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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All About Color

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 15, 2012 | 5 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

Abstract art seems to be the “it” thing these days and it’s hard to stay focused on just one artist when there are so many amazing talents out there like Reagan Geschardt.   Reagan and her husband Danny (who is also an artist) recently moved back to the NYC area from Naples, FL where they ran a very successful decorative arts business.  Reagan was trained in trompl l’oiel  murals and fine art  but has now started to focus on creating and selling her abstract works which are interpretations of her daily experiences.  Some of her current paintings study the interplay of color and light using water and landscapes and things that surround her.  The colors are magnificent and might be just what your room is missing.  For more information visit Reagan’s website here and find out about upcoming events so you can see her work in person!  Art is beautiful no matter how you look at it, but let’s be honest, it’s best in living color!

 

Water Lilies

Abstract Barn

Barn

Danny Geschardt (Reagan’s husband) also sells his abstract paintings and these two seem to work well as a team!  See Danny’s work below:

Between the two of them I’d say there’s something here for everyone.  The colors are enough to make me forget about all the rain we’ve been getting lately.  So don’t let your home get too gloomy – it’s time to add some abstract color!





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Bullseye for Nate Berkus

Posted By Rebecca-NY | May 03, 2012 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

 

Mark your calendars for the mad rush to Target stores on October 21 — Nate Berkus has recently announced his new line specifically made for Target which means it will be affordable and ultra chic.  The assortment will include stylish and relatable pieces that feel like they were collected over time and can be easily layered into existing decor.

 

Nate  Berkus

In his own words: “I created this collection for Target with my philosophy that homes should evoke a feeling, not a theme.  There is something for everyone in this line so I’m thrilled to offer Target guests’ patterns, colors and objects that represent what I love most for the home”  Visit the following link to view his interview: Dine and Design: Nate Berkus Reveals His New Home Collection at Target

Some of the pillows and throws in his new line

Adorable faux snake skin box

I can’t wait to get a hold of a few things for my own home 😉





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Design On A Dime 2012

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Apr 29, 2012 | 6 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It’s no surprise that renowned interior designer Genevieve Gorder from HGTV designed a fabulous vignette at this years Design on a Dime event.  She shows us how easy it is to pull a room together using almost everything from Housing Works thrift store.  The key ingredient: Valspar paint.   It’s truly amazing what you can do with a can of paint and some thrift store finds.  All you need is a little imagination and the desire to freshen things up a bit.  I had the opportunity to speak with Genevieve and found out exactly where the inspiration came from and how she was able to pull it all together so perfectly.

Here’s Genevieve’s DOAD vignette.  How amazing does that Luscious Green look on the walls? (Valspar 6010-7)

Q:  What was the inspiration for your palette?

 

A:  I tend to go through phases where I’m obsessed with certain colors and at the moment, it’s emerald green.  I’m also really drawn to golds, yellows and peonie pink so I was ready to bring out  all the big players and really make the room come alive.  I of course had to work in the neutrals to balance everything out and make sure one color complimented the next.  The seasons also help to inspire, as do the latest colors in fashion.

 

Those Golden Delight chairs are a ray of sunshine (Valspar 3005-1A)

 

Q: Did you use spray paint or was everything brushed on?  How easy is it to re-purpose the furniture?

 

A:  The emerald green on the walls was rolled out like you would with any wall but all the furniture was sprayed using Valspar’s non drip spray paint which is truly remarkable.  It really doesn’t drip which makes refurbishing furniture very easy and gives each piece an even finish.  You can do anything with this paint and truly turn anything dull and tired into something fabulous

 

 

Q: How did you decide on the accent colors?

 

A:  It was all about being really graphic and using bright pops.  Accents are made to be colorful

 

 

Q:  Are all the pieces in your vignette from Housing Works?

 

A:  95% of it is from Housing Works on 17th Street.  My original thought was to create a living room but when I got there and realized they didn’t have a sofa I could use,  my vignette became a dining area.  Regardless of the room you’re designing, you can always find great pieces at Housing Works

 

Not only is her room stunning but so is she.  A very pretty woman on tv but even prettier in person

 

Q: What’s your favorite piece in the room?

 

A:  These Falcon pendants.  Who wouldn’t want these, right?  When I bought them they were full of terrible color and looked tired and dated so I sprayed them with a high gloss black which instantly made them cool.  Now they really stand out and add a great element to the room

 

Amazing!  I believe Genevieve bought these herself because she was so pleased with the transformation! (color: Valspar Lincoln Cottage Black 2009-2)

 

Q: Is there anything people should know about Valspar paint in particular?

A: The thing I love about Valspar is they have a love your color guarantee.  If you don’t love the original color you put up, you can purchase another color and get reimbursed for the first one that didn’t work out.  It’s amazing.  They really know how to take care of their customers.

 Visit Valspar Paint for more information on their Love Your Color Guarantee

In addition to Genevieve’s vignette there were many other colorful rooms thanks to Valspar Paint.  Take a look at some of the creative designs and goodies that were selling like hot cakes.  A lot sold on opening night but I went by the sale on Saturday with a client and there were still great deals to be had.  If you missed Design on a Dime this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for next.  It’s a great night for a great cause and you won’t go home empty handed

Tilton Fenwick designed an adorable kids’ room with lots of color and a fabulous wall treatment done by TalkingWalls.  Daybed: The New Traditionalists, Striped Rug: Merida Meridian

The Tilton Fenwick team looking beautiful as always!

C Wonder’s beautiful blue and white table (with splashes of red)

ARDEN

Nick Olsen’s colorful space including that gorgeous Spitzmiller lamp which went home with Stylebeat – lucky girl!

So many things to swoon over – I was lucky enough to snag that black and white pillow for my own home

Harry Heissmann Inc

Housing Works

Matthew Patrick Smyth

Miles Redd

Flair – I know the proud owner of that smashing desk

Tiger Lily’s Greenwich

Amanda Nisbet

One of my all time faves – Lillian August

Lifestyle by Maria Gabriela Brito

Dering Hall

Neal Beckstedt Studio

High Falls Mercantile

So many amazing designers and fun people to see at this event.  Most importantly all the proceeds enable Housing Works’ efforts to end homelessness and AIDS.  It’s a win win for all.  Enjoy the beautiful designs from this years benefit and join us next year for another bound to be successful party.