Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nice Rack

One of the things I love about this profession is that a potential problem can be turned into a beautiful solution, or even a focal point.  The fabulous dining room from The Hampton's Showhouse was fresh in my mind when I was discussing the redecorating of a dining room with a client, and I saw dozens of boxes of liquor sitting on the floor.

White Interiors

The design dilemma of how to hide dozens of boxes of spirits forced me to think out of the box o' wine.  Duh, don't hide it ~ hi-light it!

Carving a niche under the stairs seems to be a popular choice for wine storage, whether temperature controlled or not.

This was the dining room by Mecox Gardens at the show house that really packed a punch with the incorporation of the wine nook in the dining room, beautifully appointed behind glass doors.

Any little place will do

It doesn't have to be a complicated, chilled room.  A simple racking system affixed to a wall is what I have in mind, but built into cabinetry is equally exciting, visually speaking.

I am crazy for this rough luxe look ~ it is custom, but absolutely worth the trouble.  I will run this by my clients, but I think they will think it is a little too rustic for their taste, but for me, oh la la ~ LOVE!

Catherine Kwong

This wall system seems to make the most sense for our needs.  It couldn't be simpler to put together and configure any way you need it to function, while looking stylish and contemporary from Stact.

                                                         Infinite possibilities


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Swings On A Porch

Robert A.M. Stern

Ahhh, those lazy, hazy last days of summer.  The weather was generally cooler than normal and the humidity low here in the Northeast, and that allowed many happy hours relaxing outdoors!  What better way to idle away the remaining days of summer than being cradled in a porch swing?  Oh how I want one ever since I sat in one in the Hamptons.

A modern approach to a traditional county look is at home down South

or out West

It's the perfect beachside beauty or lakefront hotspot, if you are lucky enough to have a home there. Whether your porch swing or sofa swing (which may be a more appropriate label) is located in plein air or in a sunroom of sorts, the feeling of relaxation is no different.

 The rocking motion so soothing it's hard to resist not falling asleep.  Build it big enough and the promise of a perfect night's sleep to the sound of crickets await if the desire arises.

This pair of swinging sofas creates the casual note the designer was aiming for with a definite "dash of drama"

Brad Ford

As if the sofa bed and layered luxe of this room wasn't enough, the decorative chains from which it hangs elevate the piece to ~ de résistance.

Do not underestimate the rope detail, or any detail for that matter!

Phoebe Howard

Of course, this is another way to go….

I'll just add it to my lists of wants, needs, didn't know I had to have...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Head In The Clouds

As I was flying home from the Florida job I was treated to a beautiful display of cloud configurations.  Who isn't completely mesmerized by the other worldliness of the look of clouds, especially when you are IN them and not just looking up at them?  The billowiness, the opacity, the shapes I imagined I saw: I was so taken, I wanted to stay on cloud nine a bit longer.

These curly cue clouds have a chinoiserie feel.  It is a traditional pattern in Japanese design. Along with waves and cherry blossoms among others.

Savel Textiles

This wallpaper always seems magical to me.  Universally, clouds are the quintessential symbol for serenity and peacefulness; perfect for a bedroom (or any room).

Fornesetti via Cole and Son

Speaking of magical ~ Science and art intersect when Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde literally creates nimbus clouds in interiors for a photo surreal effect!

I always enjoy a Wade Hoefer Cloud painting.

With the lightness of a cloud and the movement of water, designer  Tokujin Yoshioka's paper cloud sofa is inspired by nature.  It looks like it floats in a room.

May peaceful slumber come over you as you sleep under the cloud formations above the bed.  That's a mouthful!

Coffinier Ku Designs

What a perfect shape for a quirky mirror  that most certainly will turn into a conversation piece

Kristen Kelli, LLC

The Cloud House: McBride Charles Ryan created a playful addition:  Crazy inside and out.

Contemporary lighting is a natural fit for this diaphanous design.

I must have been channeling Marc Jacobs because his Fall 2014 show was all about the cloud.  Who knew?

ph:Jesse Miller

ph:Clint Spaulding

Hello, Häagen Dazs, why have we not seen the dusk and dawn ice cream clouds in the states?   Design team FONT, in collaboration with the ice cream company, sells these treats in London, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, and France.

"As Scandinavians snow is an essential part of our winters," said the designers. "We were inspired by how the snow clouds in the north transform the landscape. We made an ice cream snow cloud that sprinkles snowflakes on your plate."

I would like snowflakes on my plate while my head's in the clouds.