Kicking off Design Week at Wanted

Kicking off Design Week at Wanted


Did you know it is Design Week in New York City? Well it may be a bit under the public radar, but this week surrounding the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), which opened last weekend, is turning out to be a blockbuster. So many exciting events have cropped up all over the city it is a veritable feast of contemporary design destinations. In fact it was becoming so overwhelming that the Cooper Hewitt Museum stepped up to the plate and created a calendar consolidating everything in one easy to navigate place. Caroline Baumann, associate director of the museum explained “Designers, architects, city officials and media have all worked together to build Design Week NYC and raise awareness of the inspiring projects and events taking place all around the city.”

Kicking off the official week long celebration, was Wanted Design.…

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Living Gilt Home

Living Gilt Home

Tom Delavan, the talented designer and Creative Director of Gilt Home, opened up his beautiful Greenwich Village townhouse recently to showcase some soon-to-be -featured Gilt products.

I wish I had better photos of his dramatic entrance painted in high gloss white enamel – it is stunning! With enticing food and beverages from Gilt Taste, two rooms were cleverly transformed to reflect the Gilt Home sales this coming week.

The front room, overlooking a charming West Village street, featured bright pops of color that will be part of the Summery Brights sale.

The handsome back room was perfectly prepped for the Man Cave Essentials Sale.…

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Kips Bay – Charles Pavarini, Chairman of the Designer Committee

Kips Bay – Charles Pavarini, Chairman of the Designer Committee

Tuesday evening I attended the opening of the 2012 Kips Bay Showhouse. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic event and with Bunny Williams and Charles Pavarini at the helm, the designers pulled out all the stops. It’s a blockbuster round up of talent resulting in a showhouse that is a marvelous example of design excellence.

I had the opportunity to interview Charles, who is this year’s Chairman of the Designer Committee, for Interior Connector, a favorite online source for the best in luxury home furnishings.

So pop over to read the kick off Kips Bay interview (more to come) and “hear” this design luminary’s thoughts on the show house, his design and the state of the industry!!…

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New York D&D Building 2012 Spring Market

New York D&D Building 2012 Spring Market

I am delighted to announce that I will be reporting today from the D&D Building in NYC for Spring Market. Along with twenty other design and lifestyle bloggers, I will be tweeting live from all the fabulous events that the D&D has lined up.

The day kicks off with keynote speaker WSJ Magazine editor-in-chief and author Deborah Needleman discussing design and her latest title The Perfectly Imperfect Home.

Throughout the day, showrooms will be introducing new collections and featuring designers and experts in the field. Editors-in-chief from local upscale publications Cottages & Gardens, New York Spaces and Interiors will all be leading discussions on various topics at Robert Allen/Beacon Hill, Maya Romanoff and Lewis Mittman.…

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Holland & Sherry Bespoke

Holland & Sherry Bespoke

On a popular street in NYC’s hip Nolita neighborhood, in the most beautiful building on the block, the chicest new lifestyle brand in the city has been born. If you are a fan of elegant fine fabrics, classic enduring design tweaked for modern living, carefully curated collections of the excellent and eccentric, then be sure to put the new Holland & Sherry Bespoke shop at 209 Elizabeth Street on your must-visit list. A wonderful hidden gem, it’s a Narnia-like experience as you walk through the spacious Elizabeth Street Gallery to the fantastic entrance of the shop.

In a fabulous space by architect Eric Hilton, who also designed all the Holland & Sherry showrooms, is an emporium teeming with temptation.…

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My Amazing Mother

My Amazing Mother

My mother was truly exceptional, but growing up, it somehow seemed normal that we had couture quality Easter coats she made us every year or that my sister and her dolls always had matching outfits or that she could accurately sketch portraits of the children at our summer club in under a minute or even that her hair was in a perfect French twist secured by a million bobbie pins by the time I came down to breakfast every morning. In an age long before blogs, Martha Stewart or Project Runway, my mother’s creative energy knew no bounds.

A talented artist, who had a long career in various incarnations, her work surrounded us.…

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Red Cross Red & White Ball Redux

Red Cross Red & White Ball Redux

As with many such tabletop fundraisers, it is impossible to feature all the tables in a single post – hence part two, featuring many more of the tantalizing tables that designers created for the Red Cross Red & White ball in Greenwich, CT on April 28th. It’s almost the weekend – take a few moments to enjoy!

Honorary Design chair Victoria Hagan‘s table featured graphic neutrals popped with elements in the color of the evening.

Another slightly stronger version of neutrals with red with Hampton Whites table with Jonathan Adler accessories.

Stark Carpet‘s upbeat table featured the many brights we are seeing this season.…

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Little Augury One Kings Lane Tastemaker Sale

Little Augury One Kings Lane Tastemaker Sale

I am pleased to share that two of my favorite sites are joining forces this week for a wonderful sale.

Starting today at 11 am EST, blogging friend Gaye Tapp will be the featured Tastemaker Tag Sale on One Kings Lane. Gaye’s blog Little Augury is one of my regular reads for her insightful, educated, creative musings on beauty and life! Also an interior designer for the past 25 years, her work is timeless, elegant and unique.

Included in the sale will be a wide variety of Continental antiques, original art, a number of works on paper, books and textiles from her personal collections. …

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When Help Can’t Wait: the Red Cross Red & White Ball

When Help Can’t Wait: the Red Cross Red & White Ball

On April 28th, the Metro New York North Red Cross held its annual Red & White Ball, one of the largest fund raising events in town. With over 460 guests, they raised more than $760,000 to help the Red Cross provide immediate humanitarian aid to those affected by emergencies and disasters.

Held in the NetJets Hangar at the Westchester Airport, it is always fun to see the tablescapes generously created by local designers, organized with local media sponsor Cottages & Gardens.

Local retailer Hoaglands, about whom I have written on several occasions, designed two stunning tables. Their first was one of my favorites of the evening.…

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High Point Picks – Meet Wesley Hall

High Point Picks – Meet Wesley Hall

As many of you know, I attended High Point through a co-sponsorship between the market and upscale furniture manufacturer Wesley Hall. Kudos go to Cheminne Taylor-Smith, Vice President of Marketing at High Point Market Authority, for facilitating this marvelous match.

I wasn’t familiar with Wesley Hall before this trip.  As a to-the-trade company, they are a bit under the radar for many of us in the retail market. But they deserve to be known by consumers as well. A family owned and operated made-in-America business, they are involved in every aspect of their 20 year old company, with an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail that is second to none in the industry.…

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