The Grand Hotel

Yesterday I shared some of my photos from my recent trip to Mackinac Island.  I showed from where we walked off the ferry and made our way to The Grand Hotel.  Today, I'm sharing more of my photos of the hotel.  Carleton Varney redid the interiors in the 70s.  How I wish I could have taken these photos sans people, but the hotel is quite an attraction.  


Red geraniums are a theme at the hotel which you can see in the carpet pattern.


I was so enamored of these green sofas.  The gorgeous, vibrant color doesn't show up as well in the picture.

I just couldn't stop taking photos.  There are pairs of these, and they are fantastic.  This color on the black and gold is divine.













This is walking outside to the porch, the world's largest at 660 feet.



Looking out on Lake Huron from the porch is breathtaking.  With some tea and a good book, I could be happy here for an indeterminate amount of time.  I have more photos I'll share tomorrow.  If you're interested in knowing more about the hotel and its history you can find fascinating information here.



Travel Planning


My husband and I will be taking our daughter to a camp in Michigan this summer, and I'm working on planning the trip.  After we drop her off, I want to stay and see some of the state.  I've never been, and why would I be in a hurry to get back to Dallas in the summer??  These photos are of The Grand Hotel, and are in Carleton Varney's book Mr. Color.  The Grand Hotel is on Mackinac Island in Michigan and opened in 1887.  Carleton Varney was hired in the 60s to redesign the interior.  










Obviously, this is on my list, and it's not very far from the camp.  Do any of you have any suggestions for me?


School's Out For Summer!

Elizabeth Dinkel

Carleton Varney

Elle Decor




Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

Carolyne Roehm


My post today is all my daughter's idea.  She's out of school and thought I should have lovely swimming pool photos the day after Memorial Day to start off the summer.  She also named the post with a song title she thought was amusingly ironic with these beautiful images.  Happy Tuesday!


Blue and White Monday

A page from my newest interior design book and the cover below



The photographs in this book of The Greenbrier and The Grand Hotel, are incredible.  Carleton Varney redecorated both, and he includes interesting information about the historic hotels. 



This is a photo from the book of the casino bar at The Greenbrier.  

Kristen, of the blog Steel Magnolia, visited The Greenbrier for her anniversary and sent me this picture to show the unbelievable scale of the temple jars.  You can see photos from her trip here.  

I changed the prints in my breakfast room this weekend.  I didn't take a photo of the opposite wall, but there are four different prints there.  What was there before were ginger jars in different colors.  I loved them, but it's fun to have a change!  And I'm liking the more limited colors in this room.  Happy Monday!







Dining in the Pink with Carleton Varney and Lilly Pulitzer

Last night I was looking through my newest interior design book, Mr. Color, and saw this dining room.  Carleton Varney is the designer, and I'll be sharing more on this home soon.  All of the pink with the white furniture made me think of the dining room below.

We've all seen this fantastic dining room recently.  It seems that everyone loves it.  Which of the two do you prefer?