Friday, July 31, 2009


Sometimes it's the little things that make the room. This room by chic designer Phoebe Howard contains that famous bedside table making appearances everywhere over the last couple of years. My eye is drawn to it over and over - I even painted it by itself last Summer (top image). Can any of you design sharpies identify it? I'll bet many of you can!

Thursday, July 30, 2009


This GREAT from ideeli starts at noon today. The event features women's tees and tank tops.
ideeli says"Lightweight and luxe, Sweet Pea pieces hug your curves to flatter your form without restricting it. Bohemian prints draw attention without demanding it. And a bright, no-apologies color palette takes eye-candy to a whole new level. From relaxed tunics, to sweeping caftans, to sporty yoga pants, each creation captures an adventurous spirit. Frati designs for women with an active, rich lifestyle and a savvy sense of fashion (you know who you are!). So snap up a few Sweet Pea pieces and discover your very own sweet spot for style." Click here to shop.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Meet Jenny Foley, a new sponsor of Annechovie. She represents a wonderful line of jewelry by the name of Stella and Dot. The new Stella & Dot fall line was just released and it is irresistible! The collection was inspired by 1940's daytime glamour and includes a mix of vintage and modern styles. The line is extremely versatile and covers all the latest trends from embroidery to statement earrings and shades of berry. The pieces are made in the same high end factories that produce for companies like Coach, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, and Christian Dior, yet at a fraction of the cost! Annechovie readers get 10% off your order throught August 5th! Browse the line at and contact Jenny at to place your order or learn more about becoming a stylist - a ground floor opportunity you won't want to miss!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


The latest in my ongoing series of handcut chair silhouette collages, this piece features an inticately delicate Chinoiserie style chair on a geranium pink background (so intricate that I had a serious case of scissor cramp upon completion!) Measures 12 x 16 inches on board with protective coating. Ready to frame or perfect as is! Limited edition. Available now on my Etsy site.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Recently my blogging artist friend, Carol Gillot, wrote another one of her fascinating posts on PAUL, another landmark tea room and boulangerie in Paris. She painted this beautiful watercolor and also included some great photos from her visit there. It was so fun to see her photos and read her take on PAUL, because it is one of the places that stands out in mind from one of my trips. I love to live vicariously through her blog! She introduces me to places I have not yet been, as well as resurrecting many fond memories covering familiar territory.

(photo by Joshua Harwell)
Carol's post reminded me that my brother had taken some photos there, as we sat with our friends enjoying some afternoon refreshments. This little old man captured our attention. He was completely engrossed in a stack of papers haphazardly scrawled with figures and notes. He is one of those unique individuals you see that stick in your mind and make travel such an interesting experience. I imagined that he might be a professor at the nearby Sorbonne??
I love it when I run across someone else, be it on the internet or elsewhere, who shares a similar experience from their unique perspective. Do you enjoy taking photos of interesting people you see during your travels? Has anyone ever confronted you or dodged your camera lens?

Friday, July 24, 2009


I am so loving this illustration by my Martha's Vineyard-based artist friend, Jamie Shelman. The Mini Cooper, the color, the fact that a CAT is driving it.....vaguely reminiscient of my days as a kid reading Richard Scarry's books. Utterly charming. Snap it up here and have a really good weekend!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


I love this witty and charmingly subversive bag from from legendary French design house Longchamp. There is a give-away with a secret start, so join ideeli now to enter!

More great deals today on ideeli! Mikael Aghal, Hobo and Free People - check them out here.


CONGRATULATIONS to Averill - she's the lucky winner in the Clayton Gray Home give-away! She will receive the gorgeous and green (in more ways than 1!) desk set. A special thank-you to all who participated and to Clayton Gray Home.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Taking some time out from my regular job last week for a private tour and visit to Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. Fun to visit the player's locker room and hang out in the dugout for a bit, but I'm not quitting my day job just yet.

Monday, July 20, 2009


I feel very fortunate to have such a great relationship with sponsor Clayton Gray Home. The owner, Wendy Garraty, has tons of style and class and is as nice as she can be. For the month of July, she asked me to pick my top ten from Clayton Gray Home, along with a mini interview - you can check out here.
Today and tomorrow on Annechovie, Clayton Gray Home is sponsoring a great "green" give-away. It's a recycled cotton desk set, valued at $95.
The seven pieces in the set include: file box, magazine/file holder, journal, mail sorter, business card holder, pencil cup and note slip holder.
This unusual desk set from Arcadia Home manufacturers is made from recycled cotton salvaged from the apparel industry in India. Each item is made from "khadda," which is the unbleached hand spun rags left over from the garment industry production. No harsh chemicals or dyes are used in processing the material. The 100% cotton products are water resistant and hand-made by rural craftsmen in India. Not to mention the fact that this set also happens to be such a fabulous shade of green!
In order to enter, you must do 2 things by the end of tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21st:
1. Leave a comment on this post about the item
2. Go to the Clayton Gray Home site and signup for the mailing list (which will include discounts for future products, new arrivals etc....). The sign up box is at the bottom right of the home page.
The winner will be chosen by computer-generated number via and announced by Thursday, July 23. Go for it!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Check out these great values on chic and comfortable 213 Industry dresses at ideeli now!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009


My grandma back in the 40's

I want to wish my beloved Grandmother a very happy 90th birthday today! Quite a milestone by any definition. She is a wonderful person and I feel very blessed to be her grandaughter. She is still active and manages to maintain her beloved rose garden and share her blooms with folks who are lonely and under the weather. She is an extremely warm and nurturing lady who has passed on her love of reading, cooking, gardening (and tea!) to me. Happy Birthday, Grandma!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Another beautiful piece by my friend in France, Liza Hirst. It's for sale here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


And no, I am not talking about alcohol. Smile. I'm referring to some photos from my files that make me happy. Unfortunately, I have no idea as to the source for a couple of them. Bad blogging manners, I know. Please grant mercy. I am currently away and so, just for this week, I have turned off the comments. So, please just enjoy and rest your fingers from the keys. I am posting a few photos simply because I like them. They speak for themselves and I hope they transfer some "happy' your way as well!

Monday, July 13, 2009


Years ago, I used to make an apple dessert for my boyfriend that my brother teasingly liked to call "Annie's Apple Nightmare". It was my own version of an apple crisp and he hates fruit, so, there you have it....
Lately, I have taken to splitting up my work day with a swim and an early afternoon session of "Poolates". After that, it's time for a little pick-me-up that my sister dubbed "Annie's Afternoon Zinger". I am sure it's nothing new to many of you, but I have taken to mixing 3 parts ruby red grapefruit juice to one part Perrier. It's perfect as a healthy refresher and metabolism booster. After downing one of those, I am ready to get back to some serious productivity. Perfect for a little afternoon kick-in-the-pants.

I am away on vacation this week, so posting may be a bit lighter than usual, but I hope you all have a fantastic week and I will be back next Monday!

Friday, July 10, 2009


On sale now at ideeli, this and other great dresses by California-based "Tart". This yellow-chevron number is just the thing for staying cool on a Summer evening. Prices start at only $20. Also, beginning at 2 PM on ideeli, one click can enter you in the the Lanvin give-away. Run, don't walk here and I hope that you have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


This necklace by Fox and Clover is beautifully delicate. It is a recycled glass necklace that features a handpainted scalloped oval lace motif. Available on Etsy. I even love the name - Avignon.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


This is a sort of design humor "cartoon" that I did last year.
Quote reads"Some people thought that perhaps Frances had taken the Ikat trend a bit too far". (click image to enlarge) The original is available here.

Recently, my friend Joni at Cote de Texas, wrote an interesting post examining the whole subject of design trends. She is making a series out of it "Cote de Texas' Top 10 Design Elements"- so it should be fun to follow her posts on her signature elements.

I personally don't think that you should worry about what's "in" or what's "out", but rather what you enjoy living with. I thought Ikat prints were supposedly "out", but I am still seeing them everywhere, even in fashion. What are some personal design elements that characterize your unique style?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I was going through some of my travel photos from a few years ago and came across this view of microscopic me in front of the gates of the Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome. Great memories! Is there a trip that you have fond memories of?

Monday, July 6, 2009


Ok, I am well aware that these photos of Aerin Lauder's Hamptons home from the current issue of Elle Decor have already been well-circulated across the web. I cannot help it, though. Her style is just so appealing and fresh that I had to post it yet once again. I admire her knack for mixing traditionalism with unexpected color and details, warding off the stodge factor completely. The pool/poolhouse is the picture of refined refreshment and the breakfast nook and banquette with kid's art and chippendale bamboo chairs....what can I say? Perfect! American style at it's best!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


As the Independence Day Holiday approaches for us here in the States, I am going to sign off a day early. I will leave you with this stunning coral-effect mirror from one of this blog's sponsors, Clayton Gray Home.

I hope that all of you in the US have a fantastic holiday and that the rest of you, wherever you may be reading from, have a very enjoyable weekend. I will see you next week!