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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Gossip Girl

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Dec 07, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Celebs, Decorating, Trends, Walls

I’m on the hunt again for a client and need your help.  Does anyone know where the wallpaper in Blaire Waldorf’s stairwell is from?  Gossip Girl seems to be catching the eye of a lot viewers.  Not only am I looking for this paper but I have another client whose 15 year old daughter wants Blaire Waldorf’s bedroom!  Looks like the Upper East siders are onto something ..of course it helps to have an endless budget.

Where is this wallpaper from???

Blaire’s glamorous room

Another view





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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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Bed Head

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Sep 14, 2010 | 3 Comments | Category: Budget Design, Decor Accessories, Kids, Walls

Need a headboard for your kids room or a guest room but it’s not quite in the budget at the moment?  Have no fear, bed head is here.  Check out this adorable decal headboard from Whatisblik that starts at just $40. 

 

They have other great decals too..check the website for more fun ideas to finish off your dead wall space!





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People often think of the color grey as boring and dull and lump it in the same category as black and white (which is also by no means boring and dull).  In decorating, grey can add an element to a room that you never knew existed.  Just because you’re not adding bright reds or oranges doesn’t mean your room will be any less exciting…and if you’re dying to add that bright punch, grey is the perfect color to play off of and accessorize with.  Take a look at some of these beautiful designs done with the color grey:

This beautiful bookshelf was “grey-washed” and has the perfect balance of rustic and elegance

All the greys and natural materials (wood, glass and metal) play off of each other to create this romantic Living Room

The grey tufted headboard paired with calming whites keeps this bedroom very serene

The grey floral wallpaper and crushed grey velvet tufted ottoman make this otherwise dull room shine!

Ahhh…grey (possibly velvet cut?) damask against stark white contrast trim

A Design Star duo from HGTV created this innovative Dining Room with this geometric pattern on the walls and floor.  Talk about making a statement!

The men from this season’s Design Star on HGTV created this space using grey on the walls and added a focus wall of bright colored stripes

Definitely don’t be afraid of charcoal lacquered walls

It’s all about the contrast in this entry hall





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I’ve got the BLUES

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 13, 2010 | 14 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Trends, Walls

Outside of blue being my favorite color I’ve noticed that it’s made a comeback in decorating in a big way.  Not only are people leaning towards more blues, they’re leaning towards the brighter more electric blues that add a huge POP to any color scheme.  Blue is probably the most calming color because we associate it with water and sky — that’s not to say a brighter more electric blue will keep you calm and resting in your seat.  Take a look at the mix of blues I found and see which one works best for you.

A calming, more elegant living room with subtle and soft blues

A baby blue sofa with a bolder bamboo wallpaper adds an edge to the room and makes it less traditional

Bolder fabrics from Quadrille create a nice splash in this LR

A turquoise painted floor changes this kitchen from drab to fab very quickly

Ashley Whittaker painted her bookcase in an aqua high gloss which adds just enough punch without going overboard

A beautiful navy blue den.  Simple yet divine

A real simple baby blue wall and navy blue stripe on the floor gives this otherwise dull off white furniture a little lift

Another blue walled room that’s filled with fun, trendy fabrics and a zebra rug that’s calling for entertainment

This dining room is definitely for the daring, pop art loving, strong contrast kind of person.  If you’re going to use an electric blue on the walls…black and white are just enough to complete the room

Have fun with your wallpaper and floors by choosing geometric or tropical prints in blue

These blue throw cushions will add a ton of flavor to your furniture and may even hide the fact that it’s outdated and needs a facelift!





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This Thursday, April 29 Elle Decor and B&B Italia present an art SALE that will help ACRIA fight AIDS.  The sale will be held at the iconic Manhattan House at 200 East 66th Street (2nd ave) from 6-9p and is only $20 at the door.  The main event will feature a series of original signed works by an extensive list of artists starting at $100.  You can improve your home with beautiful art work while supporting a great cause at the same time.  It’s a great way to shop without feeling guilty.





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Modern Art

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 20, 2010 | 6 Comments | Category: Art, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Walls

Often times you’ll look around your room and wonder what’s missing.  The furniture is there, the window treatments are up, the rug is down and it’s feeling cozy but not quite complete.  Chances are you’re missing the one element that brings it all together.  ART!  I’ve been eyeing this one photograph in a small coffee shop on Bleeker Street and I’m just waiting for the perfect client to sell it to.  It’s by photographer Frank Louis and can be found in his Italy collection.

I also have a client who recently purchased a few David Burdeny prints from Lumas gallery in NYC which you can also buy online.  Take a look at his collection to see which colors work best with your decor.

I found a few addtional artists and photographs i also like from Lumas Gallery for those of you who want a modern edge!

I love this last series for a beach house





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The kitchen (in most cases) is by far the most used room in your house, even if it’s a studio apartment in NYC and sits on one wall of your entire living space.  You cook (or at least grab a plate to put your take-out on), you eat (if there’s room), you feed your kids, your cats, your dogs and you usually end up congregating in the kitchen when you have people over.  So if you’re spending so much time in your kitchen why not spend time making it a really comfortable and cool space that both you and your visitors can enjoy.

 

Create a comfy place to sit if you have the room

Don’t be afraid to add a splash of color!

Make the breakfast nook as cozy as possible

As far as city living goes, you’re usually stuck working with a limited space.  No excuse to ignore your kitchen.  In fact, you should give it more love and attention.  Check out these great small kitchens and let them inspire you to create a cooking nest of your own.

A new hanging fixture, trendy colorful runner, simple subway tiles, new appliances and simple white cabinetry with updated hardware has made this small space desireable to hang out in.  Are you asking for too many cooks in the kitchen?  Maybe, but if that’s the case, you’ve done something right!

Use your pots and pans as decoration and design

The floor is the best place to add a little punch.  If checkerboard isn’t your thing, pick a pattern that is and get out your paint brush.

Again, the floor has been given some life and the roman shade adds an element of modern chic

One of my favorite small kitchens by Ruthie Sommers.  Don’t be afraid to paint the walls in a small space a dark color.  Just remember to keep the cabinetry and trim bright and popping – like this eye catching turquoise door!

Find a fun wallpaper and paste it to just one wall





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Fish scales are on my mind recently and i think it’s a combination of the weather and the fact that my friend told me she has to wear a mermaid style bridesmaid dress in an upcoming wedding.  Let’s be honest, not many people can pull this look off…J Lo might be able to but it’s just cruel to put your average figured bridesmaids in it.

Luckily, in design, you get to dress up your walls and floors and tabletops and it doesn’t matter what your figure looks like.  Here are some fish scale items for your home that will definitely make a splash.

Herend china

Coco fish scale lamps from H&H collection

Salt & Pepper shakers from That’s So Perfect

Lucite tray also from That’s So Perfect

LuLu Dk  Tulah bedding from Matouk

Bath tiles from Portland Cement Company

Wallpaper from Secondhand Rose

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