Posted By Rebecca-NY | Mar 10, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Antiques and Collectibles, Art, Events

I was fortunate enough to attend the private preview party for the arts and antiques show at the armory last night and although most of the dealers had  stunning collections of furniture, jewelry, textiles and art, one gallery stood out amongst the rest for me.  Rumi Gallery that is located in both Canada and Stamford, CT had the most amazing modern art pieces on display so I had to share some of the work I saw.

Monet Door by Harold Barling Town

Blue and Red – Stewart Halley

Urban Ocean – Stewart Halley

Blind Dates – Nicholas Malcolm

Palm Sisters Dyptych – Nicholas Malcolm

Metal Guru – Nicholas Malcolm

Castaneb – Nicholas Malcolm

Poconos – Nicholas Malcolm

Please take a look for yourself at Rumi Gallery to see their collection of fine art and antiques.  You won’t be disappointed!  If you’re in NYC and have time to visit the show at the armory. it’s on all weekend.  I highly recommend swinging through if you need anything for yourself or a client.  It’s a great mixture of dealers so there’s something for everyone.  For more information visit the website here.

The First Congregational Church of Darien is having their annual Antique Show this Saturday and Sunday, March 5th and 6th.  If you’re in the area, don’t miss out on numerous vendors who bring a variety of antiques that include furniture, art, ceramics, estate jewelry, silver and more!  There’s something for everyone so stop by to find a rare treasure that you can take home.  For more information and directions please visit the website at:  Here’s a sneak peak of some of the fabulous things you can find:

beautiful botanicals


one of a kind starburst mirror


 gorgeous silver candesticks


for the sailor in your family


chest of drawers

Happy Antiquing!


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


So as it turns out, one of the stenciled floors I posted last week (the turquoise bathroom with white medallions) was a stencil created and sold by Sunny Goode.  She designs these stencils to make it fun and easy for you to create a whimsical touch on your walls, your floors, your furniture – wherever your heart desires!  Check out Sunny’s website for more decorative paint ideas and products.  Looks as though she’s come up with some pretty bright ideas!

pART 2

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Aug 18, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Art, Decorating, Design Inspiration

My obsession with artists continues which brings me to my next feature artist of the week.  Hannah Lynde is an incredibly talented photographer (and graphic designer) whose work speaks for itself.  Her abstract pieces of the reflections off water take my breath away.  Take a look at her collection and tell me you aren’t tempted to hang at least one of these in your house.  I am…and I will!

Visit Hannah’s website for more information!

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Where ART thou

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Aug 16, 2010 | 7 Comments | Category: Art, Color, Paint

I’m often looking for artists – photographers, painters, sculptors, etc. for my clients and it can be difficult to find the right style and the right fit for each individual client…But when I find an artist whose work I love and admire, I’m sure to show it to just about everyone I’m working with because I know someone will love it just as much as I do.  I recently met an artist at an event whose work is stunning, therefore, I’m sharing it with you.  Her name is Leah Durner and she lives and works in NYC.   You can view her full portfolio here and contact her for further information.  Below is just a small sample of some of her paintings that I love!

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Martha Stewart and Omnimedia hosted a party last night for all the fellow bloggers who are in town for the BlogHer Conference this weekend and what a great party!  There were well over 400 bloggers in Martha Stewart’s office on 26th Street, mingling about, tasting recipes from Martha’s latest issue of Everyday Food, playing with the latest and greatest crafts products, getting fake lashes put on and blogging/tweeting while doing it all!  I myself passed on the fake lashes, but went straight to the crafts table to see what it was all about.

The punch around the page kit had to be my favorite!  How adorable is this hand-crafted stationary that take seconds to make.  It’s fun, cost effective and might even get your kids to write their thank you notes if they can have fun while doing it!

Want to paint your dresser or your wall in a faux bois?  It’s easy to do with Martha Stewart’s painting kits which are expected to hit stores in September.  Keep your eyes peeled and check her website for availability.  There are plenty of painting effects to choose from so whatever your style may be, I’m sure she’ll have the right tool!

Faux Bois


Now to the food..I was only able to sample a few things but can tell you everything looked amazing and well worth the time in the kitchen.  The first thing I tried was the Bistro Slider with pickled onions


Grilled S’mores

So easy and fun for kids!

Another great idea for a party/dessert if you’re crunched for time or just want something different and fun – create an oreo cake on a cake stand for all your guests to pick apart.  You’ll of course want to have some milk near by..

Thanks Martha/Omnimedia for a great evening.  I look forward to trying new recipes and craft projects at home!

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:

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.