Monday, November 10, 2014

Gary Sinise Foundation

In the five years I have been doing the blog I have avoided posts unrelated to decorating so please bear with me...... A few weeks ago I watched this video about the Gary Sinise Foundation, which helps soldiers returning from war. I was so taken by Sinise's dedication and the foundation; I cried throughout the video. Among other things, the foundation helps build "Smart Homes" for those returning with lost limbs. I contacted the foundation's headquarters in California to see if I could send accessories from Shed to help decorate the homes. They appreciated the offer, but understandably do not have the manpower to handle this type of donation. I sent money instead. With Veteran's Day here, I would like to do something from Shed for these amazing people who have gone through hell for us and I'm hoping you will help. Now through Saturday, when you make a purchase mention the Gary Sinese Foundation and 25% of your sale will be sent to the foundation. Even if it is a $20 candle, they will get $5. It makes a difference! The event will be in-store and on the website (which ships free anywhere in the US). Just mention Gary Sinise in the check out area. Thanks very much. 


"If we don't take care of our defenders before, during and after the battle why would we expect anyone to care about serving" - Gary Sinise
For George with love.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Very excited to be going to Paris at the end of the week. Perfect timing as the revamped Picasso museum just reopened. Will visit it this weekend. The overhaul, which took five years, was quite an ordeal and packed with drama (the museum's director was let go). Kept the French papers buzzing. Looking forward to seeing what the fuss was all about and the great master's work. Can read about the opening here.

Above with daughter, Paloma.

Check out this video of Paloma Picasso in her office at Tiffany & Co. here.
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Before & After

When my friend Jenifer moved into a new house earlier this year she had every intention of setting up her dining room where the former owners had theirs. But then I came over and talked her out of it (count on opinionated friends). There was plenty of other space in the house to serve a big meal. Why not use this as her home office? She liked the idea and asked me if I'd help her pull it together. Glad to oblige and happy to report she loves it. I love that she didn't follow any "rules" and has made the space work for her and her family.
Above is the former dining room. Below is the new office.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Barn Beauty

Very excited to see this Connecticut farmhouse in the Wall Street Journal, which was revamped by architect Doug Wright who lives in Maplewood and New York designer Fawn Galli. Their combined know-how resulted in updating the existing structure (circa 1830) and adding this fabulous black painted barn with walls of glass. The 6,000 square-foot project was done for a New York couple and their three teenage sons who spend weekends here. Simply stunning. Check out the article here.

The walls are whitewashed and the sisal rug is painted white, which is a great way to make the art and furnishings pop.

Some of the furnishings and accessories are switched out seasonally to keep the house ready-to-go year round, said Galli, adding, "When things started feeling too grandma, we mucked it up a bit."

The velvet upholstered banquette spans 18 feet. A ledge was added behind it for art and drinks.

A twin size day bed is in the kitchen. Brilliant! Wright had the floors painted red then aged to match the patina finish throughout the rest of the house.
In the contemporary addition, Wright kept things old-world by incorporating re-used baseboards, trim and floor planks.

There are few window treatments in the house to keep things modern and open to the outdoor scenery.
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Seeing white

These simple, oh-so-pretty vases arrived yesterday. I've owned two of the tall, narrow ones for years. They are on my living room mantle and make me just as happy today as the day I put them there. Minimal at its best. Each piece is signed by the artist. Available on the website also here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fred Meylan

The home/ studio of French fashion photographer Fred Meylan is perfectly imperfect. With its battered walls and worn floors, it serves as a gorgeous backdrop for some of his best photos. If you speak French, you can hear him discussing the studio HERE, but even if you don't it's fun just to see him walking through this great space.




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