March 31, 2012

It's a Gray Day

...but in a good way!  I often have clients who initially will shy away from using gray as a main color in their room palette for fear of creating a dark and gloomy room.  However, the effect, as you'll see below, has a nice neutral, yet dramatic  presence.  It allows art furniture and fabrics to shine as the focal point and offers a grounding presence to the space.  No cloudy sadness with this gray!

March 30, 2012

Ito Jakuchu Exhibition

If you find yourself in Washington DC in the next few weeks, what better way to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Japan's arboreal gift to the city than by visiting this exhibition at the National Gallery of Art.

Peonies, chrysanthemums and roses take center stage over 30 silk scrolls on loan from the Imperial House of Tokyo, the first ever complete group display outside of Japan.

On exhibition from March 30-April 29.

March 28, 2012

Phyllis Morris

I can't figure out what I love more, the various pieces you will see below, or the origin of this company.  In 1953, Phyllis Morris began her design career in Los Angeles by creating the Poodle Lamp.  She rose to popularity quickly and I'm sure it's because your Poodle Lamp order was personally delivered in a pink convertible cadillac with her own poodles in tow.  Today, Phyllis' daughter, Jamie Adler, heads the worldwide business and the pieces are fantastic!  Enjoy!


Marrakech Cabinet

Ingenue Throne Chair

Hollywood Chair

Circa Bed


March 26, 2012

Mish NYC

As I go through some recent magazine tear outs, I have to share my adoration for Mish New York.  This beloved jewelry designer moved down to 30 Bond Street in lower Manhattan and the shop refurbishment landed a spread in Architectural Digest. Not only is the merchandise enchanting, but the shop interior has never made an experience more luxurious or more unqiue ....warning, you're about to add some items to your wish list!

***  All images courtesy of Architectural Digest

March 24, 2012

Stacking Up

I've been working with a client to detail some millwork and I find that the little extra details can turn a wall unit from a storage space to an creative part of the decorative details...

For you apartment dwellers, this is a great solution to adding more storage to the bedroom, while hiding those window AC units!  Simple shelves have been fitted in and around the window unit and the AC is barely noticeable.  Just make sure you've left plenty of access for the controls and escape for the air.

A good solution for detailing a corner library space.  Who said books can't be wall art?

What I love about this room and the one below is the contrast of the interior space of the shelving.  It's a thoughtful detail and it gives the neutral wall colors an extra level of depth.

Who said bookshelves have to be in the Living Room?  Not only do I love the black millwork, red Hermes dinnerware and antler decor, I think the bookshelves are the finishing touch to creating a cozy atmosphere.

A creative way to maximize storage with a sloped ceiling

Sometimes a little paint and a shaped profile are all you need!
These bookshelves have a little detail that I just love ...the thin shelf that pulls out as needed.   I love
when furniture has an Inspector Gadget aspect to them!

March 23, 2012

Favorite Find Friday: Jessica Pendent from Bradley Hughes

Love the use of the concentric iron rings.  The Jessica Pendent from Bradley Hughes makes quite the lovely impression!

March 21, 2012

On The Spot: Milling Road Malabar Table

Just love the Malabar Table, Milling Road's newest edition.  I love the visual importance of the stone top in collaboration with the curve of the base is stunning!  Available through Baker Furniture, this table comes in a variety of base finishes and with a glass top.

March 19, 2012

On The Road in Houston, Texas at Carl Moore Antiques

Finding great pieces is one of my favorite pastimes.  As I return from my travels in Texas, I wanted to share with you a great antique dealer out of Houston, Carl Moore Antiques.

Below, see a few of my favorite pieces currently available in their inventory....

A handsome mid-century solid brass cocktail table from France c.1950.

A beautiful fruitwood dining table from France c. 1860 of exceptional length.

An Art Moderne period round mirror from France c. 1940 having a border of rose colored glass. (38″dia.)

An unusual painted and gilt overmantle mirror with its original mirror glass from France c. 1880. (35″w x 49″h)

An Edwardian period round black frame enclosing the original beveled mirror from England c.1910. (27″dia.)

A pair of stepped iron shelves used on an outdoor terrace in a garden in France with blue stone shelves.

A fantastic modern chandelier of woven and intertwined timber strands found in France.

A Moroccan lantern enclosing ruby and clear glass within a framework of pierced and filigreed brass.

A set of six Napoleon III period painted side chairs from France c. 1860.

A pair of wooden armchairs from Prague, Czech Republic c. 1900

A Regency style mahogany bench from the Edwardian period in England c.1910.

A vintage iron bench from France c.1940 with the seat covered in black leather

A pair of sculptural iron and chain armchairs from Italy c. 1870

A striking vintage etagere with its original painted finish from Italy c.1940.

An Art Deco period six arm chandelier from France c.1930.

A charming Louis XVI style settee from France c.1880 with a painted finish and contemporary upholstery.

March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's at His Best

Going green on this celebratory day!  Enjoy!

Oscar de la Renta's Parrot Drawer Chest from Century Furniture

Diane von Furstenberg rug from The Rug Company

Aurora Lamps from Christopher Spitzmiller

Catalina Poster Bed from Somerset Bay Furniture

Oscar de la Renta's Venetian Sofa for Century Furniture