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33 posts categorized "Design"

Monday, March 04, 2013

New Blog :


Hello, I've packed up and moved this blog to Looking forward to your visit!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Things I Love : Textures

TIL Textures

Back in May, Thierry's travel points got us a weekend in Chicago's Waldorf Astoria. A stay at a 5-star hotel is totally my idea of fun - I love a perfectly made bed and admiring all the details that go into designing a space - so I was excited for this getaway. En plus, it was our first weekend sans enfants since moving to DC last year.

Two things stood out the most. First, all of the textures - marble, crystal, mirror! I love how the swirl-y pattern was repeated throughout the entire hotel (even the moulding!). Have a look :

TIL Textures

TIL Textures

The second thing that made this stay top-notch was that we had a driver. A driver! I don't mean to be showy, but I've stayed in nice hotels before and have never had a driver. With all the driving around that I do in DC, having one for the weekend was the epitome of luxury to me! 

TIL Textures

There you have it. Three cheers for weekend getaways spent hanging out with family (siblings pictured above) in fancy surroundings. Am I alone in thinking that this is big fun?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Things I love

Playing Outside

2 This beautifully photographed food blog. She has me in stitches! 

3 Her rainbow home page. It is almost as awesome as her work. Almost. 

4  A well curated easter egg post. The Gold Leaf Egg is my favorite! 

5 A spring festival that begins next week.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Splash of Color : Cobalt Blue

Splash of Color : Cobalt BlueSplash of Color : Cobalt Blue

Although the pastels that are trending for spring are nice, I love bright cobalt blue in any any form.

Shirt is from Banana Republic. The necklace belonged to Mrs. Kirkpatrick, a family friend, and was gifted to me when she passed away many years ago.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Things I Love : Colors on Canvas

TIL : Redon's Pandora

TIL : Redon's Pandora

This week my mother-in-law and I visited one part of the National Gallery of Art. This painting, by French symbolist painter Odilon Redon, inspires me. Overall the piece is soothing and pleasant to look at but it is the abundance of color crammed into the bottom left part of the canvas that fascinates me.

Isn't is amazing how that works? I know being inspired by a painting isn't out of the ordinary but I keep coming back to look at those colors! It seems like perfection to me. What's the last thing that fascinated you?

Happy Sunday!


  • I am Denise Laborde and this is my blog. On here I write about my life as an expat, wife, mother and creative type. Occasionally I post about people, places or things that inspire me. Want to know more? Go here. Thanks for visiting.

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