All the Best

“Cheers” to Ronda for inspiring me to illustrate her header and motivating me to join the blogging world. I am quite honored to be included today in “All The Best” tastemakers profile.
Thanks for you encouragement. I do however feel the need to illustrate an “ostrich with a head in the sand” as I am rather shy when it comes to praise.  I guess I better work on that.
Back to the drawing board I go!

lilacs for me and hue


One of my favorite flowers are lilacs along with the heady aroma.  I adore the shade of lilac and spotted this room at the Kips Bay show.  The color is sumptuous, serene, and an oasis of “lilac” calm.

photo from New York Times
Imagine curling up here with a good book, a cup of tea.  Just look at those silk taffeta curtains and the tufted day bed.  It is an art to use many various shades and textiles in one hue which always exudes an effortless sophistication. 
photo from Habitually Chic blog  (note the colors are more mauve like this!)
This photo was added after the comment came in from “Things that Inspire” and true, the color is more like this, more of a vintage rose or mauve hue.
Room designed by Donald Schermerhorn.
How about you, do you have a favorite flower that would inspire you to design a sophisticated palette in one corner or one vase?

lilacs for me and hue


One of my favorite flowers are lilacs along with the heady aroma.  I adore the shade of lilac and spotted this room at the Kips Bay show.  The color is sumptuous, serene, and an oasis of “lilac” calm.

photo from New York Times
Imagine curling up here with a good book, a cup of tea.  Just look at those silk taffeta curtains and the tufted day bed.  It is an art to use many various shades and textiles in one hue which always exudes an effortless sophistication. 
photo from Habitually Chic blog  (note the colors are more mauve like this!)
This photo was added after the comment came in from “Things that Inspire” and true, the color is more like this, more of a vintage rose or mauve hue.
Room designed by Donald Schermerhorn.
How about you, do you have a favorite flower that would inspire you to design a sophisticated palette in one corner or one vase?

fainting room

pve design illustration for visual vamp, to present to bayou contessa
There seems to be lots of chatter about day beds lately.   I did a little research and found that during Victorian times, women sporting tight corsets would retire to the ‘fainting room” for a little rest.  Can you imagine trying to wear a corset all day?  I feel faint just thinking about it and at the same time positively dizzy over the thought of having a little room to go to, perhaps for a little air, or a room to read in or paint.  Do you have a fainting room or a day bed?  

fainting room

pve design illustration for visual vamp, to present to bayou contessa
There seems to be lots of chatter about day beds lately.   I did a little research and found that during Victorian times, women sporting tight corsets would retire to the ‘fainting room” for a little rest.  Can you imagine trying to wear a corset all day?  I feel faint just thinking about it and at the same time positively dizzy over the thought of having a little room to go to, perhaps for a little air, or a room to read in or paint.  Do you have a fainting room or a day bed?  

news

“The Newspaper” painting by Edouard Vuillard
Please forgive me while I write a little bit of news.  Yesterday I was hit with some news, horrible news of my sister-in-law’s boyfriend, who died of a heart attack, after a tread-mill work-out while he was away on business.  A handsome young man ( only 52) who adored my sister-in-law.  They had been a “couple” for the last six years and I always knew they cared for one another.  Some obstacles along the way, but both had an open heart for one another.  He sent her flowers on Sunday – signed from “me.”  How sweet.
Interior – Painting by Edouard Vuillard
Later, that same day, I helped my neighbor out with laundry when her washing machine would not spin.  I proceeded to be the super-laundress as well as short-order chef for her little ones with a mac n cheese, and some green beans.  My neighbor has three all under the age of four (and just went back to work as a fourth grade teacher.)  Yes – people, three children all under the age of four.  Doing for others in the midst of tragedy surely left me feeling pretty connected to the man upstairs.  My Dad has always told me to “do for others, just showing up for church is not gonna cut it.”  (Right he is)  Thanks Dad.
“Green Interior” – Painting by Edouard Vuillard
While the laundry was still drying, I dashed off to a wake for a 93 year old gentleman who was the father of a neighbor and friend and it was amazing to see how many people were out for a popular guy and a family who are amazing.  When I moved to my home, they brought an apple pie (home-made) for our family. 
Au lit” In Bed – Eduoard Villard Painting
I remember it is the little things, that make the news.  
I am looking forward to another day and a bit of rest.
Sleep always helps one to prepare for more news, the good and the bad.
How about you, any news?
(All paintings by Edouard Vuillard – my latest obsession)

news

“The Newspaper” painting by Edouard Vuillard
Please forgive me while I write a little bit of news.  Yesterday I was hit with some news, horrible news of my sister-in-law’s boyfriend, who died of a heart attack, after a tread-mill work-out while he was away on business.  A handsome young man ( only 52) who adored my sister-in-law.  They had been a “couple” for the last six years and I always knew they cared for one another.  Some obstacles along the way, but both had an open heart for one another.  He sent her flowers on Sunday – signed from “me.”  How sweet.
Interior – Painting by Edouard Vuillard
Later, that same day, I helped my neighbor out with laundry when her washing machine would not spin.  I proceeded to be the super-laundress as well as short-order chef for her little ones with a mac n cheese, and some green beans.  My neighbor has three all under the age of four (and just went back to work as a fourth grade teacher.)  Yes – people, three children all under the age of four.  Doing for others in the midst of tragedy surely left me feeling pretty connected to the man upstairs.  My Dad has always told me to “do for others, just showing up for church is not gonna cut it.”  (Right he is)  Thanks Dad.
“Green Interior” – Painting by Edouard Vuillard
While the laundry was still drying, I dashed off to a wake for a 93 year old gentleman who was the father of a neighbor and friend and it was amazing to see how many people were out for a popular guy and a family who are amazing.  When I moved to my home, they brought an apple pie (home-made) for our family. 
Au lit” In Bed – Eduoard Villard Painting
I remember it is the little things, that make the news.  
I am looking forward to another day and a bit of rest.
Sleep always helps one to prepare for more news, the good and the bad.
How about you, any news?
(All paintings by Edouard Vuillard – my latest obsession)

pve montage

pve montage of illustrations, arranged by Bryn
A pve montage to be used for a postcard to send!   Artfully arranged by Bryn.
If you do not know this incredibly talented gal, please hop on over and browse her lovely blog.
She is a newlywed, all about designing her life with freshness and just great things that will leave you inspired.  I shall be posting an interview with her, so please come back soon!  If you would you like a postcard?  Just e-mail me your address!  
(Don’t forget to visit Bryn and feel like a newlywed again!)

pve montage

pve montage of illustrations, arranged by Bryn
A pve montage to be used for a postcard to send!   Artfully arranged by Bryn.
If you do not know this incredibly talented gal, please hop on over and browse her lovely blog.
She is a newlywed, all about designing her life with freshness and just great things that will leave you inspired.  I shall be posting an interview with her, so please come back soon!  If you would you like a postcard?  Just e-mail me your address!  
(Don’t forget to visit Bryn and feel like a newlywed again!)

play house

pve design illustration    ~    becoming home photograph
Today is a special day, I feel as though I am a kid playing house!  My blog will soon have a new look and we have a winner of the “best face forward” from last fab friday!  Number 36 was the number selected by the random number selector and the winner is “Pam” – so Pam, I hope you will e-mail me with the photo of your favorite face!  I shall work from your photo and send the artwork to you!  (Love to draw your favorite face “Pixel” – your Brittany Spaniel!)
Do you ever like to play house?  What makes your day and your home more playful?  A tot, a pup or something else?  (I added this fence to “becoming home’s” home to make it more playful) One of the joys of being an artist is the art of play!