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!

The 4th of July is around the corner and it’s time to throw together a quick, inexpensive yet chic table setting(s) and party decor for all of those guests that are coming over this weekend.  Don’t stress, stay calm and browse through some of these great and easy ideas to make your table stand out this holiday!  All it takes is a few arts and crafts, a quick trip to your local party store and a little baking..

These paper lanterns were made by the ever so creative Martha Stewart

Use red, white and blue tissue paper or wrapping paper to create whimsicle designs.  You can also cut out and make your own placemats using the same paper!

You can never go wrong with BIG, round paper lanterns from your local party store

Get out your white mugs and plates and splash the table with patriotic flags which can also be found at your local party store

Mix and match your napkins and placemats with your generic white china

Sometimes all it takes is a simple red napkin.  You could add a thick blue ribbon down the center of the table runner and voila…red, white and blue!

Look how gorgeous these carnation balls are!  Im sure you could find dyed blue ones as well and if not, you can dye them yourself!  Thoroughly saturate a 3″ sphere of floral foam with cool water and insert your short carnation stems until the entire sphere is covered.  How easy does that sound?

Dessert!  This is a sure way to decorate your table and get your guests to stay until the end.  Try the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for flag cake.

Use blueberries and raspberries on white frosted cupcakes

Martha Stewart’s Red, White and Blue Desserts

I attended a fabulous event the other night hosted by Margaret Russell who is the Editor in Chief at ELLE DECOR magazine.  She and her team invited me (among many others) to attend a cooking demonstration by Chef Daniel Boulud who is the author of ELLE DECOR’S ‘Daniel’s Dish’ column.  Not only was I honored to be included, but I was able to watch a master chef in his (actually GE’s) kitchen and sample one of the better meals I’ve had in a long time!  He (and his sous chef Cedric Tovar) prepared lamb kebabs, a side of pesto orzo and a yogurt sauce for dipping!  It was heavenly.  I’ve included some pictures from the evening as well as the recipes from Daniel.  I highly recommend trying this dish at your next dinner party.  It’s perfect for a casual backyard BBQ and will have all your guests raving by the time they leave.  Enjoy and thank you ELLE DECOR!

The beautiful GE studio in the AD building on 58th Street in NYC

The menu and image of the meal Daniel prepared

Daniel places the lamb kebabs on the grill

Daniel places the yogurt sauce into a side dish

..and the chef smiles as he presents the final dish!

Daniel Boulud and Margaret Russell

how perfect for your next summer BBQ!

The recipes so you can WOW your next guests

From March 24 -28 Stark Carpet is having a sale that’s open to the public and offering up to 75% off on area rugs, broadloom and stair runners.  The location is: The Metropolitan Pavillion in NYC (125 W. 18th street). 

Hope to see you all there..the earlier you get there, the better your selection will be!


Imagine. Shop. Discover.

A world of design inspiration awaits at the 9th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show (March 18-21 in NYC). Explore the latest ideas and products for the home—from furniture and lighting to kitchens and baths. Whether starting from scratch or searching
 for that single object to finish a room, the Show promises to introduce you to something you simply have to bring home, no matter what your budget.

  • Exhibits from nearly 300 premium brands
  • Antiques and mid-century section, presented by
  • Design seminars presented by The New York Times and industry associations
  • Cooking demonstrations and tastings by celebrity chefs
  • Complimentary one-on-one consultations with design professionals
  • Curated tours with members of the American Society of Interior Designers

Get Lost!

Posted By MaterialGirls | Feb 04, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Events, Fabric, Shops and Showrooms

If you haven’t ever heard of Lost City Products, you must check them out!  They are a New York fabric power house that is known for modernizing hand-embroidery.

We have featured their breathtaking fabrics in our Weekender newsletter before, but of course we had to share them on the blog too!

Not only are their fabrics readily available to the trade and to retail stores, but their exhibition, Lost City: The Art of Embroidery will soon be accessible as well!  Be sure to stop by its opening, hosted by Magasin Totale, on February 4th (from 6-9pm).  The exhibition runs from February 4th through March 1st in Brooklyn, NY. (Wed-Sat 12-6 pm)

Oh, forgot to mention one thing- it’s FREE!  So go soak up as much information as you can from Afshan Durrani, the founder of Lost City, on this beautiful art form.

10 Jay Street, Suite 724

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Coffee with Bunny and Bill!

Posted By MaterialGirls | Jan 11, 2010 | 1 Comment | Category: Designers, Events

Attention New Yorkers!

Tomorrow, 1/12, at 9:30 am, Bill Stubbs, host of the tv series Moment of Luxury, will partake in a dynamic discussion with Mrs. Bunny Williams at NY’s Decoration and Design Building.  (Breakfast reception to follow at the Schumacher showroom- Suite 832)

Call 212-759-2969 to make your reservation.  Click here for further info!


If you miss this event, do not despair because Bunny is also making an appearance on Thursday, 2/11 at 8:15 pm at Buttenwieser Hall, where she will be chatting with Bill Stubbs yet again! This time the topic will be “luxury on any budget”.  Tickets are $27.  More info on this event here!

**Both events are open to the public**

Artist Update

Posted By Abby - New York | Apr 01, 2009 | No Comments | Category: Events

I just received word that Enrico Miguel Thomas with have a show opening this week!

Here are the deets:

Enrico Miguel Thomas “The Subway Artist of New York City”

Showing with Romero Britto
Galleria on Third
529 Third Avenue between 35th and 36th
April 2nd at 5pm

I’m going to do my best to make it!

Upcoming Design Show in NYC!!!

Posted By susanzaring | Oct 14, 2008 | 4 Comments | Category: Events

For all you New Yorkers or anyone visiting the city this weekend,

please check out this fantastic design show. I went to this event for the first time last year and fell in love… so many wonderful things to look at; art, jewerly, furniture, and more…

Let me know what you all think!!!


October 17-18-19, 2008Friday & Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

90 exhibitors selling the best of 20th century design for stylish 21st century collectors. This show is important but not at all imposing and brings together a young group of dealer/stylemakers who are always on the cutting edge. See it here first and then spot it all over in a year or two. This is one of the first modern shows of NYC’s fall/winter show season and dealers will be bringing their best. Art Deco, Midcentury Modern, Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Scandinavian, French and Italian —- Furniture and furnishings, art, designer jewelry, lighting, rugs, books, photography, ceramics, glass, posters, silver and more. 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Avenue @ 26th Street, New York CityShow Admission: $15 – $20

For more info check out for this show and further art + design + antique events.