Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday House 2015 ~ part 2

Antonino  Buzzetta's Mother's Day room, awash in pink, is a reminder that CANCER SUCKS!  The XOXO neon art was a jumping off point, inspired by Antonino's love for his mom (that's beautiful.) Street artist Bradley Theodore's funky portraits of strong women adorned most of the walls, and the strength of pattern throughout was a perfect counterpoint in this feminine room.  Bradley USA custom made all the furniture for the room.  Anthony said, "Cancer is ugly!"  One way he feels he can help is by making a pretty room in an effort to raise money to hopefully eradicate it in our lifetime.

The Home for the Holidays bedroom by international designer Paris Forino is a restful artist's respite.  Like a delicious intermezzo between two very bold rooms, it had an ethereal, rich flavor.  Art from Neuhaus Gallery and fabrics by one of my favorites, Jim Thompson, made this room feel like an homage to a world traveler reveling in treasures found from around the globe.

A happy accident in the way of the wrong wallpaper being delivered to Marks & Frantz's room totally made the space eclectic and visually exciting.  The duo known for fashion forward, whimsical spaces  noticed a trend recently.  Their clients have been requesting games be incorporated into their spaces; thus Game Night was born.  This beautiful, richly layered, multi tasking room was designed for fun and games.  The scotch tasting was a nice touch.

Julia Buckingham has been a busy girl!  She just rolled out a collection for Global Views (see story here) and she has been promoting it in lots of fun filled ways.  Her room at Holiday House,
Holi Festival of Colors, signifies the coming of Spring in India and Nepal.  Happy colors and pattern embody her spirit and achieve her main objective of bringing that spirit into the design of the room. Julia was working with a woman who was battling cancer during the project.  This woman said she wanted to keep going with the decorating because it brought her joy during a difficult time.  NEVER underestimate the power of a beautifully designed environment!

I loved the way Katie Scott merged her 2 passions, that of interiors and jewelry design.  This Houston designer made the most out of a few small spaces! The ladies lounge or private space, celebrating a Golden Anniversary was infused with dark colors, metallics, and jewel like accessories with sex appeal.  I just followed the fabulous lighting.  A percentage of her jewelry sales will be donated to BCRF.

Speaking of jewel like spaces ~ Rio Hamilton's graphic Charging Station yielded high drama in a small space!  The obvious focal point of the room was the oversized painting by artist Andrea Selby, depicting a woman who beat cancer, passed her 5 year mark, and is celebrating at her favorite cafe in Paris.  Not to be overshadowed is the (almost) priceless turn of the century frame where each side is made out of a single piece of elaborately carved wood by Lowy.

It became the unofficial hot spot for a photo op as demonstrated by Tamara, Rio and myself.

We're not done yet.  Stay tuned, there's more....

Monday, November 16, 2015

Holiday House 2015~ Part 1

Since 2008, Holiday House has grown into a dynamic show house with talented top tier designers, inspired by a holiday, to benefit breast cancer research.  Each year the bar is raised a little higher.  This year was no exception, and was I impressed!

Jenny Dina Kirchner's ladies lounge (above) packed a punch!  She made the most out of a small space.  All Hallows Eve was her holiday with an angels and saints theme.  The furniture and textiles were from Donghia, and eye popping art by Ginestroni.  She wanted a "fun, funky, wild space."  She got (created) it.

The "St Andrews Day" grand salon by James Riner celebrates all things Scottish.  One of the sponsors of Holiday House is the Scottish Luxury Brand Council, so it was fitting that James paid homage to them when creating a relaxed, inviting, multi tasking room.  A room for relaxation and entertaining, heavy with pops of primary color, warm woods and rich plaids.

Nothing says Boxing Day like beautiful ribbon clad boxes cleverly piled high in the fireplace; promises of gifts for the help that inevitably would have lived there in a different time.  Warm wood paneling, leaded glass windows, beautiful European mid-century antiques, hints of lavender and mint, sumptuous textiles, and a striking painting by Mary Nelson Sinclair are all parts of the carefully curated library, completely reflective of  Robert Passel's  warm, refined livable spaces.

 Snow Day was this year's holiday for Bjorn Bjornsson's dining room.  Wrapped in white, crystal, Christopher Guy furniture and mirror, it's a nice place to cuddle up on a "snow day."  One of the nice things about this particular show house is that it is in the same place, the Academy Mansion, year after year.  I get a kick out of seeing different designers put their stamp on these same spaces.  The bones of the dining or sitting room always make it a stand out.  You have to keep that in mind when making a strong design statement; keeping your attention at eye level when grounding the room.

Champion Platt's therapist's office is a "Turkish delight."  Inspired by Nardoqan, the Turkish winter solstice.  It is said that is when the darkness and evil are defeated by the emergence of the new sun.  The warm, cozy room is enveloped in symbolism: intricate Turkish rugs, a shadowy palette, and unexpected function set you on a transformational journey from darkness to light. 

I have been in a therapist's office a time or two ~ I wish it looked like this.  Think of how open you would feel enveloped in a beautifully decorated, calm environment!

Stay tune for Part deux

photos: via Alan Barry, CoolHunting, CLI

Monday, November 9, 2015

Friends with Collections

I have been meaning to write this post and am thrilled to finally do so.   I find many of my design friends have been VERY busy of late.  Each has brought a unique voice into the marketplace with a private collection for the home or in conjunction with a well known, well established manufacturer.  Without further ado ~

My friend Tamara Stephenson, an interior designer in New York and her childhood friend Susan Young, a fashion designer, have partnered to form Root Cellar Designs.  My only question is:  What took so long?  As the name implies, it has a vintage inspired, hand made quality.  Inspired by fashion, decorative arts, travel, history, and so much more, these girls are putting a really fun, unique spin on their textiles.  The collection has grown exponentially since its inception in 2014.  I love the fashion fusion influence.  The new east meets west and block print patterns are a must on my list of wants and needs.  As we speak Tamara and Susan are customizing their croc pattern for a beach house project I am designing, and I can't wait to incorporate it into the room.  Check out their holiday pop up shop. You can purchase the normally to the trade only line of textiles, table linens, and pillows directly for a limited time.  You girls Rock!

What happens when retailer/designer Bradley Clifford meets, via instagram, classically trained sculptor George Sellers?  Areté Collection is born and magic happens!  The "otherworldly" products created of bronze, stone, marble, plaster, limestone, etc. have heads turning, mine included!  The faux bois collection with its hyper realistic feel was an instant hit.  The furniture, lighting, and objects d'art are one of a kind, modern marvels inspired by a deep respect for the past with a touch of wit and whimsy.  George is deeply influenced by Italian architecture and the work of Italian Renaissance sculptor Donatello, who captured emotion in stone so beautifully.  The wasp chandelier (shown below) is gasp worthy.  These pieces are more art than mere object.  These two men with their individual talents have forged a perfect partnership and a path that I am sure neither saw coming.  With Bradley now in Mexico, I can only imagine the magnificence that will be fuel for the fire.

Powerhouse designer Julia Buckingham joins the roster of designers creating collections for Global Views.  Furniture, lighting, accessories, and table top encompass more than 100 products in her first collection.  Her modernique® signature aesthetic is a happy marriage of modern and antique.  The juxtaposition of color, style, and periods with a certain joie de vivre attitude make Julia an in demand, on the go designer.  "The collection is based on taking a curated, creative journey and creating an ongoing relationship between people and their homes."  If you know Julia, you know these pieces really represent Julia's aesthetic.  Those little boxes on legs in jewel tone colors are a stand out among many.  .Julia's on fire!

AND ~ while Michelle Workman's collection is "in the works," I wanted to mention it and give you a sneak peek.  Michelle Workman and French Heritage are a perfect pairing.  This fashion forward company leans heavily on traditional French furniture, but Meichelle felt as though the beautiful Art Deco period was under represented.  The resurgence of the Art Deco look of the 70's is Michelle's jumping off point.  Classic motifs, brass details and the like will bring a modern, chic voice to the new line.  Heirlooms of the future is their shared goal.  Michelle is known for her glamorous interiors and high profile clients.  She and her family packed up, left LA for a somewhat quieter life in Tennessee, and documented the journey in an online series Glamour Goes South.  It's as adorable as she is, check it out!

Much love and congratulations to all my talented design friends!  I can't wait to see where this journey takes you!

* ph via NYTimes