Autumn's Welcome

The best thing I can say about Autumn is the weather is occasionally heavenly. 

On a more positive outlook, October is month-long Fashion Week for The Home. Not a day goes by without a new product launch. 

Nice pendant. Via The Federalist.

Scalamandré released some winners.

Scalamandré's New Bergamo Embroidery and Kelmscott print.

Thibaut's new Greenwood Collection includes this dramatic wallpaper, Venus, for sprucing up the foyer. Would look great in a powder room too.

New Venus Wallpaper from Thibaut.

The eye candy certainly sparks the creative urge, but it is the furnace kicking in that turns on the nesting instinct. 

We want to decorate our homes.

Fabric and trim round up for a client presentation.

Do climate and season really influence how we decorate? Yes, and yes.

With some caveats.

Decorating is personal. For me in my New England climate, Scalamandré's new fabrics

work the entire year without making me SADer during the depths of Winter.

But no amount of Prozac could make me happy in this room surrounded by these colors. As nicely done as it is.

Jessica Chastain's Master BEDROOM including Bathtub.

Not everyone has my problem with Fall or a case of SAD. Lovers of pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin spice shampoo, and pumpkin spice dog treats and all that the heady aroma of pumpkin spice conjures might love Jessica Chastain's Master Bedroom. It's a great room, the colors are balanced.

And if colors like Jessica's speak to you, then do them.

That's not to say I eschew Fallishness altogether. I found these paper place mats at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Gift Shop (sometimes I like the gift shops better than what we're there to see). 

Michel Designs paper place mats. Their website lists The Paper Store as one online retailer.

And I hung my completely fake but totally colorful Fall wreath on my newly painted front door.

And I'm thinking this Fall I should tackle my daughter's 25 year old bedroom.
The Shrine
The Time Capsule
The Pink Room

Pumpkin, the real dog, on the bed. Toy dog on floor.

I'm emotional about it. The dog and I check on it, at least once a week. Always brings back great memories.

Hope your Autumn is off to a great start! How do you decorate for Fall?

And remember, not too many weeks left before the holidays. If your nesting instinct is in high gear, call your designer today!

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan


Minnesota, a MagnaView® Review, and Bonheur du Jour

Back from our Summer break. Celebrated Mom's 90th in St. Paul with a big family reunion, visited relatives, volunteered at the Minnesota State Fair, drove through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum not because we are lazy but because it was high season for the Minnesota State Bird (aka mosquito), made the obligatory tour of Como Park, lunched at Cafe Latté and continued work on Sister's House.

The view of sister's late Summer garden

from the bonheur du jour (I'll get to this later)

makes writing Thank You notes a pleasant task.

 Whoever designed this card had me pegged: a dog sitting on a pink Louis 16 settee.  

My sister's 1926 (same age as Mom) Craftsman style cottage is surrounded by garden -- no turf. Prairie grasses, wildflowers, and perennials keep her urban oasis blooming Spring through Fall.

Preserving this charming garden view was first on the requirements list for the new window coverings. Privacy and light control tied for second.

We decided on HunterDouglas' MagnaView® aluminum blinds. The slats nest together giving four inches of clear view of the garden. They close completely for privacy, light control, or somewhere in between. (Please pardon that there is no space between We and decided. Every time I try to correct it the entire sentence disappears.)

The brushed finish gives a soft glow in the evening.

The valance, bottom rail and tilter are real wood. Just enough to dress up these 2" aluminum blinds for use in the home and banish any whiff of an 80s mini blind.

MagnaView® is an excellent option when we want a clean, unfussy look that preserves the view and does not look like it belongs in an office. The pictures taken with my new Samsung phone don't really do them justice.

Would I do MagnaView  aluminum blinds again? Yes! If they fit the style and needs of my client.

Now about that bonheur du jour (baw nair do zhoor). Another French furniture form easier to look at than pronounce.

Meaning 'happiness of the day', a bonheur du jour is a small but delicate lady's writing desk introduced in 1760s France and quickly became wildly popular.

I found my sister's bonheur du jour in a consignment store we stopped in to look at dress shirts, of course.

Sister's bonheur du jour is decidedly English in style, not French. And would have been called, quite sensibly, 'a lady's writing desk' had it been made in England.

But Minnesota is filled with French influence and so sister's new antique desk will forever be a bonheur du jour. Minnesota's motto is L'Étoile du Nord. My dad's favorite fishing lake was Mille Lacs. Streets, parks, avenues, and a County are named after Louis Hennepin, French explorer. We ate at Cafe Latté at least once a week when we lived in St. Paul.

I am imbued with bonheur when sitting at it. The Cat, normally quite vocal, said nothing and I took this as a sign of her agreement.

Hope you are enjoying the transition to Autumn.

Thanks for reading,
Linda Pakravan

P.S. the holidays are closer than we think. If you want/need any decorating, now is not too soon to call your designer.