Footloose, at least a coupla toes....

Last week Monsieur de Hockey had business in NYC and being an empty nester with a flexible schedule, I went with him. I have never traveled with him before because I was all about not leaving our kids, especially while they were in high school. I missed some good foreign travel but both girls graduated and our house is still standing. So I was footloose in New York while he strategized.... This design habit of mine started with fine art so with limited time I chose to see as much as possible. First stop, The Cooper Hewitt, which is a Design Museum but all of the installations sure looked like art to me!

Thom Browne's fabulous installation.

Thom Browne's fabulous installation.

Okay so anyone that knows me is well aware of my obsession with silver shoes, gunmetal belts and pewter if the last two aren't available. It runs the gamut from concha belt to John Fleuvog flats and visits Mexican jewelry and antique mirrors along the way. Pewter, silver and gunmetal tones work with all sorts of interior design styles, too. Dare I say it? Timeless? Effortless? Any old design cliche works with silver tones! This room does not disappoint in melding art, fashion design and interior design.  Though I probably wouldn't use this many shoes in a client's installation I might consider it for my house. And all those mirrors reflecting mirrors? Feng Shui faux pas...but it is art!

Metallic-y and Texture-y... great for a bathroom

Metallic-y and Texture-y... great for a bathroom

Or this delicious combination...

Or this delicious combination...

I was delighted to see a fabric panel by Tommy Parzinger, one of my heroes of design. Bold color, geometry and whimsy make his work elegant but always with an unexpected twist.

Coral! 

Coral! 

Love this Tommy Parzinger Sideboard. The coral surprise in the interior is just right. 

Love this Tommy Parzinger Sideboard. The coral surprise in the interior is just right. 

What an inspiring collection, though our time was short I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit. Here are a few shots of stair models that also were on exhibit. I can't even comment, so complicated and beautifully executed. 

More New York inspiration soon! 

Pretty pictures make excellent color schemes...

Today is the first day of fall. Here in the Desert Southwest fall is a subtle change that follows our fifth season, the monsoon.  Tucsonans start to venture out more as the mornings and evenings cool off and everyone starts thinking about the projects that need to be done before Thanksgiving. I will be thinking about color almost constantly. Here is some natural and interior inspiration... 

I snapped this picture on the way to San Diego on a hot, hot late July day. I keep coming back to the incredible hues and natural composition created by the various sage plants as they dry out in the desert sun. Painted against the stunning mountains the landscape is almost surreal. 

These pale colors are so inspiring, here's a shot of some velvet samples I just got in.. 

Just like pretty pictures, I'll be referring to this palette frequently as I order furniture, pick paint colors and figure out lighting. Enjoy this first day of fall!