Making traditional look fresh

Here in the South, we're full of mahogany furniture.
Most of us probably have a lot of  mahogany hand-me-downs.

Check out how designer Daryl Carter transformed this piece.
Flat black paint and a carrara marble top.

I really do love most of Daryl Carter's work.
And I think this looks great.

Could you do this?

The Costello's House - Then and Now

Remember when we looked at Sara Ruffin Costello's holiday decor here?

I did always love how she wrote the lipstick greeting on her mirror.

Take a look at her New Orleans house now,
as recently featured on One Kings Lane.

Can you spot a few changes?

Love all the black and white.

Fall/Winter Grays from Pottery Barn

Agreeable Gray (SW 7029)

Check out Pottery Barn's Fall/Winter color selection,
including a few great grays.

Online (SW 7072)

Dark Room (SW 7083)

Sensuous Gray (SW 7081)

Iron Ore (SW 7069)

Any favorites here?

Sensuous Gray would look fabulous in a cozy den this winter.

Hovey Design

Neutral, quirky and masculine.
My kind of look from the interiors and staging of

Scalamandre Tiger Velvet Pillow

I am just learning that Williams Sonoma Home

This one is going on my Christmas wish list.

(I've been a VERY good girl this year.) 

an elegant new york apartment

Designer Janine Carendi MacMurray's New York apartment is restrained and elegant.

I love how she framed her child's artwork in an antique gilt wood frame.

The deep blue library/den might just be the best part. 

More of her child's art flanking the doorway.

Photos by Jeff Hirsch

See the full apartment on New York Social Diary.

Is a new seagrass rug in your future?

You know how I love the look of layered rugs.
If you are sprucing up a little before the holidays
(just like I am), I recommend this 9 x 12 Safavieh Seagrass rug from Overstock.
I just put one in my dining room and I'm a happy gal.

It's a great rug  - much better quality than the ones I have previously
 ordered from Pottery Barn.

And for reader Jennie H.,