I have two clients who have recently come to me with extreme interest in using blues – one for a Dining Room and one for a Family Room.  Because blue is my favorite color, I of course am jumping at the thought of these rooms and trying to dig deep to come up with something spectacular.  As I search for inspiration I came across a beautiful “small wonder” that is Todd Alexander Romano’s apartment in NYC.  It’s what he likes to call modest with a view and what I see as heaven!

The lacquered blue walls have just enough navy and just enough aqua in them to create a luxurious space that’s not too dark and not too flashy.  The touches of ikat, apple green and bright yellows add just the right punch to the room to break up the monotany of the blues and keep the room interesting. 

The same color blue continues in the hallway and foyer and is accompanied by great art, rich caramel and a bright contrasting white ceiling that allows the light and the space to still feel open and airy

A close-up of the lacquer and bright yellow flowers which always make a room shine

The apple green velvet plays beautifully off the blue walls

A chinese red plant stand that adds one more needed punch to the room without going overboard

A detail of of blues and reds and golds

One last detail of a brighter view of the apartment


It’s obvious that Todd has done a beautiful job mixing just the right colors, materials and styles and has created a comfortable, chic yet modest space with a view so he can enjoy the city just by looking out his windows.  This is certainly inspiration for me and I hope I can use blues in a way that will result in something as stunning as this!

75% Off SALE at ABC Home

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jan 20, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Decorating

The Annual Winter SALE ends January 30 so you better get in to beat the masses before all the good stuff is gone and the SALE is over.  They’ve got great brands and a variety of things to choose from so whatever your home needs may be, it’s worth taking a look at ABC carpet & home..

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Not A Gallery

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jan 13, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Art, Budget Design, Decorating

So I’m working away today and my buzzer goes off which usually means it’s FedEx, UPS or the exterminator.  Not this time.  A mysterious man shows up at my door with a package and says he’s from ‘Not A Gallery’.   He kindly hands me the package and off he goes.   I immediately open it up, thinking it will be another catalogue from a vendor who’s trying to get my business, and to my surprise there’s a piece of art inside (see below).  It’s a sample,  what they call a “miniature artwork sample” and it’s fantastic!

Justin Belmont, a 27 -year-old digital artist has a mission:  To prove that original art can be exciting and contemporary without being expensive.  All of his work is mounted on a 2″ deep birch wood and coated with a unique hand-painted acrylic and each piece ranges in price from $249-$699 depending on the size.  Take a look at his collection on the website and place an order so you can see for yourself how great and original his work can look in your own home!  Here are a few other examples of his art, but as I said, you can browse his full collection here.  Thanks for stopping by (Justin, was that you?) and sharing your work with me and all of the material girl fans 😉




VIP Art Fair

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jan 12, 2011 | 4 Comments | Category: Art


Fire up your laptop: The VIP Art Fair, an inaugural sale of contemporary works, is online and online only. The eight-day event brings together more than 100 international dealers (Pace to Perrotin, Gagosian to Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac) and includes blue-chip pieces by the likes of Thomas Ruff, Yoshitomo Nara, and Mary Heilmann. The latter’s painting Surf Study (Red Break), above, is being offered by Hauser & Wirth. Anyone can browse—in this context, VIP stands for viewing in private—but you’ll need to buy a “ticket” to access interactive features such as a high-resolution zoom option, messaging systems, and digital access to dealers’ backroom inventories. Registration is required either way.

January 22-30 www.vipartfair.com


The perfect bench mark

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jan 07, 2011 | 7 Comments | Category: Decorating

I’m currently shopping for the perfect bench to put at the end of the bed in my clients MBR and as I shop around I’ve noticed some very interesting styles and shapes.  I like the idea of pairing a traditional bench with a more modern bed and vice versa.  Take a look at some of the styles I’ve seen and let me know what you think might be the perfect  bench.

The 6 legged aubusson bench painted in an antique white (this could be great with almost any fabric)


The gold circe bench – Two of these could really make a great statement

Martha Stewart Ingrid bench – simple but sweet


Slightly more sophisticated with the gold leaf but beautiful nonetheless

If the bed is high enough I like the idea of a settee

Something that has a little detail on the legs


Love this antique double x-benchwith silver detailing


The Jonathan Adler Bergman bench


Todd Hase Aix bench from ABC Home