I have a very small apartment, although it's lovely and I do my best with the scale. If I had a larger place, I'd have a mural and black and white checked tiles in the entryway, and so much more. The things I miss of the houses of my childhood: enormous kitchens, massive dogs and driveways for days. I think Keith McNally has the ideal kitchen (I scanned this photo to send to a friend as inspiration. As in, inspiration to hang me a pot rack.).
I once saw a picture of a library in a magazine –– I think in a countryish farmhouse inhabited by eccentric siblings or perhaps that's my own perspective clouding the memory –– and over the door, "Consider the lilies of the field" was painted in Old English style faded lettering. It always stuck with me, and I was thinking that might look nice in my kitchen which also serves as my parlor and my library and pretty much every other room in the house.
I still have about a third of a can of Farrow & Ball's "Green Smoke" from when I painted my balcony door, and I could possibly do it myself with a custom stencil [from $35 at Primitive Designs Stencil Co.], maybe in "Arts and Crafts." If that works out, maybe I'll do Byron's She walks in beauty, like the night/Of cloudless climes and starry skies in inky dusk violet script over my bed.
Windowlicker - from the French for window shopping: faire du lèche-vitrine - often appears on Tuesday and Thursdays at 10am EST-ish.