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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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Spaces & Places 2011 — the results

This year's Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places event fea­tured a theme — Inspi­ra­tions from Around the World. Given the royal wed­ding this year and the peren­nial inter­est in all British icons on this side of the pond, I chose British Inva­sion Redux as my theme. British Inva­sion to me is clas­sic 1960's, so nat­u­rally my thoughts went to the incom­pa­ra­ble col­lec­tion of mid-mod at Irwin Feld Design in Stam­ford. The lovely Marcy Feld was imme­di­ately on board. Thanks Marcy!

Rather than cre­ate a com­pletely period room, I wanted to show how mid-mod can mix com­fort­ably with other fur­nish­ings. A new sofa with clean lines and antique chair with over-the-top carv­ings pro­vide an inter­est­ing coun­ter­point to the 1960's pieces: the side­board, cock­tail table, nest­ing tables and orange chair. I think the design works well for mod­ern life, as proven by the num­ber of design­ers and vis­i­tors who were loung­ing in the space at any given time dur­ing the show! A lit­tle tongue-in-cheek nod to the theme, and a lot of fun — it was def­i­nitely a happy chic space!

cynthia mason interiors

Spaces & Places 2011 from Cyn­thia Mason Inte­ri­ors photo credit: Michael Partenio

My write-up for the pro­gram: "As with the British Inva­sion of the 1960’s, today’s design redux melds a cre­ative blend of ele­ments with a British inflec­tion. To a mod­ern melody, mid-century pieces – sub­lime side­board, club chair, cock­tail table – dance effort­lessly with a new sofa and an antique chair rein­vented. Strong lines and bold col­ors chan­nel the 60’s with­out the flower-power excess. With a dash of Rule Brit­ta­nia, this British Inva­sion cre­ates intense emo­tional appeal in a time­less design medley."

Some (non-professional) pictures:

cynthia mason interiors

Some­times, you just need an out­fit to match your space…

rearranged to shed more light for the cocktail party

rearranged to shed more light for the cock­tail party

michael partenio gearing up for a shot

michael parte­nio gear­ing up for a shot

FAB sideboard and chair from Irwin Feld Design

FAB side­board and chair from Irwin Feld Design

dune and duchess candelabra is HOT!

dune and duchess can­de­labra is HOT!

cynthia mason interiors

work­ing a show house can be exhausting…

working while working, if you know what I mean...

work­ing while work­ing, if you know what I mean…

Many thanks to: Irwin Feld Design for the gor­geous mid-century pieces,  Design­SourceCT for the sofa, J.Namnoun for the rugs, Dunes and Duchess for the can­de­labra and Sabino Fal­conieri for the chair lac­quer (a sub­ject for a future post).

A heart­felt thank you to my fel­low design­ers and the event orga­niz­ers for fos­ter­ing such a fun event to ben­e­fit two worth­while non-profits: Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and the Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance. And thanks too for all the sup­port­ers who attended the show — your par­tic­i­pa­tion meant a lot to all of us!!

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spaces & Places 2011 — Better Connecticut visit!

Here is the video clip from TV Show Bet­ter Con­necti­cut!

Bet­ter Con­necti­cut vis­its Spaces & Places

Many thanks to Scot Haney for tak­ing the time to visit Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places and pro­mote the event for the ben­e­fit of The Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance and Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford!

Thanks again Scot!!


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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spaces & Places 2011 — the frenzy begins

Designer Spaces and Mar­ket Places starts on Sep­tem­ber 23rd, but our spaces need to be fin­ished this week, ahead of the Bet­ter Con­necti­cut TV crew due to film on Fri­day! The frenzy began Mon­day as design­ers and con­trac­tors started to whip their spaces into shape. Just a tiny pre­view here, because your REALLY need to buy a ticket and sup­port the impor­tant mis­sions of two won­der­ful Hart­ford non-profit orga­ni­za­tions — Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and The Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance!

The loose theme this year is Inte­rior Inspi­ra­tions from around the world. I chose British Inva­sion and so am fea­tur­ing a mid-century pop mélange with a dash of British Empire. Intrigued?

Here is the space I was assigned, after the old wall­pa­per was removed but before the new paint:

Spaces and Places after old wallpaper before paint

bare walls at Spaces & Places after the old wall­pa­per was removed

Can't find the acces­sory you need in the color you want? Paint to the rescue!

Spaces and Places

paint to the rescue!

In need of an accent wall, but haven't found wall­pa­per that com­bines the col­ors you love? Try a sten­cil. Some might think it's 'old school' but with a rockin' retro pat­tern like this, you will shock the nay-sayers! This pic­ture is cell-phone dim. The true col­ors: base coat is Ben­jamin Moore's HC-143 Wyeth Blue and the over­lay color is HC-154 Hale Navy.

. Spaces and Places stencil

accent wall underway

And that's all for the pre­view! Stop by on Sep­tem­ber 23rd, 24th or 25th to view the ter­rific spaces from CT's best design­ers. Don't for­get the Pass­port Party on Fri­day Sep­tem­ber 23rd at 6pm. Guar­an­teed fun!

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