Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Loft at Hyde Park

Can you imagine having a quiet place to work and escape your daily grind within minutes? Better yet a place where you can host fun dinner parties anytime you heart desires? Well my client uses this loft for exactly that! She now can escape her day to day life and be transported to her own urban world.
This kitchen was here before I arrived. The wine rack was a favorite of the clients, so all I had to do is fill it with wine. Hard work but someone had to do it!
The mantel was built on site specifically to create a focal point on the 15' wall expanse. The Palladian 17th century inspired mirror stands a 108" high and is framed in a rust iron finish. The trestle dining table has a wood base with a concrete tabletop. Perfect for a loft environment and the client will never have to worry about maintenance with a lifestyle emphasis on dinner parties and events.
A wrought iron base table is being used as her kitchen island. I loved the shape of base and it's shallow depth. This was essential as not to encroach into the already narrow kitchen. Two high back captains dining chairs in smokey grey were used to create contrast in the seating. The remaining chairs are in a sand linen and framed with upholstery studs.

The mantel had to be extremely shallow as not to project into the dining area. The last thing you want is your dinner guest leaving with an unforeseen head injury. Just enough ledge for a little extra candle light and two undulating vases. The need to duck has been eliminated.
The table is set Bon appetit!
Soon a Michael McHale chandelier will be hung above the dining room table.
A view from the living room.
The entry hall.

Hope you enjoyed you visual stay!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Recently I was invited to attend the Robert Allen NATURALS launch party at New York's D&D building. Robert Allen has always been synonymous with  beautifully crafted, high quality fabrics. The idea of organic can sometimes conjure up a visual of homespun. I have nothing against homespun but I was very curious to see how they would design textiles motivated by an organic mission without compromising elegance. How do you bridge organic with sophistication effectively? NATURALS. They have masterfully married their brand with the growing desire to see more relaxed fabrics that can be incorporated in any environment...simply beautiful. The collection is made up of authentic and relaxed materials that reflect natural forms and influences to create sophisticated environments.
Everything was truly beautiful. From the scale of  the patterns to the nature inspired colorway. Stunning!
Layering texture and color gives this space a more collected look.
"Center Circle" in mineral is amazing! My biggest frustration right now, is that you can't feel this! Soft to the hand, as is the entire collection. Feel is very important to me. The fabric should welcome you into the space not only by it's appearance but by it's hand.
This chair is upholstered in "Glamis", natural...elegance.
Watching an upholsterer at work as he applies "Precise Stitch" in mineral on this streamline chair.
"Precise Stitch" colorway.

This embroidered beauty is "Spouting Vine" and I can't wait to use it!


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Enhance the way you live...

When I started my business I didn't have to think very hard about what the mission statement would be. I drew on my memories as a little girl in my first home with a room that had very little space. I figured out at an early age that I could clear a surface, reintroduce the things that I love and create visual was like magic! I realized that I didn't need much to make my room/world pleasant to look at. Having a clutter free room and arranging cards, drawings, ribbons, wild flowers (Brooklyn's prettiest weeds:) in a desirable fashion could make my space feel special. I in turn would feel special and could be responsible for my own happiness. Your environment is so important in supporting your mental health. It literally can enhance the way you live.