Monday, September 27, 2010

If only you knew.....

This  first post has taken longer than I wish to share.  I felt like I was a shop owner once again, getting ready to open my doors and I just wanted everything to be the best it could be.  Perfect, no, because we just don't live in a perfect world.  Exciting, yes, because that is what the Robins Egg Blue customer came to expect everytime they walked through my doors.     To  those of you that have been waiting......and waiting.....thanks so much for your patience and understanding.  Also, thanks for your encouragement and suggestions.  To those of you that have found me, I hope you will be happy you stopped by.

I thought the best way for you to know me, was to invite you into my home.  I have been transitioning from the bright happy days of sunshine and flowers, to the warmth of the fall season we have just entered.  I love this season and the color we are all about to experience with Mother Nature.  Little does she know how much she influences the design world.  The harvest season is in its glory and I am having a ball.

I love this bright fall look.  It is crispy, colorful  yet warm and comfortable.  This table was expecting guests for brunch. 

This is a close up of the table elements that I used to create this table setting.  The rattan charger is an extra large charger that is 24" in diameter.  We sold them at Robins Egg Blue, but unfortunately, I have lost the source for this size rattan charger.  If anyone knows who might sell this product, I would love you to share it with me.   The scalloped plate is from Casafina and the square bright green plate is from Sur la Tab.  The orange bowls are a wonderful find from the Home Goods Store.   As for the sterling silver napkin rings, I have collected for years and my table is never without them. The napkin is a kitchen towel that was bought especially for the use of a napkin.   Men love this size napkin for their laps. 


My kitchen sink is without a window and to bring light to that area of my kitchen I used mirrors. My countertops are tumbled marble and when we did the kitchen addition to our home, I knew it was risky.  As a designer, I do take risks (in my own home!) and I have never been sorry.   The patina created over the past twelve years is wonderful.  We entertain often and red wine has never been a problem on this surface.  My sink area changes with the seasons because of the multi vessel container that you see in the background.  I sold these in my shop from a company I found in Paris.  Every season will have an arrangement that mirrors (and literally) the season we are in.  I will show you these changes as we go into different months.   I buy new flowers every week.  There are those plum tones again!

Close up of tube container from Paris

One more area of our home I wish to show you with this first post is our dining room.  We are having guests for dinner Sunday afternoon and this is the table I created. I love Kale for the color as well as for the texture  it provides. Of course it has the plum tones that I love and from these tones my inspiration is set once again.

So much more to share, but I will be back with more.


holly said...

Looks beautiful!

love, holly

Velvet and Linen said...

Welcome to blogging, Mary Anne!
Your blog looks wonderful and so does your table scape.
Love the touches of plum color.

xo xo

Debra Phillips said...


you finally did it and your blog is gorgeous, welcome to the blogging woeld

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the world of blogging, Mary Anne.

Your site is beautiful. I so enjoyed this post. I'm looking forward to many more.

Cindy Rand said...

Yay you did it! And it's wonderful! Love all the beautiful colors! Let the fun begin!
Hugs, Cindy

Greet said...

Hi Mary Anne,

Nice to read and see your 1st post! A good idea to welcome us into your home! It looks so cosy!!
I wish you a lot of success with blogging!

Leslie said...

Ahh, I see where Kim gets her style sense - it's in the genes! Beautiful place settings, and your home looks amazing. You've also given me the push I needed to get my own blog up and running. I'll send you a link - it's all about food. Looking forward to future posts! Leslie

robintharp said...

Congratulations MaryAnne! Your new blog is beautiful,as I knew it would be.

Anonymous said...

Mary Anne, Twenty years ago, when I moved to Hinsdale, Robins Egg Blue was the first shop I wandered into. That day, you helped me choose beautiful vintage lace bedding for my first home. All the lovely things that I purchased at Robins Egg Blue through the years hold special memories of you and that fabulous store. Now, I can get the same inspiration by reading your wonderful blog. I can't wait for the next entry! Thank you! Love, Shari