In Living Color

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 29, 2013 | 2 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It’s often a tough decision whether or not to bring in some bold color in your living space but lately, I’ve noticed that clients are getting more and more daring.  It’s refreshing to see the smile on their faces when the end result is bright and beautiful and not exactly what they imagined, but better!  Out with the old and in with the bold.  Below are a few rooms that grabbed my attention as I wandered around seeking inspiration for some upcoming projects.  I hope they inspire you to make a statement with color.

 

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The bones of the room are rather neutral but the pops of lavender and lime green give it that special edge

magenta

The built-in screams happiness

orange bookshelf

Why keep your bookcase white when you can add a burst of orange

yellow metal

These fun and unique metal twin beds are even better in bright yellow.  You can appreciate the craftsmanship

pink art

One piece of art can change a room in an instant

red den

This tomato red built-in is perfect for a cozy den

It doesn’t take more than one color to add life and originality to your room so take a risk and brighten up your space!





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Summer Settin’

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 04, 2013 | 2 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It’s summer time and we all know what that means.  It’s time to doll up the back yard and throw as many outdoor parties as you possibly can!  This is in between all those hours at the beach, the pool,  summer camps, visits to grandma and grandpa — but wherever you are and however busy you are this summer you should always find the time to sit back and enjoy the weather, some good food and a few drinks with friends.  Setting a table and planning for the party is one of my favorite things to do because it’s all about the details.  Let your creative mind go and get funky with your settings, lights and other decorative touches.  You’ll feel cheeky and your guests will love the effort you put into making their party experience a fun one!

arrangements

Spend time on your arrangements and flowers.  They’ll make everyone around you happy

candles

Don’t skimp on the candles at night

cocktails

Serve fun, ready to drink cocktails that will allow guests to relax and not think about what they want

color

Don’t be afraid of bold color.  It will brighten anyone’s mood

healthy options

Serve healthy options for those who are trying to be good and keep that swimsuit body

light bites

Light, easy, colorful bites are the way to go

napkins

Have some fun with the cocktail napkins

paper lanterns and lights

A few paper lanterns can go a long way and will add mood light and ambiance

subtle flowers

If it’s a sit down dinner go the extra mile to make the table setting pretty and soothing.  Keep the centerpieces low so you can see the people across from you!

wild flowers

Go wild! and grab flowers from your back yard to throw together something organic and simple





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Midnight Garden

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 14, 2013 | 5 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

There’s a new collection at Beacon Hill that absolutely stopped me in my tracks the other day while shopping at the D&D building.  It’s got a little bit of everything and the name speaks for itself.  Below are the fabrics that caught my eye so I swooped up some samples and will be sure to incorporate them in one of my upcoming projects.  Take a look at a few of the fabulous samples below and let me know where you’d use them if you were given the opportunity!

 

enchanted vine emerald

Enchanted Vine Emerald

enchanted vine navy

Enchanted Vine Navy

hidden tample emerald

Hidden Temple Emerald

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Hidden Temple Indigo

lioness indigo

Lioness Indigo

moon blossom midnight

Moon Blossom Midnight

moon blossom orchid

Moon Blossom Orchid





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Design on a Dime

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 30, 2013 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It was another successful year at the Design on a Dime fundraiser in the Metropolitan Pavillion where 1.1 million dollars was raised to help support those living with HIV/AIDS in NYC.  Housing Works (along with all their amazing sponsors and co-chairs) pulled off a fabulous event with a lot of mingling, inspirational design ideas and colors galore thanks to Valspar.  I myself swooped up a few purchases of my own and I have to say, the bill doesn’t feel as painful when you know the money is going to a good cause.  Let’s run through some of my favorites starting with Genevieve Gorder who created a dual space for Valspar using lots of fabulous color.

 

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Genevieve in her Valspar Vignette where she created two separate spaces.  One kids area with a bright yellow wall and one dining area with the navy blue.  She really wanted the color to have an impact on the space so she chose colors that had nice contrast and worked her magic from there

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As you can see her choice of color really packed a punch!  All of the pieces were collected from various Housing Works locations around the city and she had to pull the vignette together with what was available.  Never and easy task!  Using Valspar paint she was able to transform each piece and re-purpose it in a way that’s unimaginable to the eye until it’s complete

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She found an adorable daybed for the kids half of the room and used a fun, bright throw to cover it which allowed her to bring in other colors like the pink side table and green pendants.  Valspar makes it easy and fun to use color

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One of my favorite finds was this antique side chair with a strong black and white ikat upholstered seat and rich black painted frame.  It was snatched up before I could get my hands on it so unfortunately it’s not one of the pieces I went home with..

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Not only did Genevieve add bold color but she threw some stripes and matallics in the mix to give the space some variation in pattern and color.  Don’t be afraid to take your paint projects to another level

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Here we are together in her vignette!

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Samantha Knapp designer and creative director of Tiger Lily’s Greenwich stands in her “Wizard of Oz” vignette

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Samantha used a mixture of matallics and furnishings both traditional and modern to create this fun space which included an actual yellow brick road.

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Nicole Gobbons Studio (aka SoHaute) created this colorful space using bright colors and abstract art which seems to be a BIG trend these days.  It’s a great way to spice up a room in a jiffy

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Here’s a close up of the abstract painting which was done by blogger and artist Nicole Cohen of Sketch42

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Larry Ruhl from High Falls Mercantile used old pages from a collection of books as his rug and various antique maps that he’s been collecting for years as his wallpaper.  He’s the king of re-purposing!

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Check out this gorgeous wallpaper by Florence Broadhurst!  Bravo Arden Stephenson for selecting something so smashing

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Lara Spencer (another chair of the evening) created this blue and neutral room for One King’s Lane

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Housing Works made their own fun vignette using bold fluorescents and a geometric pattern on the wall with Valspar color

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One of my favorite rooms of the evening was by Danielle Colding (the HGTV design star winner) who used bold black and whites including the gorgeous juju wallpaper by Aphrochic.  Swoon worthy..

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I love the touch of bright orange on the edges of this unique console table

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A masculine groomsmen’s suite

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Pops of color added to this neutral room gave it just enough oomph

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Thanks to Valspar, Housing Works, Elle Decor and all the co-chairs who were responsible for another successful event that will help the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS.  I can’t think of a better way to spend my money and gather design inspiration at the same time.





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For those of you who are around the NYC metro area this weekend you MUST come by the best shopping event of the year!  Housing Works will present it’s annual ‘Design on a Dime‘ event which will feature 50 top designers who create fabulous vignettes using lots of beautiful Valspar color!  The event is open to the public on Friday, April 26 – Saturday, april 27 and I highly recommend that you stop by to scoop up the deals that haven’t been taken on opening night.  If you’re still interested in attending opening night you can purchase a ticket here - The event is tonight so hurry and join me as I interview Genevieve Gorder from HGTV and mingle with others such as Lara Spencer, Sabrina Soto, Nicole Gibbons Studio, Tiger Lily’s Greenwich, High Falls Mercantile and so many more!

 

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Stay tuned for the full coverage of the show later this week!





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Katherine Rally Textiles

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 10, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

As I’m selecting fabrics for my own apartment I’m realizing how difficult it is to commit to something when there are so many fabulous designs and textiles out there.  I’ve come across several lines that I absolutely love so I thought I’d highlight one that stands out and that I keep coming back to..Katherine Rally Textiles.  Her collection is somewhere in the middle of a modern geometric and a hand printed batik which is the perfect balance – especially if you’re looking to coordinate with a more traditional floral.  Take a look at some of her fabulous prints below:

 

afrique

Afrique

madagascar

Madagascar

dallah

Dallah

field day

Field day

joie de vivre

Joie de vivre

sassa

Sassa

zanzibar

Zanzibar

Now you can see why I’m in a bind.  Too many great patterns to choose from!





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When you put one of the chicest, coolest designers in charge of creative direction at one of the chicest and coolest brands you get perfection.  Miles and ODLR have done it again.  The new ODLR home line is stunning and I can’t wait to own a set of this gorgeous collection.  Take a look at the genius behind the making here and shop for your next table setting so that you’re guaranteed to wow your guests.  Miles has plenty of tips to share so there are no excuses for a poorly executed party!

 

miles redd table setting

Talk about a table to swoon over!

MR tip

Relax and have a good time!

brushstroke dinner plate

Mixing and matching at its bestdot and dash plate faceted glass blue rim heart etched glass

Beautifully etched glasses
tortuga salad tossers

A little bling for your salad bowl





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Throw & Co

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Feb 21, 2013 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

There are a lot of companies out there who have tried to perfect the decorative throw pillow but not all have succeeded.  In most cases I’ll have my own pillows made for my clients so that they work perfectly with the custom scheme but sometimes I’m working with a smaller budget or I’m in a pinch and need something quick.  Therefore, I’m always looking for a good source.  I was extremely pleased to come across this new company Throw & Co on Facebook today.  The creator, Meg Gabriele, wanted to make custom designed and professionally made pillows for the public.  They’re fun, creatively trimmed and will offer just the right amount of impact to your space without breaking the bank.  Some of my favorites are below but take a look at the website to see the full collection.

 

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As usual, Kelly Wearstler is making noise in the design world with her new collection of rugs at The Rug Company and latest and greatest book Rhapsody – a stunning creation of her luxurious interiors that showcase her swanky old-world Hollywood and modern pop style.  We all know she loves bold color, pattern and texture so take a look inside her world and see how she works behind the scenes to create such fascinating and inspirational designs.  She’s one of a kind and might I add, extremely humble and gracious in person – a breath of fresh air in the decorating world!

 

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No wonder I’m drawn to black, white and pink these days


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A picture of Kelly and me at her book signing at The Rug Company

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My signed copy of Rhapsody

serpent

Serpent is my favorite in her new collection – visit The Rug Company website for more fabulous designs





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Going Green

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jan 22, 2013 | 5 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

As I begin to shop and scheme for a new client I have to keep in mind her mention and love for the color green.  It just so happens that emerald green is Pantone’s color of the year, so lucky for me, there’s some inspiration out there.  I’ve always loved green — it’s a color that surrounds us and makes our gardens, lawns and forests as pretty as they are.  It’s refreshing and relaxing which is why I can’t wait to get started and create a wonderful space for my client using green.  Take a look at some inspiration I’ve found while cruising the web:

 

emerald

love the black and whites against the emerald green walls

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i love this bold leopard carpet against the emerald green built-ins

green chinoiserie

a lovely green chinoiserie

green curtains

a splash of emerald green curtains

green door

inspiration and colors can come from anywhere – if you like it on a door you’ll like it on your walls

green gallery wall

mix your greens!

green tufted sofa

nothing better than a tufted sofa with a pleated skirt in emerald green

green walls

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mixing geometrics with patterns and various greens

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playful and bold moments of green!

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