Monday, July 27, 2015

Malachite Monday: The Malachite Room, Chapultepec Castle

Some people think malachite is just a fad, a phase. 
But there is a history of malachite appreciation and its use in decor.  
Over the next few Mondays, I'll be sharing some of my favorite malachite antiques that are found in museums and historical places around the world.  

We've visited Malachite Rooms in palaces in both France and Russia...
today, we're off to Mexico. 

Chapultepec Castle or Castillo de Chapultepec overlooks Mexico City. With its Spanish Colonial roots, it resembles European palaces of the time. The castle's famed gilded, solid malachite doors of "The Malachite Room" were purchased from an 1850's Worlds Fair Exhibit...and are Russian from the mines in the Urals.  Hailed as one of the most beautiful spots in Mexico City, tourists flock to see the palace gardens and The Malachite Room. 


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday {Audrey Room Reveal}

Here we are, knee deep in our new home's renovation and the subject has to be dealt rooms. We're picking out paint colors and light fixtures and incorporating A LOT of what we already have that will be coming out of storage in a couple of weeks. I thought it would be good to look back at one of my favorite details in my teen daughter's old room and see if we wanted to use it again in the new place. 


thursday, august 14, 2014


Several months back, I shared my E-Design for a client in Florida who requested "an airy, maybe pink, maybe orange, maybe purple, maybe white and gold, fun and quirky yet grown up, Audrey Hepburn sort of room" for her 14 year old. I interpreted this as "SUGAR, SPICE & KILIM".  It's light and breezy, bohemian yet elegant, and most importantly, still fun and not stuffy....because, after all, this room is for a teen girl, right?!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration {"Whipped Mint" by Behr}

BEHR MARQUEE 1-gal. #MQ3-20 Whipped Mint Flat Exterior Paint-445001 at The Home Depot SAW ON LIZ MARIE BLOG AND IS A BEAUTIFUL COLOR...CEILING

Mint door makeover - Behr Whipped Mint-

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Malachite Monday {The Malachite Room at The Hermitage}

Some people think malachite is just a fad, a phase. 
But there is a history of malachite appreciation and its use in decor.  
Over the next few Mondays, I'll be sharing some of my favorite malachite antiques that are found in museums and historical places around the world.  

Last week we toured  The Malachite Room at Versailles which was full of malachite gifts from the Russian Tsar Alexander I.  So, it's no surprise that our second malachite museum installment takes us to St. Petersburg where they have their very own Malachite Room. 

Originally in The Winter Palace, now part of The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Malachite Room is renowned for its gold gilded ceilings and doors, and of course, it is named for its massive malachite pillars, urns and mantle.  Solid malachite from Ural mines steal the show in this magnificent room. 

Here's a way to get the Malachite and Gold look in a more understated way, than say, a Palace Receiving Room. Because, it's been a popular pairing for Centuries, yet still seems fresh today.

Malachite Monday {Malachite Plates SPLURGE OR STEAL}

Malachite Coasters. Buy coasters, mogpodge, and fabric at Joannes and tile from hardware store for half the price.

Faux-Malachite Credenza on

Ten Gorgeous Powder Rooms on the Blog Today // Simply Modern Home

Green Collections: Painted malachite side tables by Tony Duquette

Kirra Tate Tear Drop Malachite Open Hoop Earrings @LaylaGrayce

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday!!!

It's Thursday and I thought it would be cool to take a second look at that time I guest posted for a day at Layla Grayce's Insta feed! It was so much fun (and work) to prepare the posts that I shared with their 23,000 followers/customers. It helped me hone my own style and it was so much fun!

monday, october 13, 2014


This week's Link Love is a roundup of my Guest Grammer posts on my Layla Grayce Instagram Takeover last Friday!! (Layla Grayce IG Feed).  Thank you Layla Grayce and all of you who followed and commented throughout the Commona My House takeover!

It was so much fun to be a part of the LG Community for the day and to see what their followers and friends are currently digging. I had submitted 9 posts to them and they selected 6 to run on their feed. I thought it would be fun to share here on the blog, with links to original sources. The ones that ran on their feed are in BOLD below.

1. Hi, I’m @amysagedemik and I blog at #commonamyhouse about savvy chic and timeless ways to add personal character and style to your home. I think all good style should be inviting with a bit of character and a lot of comfort. I gravitate towards eclectic, vintage, rustic with hints of midcentury and a dash of feminine.  I’m #overthemoon to be taking over @laylagrayce ‘s IG today. Hope you’ll come along for the ride! I’ll be sharing a curated look at what inspires me including some of my favorite @laylagrayce finds throughout the day today! My biggest weakness’:  #deeptealblue #decoratingwithbooks #vinatageflare #sconces #tinytables #tuftedvelvet #funkypillows #freshflowers #cozyinteriors. #imagebysimonwatson #designerJeanetteWhitson #HouseBeautiful

Lots of comments on this one...My favorite comment was, "Be still my heart!!!"

2. Who else is seeing Sleek, Geometric Metal & Glass Lanterns in their dreams? Love the diamond pattern in this Worlds Away Moderna Clear Glass Lantern #elegant #modern #understated #geometriclanterns #worldsaway #worldsawayclearglasslantern #worldsawaymodernalantern #laylagraycelighting @decorpad #decorpad #bluewaterhomebuilders #commonamyhouse

This was the most popular post throughout the day, with people tagging others to check out the lanterns.
3.  Kilims don’t have to be bold to be beautiful. Dash and Albert Nordic Kilim  #kilimmesoftlywiththisrug #dashandalbertnordickilimwovenwoolrug #graykilims #dashandalbert #rustickilim #bohokilim #neutralkilim #ivoryandgraygeometrickilim #tribalrug #commonamyhouse

My favorite comment on this one was, "Wow, I love everything about this space!! It's not something I would've picked out myself on my own either. Love the organic feel and modern look". 

4.  My Name is INDIGO Montoya… which #indigo accessory is your fav? A, B, C or D? #howwouldyougoindigo #bunnywilliams #bunnywilliamsbrushstrokelamp #batikprintphotoframeset #pineconehillramalaindigobedding #ramalaindigo #pineconehill #indigobedding #capelrugsjunctionblueflatweavewoolrug #genevievegorderforcapelrugs #zigzagikat #ivoryandindigorug #laylagrayce  #goindigo #mynameisinigonotindigo #commonamyhouse
Commona My House Selection of Indigo Products
Layla Grayce 

The results were pretty tied up between A, C & D!
And at least one comment referred to my Princess Bride # Reference ;)

5. Timeless Elements=Timeless Elegance. Tufted Chaise, Nail Head Trimmed Ottoman, Oriental Rug and natural wood accents #jerseybelle #photocred #JeanAllsopp #BirminghamMagazine #jerseybelle #bravo #tuftlove #nailedit #naturalelegance #woodbeadchandelier #woodbeamshelving #tuftedchaise #hickspendant

 6.  Top 10 Gifts for #sister, mother, daughter, friend under $100 (Top 10 List on my blog)…
#riflepaperco #killergoldbracelet #braidedsilkovalbracelet #rosannaikatorangeandgrayhandbag #capodimonterosevaseset #riflepapergoldstripesiphonecase #lollia #lolliabreathe #honeycombnecklace #icemilkapron #icemilkapronmorningbun #pineconehill #pineconehillcandlewickpillowshale #malachite #malachiteearings #kiratatemalachiteopenhoopgoldearrings

Commona My House
Gift Round Up
7.   Do you mix your metals for a collected look or do you like matching metals? #mixedup #silverandgold #aidengraydecorlommelmirror #laylagrayce #laylagraycemirror #openvanity #commonamyhouse

The consensus was overwhelming for MIXING YOUR METAL FINISHES! 

8.   Spot On Inspiration #inspirationpic #source #3visualvamp #animalprintlove #gallerywall #ghostchair #vintage #chic #natural #simpleandelegant #understated #spotroundup #spoton #commonamyhouse

This was the second most popular post of the day. "So chic".
Not only am I smitten with the Antelope Pattern Runner, the Ghost Chair and the Gallery Wall...there is a labradoodle lounging down the hall (who looks SO MUCH like my own doggie). Can more of my favorite things be int his picture? I think not. 

 9.  Yup, your OYSTER. Photo via @theeverygirl #getit  #shakespeare #merrywivesofwindsor #brassandclass
# riflepapercompany #artprint #laylagrayce #commonamyhouse

It was a dream come true. I've never used so many #s in my life, but it was so much fun to come up with a few fun ones, even if only one or two readers caught my #indigomontoya and #kilimmesoftlywiththisrug references. I seriously love Layla Grayce for giving this little bitty blogger the opportunity to allow me to share my sort of eclectic design sense with their followers and customers. 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday {"New Providence Navy"- Benjamin Moore}

Ok. this goes with Chantilly Lace..I think i like it...a pretty grey/green/blue.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I could have been a contender {RUGS: kilim me softly with this rug}

I've been lining up a selection of rugs for a client project and just keep falling head over heels for these kilims, most of them Turkish. So, I thought I'd share some of the contenders...
Which one is your favorite?
Turkish Kilim Rug  Vintage Rug   Kilim Rug Vintage  Floor Rug  4.5 x 3 feet  Livingroom Rug Interior Design Rug
Turkish Kilim
Oldvinshop - Etsy

TURKISH Kilim Rug , Kilim Rug , Rugs , Colorfull Kelim Rug ,65" x 121" Area Rug Kilim , Kilim , Rug
Turkish Kilim
Boho Colors - ETSY
Kaysairi Turkish Kilim Rug
Kaysairi Turkish Kilim
Furbish Studio

Antique Kilim

League Runner, Antique Anatolia Turkish Kilim
Amber Interiors

For a more monochromatic look, I've been into this Dash & Albert Kilim since last October, when I took over the Layla Grayce Instagram account for a day. I love this one so much, I may have to have it in my new living room.
Nordic Kilim
Dash & Albert