Archive for October, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shippan Show House

Last week's fun included a visit to the Ship­pan Designer Show House in Stam­ford CT. The show house, ben­e­fit­ing Stam­ford Museum and Nature Cen­ter, is located in a circa 1922 French/Tuscan stucco man­sion in the gra­cious Ship­pan sec­tion of Stam­ford. I will show you only a few of the rooms — you really need to attend for the full effect and sup­port a good cause at the same time.

view of Long Island Sound from upper veranda

Almost the entire first floor fea­tured blue rooms — so much so we thought it was stip­u­lated by the com­mit­tee for the house. So many blues, all dif­fer­ent. The draw­ing room from Jack Fhillips Design fea­tured this linen-wrapped cock­tail table with a python look.

The soft blues gave way to my favorite space in the house: an elec­tric blue din­ing room. Lev­ened with plenty of white, and ener­gized with orange accents, the room was fun and fresh from the orchid chandelier…

to the vibrant tablescape. I truly love an exu­ber­ant room!

Tucked away in the cor­ner, but mak­ing it's pres­ence felt, is the amaz­ing can­de­labra from Dunes & Duchess.

It was space #12 before we found a non-blue room. The fam­ily room by Jen­nifer Owens was a spicy salsa of reds, oranges and yellows.

Once the show house is over, a fam­ily with four chil­dren will be mov­ing in. The design­ers were asked to make the children's rooms age-appropriate. The son's room by Holly Sutton-Darr fea­tured a sea coast theme — with the murals painted by her own 15 year old daughter.

The mas­ter bed­room by Bev­erly Balk is quiet and lux. The par­ents may need a "no chil­dren allowed" sign on their door!

This light fix­ture is a whim­si­cal touch in the mas­ter sit­ting area.

Another beau­ti­ful bed­room for the nine year old daugh­ter, by Bartony Designs, show­cased Zof­fany & Sander­son fab­rics in a blue and green palette. Note the table wears shoes…

There are many more beau­ti­ful rooms to see. Please stop by and sup­port the Stam­ford Museum and Nature Center.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

pink party for a purpose

Thurs­day was one of those fun days where every­thing hap­pens just as you hoped and it feels like the uni­verse is prop­erly aligned! I spent most of the day with fel­low designer and BFF Jane Sper­off — some­thing we don't get to do nearly enough. We vis­ited Kravet's show­room in Stam­ford, where I found sev­eral great rug pos­si­bil­i­ties for a won­der­ful client. Thank you Megan and James for your help!

Leav­ing Kravet, we attended the Ship­pan Designer Show House, ben­e­fit­ing the Stam­ford Museum & Nature Cen­ter.  High­lights and pic­tures from that lovely event in my next post.

After all that hard work shop­ping and ooohing and ahh­hing, we headed off to dine at Mitchell's Fish Mar­ket in Stam­ford. The rain had just started, so maybe that kept peo­ple away - I can't imag­ine any other rea­son to miss this restau­rant. The food was lovely and the ser­vice was amazing.

Our final stop, in the mon­soon, was a party for a pur­pose at the fab­u­lous gallery of Irwin Feld Design. This con­verted ware­house build­ing is stun­ning, as are the mid-century mod­ern pieces which fill it. The light­ing alone will make you gasp in delight. If you have never vis­ited, I encour­age you to stop in. Irwin and Marcy Feld would be delighted to see you!

The net­work­ing party was hosted by New Eng­land Home Mag­a­zine CT. On hand were Kyle Hoep­ner and Betsy Kravitz (edi­tor in chief and pub­lisher respec­tively). Also in atten­dance, to my utter delight, was Stacy Kun­stel, Homes Edi­tor, and tweep. She is offi­cially my first tweet-up (where you meet a twit­ter friend in real life). I tweeted-up sev­eral other twit­ter friends, includ­ing the lovely Marcy Feld. Ladies — my plea­sure to meet you IRL!

Betsy Kravitz, Marcy Feld, Irwin Feld, Anne Morris

As Octo­ber is National Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month, the Felds chose to draw-in a won­der­ful orga­ni­za­tion, the Con­necti­cut affil­i­ate of Susan G Komen for the Cure — Komen CT. Rep­re­sent­ing Komen CT was Anne Mor­ris, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, another gen­uinely sweet lady. She and Jane (a die-hard 3-Day walker for the last 11 years) will be meet­ing to estab­lish a Race for the Cure in Fair­field County!

Anne Mor­ris & Jane Sper­off — instant soul sisters!

Marcy Feld not only pulled off an amaz­ing party, but she and Irwin donated this gor­geous chrome and pink bench (start­ing bid at $1800) with all pro­ceeds to Komen CT!

pink for a pur­pose bench to ben­e­fit Komen CT

The gallery held numer­ous other pink pieces, so check their web­site for the lat­est inventory.  This was a won­der­ful event from every angle — as cel­e­bra­tion of the new magazine's suc­cess, as col­lab­o­ra­tion to ben­e­fit a great cause, as net­work­ing oppor­tu­nity to meet fel­low indus­try mem­bers and sim­ply as a fun party!

The evening ended with a white knuckle drive home in near-zero vis­i­bil­ity — but I was cer­tain noth­ing could go wrong to mar an amaz­ing day — and noth­ing did!

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

designer spaces & market places — a success story

Here they are, the pic­tures from our photo shoot with Michael Parte­nio at Designer Spaces and Mar­ket Places. The event was a suc­cess for the two non-profit ben­e­fi­cia­ries: Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and The Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tion story begins with the "noisy" walls. White and black stripes are inter­rupted with ran­dom Face­book posts, Twit­ter tweets and com­ments from passersby. We are all sur­rounded by a con­stant bar­rage of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and infor­ma­tion. The photo wall is filled with pic­tures of peo­ple com­mu­ni­cat­ing in dif­fer­ent ways.

Din­ing together was the norm when I was a child — every­one I knew sat together to eat, every night. In our mod­ern world, dining together rep­re­sents a com­mit­ment and cel­e­brates the inter­con­nect­ed­ness of the peo­ple in your world. Sur­rounded by the clamor, we turn to the famil­iar, the per­sonal. The sim­plest human inter­ac­tion — shar­ing a meal — is ele­vated to an act of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Every­thing about the tablescape reflects com­mu­ni­ca­tion and inter­con­nec­tion. From the easy avail­abil­ity of a pen­cil to jot a note…

to the brain­storm between the vases…

to the inter­link­ing cir­cles of the place­mats — the wave of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is tamed and com­pressed as it becomes more inti­mate, but still pervasive.

I chose to fur­ther rep­re­sent inter­con­nec­tion in my fab­ric choices for the drap­ery and uphol­stered chairs. The dif­fer­ently scaled pat­terns, one loose and linked, the other tightly woven, speak to the var­i­ous lev­els of com­mu­ni­ca­tion we each par­tic­i­pate in.

Within the con­text of this funky indus­trial space, even with­out the com­mu­ni­ca­tion story, I wanted to present a well-designed din­ing room with acces­si­ble style that would appeal to a less tra­di­tional demographic. Believe it or not, "less tra­di­tional" does exist in Connecticut! The Pan­ton chairs are a mid-century clas­sic — but the only truly mod­ern element. The table is a cus­tom Shaker-style cherry piece, at home in tra­di­tional or mod­ern settings.

The lanterns from Dec­o­ra­tive Crafts are the most tra­di­tional ele­ment in the space, and not sur­pris­ingly, gar­nered the most cov­etous comments.

Their curves drove my choice of chairs, to reflect and rein­force the flu­id­ity of the room's conversation.

The indus­trial bar cart? That was purely func­tional fun. And as any­one who knows me can attest — wine and espresso are my two favorite beverages!

Here ends my story of the designer space with a tale of its own. As with all the best sto­ries, this one had a happy end­ing for every­one involved!

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

pretty in pink

Octo­ber is National Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month. In sup­port of #Pro­ject­Pink, many design & lifestyle blog­gers are fea­tur­ing pink in their posts. When I think of pink as an inte­rior design ele­ment, I imme­di­ately think of Jamie Drake — the king of color. Enjoy some won­der­ful Drake rooms fea­tur­ing pink:

pink car­pet­ing sets the tone

a pink and gilt chair pops

pinks play­ing prettily

beau­ti­ful bed!

bold with black!

Remem­ber to sched­ule a mam­mo­gram and donate online at Komen for the Cure. Spread the word — SAVE the TaTas!!

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