9.28.2010

GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!!!


 Congratulations to Rebecca!!!! A HUGE thank you to the entrants and new followers and those who have been with me!!! I love blogging and love your support and getting the chance to meet so many new people in blogland daily!! This is the first giveaway, but there will be more, this was fun! My husband picked the winner out of a bowl...

Thank you to Rebecca Ward, for her continued support of Monaco Interiors...and who was in my Blogging Your Way class last spring and is an interior designer in Sacramento...please say hi and visit her blog here to congratulate her!! The throw will go an her accent chair or around her shoulders to keep her warm!!

I will be in touch Rebecca to get his in the mail to you!!

(image by me)

9.27.2010

Magazine storage made simple...and the Giveaway!!!

I don't know about you, but, I am always looking for simple and great storage for my hundreds of magazines...several piles of which I recently disposed of (in the recycling of course!)...but, for those left I need something stylish and practical. Nothing is worse than large towers of mags ready to keel over!!! so I found some great ideas at IKEA above and below...


Laura Ashley above and below...

Not mag files, but pretty boxes instead...courtesy of Laura Ashley...

Laura again...so pretty for an office right??



Clear, industrial style...

A clear box which is a great idea because you can store these in an organized manner or put under a bed or table...AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT...

MY FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY!!!

JUST BECOME A FOLLOWER,

LEAVE A NOTE AS TO HOW YOU WILL USE THE THROW AND

LEAVE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS...

THAT'S IT...COULDN'T BE EASIER!!





GOOD LUCK!! and thank you as always for visiting with me!!!

(IMAGES IKEA, LAURA ASHLEY, CONTAINER STORE, ME)

9.25.2010

Calling all Target and Mulberry fans...!!

Aaaahhhhh! I am sooo excited for this collection, I can't decide which handbag I want to buy!!! Are you excited Mulberry has designed a collection of bags for Target?? Not only do they look gorgeous, but, they are totally affordable. I probably couldn't, well, who am I kidding, I can't afford the real thing so I will be zipping in to purchase one of these (or maybe two?) beauties...how about you? will you be looking and buying??? :))

Navy denim...love the patent...

Ugh, just beautiful!

Mixing leopard with purple? 'nuff said right?


This resembles the famous Birkin bag doesn't it? Love the colors and can't decide which one I want!!!

The Target/Mulberry collection debuts October 10!


(images target.com)

Saturday in the kitchen...

This is a gorgeous modern country kitchen with a fabulous AGA-like stove - I want one of these in a future home.  The black countertops look in sync with the stove, the retro accessories and the pale blue walls make it cheery. What catches your eye here??

(image Ideal Home)

9.24.2010

Soothing palette...


I thought this beautiful guest room would be a great pic to look at this Friday morning...soothing lavenders and gold in this European influenced room by Gary McBournie...love the white mirror and patterned blind...so elegant! My favorite is the mirrored chest - what's yours? Have a great day and don't forget to participate in my giveaway!!

(image by James Merrell)

9.21.2010

FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY!!!!!! Win a Cynthia Rowley throw...

Welcome readers to my first ever giveaway here on Monaco Interiors!!! I am so excited as well as a little nervous!! I have something very special...it is a beautiful pale blue ruffled throw by Cynthia Rowley and is 50" x 70" (127cm x 178cm)- I apologize the pictures don't show its true color - it is very soft and quite large, so it can be used as a small blanket too. As a thank you for following and stopping by daily, weekly or once in awhile, I thought this would be a great item for fall and the cooler weather! 

Contest rules below...






HERE ARE THE GIVEAWAY RULES:

1. BECOME A FOLLOWER OF MONACO INTERIORS


                                   2.  LEAVE A COMMENT AND TELL ME HOW YOU WILL USE THE    THROW, I.E, OVER THE SOFA, AS A WRAP, ON THE BED ETC. - BE CREATIVE!

                                   3. DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS!!!

THE GIVEAWAY WILL END ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 AT 6:00PM EST -
WINNER WILL BE RANDOMLY CHOSEN-
THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD!!
GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU FOR ENTERING AND BECOMING A FOLLOWER!!

(images by Sarah for Monaco Interiors)

9.20.2010

Spaaahhh...


Thinking of relaxing on a Monday after work...this bath looked so inviting and the wallpaper is my absolute fave from Osborne & Little (Asuka)...I love, love it...the big tub and the bit of gold fabric at the window - makes me want a new bath right now...my beloved little kitty cat had a low blood sugar episode tonight, but, after getting Karo syrup in his mouth and making sure he ate, he is thankfully, ok now (and asleep in a little box). I thought I was going to rush him to emergency...hence, the relaxing spa image...now I can breathe...

(image Ideal Home UK)

9.19.2010

Sunday in the kitchen...


Hello readers!! I am soooo happy to be back...my laptop met an unfortunate fate with some hot coffee (!) and it has been a long week away from my favorite pastime! I am now working on my new, though reconditioned laptop and wanted desperately to post. I love this kitchen with natural wood tones and beautiful red and white blinds and red paint. A very cheery and comfortable breakfast nook from Ideal Home magazine. I was reading UK mags all weekend and was inspired by the European aesthetic. Please visit me again this week as I have a special treat in store for you that I had to put off because of the laptop disaster. So, thank you for visiting and I will see you all here tomorrow! Have a wonderful week!!

(original image by Ideal Home magazine)

9.10.2010

Fabulous Fabric Fridays...Richard Smith...

'Fairlight' - Richard's 17th century farmhouse

I'm sorry I'm so late with this post but I spilled hot coffee on my laptop keyboard and it stopped working! Needless to say, I purchased a keyboard that is spill-proof (!!) so it is just a quick fix until I decide to take my laptop in for some 'surgery...'  I digress...welcome to Jolly Old England for this post. Highlighting a fabulous textile designer in the UK - Richard Smith who has redone his country home and uses ALL his own fabrics to decorate...I think you will like what you see - I can't decide which room I like best...:))

Richard has designed fabrics for F. Schumacher and Warner Fabrics...




Richard Smith in his studio amongst his textiles...

'Cecily' hand printed silk...




I love all of the rooms, but the turquoise linen fabric in the dining room and these curtains above are particularly beautiful...Richard has done different collections for 'No. 9 Thompson' and you can see more here.  Since living in England, I have a soft spot for all things British and of course, British design.  Thank you for spending a little time with me this week and I hope you all have a great weekend!! I have something special for you next week so please stop in again! xx :))

(original images by James Merrell)
(Interior Design by Diana Kelly with Richard Smith)

9.08.2010

The Green Scene...Alys Beach...

Domestically grown wood, low VOC paint and energy star appliances highlight the kitchen...

Alys Beach is an eco-community in Florida on the northern Gulf coast and this is a model home designed by Georgia Carlee of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Alys Beach is a planned community with attractive buildings and houses just a 5 minute walk from shopping, offices and restaurants. There are lots of sidewalks to encourage residents to walk everywhere. The model home is a truly eco-conscious design project from the kitchen to the exterior of the house. 

100% cotton fabrics by naturalLee by Lee Industries, woven wood blinds and 100% wool rugs...

Shelves and bedside table made with recycled wood, linen bed panels and curtains and 100% wool rug in the bedroom...

Outdoor fabrics by Sunbrella highlight the veranda...Sunbrella is fade-resistant,  certified as low in chemical emissions and safe to use indoors too.


The beautiful architecture inspired by homes in Bermuda and Guatemala...

The whitewashed buildings stay cool and the houses have courtyards to keep Gulf breezes flowing through all the time...

(original photos by Jack Gardner for Traditional Home)
(Interior Design by Georgia Carlee - visit here)

9.07.2010

Before and after...lake view...

I thought it was fun to see the difference between these two photos. My view over the weekend...the morning was bright, sunny and clear...

I loved the light across the lake as the sun set after 6pm...it had a golden quality and the sky was different colors too...so pretty...which one do you prefer? the morning view with some tea or coffee or the evening view with a nice glass of wine?

(images by Sarah for Monaco Interiors)

9.06.2010

MONDAY in the kitchen...

This gorgeous minty green kitchen has folding windows, dark wood floors and red accessories...I love the look of the cabinets as furniture - plus the big cabinet! so inviting, I'd love a 'cuppa' here while looking out at the garden...how about you??

(original image for House Beautiful by Victoria Pearson)

9.02.2010

Fabulous Fabric Fridays...Duralee...

This venerable fabric company produces the most gorgeous fabrics for all kinds of design settings. I chose just a few mostly indoor/outdoor fabrics, mostly because the summer is winding down now and I wanted to highlight some fun colors. I think you'll notice I included a real Palm Beach/Lily Pulitzer theme which I think was subliminal! For much more fun, visit here and go wild!!


The Suburban Home fabrics introduction page...

Toile...London

The Palm Beach scene starts...Bella Dura can be mixed with...

Palm Green...which can be mixed with...

Pavilion III Kiwi

Pavilion III Maize

Pavilion III Raspberry

Terrazo Collection Jet

 Black Sand

Terrazo Collection Sundance

Pavilion III Papaya




I hope everyone here in the US has a fabulous Labor Day holiday...I will be off tomorrow until next week...so until then, thank you for joining and visiting with me here in blogland...please stop in next week and see what's new. Wishing everyone a happy weekend!! xx :))
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