It’s Elle Decor’s ignaugural salute to the best and brightest interior designers throughout the country.  Some are old and some are new.  Check out who they think belong on their newly created Top 25 A-List and see if you agree.  Not only do i see a lot that i like here, i’ve gone through each photograph and selected my favorite thing from each room.  Agree?  Disagree?  Have another designer in mind that you think should be added to the list?  Share it with us!

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Favorite part: painted brown back on the bookcases

Muriel Brandolini

Favorite item: leapord print throw pillows

Darryl Carter

Favorite aspect: the white painted beam, ceiling and walls

Eric Cohler

Favorite piece: bright orange coffee table

Robert Corturier

Favorite piece: glass hurricanes

Waldo Fernandez

Favorite part: dark mahogany stained floors

Steven Gambrel

Favorite items: turquoise glasses, white lamp and the trim on the curtains! (i couldn’t decide)

Victoria Hagen

Favorite thing: blue and white striped rug

Suzanne Kasler

Favorite item:  turquoise box and bright orange tray

Charlotte Moss

Favorite item: full white crisp roman shades

Joe Nahem

Favorite piece: glass and metal chandelier

Thomas O’Brien

Favorite thing: desk chair

Alex Papachristidis

Favorite item: Suzani table cloth

Miles Redd

Favorite item(s): rod iron and leather? x-benches

Katie Ridder

Favorite piece: white hour glass ceramic garden stool

Stephen Sills

Favorite item: mirrored and gilted coffee table

Michael S. Smith

Favorite piece: box pleated canopy

Matthew Patrick Smith

Favorite item: orange mottled wall

William Sofield

Favorite aspect: arched and decoritive ceiling

Robert Stilin

Favorite piece: “Too Good To Be True” artwork

Madeline Stuart

Favorite item(s): pair of mirrors on the back wall

Steven Volpe

Favorite thing: the way the tv is mounted to the silver pole

Kelly Wearstler

Favorite thing: lucite scrolled headboard

Bunny Williams

Favorite piece: white tufted english rolled arm chair

Vincente Wolfe

Favorite piece: antiqued wooden and glass bookcase

It’s no mystery why Sixx Design is so successful in designing their downtown chic homes in NYC.  The question is, how are they able to do it all with 7 kids?  If gut renovating, designing and flipping houses while raising a HUGE family in NYC is as easy as they make it seem, I think we’d all sign up.  Well, maybe not everyone.. but those who love design and kids!  Robert and Cortney Novogratz have stolen the spotlight on Bravo and have just about EVERYONE raving.  This family is certainly one to admire, with their cool and calm approach to both work and parenting.  I’d hang out with them, work for them and even watch their kids (for a day!).  Who knows..seeing as I live around the corner!  Until then, I can admire their work from afar.  Here are a few of my favorites:

I’ve got the BLUES

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 13, 2010 | 14 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Trends, Walls

Outside of blue being my favorite color I’ve noticed that it’s made a comeback in decorating in a big way.  Not only are people leaning towards more blues, they’re leaning towards the brighter more electric blues that add a huge POP to any color scheme.  Blue is probably the most calming color because we associate it with water and sky — that’s not to say a brighter more electric blue will keep you calm and resting in your seat.  Take a look at the mix of blues I found and see which one works best for you.

A calming, more elegant living room with subtle and soft blues

A baby blue sofa with a bolder bamboo wallpaper adds an edge to the room and makes it less traditional

Bolder fabrics from Quadrille create a nice splash in this LR

A turquoise painted floor changes this kitchen from drab to fab very quickly

Ashley Whittaker painted her bookcase in an aqua high gloss which adds just enough punch without going overboard

A beautiful navy blue den.  Simple yet divine

A real simple baby blue wall and navy blue stripe on the floor gives this otherwise dull off white furniture a little lift

Another blue walled room that’s filled with fun, trendy fabrics and a zebra rug that’s calling for entertainment

This dining room is definitely for the daring, pop art loving, strong contrast kind of person.  If you’re going to use an electric blue on the walls…black and white are just enough to complete the room

Have fun with your wallpaper and floors by choosing geometric or tropical prints in blue

These blue throw cushions will add a ton of flavor to your furniture and may even hide the fact that it’s outdated and needs a facelift!

West Village NYC

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 10, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration

The West Village in NYC is one of the most inspiring neighborhoods to walk around in and lucky for me, it’s something I get to do every day.  The bakeries, restaurants, coffee shops, small independent theaters all have a unique, quaint village feel to them and the architecture is somewhat surreal.  There are days I forget I’m in NYC.  So if you’re looking for inspiration and can’t physically walk around the West Village in Manhattan, I suggest you take a look at this slideshow from the New York Times.