Sparkling Crystal Chandeliers and Deliciously Scented Air

Ummm the Lampe Berger fragrance fills the air and the chandeliers sparkle like diamonds…this is the new main room of the Whistling Elk.

You can just see the end of the elegant custom bookcase/cabinet on the right and on the left side of the room is our Lampe Berger and our Tea Forte.

Habersham tables line up down the center of the shop housing our collection of LoLLia, Shelley Kyle and in the far distance the La Vie Parisienne jewelry.

Sparkling overhead are those amazingly beautiful bohemian swarovski crystal chandeliers.

My custom cabinetmaker is amazing

We moved the custom cabinet that i had built into the shop several years ago from the old shop into the new Whistling Elk shop…this piece is 8′ high and 17′ long…
This was another important part of my store opening plan – i wanted this piece to move with me because i use it every day to sell custom cabinetry and furniture.
It’s a major sales tool for my interior design business.

It is a great showcase for our picture frames and all my design books! Plus since it has 17′ of cabinets under the bookcase it provides much needed storage space.

My cabinetmaker took the built in apart, he and his helper carried the components over to the new shop (20 ft) and then they reassembled it! The whole process took him 4 hours! So not only can he build beautiful pieces – but he can move them and they still look Beautiful – that’s pretty amazing if you ask me!

 Shabby Chic Sofa is sheer elegance

off white shabby chic sofa

Friday we got a new sofa for The Whistling Elk shop floor!

 Its very beautiful and comfortable and has that shabby chic appeal which means it also works for Little Paris.

It’s sheer elegance for your home!!

The main fabric is an off white and the decorative pillows have  embroidered designs in icey blue.

shabby chic pillow
pillow with embroidered design shabby chic

It’s simple and elegant – just what i like for good interior design and will work in either a formal or informal room. Perfect!

I set it up in the back of the shop near the custom cabinetry and my favorite picture of an elegant lady – just love her.

sofa custom cabinetry and lady picture
shabby chic sofa and elegant lady print

The sofa is grouped with a gold chenille swivel chair from Hancock and Moore ….

shabby chic sofa with mirrored cocktail table
sofa, chair, cocktail table

I love the way the mirrored cocktail table reflects all the color around it.  It adds a special elegance to the whole setting.

The sofa was worth waiting for….It was supposed to arrive around noon and instead showed up after 7:30 pm….

Sometimes in retail you have to have a very open schedule and be very, very patient!

It’s Been A Long, Cold Winter

I think that sometimes adversity sharpens our creativity.  Surprisingly this long, cold winter has actually been an inspiration for me.   Maybe my present surroundings had something to do with it too….here’s a few rooms I love and that may have inspired me to take the steps I have planned…

This is a our “tea party” room in my shop – The Whistling Elk.  I love the soft colors, the flowers and the pretty little tufted settee.   Here’ s a few more of my favorites.

These beautiful silk drapes were made for the Old Lafayette Designer Showhouse.
The hanging wall cabinet in the background here is made to order by my cabinetmaker - we've adapted it to fit in many different situations.
Love this warm sitting area featuring a comfy down filled Hancock & Moore sofa.
This room was decorated soon after my return from the last Paris trip.
One of my favorite cozy vignettes!

This fall I will be opening a new little shopThe long, cold winter was a kind of gift that provided me with the time to plan all the details for this vintage style furnishings shop. 

It’s all on paper…so now the fun begins…selecting the actual colors, fabrics and trims, furniture and little trinkets to make it a reality.  Yesterday I spent the day in New York selecting fabrics and trims!  It’s all very exciting and makes the winter just a memory…