probably just the colors that invoked the comparison (the paper Dhong used is “Fornasetti Nuvole” by Cole & Son and looks more like a sky full of grey clouds when you look closely).  See what I mean below….found an image of the same paper used on a ceiling.

Fornasetti Nuvole Cole & Sons Wallpapervia

But anyways, I digress (hence the rabbit hole I went down the other night).  I went on a search for marbled wallpaper (of course this lead me to MANY images of spaces with ‘marble’ and ‘wallpaper’ ….ugh.)  But, here are a couple of images I found before I gave up picked up the book I am engrossed in at the moment!

Marble Wallpaper via

Marble Wallpaper Lonny August 2012Lonny, August 2012 (paper source here)

Would you use a marble wallpaper?

I am on the fence.

Just Plain Clammy….

I did a post about using clam shells in decorating over two years ago.  At the time, finding a large clam shell at a decent price was near impossible–yet I was seeing them all over the place in magazines.  Now, open your favorite home decor catalog and you are sure to find one at a reasonable price.  I know I have a wholesale source, but honestly I cannot remember where I saw it and I am in the mood for some instant gratification, à la Wisteria.  (So lucky that they are based in Dallas and have a retail store here!)  I am thinking of using one of these either on my foyer table or the kitchen table.

 Large Clam Shell SinkJames Merrell for House Beautiful

Giant Clam Shellvia 

Dan Marty Design Clam ShellDan Marty Design

Giant Clam Shell Lisa Luby RyanLisa Luby Ryan

Clam Shell CenterpieceTria Giovan for Coastal Living

Clamshell Foyer Tablevia

Centerpiece Clam Shellvia

What do you think?

Like the look?

Bold Art Wall….

I think people are often afraid to put art over a boldly wallpapered wall.  Here are some examples proving it can be done with success.

Anna Spiro Wallpaper at Black and SpiroAnna Spiro

martyn Lawrence BullardMartyn Lawrence Bullard

Hinson Fireworks Wallpaper via LonnyPhotography by Patrick Cline

09_ozzy_sharon_osbourne_homephotography by Roger Davis for Architectural Digest

Maddie has the fireworks wallpaper in her bedroom and I have the Farrow and Ball wallpaper above in our Master.  Neither has a thing hanging on the wall.  I need to get moving!

What do you think?