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

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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:

 

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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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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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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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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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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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I just returned from a fantastic event at the NYDC where I was fortunate enough to be a part of a panel along with Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic and Nicole Gibbons of So Haute that discussed the benefits of social media for your business and the design world.  Beth Greene (Marketing VP for Kravet) gave a very thourough and educational presentation on social media and how facebook, twitter, linked-in and blogging can help build and brand your business.  A lot of people are using these tools and they don’t even realize how effective they can be.  The take aways from today were as follows:

*If you have a business and you don’t have an account with Facebook, Twitter or Linked-in, sign up today

*Continue to blog, tweet, facebook and share your product and your business as much as possible to strengthen your brand and create buzz that will bring in more business

*Talk to your customers and create a personal relationship so that they feel comfortable with you and not only trust your design concepts but you as a person

*All of these tools are FREE and if they can help market your brand and build your relationships why wouldn’t you use them?

*Your “googlability” will become much stronger if you have an account with all of these platforms and therefore your name (business name) will spread much further, much faster

*Don’t get overwhelmed by social media — it’s a lot easier to tweet and message from your computer or your smart phone than it is to actually meet with hundreds of people in person so think of it as an efficient way to reach tons of people at once!

*You can begin to build stronger PR and marketing strategies using these tools and network with people you may never have connected with otherwise

*Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to connect, follow, like, comment, inspire, be inspired, chat and update!  before you know it, your business will have a brand and you’ll be doing something you’re passionate about

A big thank you to Kravet (Beth Greene, Jennifer Powell) for hosting this event and educating the design world on social media.  The more people who are out there, the more we can all connect and network with ;-)





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Book It

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Dec 11, 2010 | 1 Comment | Category: Uncategorized

You can never have enough reading material around the house.  Especially when it can double as decor.  These books not only bring inspiration but beauty to your coffee table, your bookshelves and your life.  Just a few must haves if you’re looking for a good gift for the design addict in your life this season! 

 

An Affair with a house – Bunny Williams

Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces – Apartment Therapy

The Great American Decorator – Billy Baldwin

Details – Lili Diallo

 

Hue – Kelly Wearstler

Happy Chic Colors – Jonathan Adler

A Perfectly Kept House is a sign of the Misspent life - Mary Randolph Carter

 

The Finest Rooms in America – Thomas Jayne

 

Vogue Living, Houses, Gardens, People – Hamish Bowles

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