February 27, 2013

On The Spot: Thermador Freedom Refrigeration

More often than not, our kitchen design is often dictated by the standard sizes of appliances.  With the Freedom collection by Thermador, you can now design your kitchen with the fluidity of the space.

Modular components of refrigeration, freezers and wine coolers come in several layout options and widths, but they are all designed to work seamlessly with each other and your cabinetry.  So whether you choose to put them side by side or interspersed throughout the kitchen, you're sure to find the right combination!

February 20, 2013

On The Spot: Mottahedeh Peacock Feather

Mottahedeh brings us peacocks, candy apple green and cornflower blue ... need I say more?

February 15, 2013

Favorite Find Friday: Christopher Guy's Folding Screens

If hand painted chinois folding screens don't tickle your fancy, you're sure to find one from Christopher Guy

Crafted out of wood and metal, these screens are ever so chic!

Happy Friday!

February 13, 2013

On The Spot: Barbara Kirshbaum's Leo Barstool

BK Antiques, located here in NYC and available on-line through 1st Dibs, has a barstool that I am in love with ... nailhead, wrought iron, claw feet, how could you not be in love?  

Maybe my cupid will read this post and file away this gift idea!

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 11, 2013

Chinoiserie with a Twist

My little living room has been getting some good press lately, largely as a backdrop to my headshot and as an illustration for how to Downton-ify your apartment.  The element that gets the most attention, is my candy apple green folding screen from Gracie Studio.

When asked what inspired this element of chinoiserie, my answer is simple: Garavani Valentino's Asian inspired, Chateau de Wideville, on the outskirts of Paris (all photos courtesy of Architectural Digest).

Although Wideville is far more grand and a bit more traditionally layered than I tend to design, I adore the Asian inspired profiles, graphic designs and color combinations that the aesthetic brings and often use those touches to accentuate to my design schemes.  It is the hand-painted floral wallpaper in particular that served to inspire my home and while I love the large florals, I also wanted to contemporize it a bit, thus the green background.

If you, too, like touches of Chinois, but with a twist, check out a few of these elements as additions to your decor.

Happy Decorating!

Phillip Jeffries Chinois Our Way Grasscloth Wallpaper

F. Schumacher Chinois Palais fabric in Tangerine

Palace Stool, Gumps

Dynasty Table, Gumps

Jacqui Tea Table, Bungalow 5

Mandarin by Manuel Canovas

Chippendale Mirror, Horchow

February 8, 2013

Favorite Find Friday: Sunny Goode

Stenciled painted floors are HOT right now. With fantastic creations coming from Mary McDonald, how can you not fall in love?

If you're not in the market for hiring one of Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators, have no fear!  Richmond based artist Sunny Goode brings a variety of stencils and paints to your fingertips.  

Offering a variety of stencil designs, as well as in home consultations, visit Sunny's website for more information on how to get started!  In the meantime, enjoy a few of her finished products!

February 6, 2013

On The Spot: The Great Cover-Up with Chair Apron

Once in awhile, your traditional dining room chairs, need a bit of pizazz, without fully reupholstering the seat.  Enter, The Chair Apron.

With an assortment of colors and patterns, you're sure to find a temporary fix to your decorating!

Happy Wednesday!

February 4, 2013

Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators at Your Fingertips

Bravo has just finished another season of Million Dollar Decorators.  We traipsed with Martyn Lawrence Bullard as he installed Tamara Mellon's NYC apartment (by the way, despite Martyn's shock and surprise, craning in furniture happens all the time here!), we looked on with envy as Mary McDonald redecorated her own home and we enjoyed getting an inside glimpse as Kathryn Ireland spruced up Lindsay Lohan's Venice Beach home.  Throw in Ross and Jeffrey Alan Marks' engagement and it was an entertaining season!

But have no fear, you do not have to have millions or be a celebrity to bring these designer's vision to your home.  Enjoy a few of the products currently offered through trade only showrooms...

Textiles from Kathryn Ireland...

 Fabrics, trim, wallcoverings and lighting from Mary McDonald ...



Outdoor furniture from Jeffrey Alan Marks ...

 Textiles and rugs from Martyn Lawrence Bullard ...

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