The 41 Madison Avenue Tabletop Event by NY Cottages & Gardens

I was honored to be asked by New York Cottages & Gardens Magazine, to be one of the four designers to design a table for the Tabletop Event at 41 Madison Avenue.  Connecticut is renowned for its exquisite country setting, yet we love our bling and glamour. This tabletop design features the magnificent wonders of Mother Nature, with the organic designs of the table, chairs and candlesticks. The fuchsia color and glistening metallic fabrics and finishes introduce the trends in Women’s fashion, so that your favorite party dress would look great at this table setting. Hope you like the table design! This design sketch by John Waski Design, evolved out of my love affair with Mother Nature. The table, chairs and dandelion sculptures, are perfect examples of how the details of Mother Nature are so beautiful. The crystal rock by Architectural Minerals, brings a natural bling to this table. I designed the placemats with a patent leather fuchsia base, and with a metallic mesh fabric on top, for a pop of color and texture. The contemporary patterned salad plate and fuchsia bowl, add just the right amount of contemporary edge to this place setting. I love the canopy of orchids, wild grass and branches cascading over the jumbo size silver urn. It is like sitting in a magical forest. The large dandelion and leaf sculptures are a marvelous study, in how a mundane plant can be so exquisite. This is a perfect table setting for lover’s of Mother Nature, to escape into an outdoor fantasy. Mother Nature is the definition of It’s all in the details. Related Sites Forty-One Madison New York Cottages & Gardens Catherine Cleare Interiors, LLC John Waski Design, LLC Michael Aram, Inc. Scafati & Company, Inc. Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton Architectural...
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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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Out of the Ordinary, but Beautiful Furniture

Sometimes I will look at a piece of furniture and wonder if it is meant to sit on and be used, or if it is just there for display. I have taken a look into pieces which not only serve a function, but also are an eye catching design! These little sitting stools from Bleu Nature, are just so creative and out of the ordinary. They truly look as if they have been taken directly from Mother Nature with no man-made work. They are made from driftwood and silver grainy leather. These would be perfect for a beach home or even a home with a rustic touch of nature.  This collection is the perfect combination of organic and industrial, with a hint of elegance. This side table from Corbin Bronze is just so quaint and whimsical! Made from Bronze and Natural Patina, it is the perfect accent to add a strong bold gesture to any sitting area. This chair was designed by Jarrod Lim, and is a perfect example of creativity at its best! He has reinterpreted the Koi fish scale pattern, into a welded steel frame for the chair. All of the details that have been put into the creative process and creation of this chair stand out so much. It is the perfect chair, and can be used in either indoor or outdoor environments. I would love to see a grouping of these placed in a pool area! Now that you have experienced these one of a kind designs, I hope that your creativity has been triggered and remember like always, It’s all in the details. If you have any further comments or questions please contact me here. Related Sites: Bleu Nature Corbin Bronze, LTD Jarrod Lim...
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Bringing the Indoors Out Take Two!

Branching off of the post that I had done last week I wanted to bring in some inspirational images that could get you started on ways in which you can lay out, select fabrics and accessorize your own outdoor spaces! This outdoor living area is just so eclectic, colorful and quaint! The arrangement and colors are perfect for a small gathering on a summer day. All of the vignettes have been perfectly arranged and the teal screen has literally been able to create the illusion of a room outdoors!Green is a huge color trend that I have been seeing and paired with the bright orange has created such a sunny and cherry look. The combinations of the yellow toned light and dewey orange and green color scheme placed beyond the ocean pool is reminiscent of a sun set, absolutely picture perfect! If you are trying to introduce bright colors like these through textiles, a perfect way to offset it and tone down is to pair with more subtle delicate furniture like you can see here balancing everything out. If you love fun and bright colors but do not want to be saturated in it, adding a hit of pinks and olives like has been done in this arrangement is for you! Pillows are such a great flexible way to add subtle spice to any seating area. I love the ways in which they have worked off of the beautiful landscape & flowers to pull the colors into the furniture and upholstery. This dining table is just to die for! I am so in love with the accessories and color arrangement that have been laid out on the table. The colors remind me of peaches and green apples, could not be more fresh and summery! The delicate rod iron coral chandelier hung above adds such a playful look. Here is another great way that you can add color to a table setting; a mosaic design! They are just so fun and creative. The accent pillows and colored flowers and pots really tie everything together. If you are looking for a more clean and classic look, this type of arrangement and use of greenery is perfect for you. The green walls along with all of the planters have created a secret garden effect this is just so simplistically beautiful. The clean white linen paired with the straight accents of brown are...
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Zen and the Art of the Dining Room Table

We are continuing our 2-part series on tables and their role in Interior Design to help a room be balanced and in harmony. We began last week with the blog post: How End, Side and Coffee Tables Bring a Room into Balance. This week, we showcase the Dining room table, a piece that is the nucleus of a home. In the Dining room, the table is a center piece. In my opinion, it should be a piece of art that also serves one of the most important functions in the home – the destination for special events where good friends center around to enjoy each other’s company and great food. Here are some of my favorite Dining room tables and the Zen they bring to a Dining room. This table works magic in a transitional style beach house or country Kitchen. I would love to see this table used in a sleek city apartment. The base looks like something you would want to rub your toes against. I love theidea of mixing very traditional details with a much more casual finish on this table. It would look terrific in a Loggia. Thistable speaks of strength to me. The profile is so strong and graphic. I am obsessed with black and white rooms and would enjoy seeing this in a Dining room with black and white flocked wallpaper. This table looks so happy to me with the red gloss finish and sassy, gold edged detail. It would work terrific in a multipurpose room that serves as a Dining room and Library. Just imagine the room lined with bookshelves loaded with leather bound books. This table is so sculptural and looks like artwork. It has the visual impact to stand alone in a large space. I like the clean lines of this table base. It is complex, yet so simple.   This table would look good in an open floor plan where the living space and Dining room are combined because it has such a graceful, bold base. I like the idea that this table is child friendly, yet still has such a great design profile. I like the mix of the sculptural bronze base and the ceruse wood top. This table style is a perfect complement to the timeless shagreen finish. If you are looking for a show stopper table, this is the one for you. The combination of the...
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How Side, End and Coffee Tables Bring a Room Into Balance

Just like in your personal life, the elements in a room need to be in balance and harmony with one another.  The benefit is the room has a reason for being, while you want to spend time there. Some of the most important pieces for achieving this harmony are tables.  Let me show you some extraordinary hand-made side, end and coffee tables. While each is a piece of art, they also serve the purpose of bringing a room into balance. This table is clearly elegant and I love its organic feel.  It is perfect for someone who wants to bring out the best in organic design. This table has a very traditional carving profile, but through a change in the scale of the carving and a high gloss finish, it will balance well in a contemporary setting. I like the clean lines of this table with the Greek key at the base of the legs. This would look great with contemporary geometric carpeting, which is so prevalent in design today. This table would look spectacular in a contemporary black and white setting. The beveled, mirrored edge detail on the table would sparkle like jewelry. This table would be terrific in a Library for stacking half read books, or as a nightstand because of the drawer on top. The classic “X” design allows this to be placed in a transitional or traditional setting. I love this table because it looks like sculpture, and is one of the most functional tables you would want in a room. Shagreen is timeless, elegant, and is completely at home in a modern or traditional setting. The Art Deco influence of this table would look perfect in a contemporary setting. I like the two tiers so that you can stack magazines or books on the lower shelf. I like the combination of the crystal with the wood. The hand blown, turned glass pedestal creates a contemporary look. I like the clean lines and the combination of the lacquer finish with bone inset in the center, expressing great detail. This table is a perfect example of Yin and Yang; so simple, yet so complex. I love the clean lines of this table with the unique mix of walnut, ebony accents and woven rope. This would look incredible in a renovated barn. Do you think tables are important to achieving harmony in a room?  If you are...
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