For those of you who don’t know about Viyet, well, I’m about to tell you about it.  Viyet is the design aficionado’s destination to buy and sell timeless furniture and accessories.  Everything is in style, seeing as it’s pre-owned designer furniture and Viyet only takes and then sells the best of the best.   You could call it high end consignment.  Take a look for yourself and see what Viyet has in stock.  You won’t be disappointed.  Oh, and here’s a chance to enter to win a $1500 shopping spree and help them celebrate their anniversary. Could be your lucky day so go for it!

 

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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.

 

pantone colors 2014

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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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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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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I have noticed that with the whole  recession going on, there is one thing that my clients still can’t go without, and that is a fabulous bed!

A great bed can transform a room from drab to fab, and even though your mattress may be the same, you sleep soooooo much better! It’s all psychological, but hey, whatever works!

Here are some of my favorite beds from luxurious, to over-the-top, to downright sexy!  And as you will see, not all beds were made for sleeping ;)

French Tufted Bed

French Tufted Bed


One of my favorites! This bed just looks so comfortable, doesn’t it! I could sleep for DAYS on that bed! What I would give to just sleep at all these days! (The kids like to wake up early!…like 5am early! ugh…they didn’t get that from my side of the family!)
I really love the color scheme in this room too! It’s like a breathe of fresh air (OMG, did I just say that! So corny, but it’s true!)

Bedroom by Jonathan Adler

Bedroom by Jonathan Adler

The King of OVER-THE-TOP himself, Mr. Jonathan Adler! What a freakin’ bed! I want to see a picture of the people that sleep on this thing! So wild! That headboard is gorgeous and I can see it working beautifully in a million different rooms.

I think I would have some pretty cool dreams in this bed! This is a perfect example of a bed “making the room”. It’s all you need really!

This is my personal idea of heaven! I LOVE this bed! I would throw some crazy wallpaper behind it, but other than that it is PERFECT! Graham and Greene make this bed as well as my furniture company, Liv-Chic.

Horchow makes this Baroque beauty and my furniture company also makes the same one!

Ok, I changed my mind , THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE! Oly Studio has done it again! All hail OLY!  I might never wake up if I fell asleep here!

Total Hollywood Glam! These last two beds remind me of Nicky and Paris Hilton’s homes by Faye Resnick! Can’t you just see those two having a pillow fight in here! (Nicky would kick Paris’ A!)

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…And like I said, some beds weren’t made for sleeping!

Goodnight!

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