Fabulous Lighting From the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

As a continuation from last week’s blog where I revealed to you some of my favorite textures 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 fabulous lighting! These marvelous glass crystals bring a warm elegance to any setting! Made from Quartz crystal, they offer the perfect element of interest. They can also be customized and can individually hang at any level to offer just the right look that you are trying to create for you space. As shown in some of the images above, I would love to see these staggered above a kitchen table. If you want a more modern approach to lighting, these light fixtures by Shakuff are fun and energetic with a side of elegance. They have just the perfect amount of subtle glow and they even offer a sweet sense of mystery. Now for an intergalactic look is this marvelous light from Moooi, is designed “Based on pure mathematics, the beauty of light has been re-defined; staring into the universe is now possible, also during cloudy nights. The intricate spheres of Raimond transport the electrical current”. The dynamic design approach that the artist took to create this light fixture it simply magnificent. This King Edison pendant lamp is exquisitely designed by Young and Battaglia. It is the perfect combination of rustic exposed elements, alongside a refined and sweet look. It is inspired from the iconic Edison Lamp and has been re-created with pure simplicity, also exuding the “romance and glamour of a king’s chandelier”. This would be perfect staggered in a grouping over a kitchen table as well, “small is beautiful meets a moment of genius”. If you are looking for further inspiration on how to incorporate fabulous lighting 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. Related Sites: Shakuff Moooi...
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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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Wolf Range Details Spark Catherine Cleare Interiors’ Tabletop Design

For the upcoming American Red Cross Red & White Ball 2013, we have partnered up with Clarke’s, the Ultimate Kitchen Resource Center. The write-up below was from them and wanted to share it with you! Hope to see you at the event! On Saturday, May 11th, Clarke is participating in the American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter’s Red & White Ball at NetJets Hangar at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. Supported by scores of designers and homeowners in Fairfield County, CT, this annual event is the chapter’s most successful fundraiser.   Every year, the organization does something to bring new life and excitement to the event and this year it’s more creative than ever. Dozens of area designers have worked to create extraordinary table top designs. We’re not talking just lovely linens and unique tableware, these creations are inspired by everything from a trip to France to the Spring following Hurricane Sandy to a uniquely Americana look. Designer Catherine Cleare of Catherine Cleare Interiors, LLC, has partnered with Clarke, New England’s Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, to create a dramatic table design for the 2013 Red & White Ball. The design revolves around the excitement of “Cooking is believing!,” a Clarke signature statement, exemplifying the “appliance test drives” that homeowners can experience at Clarke. Catherine Cleare’s Designer Sketch of the Clarke Table Concept by John Waski Design, LLC The table’s centerpiece is a dramatic red “Lipstick” ventilation hood by Best, one of Clarke’s exclusive lines. When mounted on the ceiling above a range or cooktop, this Best hood (part of the Sorpresa line, meaning “surprise” in Italian) appears to be more art object than ventilation system. The same is true of its red center column presence on Cleare’s table design at the Red & White Ball. Cleare is adorning the red column with various kitchen tools from Clarke’s kitchen boutique Savoir Fare (and savoirfare.com), while each place setting is set atop a Wolf gas range grate, with dramatic red Staub cocettes serving as “chargers” for the evening’s meal. Staub’s cast-iron cookware is a key component of Savoir Fare’s cookware/bakeware offering. With all this iron, shine and appliance appeal, the look is softened with table linens from Le Jaquard Francais, also available at Savoir Fare. This timeless and sophisticated French linen compay prides itself in designing eclectic creations with opulent and dazzling colors.   The whole design should be spectacular...
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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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It’s All About the Lace

Check out some items that I recently found at the Architectural Digest Home Show. These are some of my favorite items, which have a common theme of lace. Lace has been a popular theme for Interiors, whether it be an accessory or a light fixture. I love the way that the light flowing through these pieces, creates a beautiful shadow on the surrounding areas. Isabelle’s current body of work is made from porcelain and silver, and focuses on incorporating patterns of negative space into functional works of art. The Living in Harmony Collection by Work and Design, is built using a variety of materials – blacken iron, bronze, rust steel and more. Maria Elena Minujin created a special “artisan” model for a chandelier entirely laced with crystals.  She combines crystals to accentuate their luster and showcase their drama. Sandblasted glass expands into custom antiqued and leafed mirrors to make this lace-like effect, by the Artique Glass Studio. Adrienne creates hand-cut-and-assembled gelatin silver photo collages, created from black and white photographs. Ysabel uses a unique process called “photo-fusion”, by using hundreds of photographs taken, then light and visual properties are attuned, and then assembles one photo at a time to make a single composition, as seen above. How will you incorporate lace into your home? Let us know here, and like always, “It’s all in the details”. Related Sites: Isabelle Abramson Work and Design Tuffano Artique Glass Studio Picture Exhibit Ysabel...
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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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