Sunday, July 17, 2016

Traveling to Italy!

Even though I have taken many trips to Italy I have never been to Venice. This past May I was able to correct that mishap and what a beautiful city it was. I had been warned of the smell, crowds, and flooding but I did not see any of that. I was amazed that it was so small from the air. Such a remarkable city to be surround on all sides by water. 

Getting around by water taxis was interesting. Our hotel was on a different island so we were on those water taxis day and night. Luckily there were very handsome drivers! 

Dinners at beautiful historic villas which open to wonderful courtyards inside their guarded walls. 

Some images were just as I imagined ...

We were introduced to Col Fondo Prosecco, unfiltered. Slightly salty and cloudy.

Amazing chefs and amazing food. 

Just walking down the streets, every view was amazing. 

                         Beautiful architecture

With breathtaking details

A visit to the oldest fabric maker. The women were using old fashion wooded looms to create fabrics that were around $1000 per meter. Amazing! 

This is the home of the Scalamandre silk velvet tiger! 

Antique shops that are within the dealers homes. Incredible finds from some of the most prestige old homes. 

These Medieval columns were my favorite! 

We never missed a meal or a glass of wine that is for sure! 
Local would be a restaurant not to be missed. I loved the Squid ink! 

Off to Murano for the day! It is on one of the other islands. We brought a few things home. 

Dinner at an Organic Winery on another island called Mazzorbo. The winery is called Venissa with grapes that were once almost extinct called Dorona grapes 

Not only were the wines good, the food was amazing. Truly farm to table - fresh and flavorful! 

Next it was off to the countryside outside of Venice …..

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Anatomy of A Room - Southeast Style

In this Anatomy of a Room series we discuss what we love about a room and why it works visually and mentally. 

This is Barbara Westbrook Interiors and her Southeastern Atlanta Showhouse family room from this past April. 

Why this works! 

1. Scale - perfectly proportioned photography by Whitney Ott. These dark still life images of colorful flowers are perfect to grab your attention as well as balance the high ceilings in the room. I love that there are no large furniture pieces underneath. They are set low in scale with the fireplace. 

2. Interesting Groupings - the custom chaise grouping with the metal stools, Sofa with pouff ottomans, and wing chairs by the fireplace. It is hard to make too many pairs work but here it does. 

3. Black and White Color Scheme - It works here because of the boldness of the stripe and the art. It anchors all the linen and white walls

5Mixing Accessory Styles - love the medieval iron work, French stucco fireplace, modern take of Flemish still life art, Hollywood Deco Black and White, beautifully crafted antique tables and ceramics. 

6. Whimsy - Sconces made from old tin plates. Graphic and large in scale. The room felt easy and comfortable even though the ceilings were two story. 

I hope you had a chance to see this room in person. It was amazing! 

Happy Designing…..

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Design on A Dime in NYC!

We were thrilled to be invited to participate in this years fundraising event for Housing Works in New York City called "Design on A Dime" Designers from around the country are asked to create vignettes that have at least a minimum of 30K worth of items. This is all to benefit people with HIV/Aids.  

Our idea was to show off one of our Bridget Beari wallpapers. This time we chose Keebet, inspired from a concrete wall design in L.A. Our color way was metallic gold, grey and black.

We received some amazing donations from our fellow vendors: 

Janus et Cie Forest chair, the white outdoor chair by the table
Osborne and Little: grey and white fabric that we upholstered the armless chairs in
Ufab: donated the upholstery
Kravet: the Greek Key fabric for the club chair

Stark Carpet: the sisal rug
Made Goods: chandelier
Arteriors: lamps

Some things we had from the last Designer House. The mirrored panels were remade and used as hanging art. We used our Buscemi wallpaper pattern as art underneath. 

Everything was packed and driven to NYC 2 weeks before the event. It all arrived unbroken even though the Uhaul door would not open when we got there and we were lost for hours trying to find the warehouse! 

We were thrilled with the final result! After all the work setting up, the items were sold in a blink of an eye. The most popular items was the striped chairs!

We made some great new designer friends! Here are some of the other vignettes: 

Francis Interiors

Elle Decor

Alessandra Branca

Yetta Banks

John Willey

Robin Baron

Caleb Anderson and Jamie Drake

James Huniford

Yetta Banks

Jonathan Legate

All the participating designers: 

The first timers: 

We stayed at the Dream Hotel. It felt like Miami! 

Port Hole theme throughout the hotel. 

Even port holes in the rooms

The Lobby art

Made of beer cans

It was a fabulous event and we loved being a first timer!