Thursday, May 31, 2012

Miles Redd design crush of the week!

Raised in Atlanta, Miles Redd moved to New York to study film at New York University. More interested in set design, he began working for antiques dealer John Rosselli after graduation, which would serve as a hands-on education in furniture and the decorative arts. Later hired by decorator Bunny Williams, Redd honed his eye as a shopper and design assistant, combing the 26th Street flea market and frequenting the great antiquarians for beautiful finds. His tiny East Village apartment became a laboratory for his particular brand of cozy glamour: he painted the floor in an emerald green harlequin pattern, stacked books to the ceiling, and hung works of art ranging from his own figure drawings to a 19th century copy of a Velásquez Infanta. This playful mix of high and low, emboldened by color and modern gestures but grounded in practicality, would come to define Redd's style.
After a brief stint studying painting in Lacoste, France, he returned to New York and began decorating friends' apartments. One job led to another and in 1998 Redd opened his own office in Noho. At ease working in a variety of styles and settings, he relies on innovation and imagination to create comfortable, elegant interiors that express a client's personality. Traditional room arrangements find their foil in juxtapositions of surface texture—lacquer and plaster, satin and linen—but without becoming precious. He believes in a pragmatic approach to living well and finds the best collaborations come from a meeting of the minds and a shared sense of humor.

Having completed many New York apartments, Redd has also worked on such diverse projects as a Miami Beach condominium, a ranch in Wyoming and a farmhouse in the South of France. He is currently decorating an Upper East Side townhouse, a couple's country home in Millbrook, New York, and a Philip Schutze house in Atlanta for a young family. Redd also lends his time to organizations like Housing Works and the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. His work has been featured in New York Magazine, Vogue, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, House & Garden, W, and Country Life. In 2003, Redd was named creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home. Above biography courtesy of

We are delighted to attend the Lecture by Miles Redd tomorrow at the Kips Bay Designer lecture series! He will be discussing todays Fashion and its influence on design. This is something we are very interested in  and have done posts on before, but it will be quite an education coming from Miles Redd's point of view! We will have great things to post about on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend as we enjoy our day in NYC,  the lecture, Kips Bay tour and then a great dinner at the Red Cat!! 

Miles Redd the Performing his magic!

All the following photos are courtesy of Miles Redd portfolio, these are just a glimpse of  Miles' portfolio full of personality !!

This prussian blue is like deep blue water!!

One of my favorite kitchens, timeless and elegant!

Eclectic at its finest!

Library envy!!!

Okay, any wall treatment with birds is fine by me!!

Red done right!! Trimming out the red lacquer with gilding adds dimension and structure to simple library shelving.


Love this bathroom, all the details are stunning!

We are deli in Atlanta, Miles Redd moved to New York to study film at New York University. More interested in set design, h

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

By the Beautiful Sea!

After seeing Annie Kelly's new book -Rooms to Inspire by the Sea,  I am obsessed with airy beach decor!
There are so many beautiful ocean front homes and decor I was inspired to search for ones that I love! Of course several where from Annie's Book, which is filled with several Seaside homes designed by various top designers. I have the original Rooms to Inspire by Annie and I love It! So I was certain this book would be amazing as well, and I was right!  I have included several photos from her book as well as others that I love from Pinterest, etc! Enjoy!
I love this!! What fun from Annie Kelly's new book!

Annie Kelly

Annie Kelly, no clutter here!!!

Annie Kelly

Lux Interiors

My Pinterest.. Phoebe Howard

Pinterest, I love this and could definitely see this style in a fantastic beach home.

Phoebe Howard

My Pinterest, Phoebe Howard.

Love the unexpected sharp tones of darks and lights for a cool beach bedroom!-Pinterest.

Formal, but the colors are like water!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My favorite" shop stop" in the ADK-The Birch Store!

The Birch Store offers an unexpected shopping experience in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks. In the spirit of a general store, there is a bit of everything in this shop which has served Keene Valley since the 1890s; delights for men, women, babies, pets and home. The thoughtfully curated collection includes diverse items from the area and around the globe; shoppers say they love to wander from room to room, losing themselves in new discoveries. Tunisian bath towels, Portuguese pottery, local soaps, French knives, natural cleaning products and abundant cashmere - all can be found at the Birch Store! I have to make the stop either on the way in or on the way out of Keene Valley, but there is no way I ever pass it up! I hope if you venture into the ADK on the way to Lake Placid you make a stop at The Birch Store, there is definitely something for everybody!
Two floors of everything but the kitchen sink! Great clothing for men and women, even children's gifts. Of course all the home decor items such as bedding, lighting, rugs etc keep me intrigued with every visit!

Its like being a kid in a candy store!!

Did I mention the cutest T-shirts too!

Fantastic throw pillows!

I always love the bedroom vignette , they put together such a cool bedding sample!

Goodies for your camp are always fresh and fun!

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Unexpected Bed!

Well, I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday weekend! It went very fast! We spent the weekend in upstate NY at our vacation home. It is always fun until you have to leave, and close up the house! As I went from room to room changing linens and making beds, I thought of all the types of beds there must be out there. I was having the fun job of making my children's bed, which is a built in bunk that we created by using space what was originally a hall closet. We decided that we really didn’t need the closet space rather we needed extra guest space so we just opened it up into the bedroom that flanked it. I love the bunks and the extra sleeping space they have created but they are not the easiest bed to make, that’s for sure! What kind of fun beds do you have in your home? Send me some photos and I will dedicate a post to my “viewer’s fantastic beds!” Meanwhile enjoy some of these fantastic beds that I have found.
The bunk beds that I created out of a hall closet.

Adjustable gooseneck lighting makes reading an easy task.

Slide that leads to sunk in pit bed!

Tree house bed!

Furry bed, not so keen on this one but it's interesting!

Tented bed for continual camping!

Climbing bed, I think you have to be in great shape just to get into this one!

Nest bed! The  six fun beds above are!

Lovely from

A bed that doubles as a Movie viewing screen!

So adorable from

Friday, May 25, 2012

We love before and afters...

We are designing a  living room and things are finally starting to come together. We have built-ins done, Phillip Jeffries paper on the wall, and paint done. Waiting on pillows, accent chairs, banquette, tables etc. It is nice to cut costs when possible so finding these chairs were a gambling, but one that paid off! I was so excited yesterday to see the re-fabrication of the two vintage chairs that we found at Summit Antique Center in Summit, NJ.  Before they were bright yellow, semi-tufted and lots of bullion fringe. Now they are clean and classic with Cowtan and Tout woven fabric, no tufting and a waterfall skirt!   Cannot wait to post the final install photos when this room is finished! So, my work is done for this week, time to enjoy the long weekend! I wish everyone a great Memorial Day weekend!
These chair were actually in  very good condition despite the lemon yellow velvet and fringe.

We are so happy with the result!

Bonus, they are comfortable as well!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Move over subway tile...Moroccan is here!

As we search for the perfect backsplash for a client, I am loving the simply glazed Moroccan tiles! Don't get me wrong  subway is a classic, but a simple moroccan can be a classic too if used the right way! There are such beautiful patterns and colors to choose from, but I usually stick to beige or white for continuity sake. However, if you are a color lover and know that you always will be, then the sky is the limit with colors to choose from. There are many sites to the carry moroccan tiles, I just happen to like, because they have an amazing selection.  I think small mosaic moroccan tile is very versatile too, because it fits both modern and traditional settings. I will always love a classic subway, but change can be good!

This and the following 5 photos are

On Mosaichse site, love this clean glazed look!

Small square moroccan mosaics are fun and classic.

Steven Gambrel can do no wrong!! Used tile on floor and back splash! Also from Mosaichse.

Tiny mosaic tile, gives the backsplash a sparkling-clean look!

I love the multi-beige 2 inch tile on this backsplash, would really love  it with a taupe painted cabinet, or a very dark modern cabinet.

If you are  an eclectic person this is the tile for you!!

Mission Tile, European feel, the colors of the sea!!

Above two photos, again one of my favorite tiles!
My favorite kitchen of the year..Brooke Shields with large glazed moroccan tile back splash!