Archive for November, 2010



Suzanne’s Off-White Office Space.

It’s been almost one year since Atlanta Homes magazine featured the pretty, light, bright, and airy offices of Atlanta-based designer Suzanne Kasler. OMG! OMG! OMG! I’m totally on a creamy white kick right now and find that spaces like this boost all kids of levels {think morale, excitement, productivity, and yes, even success}. They also make great backdrops for all of the colorful projects we as designers have spread across our tables and even chairs {oy vey}. Someday, I will have my own off-site office space and a boomin’ business. But at this moment in time, this is exactly kind in mind. Just look at those woven bins for samples nestled neatly on the shelves! Every designer’s dream come true.

suzanne Kassler office space

suzanne Kassler office space

suzanne Kassler office space

suzanne Kassler office space

suzanne Kassler office space

My Flow Chart with Heart.

Where did I find this? My computers desktop is always jam packed with client folders, saved files, images pulled from the world wide web of whatever impresses me, photoshop files on hold, and miscellany. Lately, I’ve been on a creative kick finding ways to further improve my creative processes in all of my daily tasks and projects. And this simple creative flowchart must have been one of those ‘impress me” images from someone who I apologize I can not recall enough to credit. Grrr {sorry whoever made this!}. But it’s one to live by. To the wall!

proposed creative workflow

Home Design and Couture for the Horsey Set.

The equestrian trend is quite prominent this fall, just has it has been on the scene before. Having once worked for an equestrian architect, I had the chance to rub shoulders with all types of riders, horse owners, and barn staff and see their homes and stately barns first hand. I tell you there does exists a fashion sense in the threads of the equestrian community and equestrian and writer Vicky Moon beautifully exemplifies that notion of this lifestyle in her book “Equestrian Style“. She captures the luxurious way of life with an unprecedented peek into the equestrian theme that flows through dozens of stunning residences.

Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant

Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant

I had had the pleasure of working with Vicky Moon in the past and do own her other must-read books. I may not have any Jodhpurs in my wardrobe, but I sure have enough tall leather boots to select from for my next day at the races. Add a nice set of Derby glasses, and three-horse head bronze keys from France, and my equestrian decor is headed out of the gate!

Kitchen Floor Envy.

These kitchen floors started a redesign revolution. Blogger CoCoCozy has some insight into other DIY’rs who fell in love with architect Tom Newman composite tile floor design for his Hancock Park home gourmet kitchen. I love the weave pattern. Who knew a tile floor could look so cool. Look at CoCoCozy’s post to see their readers attempts to kindly copy his look! What’s the wait? Get out there and replicate!

Tom Newman's Gourmet Kitchen
Tom Newman’s Gourmet Kitchen

Say No More to Dingy Stairwell.

I have this dirty, dingy, worn wool wall to wall carpeting in my stairwell that has surely seen better days (if that ever existed for this one). It’s a pretty common low price Berber style flooring that I believe was put in the 1990’s – way before we ever moved in but it’s really not a great choice for this two level Victorian condominium. From afar, it’s a calm neutral but within a few feet, it’s a matted down wet cat. So, my honey and I have selected an environmental solution of 100% New Zealand looped woolen with jute backing carpet by privately owned Australian wool carpet manufacturer Godfrey Hirst.

The stairwell as it looks now. New carpeting goes down in two weeks!

The stairwell as it looks now. New carpeting goes down in two weeks!

Godfrey Hirst  is known for their all natural floor covering options along with their ‘green’ operations. No artificial ingredients added. Since the interior decor consists of eclectic furnishings with neutral undertones and splashes of brown, camel, white and pale grey, I went with the sophisticated yet casual Counterpoint in the color Edge Cliff.

I love the tiny subdued pattern and way the sample looks against floor to ceiling walls in the confined space. It carries the brown accents from the zebra rug in the living room and the Moroccan rug in the dining room to the lower level.

A sample of our final winner - Counterpoint by Godfrey Hirst

A sample of our final winner - Counterpoint by Godfrey Hirst

Karen from Potomac Floor Covering helped me finalize the logistics for the install and will be sending her crew here in two weeks to transform the riders and landings for us. Pics to come soon!

Taken Away at Kips Bay.

Last Friday was a day to remember. I had a fantastic road trip to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in NYC with the Washington Design Center and design crew. I made some new friends and soaked up major inspiration from the talented interior decorators at the show house. First of all, I want to move into that townhouse immediately. Wowsers! It’s incredible! And on the market for over $20 million. Someone out there is going to be living large when they buy that awesome real estate. Back to the design part. Oh my GOSH! I am in love with so many details of that space. Here are some pics I snapped while inside. One of the photos include the real talented Vincent Wolf who was there photographing his room.

Glossy coral red trim in the entryway.

Glossy coral red trim in the entryway.

Artful staircase with awesome wallpaper insets by Rod Winterrowd.

Artful staircase with awesome wallpaper insets by Rod Winterrowd.

I love these glass lamps in the kitchen designed by Eve Robinson.

I love these glass lamps in the kitchen designed by Eve Robinson.

The mirrored walls are a great way to enlarge an outdoor space with forever views - by Plant Specialists, LLC

The mirrored walls are a great way to enlarge an outdoor space with forever views - by Plant Specialists, LLC

The blue Ventian plaster walls were in high glass mode with Aegean and slate undertones.in the

The blue Venetian plaster walls were created with a high gloss sheen and has subtle variations of Aegean and slate undertones.

A bit dark, but this photo is of Vincent Wolfs room, and there he is in his talented glory!

A bit dark, but this photo is of Vincent Wolfs room with the excellent all white light fixtures on medium wood paneling... and there he is looking a Polaroid's through his scope - in his talented glory!

The hallway carpeting leading into the mens and owmens lounges was imitated with same pattern replicated with paint on hardwood. very creative and way cool Daren Henault Interiors!

The hallway carpeting leading into the mens and women's lounges was imitated with same pattern replicated with paint on hardwood. very creative and way cool designers at McMillen Plus!

I loved the warm and dfeep palette of the mens lounge with the trim applied directly to the walls and accented with gold toned wall sconces and modern wall art.

I loved the warm and deep palette of the mens lounge with the trim applied directly to the walls and accented with gold toned wall sconces and modern wall art.

In the womens lounge room, the wall closets were mirrored and then painted with a subtle and tiny pattern in a chalky color paint. Delicate and gorgeous.

In the women's lounge room, the wall closets were mirrored and then painted with a subtle and tiny pattern in a chalky color paint. Delicate and gorgeous.

Daren Henault Interiors created this glistening retreat in soft hues of blues and green accented with yellowish creams. I love the small painting above the bed. Striking art even at it's smaller size.

Daren Henault Interiors created this glistening retreat in soft hues of pale blue green accented with golds. I love the small painting above the bed. Striking art even at it's smaller size. The ceiling light is tops too.

The sisters at 2Michaels have a knack for creating serene enclosures and this calming space with modern accent lighting and furniture was one of my favorite rooms in the house.

The sisters at 2Michaels have a knack for creating serene enclosures and this calming space with modern accent lighting and furniture was one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Coffinier Ku Design was the brainchild behind this beautiful bathroom. I love the rug and the contrast of the claw foot against the more contemporary legs of the bench and lines of the rug.

Coffinier Ku Design was the brainchild behind this beautiful bathroom. I love the rug and the contrast of the claw foot against the more contemporary legs of the bench and lines of the rug.

The lilac sconce shades were a welcome touch to nickel fixtures and worked with the slate blue of the area rug.

The lilac sconce shades were a welcome touch to nickel fixtures and light sand hued wall tiles and worked with the slate color of the area rug.

The master bedroom was an experiemnt in candlelight - the colors were warm and yellow and the accents were a nice opposite in charcoals and blacks.

The master bedroom was an experiment in candlelight - the colors were warm and pale yellow and the accents were a nice opposite in charcoals and blacks.

The upholstery on the bed had a pearlized quality to it and the zig zag on the bench was really the first piece that caught my eye. Great combination!

The upholstery on the bed had a pearlized quality to it and the zig zag on the bench and similar key pattern on the rug was really the first surfaces that caught my eye. Great combination! And great flooring choice!

A successful experiment in venetian plaster, thin tape, and gold dots.

A successful wall covering experiment in venetian plaster, thin tape, and gold dots.

Aman & Carson Interiors created this welcoming lounge and library  space with leather seating, reading and super glossy off white walls and ceiling.

Aman & Carson Interiors created this welcoming lounge and library space with leather seating, reading and super glossy off white walls and ceiling. I loves the neutral background with touches of soft color like these Ikat pillows. And I've always been a fan of oversize mirrors.

I WANT this fantastic rock cryestl like hanging dome ceiling light - don't you love how the light reflects off the glossy ceiling?

I WANT this fantastic rock crystal like hanging dome ceiling light - don't you love how the light reflects off the wet-looking glossy ceiling?

The small seating area on the fifth floor had these amazing shagreen wall tiles that covered the walls. Nancy Boszhardt really selected great materials for this small seating area.

The small seating area on the fifth floor had these amazing shagreen wall tiles that covered the walls. Nancy Boszhardt really selected great materials for this small seating area.

Jennifer Post commanded much attention with the entire top penthouse of the home. The massage room already has a waitlist until 2012. If this were real life, this striking room with its black and white ensemble would have the most requested tables in the place.

Jennifer Post commanded much attention with the entire top penthouse of the home. The massage room already has a waitlist until 2012. If this were real life, this striking room with its black and white ensemble would have the most requested tables in the place.

This TV room by Jennifer Post would be a dream come true in the urban lofts of Washington DC.

This TV room by Jennifer Post would be a dream come true in the urban lofts of Washington DC.

A roof top terrace picked up on the black hues and unique metal sculptures from the inside spaces. Can you imagine a view like this on a warm summer night!

A roof top terrace picked up on the black hues and unique metal sculptures from the inside spaces. Can you imagine a view like this on a warm summer night!

Vincent Wolf WAS there and here is a sneak peek at some test polaroids.

Vincent Wolf WAS there and here is a sneak peek at some test Polaroids.

Fruit of the Room.

I’m on the hunt for an attractive and unique fruit basket or bowl to nestle beneath two hanging glass pendants on my granite countertop. I know that in the overall realm of things, a fruit bowl is less of a concern for many – but in my life, even the design of my keychain is of utmost importance.

I’m tired of soggy tomatoes and browning bananas, so I need to find a cute container that will keep my produce as ripe as the day I bought them (lots of hopes). When a lemon just won’t do.

 

A purple stainless steel La Rosa fruit holder at Velocity Art and Design

A purple stainless steel La Rosa fruit holder at Velocity Art and Design

Satellite Bowl at the Moma store

Satellite Bowl at the Moma store

Marlie White Stainless Steel Fruit Holder by Alessi

Marlie White Stainless Steel Fruit Holder by Alessi

Spectrum Euro Starburst Fruit Bowl in Satin Nickel

Spectrum Euro Starburst Fruit Bowl in Satin Nickel

Gold covered plastic resin Banana Bowl by Harry Allen

Gold covered plastic resin Banana Bowl by Harry Allen

Harmonic fruit bowl by by Alessi

Harmonic fruit bowl by by Alessi

On the Way to Kips Bay!

It’s Friday and I am on route with 30-plus other design darlings for a day of fun, friendly networking, and fantastically designed rooms at the 38th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. Twenty top local NY designers, landscape artists and photographers pulled together a five-week transformation of a classic six-story Upper East side limestone mansion, to benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

I’ll have some of my own snap shots of the house tour on my next post but for those of you who did not make it this year, here are a few from Interior Design Magazine. I can already tell I’m going to fall in love with the Coffiner Ku Designs glamorous bath and Jennifer Post Design’s open air rooftop. Watch out NYC, here we come!

 

by Sherrill Canet Interiors, LTD.

by Sherrill Canet Interiors, LTD.

by 2Michaels Design

by 2Michaels Design

by Cullman & Kravis, Inc.

by Cullman & Kravis, Inc.

The Jeffrey Design Group

by The Jeffrey Design Group

by Eve Robinson Associates; photos Laurel Petriello.

by Eve Robinson Associates; photos Laurel Petriello.

by Brett Design

by Brett Design

by McMillen Plus

by McMillen Plus

 

by Coffiner Ku Design, Ltd.; photos Laurel Petriello.

by Coffiner Ku Design, Ltd.; photos Laurel Petriello.

by Aman & Carson Interiors; photos Laurel Petriello.

by Aman & Carson Interiors; photos Laurel Petriello.

by Jennifer Post Design, Inc.; photos Laurel Petriello.

by Jennifer Post Design, Inc.; photos Laurel Petriello.

This year’s design contributors include 2Michaels Design, Aman & Carson Inc., Brett Design, Coffinier Ku Design, Ltd., Cullman & Kravis, Darren Henault Interiors, Eve Robinson Associates, Jean Paul Gaultier, The Jeffrey Design Group, Jennifer Post Design Inc., Katie Ridder Design and Decoration, McMillen Plus, Monica Rich Kosann Photography, Nancy Boszhardt Inc., Plants Specialists, Robert Verdi and Deirdre A. D’Elia Interior Designs, Rod Winterrowd Inc., Sculpt du Fleur by Nina Helms, Sherrill Canet Interiors, Ltd., and Vicente Wolf Associates.

Colorful Candy Apples.

The Hudson Restaurant Lounge just celebrated their 3rd anniversary last week and the who’s who’ of Washington, DC attended. One of the event photographers was Daniel Schwartz of Daniel Schwartz Photography. Looking through all of the faces and fashionable guests, I came across this detail shot. Loving the multi-colored wooden sticks and the fall feeling of candied apples. I’m all about details and still photography takes it up one notch. Keep up the good work and good times Daniel!

Photo by Daniel Schwartz Photography

Photo by Daniel Schwartz Photography

Cape Crusader in all Her Mini Glory.

I might be the only one of a gazillion Auntie’s that thinks they have the most adorable niece on the planet. So true. Then in this case, miss Julia might be the most adorable Supergirl on the planet. She walked the streets on Halloween night making sure all other costumed cuties were under control and candy bags were full. Psst.. those are her black Converse chucks peeking out under her boot… she’s a bold babe. Girl power!


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