Thursday, September 22, 2011

C’mon Baby Light My Fire…

There’s a chill in the morning air these days and I know that it won’t be long before I’m spending many an evening in front of the fireplace. There’s nothing more charming than a room lit with a fire or candles – giving off a glow that you can’t achieve with lights. Here are some of my favorites I’ve saved in my wish file over the years.

Barbara Ashfield

Photos from top:

Living Etc. magazine

Australian Vogue Living

Living Etc.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Exotic Autumn

Now that students have returned to school and Labor Day weekend is upon us, there is no doubt that summer has slipped away and autumn is now a reality. In our corner of the world, autumn usually means warmer weather (Indian summer), but we still have evidence of a new season through the changing color of the flora.

There is nothing more sumptuous as a traditional autumn palette of colors. These colors of rust, bronze, ochre, apricot and the like conjure up the exotic and make for a wealth of inspiration.

Here are some inspirational possibilities for an “Exotic Autumn”:


A Rose Cumming fabric:

A painting by Gustav Klimt:

Missoni rugs:

How about a unique Hermes scarf?

Or an elegant Pierre Frey fabric:

Nothing beats the beauty of a genuine Kilim rug:

There are a plethora of inspirational choices, so go out and find your own ”Exotic Autumn”.

David J. Hansen

Photos from top:

1) Pierre Frey Anatolie fabric from the Pierre Frey web site

2) Dahlia photo by Lindsay Williams-Ross

3) Rose Cumming “Bird in Circle” fabric from Dessin Fournir web site

4) Klimt painting “Fullfilment” 1902

5) Missoni rugs from

6) Hermes scarf image from web site

7) Kilim rug from