Thursday, June 16, 2011

something lovely…spotted at 1stdibs

We all know ceramic gar­den stools have been the rage in recent years, and def­i­nitely with good cause. They fit indoors and out, and stand up to major wear and tear. Now here's some­thing just a lit­tle dif­fer­ent: 1950's set of four Ital­ian terra cotta pump­kin stools. Aren't they lovely for the right patio? Per­fectly sized for seat­ing or add a round glass top for a smart lit­tle end table.

Italian terra cotta pumpkin stools

Ital­ian terra cotta pump­kin stools

Italian terra cotta pumpkin stools

detail of Ital­ian terra cotta pump­kin stool

Spot­ted at 1stdibs.com from dealer L'Antiquaire. Visit them in West­port CT to see more of their unique wares.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

architectural digest home show 2011: glass artisans

The AD Home Show MADE sec­tion fea­tured some 150+ indi­vid­ual artists and design­ers of lim­ited edi­tion and/or one-of-a-kind objects and fur­nish­ings. There were an amaz­ing num­ber of cre­ative peo­ple here! I saw numer­ous glass arti­sans, and each had some­thing spe­cial to show. Con­sider these:

An extra­or­di­nary wall instal­la­tion of glass "peb­bles" from Bueno Glass. Notice the pen­dant light­ing on the right — fabulous!

glass stones from bueno glass

glass stones from bueno glass

Blown glass pen­dants from Jamie Har­ris Stu­dio LLC are delight­fully irregular:

hand blown glass pendants from jamie harris studio llc

hand blown glass pen­dants from jamie har­ris stu­dio llc

Lumi­nous col­ors and ele­gant shapes define the glass­ware from Michael Schunke of Nine Iron Stu­dios:

elegant glassware from nine iron studios

ele­gant glass­ware from nine iron studios

Grace­ful, tra­di­tional shapes excite with deli­cious translu­cent color from Hart­ford Art School alum Moshe Bur­suker:

lovely pendants from moshe bursuker

lovely pen­dants from moshe bursuker

This is just a sam­pling of the amaz­ing glass arti­sans on dis­play the the AD Home Show. The show fea­tures such tal­ent — be sure to attend next year if you missed it.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

interior inspirations showcase

As an inte­rior designer, I am always look­ing for inspi­ra­tion. It can be found in many places and many forms, but one that never fails is a designer showcase. I love to see what oth­ers in my field are doing and show­ing, what sto­ries they are telling. This week­end in Old Lyme, Inte­rior Inspi­ra­tions fea­tured eight area designer vignettes, along with a land­scape artists' exhibition and sale at the Lyme Art Asso­ci­a­tion. A won­der­ful bonus were the speak­ers — includ­ing world-renowned inte­rior design­ers Larry Laslo and Alexa Hamp­ton. More on them in the next post.

With­out reveal­ing too much, these are my favorite high­lights from the show:

vin­tage french sofa in Quadrille ikat by han­nah childs

mys­te­ri­ous red shoes in the gar­den room by larry hamre

antiqued mir­ror glam­our by pimlico

The show­case con­tin­ues tomor­row and ben­e­fits Child & Fam­ily Agency of South­east­ern CT.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A photo shoot, and a twitter tale

Today was the photo shoot for my space at Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places in Hart­ford, the inte­rior design event which opens Thurs­day evening. There's an inter­est­ing social media back story to how I ended up spend­ing the day with a fab­u­lous pho­tog­ra­pher I had never met.

Way back in June, the savvy Suzi Craig over at Fathom had a, not really a come-to-Jesus talk, rather a come-to-the-new-gods-of-social-media talk with me. She stressed the impor­tance of con­nect­ing to peo­ple in the online world, and I insisted that Twit­ter was sim­ply not a place for me. It seemed ridicu­lous to think the Twit­ter expe­ri­ence could apply to me and my busi­ness.  I have nei­ther time nor inter­est in the meals and minu­tiae of strangers  - and that was my per­cep­tion of Twitter.

If you know Suzi, you know how per­sua­sive she can be, and before I knew it, I had a Twit­ter han­dle (@exuberanthome) and was dip­ping my toes into the twirling mael­strom that is Twit­ter. In short order, I was fol­low­ing and had acquired fol­low­ers. To my sur­prise the vast major­ity of these peo­ple are inter­est­ing. And infor­ma­tive. And con­nected to oth­ers like them­selves. Sud­denly I'm actu­ally IN a world-wide web of fun, cre­ative people.

Apolo­gies for the long-winded tale, but here's another inter­con­nected aside. Last Thurs­day, I attended an AIGA Break­fast Epiphany, hosted by the same Suzi Craig, where I met some seri­ously cool peo­ple. The dis­cus­sion of social media touched an inter­est­ing ques­tion: is your online voice your authen­tic self, or do you por­tray some­one else?  As a per­son who barely has time to have one online voice, I can't imag­ine hav­ing the energy to think up and con­sis­tently apply some other per­sona to my online inter­ac­tions. WYSIWYG with me. But the ques­tion of authen­tic­ity struck a chord.

Of the peo­ple I have "met" on Twit­ter, some really res­onate with me, I think, mostly because I believe their voice is authen­tic. I read their tweets and their blog posts and their nature shines through. It feels uncon­trived. And so I tweeted in August ask­ing "do you know a good, local inte­ri­ors pho­tog­ra­pher?" I received a reply from some­one whose online voice is so gen­uine — Amy Dra­goo at ABCD Designs. Because I believe in her authen­tic­ity, I believed her rec­om­men­da­tion would be worth­while. Does that make me naïve or overly trust­ing, or sim­ply ful­fill the adage that nice peo­ple have nice friends?

I have never met Amy, but she referred me to Michael Parte­nio, some­one she has never met, because she is con­nected to Stacy Kun­stel who is con­nected to Michael. So if you're still with me — the inter­sec­tion of four peo­ple who have never met in the real world resulted in me hav­ing a photo shoot with a ter­rific pho­tog­ra­pher — tak­ing pic­tures of a space titled "Wall Posts". A space designed around the con­cept of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the noise which sur­rounds us all from places like Twit­ter and Facebook.

The moral of this cir­cu­lar Twit­ter tale: despite the noise, there are real, mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions to be made via social media. When you get there — look me up @exuberanthome.

you really didn't think I'd reveal it before the show opens, did you?

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