Reflections of a Trend

Ercole Home

I jumped on a train just after getting back from Florida and quickly took myself the the Architectural Digest Show the other day.  I was milling through the first aisle of beautifully handmade crafts and a  trend jumped out at me.  I soon saw it (and myself) everywhere.  Reflective surfaces, either literally mirrored or having a mirror like finish are the perfect foils for almost anything.

Mirrors are obvious, but it was the jewelry for the home theme I was attracted to ~ otherwise known as ~ shiny surface syndrome.  "I am Carrie Leskowitz and I suffer from shiny surface syndrome."  Except for seeing yourself on the surface, I don't think you can tire of this material.

Sukrachand volume mirror

Zavar Designs

Less of a commitment, but no less a statement are mercury glass, metallics and the like.  Accessories bring "a dash of drama" without the big ticket commitment.

Further Design

Eduardo Terranova represented by Chase Edwards gallery

Prism planter by The  Principals

Kitchen and bath design produce some of the biggest and best innovations in the industry.  They are notorious for needing makeovers because technology changes and looks become dated fairly quickly these days.  I saw the biggest impact in these areas.  It's not for everyone, but boy if it is....

have I got a wall oven for you ~ Smeg's, flawless silver glass oven to be exact.  Their motto is, "Where architecture meets art."  There is much talk of brushed stainless being out and matte finishes being in. This look is so way out~ it's in.  The picture does not do it justice.  It happens to look spectacular in a modern, seamless kitchen.

This artistic exhaust / light called Puddy is a prototype.  Best range hoods told me it should be on the market in about 6 months.  The exhaust has several settings and LED lighting colors can change on demand.

This tile by Porcelanosa is not for the wall flower.

Create one of a kind designs or a statement making mosaic!  There is an enormous selection of tile options on the market.


Glam up the game room.  At the push of a button this mirror becomes a TV.  While not new, the technology  is cutting edge.  The Samsung LED mirrored TV is elegant and streamlined.

Reflected TV

A cocktail perhaps, while watching your favorite show?  Dean Jackson creates the Rolls Royce of cabinets.  The "Aeropod" is where Art Deco meets Space Age.  These cabinets are made from highly shined automotive parts in conjunction with other fine materials.  It is customizable on the inside, and  whether it be a watch winding unit, bar, humidor, safe, etc, it has a distinctly unique look.

All of these products, by the mere fact of their mirror finish, has a futuristic quality.  That tells me the future is starring us in the face.  See what I did there   :  )

All Roads Lead to the Morikami

My son and I have a joke that wherever we are in Florida we would see a sign for the Morikami Museum.  We would say, "all roads lead to the Morikami."  Needless to say, it was high time we got ourselves there.

With a winter storm at the Northeast's doorstep,  I leave you with these pictures to help warm your spirit and remind you ~ Spring is just around the bend.

Roji-en: Garden of the Drops of Dew, was inspired by famous gardens of Japan.  There are six distinct gardens set on 16 acres, designed around a lake to accentuate the gallery and museum.  Click here if you want a better understanding of each garden type and what it represents.

The path around the lake takes you on a romantic journey.  The obvious beauty and naturalistic woodland setting sets it apart from more formal Japanese gardens but the zen-like feeling remains.

Flat gardens or dry landscaping speak to the balance within: of shrubs and rocks.  The act of raking the sand is meditative.  It is a tool to help calm the mind.  Different patterns have different meanings.

So much inspiration!

A lizard was perfectly perched on the pagoda.  The koi and turtles seem happy as well.

Touring the garden is a personal journey of observation and introspection.  It is a sensory experience as well, with something to see around every corner.

As the laughing Buddha signifies, may happiness and joy wash over you and may peace be in your heart.


In the Pink

ph:Benjamin Vnuk for W,Valentino

I am declaring pink the power color of the season.  Despite what Pantone says, that greenery is the color of the year, it looks like pink has taken!   Pink, in all its iterations rules the runway and rooms wrapped in it are springing into my inbox from magazine and shelter sites.  I mentioned beautiful blush was shown during market and since then I have seen everything from the palest petal to fiery fuchsia.  I am embracing each and every one of these colors.

Shockingly bright like a signature Schiaparelli revs us up.   It's bold and brash.  Perfect for a risk taker.  It is aggressive and energetic.  It encourages action and expresses confidence.  It's as feminine as it is empowering!

Jamie Drake
It can be as sweet as it can be subversive.  It is feminine, but it can be defiant too.  I love its duality!


Thomas Britt
We are seeing it paired with equally bright red, orange, purple or chartreuse.  With black and white pink is the great equalizer.  It's very va va va voom.

It's the color of love, hope and awareness. 

                                     It's a perfect punctuation mark.  It's pride, it's action.

Kelly Wearstler

Sasha Bilkoff

Pastel pink signifies renewal and rebirth.   Often paired along side mint green, robins egg blue, and lavender, shown each spring.

Pale pink represents the color of sentimentality.   It's intuitive, insightful and a sign of hope and good health.

Barely there blush strikes a note of sexy nonchalance.

It's the color of nurturing and appreciation.  It has a calming effect on our nervous system.

Sarah Sherman Samuel

                                  Note to self:add a touch of pink!  Plus, everyone looks good in the glow of it!

A (mind) Makeover

I cannot peg when this feeling began to take hold, like a nagging ache that wouldn't quit.  Sadly, weeks turned to years, as often is the case before we say enough is enough.  We get tired of feeling tired, complaining, not living the life we knew we were meant to live, feeling stuck in circumstances that we don't know how to change.  When we start with a solid frame, everything from there has a strong foundation to support what follows.  Sometimes a complete tear down is necessary, sometimes it's just a matter of moving a few walls or sweeping out a few cobwebs.  That's where I found myself.  This is my story.

Picture an interior designer feeling uninspired in the exact place she is looking for clients.  Imagine a Philadelphia designer disliking Philadelphia and the neighborhood in which she resides.  That was me.  It was defining me, leaving an impression of myself with people that was less than positive.  This was not who I wanted to be.  Incidentally, I don't hate Philly, it's just that I have been in this area all my life, in the same house for 27 years.  I was longing for newness, unpredictability, connectedness to something else, something not yet named.  My children grew up and long left. I began to feel really ashamed of myself for feeling so unhappy while simultaneously being very blessed in life.  It didn't have to make sense, our feelings are our feelings!  Plus, the stamina it took to be unhappy and complain was exhausting.

Why not move is the obvious question?  I am always about fixing things.  If you are not happy, what will it take to make you happy?  This was the conundrum!  The answer for me was, because I choose Steven!

Everything in life is a trade off.  I have a remarkable husband and am in an amazing marriage. Philadelphia is where he works and that is where I must live if I want to live with Steven.  So, on to the next question.  What can one do if they want to change their circumstances but have little control? Feeling stuck sucks!  The simple, yet not so simple answer is, "change your brain."

AH-HA!  "My thoughts are causing my suffering!"  So how difficult could it be to change my thoughts?  That depends on your brain.  For me it was very difficult and still is at times.  I sadly always saw the downside of a situation.  I was the glass half empty girl.  The path is not straight, it twists and turns.  You take two steps forward and three steps back, but you persevere!  I am a work in progress, as we all are.  I found answers that worked for me.  If a thought hurts you, you must take the power out of the thought.  Thankfully, there are tools for that.

What can I do to change the way I feel about the circumstances I find myself in?  I am so passionate about interior design.  I love what I do, another blessing.  I just had to really look at what was in my power.  I will try to manifest designing vacation homes and homes outside of Philadelphia as well as those in my backyard.  I will travel more, say yes to opportunities I might otherwise have turned down, dig deeper, dream bigger.  Something about the universe having your back goes to work.  I always wanted to travel and work, meet interesting people doing interesting things, live a life full of passion and authenticity.  I found spirituality along the way.  Incorporating mindfulness and being attuned to how our home holds limiting beliefs and helps us heal on a deeper level was the by product of my coach training.  I found a way to merge the two seemingly disparate concepts together.

I design, I coach, I speak and I mentor.  I constantly work on being a better person, a happier person, a more fulfilled person.  We can all be better body, mind and spirit when we are open to growth and Design from Within.  If any of this resonates ~ let's talk.