Design On A Dime 2012

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 29, 2012 | 6 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It’s no surprise that renowned interior designer Genevieve Gorder from HGTV designed a fabulous vignette at this years Design on a Dime event.  She shows us how easy it is to pull a room together using almost everything from Housing Works thrift store.  The key ingredient: Valspar paint.   It’s truly amazing what you can do with a can of paint and some thrift store finds.  All you need is a little imagination and the desire to freshen things up a bit.  I had the opportunity to speak with Genevieve and found out exactly where the inspiration came from and how she was able to pull it all together so perfectly.

Here’s Genevieve’s DOAD vignette.  How amazing does that Luscious Green look on the walls? (Valspar 6010-7)

Q:  What was the inspiration for your palette?


A:  I tend to go through phases where I’m obsessed with certain colors and at the moment, it’s emerald green.  I’m also really drawn to golds, yellows and peonie pink so I was ready to bring out  all the big players and really make the room come alive.  I of course had to work in the neutrals to balance everything out and make sure one color complimented the next.  The seasons also help to inspire, as do the latest colors in fashion.


Those Golden Delight chairs are a ray of sunshine (Valspar 3005-1A)


Q: Did you use spray paint or was everything brushed on?  How easy is it to re-purpose the furniture?


A:  The emerald green on the walls was rolled out like you would with any wall but all the furniture was sprayed using Valspar’s non drip spray paint which is truly remarkable.  It really doesn’t drip which makes refurbishing furniture very easy and gives each piece an even finish.  You can do anything with this paint and truly turn anything dull and tired into something fabulous



Q: How did you decide on the accent colors?


A:  It was all about being really graphic and using bright pops.  Accents are made to be colorful



Q:  Are all the pieces in your vignette from Housing Works?


A:  95% of it is from Housing Works on 17th Street.  My original thought was to create a living room but when I got there and realized they didn’t have a sofa I could use,  my vignette became a dining area.  Regardless of the room you’re designing, you can always find great pieces at Housing Works


Not only is her room stunning but so is she.  A very pretty woman on tv but even prettier in person


Q: What’s your favorite piece in the room?


A:  These Falcon pendants.  Who wouldn’t want these, right?  When I bought them they were full of terrible color and looked tired and dated so I sprayed them with a high gloss black which instantly made them cool.  Now they really stand out and add a great element to the room


Amazing!  I believe Genevieve bought these herself because she was so pleased with the transformation! (color: Valspar Lincoln Cottage Black 2009-2)


Q: Is there anything people should know about Valspar paint in particular?

A: The thing I love about Valspar is they have a love your color guarantee.  If you don’t love the original color you put up, you can purchase another color and get reimbursed for the first one that didn’t work out.  It’s amazing.  They really know how to take care of their customers.

 Visit Valspar Paint for more information on their Love Your Color Guarantee

In addition to Genevieve’s vignette there were many other colorful rooms thanks to Valspar Paint.  Take a look at some of the creative designs and goodies that were selling like hot cakes.  A lot sold on opening night but I went by the sale on Saturday with a client and there were still great deals to be had.  If you missed Design on a Dime this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for next.  It’s a great night for a great cause and you won’t go home empty handed

Tilton Fenwick designed an adorable kids’ room with lots of color and a fabulous wall treatment done by TalkingWalls.  Daybed: The New Traditionalists, Striped Rug: Merida Meridian

The Tilton Fenwick team looking beautiful as always!

C Wonder’s beautiful blue and white table (with splashes of red)


Nick Olsen’s colorful space including that gorgeous Spitzmiller lamp which went home with Stylebeat – lucky girl!

So many things to swoon over – I was lucky enough to snag that black and white pillow for my own home

Harry Heissmann Inc

Housing Works

Matthew Patrick Smyth

Miles Redd

Flair – I know the proud owner of that smashing desk

Tiger Lily’s Greenwich

Amanda Nisbet

One of my all time faves – Lillian August

Lifestyle by Maria Gabriela Brito

Dering Hall

Neal Beckstedt Studio

High Falls Mercantile

So many amazing designers and fun people to see at this event.  Most importantly all the proceeds enable Housing Works’ efforts to end homelessness and AIDS.  It’s a win win for all.  Enjoy the beautiful designs from this years benefit and join us next year for another bound to be successful party.

LuLu DK for the kiddos

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 13, 2012 | No Comments | Category: Decorating, Fabric, Uncategorized

It’s here!  The new LuLu DK line for your child has arrived at F. Schumacher and it will be flying out of stock.  From adorable animal prints to simple stars and sailboats she’s created a colorful and smashing collection that will brighten any kids room.  I’m already showing them to clients and can’t wait to see the rooms once they’re finished.  Check out the complete collection here and see below for my top picks.  Warning: the images are very small so you’ll have to visit F. Schumacher to get a good look!


Ode to Matisse

Jelly Bean






Find of the Day -RabLabs

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 11, 2012 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

We all know how annoying it is to get inundated with junk in our inboxes which is why it’s sometimes hard to weed out the bad and find the good without just deleting everything you don’t recognize.  Today I came across a gem (pun intended) of a site, so I thought I’d share my find of the day.  RabLabs is a home decor and accessories company that features naturally and biologically inspired products that seamlessly fuse ancient materials with cutting edge design.  Take a look at their website for more information but until then take a look at a few of my favorite pieces below:

Candlestick holders



Book Ends

Spreaders/Bottle Opener

One Kings Lane has launched their first ever online marketplace for Vintage & Market Finds selected by the country’s top collectors and dealers.  The site feature will offer sales up to 70% off the retail value for premium antique furniture, decor, accessories, art and more.  It’s the perfect spot to find those rare pieces that you can’t quite afford in the antique shop.  Take a look today and see for yourself how OKL has done it again!  There’s a reason they’re the leading flash sale site for the home market 😉

Check out some of my favorite  OKL Vintage & Market Finds

Amazing South African tapestry

Mixed media artwork

Antique horns

Red lacquered tabouret

White opaline table lamps

Asian inspired teak console table

Chinoiserie hall chairs

What are you waiting for?  Head to OKL now and start shopping for your one of kind vintage finds.