room divider ideas

My home is a beautiful open plan upstairs with sliding glass doors outdoors to a porch with a half arch window above, lots of light and sense of fluidity. It’s a dream home truly, built by husband, his friends, the FDNY & family, post Sandy.

In this space at one end there is a small sitting area, & at the other end, a playroom on the right, & my home office on the left. And therein lies the problem, too much overflow of plastic ponies & tiny farm animals.



Searching for a solution that provides a non permanent divider that won’t ruin the beautiful architectural & can be changed as our lives change. I wanted to share some of the interesting ideas I have found during my research for this problem! Enjoy!


Room Divider Idea #1: Glass Walls




Room Idea Divider #2: Just Curtains…


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Fearon Hay Architects


Room Divider # 3:  Screens

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boaz cohen and sayaka yamamoto

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alberto biagetti and laura baldasarri 






# 4 Bookshelves as Room Dividers


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women & wolves




Lilli Waters Black Sunday Serie


Wolves and Women have much in common. Both share a wild spirit.Women and Wolves are instinctual creatures, able to sense the unseen. They are loyal, protective of their packs and of their pups. They are wild and beautiful. Both have been hunted and captured. Even in captivity, one can see in the eyes of a Woman, or a Wolf, the longing to run free, and the determination that should the opportunity arise, Whoosh, they will be gone…..[Women who run with the Wolves] Clarissa Pinkola Estés

               @carmela gigantiello
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Cléo de Mérode, A Belle Époque Dancer

A favorite muse of Gustav Klmit, Edgar Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alexandre Falguiere, Cleopatra Diane de Merode was an accomplished ballet dancer, famous not only for her extraordinary dancing, but also for her graceful beauty. Born 1874, Bordeaux, Paris, France in 19874, Cleo was only 8 when she joined the Opera School of Dance, at 11, she was a professional dancer, and at 13 danced in Choryhee. She became acquainted with he quickly became a favorite of many artists of the time including Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Edgar Degas and Alexandre Falguiere. 


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The Palace Post, Bedroom Decor

Part I. This is part one of a series of galleries about bedroom style and decor trends. This first post is inspired by a client who loved both the Scandinavian & the Versailles look.

Curating a beautiful bedroom.

We begin with a little palace style….for this you may need a fresco, antique lace, a castle even, and perhaps a chandelier.

But really, how to achieve opulence, historic allure and comfort? Use muted color, combine old and new materials, contrasting textures, natural materials such as silk, linen and wool.





Marie Antoinette’s Bed, Versailles Image via


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 Green & Gray, linens…chandelier….image via stylecaster



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Crush Cul de Sac







A Lady’s Christmas Wish List

A Gift Guide For the Women in Your Life

Handmade. Whimsical. Creative. Luxurious. Cozy. Sexy. Delightful. Unusual. Unique. Hand Forged.

Many of of the featured items are made by women small business owners, an added interest point for you to share with your loved one.

For your love….

A natural black, rose cut, pear-shaped diamond ring with a pavé diamond band. Just in love with Alex Russell’s gorgeous handmade jewelry. Her stones are ethically sourced & the colors and designs are uniquely edgy.



Gold Druzy necklace from Nicoletti St. Paul, Missouri. I have been a long time follower of Nicole’s Etsy Shop, she has a unique way of showcasing natural stone and the work is hand forged. I have a soft spot for her, she’s a very inventive & courageous woman.




Arkansas earrings by American designer Hazel Cox. Hazel has quite a following, her beautiful endlessly cool creations are on so many wish lists!!



Perfect rose gold sparkle studs from Project Dahlia


Sparkle Bangles From Toronto based Project Dahlia, handmade & feminine, eyecatching delicacy, run by Tess & Kim with the assistance of a dog named Hugo, who is, apparently in charge of HR matters. Also available on etsy


Made by Gypsy is run by Philadelphia born Kate Ruggiero. Practical, easy, fun brights for the lover of the outdoors who likes pretty little things, these Hawaii based swim & lingerie pieces are absolutely stunning, tropical and surf bound. Reasonable prices.


Onyx Undie by madebygypsy


If your love is edgy but loves romance & creativity this is the right brand for your sweets, Evgenia, Lingerie for the Modern Hearbreaker is headed by Stephanie Bodnar, an imaginative lingerie designer whose beautiful pieces have a rarified appeal, gorgeous fabric combinations & high quality handiwork make for a Boho fantasy world.


Romantic & Sensual Night Gown, from The Tempest Collection, Evgenia. Photographer: Kelly Puleio, San Francisco


For Your Love, Mother, Sister….


Bedding by Les Indiennes

Les Indiennes Fabrics & Bedding

This company is run by Mary  Mulcahy who developed her line with an expert kakamkari craftsman. The naturally dyed cotton fabrics are handmade in the traditional fashion, & are an extraordinarily lovely part of history. Shopping available on the website.








Finer Joy’s Long Dress Multilayer Organic Linen Dress Boho Dress, available in many sizes

Beautiful Anna, owner of Finer Joy, hails from the Ukraine & makes magical dresses that are also practical, & made for women’s body. Think princess meets bohemian organic gardener. Oh Hearts.



Jester Vase by the American pottery artist Frances Palmer.

Frances Palmer has worked as a potter for nearly 20 years. Classic heirloom products that will become a part of one’s visual memories of home.


In this day of everything digital the hardcover journal is almost a luxury. A great gift for any woman you know. Simplicity & graceful palettes with traditional patterns…at mtfold.


Mtfold’s medium pastel journals


Okay. I know I like to feature pencils. I just like them. And I know you know someone who likes their pencils to match their desk or outfit. So here are some snazzy ones, as well as some hilariously inscribed ones.


Preppy Prodigy’s Pastel Blue Pencils


I am very busy. With my matching pencils, etc. LOVE. From Harvest Paper.



Large Mug in Spruce from the American Studio Mazama Wares

Mazama Wares has a wide offering of works, these saturated mugs are simple & beautiful. A perfect writer’s coffee or tea cup to inspire fuel ideas while at the desk.












A long time Etsy shop, Thimble & Acorn is run by Vermont artisan Eve. Beautifully made scarves, shirts, purses & more. Plus an awesomely glamorous lady in glasses as the model.


Linen Cowl Infinity Scarf, Clover Green, from Thimble & Acorn.


Project bag by Thimble & Acorn. Handmade in America, linen, organic cotton, leather, antique brass, &  wood









the color black: a collection

Miss Dita in Black (


Oh Noir!  Long associated with negativity, death & depressive emotions, it seems noir has been maligned. Mysterious, powerful, seductive, full of adventure…..visit this richly evocative color in a gallery of unexpected images, places, styles and rooms…..luxurious nuit……


Jean Patou black lace gown, 1957 (


Charles James, Ball gown, 1954-1955. Black silk chiffon, silk satin, netting, and boning. (pinterest)


Heart Ribbons, Victorian artefacts (


Victorian Bracelet (


Black heels by Sergio Rossi..he always gets it right (



Claw earring from refinery.29



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utsuwa kenchin. black ceramics. (


Mecc Interiors

Mecc Interiors…..





Black rice…. (

Guðrún Ólöf

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House of Beccaria

House of Beccaria



Zitkala-Ša (“Red Bird”

Gertrude Käsebier’s photo of Sioux author & activist Zitkala-Ša (“Red Bird”)

The Black Wolf (