The Affordable Art Fair in NYC

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Sep 30, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Art, Decorating, Events

It’s that time of year again – The Affordable Art Fair will be in full swing from Oct. 3-6 and will have a variety of pieces ranging from $100-$10,000 so there’s something for everyone.  General Admission is just $15 and it’s well worth the trip.  Whether you’re looking for yourself or someone special, it’s the perfect time of year to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.  The fair is located at The Tunnel, 269 11th Avenue and you can purchase tickets in advance here

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Time to Entertain

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Mar 28, 2012 | 6 Comments | Category: Events

If you’ve got a dinner party or something special on the horizon and you’re trying to decide just how to make it special,  make sure you put some time and effort into the small details including the flowers, table setting and even the cocktail napkins that are being served with your drinks and hors d’oeuvres.  You don’t need to spend a lot to make your evening special, you just need to spend some time doing it!  Take a look at some of my favorite center pieces, bars and party details below.  I’ll definitely be using some of these ideas for my next shindig!

 

I love how this bar is fully stacked with beverages and a bowl of candy for an extra treat as you refresh your drink

Throw a sprig of lavender or something sweet from your garden onto your place setting

Pre mixed drinks are always a hit because it’s less work for the guests.  The mason jars add a special summery touch

Use a simple color scheme and find less expensive flowers that look absolutely stunning once you arrange them on the table

Don’t forget to add flowers to the bar – they’ll get noticed for sure!

Get creative with your votives and use seashells as candle holders

Be sure to serve something that’s fun and tasty and will be talked about for days like these fried raviolis!

Use the flowers from your farm to create a natural fresh arrangement

Use a variety of pretty cocktail napkins that are collecting dust in your closet or shop for something extra cute that might even have a personal message on it

Use your leftover chevron fabric and create a fun table runner

There are a million ideas out there and these are just a few.  It’s a reminder to put a little extra effort into your party decor.  If you’re gonna throw a party you want it to be a success so spend a little extra time on the details ;-)





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Cocktails 4 a Cause

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Oct 04, 2011 | No Comments | Category: Events, Uncategorized

Come join the City Chicks 4 Charity and enjoy a fun night at Marquee where all proceeds will benefit the Children’s Autism Hope Project.  A night that includes an open bar, food, live DJ and silent auction that includes a decorating package donated by yours truly (Rebecca Tier Soskin) plus lots of other great gifts.  A small price for a great cause!  Get your ticket now by clicking here





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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





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I made my way out East at the beginning of last week to take a walk through The Hampton Designer Showhouse and visit with my favorite designer duo Tilton Fenwick – who are as chic as they are talented.  They created a gorgeous family room in what most would use as recreation, and pulled it off with gorgeous style and class.  As for the rest of the house there were certainly some highlights for me, but I have to say, I wasn’t blown away by all the rooms.  I found a few “tricks of the trade” and interesting ideas that I will certainly keep in my bag of tricks for future use, but other things just lay sort of flat for me — and by that I mean, I’ve seen it a million times!  The show is definitely a MUST see for those who can make the trip.  Each room will inspire people differently, which is the beauty of design, so please visit the house to see what catches YOUR eye.

 Tilton Fenwick’s gorgeous family room with hemp wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries, custom made banquettes upholstered in Schumacher’s Gainsborough Velvet 42863, ODLR tortoise parchment table from Century Furniture, curtain panels made from Robert Allen’s Ultima Alabaster, trimmed with Brunshwig & Fils’ Tamerlane Aquamarine, a cabinet by Pearson Company,  a French Chateau hanging lantern by Vaughan Lighting and a gorgeous painting entitled “Summer Sky” from Emily Amy Gallery

They clearly had a well thought out plan that was executed perfectly!

It’s all about the details and the styling!  The ostrich covered game table is a custom design by TF using “Exotica Ostrich” by Stark Fabric

The gold etagere is from Elizabeth Bauer and is vintage from the 1960′s.  You can see the wallcovering up close and personal which looks as though they’ve applied nailheads to the wall - not the case!  It’s all part of the paper

 

Look at the gorgeous slipper chair which was custom designed by TF using Muriel Brandolini “Chartreuse” fabric as their center panel and Ellora Stripe “Aqua/Jade” by Stark as their side panel fabric

This coffee table spoke to me in a “I’m simple with a hint of glam” kind of way

Meg Braff did a lovely design in both the powder room and pantry on the main floor.  Simple with a touch of sophistication and calmness you want to see in a beach house in the hamptons.

The wallpaper against the carrara marble and white cabinets is divine

Two of my favorite “rooms” in the house were the ladies’ dressing room and the men’s dressing room off the Master Bedroom.  The colors are insane (in a good way) and the strong contrasts make me want get a lot bolder with my projects.  The gorgeous hand painted mural on the wall was done by The Paint Palette.  Absolutely amazing!

Another shot!  Even the clothes have an abundance of color and groovy style

The men’s dressing room has just as much boldness with a touch of vintage

I would spend a lot of time in here if my dressing room looked like this!

The Mendelson Group did a fantastic job on the upstairs landing with their version of “The Landing Pad” using avaiation as the theme.  A perfect place to land after a long day

 

 

This is a detailed nook in the guest house by Eileen Kathryn Boyd 

The pantry/wet bar in the guest house also done by EKB. I love the reversable curtains in grey and lilac against the grey striped wall

The upstairs portion of the guest house was done by Brady Design and was done with great “pops” of color and creativity

The best feature had to be the custom painted beer pong table that rested on polished nickel work bench legs.  LOVE

These are just a few highlights so please make your way out East to see the show with your own eyes.  After all, design has much more of an impact in person!

 

 





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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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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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After a long stroll and tour of the showrooms mentioned in my last post, we finally landed (and i mean we were able to sit back and enjoy some southern BBQ) at Hickory Chair where we chatted with Alexa Hampton, Mariette Himes Gomez, Thomas O’Brien and Suzanne Kasler.  They took us through their showrooms to explain how their lines were evolving and what was new to market this year.  I could go on forever about each and everyone of them but I won’t bore you with babble and I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Belle King Bed by Alexa Hampton

Thomas O’Brien’s upholstered bookcases and luxurious velvet sofa with nailheads

How amazing are these Anastasia benches by Suzanne Kasler?

Mariette Himes Gomez standing in front of her beautiful Calla bed

 

Hickory Chair is known for its timeless style since 1911 and in celebration of their 100 years in business they launched a new 1911 collection which is a must see.  These twin beds below are enough to make me want kids so I have someone to put in them!

The draping adds a little drama where drama is needed!

Gorgeous breakfront that’s available in different finishes.  Another great thing about Hickory Chair is that there are many custom options so you can make each piece your own.  Notice the blue in the interior of the cabinet – such a pleasant surprise when you open it up.

 

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Simply divine.  All of it!  Hope you are enjoying my photos from the tour of the showroom.  They say that pictures are worth 1000 words, but I can tell you that after having seen the Hickory Chair showroom in person, I can be certain that they live up to their reputation.  Each piece is crafted with quality, style and their consumer in mind.  Most importantly, they believe that building trust with their customers is most important so you know you’ll be treated with the best service when shopping at Hickory Chair.

 

 

 





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I’ve just returned from the famous High Point market in North Carolina where I was able to browse through some of the best showrooms in the business, mingle with editors, store owners, buyers, publishers, designers, bloggers and more.. and let’s just say, the trip was a success.  It’s not often that you get to have lunch with  Alexa Hampton, Suzanne Kasler, Thomas O’Brien, Mariette Himes Gomez and Katharine Hable.   

Century Furniture

There were so many amazing things to see at Century this Market but a few things really caught my eye.  They have such a wonderful range and variety of pieces and styles, so it makes it easy to find something you love.  They’re constantly evolving and refreshing their lines so that what you saw as traditional yesterday, is still tradtional, but with a twist and a touch of the unexpected.

 I entered through their garden room which emerged from nature and organic inspired fabrics.  Botanicals and gardens are very relaxing and refreshing in general, so who wouldn’t want to bring that into their home?

 A gorgeous sideboard with beautiful carved details and a touch of whitewash

Notice the fern tree fabric on the headboard and the branch-like legs on the bedside table

This chest of drawers is nature at its best.  Such a great and unique piece that will catch the eye of just about anyone

Another collection that stood out for me at Century Furniture was Ed Robinson’s natural, weathered (yet practical) line seen below.  Ed knows how to push the envelope ever so slightly to create a natural feel that’s modern and approachable.

Here you see Ed explaining his line beside his gorgeous sandblasted center table with the most exquisite base I’ve seen in a long time

 A hand rendered sketch by Ed sitting on top of the actual DR table that was produced from the sketch.  Rustic yet divine!

soft and serene

The chair below was created by a student who was selected as this years winner in Century’s student design competition known as Project UDesign.  Ryland Quillen created this fabulous next generation sustainable wing chair that wowed the judges and you can see why!  What a great and fun idea to bring a new piece into your line.

Ryland Quillen’s winning chair!

 

Hooker Furniture

I was pleasantly surprised when walking into the Hooker showroom which seems to be moving more in a transitional direction as opposed to the traditional and classic styles I remember them for.  Their Melange line stood out for me the most because every piece in the line was inspired by textiles, art, jewelry and apparel rather than existing furniture.  It just goes to show that inspiration comes from everywhere and all creations come from things that are beautiful.

A beautiful silver leafed scalloped chest of drawers lined with a fun wallpaper design on the inside!

A rustic and weathered chest of drawers with a beautiful interior lining.  Notice the ornate knobs on this piece.  Hardware can do wonders to your furniture

Hand woven water hyacinth dark mahogany bed that’s even prettier in person!

 

Sligh

Sligh furniture specializes in quality home entertainment and media furnishings that are highly practical.  So much thought goes into each piece which made me realize how focused they were on their consumers needs.  If you’re going to build a media cabinet you need to think about all the elements that are going to make that cabinet function while still keeping it stylish and well made.  It was clear that Sligh did just that.

A simple yet beautiful desk with more function than meets the eye

Here you can see how they incorporated a secret outlet for all your charging and plug-in needs!

A close up of a cabinet with a lovely robins egg blue background

One of my favorite moments in the Sligh showroom was when they showed me their room filled with 1000 (almost) oragami birds which are supposed to bring you good luck.  I’ll let you know if my luck changes in the next few days.  fingers crossed!

 

Theodore Alexander

TA struck me as high end, well crafted English furnishings that will give your home a sense of  distinction.  Although I wasn’t allowed to take pictures while in the showroom I did catch the Keno brothers showing off their unbelievable new collection exclusively sold at Theodore Alexander.  This collection is a must see because of its innovative, modern approach to fine, handcrafted and extremely labor intensive work. 

The Keno brothers (known best from ‘Antique Road Show’) explaining their collection and concepts behind each design which i have to say are extremely unique and breath taking.  They have a variety of finishes which include olive ash burl veneer and tamo veneer to mention a few.  You can see the gorgeous chevron box in the foreground that was enough to make me want more. 

 

I’ll be back to share more from my trip to the high point market including one of my all time favorites, Hickory Chair.  Until then, browse around the websites of the companies mentioned above – you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Rumi

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.

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