A new year is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about what we want to change — not only in ourselves but in our home which will ultimately help create a happy and warm environment for us to thrive in.  We all start with the obvious resolutions such as: get healthy, cut back on the sweets and liquor, be nicer because everyone is battling something and be more charitable, to name a few. This year, why not make a resolution to fix up your home so that every time you walk through the door or go to bed at night you can feel complete.  There’s a lot to be said for selecting the right colors, the right lighting and a few things that are trending so your house doesn’t feel like it’s stuck in the late 80′s.  It only takes a few accessories or a fresh coat of paint to make these changes so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.  Better yet, if you have friends who are looking to give more and be more charitable – put em to work!  Helping friends accomplish a project can be very rewarding and they get to enjoy the results every time they come to visit.  Not to mention free bragging rights.   This is the year to make your house a home.

 

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The first step might be to look at the colors for Spring 2014 so that you’re selecting things that are right on trend.  Bring these colors into your throw pillows, smaller furnishings, window treatments and walls.  You’ll be able to talk shop and coordinate with your clothes and handbags!

black and white stripes

A bold black and white stripe is sure to grab attention and it’s very on trend.  Think strong contrast and bold stripes

bright yellow

Bright yellow or “freesia” is just about as hot as it gets these days.  Don’t be afraid to add this bright pop of sunshine

chevron pattern floors

Chevron has been and still remains to be trendy so why not do a subtle version with the layout of your wood floors.  It will help create something new and fresh while remaining timeless

glam in the kitchen

Add a little glam to your kitchen with the back splash, lighting or hardware.  It’s all about the jewelry in the room

mixing metals

I’ve always been a believer in mixing your metals and thankfully it’s now being deemed as appropriate and trendy

orchid

Radiant Orchid is perfect for the kids bunk room or a playroom where you can have some fun and be more daring

yellow door

Say goodbye to those boring wood cabinets and doors and give them some life with a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware.  You can transform your kitchen in a matter of days and make it look like a million bucks

dark walls

Don’t be afraid to paint the walls in a dark navy.  You’ve got enough “bright” in the room with the ceiling, trim, and other furnishings to keep it airy and light.  A rich, saturated wall makes a nice statement

wallpaper

The powder room is the best place to do a funky wallpaper so go for the large geometric pattern you can’t stop thinking about!

These are just a few ideas and there are plenty more out there.  Let’s make 2014 a year to remember and finish those projects you’ve been putting off for way too long now.  I promise you’ll rest easier at night ;)





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Nate Berkus recently sold his apartment on West 9th Street in the quaint West Village of NYC and bought a new one around the corner on West 10th/5th Ave.  Although I can’t quite afford the square footage that he’s got, at least I know I’m in the right neighborhood!  It seems as though he took a much calmer, neutral, serene approach to this apartment.  All that white makes me a little nervous but I’m assuming he can reupholster it and have it cleaned in a flash.  After all, he’s Oprah’s design child (AKA one of her favorite things)

 

NB penthouse

Here he is all dressed up and ready to show off his new digs!

 

bedroom

Even 5 million won’t get you large bedrooms in NYC

DR

The DR has a very natural, simple feel to it

kitchen

The arched “greenhouse” windows are a nice addition in the kitchen

LR

A shot of the LR without NB in it.  A lot of white!

master

A neutral master bedroom with what looks like a high gloss painted ceiling?

rooftop

And the terrace…a lovely amenity with view of the city

floorplan

This is the floor plan of his duplex on West 10th/5th Ave

 

 





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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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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

hidden temple

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

me and GG

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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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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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

green

mixing geometrics with patterns and various greens

various greens

playful and bold moments of green!





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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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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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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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