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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Spaces & Places 2011 — Be There!

Designer Spaces and Mar­ket Places is just around the cor­ner! Be sure to attend THE season's MOST excit­ing cock­tail party on Sep­tem­ber 23rd. Remem­ber, your ticket sup­port two won­der­ful Hart­ford non-profit orga­ni­za­tions — Rebuild­ing Together Hart­ford and The Hart­ford Preser­va­tion Alliance. Always fun, the party fea­tures foods from around the world and a top-notch silent auc­tion. Details below:


Spaces & Places Passport Party Invitation

Spaces & Places Pass­port Party Invitation

Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

lovely things…spotted at west end

Usu­ally unso­licited cat­a­logs are quickly dis­patched to the recy­cling bin, but this one caught my eye. At West End is full of cute recy­cled and rus­tic dec­o­ra­tive acces­sories. This fun take on "See No Evil" is charm­ing and so on trend!

see no evil hear no evil speak no evil owls

"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" owls from at west end

This wee­nie dog made me smile and think of my friend Jane and her lit­tle Jack:

recycled weenie dog from at west end

recy­cled wee­nie dog from at west end

This really could live on my patio!

head stool from at west end

head stool from at west end

The cat­a­log is beau­ti­fully pho­tographed, but every­thing is on the web­site too. Be sure to stop by if recy­cled and rus­tic works for you!


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

blogfest2011 — access to inspired design

As if Brim­field this Fri­day were not enough to look for­ward to, next week is the long-awaited Blogfest2011! This 3-day event is strictly for design blog­gers or design­ers with blogs (not the same thing) and spon­sored by the won­der­ful peo­ple at Kravet and Lee Jofa. Kravet and Lee Jofa rec­og­nized early on the impor­tance and reach of "new media". They embrace social media in its many forms and clearly under­stand that 100+ blog­gers cham­pi­oning your brand and prod­ucts offers a major return on investment.


The agenda is sim­ply amaz­ing. Mon­day focuses on tra­di­tional design mag­a­zines and their evo­lu­tion in the "new media" world. (Not sure why I still put "new media" in quotes; it's not that new any more.) Atten­dees will hear from the edi­tors of House Beau­ti­ful, Veranda and Town & Coun­try. We will hear from those who cre­ate and pub­lish the gor­geous mags that you and I fill our inspi­ra­tion fold­ers from! I look for­ward to hear­ing how these tal­ented folks are nav­i­gat­ing the chang­ing media landscape.

Mon­day evening frankly sounds like a non-stop party! First a sneak peak and tour with (Elle Décor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro) of the Elle Décor Mod­ern Life Con­cept House. Fol­lowed by the #DesignTV cock­tail party and TweetUp hosted by Amy Dra­goo, Jonathan Legate and Joss & Main.

If we all sur­vive Mon­day, Tues­day is another action-packed day. Blogfest2011 coin­cides with both the Inter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Fur­ni­ture Fair and the Kips Bay Dec­o­ra­tor Show­house. (Note to self: charge cam­era bat­tery and bring [styl­ish] sen­si­ble shoes. 2nd note to self: go buy styl­ish sen­si­ble shoes.) We will be attend­ing both if we can walk really, really fast. Fol­lowed by lunch and the unveil­ing of the Lilly Pulitzer col­lec­tion from Lee Jofa. That already sounds like a full day, right? But wait: let's add Bar­bara Barry her­self pre­view­ing her new Indo­chine col­lec­tion with Kravet, and then hav­ing tea with all the atten­dees! OMG! At this point, I could pass out a happy, happy girl (prob­a­bly wear­ing slip­pers). No, let's hop on a bus to Long Island City for a cock­tail party where Tra­di­tional Home and Lee Jofa will present the Her­itage Col­lec­tion via sets designed by design lumi­nar­ies like Eric Cohler, Thomas O'Brien and Dia­mond and Baratta. And did I men­tion, they will be there??!! Full-scale swoon! Folks — it's not even din­ner time yet! Back to the city to the Sub-Zero and Wolf Man­hat­tan show­room in the A&D Build­ing for a culi­nary adven­ture. I. can. not. com­pre­hend. this. day.

And so Wednes­day dawns. Are you think­ing "how can they fol­low Tues­day with­out a let down?" Oh, I know — let's have break­fast with the amaz­ing Mar­garet Rus­sell, editor-in-chief of Archi­tec­tural Digest! Fol­low this with a stu­dio tour of Kravet, Lee Jofa and Brun­schwig & Fils for a glimpse into the world of fab­ric devel­op­ment. And a guided tour of the New York Design Cen­ter. Finally, the sweet end­ing will be in 1stdibs newly-opened NYDC space.

This post is just the agenda! Stay tuned over the fol­low­ing weeks as I share all the excite­ment that actu­ally takes place. And my pro­found thanks in advance to Kravet and Lee Jofa for offer­ing so many of us this won­der­ful opportunity!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

fabric friday: new from villanova

Last week I had the chance to see many new fab­ric offer­ings at DesignSourceCT's Spring Tex­tile Show. One delight­ful stand­out is the new col­lec­tion from Romo — specif­i­cally from the Vil­laNova brand. It's no secret I like lush col­ors and Romo always offers intense col­ors sel­dom scene these beige days. Throw in a gor­geous hand and some lux embroi­dered silk, and I am one happy designer!

The Clarence col­lec­tion of vel­vets, amaz­ing to the touch:

clarence collection from villaromo fabrics

clarence col­lec­tion from vil­laromo fabrics

clarence collection from villaromo fabrics

clarence col­lec­tion from vil­laromo fabrics

The May­pole col­lec­tion of silks would make sim­ply divine drap­ery, and blend effort­lessly with tra­di­tional furnishings:

maypole collection from villaromo fabrics

may­pole col­lec­tion from vil­laromo fabrics

solstice in agapanthus

sol­stice in agapanthus

Akoko col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary graph­ics on linen:

akoko collection from villaromo fabrics

akoko col­lec­tion from vil­laromo fabrics

akoko collection from villaromo fabrics

akoko col­lec­tion from vil­laromo fabrics

And the Scandinavian-inspired Astrid col­lec­tion is — can you believe? — wash­able! Hello, cus­tom bedding!

astrid collection from villaromo fabrics

astrid col­lec­tion from vil­laromo fabrics

astrid collection from villaromo fabrics

astrid col­lec­tion from vil­laromo fabrics

astrid collection from villaromo fabrics

astrid col­lec­tion from vil­laromo fabrics

Just a sam­pling here of the many new pat­terns and col­or­ways. Do let me know if you'd like to see more!

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