Monday, January 2, 2012

Resolutions: Silver and Gold, Part II

 Place a tray or two of cheeses or pick up hors d'oeuvres on a console or table in a hallway or other unexpected area.  This will help with the flow of the party and
 effectively utilize more of your space.

Happy New Year again,
my silver and gold friends!

More wonderful guests are arriving at our virtual New Year's party and
 bringing delicious design inspiration.

Mary Douglas Drysdale
Designer and Creative Director, Drysdale, Inc.
Washington, DC


Only work with clients who are sincerely interested in achieving interesting work and who do it for the right reasons.

2012 COLOR

Hmmm . . . 
So many delicious colors.
Lipstick Pink?

Or perhaps Federal Green?

Mary Is Toasting In The New Year With

Fiji water with several slices of a fresh cut peach, a handful of raspberries, and a few slices of Mango with several perfect blue berries for color. Squeeze in a half of a lime into a large pitcher let the water and fruit sit in the refrigerator for a hour or more to allow the fruit juices to be absorbed in the water.

Mona Thompson
Designer and Blogger, Providence Ltd, Design
Little Rock, AR


Get organized.  I used to be much better with this… but our business is growing so fast.  I've been caught off guard.   

2012 COLOR

Benjamin Moore China White...
it's a warm white that pairs beautifully with grays and blues...

Mona Is Toasting In The New Year With
A yummy chocolate martini

 1   (1-oz.) square semisweet chocolate, melted
          3 tablespoons   vanilla-flavored vodka (Absolut Vanilla)
          3 tablespoons   Irish cream liqueur (Bailey's)
          2 tablespoons  half-and-half 
1/3 cup coffe flavord liqueur (Tia Maria)
        1/3 cup  chocolate-flavored liqueur (Godiva is best )

       Dip rims of 2 martini glasses in melted chocolate on a plate to form a thin layer. Place glasses in refrigerator until chocolate is firm.

       Combine vodka and next 4 ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Cover with lid; shake until thoroughly chilled. Remove lid; strain into chocolate-rimmed martini glasses. Serve immediately.

John Lyle
Designer, John Lyle Design
Manhattan, NY

John, his five year old nephew Gates, and a Rat Pack Manhattan.
Gates does NOT want a sip!

The Gates Andirons from John Lyle Design

I resolve to reach out to more high end design firms and give them a personal touch. 
In the past I have let my showrooms do this for me, but now I find it beneficial to communicate with the designers directly. This way they see the entire scope of what I can do….that is how something truly creative happens.

John aka Louis XIV with Moliere, working out every detail with many designers

2012 COLOR

Blue Green to Dusty Teal

John Is Toasting In The New Year With

The Rat Pack Manhattan,
a Perfect Manhattan with a
Little French Twist

Created in 2000 by Wayne Collins at
 High Holborn, London England.
Forsooth all members of the Rat Pack (apart from Joey Bishop) were dead by that time.  Probably Wayne liked the Rat Pack and named the cocktail after them.  As Simon Difford supposes, originally Wayne used different whiskies to represent each of the Rat Pack crooners.  The wash of Grand Marnier was for Sammy Davis, the wild card of the bunch.

15 ml Grand Marnier (for washing)
45 ml bourbon
20 ml vermouth sweet
20 ml vermouth dry
3 dash Angostura bitters
Coat a chilled cocktail glass with the liqueur and discard. Stir whiskey, vermouths and bitters with a lot of ice. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry.

Gaye Tapp
Designer and Design Blogger, "Little Augury"
North Carolina


Resolutions are so tricky. As a rebel at heart I immediately balk at the thought. A design resolution for me personally is to pare down my possessions. Will I? I’ve accumulated so much “stuff” - good stuff- but too much, none the less. 

Bill Blass Interior

The late fashion designer Bill Blass edited his interiors much like he did his fashion collections - to a razor sharp edge. If only I could create a hint of that clarity in my own interiors as the year moves forward. 

Bill Blass Interior

2012 COLOR

I can’t think of a color I’d rather work with or use in my own home than a celestial blue.

 Think Blue Boy by Gainsborough.

In all shades, it dominates my wardrobe.  As to specifics, Pantone’s Blue Moon or Turkish Sea both do very nicely, paired with soft champagne – like this Monique Lhuillier gown- it is blue heaven.

Gaye Is Toasting In The New Year With

A drink of choice for toasting this year will be a hot toddy, but I’ll likely celebrate by sleeping in the New Year.

My hot toddy recipe is from Bon Appetit.
    2 tablespoons honey
    1 cup hot water
    6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon
    2 3x1/2" strips lemon peel
    2 cinnamon sticks
Preparations for the toddy are at

Irene Turner
Designer, Irene Turner at hOMe 
Interior Design Blogger, 
Irene Turner "Little Bits of Beauty" 
Sonoma County, CA

My design resolution is to update my video process for my blog,
and to finish my book on Reflective Living! 

2012 COLOR

 My color choice for 2012 is teal.
It DOES pair quite well with tangerine tango from Pantone.

Irene Is Toasting In The New Year With

I love to toast in the NY with my husband and a bottle of Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee...Iron Horse is a local winery with fabulous wines, both sparkly and still.

Cheers until tomorrow, dear silver and gold!


  1. Dear Marilyn I enjoyed this so much! Some stellar personalities here!

    A very Happy New Years to you and yours!

    Please come and enter my Giveaway from Serena & Lily.


    Art by Karena

  2. Another beautiful post! Thank you for all of the inspiration.

    xoxo, Lissy

  3. Another fabulous post, Marilyn. I am thoroughly enjoying each and ever designers contributions, Kathysue

  4. Such GREAT company...thanks for the honor of attending your party Marilyn. I'm wishing you all the very best in this New Year! I myself am incredibly to spend time with you virtually for sure, here and on FB and pinterest. Looking forward to many more great shares...Cheers!

  5. I'm thrilled to be in such fabulous company...and I'm adding Mary's resolution to mine. Along with the reorganization that goes with a growing business we hope to become more selective and make sure that all of our working relationships are the right fit. XO, Mona

  6. What a fun idea!
    It's always interesting to see how designers interpret design for themselves.

  7. Hello Marilyn,

    I find the uniqueness of each designer especially appealing. Their colour sense is spectacular, original and refreshing.
    Thanks you


  8. Just found you via Gaye and glad I did! Looking forward to spending time with you here in 2012!

  9. Thanks for including me in the Party-honored to be in such great company! Here's to the New Year. pgt

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