VOTE for the Material Girls

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jan 17, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

 

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We’re ecstatic about our recent nomination for the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame awards which is for ‘Best Overall Design Blog’ !  We love our followers and would love your support by voting for us  here.  Regardless of who wins, we’ll still continue to bring you the latest and greatest in design.  As always, thank you for following us and making our blog a huge success.

Love,

Emily, Lauren, Jill, Julia and Rebecca





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Portrait Photography

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Dec 11, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

The holidays are in full swing and everyone is scrambling to find the perfect gift for their sister, brother, aunt, cousin, mom — you name it.  There are gift guides galore and just about everyone is offering holiday deals to pressure you into buying that new gadget that your dad will never use.   Well, this year maybe it makes sense to spend your money wisely and give a gift that keeps on giving.  A gift that is meaningful and captures a moment in time.  A gift that will preserve a wonderful memory for someone you love.

 

Ben Larrabee is the perfect gift to give this holiday season.  He is a nationally recognized portrait photographer who specializes in photographing people and families.  His images are found not only in some of the finest homes from Santa Barbara to Chicago to New York but also in the permanent collections of museums including the MoMA and the Museaum of Fine Arts in Boston.

 

His work is unlike other portrait photographers because he has a way of seeing people and showing their inner spirit.  He calls his work “Moments of Grace”

 

A photo of Ben on the other side of the camera at Rooms with a View 2012.

A stunning photo of horses printed on kozo paper and then hand shaped and contoured – this is incredible in person!

Mother/daughter

Sisters

Young couple

Father/son

Sister/brother

Ben also worked on a series called ‘Faces of Light’ with women from Greenwich and Darien, CT who are all breast cancer survivors.  The images and their stories are incredible.  The entire series can be seen on his website.  You can also read the numerous and wonderful testimonials from clients and learn more about Ben and where he got started.  The photos above are a few examples of the wonderful portraits he has taken over the years!

For more information about commissioning Ben Larrabee for a portrait session you can contact him here





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The Artist Relief Project

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Nov 29, 2012 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

Various Artists have come together and made a pledge to donate 50% of their proceeds to the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy.  A few of these artists had artwork that was damaged and destroyed during the storm so they know first hand what it was like to lose valuable possessions during the hurricane.  They have created ‘The Artist Relief Project‘ which is an online exhibit (Nov. 28 – Dec. 17) to help victims get back on their feet.  Take a look at the participating artists and see if there’s a way you can help them recover from their losses.  It’s a great way to help those in need and get some Holiday shopping done at the same time!

 

Visit the link here and help spread the word!





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Custom Cool

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Nov 16, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the founder (and social media guru) of ‘Custom Cool‘ which is a custom rug and accessory company located in Quogue, NY.  They happened to be showcasing a lot of their product at Designing Greenwich so I stopped to chat to let them know how much I admired everything in their booth.  Custom Cool can help you create a unique, custom rug design of your own or help to personalize one of their existing rug designs so that the colors work perfectly with your space.  The possibilities are endless and the quality of their product will last you a lifetime (If cared for properly, of course).  Take a look at their website and see for yourself just how innovative and fresh some of these designs are.  It might just inspire you to create the perfect, one of a kind rug for your home.

 

The Custom Cool Team

Beautiful “Hampton Stripe” rug

Vermicular Dot rug

Criss Cross in blue and grey

A gorgeous ‘Summer Ikat’ rug

A soft ‘Double Daisy’ rug

Custom Cool has a lot of existing designs to choose from or maybe it will inspire you to create a smashing design of your own.  Read more about their process here and contact Custom Cool today to get started on your project!

 





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Rooms with a Spectacular View

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Nov 07, 2012 | 6 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

I was honored to be a part of this years 18th Annual ‘Rooms with a View’ design show at the Southport Congregtional Church, which despite Sandy’s efforts to shut us down, was a huge success.  People stepped away from their flooded basements and powerless homes to visit 12 designers’ vignettes that were all extremely diverse.  Each vignette told its own little story and captured a moment of design that hopefully inspired those who were able to visit the show and will inspire all of you (our followers!)  A big thank you to all who made this show possible at the Southport Congregational Church.  It’s nice to see everyone coming together to support such a wonderful church and the design world as we continue to stimulate the minds around us!

This years theme was ‘Design on a Shoestring’ and was a tribute to the late and great American decorator, Albert Hadley.  You’ll notice Hadley-isms in many of the vignettes as well as a variety of color and composition which Mr. Hadley was a fan of – as long as there wasn’t too much beige he was happy!  The vignettes:

 

John Murphy from Tracker Home Decor designed the most exquisite “Poker Room” with BM Panther Black walls, linen upholstered barrel chairs with nailhead trim, coordinating curtains using a gorgeous Scalamandre trim and an antique side table/bar

The bar that kept on giving

Even the poker table base is made from an old barrel – divine!

Bachman Brown created a Mid Century Modern playroom that the kids absolutely adored.  How genius are the cork board walls?  He showed us that a little lacquer and the right upholstery can go a long way

The striped Stark rug adds a punch of boldness and contrast that helps tie the room together and grabs the attention of all viewers

Allison Caccoma created an homage to Albert with a hand painted sunburst mural, black and white faux bois flooring, St. Thomas tufted sofa and gorgeous Passion Flower paintings by Christian Brechneff.  Mr. Hadley would have swooned over her design and the color scheme

Topher Carnes and I (Rebecca Tier Soskin) wanted to create a playful vignette to show you what can be accomplished with very little money and a lot of ingenuity.  Here, in our ‘Unfinished Business’ space we used bold citrines and lime greens against a bold black and white mural on the wall.  The abstract art added even more energy and color which shows you just how important it is to fill your walls with things you love

We’d like to thank all of those who contributed to our vignette and made this playful office possible.  The pale blue candelabra lamp is from Dunes & Duchess, The desk chair is a combination of Kravet, Brunschwig & Fils and Fabricut, the blue water painting is by Alex Schuchard, The colorful abstract painting is by Reagan Geschardt and the wall mural was hand painted by Topher Carnes 

Additional thanks to Quadrille Fabrics for their Henricot Floral fabric in lilac and Danny Geschardt who painted the fabulous lime green, blue, fuscia, black and white abstract painting seen leaning against the cabinet.  Also to Herm Freeman whose large abstract painting on the wall had visitors ooh-ing and aah-ing

Jennifer Gresinger created a cozy and inviting sitting room with pale yellow walls, a built-in filled with various books and decorative objects, a custom made chaise with Albert Hadley’s firework fabric and a beautiful photograph taken in Italy by a local artist, Barbara Erdman.  I could spend several hours in that chaise!

The scalloped lantern is from Coleen and Company, and the scalloped mirror is from Ballard Designs.  Both compliment each other and add to the idea that you’re lounging in a room by the water

Lynde Easterlin created a relaxing sitting room with just enough impact to make this otherwise traditional space young and trendy.  The console table, slipper chairs and ottoman are all from Oomph

The antique sconces and gilt mirror hang on a Kathryn Ireland paisley wallpaper and the slipper chairs have the perfect pop of green to tie it all together.

Jack Franzen, Ann Franzen, Katrina Franzen and Jody Foote created an adorable screened in porch with pops of color and simple furnishings that are perfect for porch living

The goldfish appropriately named “Albert” and “Hadley” had their first debut at the show

Lisa Ehrlich created this ‘first young woman’s studio apartment’  with a custom made fuscia velvet day bed, faux python side table, Land of Nod table lamps and a small Made Goods side table.  The wallpaper is from Osborne & Little and is the perfect cross between sophisticated and whimsy

The little touches like the greek key trim, stack of books and accessories are what make a house a home.  I wish my first apartment looked like this!

Ryan Humphries, an artist from Brooklyn,  created this fun and fantastic vignette using all custom made furnishings, flooring, walls and ceiling design.  A throwback from the 80′s that you should enter at your own risk

The fuzzy pink stereo system which included a record player reminded us just how far we’ve come with technology

Paola Salinas created the perfect dressing room for a woman looking to organize her wardrobe and relax while putting on a new pair of shoes.  The faux bois wallpaper by Nobilis is even more smashing in person and the lighting by Vaughn adds just the right amount of “jewelry” to the room

The built-in is perfectly styled with fashinoable clothes and a few bottles of perfume for a splash of something sweet before running out the door

Kelley Schutte created a rich burgundy and black dining space with an inviting tablescape.  The geometric rug is a lovely addition to the space, keeping it warm and romantic

The sunburst mirror and cane hanging from one of the dining chairs were her ‘ode to albert’ pieces which added a special touch

Thanks again to all who participated and attended the show





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Rooms With a View

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Oct 24, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

The 18th Annual Rooms With a View design show is just around the corner and this year I’m lucky enough to be creating a vignette with my friend and colleague, Topher Carnes.  Topher is a decorative artist who specializes in highly-detailed room sized wall murals, tromp l’oeil, luxurious Venetian plasters, distressed antique finishes, rich metal and leaf patinas, faux wood grain and marbleizing effectives.  Together, we are creating a decorator’s office titled “Unfinished Business”.  With a mix of black and whites, lime greens, chartreuse, eggplant and silver metallics, we’ve come up with a room you won’t want to miss.   The best part about the show, is you get to shop while viewing the vignettes and take home a little (or big) something special.

 

This year’s honorary chairman is Thom Felicia who you can meet at the Gala Preview party on Thursday, Nov. 1.  Tickets are limited but available by calling the Southport Congregational Church at 203.255.4538

Topher and I will be creating a vignette titled “Unfinished Business”

Sneak peek of our color scheme

There are 12 other great designers who will be creating vignettes and making this years show a must see.  Not only will a percentage of the proceeds go to the Southport Congregational Church but the entire event is a tribute to the late Albert Hadley who we all miss and admire dearly.  Join us at this year’s show and help make it a huge success for the Southport Congregational Church





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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 :)





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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”

 





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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

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