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I’m absolutely stark raving mad about WOOD, particularly old wood,  so compiling the images for this post was a labour of love for me.  The photo above is of our octagonal porch in Sun Valley.  The floors are reclaimed  wood, with a stone border running round the perimeter. The walls are “papered” in real birch bark with thin switches of willow where the sheets of bark meet. Finding a tradesperson to do the installation was more difficult than, well, childbirth would only be a slight exaggeration, but where there’s a will there’s a way, right people?! Besides, you forget all about it when it’s over :)   The speakers, electrical outlets and switch plates were all faux painted to disappear. My painter did such a great job but I’m not going to show you because I’ve been told to stop pointing out my “fauxed” stuff to everyone or there’s no point in “faux-ing” it.   (Maybe I’ll sneak you a picture later) The fire place is river rock and metal with a very large single beam of old wood for the mantle. The light fixture is antique.  One of my carpenters made the little octagonal table for me and the furniture is just indoor/outdoor wicker. In the summertime the windows can be removed and the room becomes a screened porch.  I love to sit out here with my tea in the morning, watching the squirrels pick the bark off the railings we paid extra to find with bark,  and listen to the river rushing by.  Heaven.

Click here for the best “Wood” song ever

Norwegian Wood


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The house during construction.  The octagon porch is to the far rear left.

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Squirrel handiwork on the porch in Sun Valley

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto‘s 172 sq/ ft. bungalow with several different living levels.


“Conversation Unique”  by Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz (Gallery S. Bensimon)

DSquared Eau de Toilette for men

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A boy’s bathroom in Sun Valley.

The backsplashes and counter are zinc, vintage trough sink from the U.K. All the wood is reclaimed. The sink fixtures are copper plumbing pipes  plated in nickel. (See early S.P. post “Pssst- Wanna Buy a Faucet?” Sept.09,  for more S.V. bathroom photos)

Stella McCartney wood cage handbag

How splendid is this?

If I were a chic little Fairy with modern taste I would live in it!

Anyone know what hotel this is in NY?? I lost my credit- perhaps The Crosby St.?

Wood iphone cases at;


Shoe photo from Italian Vogue

Matteo Thun for Rapsel

Wooden radiators by i.radium.


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A bedroom in Sun Valley.

Steeply pitched roof lines starting low on the bed wall and soaring toward the fireplace on the opposite wall help to create a very cozy haven.

Feu de Bois candle by Diptique

This is one of my favourite scents (burning wood) by Diptique

Rapsel wooden sink

wooden toilet seat cover

Yvette Laduk wool blend rug

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Front Porch in Sun Valley.

Alexandre Moronnoz‘s park bench can be added to and twisted at any given point to make legs or armrests



Nasomatto Perfumes

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Wild flowers in an old wooden…thingy-  Sun Valley


Choosing Favourites


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If absolutely forced to choose a favourite colour combination I would have to go with what I’ve compiled for this post.  Rich dark brown, or even black, combined with linen beige, dusty rose, and just a touch of rusty claret or burnt sienna thrown in for good measure (you weren’t expecting just two colours, were you?!)  I’ve  begun with photos of perhaps my favourite room in our home, the master bath.  The mahogany cabinetry and floor are softened by the linen colour of the walls and wardrobe curtains, as well as the dusty rose fabric on the chaise and window seat.  What happened to my window seat throw pillows? I’m wondering the same thing myself as I look at this photo (note to self- look for missing pillows)

In summer, creamy linen slipcovers can be thrown over the upholstery to achieve an even lighter feel.  A narrow band of ebony around the edge of the floor is my touch of black.  The towels are hung on a most unusual antique I found many years ago in Chicago.  It’s made of rich dark wood and I would have thought it was used to hang bed linens or table clothes over, but it has hooks running along the lowest rung and a heavy pewter lined base, as if to hold wet boots or umbrellas. In any case, it now makes one fabulous towel rack!  The large pedestal sinks are original to the house (c.1895) although not to this room.  I raised them to a more comfortable height by adding the ‘globes’ to the legs (the globes are wood and refinished in enamel) and tilted the mirror over the mantle just slightly for more of an old-fashioned look. The fireplace is also original.

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The mahogany herringbone glows in the firelight.

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A cozy mix of my colours, sans rose, in a sitting room


Love this look

a touch of soft rose and warm wood on the Orient Express

Let’s sit and have a champagne cocktail, shall we?!

Monique lhuillier’s entire  collection in predominately claret and black is absolutely DIVINE, including the hair and make-up.

I love this bedroom  (apologies, a torn out page, with no credit)

This little shoe hanging by the bed holds eyeglasses (or chocolate bars :) )


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Monique lhuillier

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Hot Cocoa Roses from my garden.


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Black linen, rose silk and pink marble in one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in, The Amanbagh, Rajisthan.   .


Warming up a room in London.


A moth works my colours to perfection!

Chanel Fall 2010 (The Shanghai show)

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Alexander McQueen Final Collection.

Fabrics from Shumacher


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From my collection of Suzanis




I’d love to  just jump right into this photo…

From the cover of Australian Vogue Living

A detail from a mantle in my home.



I joyfully welcome other colour combination suggestions for future posts!

And may I add – How much of The NEW BLUE have I seen in just the last couple of days?!  Kind of crazy- tempted to post again Kidding (sort of…)


Let There Be Light!

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You are probably looking at these photos and thinking two things;

Is S.P. obsessed with bathroom sinks and why are the lights on in the middle of the day?

To clarify; no and no.

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 I just wanted to share these as I think they are so brilliant (no pun intended). Because the south and west facing windows in this bathroom are quite far away from the north-facing sinks, I decided this was a case for Solatubes. These are simply skylights and though they do come with or without light fittings, this photo was taken around 6 in the evening and that is  pure natural light still pouring in-nothing artificial.

Incredible, right?!  They are not expensive and take only a few hours to install.

Paging Al Gore…

PS.  I own NO STOCK in this company, but Click Here if you want to learn more.  Just trying to save the planet in my own little way.