Silver Screen Interiors: Sleepy Hollow

Cover of "Sleepy Hollow"

Cover of Sleepy Hollow


My neighbors already have their Halloween decorations out, so I feel like I am allowed to get  Halloween inspired with the blog.  There are two movies I try to get in every Halloween while carving a pumpkin, or working on my costume: John Carpenter‘s Halloween, and Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.  Sleepy Hollow has become a classic for me, because it harkens back to spooky Americana folklore…witches, ghosts, glowing pumpkins, and erie fog.  Tim Burton’s movies always have a  very recognizable flair to them and he brings his typical rich and dark color pallet to Sleepy Hollow.  The costumes by Colleen Atwood (one of my modern day favorites) are gorgeous, and the sets are that perfect movie stylized version of the period by Rick Heinrichs and Peter Young.  The above still from the movie looks like it should be an oil painting.  Did walls have that much patina back then?  I’m not sure, but it sure looks fantastic.




Art Books

Alex Katz, 1970, Pop art

Alex Katz, 1970, Pop art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Image from The Design Book

Image from The Design Book

I just spent an hour compiling a list of 28 art/design/architecture/and photography books to get your creative Juices flowing.  Sadly it did not save properly, and it has vanished (along with the last hour of my life).  So I’m afraid you will be getting a greatly condensed version.  I will just focus on the gems found at Phaidon.  You can always count on them for a great art book.  Click on the title for more information.

1.  Alex Katz

2. Antony Gormley

3.  The Design Book

4.  The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

5.  Japan Style

6.  History of the Poster

7.  Spoon

8.  Art Deco Style

9.  The Contemporary Garden

Have a favorite art book, tell me about it!

Doors of Paris

Our whirlwind trip has now taken us from Paris to Dublin and as I took a beat to review some photos yesterday at the airport I realized that I am simply in love with exterior doors in Paris. They are oversized, greatly detailed, and seem to have the perfect patina whether they’re stained wood or painted a fab color. Green seems to be most popular and I must say I’m a fan! The grande hardware makes each and every one feel so incredibly special.

What color would you paint one of these beauties?













My parents often send me articles, books, and quotes they think I would like and today my Dad sent me the perfect one on the perfect day, so I thought I would pass it on in case anyone else was in need for the perfect bit of inspiration today.  This is a post from Ishita Gupta who works as a business coach and to help people to become fearless.  Enjoy!

You Don’t Need to Know How to Do It. You Just Need to Start.

You don’t have to have it all figured out.
You just have to know Step A and do it. Then Step B and then do it.

You don’t have to listen to the negative chatter inside your head.
You can choose to mute it and turn the volume up on the good stuff.

You don’t have to be overwhelmed.
You just take it moment by moment and focus only on what’s in front of you.

You don’t have to have the best team, the right website, or be an expert.
You have everything you need right now – you just need the courage to act.

You don’t have to wait for the sun or your trainer to exercise.
You put your kicks by your bed and do it without thinking.

You don’t have to wait till the blogger says “Yes.”
You do it with someone else and before someone else does.

You don’t have to wait for investors or your boss to notice your smarts.
You recognize it first.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of learning how to do it.
You know that you can’t be a beginner and be an expert at the same time.

You don’t have to feel guilty for spending time on what makes you happy.
You do have to worry if you never listen to the voice inside you.

You don’t have to wonder if you will look “messy.”
You will. Messy is okay for some time, even if it feels like a long time.

You don’t have to (and cannot) play someone else’s game.
You play yours the best you can. It is yours and yours alone.

You don’t have to sacrifice all of who you are to please others.
You do have to have boundaries and know why you have them.

You don’t have to wait till your parents or wife or best friend understands you.
They won’t. You have to understand yourself before you expect it from others.

You don’t have to wait for someone to help you.
You have to ask for help when you need it without shame.

You don’t need to wait for others to give you props before you give it to them.
You can feel grateful for others’ success because it shows you where you want to do.

You don’t have to feel like confident people were “born with it.”
You do have to build your own toolbox with things that make you feel strong.

You don’t have to feel like your time hasn’t come or that it never will.
You do have to know deep down that your best is yet to come.

Here’s to turning your “don’ts” into “do’s.” Hit reply to this email and tell me what you turned around today. I can’t wait to hear from you.

xx Ishita

Shopping: Chartreuse & Co.


This weekend I drove out towards Frederick, MD to the unique shopping destination of Chartreuse & Co., located on farm land off of Buckeystown Pike.  They have commandeered two barns and some smaller buildings on the property to house the various booths of antiques, hand made goods and rustic reproductions.  The booths in the main barn building are artfully curated.  You can see that each business owner has their own style, though they all compliment each other.  This wouldn’t be the place to go for sleek contemporary or Mid Century Modern.  The look you’ll find is more farmhouse chic or country French.  There were plenty of things I wanted to take home with me, more then I have room for.  I settled for an old metal sign letter “&” that had great patina.  I’m sure I have enough wall space left for that.

Be sure to visit their site for their schedule and special events.  The first time I went it was one of their Market Days, and there were vendors on the lawn as well.  Get there early…. the lines to check out get pretty long by noon.  The other bonus is Fredrick is not far away, and there are some nice spots to lunch and shop.

Try to get there before the Holidays and stock up on some unique gifts!





Seen on the Street

I have to give it to European women (particularly those I’ve seen in London and Paris), they have the classic chic, don’t look like they’ve tried to hard look down to a ‘T’!  If the outfit is simple, a great re lip adds some interest, and if there’s color in the outfit, it tends to be a bold one.  I myself was inspired to rock a red lip to dinner with the hubs tonight with my mostly black outfit and I don’t have the energy face/hair.  I have to say, I felt like I was in the know all of the sudden.  So easy and tres chic!

Now for some of that amazing street style.

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Interior by Tham and Vinegard Hanson

The wall that first greets me every morning has one painting by myself and a screen print by Jordan Bernier, both with every color in the spectrum.  They make me very happy year round and it got me thinking what it would be like to live with all that color every day.  Typically we seem to limit the color pallet of a room 3-4 main colors, but sometimes that just not enough.

Feeling blue?  Live inside one of these rooms for the day.




Photo by Magnus Anesund for Swedish Elle



By Stamberg Aferiat


By Stamberg Aferiat