DecorBook Classics

January 26, 2020

Nephew Owen has a thing for polar bears.   He'd get a kick out of knowing about a classic style of upholstered furniture some people call "Polar Bear" furniture.  Jean Royere created this cuddly furniture form in 1947 for his mother's Paris apartment and it took the design world by storm.  In recent years, it's been the go-to collectable. Original sofa and two chair sets have sold for more than a million dollars.  Cozy and in...

January 19, 2020

Have you ever sighed with pleasure as you climbed into an all white luxurious bed at a resort hotel?  If you want to turn your private rooms into 5-star hotel luxury, how about starting by using only white linens?  While there are a million yummy colors, for true spa living, white is the way to go.  

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For sheets, crisp white percale in 100% cotton is a great standard.  It seems like the thread count doesn'...

December 22, 2019

Merry Christmas!  Here's hoping you're all  settled down with shopping done and presents wrapped.  Last Christmas, I was a bit lost in any decorating scheme.  As you may remember, I pared down my Christmas stash by about 75%.  The negative is that it's still shocking to look in the basement expecting to see more bins full of decorations.  The positive is that decorating this year was fast and fun.  I've embraced the...

December 14, 2019

       

First published 11/26/16, let's revisit these beautiful Christmas wreaths.

Every home should have a wreath - whether it makes an appearance for holidays or is displayed year round.  One of the most ancient decorating traditions, the wreath seems to date back to Persia, eventually finding its way to the first heads of Olympic Athletes in 776 BC.  Maybe some athletes saved their wreaths by hanging on a wall....

November 24, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!  

I'm re-running this article from October 22, 2016 as moss balls continue to be a decorating favorite of mine.  You  can buy them everywhere from the Dollar Stores to IKEA to TJ Maxx to online.  They add depth to any tableau as every room benefits from a bit of green.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  


Funny how one decorating accessory can play into real life.  One of my first phone...

November 10, 2019

When I  published this article in 2016, I was excited about getting my clothes so organized. This March, my "lifestyle" drastically changed as I no longer had to dress for the corporate world. Now, 8 months later, I find myself wondering why those suits are still hanging in my closet.  I'm republishing this article in hopes of inspiring myself to get my closet in sync with the life I now lead.  I'm hoping it's not just filled...

November 3, 2019


Don't you love a score?  I'm all excited about this $10 gold frame (4' x 3') found at a rather permanent flea market in Berkeley, CA.  Kicking out the battered plexiglass and dusting it off the best I could, I could hardly wait to get it home.  Looks like it has a bad case of premature aging due to the weather but the patina is perfect.  The linen interior frame was nasty but a quick coat of flat black paint fixed that. Now t...

September 15, 2019

Don't you love this headboard covered in charming "love bird" wallpaper?    Decorative headboards date back to ancient Egypt.  Still today, a headboard completes a bedroom and adds to the personality of our rooms.  Here's some fresh, quirky and inexpensive ways to make our beds look great. 

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I see ratan headboards at thrift stores and garage sales all the time.  Who knew one could be spraye...

September 8, 2019

Don't you love this room?   Neutral for year-round enjoyment and oh-so-easy to update each season.  Just visualize changing the summery, moss green velvet pillow covers to russet orange velvet.  Add a few branches of autumn leaves in the vase and some gourds on the table - instant fall.  If new pillows can make a room, think what the luxe look of velvet pillows can do.  I've got a v...

July 28, 2019

Doesn't summer seem to rushing by? Perhaps it's time for an inspired summery change for our bedrooms.  White bedding and affordable mosquito netting can transform your room to a cool, romantic staycation.  

How affordable? Mosquito netting to fit a double bed is a low as $29 online.  Netting at my local fabric shop is $1 a yard and comes in lots of colors.  Let's take a look at some inspiration photos - all in su...

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