As the temperatures drop and we progress into late fall, all I want is to be cozy and warm.
My new favorite texture is shearling.
Real or fake.  To wear or curl up with. I can’t get enough.

Strut your fluff with a cozy clutch.

Cozy your home in a white winter’s coat

 Soften your stride and stay warm in cool weather.

Add a bit of soft to your sanctuary

Modern lines made fluffy not sleek

A glimpse of the supplies I’m gathering for my tablescape design,
‘The Lion Eats Tonight’
A tribute to the Lion King’s 20 year reign.
Entertaining by Design, November 7-8, 2014, Ohio Design Centre

joelledesign tablescape

It wouldn’t be complete without the extra-large lambskin from (shhhh) Costco!

My favorite place to get sheepskin throws is Overland.

Purple has continued to inspire me throughout the past few months.
With Radiant Orchid as Pantone’s Color pick for 2014 (see post here)
we have seen it invade homes and wardrobes everywhere.
Chihuly’s exhibit in Denver (see post here) and my recent vacation to Napa
(yes, wine is a shade of purple) shows how enticing the color can be.
After attending a Sherwin Williams’ ‘No Shrinking Violets’ presentation recently
I was ready for a follow-up post on the color of the year.

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Color trends commonly start on the runway.

Burberry has been using purple in their iconic plaid for many years now.

It wouldn’t be a fashion post without including my favorite handbag designer, Clare Vivier.

If deep shades aren’t your thing, try the pale tones.

One of the few stars that can get away with purple hair, Kelly Osbourne.


A little glitter updates typical polish.

Not a bad compliment to bland colored food.

purple cauliflower

Chihuly’s purple glass paired with seasonal purple flowers at the Denver Botanical Gardens were incredible.
Chihuly Denver

A Nickel and Nickel tour in Napa left us filling out order forms at the tasting.
Yes, purple does evoke good feelings.
Maybe it was subconscious, but I did wear it in Napa.
joelle in purple

Kids love purple!


My daughter Ruby’s favorite color has been red for as long as I can remember,
and this year she announced it’s purple! (with no influence from me). new purple metallic boots!

It’s hard to do purple on an entire exterior, but it’s great as an accent.

If you like peanut butter – you’ll love this soup!
Serve over rice (and we added shrimp!)

West African Peanut Soup

Serves 4

Creamy and comforting, spicy vegan soup with West African origins.
Made with a simple combination of peanut butter, tomato paste and collard greens,
this soup comes together quickly and would be a great weeknight meal.
If you love spicy flavors like me, don’t hesitate to use liberal amounts of ginger and garlic.

6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 bunch collard greens (or kale), ribs removed and leaves chopped into 1-inch strips
¾ cup unsalted peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
½ cup tomato paste*
Hot sauce, like sriracha (AKA rooster sauce)
¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish


In a medium Dutch oven or stock pot, bring the broth to a boil.
Add the onion, ginger, garlic and salt. Cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.

In a medium-sized, heat-safe mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and tomato paste,
then transfer 1 to 2 cups of the hot stock to the bowl.
Whisk the mixture together until smooth,
then pour the peanut mixture back into the soup and mix well.
Stir in the collard greens and season the soup with hot sauce to taste.
Simmer for about 15 more minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often.
Serve over cooked brown rice if you’d like, and top with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts.

full recipe here cookieandkate

Silver tones have dominated design for so long…but gold is making a comeback.
The new tones tend to have more of an aged or antique patina -
softening the shiny polished brass we used to know.
We’ve seen it make it’s way into interiors,
and now it’s easier than ever to add the warm metal in your home.
The popular oil rubbed bronze finish used so much today has brass undertones
making it a great compliment to shades of gold.

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To answer the brass-in-kitchen question – yes, when balanced with grays and the right finishes,
it looks good with stainless steel.

If you’re not ready for the big brass commitment,
a little hardware is perfect place to start.

Leopard prints have always been in style.
Whether you wear the pattern or lounge on it – a little goes a long way.
Be bold in a long jacket or keep it minimal with a bag or shoes
Be courageous and cover a chair or keep it simple with pillows.
No matter how you use it, this natural, organic print can add a little panache
to your wardrobe and home.

click on photos for source of the most popular goes-with-eveything designs by Clare Vivier is her leopard print.

I love this traditional wall covering print with the unexpected leopard.

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Leopard for the little ones.

We have had unusually cooler summer days here in Cleveland.
Along with all of the pre-sale deals (yeah, I’m talking about Nordstrom) it’s hard not to shop pre fall.
Gray is everywhere.  It’s still here.
It goes with everything.
(and we can’t avoid the trailer of the much anticipated ’50 Shades of Gray’)

We might as well get a head start.  After all, August is here. School starts this month.  That means fall.

I have this bag.  The leather they use is so soft and amazing!
I discovered them at a great art show in Denver this summer.
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My favorite tote now comes in gray!

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I’m hoping to use this in a client’s powder room.
It’s a stunning piece!

I can’t get enough of these super soft sheep skin pillows and throws.

Fresh finds, inspiring interiors & ideas for creative living

Dawn Cook Design

Sources, Styles & Inspirations from Interior Designer, Dawn Cook


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