Design

Friday, May 11, 2012

cmi in the news: junior league of hartford show house on connecticut style tv!

On Wednes­day morn­ing, I trav­eled to WTNH — ABC stu­dio in New Haven with Junior League of Hart­ford Pres­i­dent Wendy Avery to tape a seg­ment on Con­necti­cut Style fea­tur­ing the Show House! We had a won­der­ful time on set with the lovely hosts Steve Parker and Teresa LaBar­bera. Many thanks to WTNH for fea­tur­ing the Show House and high­light­ing the pro­grams that ben­e­fit from Show House dollars.

Check out my TV debut here, and for­give the deer-in-the-headlights look on my face!
junior league of hart­ford show house on con­necti­cut style tv!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

cmi in the news: on forbes.com

What a won­der­ful plea­sure, for both myself and my client, to see her home office on Forbes.com! It's truly a sophis­ti­cated and fem­i­nine office space, for a sophis­ti­cated and fem­i­nine lady!

Here's a link to the home office in the slide show. It went online this morning:

and another to the main story:

Thank you Mar­celle Fis­chler for includ­ing my work in your article!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

bathtastic! brushing up on brizo

How excit­ing is this? Brizo is tak­ing a small group of design­ers, archi­tects and blog­gers to Fash­ion Week in New York next month, and I am one of them! An all expenses-paid trip to intro­duce the fashion-forward Brizo brand, ses­sions with the prod­uct and design teams and a chance to meet fash­ion designer Jason Wu after his Fall 2012 col­lec­tion show at Mer­cedes Benz Fash­ion Week. Yes, I will clear my sched­ule for this! Thanks Brizo!

Brizo is a brand known for its col­lab­o­ra­tions with design­ers, and its fash­ion­able designs really reflect that atti­tude. Here are just two of their beau­ti­ful lava­tory faucets, each a styl­ish step above the ordinary:

 

brizo rsvp lavatory faucet
brizo rsvp lava­tory faucet
brizo virage curve wall-mount lavatory faucet
brizo virage curve wall-mount lava­tory faucet

If, like me, you pre­fer to think of faucets less as a util­i­tar­ian neces­sity and more as jew­elry for the bath­room, you will appre­ci­ate the styling of Brizo. Stay tuned for updates from New York as I learn more about the Brizo brand!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

before & after: the blank slate

Ask any inte­rior designer this ques­tion: "Which is harder — to start with an empty room or to start with some­thing a client already owns?" I would answer that a blank slate is often the more dif­fi­cult assign­ment. When start­ing with a piece that a client already loves, be it art, a rug or some­thing else, the designer has clues. And clues are always help­ful in deci­pher­ing the mys­tery of someone's taste and style! Color pref­er­ences and styl­is­tic ten­den­cies can be read in a well-loved piece.

But some­times you don't get clues — you get a blank slate. In this case, a large beige box. A per­fectly ordi­nary room with absolutely no char­ac­ter whatsoever:

the blank slate home office
the blank slate home office

The charge for this space — cre­ate a home office for the lady of the house. She wants a com­puter work­space, sump­tu­ous fab­rics, lush col­ors and a place to put up her feet and chat with a girl­friend. Oh, and there needs to be some glam!

As I final­ize the design, the client and I do a lit­tle gallery-hopping and bring home this fash­ion­ista from local artist Sandy Welch:

Sandy Welch painting

Sandy Welch painting

Although she's out of frame in this next pic­ture, you can visu­al­ize how she now takes pride of place in this glam­orous home office:

the blank slate home office - transformed.

the blank slate home office — trans­formed. photo by Michael Partenio

The Bar­bara Barry desk is the state­ment piece for this room, with the Robert Allen ottoman in a divine blue vel­vet a close sec­ond. Creamy whites, deep blues, char­coal walls and sil­ver silk drap­ery are the per­fect com­ple­ment to the fash­ion­ista who lives here!

 

 

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