Designer Carolyne Roehm counts her blessings and admits to being fortunate by having two mentors in her life: Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta. Lucky lady. 

“Each man gave me the gift of his wisdom, criticism, and encouragement.”   –Carolyne Roehm


In a recent article for Architectural Digest, Carolyne Roehm sets the table and photographs the tablescapes that were inspired by her mentors.  I have to believe that Carolyne’s mentors would absolutely approve of the two beautiful table settings that include Spode’s Greek pattern in blue and brown.  The table settings also include beautiful monogrammed blown-crystal glasses by Locchi and Venetian blue goblets by glassmakers Nason & Moretti.

Carolyne’s beautiful Fall designs definitely inspire me to start thinking about my own table settings for this holiday season.

Spode’s Greek pattern is a timeless design.

I am not a fan of carnations but after seeing how elegant they can look I might have to rethink my position!

Pasadena Showcase House 2015: The Writers Room

I have made it tradition to tour the Pasadena Showcase House each year. The homes selected and the designer updates never seem to disappoint. This year one of my favorite rooms was designed by Robert Frank Design of San Marino, California. It was probably one of the smallest rooms in this 9,600 square foot home (plus a 2,600 carriage house) but it was one that was most memorable to me. I think one of the many reasons I connected with it was because of its serene ocean vibe and the coziness of the space.

“Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s oceanside villa, we created a timeless design that is both beautiful and comfortable. Serving double duty as a home office and guest room, this space also offers a peaceful retreat.” 

I think Robert Frank did an exquisite job of capturing the essence of a seaside retreat by incorporating a crisp white, navy, and citron.  The floral fabric used for the draperies is known as “Alexander Indigo” and is available through Calico Corners.  A good testament to the fact that many wonderful interior design resources are available to the general public!

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Fabric detail. Yardage is available to the public through Calico Corners.

Photos via houzz, Cozy Stylish Chic and Calico Corners