24 February, 2014

Crushing on Scully and Scully

Loving these new items from Scully and Scully in NYC. While they may seem uber traditional, think super classical and easily mixed with more contemporary pieces for a great collected look. Don't you just love those Leopard firescreens? And, that lacquered Regency Tea Trolley?!? Perfection! And you must appreciate the slender lines of the Pembroke Table with the inlay and beautiful drawer pull, and that great lattice work on the backs of the Chinoiserie chairs! Fab pieces - Enjoy!


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23 February, 2014

Big Changes Coming!

Yes, it has undoubtedly been a very long time since I've posted -- too long to be sure. But, I've spent the last several months doing amazing things, working with fabulous clients, friends, and mentors. I finished my tenure at Meg Braff Designs in August and it was with such sweet sorrow. I knew it was time to go out on my own, but to leave such dear friends and open my own firm seemed a daunting task! But, I had no time to worry as I was completely immersed in preparations for a wonderful designer showcase at Friends of Sands Point Hempstead House. The old Gold Coast mansion, or Castle as it's known, that was home to the Guggenheim family. The Marriage Suite I created was a smashing success and we attracted over two thousand guests to the house and raised much awareness for the preservation of the estate. It was such a pleasure to meet visitors who were so knowledgeable & passionate about the estate and other Gold Coast mansions here on Long Island. We were also featured in The New York Times, Newsday, and House Magazine multiple times; a nice bonus. It was a fantastic first experience with a designer showcase and I look forward to doing it again this year! I also had the privilege of meeting Alexa Hampton once again for the signing of her new book; Decorating in Detail - a must read! Thank goodness for Facebook as it's provided me an avenue for quick posts and updates as to what has been going on since my last blog post. I also enjoyed attending both NYNOW Gift Shows in the city and seeing all the new and fun things the market has to offer and meeting the wonderful vendors (I do feel though that the January show seems to be a re-hash of what I saw in August; something to remember next year). I definitely look forward to attending High Point this Spring! Finally, as I embark on yet another aspect of my design journey and move towards creating a new web page, enjoy a few of my memorable moments from the last few months. Enjoy!
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26 May, 2013

A Designer's/Blogger's Paradise

Blogfest 2013 NYC has come and gone.  But, I'll never forget the two days of fun I had last week at the event!  We began Blogfest On Design 2013 with the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club 41st Annual Decorator Show House, then headed off to Hearst Towers for a hilarious designer panel with Alexa Hampton, Thom Filicia, and meeting Team Kravet from the "Kravet Family (could Ellen and Scott Kravet be any kinder?)."  We finished off our day with a cocktail party at the coolest place on earth: Newel Antiques!  While drinking champagne gimlets (yes, tres decadent!) I met the editor of my favorite magazine ever (Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles) Clinton Smith (who is as genuine and sweet as he looks) and his wonderfully fun boss Adam Japko; and enjoyed shaking hands with David Easton, exchanging pleasantries with Suzanne Kasler and Tony Baratta, and discussing all aspects of design with Alexa Hampton. I think Ms. Hampton is probably the funniest and smartest woman I've ever met!  I had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing and wonderful people throughout the course of two days, including Marisa Marcantonio from Stylebeat.blogspot.com and Mindy and Tiffani and Barbara and Linda and Leigh and Austin ....the list goes on and on.   The experience was .... well, downright AWESOME!  At Newel Antiques, I was awed and amazed by their massive 6 floors of inventory (there is a whole blog entry in and of itself.)  If you ever get the chance, you must go!  What truly amazed me over all, was how down to earth and friendly everyone was throughout the course of the two days.  Kravet has truly created something special here that I hope will continue for many years!  I'll post many more exciting images, discussing what fabulous things Kravet, Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils have in the works in the way of fabrics, furniture and more in the next few weeks -- it is absolutely astonishing what they are accomplishing and what beautiful things we have to look forward to in the coming months !! Can't wait till next year - BLOGFEST 2014! Enjoy!
The "Sharp Townhouse" at 161 East 64th Street, New York City
 Gomez Associates Drawing Room - Classic Elegance
 This ottoman was HUGE!  But perfect in the space!
 Gorgeous Convex Mirror Circa 1810 in the bar by Dineen Architecture + Design
 Beautiful view from the Second Floor
 Classic Iron Stair Rails - Perfection
 View of Gomez Associates Drawing Room from Stairs to Third Floor 
 Yummy Antique Foot Stool by Stephen Mooney Interiors with Scalamandre - I LOVE!
 Beautiful View out of La Petite Writing Room by Stephen Mooney
 More of La Petite Writing Room by Stephen Mooney Interiors
 Love this light fixture by Vaughan available from John Rosselli
 And of course, who couldn't love the Scalamandre wallpaper ?
 Millwork from Heaven!  Barbara Ostrom uses Chris Marut of Marut Custom Woodworking.
 Perfection!
 Another view of Chris Marut's Talent
 Chesney Fire Surround and gorgeous millwork encasing the flat screen television
 On a totally different, but equally amazing note, Eve Robinson's Family Room
 You'll Never Guess What the Wall Covering is Here !!  Never!
 Family Room Games Table - Marshmallows were the game pieces ;)
 The view off the family room porch - and what did they put there?
 Why, an outdoor soaking tub of course!  Amazing!
 Architect West Chin was responsible for this amazing outdoor space!
 Eve Robinson's Gorgeous Built-In Bar !
 And the lacquer on the ceiling was truly awe inspiring!  Love that lavender!
 A better view of Gomez Associates Drawing Room Elegance
 And Again; every time I looked there was something else I noticed!
 Luncheon Tables at Hearst Towers


 It was a gorgeous NYC Day!

 Beautiful New Fabrics from Sarah Richardson at Kravet Work Rooms!
 Walls of amazing fabrics!
 The work process at Kravet is absolutely fascinating - such a hugely talented group of people!
 Aerin Lauder's beautiful Fabrics for Lee Jofa !
 Aerin Lauder discussing her new lifestyle brand -- so pleasant, so humble, and sincere!

 The hysterical designer panel with Alexa Hampton and Thom Filicia and Editor of HGTV Mag, Sara
 More beautiful Sarah Richardson Fabrics from Kravet!  Can't Wait!

 Much Better Shot of Thom Filicia - what an awesomely funny and nice guy!
 Aerin Lauder discussing her line and creative process for Lee Jofa
 The lovely Barbara Ostrom in her fabulous space!
 Love that little Lucite table from Donghia! And the new Stark carpet and zebra too!
This was a great chair from Eve Robinson's family room and that cowhide carpet - awesome!
 David Easton, Beth Green from Kravet, Jonathan Adler, and Suzanne Kasler
 Having Fun with Alexa Hampton at Newel Antiques
The very kind & generous Clinton Smith from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine
The super sweet Marisa Marcantonio from Stylebeat.blogspot.com
 
 
P.S. The Design Bloggers Conference, normally held is Los Angeles, is being held in ATL next year! Two conferences on the East Coast!  Woo hoo! Info is below:
The Design Bloggers Conference
March 2-4, 2014
Grand Hyatt in Buckhead
Atlanta, GA
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