Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Calvin Klein Fabrics 4 Kravet

Hi Girlfriends, Yesterday I was in the Kravet showroom and took the opportunity to look over the Calvin Klein Home collection and his 4 new fabric books. The fabrics range from solids, luxurious textures, silks, waxed linens, embroidered linens, velvets, silk/mohair and the yummy cashmere. Magnifique-!

THE COLORS are le classique Calvin Klein.............sophistique hues of Tusk, Bark, Pyrite and Artic tones. The results of any of these fabrics are quite astonishing and "all easy to live with colours."

These books got me to thinking how NOW is the time to begin working on the INSIDE of our houses again. Remember the project that never got off the ground......again? Summer is a great time to revisit those dog-ear interior design mags and jot down the names of the fabrics before contacting "discountdesignerfabricsonline.com".

EYE CANDY from Calvin Klein / Kravet:





Remember to remember...........all the fabrics are available through discountdesignerfabricsonline.com

C'est exquis-!!!

A la prochaine,
Denise et Gwen

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Funnies/JK Wedding Dance Entrance

Hi Girlfriends, Please visit our sidebar under "Sunday Funnies." and click "JK Wedding Dance Entrance." It will make you first smile, then, you will be laughing outloud by the time the bride makes her grand entrance.

We do apologize for not knowing how to post this video any other way. For sure, Gwen and I will have to split a bottle of wine and read our "UTube for Dummies" real soon.

A la prochaine,
Denise et Gwen

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Hi Girlfriends, Today, we are introducing music from selection by Playlist.com.......only we are sooooooooo new at this level, we are just experimenting. WE have been noticing a few of our favorite blogs are playing wonderfulllllllllll music, that even us Grannies are loving. It is so very stimulating to learn new "tricks" from so many creative authors of blogs: "All Things Bright and Beautiful," The Paris Apartment," and so many more.

Si "For Starters..." is just the beginning of learning a whole new dimension of this tres confusing network of techy. C'est, we ARE the Susan Boyles of this world, so bear in mind, when you read, "Killer Angel" by Randy Edelman, it is for his "Gettysburg" music only. Of course, once Susan Boyle cuts a CD, we will be all over it-!

"Gettysburg" plays in our home, my husband's office and our Ranger Rover (yaaaa, still young enough to enjoy these wheels). One time, as we pulled up for valet parking at The Greenbrier Resort and we had "Gettysburg" playing. By the time we left our stay, The Greenbrier was playing OUR music-!! Not saying we created the 'mood', but maybe they dug it out from their collections, because it was most fitting they would be playing this music.

A la prochaine,
Denise et Gwen

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Funnies

Salut Girlfriends-! Gwen and I have been pouring over furniture pieces to post one that we think is hilarious for our Sunday Funnies "Edition." We would have liked for it to have had a designer fabric on it, but going green is household word today. Eco green is passing us by and we find our "chair" today will be a difficult one for those who are trying to stay the course. For one thing, who wants to invite the gardners in to mow your furniture?-!!

Denise: Gwen, Should we tell our girlfriends we are GRANDmothers?

Gwen: I think you just did.

Denise: O yeah, I think I did too.

Gwen: Anyway.......I loved the Sunday Funnies while growing up in the 50's: My favorites being: Blondie, Dick Tracy, Little Lulu & Tubby, Richie, and at some point, Peanuts. Sunday also included church and family brunch afterwards. That meant I got to keep my Sunday shoes on until after brunch too-!

Denise: I remember after church we would drive by a corner where a newsstand was set up on Sundays only and we would buy The Chicago Tribune for 25 cents. By the time we reached home, we kids (one of nine) were fighting over who was going to get to read the Sunday Funnies first. My favorite was Brenda Starr with her mystery man and the exotic Black Orchid he would send her. Oooooh so romanitque.

Denise et Gwen: (sigh-!)

Mes amies, Denise goes everywhere with her Leica Lux-3. She took the following 2 pictures two summers ago. I think they might have been the inspiration for the last designed "chair."

Winnetka, Illinois 2007

Gwen: This last picture I can tell you, I will not be using it for decoratoring any client's room.

Denise: Don't you think this "chair" might give you chigger bites.....like you got as a kid from rolling in the grass during summer nights?

Gwen: N'est it meant for future 911 calls to take me out feet first?

A la prochaine,
Denise et Gwen

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Summer Paint Projects?

Hi Girlfriends, C'est summertime to make over a few rooms with color on the walls. Prepping is the most laborious, but painting becomes a breeze for a final look. C'est magnifique-!

Once the room is completed, you might decide new fabrics are much needed for window treatments and Aunt Edna's chair-!! Begin pouring through the latest fashion mags and interior designer books (at your local book stalls) for inspirations. Be sure and write all the fabrics you have fallen in love with (located in the Source area) and remember to visit our website for GREAT, GREAT, GREAT pricing.

A la prochaine,
Denise et Gwen

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Funnies

Hi Girlfriends, One request many clients have is, "I want to sit in it first before I buy."

GWEN: How should I tell my clients to sit in this chair?
Denise: Uh, you don't.

Talk again,
Denise & Gwen

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Hi GirlsFriends,
Fabulous ideas from high end decorators can begin from show houses held in Spring and Fall in most areas of the country. "Showhouses are built on fantasy, and the most amazing fantasies of all are seen each Spring at the Manhatten Showhouse to benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club" says House Beautiful. Designers or materials like Jamie Drake, Charlotte Moss, Amy Lou, Christopher Coleman, Bunny Williams, Joe Nye, Kathy Abbott,Lichten Craig, Christropher Maya, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, St.Charles of New York, Sicis mosaic floors........and the list is endless.

Here are a few of our favorites for fresh design, creativity, color, imagination:

Do you have a favorite room?

Talk again,
Denise and Gwen

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July 4th Dessert by Sandra Lee

Hi Girlfriends, I found this scrumptious trifle dessert by Sandra Lee for July 4th. So you know how it is going to be so easy to make: "keep it simple", "keep it sweet" and "keep it semi-homemade."
1 box red velvet cake mix, about 18 ounces (if you can't find red velvet cake use 1 box chocolate cake plus a bottle of red food coloring)
1 (16-ounce) tub whipped topping
2 pints blueberries
1 pint strawberries, tops removed
Bake the red velvet cake mix according to package directions and allow to cool.
Using a serrated knife cut the red velvet cake into 1 inch square pieces and line the bottom of the trifle bowl with half of the cake squares.
Using a spatula, spread about a 2-inch layer of whipped topping on top of the cake squares.
Layer about 1 1/2 pints of the blueberries on top of whipped topping.
Layer the remaining cake pieces on top of the blueberries forming a second layer of cake.
Using a spatula, spread remaining whipped topping over the cakes pieces.
Decorate the perimeter with the strawberries; placing the strawberries cut side down. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top of the trifle inside the strawberry perimeter

Happy July 4th to all our girlfriends,
Denise & Gwen