April 22, 2013

It Was Destined ....

As I've blown out one more candle than last year with a birthday over the weekend, I found myself quite amused when I read the Taurean horoscope in the May issue of Traditional Home Magazine ....

"When contemplating which designer to hitch your star to, you can't go wrong with a Taurus.  As a Taurean, any interior designer or architect with hopes of longevity is already ahead of the game.  Non values coziness and classicism more than the bull-- and these are the key components that ensure a timeless traditional home...

...Opulence and comfort go hand-in-hand-sewn-glove with this sign.... Indoors or out, planning a garden or a grand ballroom, this Earth sign talks the design talk and walks the walk with equal poise... 

... This is the sign of the collector, so if your passion is collecting fine art or antiques, rest assured that your accumulated treasures will find a worthy showcase in the designing bull's care..."

I guess this explains why, as a child, I would use masking tape to tape out more rooms for Barbie's dream house, to use folded tissues as bath towels and pieces of fabric for bed linens.  My career choice was destined.

Good to know, some things are just meant to be ....

Happy Monday!

April 19, 2013

Harry Potter Had it Right: Living Under the Stairs

In working on millwork ideas for one of my projects, how to treat the space under the stairs came into our discussion.  When I found this concept, I had to share!  

We all love a little workspace and in small spaces it can be hard to incorporate.  However, this is a great way to fill a space that is often left empty or misused.  If you're able to come in with a great desk chair that can be incorporated into your main living space, then close the folding doors and voila!  You have left the office for the day!

Have a great weekend!

April 17, 2013

Trick of the Trade: Bay Window Drapery Install

I was recently updating my concept file for window treatments when I came across this interior by Victoria Hagan.  Not only do I love the serenity of her aesthetic (and take pride that I was once on the design team at VHI) but this image is a great illustration for how to handle drapery on a sweeping bay window.

With a light colored fabric, panels installed at integral turning points and the rod placed halfway between the casing and the ceiling line, you can come in with an abundance of drapery without overpowering the space.

Lovely, Lovely! 

April 15, 2013

How To Decorate Small Spaces, You Ask? Well, Lend Me Your Ear ...

... and join me and eHow.com as we help solve your decorating dilemmas, while staying on budget!  I had the pleasure of taping ten short segments the other week on how to decorate a one bedroom apartment ... anything from downsizing from a home to apartment to incorporating a dining room with a living room in an open floor plan.

Affordable Interior Decorating —powered by eHow.com

Many thanks to eHow for this opportunity ...and to a great client and friend who let me use her space for filming (more to come on her project!).

Have a great week!

April 12, 2013

Calling All Francophiles

Nieman Marcus via Horchow has recently unveiled a furniture collection from French interior designer Florence de Dampierre.  So if you're looking to add a bit of the Joie de Vivre to your home, this would be a great place to start!

Have a great weekend!

April 10, 2013

Blue and White Delight

With spring upon us, I love freshening up my decor and nothing says spring more than some blue and white accents.  Whether you're looking to bring seasonal changes to your tabletop, freshen up your powder room with a new wallpaper or even add a special detail to your correspondence, hopefully with these few ideas below, we'll all jump into spring with ease!

Happy Decorating!

Somerset Island Collection, Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Asian Scenic Wallpaper from York Wallcoverings

Greek Key Address Label available through laylagrayce.com

Anthropometrie Print by Yves Klein available through art.com

Chevron Rug from Dash and Albert available through rugstudio.com

April 8, 2013

Spring Is In The Air

Although I've been in London for the last few weeks and we're still having bouts of snow and cloudy days, spring fever is certainly in the air!  

To start off the spring season, we celebrated our friend's birthday at  Petersham Nursery, a delightful series of greenhouses in Richmond, just a short jaunt from London.  The nursery not only holds a wide range of flowers and plants to add to your garden, but they also have a lovely Michelin star restaurant within one of the greenhouses ... so whether you're a foodie, a gardener, or both, you're sure to have a great time!

So with all the abundance of flora filling my day, I thought I would share a great source we have in NYC for all things garden ... Jamali Garden.  Whether you need containers, river stones, grosgrain ribbon or simply a great raffia bag for toting your garden supplies, you're sure to find the perfect piece!

Happy Gardening!

April 3, 2013

The South of France at Your Fingertips

If you're anything like me, with the passing of the first day of Spring and the Easter holiday, my mind is at the beach!

One of my favorite trips was a few years ago to the South of France ... Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in particular. 

A little bay halfway between Nice and Monte Carlo proved to be quite relaxing ...and with Villa Kerylos across the bay, it was a decorator's dream!



With inspiration like this, it was easy when asked by Ocean Home Magazine to name my favorite coastal location, as well as a few interior design products that would help re-create the feel!  With help from Janus et Cie, Baker Furniture and Collier Webb Lighting, you too can have the joie de vivre in your own back yard!