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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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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MARGARET RUSSELL NAMED EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

New York, NY, August 5, 2010 Margaret Russell has been named Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, it was announced today by Thomas J. Wallace, Editorial Director of Condé Nast.  Her appointment is effective September 7, 2010.  The editorial headquarters of Architectural Digest, currently in California, will move to New York City.

Most recently, Ms. Russell was Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Brand Content of Elle Decor. She has been with Elle Decor for two decades, helping to found the title, and ultimately becoming Editor-in-Chief in 2000.  In 2003, she was named Vice President of Hachette Filipacchi Media.  In addition to the magazine, Ms. Russell oversaw elledecor.com and the Elle Decor series of books.  Ms. Russell is also the author of three books: Designing Women: Interiors by Leading Style Makers, So Chic: Glamorous Lives, Stylish Spaces, and Style and Substance: The Best of ELLE DECOR.  She is a frequent lecturer on interior design and decoration, and has been featured on numerous television shows.

“Margaret Russell is a superb editor and a persuasive communicator,” said Mr. Wallace.  “Her success in publishing, print and digital, as well as her stature in the design community, assures the continuation of Architectural Digest as the world’s preeminent design publication.”

This appointment marks a return to Condé Nast for Ms. Russell, who began her career as an Editorial Assistant atGlamour Magazine.  She is a graduate of Brown University.

Architectural Digest,
published by Condé Nast, is the authority in design and architecture and reaches more than 5 million affluent readers each month.  The magazine offers firsthand and exclusive access to extraordinary people, places and things across the design continuum.

Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, operates in 25 countries.  In the United States, Condé Nast publishes 18 consumer magazines, two trade publications and 27 websites that garner international acclaim and unparalleled consumer engagement.





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What’s Hot

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jul 27, 2010 | 4 Comments | Category: Decorating, Fabric, Furniture, Trends

Outside of the weather being HOT in NYC these days there are other things on the hot list for home furnishings that might be exactly what you’re looking for to change things up.  ELLE DECOR has featured their ‘What’s Hot! July/August’ list and I’d like to add to it!  Below you’ll find my favorite “hot list” items from ED as well as my own “hot list” for the summer.  Take a moment to look around your house to see if something’s missing.  It very well could be something new and trendy!

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams tuxedo sofa

Diptyque’s Mediterranean votive collection

Dwell Studio bedding

D. Porthault’s linen coasters

Starlata mirror from World’s Away

Lotus Wallpaper by Farrow & Ball

Chevron rug from West Elm

Bamboo barcart from Zodax

White Lacquer mirror from World’s Away

Piccadilly chair from Serena & Lily

Kelly Wearstler’s Imperial Trellis II fabric at F. Schumacher

Horn cube table lamp from The Accessory Store

Dakota Glass table from Julian Chichester

Woven decorative lights from Pottery Barn

Waylande Gregory Leopard Green Tray by Elements

Ebony Anglo Coffee Table by BeeLine Home

Green inlay tray from Treillage

Antelope from Pieces Inc.





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I attended a fabulous event the other night hosted by Margaret Russell who is the Editor in Chief at ELLE DECOR magazine.  She and her team invited me (among many others) to attend a cooking demonstration by Chef Daniel Boulud who is the author of ELLE DECOR’S ‘Daniel’s Dish’ column.  Not only was I honored to be included, but I was able to watch a master chef in his (actually GE’s) kitchen and sample one of the better meals I’ve had in a long time!  He (and his sous chef Cedric Tovar) prepared lamb kebabs, a side of pesto orzo and a yogurt sauce for dipping!  It was heavenly.  I’ve included some pictures from the evening as well as the recipes from Daniel.  I highly recommend trying this dish at your next dinner party.  It’s perfect for a casual backyard BBQ and will have all your guests raving by the time they leave.  Enjoy and thank you ELLE DECOR!

The beautiful GE studio in the AD building on 58th Street in NYC

The menu and image of the meal Daniel prepared

Daniel places the lamb kebabs on the grill

Daniel places the yogurt sauce into a side dish

..and the chef smiles as he presents the final dish!

Daniel Boulud and Margaret Russell

how perfect for your next summer BBQ!

The recipes so you can WOW your next guests





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It’s Elle Decor’s ignaugural salute to the best and brightest interior designers throughout the country.  Some are old and some are new.  Check out who they think belong on their newly created Top 25 A-List and see if you agree.  Not only do i see a lot that i like here, i’ve gone through each photograph and selected my favorite thing from each room.  Agree?  Disagree?  Have another designer in mind that you think should be added to the list?  Share it with us!

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Favorite part: painted brown back on the bookcases

Muriel Brandolini

Favorite item: leapord print throw pillows

Darryl Carter

Favorite aspect: the white painted beam, ceiling and walls

Eric Cohler

Favorite piece: bright orange coffee table

Robert Corturier

Favorite piece: glass hurricanes

Waldo Fernandez

Favorite part: dark mahogany stained floors

Steven Gambrel

Favorite items: turquoise glasses, white lamp and the trim on the curtains! (i couldn’t decide)

Victoria Hagen

Favorite thing: blue and white striped rug

Suzanne Kasler

Favorite item:  turquoise box and bright orange tray

Charlotte Moss

Favorite item: full white crisp roman shades

Joe Nahem

Favorite piece: glass and metal chandelier

Thomas O’Brien

Favorite thing: desk chair

Alex Papachristidis

Favorite item: Suzani table cloth

Miles Redd

Favorite item(s): rod iron and leather? x-benches

Katie Ridder

Favorite piece: white hour glass ceramic garden stool

Stephen Sills

Favorite item: mirrored and gilted coffee table

Michael S. Smith

Favorite piece: box pleated canopy

Matthew Patrick Smith

Favorite item: orange mottled wall

William Sofield

Favorite aspect: arched and decoritive ceiling

Robert Stilin

Favorite piece: “Too Good To Be True” artwork

Madeline Stuart

Favorite item(s): pair of mirrors on the back wall

Steven Volpe

Favorite thing: the way the tv is mounted to the silver pole

Kelly Wearstler

Favorite thing: lucite scrolled headboard

Bunny Williams

Favorite piece: white tufted english rolled arm chair

Vincente Wolfe

Favorite piece: antiqued wooden and glass bookcase





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This Thursday, April 29 Elle Decor and B&B Italia present an art SALE that will help ACRIA fight AIDS.  The sale will be held at the iconic Manhattan House at 200 East 66th Street (2nd ave) from 6-9p and is only $20 at the door.  The main event will feature a series of original signed works by an extensive list of artists starting at $100.  You can improve your home with beautiful art work while supporting a great cause at the same time.  It’s a great way to shop without feeling guilty.

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