There are always new designers that have a few tricks up their sleeve and Christen Maxwell is one of them.  She and her team have been busy creating fun new fabric designs that are sold by the yard as well as used to make laminated linen trays, throw pillows, lampshades, ottomans and more.  Christen was a first timer at the NYIGF this winter where her product was flying off her booth!  I had the priviledge of speaking to Christen herself and when asked what we have to look forward to she said this: ” As far as right now, we’re focusing on expanding our availability to customers nationwide, working on developing some new prints,  plus have a possible letterpress stationary collaboration line in the works.  We’re also continuing to grow our laminated linen accessories line (it’s been SUCH a hit) and work on new product development – holiday oriented (perhaps stockings and gift-y items).  Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to!  Keep your eye on the rising designer and her products by visiting her website.  You won’t be disappointed.

luxurious patterns and colors that will brighten up any room

 laminated accessories for your bath, desk or bedroom

 have a designated spot for keys?  you do now..

 this laminated bowl is great for jewelry or even nuts at your next cocktail party!

 I’ll be sure to keep you posted as Christen develops more fabrics and product in general.  Until then, shop away at her online store and take home something snazzy!





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Fashion meets Home

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Feb 10, 2011 | 6 Comments | Category: Color

It’s Fashion week in NYC and you know what that means…It’s time for everyone to be inspired by the new looks and more importantly the new colors!  Pantone has surveyed the designers from New York fashion week to identify the most directional colors for FALL 2011 and I have to say, I like what I’m seeing.  The designers are taking a painterly approach by combining bright colors with staple neutrals.  Sounds like a decorators dream.  Take a look at what the designers are saying about the new colors for Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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House Beautiful dedicated their entire March issue to “the Power of Pink” and have shown us some very enticing ways to use the color without going overboard.  If you don’t subscribe to the magazine pick up a copy at your local magazine stand so you can see how to bring pink back into your life.. without having it look too feminine.  The men in your house have probably been steering you clear from pink because of its girly reputation.  Don’t let them stand in your way!  It’s warm, flattering, sexy and can help just about any mood ;-)  

This den has just the right amount of pink in the lacquered walls to make it warm and cozy without screaming barbie pink.  Plus the blue carpet cools down the room quite a bit as does the white sofa and ivory coffee table.

This MBR has a very soft hue of pink which keeps it warm and inviting

This LR ramps it up a bit with some florals mixed in with greens and citrines

It’s always nice to play earth tones (grey, brown, beige) against pink so that it doesn’t become the focus of the room and has interesting contrast throughout

You can never go wrong with making your daughters room the center of pink.  Afterall, the color was created for girls!

The greys play nicely in this tradtional room where you would never expect pink on the walls

So soft and serene.  I wouldn’t mind climbing into this bed at night!

All photos are from House Beautiful Magazine and can be seen online or in their March issue which will be on stands shortly.  Take a look at the entire issue to see how pink can inspire you even if it’s just a small chair in the corner of your room or a throw pillow that can easily be replaced.

 





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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!





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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!





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Looking for a change but don’t want to break the bank on this project?  Why not paint the floor in your powder room or or entry hall or guest bedroom or wherever you’re dying to mix things up.  It’s something you can do yourself if you carve out the time and kick your family out of the house for a few days :)   Below are some fun examples of what you can do to make a pretty big statement without having to spend a ton of money.

 

Get out your stencils, purchase your paint and give your floors the funk they deserve.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly it will change the room and how easy it is to do a quick and cost efficient make-over.





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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

Herringbone

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

Yum!

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!





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I went to an event tonight at Pierre Frey hosted by none other than Pierre Frey (grandson to the man who founded the company in 1935), Nicole Gibbons (author of So Haute) as well as Joshua Greene and Alex Kale (founders of Shagreene).  The event had a magnificent panel that included the following four extremely talented designers:

Nate Berkus

Not only is Nate Berkus filled with amazing decorating advice, talent and good looks but he’s also one of the better spoken, easy going and funnier (is that a word?) decorators I’ve come across in awhile.  It’s nice to know that there are people out there who can decorate your home with a sense of style yet still have a great sense of humor about life.  I’d work with Nate any day!

Steven Gambrel

Steven Gambrel established his firm in 1995 and has done wonders ever since.  He spoke a lot about texture and surface materials, something he’s “obsessed” with at the moment.  He’s obviously remarkable at what he does and a true artist/designer who’s looking to create amazing homes for great clients.  Another one I’d work with..

Laura Kirar

Laura is the founder and creative director of Laura Kirar TRU Design which creates elegant, innovative interiors and products for the home.  She has a wonderful presence about her that seems somewhat modest.  Something I admire in talented designers.  Laura has been extremely successful in creating high end products for the home such as furniture, tile, carpets, lighting and much more.  Another one to keep your eye on!

Jessie Carrier and wife Mara Miller

Most recently Carrier and Company was named one of the country’s “Top 20 Young Designers” by Traditional Home and if you browse his portfolio you’ll know why.  Jessie was rather soft spoken and felt very small against a larger panel of great designers but with out a doubt deserved the recognition that Trad Home gave him.

Now for the dirt…

Tips for designing and decorating your home:

1. Keep your interests, favorite colors and surroundings in mind when choosing home furnishings

2. Stay consistent with your project, your vision and stay focused until the project is complete

3. Keep quality in mind when purchasing things and don’t just buy something because it’s less expensive – go for the throw or the side table that’s going to make a statement, last a lot longer and make you happier in the end

4. Focus on a combination of colors that you like instead of just choosing one.  If you like greens and blues, make it your palette

5. Be passionate about your choices and select items and finishes that you’re crazy about!

If I had to choose one of these designers to work with or decorate my home I’m not sure who I’d choose.  They all have their own flare and their own style that would make any home great.  Take a look at some of their work below and see if you can decide who you’d want to hire..

Nate Berkus apartment

Nate Berkus Bedroom

Nate Berkus Kitchen

Steven Gambrel Living Room

Steven Gambrel Bedroom

Steven Gambrel Bedroom

Laura Kirar Living Room

Laura Kirar custom designed carpet

Laura Kirar barrel lounge chairs designed for McGuire and used by a good friend of mine who decorated this living room in the hamptons

Jessie Carrier Living Room

Jessie Carrier Bedroom

Jessie Carrier barn conversion

Thank you Pierre, Nicole, Josh and Alex for a great night!





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I’ve been admiring this Oomph collection for quite sometime now and I was just looking at their website in search of a great, fun, casual lacquered game table.  Although they didn’t have what I was looking for I thought I’d share the site with those who haven’t come across it yet or are in need of something bright and funky to spice up a room!  I can’t say there’s anything in their collection that I don’t like.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and find a spot to add a little Oomph in your life.

In case you missed it above you can shop online at Oomph to find just the right piece and just right the color for your home!

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