dark gray kitchen cabinets

especially good with that gray/blue rug...


monday freshness

Isn't California designer Catherine Kwong's living room in this month's House Beautiful really fresh?
As usual, the black and white curtains do me in. 


guess what I want...



mirrors over the bedside tables. they don't even need to be matching.
I think the key is getting the right scale.
you like?
have a wonderful weekend...donna

stunning stairs


stonington gray

Designer Claudia Benvenuto's home 

I thought this room in the recent Elle Decor was great. The walls are painted Stonington Gray (HC-170) from Benjamin Moore, a terrific, light gray. As a matter of fact, the whole house is painted Stonington Gray, in lighter and darker shades.

My magazine is open to this page; I haven't been able to get past it yet.

Isn't that art over the mantel just the thing?
The whole room is, really.

what a little black and white can do...

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if this room was a drink...

tricia guild

....margarita rocks!

an old favorite for your tuesday

hello, old favorite.
I still love your neutral beauty.
 I like looking at you during these hot, dog days of summer. 
your paper lantern is so light and airy; and those icy gray silk curtains?
 well, yum.
thanks for dropping by on a tuesday, old fave.
I might just survive this summer yet.

your friend, donna

thank you

A big thank you to Robin Houghton for including 'a perfect gray' in her new book Blogging For Creatives. I'm so honored to have been included.

And trust me; this is one great book packed with tips and information on starting and maintaining a blog. I realized quickly that, even as a blogger who has been at it a while, I could use a lot of these valuable tips and insights.
I'll be referring to this book a lot!

Thanks, Robin!


the textures in this room are calling me: raw wood desk, bamboo blinds, rough linen curtains, and the paper-covered pin board. all wonderful elements against the white wall...

hope you have a great weekend!


lovely old things

a little beauty (including more grisaille) from Antiq BR