Friday, February 28, 2014

Are You Getting Enough Vegetables - Hemmerle Can Help!

Well are you? I am talking the pretty little vegetables that last forever, what did you think I meant? 
The amazing fourth generation jewelry designers from Hemmerle have some amazing projects in the works and one of them is almost edible! The vegetables look so lovely that you just want to take a bite or at the very least wear them.  All the pieces of jewelry on this site are swoon worthy! Take a peak for yourself and tell me what your favorite piece is.  Enjoy the weekend everyone and those in the North East -HERE WE GO AGAIN SNOW!
Go here to see more delectable jewelry treats!

Okay lets go get our Vegetables......

Artist- Takaya Hanayuishi (Pinterest)

Okay not exactly what I had in mind but gorgeous, right?

Now these below are what I am talking about get  your plate ready and enjoy!


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Come with me to the D&D!

Seriously, if you ever are going to the D&D and want company just drop me a message. I love it there! However, there are never enough hours in the day to peruse through that building without missing something great and wishing you had more time!
We spent 2 half days there this week and I took a few photos of some my favorite things. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these, and if not you are in for a treat! Come peak at the Decoration and Design building with me, shall we!

The above seven are from my very favorite John Rosselli!

The above are from another fantastic showroom- Jerry Pair!

Vaughan Lighting...LOVE!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cullman & Kravis - The Detailed Interior

I must say that I had a wonderful time at the panel discussion this past Tuesday with host(Stacey Bewkes) of Quintessence Blog and her lovely guests Ellie Cullman, Tracey Pruzan and members of Ellie's remarkable staff. The panel discussion was based on Cullman & Kravis and their 30 years of design with a tribute to the new book, The Detailed Interior.  We learned exactly how and why Ellie and her wonderful firm have stayed on the top of the design scene for 30 years. It seems that besides the remarkable talent that is present in the firm, they coexist as equals each contributing something important to the design process and to the business itself. They respect and get along so well that  you could just see it in the relaxed nature that the discussion presented.
 As far as the actual design process there are some key elements to the way they work. 
First always remain organized!  Each job gets a reference folder with a budget, spread sheets, floor plan, copies of fabric and trim swatches, completed list, and to do list. It also has all the measurements of each item down to the very last detail. I was truly impressed with the "good- better -best" sheet. Ellie stressed that in good design each space must have at least one best piece.  If that best piece is present one can mix in items from West Elm or Ballard and your room still maintains an element of elegance and personality. One final tip  I loved was when staging the space for the client make it user ready right down to the candy in a dish and fresh flowers, all of which make the client feel right at home the minute they step into the space for the first time! 
Well, Ellie is one special woman with a very talented firm that she should be proud of! I highly recommend both of the Cullman & Kravis books: The Detailed Interior and Decorating Master Class

Elissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan

Head over the Linda at Calling It Home for the One Room Challenge today!

Calling It Home

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Great American Home!

The Great American Home is a truly wonderful book!  Architect Gil Schafer III is classically trained and also thinks like an interior designer, so as he designs he is aware of furniture placement and how the space will be utilized. He is also very attune to comfort and flow. This book has a lovely foreword by Bunny Williams, who has had the great pleasure of working with Gil.
I find the book not only utterly beautiful to leaf through but extremely informative as far as Architecture and detail is concerned.I think I may be biased as I have a 200 year old farmhouse and I am always drawn to historic properties. However, if you love historic homes, architecture and landscape you will absolutely love this book.  This is a must have for designers as a reference when renovating.
I am off to NYC to the Design Building today and tomorrow and will be sitting in on the panel discussion being hosted by Ellie Cullman of Cullman & Kravis, and Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence Blog. I should have some great things to post about on Wednesday, enjoy!