Give me your tired, your poor, your… yearning for spring!


brrrrrrr… Winter? Old man Winter? Helloooo? Dude? Time to give it up! It’s April First and there is absolutely no sign whatsoever of SPRING here in the northeast.

Some years it seems to go straight from winter to summer. I’m afraid that this year might be one of those. We’ll see…

Spring is my favorite season because first of all… it’s usually mild weather.

The days are longer and then one day, that delicious yellowy-green begins to emerge. After months of frigid temps and filthy snow, this sign of young freshness makes me heady like no other color. I wrote about it in one of my very first posts about chartreuse.

The color chartreuse, is the sign of new life, rebirth, hope and good things to come…


Vincent Van Gogh

Except for this year.

This year, apparently, they (whoever they is) decided to cancel spring.

So, I guess I’ll just have to recreate it here. Although I really don’t need an excuse to showcase my favorite color!


ashley-whittaker-spring-green copy


These first three images are by the sensational Ashley Whittaker. This is from a home in Florida. It’s perfect without screaming FLORIDA!!!

RV7Le Pavillon Frais – Versailles Castle – built in 1753, torn down in 1810 and fully restored in 2010 by Tricotel


More Treillage. Bunny Williams and John Rosselli’s dining room. OH, did you hear? Their store, Treillage, that I was just writing about is closing in June!

suzanne-kasler-green-dining-roomSuzanne Kasler

cullman-kravis-chartreuse-chairsAbove and below by Cullman and Kravis


1Mario Buatta_Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration-RizzoliMario Buatta

Mario loves Benjamin Moore 396 Chic Lime


Love these Paul Montgomery hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpapers!


Jeffrey Bilhuber and another lacquered ceiling. This one in chartreuse! How fabulous is that!


Just out! From Mary McDonald’s brand new collection at Schumacher–Grey Gardens – Jet.


Okay… God listened…

I began this post, yesterday, March 31st. Yesterday, it WAS cold and dreary. Today, I was out. I drove my car and did notice that the trees are starting to look ever so slightly “furry.” I also went into town to buy some flowers. As I was walking, I noticed this:


Daffodils! A week ago, this hill was covered in snow!


I needed some flowers for an impromptu photo shoot in my little kitchen. I love walking past this delightful shop. Tryforos & Pernice Florist.

Very upscale. A little too upscale for me since I knew that the flowers would be dead before nightfall. I felt a little guilty not buying anything, so I told them I’d give them a shout out.


Back home. My (relatively) cheap but beautiful hydrangeas from the Korean Grocer.

I’ve been looking for an excuse to show off my new Roman shade! You may recall that I used this fabric for my client in Bronxville and I liked it so much, I tacked on a couple extra yards to the order so that I could have a shade for my kitchen. It is Barbara Barry’s Indo Day for Kravet.

The walls were already painted this color when I moved in. It is Benjamin Moore Pale Avocado 2146-40. This is just one under the lovely Rainforest Dew 2146-50.  Both are fabulous colors!

The table is from Noir Furniture.

Chair from Palecek.

By the way… those beautiful hydrangeas ARE half-dead already. I cut them and stuck them in water right away. Oh well.

Happy April!



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  • Deb - February 15, 2016 - 7:38 AM

    Could you tell me please what ia the name of the blue paint in the living room inspired by the Van Gogh and who makes it. Thanks so much it is a beautiful room. DebReplyCancel

  • Veronica - April 2, 2015 - 10:42 AM

    I have the sample books with the Barbara Barry fabric collection for Kravet in my studio. I love this fabric so very much too and wanted to make drapery panels for my master bedroom. It was getting way too expensive. I think I’ll do what you did and just make a relaxed roman for my bathroom instead!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 2, 2015 - 11:17 AM

      Hi Veronica,
      Yeah, even at net, this one’s pricey. I think it’s even better as a shade since the pattern is so lovely. That sounds terrific for your bathroom!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - April 2, 2015 - 2:34 AM

    Dip the stems of hydrangea in alum (in the spice section at the grocers) after you’ve cut them then put in water. Yes, the water washes the alum off, but this trick seems to work.

    Adore your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 2, 2015 - 9:42 AM

      Thank you for that great tip Shelby. I am going to get some alum because I love hydrangeas! I couldn’t believe how quickly they died. Good thing I took the photos right away!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Leyble - April 2, 2015 - 12:35 AM

    Hey Laurel – thanks for the spring pics. Needed them! Here on Long Island it’s been winter too long as well.

    I have a tip re hydrangeas – you can spritz them with water and you can even dunk the entire flower head in water if the spritzing doesn’t revive them. Apparently, hydrangeas take in water through their petals! They will last longer that way.

    Love your kitchen pic. I wish I had that Noir table – love their furniture.


    • Laurel Bern - April 2, 2015 - 9:40 AM

      Hi Linda, Thank you so much for the great tip! Unfortunately, my hydrangeas died very quickly. I usually get a couple days out of them. I love Noir too. Unfortunately, their shipping prices are insane. So, if you only need one small piece, chances are the shipping will cost more than the piece itself!ReplyCancel

  • Laurel Bern - April 1, 2015 - 11:12 PM

    I agree Deb! No spring down in Maryland either? wow! Cause I know that you guys are always about 2 weeks ahead of us.ReplyCancel

  • Deb - April 1, 2015 - 10:18 PM

    Beautiful color and beautiful rooms but I must say Van Gogh did it best! I, too, am searching for signs of spring here in Maryland!ReplyCancel