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Perfume:  Valentino Eau de Parfum – Garavini / Room: Zin Home wing bed frame Master Bedroom

Perfume: Prada Candy by Prada / Room: Venice by Turquoise , LA. 

Perfume: Benefit Garden of Good & Eva Fragrance / Room: Casa Paralea by JMA INTERIOR DECORATION. Photograph by Ron Rosenzweig.

Perfume: NANA DE BARY – GREEN from Liberty / Room: Phyllis Morris Showroom  – Trousdale Bed, Trousdale Nightstands, X Bench and the “SuperStar” wallcovering — all from the Phyllis Morris Showroom in West Hollywood, California. Photo by Lee Clower.

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St. Paddy’s Day

(Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”)

I visited Ireland once in high school on a British Literature tour. We visited The Book of Kells, The Cliffs of Dover, Trinity College, Dublin, Killarney, and the original place where Irish Coffee was invented in Limerick County (which included waiters milking and whipping fresh cream on the side of the road). My favorite Irish authors include the classics: W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Beckett, and C.S. Lewis. However, my favorite contemporary Irish feminist and poet is Eavan Boland (READ HER NOW).

Rather than focusing on the traditional Irish Flag hues – Kelly Green and Orange – let us delve into a less literal approach for Irish interior design. I remember staying in several old B&B’s, castle lodging, Victorian inspired Hotels, and modern caravansaries. During my tour I passed hundreds of shaggy sheep, miles of peat moss bogs, and would sometimes find myself screaming, “HEATHCLIFF” across the moors (or was that Wuthering Heights? OK, I know it’s technically in Northern England but the Brontes are originally from Ireland). The emerald isle was gorgeous, but is not just GREEN colored – other than WITH ENVY for its beauty. Har har. Here are two of my favorite hotels and respectively, each space’s interior delights:

The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Pink Salon image courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler, HERE. The g’s glamour is completely local: Mad milliner Philip Treacy, a hometown boy, designed this 101-room stunner.

The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Grand Salon image found HERE.

The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. Matz Restaurant image courtesy of Adventures of Brute Force, HERE.

The G Hotel in Galway, Ireland. The Suite image courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler, HERE.

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin by Renaissance Hotels and Resorts in 2008 – “The grand dame of Dublin cultural society”, Image found HERE.

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. The Constitution Room is where the Irish Constitution was drafted in 1922 under the chairmanship of Michael Collins. Images courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler and The Shelbourne, Dublin.

The Grace Kelly Suite in The Shelbourne, Dublin. Image found HERE. This suite is named in honour of the Famous Hollywood film star, Grace Kelly. Princess Grace and her husband stayed at The Shelbourne Hotel many times and had an attachment to room 270, with the finest view of St. Stephen’s Green of all city centre Dublin hotels. 

The Lord Mayor’s Lounge at The Shelbourn Hotel offers high tea service wherein the teabags are made of silk. Lord Mayors of Ireland take a stroll in this elegant, sunlight room during their inauguration.  Historical note: During The Easter Rising in 1916, forty British soldiers were garrisoned at the hotel. Consequently the Shelbourne came under regular fire. When fighting broke out on the Green on Easter Monday, afternoon tea was relocated to the rear of the hotel for safety.

HOW SHOULD I TAKE STYLE CUES FROM A COZY IRISH BAILE (that’s home in Irish)?

Shop by the Numbers: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

 

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Pistachio (or, Crack that Nut)

When I worked at Friendly’s Olde Ice Cream Shoppe as a teenager the store had two specials for retired individuals or members of the AARP. In the mornings, they could get breakfast for nary $2.99 including unlimited coffee, two eggs, and a side. In the evenings before 6:00 pm, as part of the Early Bird Special, the customers could choose from a list of entrees that came with a one scoop sundae. Invariably, the customers ALWAYS ordered pistachio ice cream. Once a person turns a certain age, clearly, this flavor will definitely become ones favorite. I must have served over 2,000 scoops of this green treat.

Image Via Oh Joy! And what a joy it is!

Image via Cook Your Dream.

Image via The Girl Who Ate Everything. Why not use this cranberry-pistachio cookie to inspire your next room palette?

For the longest time this bold yet subdued green reminded me of granny squares and a retirement home in Miami – YET – it’s official, it’s cool again, it’s actually even, dare I say, YOUNG!

According to the article, The History and Agriculture of the Pistachio Nut, “Archaeologists have found evidence from excavations at Jarmo in northeastern Iraq that pistachio nuts were a common food as early as 6750 BCE.

It is even rumored that the pistachio nuts were creeping down the walls of the great wonder, The Hanging Garden of Babylon.

Jason Oliver Nixon & John Loecke via Domino Magazine (RIP), October 2008.

The Pistachio Tree meets the Mint Herb in this fifties, retro inspired kitchen (Here).

I know this monochromatic wonder is a LOT, but I feel as though I am sitting in a field of verdant grasses! Via Bright Bazaar and the U.K. based Ideal Home magazine.

Jonathan Adler always hits the nail on the head with modern design mixed with traditional and antique finds. Hello white lacquer table.

Wallpaper via Fern Living, image by Betsy Maddox.

Domino Magazine strikes again!

Image via Live Like You.

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