Thursday, December 15, 2011

Scalamandre Says "HAPPY HOLIDAYS!"



Monday, November 14, 2011

Costco Cookbook 2011 Debut

Hi Girlfriends,   Each year, Costco hands out free, to each customer, the DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING, their own published cookbook.  Their cookbooks feature fantastic recipes using Costco products. Included in them are recipes from some of our favorites: Ina, Giada, buttermustadd Paula, Sandra Lee and Christopher Kimball. Ironically, back in November 2009, I blogged Costco's 2009, "Home Cooking, the Costco Way."  On this blog, I featured one recipe, which I have repeatedly made since.  

Fast forwarding..............

In early 2011, Costco Connection, ran a contest asking for customers to submit a favorite recipe which they love and use, from previous Costco cookbook years. The winners would be featured in THIS Novemember's Costco Cookbook 2011.(HINT: Only passed out the day after Thanksgiving...because they run out fast!) This year, 2 entries, from the Chicago area won. One gal from Naperville with a fish dish and the other winner..............ME!! 

To be selected amongest so many was exciting, and then, along knocks a professional Chicagoland photographer, to photo me in my gallery size kitchen. Before the knock, it took me days to "de-cluttter" then, "stage" my kitchen (thanks to the knowledge from following blogger, Maria Killam, Colour Me Happy forever) and all the time I was pondering over what to wear. 

Here is my winner.  Hope it becomes your winner too!*

*I use Peppermint ice cream & add fresh mint as a decoration

Talk soon and Happy Thanksgiving, 


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Think Chocolate

This is not FABRICS.  Wonderful chocolate artists created this exotic costume out of chocolate!  Made for The  Chocolate Show at the Metropolitan, NY.

Sorry for my latent absence.  No excuses...........unless you accept, "the dog ate my computer".  But if you are needing designer fabrics at affordable pricing please contact me through my

Talk soon,


Friday, August 12, 2011

Where's The Fabric?

What is wrong with this picture?


If you are going to have your house photo for advertising... 

Remember 2 things:

B.  Hire a professional photographer 

Talk soon,


Friday, July 1, 2011

Liberty of London

I am off to London and Paris for a few weeks.  First, stop is going to be Liberty of London.  The "quintessential English Emporium," Liberty has been around for 135 years.  This fabric is synonymous with luxury and a great design.  For everyone who loves fabrics, Liberty is the leading destination store in London, a wonderful emporium, where the latest fashions sit alongside design classics.
I would love to help decorate a bedroom of Liberty of London fabrics for you.  All you need to do is select your fabrics and contact me through my website.  It is that easy-!

REAL reason for going to UK...............and R&R in Paris

One very special stop off will be,  Cambridge University, attending a wedding.  The happy couple met while both were on a Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship here.  It is going to be an exciting time for this young couple to have their relatives and friends coming from America and Australia.  A memorable time for all attending the Dr. Rebecca Voorhees & Simon Bryne Wedding.

Talk soon,

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A FairyTale Coming True: April 29, 2011

Follow the Royal Blue Road__________________

Kate is beaming as she does last minute wedding shopping



APRIL 29, 2011


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mohair Fabric for Draperies and Upholstering

Mohair fabric was orgininally produced for the seating of thrones and the carriages of nobility.  It is known as the fabric of Kings and Sultans.  A soft luxurious fabric with great durability for a long lasting product. Mohair is sensuous, sleek and very much a realistic approach to a more urban environment for homeowners searching for "au natural."

It is a silk-like fabric made from the hair of the Angora goat.  It is known for it's high luster.  Also, being warm, durable and highly insulating.  Originally of Arabic origins, it was introduced in England by Charles V in the 1849.  As a decorating fabric, mohair is valued for its flame-resistance, and high sound absorbency.  Thus, mohair drapes are efffective insulators, keeping heart in during the cold weather (especially this winter) and a great barrier against outside hot temperatures in summer.
Think mohair fabric for reupholstering a sofa, chair and simple pleated elongated side panels for an elegant window treatment.

If you are looking to make your house a home, remember to order your fabrics through me.

Talk again,

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Think RED On Feburary 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Here are a few reminders of what red can do for you today:

 Jennifer Lopez dining room

 Raspberry Macarons

1920's Valentine

Fabrics: Kravet

Amore, Denise

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thank You Brunschwig & Fils

Brunschwig & Fils 
has been one of the premier showrooms for every designer.  
Their fabrics are breathtaking.  
I thank you Brunschwig Fils
 for giving your clients the opportunity to create
beautiful designer living rooms and so much more.