NOW: Summer Lovin’, NYC Farming + Timeless Objects

1. Okay so browsing through my bookmarks of favorite blogs I came across thismodernromance and was reminded of how stunning and truly romantic is the work of this husband + wife team of photographers. I insist, you must browse their portfolio of latest work for a dose of this sweetness! 2. Last month Hospitality Design Magazine released their 2011 Design Awards and this laid-back industrial-cool New York spot stole a Best Green/Sustainable Project Award. Bell Book & Candle, designed by Grade Architecture & Interior Design, has an aeroponic roof-top tower garden where they grow 60% of the fresh produce that goes into…

THE SHOP: Plant the Future

I stumbled upon this boutique flower shop with my coworkers one day after work. The shop located on NW 2nd Avenue and 25th Street has a charming cacti garden adjacent to the entrance where an amazing array of desert plants sit amongst a choreographed sea of  white gravel. The amazing texture and contrast created by these differing specimens of plants move inside to miniature scale table top arrangements. These exquisite creations are complemented by white porcelain horses with grass manes and their Mother’s Day invention: an arrangement of orchids and live moss with a real butterfly cacoon from which the lovely…

BEST OF: Statement Rugs

SO ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO RE-INVIGORATE YOUR LIVING SPACE IS TO update the textiles from now and then. Rugs are perfect to bring in color, texture and bold patterns that transform a room from mundane to totally fabulous. Make one of these rugs yours or use the inspiration to scope out other possibilites. Either way, a new fun rug is sure to bring some new life into your home this Summer!

MILAN: Salone del Mobile 2011

EVERY YEAR IN MILAN THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITIES of the design world gather for a week to contemplate the newest creations, trends and technologies. This year the event hosted by Baccarat and Veuve Cliquot was held April 12-17th. Baccarat displayed their new collection of crystal chandeliers amongst whimsical cloud installations (as seen above). So what did all the big names in Italian design bring to the table this year? Moroso displayed the Biknit Seating collection by Patricia Urquiola: “an exaggerated stitch pattern, an expanded, intense aesthetic transforms a weave into a visible, dramatic design.” They also showed her…

GET THE LOOK: Sarah Jessica Parker’s House in Bridgehampton

The bright, cheery and casual attitude of this house struck a cord in me. Maybe it’s because I’ve been seeing so much beige or maybe it’s the extreme minimalist interiors that just aren’t calling my name at the moment. Either way I came across this project and found it charming and appropriate that SJP and Ferris, I mean, Matthew Broderick would share this lovely abode. If you feel a tingly sensation and would like to emulate some of this colorful casual elegance below the photos of the rooms from Elle Decor are some key elements to help you get the…

DESIGN TRENDS: Bets for 2011

Casa Claudia, a Brazilian interior design magazine, asked 7 renowned designers/architects their predictions for the top trends in design for the next year. This is what they said is to come: ________________________________________________________________________________________ 1. Decorations that reflect personal history. Designer: Juliana Llussa 2. Notice the beauty in simple pieces. Designer: Heloisa Crocco 3. Flexible and dynamic interiors. Architect: Guto Requena   4. Nature takes over. Architect: Claudia Haguiara   5. Tidbits of color and humor in daily life. Designers: Caio de Medeiros & Daniela Scorza   6. Return to our roots. Architect: Regina Adorno     7. Equilibrium of man with…

1ST DIBS ON VINTAGE FINDS

1ST DIBS is a website that consolidates the listings of the best antique dealers all around the States. I don’t mean just the Baroque or Neo-classical pieces that come straight to mind when hearing “antiques”. Though 1st dibs does carry beautiful pre-20th Century designs, I’m mostly excited by the Art Deco, Hollywood Glam, and Mid century – Modern finds. Each object on 1st dibs is a design relic – they’re the real deal. I love to browse through the listings simply to observe the beauty of the details and finishes of each piece. This has brought me better familiarization with…