WALK THROUGHS: Modern Ocean Penthouse

03/23/2011 § Leave a comment

These are photos from one of the most recent projects from Miami based interior design firm DKOR Interiors.

The design of the ocean-front penthouse borrows from the seashore nearby it’s curvilinear forms, organic textures and abundant light accentuated with the repetition of white. The result? An airy modern beach house in the sky.

Photos by Renata Bastos

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

03/10/2011 § 1 Comment

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 look in your own home!

From top left: Mirrored vanity from Glam FurnitureCapri teardrop lamp from Jonathan AdlerRibba frame from IKEAChenille Rug from Pottery BarnOrange letter boxes from Container StorePink tulip watergarden from Glam Furniture, Merete curtains from IKEA, French bergere chairfrom Glam Furniture


Apple mirror from Jonathan Adler, Tolix barstool from Pottery Barn, Kulla pendant lamp from IKEA, Tulip and hydrangea watergarden from Glam Furniture, Calligaris table from All ModernVintage glass chandelier from 1st DibsChippendale chair from Jonathan Adler (far left),Modern windsor chair from West Elm (center), Queen anne chair from Pottery Barn.

Desk 51 from Blu DotCMYK art print from the Print ShopTolix cafe chair from Pottery Barn, Amelia lounge chair from KMPLack side tablefrom IKEA, Metal apothecary waste basket from Restoration HardwareButterfly collection from Wings & ThingsPeony watergarden from Glam Furniture, Rattan stool from IKEA.

DESIGN TRENDS: Bets for 2011

03/03/2011 § 2 Comments

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

This collection of vintage mirrors and keep-sakes makes a beautiful installation

2. Notice the beauty in simple pieces.

Designer: Heloisa Crocco

3. Flexible and dynamic interiors.

Architect: Guto Requena

24-Room Transformer House

24-Room Transformer House: Bedroom

24- Room Transformer House: Living Room


4. Nature takes over.

Architect: Claudia Haguiara

House in Nagoya, Japan by Suppose Design Office


An Indoor Garden inside a Spanish Office Building

5. Tidbits of color and humor in daily life.

Designers: Caio de Medeiros & Daniela Scorza


6. Return to our roots.

Architect: Regina Adorno


Cottages at Fallingwater by Patkau Architects – exterior


7. Equilibrium of man with nature.

Designers: Luciana Martins & Gerson de Oliveira


Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Grass Roofed Hypar Pavillion at Lincoln Center, NYC

People sit on grassy roof of Hypar Pavillion at Lincoln Center, NYC

Interior view of restaurant within the Hypar Pavillion



09/12/2010 § Leave a comment

Some of my top picks from 1ST DIBS!

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 the elements of each era of furniture design (such as materials, forms, colors, ornamentation, etc) and has totally changed the way I look at contemporary design.

Now when I peruse the pages of catalogs I have the “classics” in mind so I know where the recent designs are evolving from!


[Images above from top left: Florence Knoll credenza $8,500, Swedish gondola arm chair 1940, Art Deco iron door and transom,”Gerosa” by Joe Richards realist oil painting, Continental brass lamp 1970, Geometric brass wall sculpture from 1970’s $750, Dorothy Draper chest from 1950’s, Papa Bear chair by Hans Wegner $14,500, Angelo Donghia low table from 1970’s, Org table by Fabio Novembre 2001, Mark Shaw portrait of Coco Chanel #7, Paris, 1957 $800]

More of my top picks from 1ST DIBS

[Images above from top left: French 1950s metal chairs, Modeline 1960’s white table lamp, Italian 1950’s white ceramic & gilt jars $550, Nude sculpture from 1960’s $1,800, John Vesey’s Maximilian chair 1959, Convex mirror wall sculpture 1972 $8,500, Jackie Carson “Desert Dawn” acrylic on canvas, Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte 16 light pendant, Tiffany & Co. antique 18K gold letter opener, WWII US naval telescope, Dining table by J. C. Moreux, Beijing bedside chest, Vintage nickel chair by Warren Platner for Knoll 1980, Plexiglass vase fish tank by Nicola L. $2,800]


To preview these designs and so many more, VISIT: www.1stdibs.com

P.S. Don’t miss Introspective Magazine (the online mag on designers, their inspirations, styles and favorites) !!!

HD Boutique Miami

09/11/2010 § Leave a comment

September 14 – 15th, 2010

This Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14th and 15th the Miami Beach Convention Center will be hosting the HD Boutique tradeshow. Here the best, newest and most innovative products of hospitality design will be showcased to those in the “biz”. The exhibitors range from the largest manufacturers to the most individual and unique fabricators. The point is to get those designers’ juices flowing and bursting with inspiration to fill our restaurants, lounges, hotels, and spas with the best and most captivating designs.

I can’t wait!


Glenn Pushelberg

tuesday, 1:00 -2:00 pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER, “Glenn Pushelberg in conversation”

tuesday, 6:00-8:00 pm PARTY BY THE PALMS, networking event


Arteriors Home



Janus et Cie

Jonathan Adler


– Karim Rashid

Maya Romanoff

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Phillip Jeffries

Williams Sonoma

– etc.

For a full list of Exhibitors, Conference Schedule and Registration:



08/08/2010 § 2 Comments


Toy cameras, as they are lovingly referred, were first discovered by North Americans in the 1960’s. Originally fabricated in China, these inexpensive cameras contain the most rudimentary elements necessary for photography resulting in images full of distortions.

So why are they still being produced and why are people like me interested in them?

In this day and age of ever-escalating Megapixels low-tech cameras, such as the Holga and the Diana, are utilized specifically for the unpredictable kinks inherent in these cameras.

Camera technologies continue to become more complex with every passing moment . It is apparently (for those of us trying to keep up) an effort so furious and urgent that it closely ties only the race to cure cancer or the release of the next iphone (8g – do you have a 4g? I’m sorry you’re way behind already. I know, I know, you got yours today.)

Toy cameras are exactly on the other end of this spectrum where aesthetic effects such as vignetting, blur, and light leakage produced from these “imperfections” are embraced and essentially take total prominence over the technological reliability and precision offered by digital photography. Since these cameras also allow its users to explore medium format film using really affordable gear (Holga 120N on Amazon.com $21.50) many amateurs and artists alike have been playing with these “toys”. The results are remarkable and have inspired me to purchase my very own.

FYI: Medium format film (typically 6 x 4.5 cm or 6 x 6 cm) is larger than regular film (24 x 36mm) though smaller than large format film (4″x5″). The larger the film/negative, the bigger you can enlarge the print (similar to Megapixels in digital cameras).



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Amazon.com – for a vintage find

Urban Outfitters – for a new baby as seen below

Diana, Urban Outfitters

Holga, Urban Outfitters






07/30/2010 § Leave a comment



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