Office Space

Gilding The Lily
Too many times our works spaces for emailing, filing and just thinking are random and institutional in their feel.
Go forth, add that hula skirted girl to your desktop, the one you smuggled into the country from West Indies under the cargo bay.
Fluff the feathers of that vintage antique African hat on your wall proudly in the office cubicle.
 And for goodness sakes, break out that British flag that you found in that shop hidden behind the rows of leather bound antique book on Notting Hill in college.
Break out the old items that make you feel comfortable and at your best to get in and get the work done, in style of course!
Here is some inspiration to assist you in whistling while you work!
For me it is the antique severed mannequin hands which holds dear scraps of vintage numbers and scraps of paper on my desk top.


Sitting Pretty....

Take a seat....
With the holidays upon us the seating in the living area in the rear of the house are showing their age.
A trip out and about yielded a look at furnishings and soft case goods in
the area.
So many types, styles,linings, wrappings, stuffings and lines;
round, sleek, slipped, tucked, pinned and distressed, tailored or rolled.....
makes one think...
The  Contender.....
The challenger?



Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt
Happy hunting for those of you participating in the before and the after black Friday festivities
Ready, aim, fire!
Ernest Hemingway duck hunting in Idaho October, 1941.
JFK Library


Nate the great!

As holiday entertaining and decorating creeps closer and closer the very idea of what to put out or not is also upon many of us.
I recently read this little story about Nate, and his design philosophy: Nate
If you have the time its a great perspective on design,decor and the people and pets who live within our walls and what to hang on them!
Speaking of Nate, I have eyed a few of his things at Targey lately.
It seems as if his new line is in full swing, as are those holiday strands of lights.
Heres a couple peeks at some of his favorite things in the home design aisle at Target.
As a designer it was not only real but fairly touching the emphasis on family / friends, pets then things on Nates list.
 The rest falls into place and decorates not only his home but sets the tone for all things within the living space, personal and very custom to each and every homeowner.
Something to be embraced and seen through the eyes of past,present and future times in ones life.
Something to consider when Black Friday hits this week and we are up and down those aisles.
Do yourself a favor and make a detour down the Home Collection aisle.
N.B. for Target / Oprah magazine


Hang time

Luving this lighting fixture
Just enough texture and contrast

This also is another way to Hang! 

Like to hang here, what a room full of eye candy.


Hunting and Gathering.....

Eyes Wide Open
Looking like a weekend full of hunting and gathering, such is the life for an artist and designer to their clients.
Looking forward to the unknown and the undiscovered.
Putting on my spectacles and rolling up my sleeves, should be one funky ride.
iconic Iris (apfel)


Its almost time!

I am thinking of the holidays
T minus 2 weeks and counting...........


Mountain top ..... light luv!

River top home
Love this home in Kuma where a hidden river plays on this maze like home filled with lotus ponds and private river falls.
Grid lock and a fascinating play on geometric used in design...
hip to be square.


To paint or not to paint?

That is the question,
posed for today.
It;s the little things, right?
 Like the last application of mascara, the perfect scent of that soy candle, or the way a little bouquet brings a new and vibrant piece of light into a room.
So, the age old question of the right neutral or not?
I am thinking of going with the dark horse.
 Black is very chic, oddly gender neutral and extremely capable of making a statement without turning back or saying I was wrong.
To shine or to stay wax and matte is another dimension once you have committed and your brush is in the pot! Lets see; black looks strong and chic,everyone looks simple and yet sophisticated in this all for one shade, and let's be honest, it brings a certain "Je ne sais quoi" to any space or room.
Put black into any fashionable attire and you have added a pop of chic and sophisticated style to something ordinary.
Some of my favorite examples:
What is James wearing?
 Blogger with Rupert and Nigel in front of his dream town house and super shiny black doors.
Nate Berkus office with shiny black closet doors.
Grant Gibson black doors by fold, featured on Danny Seo's blog to paint or not?
Black hallway doors with a shiny and reflective surface for contrast in furnishings and lighting.
Wood floor = bonus!
Miles Redd, does not stop with the closet or interior door, taking it to the kitchen in a super shiny reflective way!
Interior doors also by Miles Redd in none other than zebra printed and nickel studded nail head trim.
Dorthy Draper inspired foyer in herringbone painted floor and shiny high gloss door.
So, this brings us to the ever evolving living area and it's need for the eyeliner to complete the french doors leading into the room from the entry hall.
 Doorway and doors were added to separate the hall from the second living area, love the doors which were gray washed and finished before a change was necessary.
Lack of something? A bit of chicness,a whim of the dark side or maybe it was the daylight savings that did me in but a change was necessary and behold a new and darker doorway in and out of La Maison Fou.
To the right the door was painted in a flat black to be cautious yet try something new and exciting.
The left is the original distressed and gray washed door with antique hardware and distressed finish.

I am already feeling the change and I am ready to jump in!
Just a closer peek, more of a darker feel and sophisticated change.
Have you been tempted by the dark door,
 if so did you go in feet first or were you reluctantly led to water?
LGRowlands Interiors LLC


Weekend retreat, Monday mayhem...

Super Monday
Weekend has come and gone with much anticipation on the horizon
Hold on, Super Tuesday beckons.....

Man Plus West


All Souls

All Souls Day
Celebrate today, as the day of all souls.

Enjoy the reliquary.
soulmates Longmont museum


Dia de los Muertos

All Saints & Souls
November 1st is All Saints Day and November 2nd is All Souls Day.
Locally, Dia de los muertos will begin at Tulsa Living Arts celebration and festival here: