Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Packed and ready to board...

photo by Chris Everard

Did I mention I am leaving you for almost 2 weeks? Yes, I am almost packed and almost ready to cruise the Mediterranean coast. A bit of Spain, Italy, and France and some time alone with that man of mine. But that doesn't mean you won't be hearing from me though to tell you the truth I have little plans of checking a computer from the middle of the ocean. Since I can't be wrapping, I decided to share my bulging file of interior design photos. All those rooms that have captured my designer attention since I began blogging, filed away for another time. Now seems like a good time. This Interior Series is accompanied by my totally random design thoughts, little bits and pieces of what I think makes the rooms so inspiring or details worth noting. Every few days there will be a Interiors Series post, I bet you won't even know I am gone. It was a fun thinking about design again, I hope you enjoy the departure in subject. Please continue to comment all you want, they will be lovely to read and publish on my jet-lagged return.

To start........one of my favorite rooms. You likely have seen this particular room before, it made quite an impression on many a blogger and for good reason. It captures the very best intent of good design, the impression that the room has evolved over time. Where every addition adds to the setting making the point that no room should ever be finished. The interesting thing is that this spectacular room actually breaks a few design rules if you were to follow designer textbook. Some of the lamps are set high, there is no real colour scheme (the beauty of it), the wing chairs are quite high in relation to the sofa, the layout is slightly off-center, and yet the result and mood is breathtaking. Breaking a multitude of design rules is what gives this room it's continental flavour. My point? Think it through but not too carefully, take your time, be patient and find the right piece. Let the room and your taste evolve. Don't strive for finished. Love the blue ceiling. Ciao.

Top photo by Chris Everard-Sarah Kaye/Bottom photo by James Merrell - No designer source found.


  1. Have a wonderful time Sande.

    Love Renee xoxo

  2. How delightful! have a great croisière, Sande!!

  3. A stunning room-exactly my taste. Have a wonderful time.

  4. Sande ~ have a wonderful trip! Sounds heavenly.
    ...and I LOVE your room. The color scheme and aesthetics are great!

  5. Looking forward to your design inspirations from the sea. Bon Voyage!

  6. Great room...Great trip!!! Wow...sounds like the trip of a lifetime...Two weeks of fabulousness...Enjoy...I can't wait to hear all about it! Caio!

  7. Dear Sande,
    Have the most wonderful time! Still in Paris & thinking of you often. I will be home in a couple of days but cannot miss wishing you an amazing trip with your Robert Redford & Bon Voyage my special special friend!!!!

  8. Beautiful room! Have a fabulous time, the weather should be fine.

  9. Sande,

    I look forward to your Interior Design Series.
    If you happen to dock in Nice, France and have a free day to explore, I hope that you will consider visiting Eze (aside from wandering the small streets in Vieille Ville of Nice). Eze is a charming medieval town, and you must visit the Fragonard in Eze for some delicious French parfums. I recommend the fragrance-Miranda;it is my husband's absolute favorite! Bon voyage! Have an incredible time. Ciao!

  10. Have the most wonderful time, and of course, tell us all about it !!!

  11. Oh that sounds like a beautiful trip!Have a wonderful time & take lots of photos!:)

  12. Have a wonderful time, Sande...we will miss you. I love your interior photograph...it's relaxed and, as you say, it breaks a few rules and that's what I love about it.... Have fun. XXXX

  13. Oh my gosh, so that's were you're going, boo hoo, sounds fabulous. I'm really happy for you ;)

    Would love to peek into your files of Interiors darling... Inspiration!

    bon voyage

  14. I so enjoyed your comments on the room! I completely agree with you about the organic growth and how it makes all the difference to an environment. The 'design school perfect' is often too 'safe' in my opinion - beautiful for sure, but in a way that a model displays a garment vs you wearing your favourite pair of jeans!
    This room is one with its owner - the way it should be in a real home.

    Have a fabulous trip!


  15. Sande,
    Wishing you a fabulous trip. It sounds like heaven!

  16. Have a wondeful time Sande, I am so very jealous of your cruise. Some day :) I love this room and have never seen the picture so it is a treat for me. I literally sighed when I saw it. Thanks,

  17. Bon voyage, lovely lady! I hope that you have a wonderful time on your cruise. (super pretty pics, too)


  18. Happy travels on the high seas. I wish you both an incredible time, you deserve it.

    All the best to you ~ deb

  19. oh dear, i fear i am too late to say that i'm not all that big and could easily tuck into one of your suitcases ... and i would promise to be good ... oh shoot ... maybe next time ...(just kidding of course!)
    seriously wishing you a most fabulous trip, sande ...
    cruising the mediterranean coast has got to be one of the most enriching and titillating experiences on the planet ...
    enjoy, enjoy ~
    prairiegirl xo
    ps. and i so agree that it is the imperfections in this room that truly make it perfect ...

  20. how wonderful! have a lovely, lovely time!


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