This Thursday, April 29 Elle Decor and B&B Italia present an art SALE that will help ACRIA fight AIDS.  The sale will be held at the iconic Manhattan House at 200 East 66th Street (2nd ave) from 6-9p and is only $20 at the door.  The main event will feature a series of original signed works by an extensive list of artists starting at $100.  You can improve your home with beautiful art work while supporting a great cause at the same time.  It’s a great way to shop without feeling guilty.

Modern Art

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 20, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Art, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Walls

Often times you’ll look around your room and wonder what’s missing.  The furniture is there, the window treatments are up, the rug is down and it’s feeling cozy but not quite complete.  Chances are you’re missing the one element that brings it all together.  ART!  I’ve been eyeing this one photograph in a small coffee shop on Bleeker Street and I’m just waiting for the perfect client to sell it to.  It’s by photographer Frank Louis and can be found in his Italy collection.

I also have a client who recently purchased a few David Burdeny prints from Lumas gallery in NYC which you can also buy online.  Take a look at his collection to see which colors work best with your decor.

I found a few addtional artists and photographs i also like from Lumas Gallery for those of you who want a modern edge!

I love this last series for a beach house

The kitchen (in most cases) is by far the most used room in your house, even if it’s a studio apartment in NYC and sits on one wall of your entire living space.  You cook (or at least grab a plate to put your take-out on), you eat (if there’s room), you feed your kids, your cats, your dogs and you usually end up congregating in the kitchen when you have people over.  So if you’re spending so much time in your kitchen why not spend time making it a really comfortable and cool space that both you and your visitors can enjoy.


Create a comfy place to sit if you have the room

Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color!

Make the breakfast nook as cozy as possible

As far as city living goes, you’re usually stuck working with a limited space.  No excuse to ignore your kitchen.  In fact, you should give it more love and attention.  Check out these great small kitchens and let them inspire you to create a cooking nest of your own.

A new hanging fixture, trendy colorful runner, simple subway tiles, new appliances and simple white cabinetry with updated hardware has made this small space desireable to hang out in.  Are you asking for too many cooks in the kitchen?  Maybe, but if that’s the case, you’ve done something right!

Use your pots and pans as decoration and design

The floor is the best place to add a little punch.  If checkerboard isn’t your thing, pick a pattern that is and get out your paint brush.

Again, the floor has been given some life and the roman shade adds an element of modern chic

One of my favorite small kitchens by Ruthie Sommers.  Don’t be afraid to paint the walls in a small space a dark color.  Just remember to keep the cabinetry and trim bright and popping – like this eye catching turquoise door!

Find a fun wallpaper and paste it to just one wall

Fish scales are on my mind recently and i think it’s a combination of the weather and the fact that my friend told me she has to wear a mermaid style bridesmaid dress in an upcoming wedding.  Let’s be honest, not many people can pull this look off…J Lo might be able to but it’s just cruel to put your average figured bridesmaids in it.

Luckily, in design, you get to dress up your walls and floors and tabletops and it doesn’t matter what your figure looks like.  Here are some fish scale items for your home that will definitely make a splash.

Herend china

Coco fish scale lamps from H&H collection

Salt & Pepper shakers from That’s So Perfect

Lucite tray also from That’s So Perfect

LuLu Dk  Tulah bedding from Matouk

Bath tiles from Portland Cement Company

Wallpaper from Secondhand Rose

I was desperately trying to find a replacement fabric the other day for a solid cotton chintz that was originally going to cost me $8.95 per yard – a deal that’s hard to beat.  I placed the order thinking this was too good to be true and then received the dreaded call..”The fabric came in and there are multiple flaws..and this is the last of it b/c it has been discontinued.”  Low and behold, it was too good to be true.  So my search for a substitute began and the best i could come up with was three times the price.  This was not going to fly with my client.  Just as I was about to throw in the towel and break the bad news to my client, it hit me.  Mood!  You’ve seen it thousands of times on Project Runway and I’ve always thought of it as a fabric source for fashion but they’ve got a huge selection of home decor fabrics as well.  And it doesn’t stop can find trims and pillow forms with just about any fill (down, polyester and environmentally friendly).   My search for the perfect substitute was over and Mood Fabrics  is now a go to source for just about anything.