Spring Awakening

Ahh Spring, a season of renewal, a rebirth, a perfect time to reflect on what has and hasn't been working and to try something new.

I am deep into a Spring cleaning of the mind, if you will.  As I am taking my life coach certification test this week, it doesn't seem like a coincidence that I have been finding myself Spring cleaning my home as well.  Throw open your windows ~ let go of what no longer serves you in your home as well as your mind.  We are making room for abundance!  Space allows for an openness (literally and figuratively) for the things yet to come.  Letting go of stuff, of fears, of negativity, of old beliefs helps create a healthier and better balanced life full of possibilities.

It feels like just the right time for new beginnings, so let's plant some seeds of change together.  Let's get our hands dirty and see what grows!

I don't know about you but I feel excited!  Tell me what your Spring awakening looks like, won't you?

Dining By design 2016

Spring ushers in the fun fundraiser Dining by Design once again, the beautiful tabletop event that supports DIFFA.  Changes over the past few years have seen a move to Pier 92 from its former home adjacent to the AD Show and more sponsors working with designers, as opposed to the other way around.

 Gentler, Herman Miller and 3Form have teamed up before, and lighting is always used evocatively


Baccarat and Modern Luxury Manhattan Magazine set a stunning table with one of the best views in the building.  The butterflies fluttering above and finding their way onto the table with light dancing off  the gorgeous cut crystal ~ pure Baccarat


SA Baxter Architectural Hardware + INGRAO, a modern mix


Sasha Bikoff with Luxe Interiors + Design call to mind a Garden of Eden featuring always stunning  De Gourney wallpaper and a drop dead Murano chandelier with furniture by Christian Liagire.


Darrin Varden with The New York Times present What's Black and White and Read all over, a nod to the paper in this residential like space.  Lladro's porcelain lighting is striking yet delicate; the horses galloping across the table, strong yet agile.  Diagonal Tree, a painting by Clare Sherman, reflects the destruction of life, once strong now ravaged and dying.  Artistic Frame custom made the sculptural strié chairs


I loved the porcelain sconces.  They are equal parts artistic and delicate.

Ralph Lauren, as only he can do


Echo New York shows us we can change our stripes and remain true to who we are... during a Zebra dinner party

Julia Buckingham with Cosentino and Benjamin Moore ~ a study in the color Simply White. Candelabras by Dunes and Duchess with accents from Global Views


Roche Bobois with The Rockwell Group revealed their vignette behind a cool mist curtain

Bronson Van Wyck for Architectural Digest gives us a colorful African celebration


Kravet is a riot of fabrics for a fun fête.


Speaking of a fête,  The New York Design Center turns 90!  Antonino Buzzetta is staging an impressive celebration.  This is a street party I want to attend.

* photos via Erik Bardin, others CLI

A Colorful Spring is Ahead

Reem Acqua

Color is calling to us this coming Spring.  Pantone has spoken once again.  Pair all that color with the runway trends of the coming season and you have a perfect melange of style and deliciousness!  All this color conveys optimism and happiness which packs the perfect punch to chase away the winter doldrums!

Rose Quartz ~ looks good taking pajamas to the streets

For Restless Sleepers

                                 Peach Echo ~  stripe it rich

J. Crew

          Fiesta ~ globalized chic and embellishment with a touch of bohemian chic


                               Serenity ~ Feels like denim or cotton poplin

J. Crew

                                  Snorkel Blue ~ Fanciful shoes ~

Dolce and Gabbana

                                   Limpet Shell ~ Ruffles galore


                                 Green Flash ~ pattern play in bright brights



                                Buttercup ~ with a cold shoulder

Michael Kors

                                 Lilac Grey ~ is fresh with fringe still remaining strong

Rebecca Minkoff

                                    Iced Coffee ~ while in your upscale athleisurewear

Color, shine, drama, lingerie, feminine, masculine, the 70's, the 90's, the focus on sleeves, on shoulders, mesh and lace, stripes, florals graphic pattern, embellishment ~ Whew!  What is not represented?  Abundance is the name of the game in this "of the moment" style/color war.  Being transported to a sunny, happy, optimistic place is the ultimate goal.  The only problem you'll have trying to fill in your wardrobe for the coming season is what to choose, what to choose.