Wallpapers of Yellow Chinoisere

Posted by Betsy On October 14, 2008

Apologies, dear readers, many many apologies because I find myself falling victim to blogging tendency that I find most irritating in other design bogs - namely, too much writing and not enough pretty pictures! Mortification and sorrow abound. In order to atone for my sins, I thought I would do a montage of yellow chinoisere wallpaper, which is an option I am considering for the dream house dining room... Juicy Couture's Pamela Skaist-Levy's house, featured in Bazaar, inspired the thinking. I just LOVE everything about this room...

yellow chinoisere wallpaper

In Honor of the Girls

Posted by Betsy On October 15, 2008

Those who know me well know that I need absolutely no excuse to expound on the color pink (you'll note this blog's title). But since it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought I would follow Mrs. Blandings' fabulous lead and do my bit to raise awareness by blogging on pink for the day. Instead of going the Dorothy Draper route, and don't get me wrong , I ADORE Ms. Draper, I thought I would reflect on my most favorite use of pink EVER, my magical wedding reception:


Dreaming of a Creative Cottage

Posted by Betsy On October 1, 2008

So one of the "must-haves" for our dream house, which we may have found ... *IF* we can convince the sellers to knock $500,000 off the listing price. Minor hiccup. Our dream house must have a designated space for me to create. Ideally, this would be a cottage by the sea where I could write, craft and spraypaint old furniture to my heart's content. However, unless we win the lotto, which is obviously totally possible, it will most likely be a room in our house where I can write, craft and spraypaint old furniture to my heart's content.

Creative Cottage

Thoughts on Kelly

Posted by Author On September 18, 2008

Being an uber-prep by birth, somewhat by choice but mainly by basic resignation to the fates, I've been thrilled by the recent resurgence of preppy chic. From J.Crew to Jonathan Adler, the blue blazer and pearls are definitely back in full effect. I am particularly pleased by the kelly green palettes that have been popping up everywhere. For instance this delicious bedroom from Mr. Adler:

Kelly Wearstler

My Personal Crusade

Posted by Betsy On 12:34 PM
War, plague, famine - have any of these spurred me to action? No. (Though they are obviously exceedingly worthy objects of a personal crusade and I fully support such. If that's your thing - just show me where to go, sign, protest etc).

No, it's the news that Conde Naste has decided to close Domino that broke this camel's back.

After a week of crying in my chianti (one finds reds very soothing at this time of year), I have decided that I REFUSE to accept this lying down.

I haven't *quite* figured out how I'm going to convince Conde to reverse this very unwise course of action - YET. But I will. There is so much ugliness out there right now - beauty and pleasure must be cherished and defended.

Internet - we must revolt.

12 Response to "My Personal Crusade"

  1. Petunia Said,

    Please add me to your blog list! caflowergirls.blogspot.com. Claudia (paris apartment) and I tried to start this same idea but you have rocked it out of the park! I posted on my blog the letter I have sent to Conde Nast and many of the other media outlets that ran the Domino closing information. What can I do to help you?


  2. Count me in! I will post your banner on my site right now. I sent an email today after reading this. Maybe we can let them know with letters and emails but also the strength of the blogging community.
    They have a chance to change the way corporations do business and be a leader instead of folding. We are all willing to pay more for an issue as it's a valuable resource to us. Conde Nast should parlay that into something between a book and a mag that readers will save instead of creating more stuff to recycle. They've said they would pay $5 an issue and pay to get into the website.
    This is just bad business not too. Who are all these new people?


  3. sorry here's the link:


  4. Petunia Said,

    Another thought: maybe you could provide us with a side bar button that links readers directly here?


  5. dang link won't display, anyway let me know if you want it and I'll email it to you. it's about who's who. I'm not sure if this guy's still there but maybe we can start with him.

    Conde Nast Publications
    Maurie Perl, 212-286-5893
    Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer


  6. Can all post a counter and you tally the results? Do you have a poll we all can use?


  7. Betsy Said,

    Ladies - thank you so much!

    Petunia, caflowergirls.blogspot.com is on!

    I am a little new to blogging - what is a side bar button? I am so happy to provide whatever is needed?

    Please set the display and links and stuff.


  8. Betsy Said,

    I'll send a email to maurie and advocate change!


  9. Petunia Said,

    A button is a widget we can post on our side bar that will let peeps just click from our blogs and be directed here. I'll see if I can make one for you if you'd like?


  10. Betsy Said,

    That would be AWESOME. I can send you the graphics from my banner when I get home tonight if that's helpful?


  11. Petunia Said,

    I'm not sure how to add your banner to a button. This is the first one I've ever made! Maybe someone else can personalize it with your banner. This at least can get us started.


  12. Raina Said,

    I loved (past tense) Domino as much as any red-blooded American design enthusiast, but I don't see how you propose this resurrection to happen.

    Domino was a money loser from its inception, to the tune of $40 million over its 3+ years. Two weeks ago its staff was dismissed, and its offices are already occupied by another publication.

    I think it would be incredible for someone like yourself to channel all that enthusiasm and energy into starting a really relevant web 'zine covering similar topics.


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