Big Style Small Spaces

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Oct 10, 2012 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

For those of you who love the industrial chic look of Restoration Hardware but you haven’t been able to get that look because you live in a small city apartment – you’re in luck!  RH has recently launched a new line called ‘Big Style Small Spaces’.  True story.  You can now shop at RH regardless of the scale of your home.  They’ve created this line with us city dwellers in mind, and as they have always done, made it with perfection.  So what are you waiting for?  Take a look at their catalog today or visit their ‘small spaces‘ section online.  You’ll be thrilled to see what they’ve come up with and even happier once it’s in your home!

 

Small 1 bedroom apartment in Portland looking chic and fit for a bachelor

Big styles working their magic oversees

The perfect size table and chairs and enough room for the bar which makes your guests happy!

Plenty of options for styles, shapes and finishes

They’ve scaled down the sofas so you can still have the look while keeping everything in proportion.  Don’t be afraid to use oversized lamp shades, however.  They make a great statement!

As you can see there’s a lot you can work with to make your small space just as stylish as those who have extra square footage.  Time for that makeover you’ve been dreaming about.. and don’t forget to look at their art – they’ve got some game changers in that department 🙂





Dazzling us All

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Sep 21, 2012 | 2 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

If you love her style then you’re going to love her new book ‘Dazzling Design’ filled with inspiration, beautiful photography and just about every imaginable way to decorate your home from bold and colorful to calm and soothing.  Amanda Nisbet has captured almost everything in her first design book and is a true believer in bending and breaking the rules.  Her philosophy: ” When rooms are too perfect, they can be a bit lifeless.  My solution is to completely finish a space, then add an element that throws it a bit off balance.”  It’s nice to know that imperfection can be a good thing.  I’m taking a page out of her book and I think you should too!

 

God Bless the mixing of old and new

Order ‘Dazzling Design’ here and tour through her favorite projects including her own apartment in New York City

Her use of color is absolutely bold and stunning!

 

 





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Fall Color Trends

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Sep 10, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

Summer is sadly on its way out but Fall is approaching and with weather like we have today in NYC, I can’t exactly complain.  The sun is shining, there’s a nice breeze and humidity seems to be a thing of the past.  I could have easily just jinxed us, but let’s focus on what is important and that is the Fall color trends of 2012.  Pantone follows these trends with a close eye every year and new season so I thought it would be fun to look at the colors and see how we did in the decorating world.  I selected some rooms that I thought were done tastefully, using these Fall colors.

 

A beautiful lacquered “french roast” living room by Jeffrey Bilhuber from Architectural Digest

A punch of  “honey gold” to give this room some cheer

“Pink flambe” isn’t just for the girly rooms

Ashley Whittaker uses “tangerine tango” in this latticed sunroom

This “ultramarine green” gives a nice casualness and calming effect

You can’t go wrong with a pop of ” bright chartreuse”

Very timely having just had the Summer 2012 games – “olympian blue”

Thom Felicia knows how to create a sanctuary with “titanium”

The “rhapsody” walls give this otherwise formal room some playfullness

The walls feel very neutral and soothing with this “rose smoke”

 





Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Aug 28, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

After so many searches and shopping trips for the perfect chandelier, table lamp, pendant, floor lamp and sconces I feel as though I finally have a lighting collection that I love.  All these fixtures are of course spread throughout various homes in NYC, CT and Westchester but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite finds over the years.  Lighting is one of those things that should not be dismissed or chosen without care.  It can be the centerpiece of the room and literally light up your life.

 

The Poppy Lantern by Amanda Nisbet for Urban Electric

By Coleen & Company

Victorian Hotel Pendant by Restoration Hardware

The Grayfoy by Steven Gambrel for Urban Electric

Clemson Classic pendant by Restoration Hardware

Metal Filament by Restoration Hardware

Mini Crystal Basket chandelier from Shades of Light

Tiered Crystal Lantern from Shades of Light

Vendome single sconce by Circa Lighting

Turner flushmount by Restoration Hardware

Siena Flushmount by Circa Lighting

Mercer long box by Circa Lighting

Dalton flushmount by Restoration Hardware

Stacked marble lamp by Circa Lighting

Triple Gourd table lamp by Robert Abbey

Porcelain table lamps by Garnet Hill

Porcelain table lamp by Mottega

Ida Wall Sconce by Circa Lighting

Double Rachel Sconce by Dunes and Duchess

John table lamp by Circa Lighting

Dora twin sconce by Remains Lighting

Turned pendant by Global Views

Turned floor lamp by West Elm

Mercer lantern by Remains Lighting

Fluted Pendant by Global Views

Single Spindle lamp by Dunes and Duchess





The Art of Pouring

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jul 25, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

One of the cooler things I’ve seen in awhile was recently brought to my attention through Facebook so I decided I must share it with my fellow design lovers and friends.  Do you ever look at a painting and wonder exactly how it was created, what mediums, techniques and tools were used?  How hard is it to create something similar?  I do.  All the time.  Watch THIS VIDEO  and see an example of an artist who uses one of the more unique techniques to create these one of a kind “pours”.  The end result is truly remarkable.

 

Painting by Holton Rower

Painting and photo by Holton Rower

 

 





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One Kings Lane Blogger Challenge

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jul 19, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

So I was recently asked to participate in a blogger’s challenge on One Kings Lane which I was delighted about.  The concept was simple; OKL sent me five (5) items from their ‘Vintage & Market Finds‘ which I was to use in my own home by revamping an area that needed a little love and tenderness.  Although my space is small (and by small I mean tiny west village apartment that barely holds all my belongings but it’s ok because the location is everything) there’s plenty of revamping to do, especially with some new cool OKL vintage finds.  With that, I chose the area off my kitchen which is sort of a dining slash side table which could use some serious styling and decorating  in general.  The before picture is quite dull and boring so you’ll be happy to see that I’ve given this space a little life.  Our home, afterall, is a place where we should rest easy and be able to kick back and smile after a long day.  Giving it a little color and style is one of the best ways I know how to create that place of joy.

 

BEFORE

As you can see, there was no love on this table so that’s where OKL saved the day.

With the items OKL sent me, I brought in a few of my own objects, books, artwork and most importantly love.  I wanted to create an eclectic mix of old and new which is what I’m drawn to as a designer and an artist – lucky for me there’s a lot out there (both old and new) that helps me create the perfect blend.  Pops of abstract art against something vintage makes the old seem instantly new and trendy.  You can accomplish a bold fresh look but still keep those family heirlooms on display.  Not only are you mixing your styles but you’re combining generations of meaningful pieces which is what makes everything come full circle.  So the next time you think that bright, colorful abstract art won’t work in your more traditional room, think again!!

The End Result:

AFTER

Take a look at the full challenge on OKL and read more about the revamp and what was used and why!





I can’t quite believe that the 4th of July is here but as usual, summer is flying by!  The best way to spend your summer weekends (especially the long ones) is with good friends and good food.  So if food is on the table, why not make it festive and patriotic?  Take a look at some of these tasty treats that have captured the red, white and blue theme

With good food comes good company so you want to make sure your guests enjoy their surroundings.   Although the 4th of July can bring that on itself, it’s still important to add to the fun and deck your table out in red, white and blue.  It’s all about the details.

Happy 4th to all!





Inspiration Moves Me Brightly

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 28, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

As we all know abstract art has become quite the trend lately and I’ve enjoyed seeing all of those artists emerge over the past couple of years; so much so, that they’ve inspired me to get out my own paints and canvas’ and go crazy with color.  I’ve discovered two things:  1. These paintings are not as easy to do as they look (a lot of comments about how your children could create something similar) and 2. They’ve been adding some nice color to my space.  Abstract art is where it’s at.  Take a look at some of my paintings below and see if they inspire you to get out the paints and do a little DIY!

 

beach bum

it’s alright

sounds right

sailors delight

the wheel

fresh scent

warning

This last piece was done by a friend of mine, Vanessa Bogosian — which is amazingly colorful and bold and has that oh so ikat effect that we all love!





John Robshaw for Duralee

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 23, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

A good friend of mine recently brought my attention to John Robshaw’s collection for Duralee and after looking through the fabrics I have to say I’m slightly obsessed.  The textiles are stitched, woven, worn piqued, filled with gorgeous color, block printed patterns,  and have that oh so John Robshaw ethnic touch.  I thought I’d share my obsession for the moment and show you some of my faves below:

 

The grey and yellow combination is so soothing

citrine zebra – yes!

So soft and subtle yet the detail is divine

A perfect stitched geometric that will coordinate beautifully with florals and smaller prints

Great color!

A subtle blue paisely

Loving this combo of blues

A preppy touch

Aqua prints to die for

Indigo dots

 





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Helping Habitat for Humanity

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 16, 2012 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

The Valspar Color Project

Valspar has launched the first of three celebrity videos with Molly Sims which is part of their Valspar Color Project.  The project is to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity which is a non profit organization building low income housing for families in need.  Every time you view and/or share this video, Valspar will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity to help each celebrity reach their goal of $100,000.  It’s that simple.  You get to see the behind the scenes footage of Molly Sims as she decorates her nursery for her first baby and donate to a great cause while doing so.  View, donate and share!  Who knew it could be that easy?

 

 

 





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