Grange Furniture recently asked me to participate in a contest for a chance to win a trip to Paris for the January Maison et Objet, and I’m pleased to announce the voting has begun!  I, along with three other bloggers, have created virtual vignettes using Grange’s popular “tray chic” coffee table, which I have to say is quite inventive and fun.  Please take a look at their website to see the various finishes and colors, and start creating your very own unique tray chic table today.  More importantly, click here to see my vignette and vote (by “liking” my vignette) for me so I can see what Paris is like in January!





Stripe a Pose

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Sep 15, 2011 | 2 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Paint

When it comes to stripes you’re already committing to something bold so don’t be afraid to use them in small spaces, on the walls, on the ceiling, on the floor and just about anywhere you feel fit.  There are multiple ways to get your stripe on, so take a look at these rooms for inspiration and do something fun for Fall 2011.

A perfect way to add some striping to the room is to put it on the ceiling

Add stripes to one feature wall so you’re not completely striped out

Keep the stripes subtle and neutral for a soothing effect

Another subtle stripe with additional stripes in the furniture and rug

Change your basic beige wall into something with style and funk

The striped rug mimics the black and white stairs perfectly!

Bring in some sunshine with bold yellow!





Into the Wild

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Sep 06, 2011 | 2 Comments | Category: Decorating, Walls

Labor Day has come and gone and we’re all feeling a little blue about the last days of summer.  It’s raining in NY which doesn’t help matters but have no fear, Fall is almost here…and with that, means new Fall lines that are bound to make you roar.  Osborne & Little has a new Fall 2011 wallpaper collection called Komodo which will bring out your wild side and keep you on the hunt for more.

Boa

Cobra.  Sssssss

Panthera

Quagga





BHLDN is apparently where the party is – a vintage, throw back shop that includes gowns, dresses, decorative tabletop and keepsakes that will make any event a special one.  For those who love Anthropologie and are looking for something to add that special touch  at your next party or event, look no further, BHLDN is the place to be.

Are you having a wedding or a special ceremony on a hot summer day?  You can provide your guests with these adorable crinkle fans to keep them cool

The perfect collection and variety of mercury glass votives for your table

Colorful paper poms that can be used to adorn each plate

The perfect white lantern that will make any room or table glow

Sweet little porcelain fleurs that can be used around your napkin, added to your centerpiece or even on top of the cake!

Tie these from the trees or the umbrella at your back yard BBQ and make a real spark!

Make that birthday or anniversary even sweeter by using these vined numbered candle holders on the table

 

As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from for your next party so what are you waiting for?  Take a look and start shopping so you can wow your guests with something special and unique





This weekend is the opening of The Hampton Designer Showhouse which is not only the best showhouse of the year, but also includes one of my favorite design teams, Tilton Fenwick, who created one of the most stunning “rec rooms” i’ve seen in ages.  This, of course, is my opinion only from the few photos I’ve seen online so I can only imagine what it looks like in person.  I can’t wait to get in there and take it all in!  The show opens this Sunday, July 24 and is open through September 4.  If you’re looking for inspiration or simply something to do this summer, I highly suggest making the trip to Bridgehampton

1224 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehamtpon, NY

Sneak peek of the room designed by Tilton Fenwick.  How fabulous are those pagoda lanterns?

One more detailed photo by TF.  I don’t want to give too much away!

I look forward to seeing the crowd this weekend and for those who don’t live nearby I’ll be posting plenty of pictures after I see the show in person.  Stay tuned for some fabulous design

 





It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jul 18, 2011 | 10 Comments | Category: Decorating

Which means the bar is open and it’s ok to have a cocktail after a long day at work.  I’ve been searching for the perfect bar cart for my apartment and as I browse the internet and shop around town I keep coming back to the same one.   I think it’s time to bite the bullet and get it already.  My problem is I love them all and I don’t want to come across another one 2 months from now that I HAVE to have.  This is the problem with being a decorator.  Newer and better things always come your way.  I know, make a decision and run with it. 

This is the one I keep coming back to. Black, White and just awesome.

 Faux bamboo?

Clean and white?

Rustic yet chic?

Small and sophisticated

Gold and mirrored?

Polished and funky?

Now you see my problem/feel my pain?  There are too many great options!

 

 

 

 

 





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!

 





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

 

 





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





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!