Favorite Flower Decorating Tips
Flowers are a great way to dress up an interior for a special occasion or enliven your decor with a special gift for yourself or others. Play the above video, and you can learn how to decorate with flowers for energy and wellness with personal fulfillment expert and Beverly Hills feng-shui guide, Jayme Barrett.
Win a Free Sleep Number Bed
With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, Select Comfort will be offering their biggest deals of the season (you won't want to snooze through these deals!) in their retail stores and online at the Sleep Number site.
Holiday Sleep Contest
Enter our special Design2Share & Examiner.com Holiday Sleep drawing for a chance to win a Queen Special Edition Sleep Number bed! Email email@example.com and tell Irwin (short and sweet, please) why you need a new bed. We'll have a drawing on December 29. 2008 to pick the winner.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The Sleep Number Special Edition Bed Giveaway is sponsored by Select Comfort Corporation.
Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & Washington DC, who reside in and are physically located in the U.S. and are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Contest runs through December 28, 2008, and the winner will be notified directly by email.
Favorite Portrait Ideas
People portraits are so 5 minutes ago. Try a fresher idea this holiday season for someone special in your family. Give the gift of a pet portrait or a portrait of your home's interior from Lambertville, New Jersey artist Judy Henn. If you haven't been to Lambertville, you must go. It's a short (under two hour) bus ride or drive from Manhattan, its scenic location on the Delaware River is perfection, and it boasts a charming collection of antique stores and dozens of wonderful art galleries. Judy's Robin's Egg Gallery is one of them, and she welcomes everyone to stop in and say howdy. She's at 24 Church Street, and you can call ahead at (609) 915-6169 to make sure Judy's there when you visit.
If you have a favorite room in your home or a cluster of collectibles that is pure heaven, Judy can capture it in quirky, personality-filled, painterly style for you. If you have a favorite pet or family member, Judy can take a photo and turn it into a memorable work of art. Some of her work has even been featured in our city's temple to interior design, the Kips Bay Show House, and she often has works that sell through the prestigious Rago Auction house. Watch the video (above) for our recent visit with Judy in her studio and examples of her work.
Favorite House Tour
In mid-November we went on the 2008 House Tour with the Historical Society of Princeton. This New Jersey house tour is an annual highlight in the Society's busy social calendar, and unfortunately Saturday, November 8 was a soggy day. We either took our shoes off at the door of each house and toured what we were allowed to see inside, under the watchful eyes of volunteer docents, or we put on flimsy blue booties over our shoes to avoid tracking in leaves, mud, and water. (Things got tracked in regardless.)
Watch the video (above) for a slideshow of the homes we saw (no interior photos were allowed, of course), and we couldn't help but take pictures of other homes and yards we passed along the way. The field of homes was architecturally strong:
- Westland, the home Grover Cleveland lived in after he left DC when his second term as president ended, is an 1854 Italianate standout, designed by Philadelphia architect Theodore Vigo Wadskier. Roofing, stucco, and porches were replaced by the current homeowners, and dormers, a palladian window, and a belvedere added.
- A Queen Anne shingle-style house built in 1887 was designed by New York architect A. Page Brown, and the current homeowners received an award for restoring all their exterior shingles.
- A red brick Georgian revival house built in 1905 later became the residence of Margaret Carnegie Miller, Andrew Carnegie's only child and heiress and often called the richest woman of her time. The current homeowners created an amazing private garden space on their busy corner lot, focusing on an elegant harlequin-patterned patio and fountain wall.
- Charter House, built in 1903 as one of Princeton University's eating clubs, was once the home of singer Mary Chapin Carpenter. The homeowners moved this colonial home to a new location, added a new portico and dormers, and redid the interior floor plan.
- Rosedale House is an imposing colonial revival home built of native stone, designed and built in 1911 by Philadelphia architects McGoodwin & Hawley as a manor house on a 57-acre estate. The house has been restored, a new stone garage was added, and a new front drive and front entrance terrace was created.
Favorite Holiday Decorating Tips
We find that homemade holiday decorations look umpteen times better than what you find in a store. Our first rule of decorating is to add personality to your interiors, and homemade decorations reinforce the personal touch that avoids a machine-made feel. 1-800-FLOWERS decorator Julie Mulligan demonstrates in the above video how to make several holiday decoration projects, including mantel arrangements, a flower snowman, holiday table place settings, and a front door wreath.
See D2S designer Irwin Weiner's recommendations for holiday decorating do's and don'ts.