When I think of summer I think of weekends at the beach, swimming in the pool, ice cream sandwiches, flip flops, sea glass, outdoor dining, BBQ’s, gnats and floppy beach hats (to name a few).  All of which I was able to experience over the weekend which made my kick off to summer that much more enjoyable. 

One of my favorite finds this Memorial Day was FLEA which is one of the most adorable shops/cafes in Rowayton, CT set up in a chic two door garage just behind Sails restaurant on Rowayton Avenue.  This shop has it all — handmade seashell and seaglass frames and mirrors, summer tunics, refurbished furniture, dog beds, throw pillows, framed artwork, perfume, jewelry, woven baskets, bookends, candles and more.  And the best part?  While you’re shopping and looking for that perfect nick-nack or funky new side table you can sit down (or take it on the go) and enjoy a freshly baked cupcake or brownie.. or better yet a homemade ice cream sandwich!  All deliciously prepared by dough*girl baking company.

How amazing is this space?

Picture frames, flip flops and stools.  You name it, they’ve got it!

Custom made throw pillows and bookends – perfect to spice up your own home or give as a gift to someone special

Cheeky little signs that are good for a quick laugh

unique paintings and candles that will light up any home

custom made computer cases and mercury glass votives

Laura and Laura (the co-founders of FLEA) will be there all summer and then some..I highly recommend stopping in to have a look around and to taste some of the freshest and tastiest baked goods around.  You can visit FLEA on their Facebook page (don’t forget to “like” them) for information and updates until their official website is up! 

I was also able to take a spin on this custom made electric cruiser which is now on my list of “things I need (want)”  For more information on these special cruisers please contact Jimmy at voltbikes@hotmail.com or call him at 917.359.1230.  The website is coming soon!

 





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I’m loving this temporary wallpaper by Tempaper on SALE at Joss & Main today! It’s temporary wallpaper that has the same quality and durability as regular wallpaper yet it can be applied and removed within minutes!  What a great idea for a rented space or a space you’re not completely willing to commit long term to..

Edie in Frosted Teal

 

 





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iPad2 Giveaway

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 23, 2011 | No Comments | Category: Contests

Can this be real?  Is MaridaHome at Design For Mankind giving away a FREE  iPad2.  Looks like that’s the case!  If you’re interested in entering for a chance to win please see the details here and spread the word!  I know I could use a new iPad to make my life a little easier when meeting with clients.





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The Prince of Darkness

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 18, 2011 | 17 Comments | Category: Celebs, Color, Decorating

It’s not often that you come across a beautifully decorated home, with soft, serene color palettes and cozy, plush furniture and assume it belongs to Ozzy Osbourne who was once known as ”The Prince of Darkness”.  This month, Architectural Digest shows us a softer side of Ozzy which clearly has to be the result of Sharon’s decision making and the work of designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.  The Los Angeles home is quite remarkable with it’s eclectic mix of new and old and use of lavender throughout the MBR and sitting area.

The MBR is so soothing with the soft lavenders and de Gournay wallpaper

What a fabulous reading nook in the corner of the MBR

A bathtub fit for a king (of heavy metal)

You can never have too much lavender in one room.  Afterall, it’s the color that suggests refinement, grace, elegance and something special

Photography by: Roger Davies





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Fairfax & Sammons Architecture

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 16, 2011 | 6 Comments | Category: Decorating

67 Gansevoort known to most NYC shoppers as Trina Turk’s retail shop in the meatpacking district has a lot more going on than high end fashion for the young and trendy.  In fact, the building is owned by Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons of Fairfax & Sammons Architecture — and you would never know they were there unless you happened to be one of their lucky clients like Liv Tyler or Sarah Jessica Parker… or you stopped by for a quick (which turned into a lovely meeting and long conversation) Q&A.

 Fairfax & Sammons office on Gansevoort Street

The other day I had the privilege of meeting Anne Fairfax of Fairfax & Sammons.  As I walked up the stairs to their offices, I noticed the Dash & Albert striped runner which coordinated perfectly with the deep and glossy burgundy walls and the strong black and whites on the stair railing.  I was immediately drawn to the space and knew I was going to like this firm from the get-go.  My only thought was: what does the office in Palm Beach look like?  As a decorator you begin to notice everything (good or bad) everywhere you go and your mind tends to wander with fabric names and numbers popping in your head as if you have some sort of beautiful mind that stores endless information.  I think I blurted out “Schumacher Summer Fret” (which is also on a feature wall in their office) at one point which may or may not have startled them.

 

Notice the Schumacher ‘Summer Fret’ on the wall!

As we sat down in a quaint conference room that was more like a library filled with books from floor to ceiling we started to discuss Fairfax & Sammons, which since its launch in 1992, had come a long way.  I learned about the successes of this lovely couple, while browsing through gorgeous projects in their book ‘American Houses’ which captures 24 beautifully renovated houses and apartments located in CT, NY, VA and FL.  I felt very much at home and comfortable with Anne and her assistant Karin and thought  how fortunate her clients were to have been able to work with her.  I found Anne to be extremely personable, knowledgeable and might I add, modest.  It was clear, as we flipped through her book and browsed the various projects, that proportion, detail and space were extremely important to them.  I wanted to leap into the pages and take a tour of each and every house.  Since that wasn’t possible, we carried on with the details of the firm.

 

 

When did you open your firm and how did you get started:

We opened it in 1992 and started with one small project from our office on Horatio Street in Greenwich Village.  It was a nice start but our second job was the project that really launched us.  It was a two story Library in Greenwich Village that we were fortunate enough to get through Richard’s previous employer, famed decorator David Easton.

 Library on Central Park West

What type of residential architecture do you specialize in?

We are traditional architects who believe in Regionalism.  We pride ourselves on our detailed and diverse work that shows variety and precise geometry.  In fact we’ve torn down houses and started from scratch because the proportions were all wrong. 

Gothic Revival Restoration in Bedford, NY

 

Do you have specific decorators and designers that you work with and recommend to your clients:

We have over twenty decorators that we’ve worked with in the past but some of my favorites are Alex Papachristidis, Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi, David Easton, Diana Beattie, Leta Austin Foster and Steven Gambrel to name a few.  Tom Scheerer and Sandra Nunnerley are on my wish list

Central Park West Apartment decorated by Alex Papachristidis

 

What is one of your favorite projects to date:

Let me tell which houses I’d move into if I could! A Georgian style villa in Litchfield, CT would be my country house and a house we did in Sneden’s Landing which is a cozy get away close to the city.  (both projects can be seen in their book ‘American Houses’)

A country house in Sneden’s Landing, NY

 

Outside of Architecture what are some of your favorite things to do:

We like to sail and have a boat that we keep on the other side of the Hudson in NJ which is easy to get to on the PATH.  Other than that, we travel A LOT.  Mostly for business but we’d like to travel more for pleasure one of these days

 

 Is there anything else you’d like to mention/want our readers and potential clients to know:

In addition to our architecture firm we started the Institute of Classical Architecture in 1992 which has become a strong force in the design world.  Each year they give out rewards to Architects, Artisans, Landscape Architects, Designers and people in the industry who otherwise might not get exposure and recognition.  We also started the Grand Central Academy of Art which offers classical training to serious students.

Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons

 Anne and Richard are extremely accomplished and talented architects who are able to design buildings that look and feel as though they’ve always been there.  They work on projects all over the world and can offer their clients a classic, timeless and beautiful design.  If you have a project and you’re searching for a highly gifted architect I recommend that you contact Fairfax & Sammons.  Please visit their website for more information and pick up a copy of ‘American Houses’ to see their work up close and personal.

Before photo of their home on West 4th Street

 

After

 

Thanks again for meeting with me, Anne and Karin.  I look forward to seeing your future projects which I know will be nothing less than beautiful!

 





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Lazy Bones

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 14, 2011 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

Looks like the entire weekend is going to be cloudy with a strong chance of cold in NYC which makes me want to cozy up in bed, read a book, blog (of course) and catch up on some much needed DVR programs.  With that being said, of course I’m out of bed and my mind is racing with ideas of how to re-decorate my sleeping space.  I’ve been browsing through fabrics and images for inspiration and the images (compliments of House Beautiful) below are quite dreamy.

A fresh sky blue and apple green bedroom by Lynn Morgan

This small twin bedroom has a fun yet still calming vibe

Peter Dunham’s luxurious paisley bed

Amanda Nisbet’s hip and young room designed for her daughter

Tom Scheerer goes bold with a bright royal blue

Tom Stringer keeps it cozy and beach-like with the yellow and white striped headboard

Whatever the case may be, there are endless options and ideas for bedrooms out there so what should the new scheme be?  This could take awhile to make some decisions but as soon as I figure it all out, I’ll let you know what I end up with.  Who knows, maybe it will inspire you to make a change too!

 





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The Idea of Color

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 11, 2011 | 1 Comment | Category: Color, Design Inspiration, Paint

While at the Design On a Dime event the other night I couldn’t help but notice all of the beautiful colors used in each vignette that added a perfect punch to each designers creation and it made me wonder what would we do without the simple use of paint.  Thanks to Valspar, I was able to see how a room can come together and how easy it is to refurbish your old furniture with a touch here and a splash there.

Valspar, who was a sponsor of the Design on a Dime event, shows you exactly what can be done with color, and while their booth might be too loud and colorful for most, think about having one statement piece in a room that would otherwise be boring and dull.  Take a look at the transformations below to see how easy it is refurbish your old furniture.

Add fun yellow stripes to an otherwise plain table

An outdated chair can become a brand new piece with a little paint and even a fun, new, modern fabric!

This desk has transformed from bland to grand with a little ‘pink burst’.  Now just imagine it with some beautiful new hardware from Anthropoligie and you’ve got yourself a smashing office!

This display cabinet obviously needs to shine and be the focal point in your Living Room

What a great idea to keep the inside of the cabinet grey and frame it with a bright “swiss coffee white’

A luggage rack is a great accent piece in a bedroom so make sure you get creative and choose your paint wisely

 

Just remember to add a little color in your life and always keep an eye out for a piece of furniture that’s looking for a quick makeover.  With Valspar paints you can bring beauty to your home

 





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The 7th annual Design On a Dime Event  kicked off last night at the Metropolitan Pavillion and thanks to Valspar and One Kings Lane (2 of many sponsors), I was able to attend the VIP cocktail hour.  Each vignette (54 total) was filled with items that were donated by retailers and designers who generously make this event a success by raising money for Housing Works who helps homeless and low income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.  I know the event was SOLD OUT (over 1600 guests) and the line was a block long at one point, so let’s hope it was a record breaking year!

The crowd certainly did not seem shy last night, in fact, as I was walking out/cashing out on the items I picked up I noticed a gentlemen (dressed to the nines in a fancy suit) doing the running man in front of the DJ booth.  The drinks were flowing and DJ Jazzy Jeff made sure to spin the right tunes.  Nothing wrong with a little alcohol and dance music to get people in the mood to buy!  Don’t get fancy just get dancy..

So among all 54 vignettes I captured a few of my favorites which I’d like to share with you.  I wasn’t able to get them all but the event is now open to the public free of charge, and although a lot was sold and cleared out last night there are still bargains to be had!  Visit the Housing Works website for more information on hours and directions.

Tilton Fenwick (Suysel Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster) did a smashing job with their “blogger’s office” which was front and center as you walked into the Pavillion.  Hats off to this talented duo who looked just as gorgeous as their vignette last night!

From left to right: Ryan Foster (husband of Anne Maxwell Foster),  Kristine Maxwell (mother of AMF), Suysel Cunningham, Anne Maxwell Foster, Dave Cunningham (husband of SC).  Tilton Fenwick girls are carrying KAGE clutches which is a must have for your wardrobe!

Wall Fabric: Brunschwig & Fils’ “Seychelles”, Desk Chair: Hickory Chair’s ”Adam Chair”, Painting on desk: Alex Schuchard, desk: The New Traditionalists “Desk No. 2″

Etagere: Antiques by Zaar, pillow fabric: Brunschwig & Fils’ “Fan Fair’, Sofa: Kravet “Medley Sofa”

Andy Cohen and One Kings Lane created a fabulous cozy den with some rather “flashy” artwork on the walls

Miles Redd can do no wrong with color and composition!

 

Ralph Lauren keeps it cool with navy and white florals and chevron patterns

Katie Ridder’s den with wonderful bright reds and oranges

Bradley Stephen’s Interior Design pulled off this fantastic studio apartment which goes to show living in NYC with no space isn’t all the bad!!??

Marisa Marcantonio of Stylebeat chatting it up with Miles Redd!  Get any good tips Marisa?

Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid noted for her charitable work, cosmetics and wife of musician David Bowie

All in all, it was a great evening and I was glad to be involved.  Thank you to the benefit committee and all the sponsors, Housing Works volunteers and Designers who, without you, this event and great benefit would not exist. 





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Matchbook Magazine

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 04, 2011 | 1 Comment | Category: Celebs, Magazines

Did anyone else enjoy reading the new Matchbook Magazine as much as I did?  I particulary liked the ‘Portrait of a Lady’ story on Princess Diana and the interview with Kelly Wearstler.  I think it’s great that Matchbook is getting down and dirty with their interviews and asking all the questions we’d ask if we had the chance to meet them.  Thank you Katie and Jane for a wonderful, colorful issue!

I love that when Matchbook Mag asked: “You often profess your love for big jewelry.  What is the most treasured piece in your personal jewelry box? 

Kelly Wearstler’s response was: ” A yarn and wood necklace my boys made for me”

tugs on your heart strings a little bit

 

We’re constantly reminded that while blessed with a rich life, Princess Diana struggled through a lot of difficulties and humiliations while married to Prince Charles.   She eventually let the world know that ”Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be” and instead of shying away, became one of the most unique philanthropists of our time

It’s obvious that William and Harry adored their mother as much as she adored them

 

 

 

 





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The American Red Cross Greenwich chapter had another successful Red and White Ball at the Westchester NetJets Hangar last night and I was fortunate enough to be involved and create a tabletop design along with designer Erin Olivier.  Each table had its own flare, some flashier than others, but they were all fully admired by the 400 + guests who attended the ball.  This years host was actor Stephen Baldwin (who sat at my table!) and the honorary tabletop design chair was noted interior designer Barclay Butera.  The ball’s co-chairs were Pamela Blackwell and Elizabeth Boutry and the media sponsor was Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

I joined the guests for the cocktail hour and was able to explain the inspiration for our table which was a Japanese theme demonstrating our support to those affected by the recent disasters.  By the time I returned to break down and clean up the table (close to midnight), the guests were still getting their groove on and enjoying one last cocktail before it was time to wrap things up for the night.  A big thank you to those who organized (Beth Dempsey, Tonette Cookson and Rachel McAree to name a few) the event and those who attended and donated to help the Red Cross with their disaster relief efforts. 

And now for the tables…

My table! (designed by Rebecca Tier Soskin and Erin Olivier).  The fabric is Brunschwig & Fils’ classic ”Le Lac” with a solid burgundy silk contrast trim on the bottom

Trim detail

Table close up

A close up of our gorgeous flower arrangement donated by Nielsens’ Florist in Darien, CT.  We provided the pogoda lantern and they did the rest!  A HUGE thank you to Nielsons for creating such a stunning center piece that completed our table!

Our napkins and napkin rings came from Pier 1 Imports and our fans are from Pearl River

One last detail shot!

Ok, enough about me!  Let’s check out some of the other fabulous tables from the ball which I have to say were slightly more adventurous and fun!

She’s got legs, and she knows how to use them!

A black rose tableskirt with solid red and black and white stripe.  I’m loving the black and white damask napkins for a pop on each plate

A simple and soothing design

Red Roses and butterflies

There’s something about a solid white arrangement that makes me happy

Unfortunately I only have a shot of the centerpiece but how amazing is this colorful blue and turquoise bird cage with bright green ferns

Another photo of just the centerpiece but again a show stopping arrangement with large birch branches and bird houses wrapped in a variety of fabrics including Quadrille Fabrics.  Designed by Amy Aidis Hirsch

Another Japanese themed table that used the bright primary red throughout their design.  There’s also an umbrella covering the table which can’t fully be seen in my photo

I like to call this table Miami Vice!  It was popping with all kinds of glam and fabulousness

Miami Vice close up!

This pucci-esque table was bursting with flavor

A picnic table design by Beth Dempsey

Looks like a Sunday afternoon in the park to me!  This table was designed by Diane James and her daughters Carolyn and Cynthia.  Take a look at their website to see some of the most beautiful faux arrangments and orchid plants out there!

All said and done the tables were fantastic, the guests looked like they had a “ball” and the Red Cross raised a ton of money for those who have been, and continue to be, affected by disasters all over the world.  Job well done to everyone involved!

 

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