Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Hold on folks! We're still here, just undergoing an exciting redesign this week. In the meantime, please see Karin's column on ACCESS.DECORATI.COM where, this week, she explores kitchens that fuse indoors and out including this unique design by Los Angeles designer Troy Adams. The table is actually a grill where friends can gather around much like at a Japanese steak house (minus the smoke in your eyes). Says Mouse, "Troy's TepanGrill Table is the new fondue!" And yes, since you asked, Mouse is still tweeting away and will for these seven busy days!

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Mouse is listening to your needs with ears perked. Seems not everyone can sign up through Google Friends or Networked Blogs to receive our feeds, so she joined Twitter.   (User name "Mouse Beautiful"). Only seven days and 101 followers later, Mouse is thrilled to connect to so many new friends.  Thank you one and all! 

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Mouse prefers to display art in hand's reach. Especially sculpture. Not because she takes owning something so lovely lightly. And not because pedestals are so very hard to find. (They are). Rather, she insists that there's a difference between living with art and exhibiting it. 

In museums and galleries, it's been the golden rule that environment should not interfere with the display of art. Our Richard Serra print, with layers upon layers of black ink, for example belongs on a white wall and the artist wouldn't approve of it any other way—or so a close friend and director of a major American museum tells me. 

When it came to helping this friend hang art in her own home, however, we convinced her that it was okay to group items in vignettes for reasons of personal sentiment or expression. 
She managed to overcome her fear that serious art friends would disapprove of her "stacking" art. She never, however, could fathom how I kept moving a mantel's vase just a few inches over so that it's foliage would ever so subtly overlap a painting's corner. 

Layers are what makes a home more interesting. And in homes, as in life at large, art can be a very personal sort of discovery. If capturing that—even inviting it—is so very unsavory to the artists whose work we scrimp to collect than perhaps they can advise us of a museum that's going condo? 

On the wall behind our dining table we've interspersed a large Richard Serra print between the body of a Jasper Johns series and its framed frontispiece. I wish we had a round table instead of rectangular and that we had a bit more floorspace to pull the table away from the wall. But space and budgets are limited, even more so if you're a collector.

The wall behind is painted a flat white. I'm thinking the art will appear to come forward more if I add a subtle texture instead--maybe white wall paneling, maybe white felt, or a even a finely woven grasscloth. I'm also thinking of inviting Serra over for dinner. Think he'll come? 

Friday, June 19, 2009


Mouse has many happy memories of this time-softened rug but, alas, it's time to move on.  Once a highlight of the dining room/library of our former home, we have no floorspace for this rare Turkish Art Deco piece in our current abode. Purchased at Packards South in Santa Fe just five years ago, we're now selling. The turquoise, beige and brown palette is especially yummy. Any takers? Would be great for an entry room/hallway/foyer. Serious inquiries only to kedwardsinteriors@gmail.com.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Mouse has a predilection for digging and— all fun in taunting chipmunks aside— her dream strike is gold. As usual, she's on trend. But that's not why our girl prefers 18-karat hues over nickel and chrome. 
     Burnished, brushed or polished she loves its warmth, its richness, its unique depth of character. More than that, however, she relishes gold's timeless character.  "It's no flash in the pan," she says. "Just a touch of this finish can take the edge off the sharpest contemporary forms and render them timeless." 
     Art Deco designers knew this, and gold is one reason why their works can still look so modern while quoting the court of Louis XIV. Mouse reminded me of our inspiration in rooms by Rulmann and Frank while packing up the last of our things this week from our old house on Casady Drive, where we trimmed large, sleek walnut wall panels with the deepest, richest, most golden-hued metal we could locate. The combination is five years old now but still looks of the moment— and will tomorrow.  
     Favorite examples of new gold fittings and fixtures include above, clockwise from top left elegant plum tree branches painted in gold on a Waza Collection sink by Toto, a Bubble series light fixture by the talented Lindsey Adelman Studio, flip-up electrical outlets by the hardware geniuses Mockett, and faucets in the beautiful new brushed gold finish by the ever-innovative Kohler Co.
     And with a gentle nod to Art Deco glamour, we give a big paws up to the new Mossi Collection faucet below, another ever-chic collaboration between Lalique and THG Paris that combines such classic finish with sunny gold crystal spheres.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I've loved this company's masterworks in iron since the day I first spied their marble-topped French Bistro work table used as the island in a St. Charles of New York kitchen showroom display. A new discovery, however, is their brilliant website. Every piece, every chair, rotates on screen as if on a lazy susan. With designs this intricate, it helps to know each piece's impact at every angle of aproach. Kudos, O'Brien Ironworks!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

FOREVER & EVERGREEN: Questions Answered

***An update to one of our recent posts, FOREVER & EVER

The paint used? "XO Rust" anti-rust enamel—because unlike the beautifully evolving patina on each planter I did not want the green color of the shrubs
 themselves to oxidize. The color? #36 Grass green. And the amount...? Just one spray can per shrub. And the idea? It came from a true gardener and friend, Mark Kane, director of the Iowa Arboretum. Admittedly, he could have been teasing while pointing out my tendencies to shuffle well-rooted plants back and forth like furniture and to show little or no appreciation for the growing process. But a shout out to Mark nonetheless for pure genius. 

(the original post)
Mouse and her main man, Lefty G. H. Edwa
rds (below), are great diggers. But I'm no gardener. I can grow nothing, plant nothing, prune nothing. So when the season changes, it's time for a fresh coat of glossy green paint on our deck's shrubbery. Yes, these perfectly coifed boxwoods used to live. Purchased in their abundant glory at Jayson Home & Garden in Chicago, we loaded their heft into the back of the LandRover and drove the five hours home, their weight leaving only four inches of our back tires visible. The square steel planters ? A custom job, fabricated beautifully by Jim Russell Designs. Their oxidized patina? A carefully calculated finish whose rich depths have taken two years to develop. Each shrub's size? Perfectly scaled to their planters. So why, just because of one especially blistering winter, would we ever consider replanting? Initially repainted last Spring, their greenery has fooled all our neighbors since. Even visitors haven't noticed. And no birds have tried to purloin their dried branches to nest. Okay, a few brown patches are now showing through... Nothing a quick spray job can't cure. 

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Little Time Off

Mouse is on a short hiatus while her "thumbs" recovers from a bad fall and subsequent injuries. More beautiful design leads are on their way soon. In the meantime, here's a few shots of a tub we tried out in Miami. Called "Arne" it's by Rapsel and its elegantly shaped high back is a quite cozy, coccoon-like homage to Arne Jacobsen's legendary 1960s Egg Chair. Although taking a siesta in it fully dressed may not be the design's true intention, we found it divine and its classic curves also very serviceable as a purse rest. As for the feel and finish of the tub—an impeccably smooth and matte titanic resin—all hands and paws agree...it's simply alluring. The tub is one of many very well curated designs available at Avant Gallery. With its "wingback" roots, Mouse imagines it equally suited to traditional spaces with a Murano chandelier above.