Allied Member, ASID
Licensed General Contractor
AZ ROC 287314
March 30, 2011
Hello ! and Happy Wednesday! In the office with great music plying and opened my emails and noticed a bunch were questions on how a show house comes to reality!
Those are really good questions, and certainly ones that we designers, participating, ask ourselves over many cocktails!! Once you are asked, and of course say yes! the hard work really starts. The other designers you are amongst, in my case with Kips Bay, some of the best talent in the country. So immediately your thoughts go to what room, what time period, what does the venue look like and the adrenaline starts pumping and the vodka flowing!! Kidding, sort of.
So, when i went to look at the house, which is on East 63rd, I went through and fell in love with the “His” Master bathroom. So the choice was made and my first thought after that, was immediately to pick up the phone and simultaneously email Nancy Epstein, the President of Artistic Tile, Laura Steele the head of Public Relations and Lauren Cherkas, the Vice President. With emails of OMG i need you to do this with me!
I have been in love with Artistic Tile for many years. They are a very unique tile resource that has enormous capabilities, that they use to bring to market, the latest in tile designs, materials and color palettes that are amazing! Tile is a very funny business that many of the companies look like each other. So then price points come into play and to tell you the truth, I have never had that with Artistic Tile. I consistently use them on every project, in fact a project that will be in East Coast Home and Design, the May issue, Which was shot by Durston Saylor is all of their materials.
So, in putting together a room for a show house, you have to treat the room as if you were working for a client and go from there. tile being the biggest factor in this room, is were to begin!
I look forward to a great time! and please stop by and say hello!
March 29, 2011
Ok, so I can honestly say that a dream of mine and a huge aspiration has come true! when I got the invitation to be part of this year’s Show House, I could have been pushed over with a feather!
Kips Bay is an amazing organization and benefits the boys and Girls club.
Following is the mission statement:
Responding to community needs, the services provided at the Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse and ten outreach locations are based on the principles of behavioral guidance and are intended to promote the general health, educational advancement, character development and leadership potential of its members. Our responsibility is to provide these 6 to 18 year old boys and girls with the programs and activities that instill a sense of competence, a sense of belonging, and a sense of power and influence.
The mission of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club is to improve and enhance the quality of life for all young people, with special emphasis on those who need us most between ages 6-18. Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club exists to assist as many young people as possible to realize and achieve their potential for growth and development and to attain the skills necessary to live and succeed in a complex world.
http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/index.htm This is the link to this year’s Show House and the designers that have been chosen and who have donated their talents and resources to this wonderful cause!
Have a wonderful day and I hope those of you that can attend stop by and say hello!
March 28, 2011
Happy Monday! the weather is so stunning that it is so exiting to think summer is around the corner! Today’s post is on one of my favorite fabrics!
I LOVE TOILE!!
To Toile or not to Toile? Can you ever have too much toile?
Toile, oh my, I have loved this pattern and in fact have written about it before!
But it is having a comeback and can totally be considered part of my love affair with BOHO CHIC!
Toiles when used in black and white are super sophisticated, fun and even cutting edge. I would not suggest a black and white toile for a Childs room, not even of teen years. But toile is definitely a grown up pattern!
Toile in black and white can be paired with zebra rugs for a very hot looking guest bedroom!
Toiles in fact are not just for bedrooms! Start to think out of the box! They are great breakfast room fabrics and make super smart home offices and great study and playrooms for girls!
Have a wonderful start to the week! thanks for all the great emails I appreciate the feedback!
March 25, 2011
Green thumbs or not!
I go with not! I have killed every tree I have ever put in my house and therefore never in any of my projects do you see any trees!
I am a major, did I say major advocate of fresh flowers and stick to one variety! I personally love Casa Blanca Lillies and have them in my house every week. the scent is to die for. I promise you, even if you are not good at arranging flowers, just use one variety and lots!! Now, a lot of people say that, that gets to be expensive having the florist come each week. But if we are talking about weekly, let me tell you ,Whole Foods has gorgeous flowers! And so does Trader Joes. In fact, local super markets are getting in on it. The trick to making the flowers look so good, is buy one type and several bunches. It could be several bunches of Eucalyptus and it will work
So, those of you saying, you have big corners and what to do with them? Antique pots, that are glazed, are a beautiful decorative items and can be found at many different price points. Just because it is a pot, do not feel you must pot it!
I would rather spend more dollars on fabric and run drapery wall to wall, then stop the drapery to put a pot and kill yet another tree. Unless you have a green thumb, or a fabulous plant service don’t do it.
Also, in regards to silk flowers or trees?
My answer is no. But a lot of lemons or oranges, limes or persimmons, much better to go for shots of color using real. I know the silk looks real, but its not. And it doesn’t really do anything for great design.
Some examples of things that will give you color without having to take the fake plant road!
Hav e Wonderful Weekend!
West Week was Amazing! there are wonderful new products that have come to market and fabulous new textiles!
March 23, 2011
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Although today’s topic may seem like a simple one, trust me it is not! I have been helping clients lately to understand that the look of a table without a drawer seems like a very hip idea, but the reality of it is ,it really doesn’t work!
A client of mine, whose home we are renovating in California at the beach, had skirted tables in her master bedroom , before me, and she was showing me how clever it was that she had baskets under the tables for all of her things she liked to have by her bed at night.
Her husband is 6’3 she is5’5 so their reach factor is way different. When I asked how that worked for her in the middle of the night, she had to admit she has fallen out of bed trying to retrieve something in the middle of the night! Ok, so tell me that sounds like fun!
So, please, always err on the side of function. A lot of times we see things in magazines that look fabulous, but keep in mind, when we designers shoot a project we often take fun little liberties and forsake function for a picture!
So invest the time in finding the night table that fits your lifestyle. I have posted tables from my favorite projects and then some!