Friday, May 11, 2012
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!
Monday, January 16, 2012
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 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!
Friday, October 28, 2011
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 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
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. 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!