Archive for the ‘In Our Studio’ Category

21 Oct

Store Closing

After 25 years of fabulous finds and inspirational displays, Rosa Mundi’s is closing its retail store at the end of the year.

first shop


It has been an extraordinary journey, and it has been my joy to meet all of you along the way.  Many of you have been customers since the first store in Edmonds and many of you have just recently found  us; I will miss you all.

second shop


We are having an incredible close out sale beginning Friday, October 23rd; I hope you won’t miss out.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to take home  great treasures  at deeply discounted prices.


Our design business has continued to grow, and this change will allow me to focus solely on interior design.  I love helping clients create warm and welcoming homes and look forward to spending more time on this effort.  I’ll join so many of my colleagues who work from home offices and look forward to the benefits this move will bring.  If I can help you in the future, I hope you will let me know!  I’ll have the same phone number and email address, so let’s stay in touch.

Again, thank you all for your support over the years and the wonderful memories.



PS  We’ll be closed on Thursday to prepare for the sale.

fourth shop


12 Aug

Louis, Louis

Beautiful, detailed Louis XVI chairs with gold gilt and ravishing couture velvet in spicy saffron.

Louis XI chairs in room

This style is more rectilinear and less fussy than the Rococo style and became popular during the golden age of cabinetmaking.  France was home to extraordinarily talented craftsmen who were highly regarded throughout Europe and beyond.

Louis the Sixteenth chairs

This pair have reeded legs, ribbon and rosette crest and acanthus carvings.

Louis XI chair detail


Louis XI back of chairs

C’est chic!

17 Jun

All About Toile

Everything old is new again as the saying goes.  So true with design trends.   Floral is out; floral is in.  Brown is the new black; gray is the new black.  Change all your brass finishes to satin nickel; now change them all back again.  Some classics survive the test of time, and toile is certainly one of them.

Toile fabric

We have a large variety of toile fabric patterns and colors to choose from.

Toile was introduced in the mid 18th century by an Irishman.  He used an engraved copper plate to transfer drawings onto white cotton and linen cloth and repeated that pattern both horizontally and vertically throughout the fabric. At the time, only one color could be transferred, producing the monochromatic designs we associate with classic toile.  In the late 18th century, craftsmen began using inked wood blocks to add other colors.

Toile became  popular throughout Europe, especially in England and France.  When we think of French country, a toile design certainly comes to mind.

toile lampshade

Lampshades in toile are a bright way to display these classic designs.

The types of toile designs are endless.  There is the classic, countryside scenes which depict various bucolic settings.  Also, historical, mythological, and exotic images were designed.  Almost any theme or story was reproduced.  One of my favorites is botanical toile, which is just floral without any people or animals.

There are usually two distinct ways to decorate with toile:  either go all out and put it everywhere — think the great Charles Fadre — or weave it here and there for a charming touch.  Most of us choose the latter.

Put it on the back of a chair, sneak it in with pillows, wallpaper the powder room, use it on a valance or bench.  And please don’t think you need to embrace French country or Colonial Williamsburg to pull it off.  Look how it works with modern fabrics!

Toile pillows and curtains

Modern or traditional - you decide.

I read somewhere once that toile fabrics celebrate life.  How true.  From the everyday farm or hunt scenes to those depicting great battles, toile chronicles the past and makes us smile.  I hope you think so, too.

27 Jun

Thibaut Furniture

We’re excited that our Thibaut floor sample pieces have arrived.  They look great in our expanded showroom.  We chose a fantastic transitional wing chair with a large print and a cozy swivel chair in a diamond trellis fabric.  Thibaut has introduced stylish frames that can be covered in any fabric and are 100% made in America.

This chair is really comfortable!                     And this one makes quite a statement!


16 Apr

How to Accessorize

Just a few class participants waiting for everyone to arrive and class to begin.  We had a very lively discussion about the art of accessorizing, and the group had some great questions and insights.  It was a fun class!

Thanks to Gail for the nice feedback:  ”Thank you so much for the class.  It was really great and valuable.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge — $20 was a real bargain.”

06 Mar

Enjoying the class!

Two new friends, Constance and Dorothy, having fun!  We had a great class — thanks to all of you who attended — everyone had great insights into style!  Paula, not pictured, said, “What a wonderful class.  It gave me a lot to think about.”

06 Sep

Balance and Symmetry

We can look to nature to guide us in good design.  These birds at the Edmonds marina demonstrate two important principles.  First, odd numbers, like the three birds on the left, are always an interesting design element.  For some reason, viewing items in groups of three is more pleasing than seeing two, as this picture demonstrates.

Additionally, the pair of seagulls on the right show us that symmetry is sometimes boring.  Those of you who have worked with me know that I don’t like to have the same number of pillows on each end of a sofa, for example.  One less on one end is visually intriguing and makes the design interesting and unexpected.

22 Jan

Color of the Year

iStock_000000522526SmallTurquoise has been named the 2010 color of the year.  It’s a great blend of green and blue, reminding us of the waters off the Carribean.  It’s not the first color you might choose when thinking about interiors, but with the perfect complement, it can be striking.

Turquoise was popular during the Arts and Crafts period of the early 20th century and then again, of course, during the 1950s Combined with a strong yellow and cream or black, it’s quite dramatic.

But, it’s making a comeback this year!  I read that the soothing color of turquoise reminds us of “soothing, tropical waters and is a comforting escape from everyday life.”  Not surprised, it may be just what we need after 2009.

17 Jan

I Love Wallpaper!


We’ve been making some changes at the shop — fresh look for the new year.  We choose to redo one of our rooms as a dining room, and this wallpaper was our inspiration.  It’s called Eversfield II, part of the Avignon Provence collection from Stroheim and Romann.  It comes in a variety of colorways, but we chose peridot.

The wallpaper is fabulous with rich browns and creams.  It would look incredible with Reece cream matelasse window treatments.  We’ve added rich mahogany furniture, black accents and green and ivory accents and continued accessories supporting the bird motif of the wallpaper.  Makes you think spring is around the corner!