International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the JAVITS Convention Center – TEXTURES!

As a continuation from last week’s blog where I revealed to you some of my favorite artisans from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the JAVITS Convention Center,  this week I am going to do the same, however changing the focusing to amazing textures! Textures are a wonderful way to bring life and depth into a space, not only do they offer a visually stimulating harmonious element, they also bring a physical element as they allow you  to truly engage with the space! This rug from Nanimarquina is called Dolce, and just as its name suggests, it is decadently smooth and plush.  Just this image captures how effortlessly smooth it would feel to run your fingers through it. I would love to have this placed beneath my feet as I would imagine myself walking through a bed of velvet flowers. High chairs can often times be uncomfortable and harsh when seated in, however this one from moooi looks extravagantly welcoming. Its plush upholstery offers a moment of warmth thus creating a more enjoyable experience while seated up high. This Eos light from Vita is absolutely breathtaking. It captures an incredibly elegant and romantic movement as it appears to be a gift from heaven above caught in a moment of pure bliss. It is made from authentic bird feathers, each which are carefully fastened to a paper core by hand. It radiates the perfect amount of light to create a pleasantly cozy glow while also capturing a sense of mystery. I hope now when selecting fabrics, materials and finishes, you will view them in a much more dimensional way. If you are looking for further inspiration on how to incorporate amazing textures into your space, feel free to view my work here. With any comments or suggestions please contact me! and remember as always,  It’s all in the Details. Sites Used: Nanimarquina Moooi Vita Store...
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Favorite Finds From the Architectural Digest Home Show

As a follow up to my lace blog, here are some of my favorite finds from the recent Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC. I am always looking for that special one of a kind piece, to enhance my projects. These pieces surely do the trick. This shallot by Charlie Johnson, is made of reconstituted limestone, with bronze shoots, 24 inches tall, mounted on a pin. The high gloss lacquer piano finish is what appealed to me about this desk. The floating desk was inspired by Italian designers. It has glass legs to create the illusion that the desk is floating in the air. I am always looking for a fabulous Martini table to tuck next to a chair. This one is simply perfect. I love the exotic skins and color selections. This Red Alive, mix media piece with silver leaf, was created using several techniques in order to transform the viewer’s experience and elevate traditional photography into a higher dimensional space. If you do not want another canvas painting on the wall, why not trade it for a hand blown glass wall sculpture? I sure would. As you know, I am completely obsessed with bling! Just looking at this mug, I feel like a princess for a day. I can’t wait to get to my morning coffee, so that I can look at this exquisite mug and smile; it tastes better already. Let me know which one is your favorite piece! From big to small, like always “it’s all in the details”. Related Sites: CA Johnson Piano Finish Johnson 3, LLC Albert Delamour Thomas Long Glass  Prouna...
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Spring is Here! – Inviting Mother Nature Into Your Home

As it is the first day of Spring, it is only fitting to do a blog on Mother Nature. One of the most peaceful and calming settings that can bring anyone joy is the beautiful outdoors. Because of this, it is a key component when designing any space to openly invite and bring Mother Nature into your home. I have decided to take a look into some of my favorite ways in which you can display the outdoors in exquisite and one of a kind ways. This textile from the Lucy Rose collection is just to die for. It has the perfect combination of a romantic and elegant, yet organic feel. It serves as the perfect way to bring a beautiful garden of flowers into your home! David Oleski is an extremely talented artist who focuses on paintings of natural elements in the simplest and most beautiful ways. I am so in love with both of these paintings, with the apples and orange tulips. His style and technique is so distinct; all of his oil paintings have excessive depth and texture, adding to their allure and interest. The colors that he uses are incredibly pleasing and give off a young and fresh vibe. I would love to use these in any space to add a subtle and fun feel of Mother Nature. I adore this “Mademoiselle” Armoire from KOKET; it is absolutely stunning! It has such an enchanting fairytale feel; to me this piece exudes energy in a magical setting. I almost get the feeling that this dresser would transport and lead into another world, like Narnia. There is a strong admiration and influence of French decorative arts; incorporating mesmerizing lux metals, vibrant jewel tones, exquisite craftsmanship and exotic stones. It is a piece that would bring your space to life as if it were a gift from Mother Nature. This lighting fixture from Paul Ferrante is magnificent; it is obvious that the design has been inspired directly from nature. I particularly adore the Dutch Metal Leaf Gold finish that has been applied to the rustic and outdoor branch to create this composition. I would love to see this Chandelier hung over any dining table to add a hint of Mather Nature into an eating area. After having been introduced to these pieces, I hope that you have been inspired to incorporate and openly welcome Mother Nature into your...
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Designing Greenwich: A CT Cottages & Gardens Event

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Designing Greenwich event. Each one of these artisans, sets a standard of superb design and quality in their artwork and product. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by the creative pieces here. Beautiful woven leather’s can be used for upholstery, pillows, or area rugs. These are just a few of the weaving patterns and colors that are available. Hand blown glass orbs, look like air bubbles in the water. I would love to see this chandelier over a dining table in a beach house. The Teak and Cracked Resin Coffee Table is a very dramatic piece due to the depth of the resin, which resembles a unique quartz crystal with many different facets. These photographs are part of a larger portfolio exploring the unspoken power that mannequins have on us as humans…the subtle ways they influence not only what we buy, but how we see ourselves or how we project our dreams and fantasies. I love the exaggerated form of the human body. Each of these pieces by Lindsey De Ovies, make me smile. This painting would look spectacular in a New York City apartment. Anastassia uses incredible discipline with the placement of details and color. Custom linens are my favorite indulgence. They offer the perfect finishing touch to a bathroom, or bedroom. All of the items shown above, are pieces that I would love to use in my projects. Each one of them, exemplify how “it’s all in the details”. For ideas on how to use pieces designed by artisans, check out our website here. Related Sites: CT Cottages & Gardens – Designing Greenwich Lance Wovens Megna Glass Andrianna Shamaris, Inc. Phyllis Sinrich Photography Lindsey De Ovies Sculpture Anastassia Bordeau Artist Francine Home...
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Makers Market 2012 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Recently I went to the Makers Market exhibit at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, sponsored by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. I have selected the artisans that were my favorite to share with you. I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful and creative pieces of artwork and furniture. if you are inspired by made in America, these are the artists for you! With an enviable dexterity, Luminary Warren Muller creates fantastic lighting sculptures from found, recycled, and salvaged objects. All Eric Bonnin Ceramics are handmade in New York City’s garment district using traditional techniques including wheel-turning and hand-building to produce functional and decorative pieces as well as a jewelry collection. Handmade porcelain ceramics that are functional art – dishware or vases that can be used on a daily basis. Swivel Tractor Seat Bar Stools.  Recycled tractor seats.  Steel bases with adjustable swivel seats. Some 1300 blue glass forms modeled on high-speed photographs of water droplets are suspended from the ceiling on 365 cables in groups of 3’s and 4’s. I never tire of looking at beautiful one of a kind, handmade pieces. They add the depth and character to a space, that makes the room unique. For more inspiration on one of a kind interiors, check out our gallery; like always, “it’s all in the details”. Related Sites: Connecticut Cottages & Gardens The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Bahdeebahdu Eric Bonnin Ceramics Frances Palmer Pottery Michael Daniel Metal Ten Willow...
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Reinventing Timeless Antiques

We were recently featured on the New England Home Design Blog Website, as a guest blogger. They have an eye for great design, and being a guest blogger, was very special to us; I hope you enjoy! Often in the design world, people tend to be focused on creating looks that are entirely trendy. Currently, most of the trends lean toward the sleek and modern. The problem with designing spaces that are completely trendy and current, however, is that everything comes in and goes out of style. What’s beautiful today might look dated in a few short years. The cure for this is a more eclectic design scheme, one that blends the au courant with the classic. What I love the most is being able to incorporate and reinvent timeless pieces into new and modern interiors. To me, this is great design. I have selected a few spaces which showcase ways that antique and traditional pieces have been incorporated in fresh and current ways, creating a look that will withstand the test of time. I hope you enjoy! I am so in love with everything about this space by Jonathan Adler. All of the antique furniture and accessories that have been selected are perfectly paired and updated with modern, fresh, bright colors and fabrics. The finishes and materials being used are perfect. Between the mirrored furniture, transparent acrylic and the tufted velvet ottoman, this space has such a rich feel to it, while not appearing heavy. Alexa Hampton has modernized the design of this space by adding an unexpected, funky animal print fabric, along with modern art. These small touches have added life and given the space a more current feel. Here is a perfect way in which you can totally transform the look of a traditional room, filled with classic furniture pieces. By using bright white and calming, warm colors paired with antique furniture, Timothy Whealon has been able to achieve a simply beautiful space, that will surely withstand the test of time. Here is an example of how you can use artwork to update a traditional look, from Amanda Nisbet Design. The traditional sofa, wallpaper and antique chandelier have been given a more current look when paired with the contemporary art hung on the wall. Another element that gives a fresh look in this space is the contemporary stenciling on the floor. The contemporary mirror, sconce and accessories lighten up the formality of...
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