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April 29, 2011
Hello!! Sorry I missed you all yesterday, what an amazing day it was!! Filled with lots of great things which had me very busy!!
As you all know the Kips Bay show house opened yesterday!! What an exciting and amazing the last few weeks have been!! Thank you for everyone’s support!! We are so grateful to the publications, blogs, vendors, and guests to support us and most importantly this wonderful organization and the kids of Kips Bay!!
It is hard to believe this is what the room looked like less than 2 weeks ago!!!
AND NOW “HIS MASTER BATH” IS A STUNNING DISPLAY OF THE MOST DIVINE MATERIALS AND FURNISHINGS IN THE INDUSTRY!!
Please see the post in the Times yesterday as well as some of our fellow bloggers who have posted on this amazing event…many many more to come!!
For more information: http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/blog
look forward to seeing you all there!!
Have a great weekend!
April 27, 2011
Leather beds, ahh, to think of Richard Gere in an Officer and a Gentleman! Or Ironman and Robert Downey Jr.! Who would throw them out of those leather beds for eating crackers!
Well my friends, leather beds are back and very much in vogue even for single women and most of all couples! Bedrooms are once again taking a bit of a turn towards masculine after having been a very feminine style for a long time.
I personally love designing using leather beds as they can add that perfect juxtaposition to a room that is on its way to being more feminine! I am working on an apartment in the city, for a single woman, who loves the idea of a feminine bedroom, but, wants that touch of masculinity. I think it is a great application as it is a powerful statement and a confident one!
Take a look at some of the images and I hope if you are thinking about re-decorating your bedroom that you consider working in a leather bed!
Have a great day!
April 25, 2011
Thanks to Editor At Large for an amazing interview! So much fun!! Enjoy!
HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!!
When I was at the NYDC a couple of weeks ago for the TRADhome top Twenty party! and while enjoying over 700 peoples company! I had the opportunity to brose a bit while enjoying cocktails and low and behold found the most incredible pair of Alessandro Albrizzi stools!
I love Albrizzi and have had the pleasure of using many of his pieces! Not to mention one of my favorite desks! I thought I should let you all in on his work as everyone has seen his pieces and I thought it would be fun to tell a bit about him and his career!
Albrizzi had many shops all over the world. With panache and sophistication he translated the spirit of swinging London into a line of furniture and objects like a fabulous lucite ice bucket, that i had to have!! Albrizzi worked with hand-crafted with precision using acrylic, glass, stainless stell, aluminum and wood. His was an instant cult following as his furniture fits into truly any style of interiors. I have used his pieces in traditional homes and modern homes!
Enjoy his work and look for his pieces they are highly collectible!
April 23, 2011
To say that the past couple of weeks has been amazing would be a complete understatement!
I had a very fun interview with Tory Mallot from EDITOR AT LARGE see them on facebook, look up the tabletop interview!
Last week was so incredible. To be one of twenty top firms selected by Traditional Home Magazine and then to have had a 16 page feature in TRADhome-Lonny
The newest of the online shelter magazines, which if you haven’t looked at you will fall in love with. this magazine is so different from the others as it is much more Interior Design for the upscale hip clientele. We are featured on page 216 so please do take a look!
Traditional Home was so wonderful for hosting these top twenty for a day filled with art galleries in Chelsea to a fabulous lunch at Park on Tenth Ave. I had the pleasure of sitting with Anne Maine the editor at Traditional Home
The party that evening was amazing and attended by 700 people at the 1st dibs space at the NYDC
This week! Well was monumental as I finished the room at Kips Bay in time for the opening party Thursday evening which was black tie and glorious! the party was attended by the top editors from Margaret Russell from AD to Newell Turner from House Beautiful, you name it!
We were guests that evening of the Benjamin Moore company and had the honor of sitting at their table!
Friday had an amazing interview with The New York Times, Penelope Green, who loved my space, and then I once again started to breathe!
April 22, 2011
Happy Friday! I am working on the design of a guest house for one of my clients projects, and decided to design using Onyx. I have worked with Onyx before and fell in love with the characteristics of this beautiful material.
Onyx is known for its translucent beauty, natural colors and unique patterns. cleaning and maintaining Onyx countertops are a bit more to the maintenance side then lets say a black granite, but the upside as far as the look you are achieving is totally different!
Onyx is softer then granite and other types fo natural stone. So scratching and etching are common occurrences. So, you are wondering why and how bees to use this stunning material!
I usually use Onyx for a powder bath application, where we know there is limited amount of use, there is no food prep, obviously, and we basically know the products winding up on the countertop.
When I use Onyx we use LED lighting to illuminate the gorgeous material that onyx is!Have a great weekend!!
April 21, 2011
Kilim Rugs have always been my favorite! They are an incredible addition to any room and are especially fantastic with the whole eclectic style, traditional Style, and of course my favorite Boho Style!
Kilim rugs have been around forever and most people think that they are very expensive, when actually Pottery Barn is now carrying new ones and they look great!
The difference between a kilim area rug and a carpet or a pile rug is that whereas the design visible on the kilim is made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps, thus creating what is known as a flatweave, in a pile rug individual short strands of different color, usually of wool, are knotted onto the warps and held together by pressing the wefts tightly against each other. In this case the whole design is made by these separately knotted strands which form the pile, and the patterns become clearly visible after any excessive lengths of the knotted materials are shorn off to create a level surface.
The origins of the kilim are buried so deeply in the past of the human race that we will probably never really know the true story of its genesis. Undoubtedly the greatest obstacle faced when trying to find solid physical evidence as to when and where the earliest kilim rugs were made is the fact that all textiles succumb quickly to the ravages of time and nature, and the further back we probe in time the more hopeless the search becomes. This lack of firm evidence clearly invites speculation, some motivated by well-meant curiosity and impartial academic interest while other conjectures are often driven by less benign cultural, tribal, religious or nationalistic bias.
Have a great Day!
April 20, 2011
Happy Tuesday! When we think of the word curtain, we usually associate curtain with window coverings. But today’s blog, I would like to offer up another idea. A curtain wall, or a screened wall.
I am not a huge fan of using a lot of walls in my design, especially when it comes to modern. So I will tend to use furniture, or half width walls, screens that are decorative and even gorgeous crystals. I am designing a crystal curtain from Moura Starr. I am using their crystal curtain, which we custom designed to divide a media room and a lounge.
When working with a client , especially in considering the idea of modern, it is really important for the lcinet to have a comfort level with open space, and get used to the idea that not every room has to have a full patron in order to designate the function of a room. that is a much more traditional design aspect.
Have a great tuesday!
April 12, 2011
This magazine is amazing!! Special thanks to everyone involved!! Our stunning feature starts on page 216…
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OK, so we all know there are a lot of on line magazines that are popping up. Many of them are wonderful and add a fabulous dimension to on line media. When it comes to Interior Design, though, there are just a few that really concentrate on being an interior guide to great furnishings and the how to of design. Over a year ago, Lonny hit the stand of on-line media and set off a derby of sorts for all those interested in coming into a brand new market, with their own on line magazines. But , Lonny had got the first toe hold, so to speak.
Well, it is a little bit over a year later, and we have several more great examples of on line magazines for interior design, and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better and more informative! here comes TRADhome with a joint venture between Tradtional Home magazine and Lonny on line. TRADhome is geared towards taking a more modern slant on traditional and spearheading the idea to show us how Traditional can start to transition into a modern application, without loosing the vestiges of how great a style it is.
I am so proud to be part of The New Traditonals! A group of twenty of us were chosen from around the U.S. as the premiere group to watch in regards to this new idea of design.
The magazine launches today! here is the link! http://tradhome.lonnymag.com/
I would love to hear from you!