Thursday, May 31, 2012

Victorian Style Living Room

This is the Living Room of a home designed by Lisa Farmer Designs. It is in an old Victorian built around 1900. The request was to combine both old and new but to give it an elegant vintage ambiance. Pieces were purchased at antique stores, auctions, vintage malls, home decor stores and even on Ebay.

The house has so many fireplaces and this one had been covered up and the client did not want to open it back up. I found this beautiful mantlepiece in a local antique store that fit perfectly. The arches complement the arched windows! The fireplace screen is the headboard of a French child's bed.

Chippendale sofa and antique French tapestry titled L'embarquement pour Cyth'ere.  The large beveled mirror came from an old barber shop.

Antique poplar pie safe in the corner has pierced tin sides.

French curio cabinet was purchased to display client's collection of French and English miniatures. Custom floral arrangement by LFD.  Column painted with faux marble treatment.

Arched windows can be difficult to design window treatments for. Most people follow the curve of the arch but I chose to use two swags on their individual rods meeting in the middle of the arch. I believe it makes a grandeur statement, allowing the beauty of the woodwork to be seen, and moves the eye up to bring emphasis to the 12 ft. ceilings. 
This photo also highlights the antique kidney desk and the large needlepoint picture of the boy and girl on the far wall which came from an old English farmhouse.

This picture provides a good look at the window treatment, antique oriental rug, and Johnson Brothers antique tea set in the Pareek design.

Seasonal Decorating is one of several services offered by Lisa farmer Designs. This picture is of the same Living Room after being decorated for Christmas.

Another picture of the Rose Christmas Tree designed for this Living Room

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Blue And White Decor......A Perennial Favorite

No matter what design style, blue and white is still one of the most requested color combinations. 
There is something about the soothing freshness of interiors that use these two colors. 
Always crisp, clean, and inviting, blue and white is a perennial favorite and one I never get tired of using. 
In fact this color combination led me to my husband after I got acquainted with his mother 
while decorating her house in, you guessed it... Blue and White!!

A gorgeous example of why we all love blue and white interiors

This settee is divinely decked out in checks. Add the Chinese export porcelain and you have perfection.

I absolutely love this painted desk. I am a big advocate for painted furniture and this is a perfect example!

This window treatment in blue and white plaid....always fresh!

Would look wonderful in any room!!

Anything upholstered in blue toile de jouy gives an instant French look to any room.

Navy and white is always a good choice for interiors AND exteriors.

Beautiful vintage accessories. 

French Country bathroom is lovely with blue painted furniture,bath tub, and white accents.

Shabby Chic dining room features furniture painted blue against white walls. So lovely!

Blue comes in lots of shades. Pick the paint or wallpaper that pleases your eye. The blue, white, and green combination is very pretty! Hydrangea blue is a great accent color!

Lovely painting.

There are so many pretty accessories that can be found at flea markets, antique shops, yard sales, thrift stores. And sometimes you can get a great deal!!

Blue and white is perfect in a country kitchen.


Blue and white accessories look great against the dark wood of the table, chairs and buffet.

I love the shade of blue paint on this door of an old French house. The color of the limestone give it that blue and white freshness.

Friday, May 18, 2012


I am absolutely in love with Boho Gypsy Chic. Maybe it is being a child of the 60's that stirs something inside. Whatever it is, I love the gypsy, hippie eclecticism of it. I would like to have a personal retreat decorated in Gypsy to do my needlepoint and cross stitching in. It is a fun style and even though it has been around awhile it is even more trendy now as you are seeing more and more Boho fashion and jewelery in all the stores. Gypsy decorating generally includes bohemian, Moroccan, Indian, hippie, vintage or beatnik influence, or some combination of the above. It creates an eccentric atmosphere, but keeps things rich and warm at the same time. Create your own gypsy hideaway with unique items that are ornate, funky and colorful. I am looking for a client that wants to re-invent, redecorate, and release her inner gypsy!!

I simply love this room! My gypsy spirit jumped at the sight of it!

Boho Chic accessories.

Boho style is all about beautiful fabrics!

Beautiful patterns, fabrics and colors together with antique furniture and accessories make this a stunning room. Remember this style is not "matchy, matchy" so layer different patterns from the rugs up! Also there is the ever present crystal chandelier!

Walls painted white are a beautiful background for the vibrant colors and textiles that define Boho Chic.

Multiple types of fabric and pattern is what brings this gypsy bedroom to life.

This dining room by Timothy Corrigan uses a Moroccan style wallpaper coordinated with lime green. Add in the vintage chairs upholstered in gorgeous patterned velvet colors, and you have Boho Chic.  The mirrored table reflects the whole scene and makes it even more dynamic.

Remember to combine interesting colorful patterns of fabric and wallpaper treatments. Paint your walls rich jewel tone colors. Crystal chandeliers are a must and can even be found in colors!

Walls painted bright yellow and the dark blue ceiling treatment are perfect for the Boho vibe of this bedroom. Add the lush patterned canopy treatment and colorful light fixture and this is a perfect retreat.

This wall painted in deep rose, vintage mirror, and lush fabric of the canopy treatment make this bedroom fit for a gypsy queen!

Here the patterned wallpaper is perfect background for a jewel tone vintage coverlet.

A colorful patchwork bed treatment, bright, multi-patterned chairs, and old vintage doors made into a screen and painted jewel tone colors all are good choices

If you want just a touch of gypsy chic you can have as little as you like. Here simply upholstering a couch in bright patchwork fabric does the trick.

Your outside entertainment areas are beautiful decorated in this style. Use bright paint colors and textiles in the form of pillows and tablecloths to give the your exterior that Boho flavor.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Feline Decorating Staff

I brought flowers in to make a display and enjoy the intoxicating scent of lilacs. Of course Sophie and Chanel had to get involved.

Stopping to smell the roses!

        My lovely Chanel. Once again on the antique dresser that she knows is off limits!
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