Thursday, September 27, 2012

Love at 1st Sight…

 
They don’t call it kitchen of the year for nothing… 

House Beautiful’s kitchen of the year is featured in this month’s issue, and the worst part is this – I missed it.  How could this happen when I live right here?  I’m bummed…  Well truthfully I’m not surprised.  Trying to juggle multiple renovations and grand jury duty at the same time was not the summer I had in mind.    

Love at first sight…  This tile from Ann Sachs is stunning, but I’d fallen in love long before seeing it here.  One day while tile shopping, I spotted it.  Wow.  I HAVE to do this somewhere. It's hard to capture this feeling from a picture but trust me, it's a keeper... 

Well someone beat me to it.  Here it is – and so much more fun than falling for a sample board.  The shimmery irridescent quality is absolutely irresistible - it glows.  Much like the kitchen itsself.  Other things to love – the hammered sink, the polished open shelving, and the glam pot & pan storage…well basically all of it.  Pick up the issue and see what I mean…

Monday, September 24, 2012

Oh Baby...


I’m Loving this baby’s room.  What a lucky little someone - imagine having this as your first ever bedroom…
Years ago I worked on a nursery for a couple who bought a light fixture in Paris and had it shipped home – a wire cage with birds inside.  I couldn’t quite picture it, and it took forever to get, but like them, I fell in love instantly.  Well here it is again...
Since then I’ve seen it here in NYC at the Conran Shop below ABC Carpet – no longer such a long wait but still every bit as magical.  It MAKES this room…  And how about that rug?  This space no doubt is an all around winner from top to bottom.           

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Loved...


AD didn’t disappoint this month – loved this soothing gray monochromatic bedroom, especially the chandelier.  I have one of these starbursts in my apartment and have found 2 more for clients of mine.  Let me tell you, these little numbers take any room to the next level. 

And if one is not enough, this stylish couple has 2 in this BR suite.  OK, that’s just showing off - not really, I’d do the same in a minute… 
Lighting is Everything, and in fact, it’d say it’s my top pick for creating the wow factor in any space.   If only I had more rooms…   Right now I have all the lighting I can have, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped collecting.  Noooooo….someday when I do, I’m already set!       

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Way Up There...


Being a details girl, I’m always soaking them in wherever I can, wherever I am.  The ceiling in the far room is fantastic – not just the rustic blue wood, but the gold against it and the green.  I Love it. 

This took guts…  On paper it could sound like a winner, but it could have easily been a do-over.  Instead it’s brilliant… 

BTW I’m also loving the transom windows and doors in this room – a design I’m always looking to recreate from the salvage yard.  No surprise, I’m ready now with 3 arched transoms in storage for someday.  Whenever and wherever that is…            

Friday, August 3, 2012

Dreamy...



With so much time on my hands these days waiting around in between cases at grand jury duty, I’ve been reading A LOT.  My first book was Under the Tuscan Sun.  I’ve seen the movie but had never read the book, so I thought it would be a perfect “take me away” read.  After all, this is a subject I can relate to (renovating), and what better way to experience another facet I've not yet experienced than reading about doing one overseas.   It is similar in some ways...  I felt a little like I moved to another country when I renovated here in Manhattan for the first time – a whole different ballgame... 

Three weeks in, I’ve moved though several books, but I couldn’t help but be drawn to these images in the August issue of Homes & Gardens.  It’s almost like the images I dreamed up in my head when reading the book came to life, with a slight difference: France vs. Italy.   

These beautiful spaces were designed by Marie-Laure, an interior designer from France who relocated here to NYC and has since moved back.  I love her style.  It has that fantastic dual quality – old world and modern at the very same time.  I LOVE the stone and how it looks alongside casement style windows and doors.  Plus who wouldn’t want to be sitting at this pool about now.  It’s nothing short of dreamy...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

40 Fab Rooms...


I opened my mailbox to find 40 Fabulous Rooms in Living etc and yes I agree – it’s fabulous.  BUT what exactly is "it" - wallpaper, tile, fabric, or paint maybe?  Drum roll please… 

Its tile (courtesy of Ann Sachs). 

I love the personality this bold pattern brings to a micro-office space like this one - I can’t take my eyes off it…  I have to admit though, tile wouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind when dreaming up a feature wall, well outside of a kitchen or bath, but why not join the club and live fabulous too?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Underwater...



Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly fit another thing into my recently crazy days, I got blindsided with one opening of my mailbox…

Lucky girl – you’ve been selected for Grand Jury Duty – a sentence of 4 weeks + 1 day. AND as an added bonus, you’ll be stressed out and left with no summer or days off.

Needless to say the outcome of this letter has been this - I’m up late at night trying to play catch-up and my blog postings have trickled. I’ve figured out how to survive the days of waiting and confinement to an uninspiring space with hard chairs.  Reading and listening to music helps, well when I’m not powering my phone up and down in between cases.

BUT this week my goal is to get back on track… Oh and buy another book or two maybe. Honestly when this grand juror badge expires, I’ll feel like I’ve been let out of jail or detention, never mind that no crime was ever committed – not by me at least….




A Must-Try…


I’ve been a fan of ceiling hung curtains ever since I had them in my studio.  Modern and practical, they never miss in creating an instant pulled together look.  Sooooo why not in the bathroom? 

My philosophy on shower curtains is always the same: hang them as close to the ceiling as possible - the longer the absolute better.  Long draws your eye up and adds a luxurious, vacationesque vibe to any bath. 

Well here is one better for curtains in the bath – on the ceiling.   The look here is effortless, easy, and perfectly done – floating just above the floor. 

Note to self: add to your must try list.  My only wonder is the liner – not sure how that works, BUT I will figure it out, as inquiring minds may want to know…   

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Old School...



I’m going old school at the moment designing an ultra traditional bathroom.  My client has visions of a claw foot tub in her head.  Well here’s one…done right. 

I love the simplicity of this room and especially the painted variation of the more typical white-white.  This bath has an earthy old world feel from the fixtures to the herringbone floor to the corbels in the entry; yet somehow it also appears minimalist and modern.  

Another atypical touch – the wide open plan.  I can see liking this for the tub and the sink, but the toilet?  That’s anything BUT traditional… 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Another World...




There's a whole other world in this city that most of never ever see…   

High above street level on top of many buildings there are entire houses constructed up on the roof.  This is one of them.  In my first apartment I use to stare at one in particular across the way from my apartment overlooking Central Park. It was brick, multi-level, and surrounded by gardens - absolutely fantastic.  I always wondered who lived there.  Years later when attending an open house with a friend I saw it in person.  Turned out, it was not at all what I had imagined and in fact not a house at all.  It was a beautiful roof space and a brick fa├žade covering the water tower.  I was soooo disappointed.    

This is not one of those – it’s the real deal.  There's a similar space to this one in plain view from our roof deck and again I wonder who lives there – for real…