john robshaw

dear john robshaw

dear John Robshaw

(a.k.a. amazing textile designer and creator extraordinaire)

It’s rare that any man can change my mind on all white bedding, but I’m pretty convinced your blockprinted linens are worth the occasional departure for a wild bolster or unexpected bedskirt.

In fact, I was so inspired I decided to cover my own headboard and a vintage loveseat in one of your gorgeous creations.

john robshaw
julie couch interiors

Really. the whimsy, color, and fun of your designs make me feel like I”m on vacation…

or at a really cool party.

john robshawI love the irregular repeats of the motifs and the occassional “imperfection.”

Overall, I heart you, JR.

xo, Julie

pink decorating

think pink

pink decorating

Pink it´s my new obsession

Pink it´s not even a question

Pink on the lips of your lover, ´cause

Pink is the love you discover

Pink as the bing on your cherry

Pink ´cause you are so very

Pink it´s the color of passion

`Cause today it just goes with the fashion


It’s true.  It seems everywhere I look there are beautiful soft shades of pink!  Maybe it’s because a dear friend of mine is about to have a new baby girl, and I’m getting to help create a sweet nursery for her.

Or maybe it’s the summer heat that makes me long for cool and light, pastel hues.

Or maybe I’m just a hopeless romantic and love that the color is overtly and unapologetically “girly.”

suzanne kasler

And even though I’d never consider myself a “pink person,” when I decorated a room at the Junior League show house five years ago, that’s exactly the color I chose for a “young lady’s bedroom.”  And it is so lady-like, isn’t it?

julie couch interiors

julie couch interiors

And I will honestly say after five years, I still love this room.  The walls are painted Romance by Sherwin Williams.  The color reminds me of a delicate peach rose.

However, if you love the look of this room for your house, but you’re space is not show house proportions, I’d recommend asking the paint store to mix the color at 1/2 tint for a less intense version of the same hue.

stephen shubel

So from head to toe I’m definitely feeling it.  Even my favorite summer nail polish is perfectly pink, Essie’s Fiji.  It’s opaque enough that you notice it but subtle enough to be feminine and pretty.  That’s also why I like wall colors to be present but polite.

You never want a paint color that makes your room scream at you, “Hey you! I’m red, and I’m loud…”

You get the idea.

phoebe howard

krista ewart

Other pink paints I am loving now are Sherwin Williams Possibly Pink,

Benjamin Moore’s Bridal Pink,

and Farrow and Ball’s Pink Ground.

jonathan berger

via country living

windsor smith

pink bedroom
via country living

via country living

Your favorite shade of pink may be warm and sweet like my Mimi’s strawberry cake or zesty and cool like raspberry sorbet, but either way it’s absolutely yummy!

xo, jc

tree photo

trees and sky..oh my!

I went for a walk this morning in my neighborhood, and I couldn’t believe how beautiful and varied the shades of green were around me.  As I listened to Amos Lee on my iPhone and looked up at the gorgeous, bright blue sky I realized what a fabulous combination the kelly green against the clear baby blue really is!

So, I started thinking about how much I love to create rooms around moments that make me take notice.

Here are a few summer spaces that’ll make you want to grab your suit and get to the pool!

Canadian House and Home
Anthony Baratta and William Diamond
alexandra angle
meg braff
tobi fairley
tom stringer
tobi fairley
windsor smith
lynn morgan
leslie klotz
gideon mendelson
frances schultz
frances schultz
carolyn espley-miller
jacqueline derrey

 Summer time is pretty cool, right!?

Which is your favorite?



a pretty plan!

Last week I met with a very sweet new client.  She had seen this soft green, retro sofa at Macy’s and wanted assistance with completing the rest of her new living room around this piece.

To stay in budget but get a great new space, I suggested pulling a plan together for her to execute at her own pace.

As a result, I used online retailers she could access easily.

She had this great antiqued mirror, measuring almost 7 feet high, that we knew we would use!

I thought transitional lines and a neutral fabric would be best for our arm chairs.  The soft shape and color complement the pear green sofa.

These “Sweep” chairs are from West Elm.

Then, I added a couple “Courbe” cube ottomans from Ballard Designs in lieu of a traditional coffee table.

Next, ivory gourd lamps are perfect on the new console table we’ll place behind the sofa.  They define our mood of mod meets classic.

And, at $169, the “Dwight” console, from CB2, will provide the platform for those great lamps!And since she asked for fun pattens, what could be better than these fresh green accents from West Elm?

Of course, we need a little bit of form meets function.  This lamp, also from West Elm, is a way to add interest and movement.

Oh, and maybe a few more pillows.  Don’t these just sing?!

And the chorus…la la la…

our lovely living room!

What are you adding to your space for Spring?

xo, jc


something new to love

I went to a design conference in LA last month, and I was so happy to attend the launch party for a new online magazine.  The content of the new magazine was kept a mystery until yesterday…

So, in case you haven’t seen it yet, Traditional Home and Lonny Magazine have collaborated to create a new online shelter magazine called Trad Home.

And it’s fantastic!

I actually went through it two times last night just so I could take in all the gorgeous images!

In its premiere issue, Trad Home features work from some hot new designers.

It’s a great balance of the classics with a little funk thrown in for good measure.

What do you think?

xo, jc