I’ve been shopping for ceiling fixtures for clients a ton lately and I’ve come across a lot that i like.  I even dug up my old source book and found some of my favorite fixtures that have caught my eye in the past.  The dining room and kitchen are two rooms that are begging for great fixtures centered over the table.  If your table isn’t lit up with an eye catching fixture, it’s time to shed a little light on the situation.

It’s not often that people trudge around the city and go from one thrift store or flea market to the next looking for great deals these days.  Everyone wants the deal but they also want the convenience.  That’s why online shopping is the way to go.  And better yet,  I’ve started some shopping for you and found some really cool pieces, with great prices that have a lot of potential.  To continue shopping, visit Etsy, an online community where people sell and buy things that they make from all different cities around the world.  Items from top to bottom: (3 bulb pendant fixture – $345, set of 6 french shabby chic chairs – $1200, wee blue side table – $115, red wall mirror – $68, reclaimed cedar console – $105, pair of antique parlor chairs – $400, halo pendant – $130, pillow cover – $25, pair of slipper chairs – $175, milk glass pendant – $79)

This would be great as a side console or makeshift bar to entertain both indoors and out!

With a new paint job and trendy fabric, these chairs would be the hit of any room!

Happy shopping.  The deals are out there if you know where to look!


From March 24 -28 Stark Carpet is having a sale that’s open to the public and offering up to 75% off on area rugs, broadloom and stair runners.  The location is: The Metropolitan Pavillion in NYC (125 W. 18th street). 

Hope to see you all there..the earlier you get there, the better your selection will be!


People are often asking me how to update their look and bring in a modern edge without going overboard.  There are plenty of ways to do this, but the best and most affordable is by having fun with accessories, trim and artwork.  Take these fun, bold and trendy fabrics from Calico Corners and make an assortment of throw pillows.  You could even trim existing pillows, the bottom of a skirt on a sofa/chair or your curtains that are just dying to be jazzed up.   If you’re feeling brave, I highly recommend re-upholstering a traditional chair with a fun ikat or geometric pattern.  Your chair will thank you later.  There are no limits, so do your room a favor and give it some life!

Take a look at some great fabrics at great prices from Calico Corners that will help you get your project underway!

khandar cinibar – $16.14

magnificat – $21.24

corazon seaglass – $50.14

soiree leaf – $18.69

damon – $45.89

ada adobe – $33.99

precision – $59.49

key west – $12.74

baldwin brown – $18.69

cats cradle – $22.09

Imagine. Shop. Discover.

A world of design inspiration awaits at the 9th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show (March 18-21 in NYC). Explore the latest ideas and products for the home—from furniture and lighting to kitchens and baths. Whether starting from scratch or searching
 for that single object to finish a room, the Show promises to introduce you to something you simply have to bring home, no matter what your budget.

  • Exhibits from nearly 300 premium brands
  • Antiques and mid-century section, presented by 1stdibs.com
  • Design seminars presented by The New York Times and industry associations
  • Cooking demonstrations and tastings by celebrity chefs
  • Complimentary one-on-one consultations with design professionals
  • Curated tours with members of the American Society of Interior Designers

It’s always disappointing to browse through a decorating magazine,  fall in love with a room or a specific look and then realize that everything you love isn’t in your budget.  The idea here is to find the look and find it for less.  If you spend enough time browsing the internet and looking for a bargain, you’re bound to come across a good deal.  All it takes is a little patience and time- which, i know, most people don’t have.  Here are a few examples of finding the look for less:

Jonathan Adler X Bench – $495

Ballard Designs X Bench – $179

Antique Louis XVI Chairs – $1,000+

Wisteria Louis XVI Chair – $279

TK Collections French Bistro Chairs – $700+

Beaufurn French Bistro Chair – $395

Kravet Tilbury Lapis Fabric – $59.80 per yard

Schindler’s Tilbury Fabric Lapis – $14.95 per yard

Geometric Fabric – $80+

Calico Corners Diamante Flax Fabric – $17.84 per yard

If you can’t find what you’re looking for but just have to have it (for less) – don’t be afraid to ask the experts!